My life, My 30s and My bucket list

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Yes, that's right, my 30s won't gonna be like yours, not at all because I don't like spending my weekdays sitting and giving deliveries. I don't even like wasting my weekends sticking on bed or chilling around and having coffees in air-conditioned restaurants, shopping or doing some other stuffs.

In my opinion, we are the luckiest one created by our creator. We can see and feel things completely different way than our counterparts. We have this inner voice which always encourages us to try something new, go new places and explore the beauty of everything. I strongly agree that we are not sent in this world to earn money by sticking to our daily routine. There is a reason why at very beginning of our life we were wanderer. I mean, you can also figure it out by self, the change in you if you are visiting new places. So what is stopping you to continue this for your entire life? Don't you want to explore at least 5% of the world's beauty before you die or before getting buried under the responsibility of marriage, kids and everything else? So far, I have done a lot scratching my bucket list and replacing the word still to explore with accomplished. You can go through my blogs or links given below to see how much I have traveled so far.

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So these are my ten places where I wanted to be with you before turning 30:-

Bike trip from MANALI to LEH

No surprises this time!! It has to be on the very top of my bucket list. If you love biking, like to taste your skills and want to feel adrenaline rush into your blood vessels to its limits on one of the world's most dangerous road and no doubt highest motorable road, like to witness untouched and still unpolluted paradise of lush green mountains coated with white snow, purest lakes, water streams and never witnessed amazing and truly mesmerizing stars spread all over the sky like glitters, where surroundings changes itself dramatically from ( East +1 ) degrees to (East+180) degrees { east to west }. Tall standing mountains on one side of roads turn into deep, steep and dangerous valley on the other side. That's not all, If you like to meet to meet new people, probably kindest on this blue planet then no doubts this 470 km ride from Manali (6750 ft.) to Leh (13000 ft.) going to be at the peak of your wish list.

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During this journey you will get a chance to pass through some highest mountain ranges in the world, including Rohtang La (13051 ft.) in Pir Panjal range and three passes in Zanksar range that separate Zanksar valley from Leh Valley, Namely, Barlacha La (16050 ft.), Lachulung La (16600 ft.) and Taglang La (17500 ft.). The road crosses more plains between Lachulang La and Taglang La. This journey from any perspective and by any standards of the world is written EPIC all over it. The roads between, are open up only for a few months a year, Going to test you, scare you, shock you and at the end it going to leave you speechless.

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The presence of serene silence where you can actually witness this EPIC, Once in a life time and amazingly breathtaking journey which is going to end up as a precious memory stone for your collection that you can't replace with anything. I mean how often you find yourself lucky to be at right place to experience these rough but yet amazing journey in which you pass through roads made through ice, melting ice creating little water streams which later adds up to turn into huge waterfalls, Halts where you can set up your camps and witness undoubtedly the best view of our galaxy full with infinite shining stars. Sitting under the lap of Mother Nature at such places where she can offer you truly majestic view of untouched beauty, where you can sit alone and spend your hours at such places.

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Trust me; it's going to make you believe again that life is beautiful !!

Base jumping from Angel Falls - World highest waterfall

When it comes to test your limits, try base jumping from the world's highest uninterrupted waterfalls that flows through Auyantepui mountain range in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. I came to know about this scenic place through a documentary on Discovery channel, when I was 12, and from that moment onwards, this place never left my fantasy world of traveling. The scenic beauty, this place always kept me impressing throughout those years, when I was unable to live my dreams and I don't think that I can exclude this amazing place when I am writing my bucket list on paper.Photo of My life, My 30s and My bucket list 5/23 by Sumit Singh

Because the Angel falls are so isolated- they're located right in the thick jungle. You have to trek a lot to reach this place. The journey to these falls includes a flight to Canaima National park, then a boat ride, then a hike up to the falls. But all this activity is well worth it once you get glimpses of the viewpoint from the top of the world's highest waterfall.

