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11 December 2017

Traveller of the Week: Tanya Khanijow

Tanya Khanijow started travelling and learning photography in 2016, she started off by expressing herself through her content on social media one frame at a time.

A traveller, blogger, vlogger and content creator, she loves to travel and find her self in different places every now and then. ‘What really drives me and encourages me to keep going is a never-ending need to explore and see the world’, says Tanya.

Tanya Khanijow

 

Tanya has always liked travelling from early childhood from the time her dad got posted to a new location, courtesy Indian Army.

Through the Indian Army, she has had the opportunity to stay at some of the most pristine locations in India. ‘I’ve changed as many as nine schools. And to be honest, I loved it. It provided me with a new perspective on a place, and people when I was as young as 3-4 years. I learned early on in life, the value of travelling and change’, she says.

 

During her college days, Tanya would find herself making plans on the spur of the moment to travel to different places. She would save her monthly allowance and hustle to travel. She has travelled in local trains, public buses, rickety mountain vehicles,  the list is endless.

 

Tanya has always loved the natural environment more than the comfort and education imbibed in a classroom. With that started her tryst with travel.

Not a full-time traveller yet, she spent 2017 working as well as travelling, intending to travel full time from next year.

Also a spontaneous traveller, she doesn’t plan the destination or things to do in advance. If she sees there is free time available on her calendar, she takes seconds to decide the best place for the time and plans economically by booking cheap flight tickets, she then skims through blogs and web resources for a brief basic idea of the culture, geography and differentiating factors of the place.

5 must-visit locations according to Tanya would be, Alappuzha in Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala are beyond beautiful and one must experience village life and a little by the water lanes. ‘Try living with locals and riding on a slow-paced boat instead of a motorboat. And don’t opt for a houseboat. Houseboats are large and can only traverse in broad canals. You’ll miss out on the village life experience’, stresses the travel junkie! Her next pick would be ‘The Himalayas’, right from North to West to the East, the entire stretch of the Himalayas is beautiful and unique, she personally feels, people who have not experienced it have missed out on something so far. Right from Uttrakhand to Valley of Flowers, Roopkund Trek, treks like Kareri lake, Bhrigu lake, Parashar lake in Himachal and recently the eastern side of Himalayas in Sikkim, it has always left her awe-inspired. Next is the white salt desert of Runn of Kutch – ‘One word, WOW! It’s beautiful, unlike anything. Especially the sight of a full moon during the night against the white sand’, she says.

 

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

enroute Udiapur

Pondicherry

Alleppey, Kerala

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

 

Khanijow travels with a lot of camera equipment and instils everyone to have a dedicated space or compartment for everything whilst travelling. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, paper soap, sanitizer and tissue paper are must-haves.

Battery pack, tripod, selfie stick – very useful commodities for travelling solo, especially if one is worried about running out of battery without a source of power for hours.

 

A big fan of chasing after sunrises and sunsets, she really enjoys waking up early and catching the morning action. It goes without saying, she loves travel photography and also her new found love for making videos.

 

A pretty impressive figure, 18 states have been covered by Khanijow along with a few international trips to countries such as China, USA, London, Aruba and Bhutan.

 

‘I think every lesson that I’ve learnt while travelling has been life-changing. But if I’ve to pinpoint one if you travel, you will change your life forever, for good’, is one life lesson she has learnt whilst travelling.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Tanya Khanijow

 

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21 October 2017

Chandernahan Trek: A Hidden Paradise in Himachal Pradesh

Intrigued by an Instagram post on Chandernahan trek, our adventurous traveller friend Harish Sharma was fast to elope into the throes of beauty at Chandernahan. With backpacks, a childhood friend and a cooked up story about leaving for a friend’s sister’s wedding to convince his parents,  Harish left home with quite an itch in his feet.

 

He boarded an HRTC bus from Shimla to Rohru and the journey was filled with bumpy rides, unplanned night stays, the random surprise of a new company, and unknown paths.

After a bus to Rohru, then Rohru to Chirgaon followed with another two-hour journey from Chirgaon to Tagnu village, they commenced walking to a nearby village called Janglikh. That is where they had to start trekking for Chandernahan via Dyara Thach and Litham.

 

It hadn’t been a smooth journey as it is, with collapsed bridges, long walks, heavy rainfall and unplanned delays. It had already been half-past five in the evening and the villagers recommended that they stay the night there as they can’t reach Dyara Thach the same night. Being the rebels they are, Harish and his entourage started trekking right away and they were glad to have done so as the trek up was lush with greenery and the beautiful landscape enveloped them with magnanimous streams of water flowing down the mammoth mountains. The dense forest with deodar trees and the green meadows were worth the trouble.

