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Uttarakhand is known as "Devbhoomi" as it has so many religious places to see. Uttarakhand also offers some really adventurous treks for those who wants to go up and up! Whole Uttarakhand is full of natural resources and the view are eye soothing. The reason behind going solo was to explore the state on my own way, when you are alone, the best thing is solitude, freedom. It teaches you how to be on your own, how to hustle, how to be careful, how to behave and how to spend money. Many people think it as an isolation, but on contrary I had an awesome experience. I have seen how people live, met some awesome people which became friends afterwards, learned foreigners' traditions, taught them ours, and what not! Solitude can be a bliss too.
So moving on to the details, I planned this whole trip on my own, from the day to day itinerary to the budget, all I had planned two months before. I covered two treks and four towns in my solo trip.
When you are traveling solo, you need to take care of mainly three things for each day:
1) where you are going to stay for night
2) How you are going to manage for food.
3) Which places you are going to visit for the day and how you are going to reach there from your place of stay.
Apart from that, you need to be very careful about what to take with you, as you'll need so many things and the amount of the things you can take and weight will be your restrictions. I made mistake carrying so many clothes an I had a DSLR camera, so my backpack was weighing 12 kg, at first I thought it'll be easy but while I was on my second and walking up hills, my legs and shoulders were exhausted. So packing efficiently is really important.
Other thing is trekking gear. You should carry a sleeping bag if you like camping and all, poncho, thermal inner wears, high beam torch, medicines, big water bottle, a good jacket, gloves, cap, etc. You must have good trekking shoes with ankle support, my both ankles were twisted because I went with my running shoes, and it was very risky while I was coming down from Deoria tal lake to Sari village at 5 in the morning with my left ankle twisted as whole path was slippery and my knees were also in pain. So when you find yourself in difficult situations and you can't get any help in remote area, don't panic, just breathe and think. So I walked thrice slower than I climbed and I remember I was extremely careful for each step I took.
One must NOT go on solo trek if he/she has not enough experience of trekking, exploring cities on your own and trekking on hills alone is very different. Treks are categorized as easy, moderate or difficult but when you are going solo, this classification and selection is also crucial, one must know whether it is SAFE or not. One must take a torch, knife (yeah you read that right), a smartphone with offline maps from google maps and a backup phone. Always have plenty of water with you, and carry some glucose biscuits. So I guess now I should stop boring you all and share my travel story right away.