185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go

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Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty
Photo of 185 Cities Across India and Still a Long Journey to go by Rajat Chakraborty

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Life has the habit of keeping us in a spin. Mine is no different than that of others. The only one being, I never imagined having measured every length, breadth and width of the country, without my consent.

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It all started when one fine day, at a quite place in Uttarakhand and in my contemplated self, I decided to write down where all I have traveled across India. It was a longing to be back home may be, or may be it was just the aura of the place that took me back the memory lane.

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The places that I have covered across India are not ones that I have looked upon through the glass window while I sat inside the train. They are the ones that I have spent at least 24 hours for something purposeful, as a part of my job or profession, apart from trying to explore the places. 

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In the initial stages of these journeys, I was more focused on the job, while I traveled for work, rather than trying to get to the know how of the place I am visiting. The idea of keeping a 'Travel Diary' in my luggage never crossed my mind. When I eventually started recollecting my journeys, I realized that I have spent almost 12 years traveling across the country. That is when, I decided to pen down my journeys. At that moment, I realized what potential wealth of memories remain to be preserved to share with others. And hence, the journey of 'Pack-Ur-Bags' began... 

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From the beaches, dams and calm sea shores of the West India, to the green carpet valleys of the East, the urbane culture of the North and the austerity of South, the journey has been an exemplary one. As I started recording them, I embarked on another journey, a journey within myself, where all that I learnt through the entire process awaited to come and meet the world. In all those journeys, there were missing tid-bits of life, which I had to arrange to complete the jig-saw puzzle. 

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Most of the journeys I undertook were without a camera. A decade plus back, mobile phones were just in, with a basic facility of phone call, camera was a distant dream as a student and digital photography was making its space in the photography world. The only camera I had was my memory, which could make a note of all those wonderful places I had been able to touch upon.

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Now I realize this happened because it was all about timing, and my sail boat was waiting at the other end of the shore; it was only about breaking free and embarking upon the journey. And so I did in 2012, when I decided to do away with a full time job and take the leap for that journey that waited ahead, with all the responsibilities of the family of course. 

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Today, I travel 3-4 months a year, and the rest of the time, I spend preserving and sharing them with others.Most of the time, I help people like me plan their travel and venture this 'yet to be known India', by sharing my personal experiences, references, and information database.

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Today, I make sure I do not miss any of the memories, as I know their value. The journey has taken baby steps but is only to continue further, as I have more to see, know and learn from life and all that it has in store. 

My second trip to Agra after childhood
Photo of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Family trip to Gangtok
Photo of Ganesh Tok, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Pitstop on my Hiking Tour to Tawang
Photo of Jaswantgarh, Arunachal Pradesh by Rajat Chakraborty
Visit to the Kaziranga National Park
Photo of Kaziranga National Park, Kanchanjuri, Assam, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Traveling to Singapore
Photo of Marina Beach, Marina Beach, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India by Rajat Chakraborty
New Year Trip to Gangtok
Photo of Mayfair Resorts, Gangtok by Rajat Chakraborty
Tour to Badrinath
Photo of Mount kailash, Dhar Gundar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Enjoying the beauty of Munnar Valleys
Photo of Mudra Kathakali Centre, Kerala by Rajat Chakraborty
Tea gardens and the road trips, just loved them
Photo of Munnar, Munnar, Kerala, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Boating trip in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Photo of Periyar National Park, Kerala, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Road trip to this enchanting hill station in Gujarat
Photo of Saputara Lake, Saputara Lake, Saputara, Maharashtra 394720 by Rajat Chakraborty
The origin of Saraswati River near Badrinath
Photo of Saraswati River, Adisaptagram, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Must see places in Pune
Photo of Shaniwar Wada Fort, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Rajat Chakraborty
Must see temple in Pune
Photo of Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Rajat Chakraborty
The Hiking Tour to Arunachal Pradesh
Photo of Tawang Monastery Museum, Tawang by Rajat Chakraborty
Pit stop while traveling to Tawang
Photo of Tenga by Rajat Chakraborty
Took a metro ride to explore this culture-rich town
Boarded both Domestic and International Flights from here
One of my stays while traveling to Singapore
Stayed near this uptown market place in Kolkata for shopping
Explored this area for its night-life during my tour to Gangtok
Taken several trips into East India while venturing East and North East India
My pit stop while traveling to Asansol
The corridor to North east, explored the Hong-Kong Market and the buzzing streets of this crazily upcoming town
Stayed here for two years. Have fond memories of Delhi
Took a 15 days Hiking Trip to Explore Arunachal Pradesh
My home-town, place what I call 'Home'
Explored this area while I stayed in Pune for Graduation
Traveled twice here for a hiking and New Year Tour
My Delhi Address
Took a family trip during my 6 month stay in Indore
The pit stop for travelling to Badrinath and beyond
Did several trips here and still remains one of my favorite places to venture
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