Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money 

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17th Jun 2015
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  1/6 by Mahima Nanda
First money free journey towards abode of Lord Shiva
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  2/6 by Mahima Nanda
A walk during the one day silent fast with my host.
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  3/6 by Mahima Nanda
Making little money by selling cardamom in the music festival
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  4/6 by Mahima Nanda
Free bus ride towards kodaikanal
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  5/6 by Mahima Nanda
Organising 2nd Free Hug campaign in Ziro.
Photo of Redefining India: Female travelling solo with no money  6/6 by Mahima Nanda
Food from truck drivers

For my first solo money free trip, I chose to go to Gaumukh on June 17th 2015, the origin of the River Ganges.

The first trip itself was a magical one where the only weapons I carried were faith and optimism. The people on the road were extremely kind, respectful, welcoming and loving.

They all gave me the feeling of a daughter and a sister. Never once I felt away from home. In fact while I requested them to give me shelter for 2 days minimum, they would mostly at the end insist that I extend my stay. In one of my journeys towards Benaras from Delhi I was hitchhiking in Agra and a person from Firozabad gave me lift. What's interesting about the encounter with him was that he was a Muslim. I'm a Sikh. However religion didn't come in between his love for me, as a sister. He insisted I have some sweets with him. I agreed. Later telling me that I'm a free bird and would not have a possibility to re meet him he wanted to buy me some souvenirs. He bought me beautiful bangles, a kilo apples along with a knife to cut the from. He later booked me a room in a Jain Dharamshala for 150 rupees and while bidding me farewell offered me 500 rupees. Next morning he again came for he couldn't leave another chance to see me. Early morning we sipped tea and he booked me a ticket to Lucknow in Indian Railways. It was such a delightful and safe experience I had with Mohammed Waqil Khan. Even now I'm in touch with him and his family.

There are many more stories I wish to write about for the magical experiences are umpteen.

After experiencing this life I would recommend the brave females to come out if the cocoon of fear and shame. Work on your confidence and most especially positivity. It does wonders!

A walk during the one day silent fast with my host.

Photo of Dandegarh, Maharashtra by Mahima Nanda

First money free journey towards abode of Lord Shiva

Photo of Gangotri, Uttarakahand by Mahima Nanda

Making little money by selling cardamom in the music festival

Photo of Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh by Mahima Nanda
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Sun 07 16 17, 03:55 · Reply · Report
Kindness showers from ur words.
Mon 02 06 17, 11:21 · Reply · Report
Hey mahima, where are you from , such an angelic view, I live in Delhi , drop in sometime
Mon 01 30 17, 09:08 · Reply (1) · Report
Hi Divya. Dehradun. Thanks, sure. I live in JNU and you?
Tue 01 31 17, 07:53 · Report
More power to u girl!!! This is what I always wanted to do!! People are great over here in India !! It's just few people have maligned everything!!
Mon 01 30 17, 02:36 · Reply (1) · Report
Power to you too!! :)
Mon 01 30 17, 05:28 · Report
Mahima...your blog is just fascinating ...wow.....it's just amazing...would like to hear more from you
Thu 01 28 16, 10:57 · Reply (1) · Report
Sure. Thanks.
Sat 01 28 17, 07:33 · Report
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