I don’t know the exact date and time when the Travel Bug bit me. All I remember are those days when after school I used to be glued to our Black & White television set to watch places and dreamt of visiting them one fine day. Time has slipped through my fingers in these years. But my curiosity to discover the world around me has only grown. The urge of going to different places, experiencing something new and living a life that I have designed for myself has become an addiction. Getting lost in the map has become my favorite game in life and when I derive simple pleasures from those unexplored corners, I call it, “A Perfect Life”.
I never looked back since then
Being a Photo Editor by profession, I have traveled the world visually. However, one particular photograph of a cottage on a hilltop in the Himalayas inspired me to come out of my visual world and take the road less traveled. In 2009, I took my very first trip to Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand. I was introduced to a whole new world of discoveries. The world, which was beyond my imagination! And the rest is history. It changed everything for me.
Debuted as Assistant Director for a Travel Show
Nothing can be more fulfilling than experiencing the joy of living your Dream. I always wanted to be a part of a Travel Show where I can embark on a journey with a bunch of creative minds, exploring new destinations, meeting new people, learning new crafts and making a show worth watching after many years. And it happened. One advertisement, one phone call and I was on board for a Travel Show for Arunachal Pradesh Tourism. Well, I played many roles. I started as Researcher, Production Manager and ended up as an Assistant Director.
Watch it here
Game Changer: Travel Show with MTV
Isn’t that interesting when you open your eyes and find yourself in a new destination every morning?
Some dreams do come true. And I believe in destiny. It was 2014; I got the once in a lifetime opportunity to be on a social road trip called, “Nano Drive with MTV”. And I had it all. Five states, 21 days, 21 destinations covering 5000 KM across western India in a Nano car. Sounds awesome right? Yes, it was one hell of a crazy road trip I had taken. A journey like never before where you hit the road without any planning, prior bookings, and itineraries. It was an endless journey of exploration, discoveries, excitement, fun and a hell lot of surprises. I was traveling with three fellow travelers whom I had never met in my life. It was like turning a new page of a travel book with each passing day. It changed my whole perspective towards travel. I found my true calling. I know what drives my happiness. The show with MTV taught me a lot of ropes of traveling. It gave me the confidence to face the camera and make my own decisions within limited resources. The show left me with a professional edge and confidence to deal with the challenges of travel authoritatively!
I would be lying if I say that I did not like this limelight. The cameras are on you constantly, recording your journeys and you get to speak your heart out in front of a camera and most importantly you are featured on MTV Channel which has phenomenal reach. I had my share of fame too when people on road recognized me as that girl from MTV.
I am Travel Filmmaker too
I believe in the power of visual media. Being a traveler myself, I have been to 17 states and more than 60 places in India. While traveling, I love capturing each moment into my lens. Through my travel videos, I like to take you to amazing destinations virtually and inspire you enough to come out of your comfort zone to explore these beautiful places on earth. I have made a couple of Travel videos and a few are on the editing table.
You can find my Travel videos here
I started “My Travel Diary” a few years back to share my Travel Stories with the world. It was just for sheer passion. Today “My Travel Diary” is considered as one of the Top Travel Blogs in India.
Through my stories, I hope to inspire people to travel. I believe that travel does not just take you to places; it makes you a better person. It broadens your perspective on life. Traveling is a liberating and an enriching experience which sets you free and makes you realize the worth of those little things which we ignore most of the time.
Traveling to the remote corners, meeting new people, sampling local delicacies, exploring different cultures and lifestyle has become my passion. I believe that every place has its unique mystical character and some awesome stories which are mostly unexplored and unheard.
My Travel Diary is not just a travel blog with travel stories, but this is the space which gives you glimpses of the remote corners and inspires you to discover more about yourself. It will give you enough reasons to come out of your comfort zone to explore this unexplored world.
I have been featured by NDTV Prime on their weekly program named “Heads Up”.
Times Of India : We Spoke To Bloggers Who Quit Their Jobs To Travel The World To Find Out How It Really Works
Trocializing.com : India’s Top Solo Travelers ““I discover more about myself while travelling solo than in groups”
Jaipur Women Blog : We Took To The Streets With This Travel Blogger To Rediscover The Forgotten Lanes Of Jaipur
SakaalTimes: Lost In Wanderlust
Feature Story on Seven Sister’s Post : A Quiet Pleasure in the hills
Feature Story on The Sentinel (An English daily news paper) : 10 Reasons why you must visit Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Feature Story on The Sentinel (An English daily news paper) : A Journey to Mukteshwar
Feature Story on Seven Sister’s Post : Nature of Bishnois
Feature Story on The Sentinel (An English daily news paper) : Majuli: The largest River Island in the World
Feature Story in Melange section of The Sentinel : Rendezvous with Bishnoi Community
Holidify : Majuli: The largest River Island in the World
Spoke at Just Go Delhi event organised by F5 Escapes in Delhi
Spoke about Travel Blogging at St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur. The Blogging workshop event was organised by Jaipur Women Blog
One of the speakers at the Travel Blogging Unplugged International Blogging Event
I have been awarded by The Culture Trip as Local Favorites 2015 .
Nano Drive with MTV ( SEASON 3)
BitterSweet Symphony – Tawang