Base Jumping from these 979 meters high fall is something that you never going to forget throughout your life. The amazing falls also houses lush green forest and several wild species. No doubt because of these reasons UNESCO has declared these scenic falls as World Heritage site.Photo of My life, My 30s and My bucket list 6/23 by Sumit Singh

Just imagine the experience of jumping down these falls, Small droplets of water touching your face, falling through rainbows created by small droplets when sunrays throwing photons on them will going to be truly magical. Reaching to these falls may also need some permissions from local authorities but it will going to prove another milestone that you definitely want to achieve !!

Pursuit of Northern Lights

Nobody wants to miss this amazing phenomenon occurring over the skies near poles, only few vistas can top the Northern Lights. Officially known as the Aurora Borealis (Signifying the meeting of Aurora, Roman Goddess of the dawn, and Borealis, The Greek god of northern winds). Created by solar winds interacting with charged particles in the Earth's magnetic field. The light appears as otherworldly streaks of green, red, yellow and purple dancing across the arctic sites. These places always remained favorites among photographers and travelers, who likes to chase these Aurora Borealis (Northern light).Photo of My life, My 30s and My bucket list 7/23 by Sumit Singh

Camping on snowy mountains over arctic, relaxing and witnessing these dancing lights right above the city sky will surely going to prove worthy all your chasing these lights experience. Although you can find these lights near the poles, Chasing these lights are not a piece of cake, As they are difficult to spot and one can't predict exact place to be, But if you have done some research before chasing them, then you can enhance your chances to spot them by being at right place at right time.

The best time to catch the spectacle, which occurs predominantly, between late September and late march often close to midnight. The best places which can increase your probability to catch these auroral activities are Iceland, Alaska, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Lapland, Sweden and Canada.Photo of My life, My 30s and My bucket list 8/23 by Sumit Singh

A National Geographic Photographer explains his chasing experience as " There's moments where you just stop, put down your camera, look up into the night sky and just say wow. Every time I see the Northern lights I have this moment. I don't care how many times I see it. It will always fill me with awe". And no doubts why I also want to witness these awe moments !!

Panoramic view from Eiffel Tower

If anybody asks me to choose one manmade wonder in the world then without any second thoughts I will choose this 1063 ft. tall wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in the heart of city of love, Paris, - Eiffel Tower. I have read several interesting stories about this place from the travelers which always fascinated me.

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One of my friend told me about his recent encounter with this amazing place and the way he described this place to me, made me fall in love with this place further more. He was not able to find right words to throw at me but looking at him, I easily figured out that without a doubt, the Eiffel tower is one of the world's most well-known landmarks. It's iron spires shoot out from the ground with pride and confidence. This wholly Parisian construct has unmatched panoramic view of the city of love below is incomparable, which I also want to witness with you. Padlock bridge near Eiffel tower is one more place, I want to visit because there is a saying "Make a wish, Lock it here and throw the keys in the river and your wish will be fulfilled."

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This historic city is not only known for this huge iron sculpture. You can also enjoy French cinema which are known for invoking many emotional varieties. Paris is also known for their Artists, Café cultures, Cuisine, Fashion, Architecture and Culture. Vintage Accordian players can be heard throughout squares and streets of Paris. Much interesting than guitar and definitely cooler too. The Newly renovated and brilliant Picasso museum is another great reason to fall in love with Paris.

No Doubt it has to be in my Bucket list !!

Getting drenched into unknown spirituality @ City of Varanasi

Although I don't believe in God, This place is able to mark its name on my bucket list. I always believe that there is some invisible energy which always keeps us going through the tough times and the times of happiness. There are somethings in the world which can't be explained through science and it's better to leave it on our spiritual belief. Ever wonder how mother gives birth to new life, why we feel happy when you are being loved and why feel sad when you are being hurt. The city of Varanasi ( from Varuna river and Assi ghat hence the name Varanasi ), also known as Banaras or kasha, might not have right answer for these questions but the religious environment across the city could help you inch closer to the spiritual mean of life.

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One of the seven holiest cities and also UNESCO world heritage, Varanasi city is also one of the Shakti peethaas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get and instant getaway to liberation from cycle of birth and re-birth.

