Shot at the Prantik railway station near Shantiniketan, West Bengal
I always complain to myself that I discovered the joy of travelling pretty late in my life! It was like a forgotten part of me waiting to be unleashed and when it was indeed discovered there was nothing that could stop me from exploring the world!
Ok, but who are you?
Hello there! I am Piyush Agarwal and I would like to welcome you to my world, my thoughts and my bickerings – IndiTraveller. I believe there is a traveller in all of us. Afterall the early civilizations were nomads. If not your ancestors, mine definitely were. One of them even migrated from Rajasthan to West Bengal several years back as proof.
I also believe Travel can be transformational, responsible and pocket-friendly. It also does not have to wait for that one summer vacation or limited to the 17 odd official leaves you receive annually. I can vouch for it because, in the year 2015, I took a resolution to travel to a new place every month. And to ensure I do not a hit, those trip cost needed to average around Rs.5000 at the end of the year.
Happy to let you know that this is the only resolution I have stuck to all my life! Shows, how the universe can conspire to ensure you get what you want.
How did you manage to travel every month?
We in India are blessed with several festivals leading to long weekends and with the improving local transport system, quite a lot of amazing destinations are just an overnight journey away! So I (ab)used my weekends, credit card points and online deals to ensure I can travel frequently.
While staying lean on my travels, I also did ensure that a basic level of comfort is maintained. So while I was indeed on a budget, I did not have to really beg for rides or couches to crash. Not that I am saying there is anything wrong in that.
And the travel bug has not rested since. A mix of long and short getaways keeps me going.
So how much you have travelled?
Frankly not as much as I would have liked but I am not complaining.
I have been to 7 countries apart from India which includes New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, USA to name a few. In India itself, I have travelled quite a bit though there is so much more yet to be covered!
I will be sharing my experiences and travel tips when visiting such destinations.
So what’s IndiTraveller?
Technically it’s my travel avatar but in reality, it’s a lot more than that. It’s a travel ideology and culture that I hope more people will follow in the future leading to happier lives and sustainable destinations.
It started as a small Facebook community to encourage more people to follow suit on embarking in mini-adventures. Take short but frequent time-offs from life to keep the enthusiasm going. And I am looking forward to it growing to something a lot bigger in days to come.
But in a nutshell, the mission of IndiTraveller is to
“Enable more Indians to explore the World and encourage the World to discover India.”
Cool! So where can I get started?
Since this site is very much new, I would the best place to start is my homepage.
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