Traveling Solo & Smart – Foundation & Purpose
Hi , I am Srishti ; founder of Travel Solo and Smart . It’s almost decade I have been travelling solo of course with the like minded community . My passion to travel has taken me places . From North ; South ; West & East traveled all parts of India and covered few International destination as well . This article may not to be enough to elaborate all my journeys . Nevertheless Let me start few such places I covered last year .
It all starts when we want to travel badly but not able to decide where and with whom. Also we need that much needed break to figure out what we really need and want in life . Change of place always helps sail in right direction and assists to figure out our true calling . Once such phase in my life made me choose traveling as way to go and discovering myself .I never knew travelling was such a fun and learning and that too going solo but with like minded souls .
Rishikesh can be visited multiple times because of so many reasons . I myself have visited this place more than once . I planned to visit this city during new year eve in 2016 ; come back in 2017 . Rishikesh as we all know is known for rafting but its also famous for its adventure sports . Playing with tides is absolute fun there . We can also explore taste of bungee jumping & mini trek towards camp side too . Besides hosting activities it’s also well known religious place . Evening Aarti is not less than meditation .Travelling here can be planned on any weekend . I travelled here with 2 communities in which there were lot of solo tarvellers . It was fun visiting here both the times .
Mussorie was perfect destination for my birthday celebration. With greenery all around it had great scenic beauty . Planned to visit this place during my birthday week that was last week of feb . Journey takes of 6-7 hours from delhi . It was just 4-5 of us . When we reach there I witness serene beauty of mountain . Dhanaulti was all the more fun with horse ride to hill top . There was some huge organic plantation as well which was supposedly reserve for export . Other places to visit were Lal Tibba ; Kempty fall ; Rover’s cave etc .
Mukteshwar is another small village in Nanital . One of the best thing about this place is its beautiful organic farms . We can get organic fruits at dirt cheap price here . Besides that it has got great area to trek which can serve as good weekend break for any traveler . Enroute we can also visit famous lake in Bhimtal . Surrounded by mountain we can actually forget everything while boating for 30 minutes .
Kasol known as Israeli community because of couple of reason . It’s small village in manali connecting many valleys and hills . Perfect place to trek and have come chill time with friends . It also has some space for religious souls by hosting places like Manikaran which is famous gurudwara that offers langars .Not limited to that it’s also famous for rave parties and drugs which are implanted here in forms of weeds. Weed is available at much cheaper here because of ease of availability and no legal hassle . People who visit Kasol often stock this drug and consume it more often to add charm to their vacation . While visiting this place many small towns like Tosh ; parvati valley ; manikaran etc can be combined to have complete taste of this city . Its usually 12-14 hours journey by road from delhi . But once you visit here its beauty is complete treat to eyes and can quiet relaxing ; enough to east the distance traveled .
Jodhpur was indeed beautiful city to wind up year 2017 . It was one of the best solo trip I had . Unlike any group planned to visit this place all by myself . Also known as blue city ; it’s indeed perfect place to get you out of any blues . It has some of the magnificent historical beauty . The forts here are phenomemon in their architect .Few of the must visit places here are like Mehrangang fort ; Jaswant thada ; Umaid Bhavan ; Mandore Garden . Besides places it also offers great rajasthani delicacies .Some good restaurants to visit here are On the rock café & if you want to have authentic rajasthani platter than you may go to Gypsy which served traidition rajasthani thali in quickest time . Even the better part about the city I liked was the climate . In chilling winter time of delhi it is the best escape . Morning were reasonably warm and good at times you can manage without sweaters . Winters are good to go with some warm shrugs . Overall it was blast to visit this place during new year week .
Above mentioned places are just few among many I visited . Besides them there are many good cities that can be explored in India like Orchha ; Khajurao ; Pondicherry ; Koorg ; Pangot . Will try to cover story of most of them in upcoming blogs .
Though all my trips have been adventurous and fun . But being solo traveler what I have realized is at times we tend to hang up with group where we don’t belong to . At the same time many travel group also leverage the vulnerability of solo travelers by not providing value of money in terms of stay & other facilities like commuting within or starting and end point . These are pain point which I experienced as a traveler . Though I wanted to travel more often but lack of few basic facilities like decent stay in good property with like minded people was what I missed . Usually these groups will make you stay in some sub-standard camps by tempting you with some great banner . But once you visit theplace only than we realize the loophole . With foundation of Travel solo smart community I will ensure to keep it as customized as possible as per majority .
Also would like to enable networking platform where people can connect with each other at personal and professional level .