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22 January 2018

Travel is liberating for his soul, discovering himself one travel at a time. | Traveller of the Week: Siddharth Soni

Siddharth Soni is a Delhi based architect who tries to juggle his life between a full-time corporate job and his passion for photography along with exploring the Himalayas. A trekking and mountain climbing enthusiast, he finds himself at ease in crowded streets, documenting lives and different cultures around him. A graduate of Cornell University, USA, he has been a passionate architect practising for years now. He also reckons photography, travel explorations and documentaries to be his true calling!

 

Travelling started quite unexpectedly for this one. Back in 2002 when he had just started college, his father pushed him to get out of his comfort zone and persuaded him to go on a Himalayan Trek, ‘The Valley of Flowers’. With no knowledge about trekking, it also happened to be his first solo trip! “I had little idea about what to expect. I did make some really good friends though and in a way, found myself in the middle of nowhere. Where I least expected it. A spark was lit and I promptly returned the next year, and it soon developed into a passion”, he says.

 

Siddharth Soni

 

The now well-versed traveller is comfortable with both group and solo travel expeditions. It started out with travelling with a group of 2-3 very close friends but he also believes solo trips to be great. “Most people never take the risk of solo and play it safe by going in a group. But then they don’t know what they are missing out on!”, says the traveller.

 

A part-time globe-trotter, he travels and tries to balance his full-time corporate job which often requires working overtime as well as tight deadlines. Notorious for convincing people to go on road trips, treks and to even quit their jobs to travel, Siddharth wants people around him to explore more and get out of the conventional city life.

 

The traveller is has been to every state in the country except for the North East, Bengal and Kerala. His 5 must-visit destinations include Ladakh, Rajasthan, Bolivia, Italy and Nepal. The landscape, heritage and cultural diversity at these places is like nowhere else on the planet.

A methodical planner, he often reads thoroughly about the places he intends to visit and does background research in order to not waste time figuring things out later. He draws his own maps, itineraries which often helps him manage his time. Spontaneous trips have often led him to waste time figuring things as well as bad experiences.

 

The Summit Ascent – Altitude 5200m, Stok Kangri Expedition

Varanasi

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal – Main Summit

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Pangong Tso Lake

Barren mountains as seen from Shanti Stupa, Leh

Trishul Summit, Roopkund Trek

Crumbling Facades, Mumbai

Markha Valley, Stok Kangri Expedition

Varanasi

 

Soni believes, attitude and mindset to travel are what counts for one’s own betterment. ‘To try and push yourself and explore your own limitations. To talk to people and share stories and experiences’, he says. He travels with his DSLR camera, GoPro, hiking boots and his shorts, everything else being flexible!

 

Siddarth enjoys the quest to explore, observe and absorb. Wherever he goes, he tries to become a local to explore things like a local. Travelling is liberating for this traveller soul, to be a traveller and not a tourist is what is more important to him. He discovers himself whilst travelling. He says, “It has made me comfortable in all sorts of environments more sensitive towards, people and different cultures. Besides, there is no right or wrong way to travel. It is a means of personal expression and experience, unique for each person.”

 

One life lesson he has learnt is, “The small and temporal nature of our lives and problems in the larger scheme of things in life. To live in the moment and thoroughly cherish each moment for what it is”.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Siddharth Soni

 

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16 December 2017

Tour-de-Thar Itinerary: 6 days of exploration in the vicinity of Rajasthan with Western Motorsports and MotoVarnan

What if someone offered you an opportunity to spend the last few days of this year with friends, old and new, riding across the beautiful back roads in the day, sitting across a warm campfire in the wilderness, singing and dancing the night away, hard to say NO! Right? Here’s the itinerary:

 

Day 1: Sunday, 24th December, Jaipur-Jodhpur 414 km.

The Day of the Living Gods. This day will see us explore the stories of the Living Gods of Rajasthan. A temple dedicated to a man and his motorcycle, a temple for a lady who jumped into her husband’s pyre and a memorial built for conservationists, all are in store. We will be staying at a Hut Resort in a village near Jodhpur.