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Situated at the bank of River Ganges this city is famous for their Ghats (River banks). Morning Aarti (worship) and saints rhyming sacred rhymes all over the temples and streets of Varansi could prove a completely different experience for me !!

Scuba diving @ Andaman and Nicobar Island

 If you like diving with untouched beauty of the sea, if clear and warm blue water keeps calling you into your dreams, Then untouched beauty of Andaman and Nicobar islands are right place for you. Located in the Bay of Bengal about 900 km from the eastern coasts of India, The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the few undiscovered gems that have escaped the clutches of mass tourism.

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There are no concrete and glass resorts offering all-inclusive deals, no nightclubs, no shopping malls and no fancy restaurants. There aren't even any street salesmen offering to sell you trinkets at "a special price, my friend- just for you."

What Andaman do have to offer is clear warm water with one of the largest variety of coral and fish anywhere on the planet. You will get a chance to explore clean, clear and undiscovered beauty of these islands. Diving with hundreds of varieties of fishes, various kind of corals will going to sooth your nerves and make you believe that there are places in the world where you can relax awhile without getting disturbed by crowd. This can prove a perfect escape for you.

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Havelock and Neil Island are becoming popular among the scuba divers now a day as they are offering some of the best places to explore these beauty. Some diving centers provide Scuba diving training to these locations. They also includes safaris to the north and trip to Barren and invisible banks. Reaching here also may prove little clumsy but you'll not gonna regret once you reach here !!

Quenching my cultural thirst @ The Great Runn of Kutch

Ever wonder that warm, deadly and dry desert can give you as pleasant surprises as any places present in my bucket list. Well, it's time to correct your views about these places. The great Runn of Kutch is my next place that I want to visit with you before turning 30.

Kutch, Located in the state of Gujarat is blessed with one of the most ecologically and culturally abundant landforms. The brimming profuse of nature's beauty, culture and tradition, superfluity of colors and celebration, Cornucopia of joy and beauty, altogether reflect the magnificence of the amazing Kutch. Particularly, the spectacular sight of boundless white desert under the moonlight presents the stunning creation of nature, unique to this world.

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The distinctive folk dances and music, intricate but yet stunning arts and crafts, gracious people and nature along with different handicraft culture of district like folk textiles, exquisite embroidery and mirror work are some of the specialties of Kutch.

The major attraction of Kutch is Rann Utsav. Rann Utsav is cradled in the largest salt marsh of the world "The Great Runn of Kutch". Runn Utsav is a celebration of an epic magnitude. It is a celebration of life, festivities and culture of Kutch and Gujarat, which goes around for more than 107 days from month of December till Holi in March. The most colorful people with a rich cultural heritage grace the canvas of "White Runn"

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The other attraction of Kutch are arrival of migratory flamingo over the lakes of Khavda, Also known as flamingo city. A beautiful island is situated in between widespread desert of Kutch, known as Khadir island has an archaeological site of Dholavira, which has remains of ancient Indus valley civilization/ Harappan city.

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MY search for an exciting vacation on an exotic location will gonna end here for sure. This place seen tailor made just for us. Beit taking a relaxing walk down the serene white Runn under the star studded sky or taking photographs against the serene backdrop of the white Runn.

No doubt traveling in the untraveled path in Runn Utsav is like investing in a lifetime of pleasant memories !!

Witnessing sunset and sunrise over the sea from the same place @ Kanyakumari- the end

Don't you like sunset or sunrise over the end of the horizon of never ending long stretch sea. To witness sunrise you can opt beaches at east near Bay of Bengal and for sunset one can go scenic place at west over Arabian Sea. But what if you want to enjoy rise and dawn of the sun from the same place, then Kanyakumari will serve your purpose.

