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1 January 2018

A local weekend traveller on a mission to explore Himachal. | Traveller of the Week: Neha Ralli

Neha Ralli is a weekend traveller and a hobby photographer. She was born and brought up in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) and loves star gazing, talking about extra-terrestrial lives and its possibilities. She likes to write poetry when she is in the right mood.

Neha feels that curiosity to see something new, meet new people and know more about fellow human beings and this wonderful creation called Earth is what led her to choose this path. She says, “My first trip was my school trip to a place called ‘Dyar’ in Kullu. We trekked a little and reached this beautiful place surrounded by Deodar Trees’, she was awestruck. At the young age, she had no words to describe what she felt. Now when she thinks of it, it makes her calm and happy.

Neha Ralli

 

She likes to travel with her family and friends but believes that solo travelling is also a unique experience. However, mostly she prefers company while travelling. Being a working woman, Neha manages to take out time for her hobbies as she works in Himachal Pradesh itself. Time had become an issue while she was working in Chandigarh and this prompted her to shift back and live close to nature for mental peace and to be closer to her family.

She loves to go on spontaneous trips and rarely plans her trips as she feels that spontaneous trips have always been the best for her. Currently located in Himachal, she is trying to see it extensively. The idea of not being well versed in her own land has bothered her for a long time and therefore she usually travels in Himachal itself. According to her, a person should visit these 5 places for a unique experience, Kareri Lake (Dharamshala), Kaisdhar (Kullu),  Lahaul, Bhrigu Lake (Kullu) and  Prashar Rishi (Mandi).

Ralli also lists down 5 essentials for travelling and staying outdoors:

  1. One should be acclimated to the high altitudes
  2. Weather on mountains changes drastically, so one should always keep warmers and raincoats in the bag pack in case there’s a plan to camp.
  3. It’s very dry on the mountaintop and therefore one must keep moisturizer or Chap Stick as skin gets dry in the extreme weather conditions.
  4. Keep a swiss knife for multipurpose use and a lighter to start a bonfire.
  5. Always wear sunscreen to avoid skin burn. Try and keep the bag as light as possible. Do not take things you will not use on your trek. Always remember “Keep it Light”.

In addition to this, she talks about things that one should not do when in outdoors:

  1. One should always carry a litter bag along and not throw wrappers and bottles on mountains.
  2. Noise or use of loudspeakers while camping should be avoided because it attracts wild animals and disturbs the environment.
  3. One should not do anything that hurts the sentiments of the locals.
  4. It is important to put out the fire before you leave or sleep.

 

According to her, the best thing about trekking is that one can forget all the worldly chaos which has been left behind. One keeps climbing because there’s simply more to see in life. The curiosity to see what’s next after a turn, the feeling of knowing that the mind is finally at halt of random thoughts bothering you is something that drives her. She aims to visit various places in Himachal and learn everything she can about the divine land know as Himachal Pradesh.

 

Dharamshala

Palampur

Pong Dam, Kangra

Tattapani, Shimla

Triund, Dharamshala

Gulaba, Manali

Kasol

Triund, Dharamshala

 

Travelling has taught her that humans are quite vulnerable. “We keep fighting on trivial things and issues. We keep grudges against each other. We keep focusing on things that make us less human. We won’t get many chances to live. So why not make the most of it. I got my second chance, and I’m living it in the best way possible,” she said. Sharing a personal experience, she said, “Once I reached on top of a mountain and saw the vast city land, so small and nonexistent human life. No noise, not even birds chirping. At that time, I realized that the issues we all are fighting for, why are they even there? We are all humans in the end. We all have to die one day. I am sure we can all get along if we keep in mind that we all have to live together like a big family in our home called Earth.”

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Neha Ralli

 

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27 March 2017

Traveller of the Week : Varun Chaudhary

Varun Chaudhary is a photographer by profession but loves to travel, camp, hike and cycle. The motivation to travel comes from within, says Varun, who also admits to being an outdoor kind of person. He doesn’t really remember when he first travelled but its been quite a long time, nothing has stopped him ever since. He is good with connecting with people and talkative which do hinder his solo travels but nonetheless, he avoids travelling in a big group of people. ‘Travelling with 1 or 2 folks is just a perfect blend’, says Varun Chaudhary.

 

Varun Chaudhary

 

There are many perks of being a travel photographer and one of them is travelling full-time. He does come across a few issues and problems but frequent travel based work trips have taught him to keep them at bay!

Varun is more of a spontaneous trip lover but doesn’t mind if the trips are well planned in advance.

 

Being brought up in Himachal Pradesh does have some fancy rewards, being able to travel the north part of the country and also visiting one of his favourite destinations along with Ladakh and Zanskar region in Jammu and Kashmir. Other than that Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh in the North East, Rajasthan and Goa in the West are few of his favourite destinations. South India is next on this traveller’s mind, he’d love to visit Kerala as soon as he gets the opportunity, says Chaudhary.

Varun admires the beauty of the landscapes, being a photographer that does come naturally, along with getting to meet new people who have extensive information on all the offbeat places is a win-win for any traveller. The culture, architecture and the local cuisine is unforgettable in its own way as well.

 

 

 

The experienced traveller has covered quite a lot kilometres starting from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. A recent international trip to Bhutan made him fall in love with the country and it’s well disciplined and decent population.

 

As a full-time traveller on duty, his camera gear is equally important but he does advise us to go light on carrying things around on travels. Cash is really important as credit and debit cards won’t be acceptable everywhere, a cell phone with a working  GPS for navigating maps is also a must! For hikers and campers, a sleeping bag, tent, food or dry ration, water and warm clothing shall not be forgotten, says the tourer!

 

Varun Chaudhary surely has learnt a lot from his travels, most importantly how meeting and sharing thoughts with different people at different locations can be applied in one’s life. It eventually does make some kind of impact on any traveller’s lifestyle. He says,’ It’s a good thing. Travel, learn and execute!’

 

Images by ©Varun Chaudhary

 

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