I am a traveller first & Travel Blogger Later
I am a curious girl who loves to wander around to create memories and learn new things. More than destinations; I love meeting people and indulge in heartfelt conversations. I find joy in all the small things in life. Sometimes an exchange of smile with a stranger can uplift my mood. Emotions run high in my life. So, I do tend to get very emotional (a bit too much) about the places I like and people I love. A hopeless romantic by nature, this curious girl doesn’t endorse any rude behaviour from anyone. And, hey…I prefer the countryside anytime over cities, anywhere in the world.
Want to know more about me? Here you go….
I grew up in a small town in Assam, called Nagaon. Both my parents are in govt.service and established writers in Assam. During my childhood, I remember being glued to our TV set whenever there were travel-related programs being aired. If there was anything at all which fascinated me the most, it was TRAVEL for me. I often imagined myself as a traveller, exploring every destination shown on my Black & White television set (We still have that vintage television somewhere in our storage). Believe or not, unlike other kids of my age, I never used to read any children books or watch cartoon shows (I still don’t know the names of the famous cartoon characters, because, I HAVE NEVER BEEN INTERESTED).
As I grew up, my curiosity to discover the world only grew with each passing moment. I began my professional career as a Photo Editor, travelling the world visually, but that was not enough to satiate my hunger for travel. Finally, in 2009, I took my first trip to Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand after just seeing a photograph of a cottage on a hilltop. A whole new world of discoveries started from there. After that, I never looked back. I knew what my true calling was.
I used to save a lot (while on job) to travel in my own country. I was so regular visiting different places that people would question me in the office as to how I managed to do so with my salary. My answer was, “Keep your priorities clear. You will be able to do everything you want.” IT IS THAT SIMPLE. I used to cut down heavily on shopping, restaurant visits, parties, unnecessary luxuries to fulfil my DREAM OF TRAVELING WITHIN MY LIMITED INCOME. Today, I travel on invites from prestigious Tourism Boards, Luxury Travel Companies and Ultra Luxury Properties around the world. That’s because of my blog “My Travel Diary”.
Welcome To My Travel Diary
The blog takes you on a virtual journey through engaging content and inviting photographs. I started the blog a few years back to share my travel stories with the world, completely out of passion. In a short span of time, the blog started getting prominence among readers. The passion had turned into a profession. Not virtually, but the blog has literally taken me places.
Waking up in a wonderland like Lapland in Finland, spending time with the indigenous Sami people, sailing on the Indian Ocean on Princess Cruises, glass boat-ride in the Maldives, spending my night in a 108 years old heritage home in an offbeat Haa valley in Bhutan, visiting a bucket list country like Georgia, trekking to Tiger Nest in Bhutan and so on. The list is long.
When it comes to my own country, India, I can’t really explain how many such unique travel experiences I have in my kitty. Whether it was living with the semi nomadic tribe called Changpas in Ladakh, spending time with Rabari Tribe, attending various cultural festivals as a delegate, staying in the World’s most extra-ordinary hotel named Mihir Garh in Jodhpur, wildlife safari experience with Taj Safari in Madhya Pradesh, watching sunset in cold desert in Nubra valley in Ladakh, meeting with head-hunters in Mon, Nagaland or spending a whole day with the Apatani tribe in Zero, Arunachal Pradesh, the list is never ending. I can’t include everything here. For that, READ MY BLOG.
- Best Blogger 2020 by SATTE
- SuperWomen 2018 by Social Samosa
- Local Favourite 2015 by Culture Trip
My Travel Diary is not just a travel blog with travel stories, but it is the space that gives glimpses of the faraway places of the world and allows you to become my travel partner on my journey virtually.
Over the years, I have travelled to more than 22 states in India and quite a few countries abroad. I believe in the power of visual media and powerful narratives. I hope that my collected stories from different corners of the world can inspire you enough to pack your bags. Travelling is not only liberating but an enriching experience and makes you realize the worth of little things which we tend to ignore most of the time. The journey towards the unknown is rewarding.
The blog introduces you to different offbeat destinations, unique cultural practices, gives you reasons to visit places, guides you to plan your vacation by providing travel tips and detailed travel itineraries and inspires you to step out of your comfort zone to explore this beautiful world.
Travel Show with MTV
It was during the year 2014, I got a once in a lifetime opportunity to be on a social road trip called, “Nano Drive with MTV.” I was in two minds as I had got a job opportunity and was supposed to join my new office in a week’s time. I was in a dilemma. I needed to financially secure myself and at the same time I had the urge to live my dream. It made me spend sleepless nights for weeks. However, I decided to take the plunge and said yes to the MTV show. I am glad I took the right decision and have never looked back since then. I packed my bags to be on trip along with three more fellow travellers whom I had never met before the show.
- 5000 km across western India
- In a Nano car
- 5 states
- 21 destinations
- 3 complete strangers
- MTV crew 24*7
It was an EPIC trip that changed my life entirely. The show with MTV was a learning curve and nothing less than a Game Changer for me. It had contributed immensely in shaping me into the person I am today.
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