 

Day 2: Monday, 25th December, Jodhpur Local

The Day of The Maharaja. After breakfast, we head out to explore the iconic monuments including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada. A casual stroll around the markets exploring the local delicacies and the day ends with a relaxed evening around a bonfire. We will be staying at a Hut Resort in a village near Jodhpur.

 

Day 3: Tuesday, 26th December, Jodhpur-WMsar 334 km.

A Million Star Day. An early morning departure to visit Mandore, a city of historical and mythological importance. Later things get spiced up as we find our way to the world famous Mathaniya chilly plantations. After a relaxed lunch, we take a 2 km offroad detour to reach WMsar a lake in midst of the Desert and our stay for the night. Stay at a Million Star accommodation and Cookout in the wild. Enjoy bonfire, photography and a wonderful company.

 

Day 4: Wednesday, 27th December, WMsar-Sam 300 km.

The Day of the Sand. Taking the lonely backroads today we enter deep into the desert till the borders stop us. After a visit to Tanot and Longewala border posts, we keep riding/driving along the International border to reach Ghotaru. Having a historic and military importance, Ghotaru Fort is a hidden gem in the vast Thar Desert. We leave our vehicles and take the camels to travel further in the desert. A campsite specially erected for us in the middle of the desert will be our stay for the night.

 

Photos by Western Motorsport

 

Day 5: Thursday, 28th December, Sam-Osian 290 km.

The Jurassic Day. We bypass the Jaisalmer city to reach Akal Wood Fossil Park to get acquainted with the Jurassic era. We take the back roads to reach the last destination of Tour de Thar, Osian. Another Million Star accommodation. We stay in a camp and share our experiences around a bonfire along with some local lip-smacking dishes. Later we sing and dance the night away to end this epic Adventure.

 

Day 6: Friday, 29th December, Osian-Jaipur 385 km.

Dasvidaniya. We say our Goodbyes and head to our respective destinations.

 

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9 December 2017

5 days of exploration in the vicinity of Rajasthan with Tour-de-Thar

What if someone offered you an opportunity to spend the last few days of this year with friends, old and new, riding across the beautiful back roads in the day, sitting across a warm campfire in the wilderness, singing and dancing the night away, hard to say NO! Right?

 

Every year Tour-de-Thar lets you escape from the civilization, teaches you not to worry about anything else but the road ahead. Five days, your riding friends become your family and the wild becomes your home.

 

Tour-de-Thar every year has much more going, much exciting as you would be exploring a new side of the Thar. Tour-de-Thar routes are unconventional, untouched and riding on county back roads. All this lined up in the spirit of Tour-de-Thar to understand the artistic culture along with a host of new and exciting experiences.

A major highlight of Tour-de-Thar is the food. Instead of cooking our own food or sourcing it, we arrange for local cooks. These cooks reach the camping location ahead of us, cook and serve hot food on your arrival! Local recipes, cooked by local cooks, served in the wilderness, especially for you is pure bliss. This is the best food experience one can ask for. We have always believed in simple, rustic and authentic experiences, this is one great example of it.

A cake without icing doesn’t look appetizing. So is Tour-de-Thar, on the last night of the ride, a local band is called out. With soulful tunes being played, you start dancing to the lovely Rajasthani tunes.

 

Photo by Western Motorsport

 

Let’s sum it up for you, end of the year, five days of riding, you forget the world, a peek into the artistic world, camping, local recipe and you dance to soulful Rajasthani music.  A good way to end the year. A year, you toiled all along.

 

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13 May 2017

Pedals Of Dream : Jaipur to KanyaKumari Cycle Ride.

Meet Sudhanshu Verma, the man who cycled his journey all the way through Jaipur to KanyaKumari. His words speak of his unshaken determination and strength.

“It is difficult to set yourself apart from “attachments” when you’re born in this society which wants their child to settle at every step in life to march into a secure future which is nothing but in simple words an “illusion”. For me, settling is not an option and attachments are barriers no more. If not my body, my soul is always travelling, I feel. I’d say I lack words to explain this. Flying back to day 2 of my journey, I remember my dad came to stop me but I told him not to be a distraction. May be they understood and did their part helping me complete my tour.

I didn’t go against anything or anyone, I wasn’t alone, even though I was away, my parents and loved ones were with me all the way.

