Yogini Patel Di­pan­wita Chakraborty

For the past three years, af­ter I trav­elled to Jaipur solo in 2015, the urge to dis­cover places only kept me go­ing fur­ther. Not be­ing a suf­ferer of FOMO, I travel slow and steady. Home stays help me to in­ter­act with lo­cals, un­der­stand their cul­ture and cl

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There’s a whole new level of thrill to trav­el­ling solo. You meet a newer, dif­fer­ent ver­sion of your­self when you travel in the com­pany of your­self. I find the in­tro­vert me start­ing con­ver­sa­tions with strangers and mak­ing friends with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life, and try­ing new things with­out any ap­pre­hen­sions and in­hi­bi­tions. Trav­el­ling solo around the world helps me in­tro­spect and ret­ro­spect adding new per­spec­tives to the things I thought I know very well. Hon­estly, I wouldn’t have learned to ap­pre­ci­ate and value things that I of­ten took for granted, if not for travel.

Trav­el­ling to this re­mote vil­lage in Sikkim and vol­un­teer­ing at a school called Sikkim Hi­malayan Academy, was one of the most won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences that changed my life in many ways. I came back with more peace, calm and in­sight into life as such. With a pri­mary trait of hap­pi­ness, the kids seam­lessly demon­strated so many sim­ple yet im­pact­ful life les­sons.

Trekking in the cold of the night to watch the first rays of the sun turn the Kanchen­junga peak into a golden spec­ta­cle, walk­ing on the fresh snow at Kedark­an­tha in the com­pany of furry friends and friendly lo­cals, try­ing tongba –a mil­let-based al­co­holic bev­er­age in a makeshift hut some­where in the moun­tains at the Kanchen­junga Na­tional Park – wit­ness­ing the vol­un­teers at the tiny town of Ve­las res­cue the baby tur­tles, try­ing the de­li­cious and healthy pa­hadi cui­sine of kodu (mil­let) ki roti and bu­ransh (rhodo­den­dron) juice at the pic­turesque Sankri vil­lage of Ut­tarak­hand, watch­ing the breath­tak­ing play of colours at sun­sets, shoot­ing stars up the inky be­jew­elled moun­tain skies of the mighty Hi­malayas, are some of the most beau­ti­ful things I ex­pe­ri­enced – more than read­ing or hear­ing.

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