One (offbeat) week in Himachal

Going to the mountains isn’t just about trekking and hiking. So if that’s not your cup of tea, scroll down to find out how I explored Himachal with just a few LONG walks!

Why Himachal Pradesh?
I haven’t explored India as much as I’d like, and I only had adolescent memories of Manali, while the rest of the state was unchartered territory for me. 8 days immersed in nature and tranquility (yes yes, Mcleodganj is far from the latter) seemed the perfect antidote to the stresses of the workplace.
My travels took my friend and I to Jibhi – Gushaini – Bir – Mcleodganj – Dharamshala for 8 days, on a medium-budget trip of about INR 35,000 per person. Check out a breakup in the ‘Costs’ section to see how you can do it cheaper!
Tandi village, Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India
With views like this, why not Himachal?

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9 days in Egypt

A humid October in Mumbai found me spontaneously agreeing to visit my best friend who was studying in Cairo at the time. A group of friends from Mumbai were on-board, and soon enough, I’d begun planning a 9 day vacation to Egypt for January 2017.

Why Egypt?
The Great Pyramid of Giza. The Nile. A chance to kiss the Sphinx. Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Desert lands opening up to the breathtakingly blue-green Red Sea. Some hilariously charming men. KING TUTAMKHAMUN’S MUMMY. Fateer. Koshary. Calories. Scuba diving. The Temple of Khnum. The Valley of the Kings and Queens. Should I go on…?
PS: Did I mention, a chance to climb INSIDE the Great Pyramid??

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Weekend getaway from Mumbai

I seek new experiences. I crave variety. My bucket list gains new entries even as I tick them off. All this motivated me to stay at Zostel Panchgani for one night, in a 20 x 8 feet converted shipping container. That’s 150 square feet, gross. Was the thought of sharing such tight quarters with another person the offbeat element? No, I live in Mumbai where my room is 170 square feet.
The prospect of staying in a shipping container was intriguing, coupled with my first brush at India’s hostel life. Zostel is a branded hostel chain in India established by Indians, with presence in 25 locations across Indian…and 2 in Nepal! [https://www.zostel.com/zostel/panchgani/]
Common room, Zostel Panchgani
Super chill artwork in the common room, photo bombed by my foot!

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