Finally, they reached Dyara Thach around 8 pm and set camp with packed paranthas from Chirgaon and a sky full of stars. That’s everything they needed to devour!

After a well-deserved slumber night, they started out early the next day to reach Litham and yet again, everything around left them spellbound. It was no less than the landscapes they see in the movies, except it was even better to experience the cool breeze and the raw beauty of nature, in reality, the trek seemed easy and upon reaching Litham within two hours, they got into a conversation with an amiable Shepherd with interesting stories to tell. He guided them further to reach Chandernahan. That 2 km trek was a steep climb up the mountains and took them about an hour.

 

 

Finally, Harish and his friends reached Chandernahan and what they saw from up there can’t be put into words, they say. At an altitude of 4000 metres, they were surrounded with snow in the month of June. Except for beautiful brooks flowing with a delicate magnanimity, there was nothing to touch their own sweet solitude.

 

There are seven lakes in Chandernahan and mostly, the people of the valley walk on the frozen lakes barefoot and never go beyond three lakes because of a religious belief that all their Gods originated from these lakes. When Harish and his friends went to the frozen lakes, there was nobody to see if they went without shoes but they decided to respect the beliefs and launched into the lakes bare feet.

They were like kids running and chasing each other on the glacier with feet all bare and well, it was indeed fun and adventurous.

 

By noon that day, they had found and enjoyed all the lakes, breathed in the stupendous view, filled their lungs with air as pure as it gets and finally, decided to head back.

 

The journey back was as eventful and tiring as before, or even more. But this time these boys were taking back what they had come for. An experience where they followed their heart, treated their eyes with everything heavenly and satisfied their souls.

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary | Photos by Harish Sharma

 

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5 June 2017

Traveller of the Week : Anshul Sharma

 

A computer science engineer by profession, a traveller by heart, she has quite a multifaceted personality that loves everything from cooking to gaming and from reading to photography. Meet our traveller of the week, Anshul Sharma, who is a daredevil by nature and can give you some major adventure goals. She has experienced the heart-stopping thrill of bungee jumping as well as the adrenaline flow from river rafting. Being a resident of Himachal Pradesh, it goes without saying that she knows best spots for paragliding amidst the beautiful mountain landscape.

Anshul Sharma

 

Anshul tells us that she has been fortunate enough to travel to different places since a very young age with her parents and has been on many trekking trips with her dad. These getaways fed her interest in travelling and gradually transformed into a full blown passion. However, now she prefers to travel solo as it allows her to sail on her own whims without being at the mercy of a fellow companion’s mood swings. But the only companion whose presence she doesn’t mind rather enjoys is her 10 months old Golden Retriever. She feels that travelling all by herself allows her the freedom to interact with the locals and sample cuisines of her choice. She endures a good amount of problems in terms of permission, health and monetary issues in order to feel enriched by different cultures. But her personal growth throughout the journey makes everything worth the trouble.

The trip that marked the beginning of her solo travel diaries was the trip to Mussorie where she also covered Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Dhanaulti.

Anshul is a fan of planned as well as spontaneous trips. She is of the opinion that both have their own charm. She has an enviable record of covering 22 states in India so far along with every single district in each state as well as international destinations such as Hong Kong, Macau and China. Her dream vacation was the one to Disneyland.

She recommends the following places as must-visit destinations:

  1. Disneyland
  2. Kinnaur
  3. Ladakh
  4. Udaipur
  5. Uttarakhand

She also provides us with a list of must-haves to make travel life easier:

  1. A pair of comfortable shoes
  2. A notebook and a pen
  3. Important identification cards
  4. A handy medical kit
  5. Your favourite munchies

 

Karsog Valley, Mandi

Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Gata Loops, Leh–Manali Highway

Prashar Lake, Mandi

Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Nagarkot, Himachal Pradesh

Ladakh, India

Hunder- Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Hemis Monastery, Leh, Ladakh

 

While Anshul feels that travelling is food for her soul, she would not give up actual food for it because for her that’s one of the best parts of travelling along with being able to enjoy the scenic beauty. But no matter which part of the world she travels to or how many new friends she makes on her way, she does not forget where she comes from and holds her values in the highest regard. With the end of every new journey, she has gained the worldly wisdom of letting things go and always staying optimistic.

The most memorable travel story for Anshul is from the time she ticked off driving on the curvy roads of Ladakh and Lahaul-Spiti from her bucket list. And guess what, it wasn’t just memorable for her but for the original driver as well who was left in cold sweat.

About Inspiro India, Anshul describes it as a cool initiative. She likes the way we promote and inspire art & travel. She says that ”It’s building a beautiful free spirited culture for people who do not fit in a box. It inspires you to dream, create & set yourself free. You are not judged rather you are appreciated.”

Words by Khyati Bhuva
Images by ©Anshul Sharma

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