Please tell us something about yourself.
I am a finance professional working in Mumbai since 2006 and a part-time travel blogger. I am passionate about driving and enjoy driving long distances and love to explore places on my own. I must confess that I am a compulsive traveller. Travelling gives a new meaning to my life. I firmly believe that as you explore places you tend to come closer to yourself. Given the constraints that I have due to my professional assignment, I still pull out time to achieve my passion.
I am a Yoga Practitioner and Fashion Blogger. I merge travelling with yoga and fashion. I believe that the most beautiful attire gifted by God that fits in best on us is our skin. Our skin being the most precious, special and sacred to us, we further decor it with different colors, fabrics, designs, sizes called outfits. The way we club these on our body to represent ourselves for an occasion, place or event becomes attire.
Cloud9miles is a collection of travelogues, videos, photographs, articles, itineraries, adventure, road trips, and off beat experiences, complemented with fashion & lifestyle. Our vision is to explore the enormous opportunity that we have through travelling, road trip, food, culture, and adventure. We like to explore exquisite as well as offbeat locations and places that are unique. We would like to explore our own country first and we must say it has all the beautiful destinations in the world i.e. from glaciers to ocean, rain forests to deserts, mountains to beaches, urban living to rural, and many more.
How do you organize your trip?
Setting priorities right has always helped us manage our trips well. A trip for us is mostly a road trip by our own vehicle. Knowing our priority we own an SUV to match our needs and it’s been a fascinating journey after that. If the trip is to one of the difficult terrains then we do the lot of pre-planning and at times we just do the impromptu trip.
What did take you into blogging?
Our journey started in Nov’13 just after we visited Kaas Plateau. We were mesmerized by the sheer diversity that our country has and started our blog with a vision to share our travel escapades from Incredible India. We started exploring the vast expanse of our country from glaciers to the ocean, forests to deserts, mountains to beaches, urban living to rural, road trips through the Himalayas, and many more. It has been a fantastic journey that has given us experiences of a lifetime.
Did you ever go anywhere which turned out to be totally different from how you imagined it to be?
We went to Gokarna with an impression of just another beautiful beach location but it surprised us with the abundance of beauty and variety. We will definitely visit again with ample time so that nothing is left out whether it is trekking to various beaches or camping at Paradise Beach or visit fort. With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. A perfect place for relaxation with palm clad beaches dotted with the majority of foreign tourists with very few Indians. Gokarna is not very conventionally touristy but very exclusive in nature. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace. Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and clean sands, crystal clear blue water, Gokarna will be amongst ‘one of its kind place’ in the country.
Do you always travel pre-planned or let yourself be a free spirit? Please give us an insight on the same.
We have experience of both but it truly depends on the time you have and the kind of place you are heading to. We are always a free spirit in search of an excuse to escape this hub but whenever we travel with families who join usweI pre ensure the accommodation and meals. Pre-planning a trip is very important considering senior citizens, ladies and kids who are travelling with us.
What’s your favourite holiday destination in India and why?
Ladakh & Lakshadweep had been the most memorable and fascinating trip for us. A highly contrasting but equally breath taking landscapes brought us near to ourselves. Because of sparse population and untouched landscapes with no network keeping us absolutely away from our digital gadgets and brought us closer to nature, people, and humanity.
Tell us 10 things, a traveller should have in their bag?
Documents (ID Proof, mandatory vehicle documents, etc.)
Sufficient Cash kept in multiple baggages
Toiletries (hand sanitizer, face wipe, tooth brush n paste are must)
First Aid & Medical Kit (medicines according to the location)
Camera & Torch
Light weighing clothes
Spare plastic bags for used clothes
Comfortable walking footwear
Emergency tool kit for vehicle
What has been your most popular blog post and what was it all about?
Auli has been one of our most popular post with numerous enquiries and compliments. It was a dream come true trip and everything fell in place as per our whims and fancies. We tested our endurance with harsh conditions and conquered our quest. While its slope has enough thrill to daring and gallant skiing enthusiasts, its pristine beauty and alpine atmosphere has pure aura that rejuvenates everyone. The slopes at Auli provide spectacular view of the lofty mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, and Kamat. The breathtaking view of meadow covered in blanket of snow will always remain embedded in our heart till eternity. It’s very difficult to explain our experience in words but can only be experienced.
Apart from travelling and blogging what else do you love to do?
Adventure and Photography
Any advice for our readers?
Just let yourself go.
Stop reading history start seeing history. You’ll end up knowing yourself!