Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey.

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23rd Sep 2015
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A month in backpack.

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Feel Welcomed. They mean it.

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Spend some quality time with stones while in Kasol

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Respect people who serve you while in Old Delhi.

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Sunset and Kasol <3

Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar

A very "tranced" person with mushroom soup-Tosh

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Lovely mountain people.

Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar

Art of chilling and doing it right while in Tosh.

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Yamuna Cafe Tosh.

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Tosh.

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Jama Masjid, Old Delhi.

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Kasol from bridge towards Challal.

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Do try lemonana!

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One hell of a naughty kid and puppy!

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Take selfies..:)

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While resting on Triund Trek.

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Triund Trek.

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1 Sheep 2 Sheep....Tosh

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View from window, Rainbow Guest House.

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Mcleod Ganj

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First stop Triund Trek

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Triund Trek

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Best View Cafe - Triund Trek

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Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar
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Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar
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Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar
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Photo of Dharamshala-Kasol-Tosh-Delhi: 1 month, 1 Girl. A Beautiful Journey. by Shipra Shekhar

I am tired of reading all the tips from women on road about how to protect themselves while travelling alone. I see a very few telling them to believe, that it is easy and is just another thing you do. Well, if I need to give an instance to make it more understandable I'll say- Travelling alone for a girl should be same as driving, we come across so many nerve wrecking accidents on road but did anyone abandon driving altogether? I guess no, but we started driving better and safer. There is more good to the world than bad. Something you only understand when you open yourself to experiences.

I am an Indian girl from Varanasi. It's an amazing place to grow up in but as everywhere else in north India, it is not free from the sad elements that make walking on roads difficult. I say north India specifically because I have lived and visited many places in south and south-west India and I never faced same intensity of nonsense over there. I felt safe and liked it. I read something in Reader's Digest as a kid that kind of changed me or my perspectives for that matter. It was an interview with Sushmita Sen. I have admired her as a kid because of her take on life. She had shared something like this - "When you walk, you give vibes. If you are scared, people will know you are scared; If you are confident they will know and no one will mess with you". I started doing it. I walked with confidence. I feigned confidence even when scared. It really changed things. I felt safer. It's all in your mind and vibes. Nothing has come easy for me but I made it happen. All you need to do is to believe you can.

I was working in an MNC before but I quit that to join a start-up that supports remote work. So now, I can work while travelling too. :D

Some to go thoughts that will give you some things to ponder on-

1. Know that it is one life that you have got. No second chances. Do it right. Harbour is safe but a ship is meant to sail. Isn't it? Get going!

2. Please get over "Parents won't allow me". I am not suggesting to become a full blown rebel but try to talk to them about it, if that is really something you want and it is confining you. They are concerned about your safety but you will gain nothing by being safe and not seeing what the world has to offer. Travel is the most entertaining life lesson you can get. I won't trade it for any money in the world.

3. Even if you have a 9-5, you can start by weekend trips. It is easy and doable. Try short distance trips to gain confidence on road required for the long trips.

4. TALK and know whom to not TALK. It is very important to be good in communication while travelling alone. You learn more about a place from its people. You are never really alone while traveling alone as you tend to meet a lot more people than you ever will while travelling in a group. You need to develop a sense of judgment about strangers and know whom to trust. When in doubt always go to authority or security. Be vocal.

5. If you are in a relationship and want to travel alone it is a kind of stressful thing to discuss maybe. Try to explain why you need to do it and if he is the right guy he sure would understand. Advice - Always date a guy who travels you'll never be bored in your life.

6. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of travelling alone and how it changes you. When you come out of the other side you are going to be more confident, peaceful, grateful and happy person. It is priceless.

7. Be kind. Be courteous. Talk with respect to everyone you meet. You will never know how important it is but you will connect so easily and feel at home at strangest of places by just being nice.

8. Don't forget to go a little crazy have some fun and make memories for we only regret things we don't do.

Women abroad travel solo all the time. It is not a big deal there. I hope I will see more Indian women while travelling. I want it to become so common that nobody is surprised when a girl goes solo. It is dreaming of a better safer more humane world. Happy Travelling!

Triund Trek was the highlight of my trip to Dharamshala. It is a medium level trek that stretches for 7-10kms but views you get after reaching on to the top is breathtaking. It was too cold for me to remember to take a pic but I'll never forget what I saw. Clear starry navy night sky with snow capped neighboring mountains, middle earth feels. Absolutely out of the world.

Eat- Mcllo Restaurant, Bread momos.

Delhi has always been a hasty trip mostly in transit to some other place. But this time I made sure that I take a trip to old Delhi. It was like Diagon Alley. Strange, Fascinating and Quirky all at the same time. Everything about the place screams timeless traditions. Shops that stood for many decades with expertise that can come only with time. You need to be there to feel the sweaty frenzy that it is.

Eat- All you can.

I have heard about this place in Himachal with some good stuff, you know. I only had to be there to know what the fuss is all about. I made an impromptu trip for my 25th B'day. I had not booked a place or planned anything. After reaching there I felt that wasn't even required. Kasol is a small cozy village in Parvati Valley (With Airtel 3g :p). After reaching bhuntar from Delhi you take an hour bus to Kasol. The roads are amazing and so are the mountain people. They all are kind with a smile. You feel the warmth by just being around.

Things to do - Do absolutely nothing but still Eat, sleep, chill and go for hikes in woods around.

Stay - There are many good cheap options available. I stayed in Rainbow guest house, amazing location and view.

Eat- Banana Cake from German Bakery opposite to Sasi Restaurant, Thupka at Tibetan Restaurant near kasol bridge and Litty Italy and Evergreen for fancy dining and good music.

Past 7 years I have been staying in places where winter never appears to come. So for that, I wanted to go further up to Tosh. This place is one-hour delightful bus journey far from Kasol. It is a mesmerising place. Like Kasol all you can do here is chill. I absolutely loved the "Dolce Far Niente" vibes of Himachal. Would do it again in a blink.

Eat - Noodles at Yamuna Cafe.

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Hello.. Iam maneesh from new delhi... Iam planning my trip to kasol and others places as well... If anyone interested to join.. i was planning this 6th june night from isbt and return likely on 12th... please mail me on maneeshbhardwaj86@gmail.com. Happy travel :)
Mon 06 04 18, 06:45 · Reply · Report
HI. have you tried StonedAGE TOSH near Waterfall ?
Sun 01 07 18, 11:09 · Reply · Report
Wow! you are wonderful! not different this thing in men and women. 99% tries to break my solo journey
Sun 12 03 17, 20:06 · Reply · Report
Awesome @Shipra. Keep writing and keep travelling :)
Mon 11 13 17, 03:12 · Reply · Report
Great Inspiring
Tue 09 19 17, 10:14 · Reply · Report
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