NAN­DINI GUPTA, 23

Stu­dent

India Today - - TRAVEL -

When­ever Nan­dini Gupta trav­elled in a group, she felt that though you en­joy the ex­otic beauty but it doesn’t al­low you to be­come an ob­server. So her teacher, Harpreet Gill, in­spired her to travel alone when she was 19. A stu­dent of Trin­ity Col­lege, UK, Gupta has so far trav­elled to Manali, Ban­ga­lore, An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands, Rishikesh and Pondicherry. “I’ve ob­served that while trav­el­ling alone, you get to know your­self bet­ter be­cause your wild in­stincts are at work and you are able to break the con­di­tion­ings of your mind.” At such a young age, Gupta is crys­tal clear about the idea of trav­el­ling alone. “When you are trav­el­ling with some­one, you en­gage in shal­low plea­sures. In the other sce­nario, you’re at­tracted to ob­serve dif­fer­ent sites and find beauty in tem­po­rary re­la­tion­ships when you bond with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life.” Her first solo trip to Manali taught her in­nu­mer­able val­ues. Re­call­ing a con­ver­sa­tion she had with a waiter, she says, “His or­di­nary phi­los­o­phy has made me see through the splen­dour in rudi­men­tary life. Now I ap­pre­ci­ate the di­ver­sity of our coun­try, ris­ing above the nar­row prej­u­dices of lan­guage and caste barrier.” Af­ter ev­ery trip, a part of Gupta is re­de­fined though she’s never en­cour­aged. “There is less ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this idea in In­dia. Peo­ple have in­hi­bi­tions of com­ing out of their com­fort zones,” tells Gupta who con­sid­ers solo trav­el­ling a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for women.

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