Trekking shoes. Check. Emergency kit. Check.
Earphones. Clothes. Pen. Diary. Map. Check. Check. Check.
Everything is in place but have you checked on the places you are heading to? Much before we plan on going somewhere, we start googling about the place, the lifestyle there and the attractions that are a must-see. But do we really get all the information about these places? Are all the real life experiences related to those places put on the web? The answer is YES! Actually the answer should have been a big NO, if these people wouldn’t have come ahead and shared all their travel stories with us. Yes I am talking about the Travel Bloggers. Indeed celebrating their contribution to the Indian Travel Stories. It is them who took the unexplored path of life, chose to explore India through their eyes and share the entire buzz with us on the web. Inspiring thousands of people, they take you on unconventional places; unravel the hidden paths with their pictorial stories. And so when it comes for me to plan a trip, I read their Blogs and my travelling gets a tadka. For a little tadka in your travel experience, here is a list of some of the Best Indian Travel Bloggers who have come a long way into making World a better known place for us. Follow them and their stories, because even if you haven’t got your tickets in check, their posts are bound to make a mind-travel story with you.
Charukesi Ramadurai is a freelance writer, journalist and an ardent traveler. Famous for her travel blog ‘Itchy Feet’, Charukesi writes blog posts and to-do lists on travel, food, books, art and culture and has been into full-fledged travelling since 13 years now. She has already explored 20 Indian States, 29 Countries and has been a blogger with The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, is also a columnist with South China Morning Post. Her recent book named ‘Everything you wanted to know about freelance journalism (but didn’t know whom to ask) has been called ‘a bible for freelance writers everywhere’. Her travel stories can be read through her blog : http://charukesi.com/itchyfeet/ or you can follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/charukesi . She is also available on other platforms, the links to which are available on her blog.
- Lakshmi Sharath:
A media professional, who after 15 years of her job life decided to take a plunge on travel, is a well known Indian travel Blogger now. Lakshmi Sharath is an off-beat traveler with an added ooze of love towards undiscovered villages and temples in India. She has covered a stretch of about 25 countries and 5 continents. Her writing style is very enthralling and even a non-traveler reader can relate to what she writes. Being associated with several tourism boards, newspapers and magazines, Lakshmi sharath has been on the list of Top 100 Travel tweeters around the world. You can follow her on her website: www.lakshmisharath.com or on twitter: https://twitter.com/lakshmisharath
- Desi Traveler:
Also known as Prasad Np, Our desi traveler is like a regular Indian traveler who travels different places mostly with family. His blog talks about his travel tales with his friends and family, strictly believing that ‘the journey is the destination’. With a huge fan following on social websites, he has been one of the most talked about Travel Bloggers. Lookout for him at www.desitraveler.com or follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/desitraveler
- Shivya Nath:
http://the-shooting-star.com/ is about ‘Just a girl who travels’. That is Shivya Nath for you, a young female adventurer who quit a corporate job and set on a mission to travel and inspire other young women to travel solo and be independent. In 2013 she received the title of ‘Best Travel Blogger’ at the Indian Blogger awards. Her blog talks about her expertise, tips and how she gathers local experiences with the get-into-the-root-of-the-place style. She is an inspiration for a lot of young female solo travelers, including me. Follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/shivya and on facebook: https://web.facebook.com/theshootingstarblog/ as she has an undying addiction with the social media too.
- Neelima Vallangi:
The wandering soul’s wandering tales by Neelima Vallangi is all about a girl who chanced upon a trip to ladakh and transformed into a hopeless and incurable travel addict. Travelling long and short through the corners of our country, Neelima has constantly been sharing her stories on her blog: http://www.travelwithneelima.com/ . She finds her attraction in the most unexplored places in the country and with her pictorial stories she has kept all the buzz about Indian Travel alive. Follow her on twitter : https://twitter.com/I_wanderingsoul and facebook: https://web.facebook.com/TravelWithNeelima/ to get a first-hand account of all her tales.
- Mridula Dwivedi:
‘Travel tales from India’, the blog talks about Mridula Dwivedi’s passion for travel. Honoured as the Best Travel Indi Blog at the India Weblog Awards 2007 , Mridula found herself being mentioned by The BBC and The Guardian and so she took the leap and shift from being an Assistant Professor at HR Management in Gurgaon to a full-time traveler. Read about her travel tales on http://traveltalesfromindia.in/
A biking blogger, one of the top Indian bloggers specializing in adventure travels; Sankara is a well-known name in the travel blogging sphere of India. Having featured by top-notch media brands and travel companies, Sankara’s blog http://www.beontheroad.com/ is for those who are looking for cheap, efficient and Indian travel stories and tips. Twitter: https://twitter.com/sankaracs
- Anuradha Goyal:
A travel blogger since a decade now, Anuradha Goyal is the proud owner of the famous blog inditales. An IT background feeds her stomach and her travel enthusiasm feeds her soul. Authoring the book ‘The mouse charmers-Digital Pioneers of India’. Having blogged for almost 8 years now, her blog was rated as the ’50 best blogs on travel around the world’. She is also a city walker and often organizes walks to historical places of importance.
- Karthik Reddy:
After completing his MBA, Karthik Reddy decided to choose a different life for himself by ROMANCING THE PLANET , where he shares his travel stories. His blog is a reflection of his love for different cuisines and cultures, the quest to meet new people-new places and a lot about the pictures he takes on his travels. Follow him on : https://twitter.com/romancingplanet
- Siddhartha Joshi:
Following the #YOLO belief is this product designer named Siddhartha, who shares his passion of travelling through his blog http://www.sid-thewanderer.com/ . What started with just a sharing of his stories is now a source of inspiration for many travel enthusiasts around the world. What
inspired me about him were his words ‘I hope that sometime in his lifetime, there would be a world without visas and boundaries and all of us will be free to explore the world unhindered…’, and so he has been on my blogs-to-follow list always. He also runs his travel channel on Youtube. You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/sid_travel
- Kaushal Karkhanis:
Amongst the Travel Bloggers clan from India, a rising name is that of Kaushal Karkhanis, who through his blog http://exoticgringo.com/ is taking India deeper into the travel fever. After having worked in a corporate set-up for about 8 years, Kaushal moved on to living a Location Independent Lifestyle, sharing his travel stories & tips, and serving as a creative strategist. Follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/kaushal
- Indrani Ghose:
A freelance travel writer and photographer, Indrani Ghose has a special drift towards writing about people she meets on her journeys. Her travelblog http://isharethese.com/ is an account of all her graphical thoughts and footprints. Having travelled through a lot of countries, Indrani finds her story in road journeys. Follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/indranitwits
And as you were reading through this article, these travel bloggers must have been visiting some more new places or probably be writing about it. There are innumerable people who have found their refuge in travelling. Check on, may be some stories inspire you as well and you set out on a journey that changes your life too. Because “To travel, is to take a journey into yourself ~ Danny kaye”