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Rishikesh - Holiness that Attracts Everything!

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Spirituality is eternal. Something that no one can force on you comes from within, It is not just a way to connect to God, but to connect you with you.  I was recently reading the book "All Roads Lead to Ganga" by Ruskin Bond. And I was quite intimidated by it to open my blog draft and pen down my thoughts in the draft. The draft which was apparently got lost in the web of work that leads to materialistic satisfaction. Rather than satisfying the thirst of the soul.  The book talks about the Himalayas so vividly. And if you are an OG reader, you know my love for mountains is uncanny. The giant, lofty, and humungous rock so beautifully personifies strength and patience. So, the book is all about describing how most Ganga was originated - the myths, the fables that go on about it. The confluences at the various " Prayags" in Uttarakhand (Prayags - confluence of two or more rivers) When anyone speaks about mountains - I picture Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand

This is How A Wholesome Trip Looks Like!

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The universe speaks for balance. Well, let us just not go that far - even a good wholesome dish required balance in each of its ingredients. Why am I all of a sudden talking of balance and cooking..??? As I might just have hit that spot - where I call my trip "wholesome". Now, there are a lot of repercussions to it. My trip to Himachal was a break I needed post-Covid-19 situation. And it was with people I would trust until my last breath (I suppose! I should.) And it was not less than a roller-coaster either. This trip to Himachal was full of being a part of a story than just creating one. You get that right? Additionally, I have been very finicky in terms of my budget. And this trip made me believe in one of the most important aspects "Aanya! Girl you have earned it. You need to be free when you travel, use a mix of your heart and brain and not just the latter!" An illustration by me - on the Chunar Fort A wholesome trip to Rishikesh - Jai Maa Gange! This picture w

Down the Memory Lane: Revisiting Gangtok

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  "I had so many plans...this year was meant to be my year...!" cribbed me sitting aimlessly lying on the sofa, with the night suit on, nicely champi-ed hair, and mom's special tea being served. This could have been a blessing for me,  BC! (Before Corona, I meant this, genuinely!)  I wanted to visit home for some good 15/20 days. However, work never allowed, and above that long weekends were always prioritized for some nice gateways. One thing that the year 2020 has taught me is to never crib for what you do not have. Each time you spend is a blissful memory in the making, which will be reminisced by you in the future. Each word written above is to be treated as a carving on the stone! What have we travel-enthusiasts doing all this year? #Throwbacks ! Ain't we? Well, I call it remembering the good old days. While cribbing on the sofa, I picked up my phone, and with that terribly frowned face, stretching all my face muscles against the gravity started shuffling throug

I Travelled Amidst Pandemic! Guide and Details

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“TRAVEL and FOOD are two industries, which will not see a recession ever!” “Recession ho ya Inflation shaadiya to hoti rahengi na? Log unpe laakhon croro kharadchte rahenge na?”   (Whether its recession or inflation, people will get married, right? They will keep on spending lakhs and crores on it, right?)  This one is a famous dialogue from one of my favorite Bollywood movies, Band Baja Baraat.  I cannot comment on the latter, but the former holds a solid stance. No one saw this pandemic or any such situation coming. No one can ever predict it. Of course, it was after the pandemic that there are stories of “interpretations”, “predictions” that were made years ago. To be honest, I neither like reading about it nor believing in it. Now that the situation is in front of us, everyone is speculating about the odds on the future of travel. The travel industry is certainly going to take a lot of time to the brim. Being a passionate traveler, it takes a lot of courage to accept this truth

Take Time To Relax! You Deserve It

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Travel is never a tiresome activity. We do not get tired when you are doing something you love from the core of your heart. I am not a full-time traveler. I work at a corporate organization, so for me traveling is an entirely different experience. However, I have never seen traveling as an escape from my work. It has always been a dream for me. I love traveling that's it. I can never explain what traveling means to me. It is the calmness of the sea, the strength of the rocky mountains, the movement of the roads, the serendipity of the snow-clad mountains, the satisfaction of a chatterbox when she communicates a local, the list can never end. The enthusiasm travel fills in me cannot be defined, however, post lockdown a lot of things have changed in me. I have seen my perspective toward life-changing. I am a hell of a judgmental person, that's changing, you never know I might become a full-time traveler - just saying, maybe a hint. There are a lot of times I have been ske

Here's How I Am Making The Best Use Of Lockdown

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Covid-19 popularly known as the coronavirus entered our lives so casually and changed it drastically. The lockdown has brought our lives to a halt, a stop. For me, it has already been a month of lockdown. My office inculcated the work from home practice much before the official lockdown in India. In the initial time of the days, I was happy, moving around my flat, and doing my stuff. Little did I know that this was going to be a huge issue all around the world. The world is infected with the coronavirus. I had my tickets already booked for my home in the first week of April since my friend was getting engaged. Coronavirus canceled that too. Well, I am not sorry about it, since that was a much-needed step to be taken. What actually shook me was how all of a sudden our life has come to a halt? What has our life come to? So, below is a very personal note/write-up/understanding and observations. "Slow Down! You are running too fast in your life!" "He has grown too

How Uttarakhand Changed My Connect To Mountains

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In the lower Himalayas of Uttarakhand, I have covered a lot of things. I have done my part of hiking, camping, a road trip, and a blogger meet as well. However, it was earlier before my blogging days began, I tagged Uttarakhand mountains as “chote pahad”, which means small mountains. I have no freaking reason why? During my conversations with fellow mates, I would be often heard saying, “Mujhe chote pahad nahi jaana, let’s either go to Himachal or Kashmir now, enough of Uttarakhand!” Quiet guts, I must say. Today after traveling on my own in the last 4 years, gaining ample experiences, it comes as a shame for me when I remember saying this.  (Request you to take no offense, since this was said out of no knowledge and 10 years back!) Uttarakhand In A Gist Uttarakhand And Serendipity So, I had this opportunity to visit Uttarakhand yet again. This time it was after 2 years. I had travel planned from Delhi to Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Rishikesh, and Haridwa

The Lesser Known Tribes of Mizoram

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Quarantining has got me nowhere to travel or explore - not even to explore Mumbai. So, I have been reading a lot about the places about their culture. Something, I have love doing anyways. But #SelfIsolation and due to COVID-19 , I have got some more time to read and learn about the different places.  I have been to North-East India , but there are still places left to be explored. During coronavirus lockdown I got sometime to talk to some of my long lost friends and we were discussing about our plans, where somehow the conversation about Mizoram popped up. This was then attracted me towards them and below is my study and some travel information that might also inspire you to visit Mizoram. Mizoram is a landlocked state in North East India .It is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. It is majorly a hill state with plains scattered here and there. Its southern part shares long international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, and northern part share domest