 

 

Accomplishments never lead to satisfaction, they only make you want to hog more. This was a drop in my ocean of life. I feel enlightened at each step, I would always want to educate my inner self and everyone around me. What I picked wasn’t just a trip out of a busy life or an occasional affair, it is a never ending journey for me.

I was carrying my tent and bedding – sleeping bag and mattress. And I had some eatables like oats to cook at dhabas, well food never stopped coming my way. Thanks to everyone for being so considerate. And how can I not mention my bicycle with which come a few bike essentials. I did have extra tubes, a rain cover, my most favourite clothes (of course they were limited).The most important is always carrying a heart full of love to share and a smile to go miles.

 

 

Travelling for me is a never ending journey. “Raahi hu chalte jana hai ” I don’t travel to visit places. I travel to go deeper, meet as many souls I can. To feel more, learn, share and enlighten them with my aura. I love the uncertainty each day carries for me. No one knows what the other minute holds, it makes your decision making dynamic. I’d say my thoughts go wider. I did get hit by a movie few years back when I did my first solo trip. I was adapting ever since then. I used to start early morning around 5 till 10. I’d stop by under a tree or a little shed, rest and interact with locals till around 4. The hours in between use to be too harsh to ride as the sun would be at my head. There’s no point not looking after your health after all. I’d ride 4 to 6:30 PM again.

Earlier, I planned to Hitch-hike from Jaipur to Kanyakumari, but my childhood dreams had me buying a bicycle on my own to travel the world. I spent all my savings to make this dream come true. I got huge support from my friends and a cycling group in Jaipur ( Jaipur cycling comrades ). I borrowed some essentials from friends and off I was on this spiritual journey. Without their support & motivation, I wouldn’t have made it to Kanyakumari. I didn’t look for places as such, I went with the flow nothing was fixed. I met with an accident in Nadiad, Gujarat. It was late evening; I wasn’t on my bicycle though. Ups and downs are a part of life. All these experiences help you in growing and becoming stronger. I was seriously wounded and taken care by a family in Vadodara. I feel blessed to have such people around me. Even after being advised by a doctor to rest for a month, I couldn’t resist after the 10th day. Few days after crossing Gujarat, I got bitten by some funny bug while my afternoon nap and rod with a numb arm. I hadn’t set a budget but, I took a challenge to complete my first month in 2000 only. Believe me, I ended up having more than it. People helped me a lot on the way. They got thrilled and inspired by my travel stories. The next month I spent and ate a lot. I shared what I ate with people too. Happiness is only real when shared so why settle in less when all you have is the entire universe. There is something I would want to pass on to travellers across the nation that is to tell you never to settle and give air to the adventures of life. Travel not just to visit places but to scan souls, absorb experiences, to win hearts, live moments and build memories.

 

Photos by ©Sudhanshu Verma

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28 March 2017

Magnificent Jaipur – A pictorial Journey

Chirag Sadhnani is a young aspiring artist from Mumbai, India. He first developed a taste for photography in school and has since decided to pursue his dream professionally. The journey began with capturing people in real life settings. Over the years he has found himself travelling long distances in search of photographic freedom, looking to implant new ideas and possibilities into his visual work.

Venturing into little-known places has brought its own set of adventures and lifestyles which he wishes to share with the world by capturing photos. The photo series which started taking shape two months prior to the actual shoot, giving enough time to set timings and locations. He worked with a blogger from Dubai and chose Jaipur  as the location because of endless frame opportunities in every nook and corner of the city.

‘It is spectacular and magnificent in every way, not to forget the element of lifestyle in the background as well’, says the photographer. The whole series took him around 3 days to shoot and about a week to process the files. Chirag used a mirrorless camera by Sony, a DSLR, a wide lens as well as a prime lens for this photo series. He then processed the pictures in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Color Efex Pro. Sadhnani finds inspiration almost every day, thanks to Instagram! Few of his favourites are Chris Burkard, Alex Strohl, Elia Locardi, Rory Kramer, Sam Kolder and Neal Howland.

Photography is more than just the perfect shot, ‘It is an experiential release of immersing myself in the beauty of what I see with my eyes!’, says Chirag Sadhnani.

  Photo Series by ©Chirag Sadhnani

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