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This is India's Land's End, the tip of peninsular India where Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. The confluence of these three places is also referred as -Thriveni Sangam. Kanyakumari otherwise known as Cape Comorin is supposed to be famous pilgrim center and a beach resort. The unique feature of Kanyakumari is the view of Sunrise and sunset. This is southernmost point of mainland India. It's location near Western Ghats and bordered by the Lakshadweep Sea at the Southwest, Southeast and South of city. This place has been one of the major centers of arts, culture and religion since ancient times. The city beaches are also the only beaches in the world where you can experience bot sunset and sunrise.

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The various temples in this beautiful city of Tamil Nadu are frequented by thousands of pilgrims and the pristine beaches attract huge number of tourists to the city.

It's The End of our Indian peninsula and because of amazing history and it"s beaches, This place is able to make a place into my bucket list !!

Soaked into festival of colors-Holi @ Vrindavan

 The festival of colors, Holi has a special significance in Indian tradition and culture. There are several similar festivals as Holi in India celebrated all across the world like La Tomatina in Spain, Battle of Oranges in Italy, Battle of Wine in Northern Spain, Water festival in Thailand and Mud festival in Switzerland. But out of all, Shinning with vibrant colors, Holi festival in India, celebrates the eternal love of Radha and Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated all across the country but if you want to experience truly and lively environment and want to celebrate it in a grand style then book your tickets for the next Holi festival to the cities which are deeply associated with Lord Krishna- Mathura and Vrindavan. 

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The festival of colors teaches humankind to transcend above the cast and creed. It is a festival to forget old grievances and meeting others with great warmth and high spirit. The city of Vrindavan attracts lots of travelers from different places of India and all across the globe. Holi festival usually celebrated in the month of March but in Vrindavan, They start celebrating Holi well before the occasion and environment all across the street of Vrindavan and Mathura is truly magical. You can literally feel and stunning and amazing joy and warmth inside you. It is difficult for me also to pitch right words with you to explain the ambiance this city have during these days. You have to be there to feel it. I also want to feel the same joy and happiness that this city is giving to travelers and tourist over the hundreds of years.

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There are different phases and rituals of Holi celebrated during these days of joys that you don't wanna miss like Lathmar Holi (Holi with sticks), Phoolonwali Holi ( Holi with Flowers), Widow's Holi and Holi at Banke Bihari temple and lot more.

Just be there at right time and share your experience with the world !!

Doing nothing at picturesque Ziro valley

Finally, Here I am, putting down my last place that I want to visit before turning 30. There is a lot of option available for me to include in my bucket list. But Things can wait but not Ziro Valley because sometimes all you need to stop down, put your camera aside and just wanted to listen the silence present in the widespread grass fields in the picturesque beauty of Mother Nature.

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Named a world Heritage site for its stunning natural beauty, Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is headquarter to lower Subansiri district. Apatani plateau, as popularly known as Ziro valley, is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. The region is known for its stretches of rice fields and grassy land, surrounde by mountains that midst of pine trees in great numbers. Arunachal Pradesh known for its much known tranquility, has wide range of flora and fauna seen here is soul captivating. Cool summers and cooler winters make this place even more stunning. Every angle is above perfect and every view is spectacular. No wonder if best configuration in my camera fails to do justice to the amazing beauty of Ziro. It is so perfect that no camera in this world can able to capture best of it.

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Don't forget to book your tickets at the time of Ziro festival, whose major attraction is Ziro music festival, where various artists from all across the world perform probable in the most picturesque location !!

So here I am done with my Bucket list that I want to scratch of before turning 30. Life is short and precious so enjoy every single breathe that is remaining inside your lungs as it is your last breathe and do witness something spectacular before you die, Because I strongly favor " when you get older you want to get remembered for the things you have done for yourself and not for others". I have traveled a lot and have spent almost two years inside my cubical and believe me whenever I meet someone they are not interested in my professional life, all they want to hear is stories that you have made traveling throughout these days.

So Travel My Friend Travel !!

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Its like reading my own bucket list :)
Thu 05 26 16, 21:22 · Reply (1) · Report
Well, it has to be :)
Fri 05 27 16, 08:49 · Report
great work
Tue 05 03 16, 07:31 · Reply · Report