Situated along the Carpathian mountains in South East of Europe is a gem of a country, Romania, which is untouched and is nothing but pure beauty. This country is very well known for the forested region of Transylvania, winged by the Carpathian mountains. There is something very special about Romania which is almost indescribable by words and one has to only travel in this beautiful region to truly experience its absolutely fascinating aura.
Romania is yet to be discovered by people all around the world and is often overshadowded by other more popular Eastern European countries which prevents a traveler from having to tackle crowds of tourists and getting hit by selfie sticks thereby allowing one to explore at his/her own pace and spend some quality time without having to worry about a sea of tourists. I spent over 20 days traveling through Romania mostly spending time with locals, traveling the way locals do to undisclosed locations, couchsurfing, staying with the locals who were kind enough to invite me to their beautiful homes and share their precious time and moments with me. One of the reasons they were so interested in getting to know me was because of my fascination in their culture, interests, legends and in their country in its entirety as a foreigner and more specifically as an Indian.
Romania is very cheap when it comes to travel expenditure and expenses which allowed me to literally travel to almost all corners of this gorgeous land on a very tight student budget. But the experience and knowledge gained during my time spent here was absolutely rewarding and rich to say the least. One article that I read perfectly describes Romania as - Romania is a land of contrasts with scenes of overloaded hay- and horse-carts sharing highway space with speeding Audis. This only adds to its profound beauty.
My idea was to start from the West of Romania namely from a place called Timisoara then travel through the alluring region of Transylvania and Carpathian mountains, followed by a visit to the legendary Transfagarasan highway and end my journey at the capital Bucharest which is in the south east of the country over a period of 22 days. The best part of the trip was the fact that I was traveling during Winter which just uplifts this region of Romania to whole another level.