I was pleasantly surprised and awed by the location of Zostel. As you can see in this panoramic view, it is located right amidst mountains with no distractions.
I took an all-female dorm which had 8 beds. It was clean and the best part was that it had 3 washrooms! I paid about 700 INR for a bed, which I felt was quite a steal.
I was welcomed by Mahesh (manager). I had to literally wake him up as I landed quite early in the morning. He is a lean, young, well-spoken gentleman with a smile. He is a natural when striking a conversation with tourists and ensures every one of them is comfortable during the stay. If you tell him your area of interest and what you want to do during your stay, he will arrange it for you accordingly.
As a first time-female-solo traveler, I was a little confused and wondering how to spend time alone as I was not used to it! I was suddenly thrown into slow pace and had the whole 2 days at my disposal! It took a while to absorb the silence and serenity.
I want to share a few things I did to overcome the initial anxiety of being solo:
1. Make new friends
Within no time, I saw a bunch of backpackers checking in. Few of them were solo and few were with friends. They were all from different countries and ethnicity. We started talking and figured there was a lot of common things to discuss because of the differences we come with. The best part of meeting strangers is you don’t need to put up a face – you can just be yourself. Who cares?
2. Tag along with fellow travelers to visit around
Once I made a few friends, we decided to visit around the place together. The advantage of tagging along with fellow travelers is you save a lot of money and enjoy the locations with different perspectives.
When in Vagamon, do not miss the view of the beautiful sunrise from kurishamala and moonmala hills.
We started at about 5 am and were at the top by 6 am. It is a comfortable 30 min hike. Mahesh will help in booking an auto to take you to the point of climb.