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
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.