To those who travel

While I always enjoyed travel and writing, it wasn’t until now that I took it up seriously. In June, I quit my job and set out to chase what I really loved; travel.
Over the years of travelling across India, I realised that we are all really the same as humans. We fear the same things; we feel the same emotions but more often than not express it in different ways.
Expression is a part of culture and I love exploring this facet of people. Every country has something valuable to offer and I really want to have a chance to experience it all.

yolo
As clichéd as it may sound, you live only once. As someone who is in his 20s I believe I do have a license to be chase my dreams without too many responsibilities. Not reckless, but simply adventurous.
The Big Blog Exchange is my ticket to adventure. As an Indian, I want to work towards changing the perception that people have about India and works towards the perceptions Indians have towards the countries of the world.
Help me represent India at the Big Blog Exchange 2014 and let me take you on a journey through my blogs! Click on this link to vote for me here.

 

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

My first ever travel award of sorts! Well not really 😉 I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Heather Cole from the Conversant Traveller. Thank you so much for this honour Heather, it has really encouraged me to keep striving with my blog!

Liebster Award

So, the Liebster Award is essentially a game in the newbie travel blogger network where up and coming travel bloggers linked up, there by spreading the travel blogger network.

Game Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you. Duh!
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate other travel bloggers (ideally those with under 600 followers, likes, whatever you want to call them)
  • Ask them questions

Here are the answers to Heather’s questions:

1) What one item do you never travel without?

I doubt I can travel without my travel diary. When I travel, I have a habit of slipping into a meditative state, wherein I have divine revelations. Kidding. I tend to introspection a lot while I travel. I like noting my thoughts so I can relive that travel moment.

2) What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Caviar in Russia. You surely have to develop a taste for it.

3) If you had to choose a country to live in, which would it be, and why?

I think I’d love to live Sweden. It’s got beautiful people, lots of food, culture and proximity to major European cities.

4) What’s the most frightening/embarrassing experience you’ve ever had?

When I was hopelessly drunk while travelling from Kazan to Moscow.

5) Beach, Mountain or Jungle?

Mountains. I think I’d retire in the Himalayas someday.

6) Who or what inspires you to travel?

Pictures of Leh, Ladhak, the fragrance of Earth during rains, Wikimapia, Austin Stevens, Roald Dahl’s books ‘Boy’ & ‘Going Solo’ are some of the things that inspire me to travel.

7) Favourite souvenir?

The Matriushka dolls (Housing Dolls) I got from my trip to Russia.

8) If you could have dinner with anyone you like (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?

I would dine with Heather, for having recommended me for the Liebster Award and get to know her better!

9) Where’s the first place you ever travelled?

When I was one, my parents decided to treat the entire family to a grand party at a hill station near my city called Mahabaleshwar. That’s the first place I travelled to ; the funny thing is I haven’t gone back since then.

10) What one piece of advice would you give to fellow travellers?

Bars make for a great start of a travel story too!

Here are my 5 travel bloggers for the Liebster Award (You can do 10)

 Allison from A Foodie in Europe

Tamara from The Jet Setting Brunette

Yvonne Ivanescu from Under The Yew Tree 

Mark & Kristy Bennets from Kathmandu & Beyond

Rebekah from The Happy Passport

And here are my questions to them:

1) What’s your dream destination and why?

2) In which year did you do the maximum number of countries. List them.

3) If you had to eat the local cuisine, which country would you pick and why?

4) Have you ever thought of skipping your flight to stay back? If yes, when, where & why?

5) One city in which you could spend your retirement years as a Travel blogger?

6) Who or what inspires you to travel?

7) Favourite souvenir?

8) If you had to choose between food or sights, what would you pick?

9) Where’s the first place you ever travelled?

10) Have you been to India? If yes, what did you like/dislike about it. If no, what holds you back?

Have fun! Cheers!!!

 

Moscow Russia

WTF, I’m in Moscow

What the F*@#k ! I am in Moscow.  These were my words when I slowly walked up and entered into the Red Square.  There are some moments in life when you just want to take in all that your senses are telling you. This was one of those moments for me.

Russia is the first foreign country I visited and just for that it will always have a special place in my heart. As I made my way to a clear view of the Red Square, I was left in awe. The St. Basil’s Cathedral in front of me, the G.U.M market to the left and Putin’s lovely home to the right, the Kremlin. I sucked up some air and walked slowly on the cobbled road, mesmerised. This was the centre of the former USSR. Wow.

Moscow is gorgeous, huge and a bustling city. I fell in love it completely. The Moscow metro network drove me nuts, the architecture left me with a gaping mouth and of course, the sports car and bikes made me believe that Moscow was the best place in this world. This would be the place where people work hard, earn money and spend it on a life style that’s grand.

Of course, there other sides to Moscow but I was lucky enough to have been completely ignorant about them.  If you happen to visit here are the five places CANNOT miss in Moscow.

Red Square & Kremlin

Red Square Moscow Russia
This is the centre piece of Russia. You simply cannot afford to miss this one if you are in Moscow. It’s something like going to Agra and not seeing the Taj Mahal. It’s a great place to take in the fact that you have arrived in Russia and also the place where you can come at close range to the burial grounds of the former USSR Presidents. This place is sure to move you.

Bolshoi Theatre
Opened to public in 1825, the marvellous building has some of the plushest interiors you can ever see. The grand balconies give you the ultimate theatre feel. While backpacking on a budget, I highly recommend saving up for this experience.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Moscow Russia

When I entered this Cathedral, I was spelled bound by the detailed frescos and the dome. The environment is surreal and the devotion worth admiring. I spent a lot f time just walking around watching pious Orthodox Christians placing candle in front of pictures of Virgin Mary. It was a moving experience!

Gorky Park
Does ‘Winds of Change’ by the Scorpions strike a chord? Yup, they were talking about this very park. It’s an interesting space in the city and I’d say you could afford to visit this place as it’s very cheap.

Pushkin Museum
Designed by Roman Klein and Vladimir Shukhov and financed primarily by Yury Nechaev-Maltsov this museum doesn’t have any direct co-relation with Alexander Pushkin the Russian Author. Opened to public in 1912, the museum houses some of the best fine art collections in Russia.

I really enjoyed Moscow but, my journey didn’t end there. I was going to Kazan next.