Sometimes we have to take a few decisions which may not everyone like, but that what actually your heart wants. 

Life is all about the choices we make daily. And this started when I was into engineering when everyone chose to go for JAVA and C( these are computer programing languages) I chose to go for robotics in my vacation. When everyone was taking classes related to the upcoming courses I was learning hacking.

What I feel it is not necessary to follow a specific patter what society is doing, we should do what our heart wants. not what our aunt wants.

I joined a small IT firm situated in the heart of Hyderabad city, as it was my very first job it was a different experience altogether. I enjoyed the process loved how things happened and learned so many things. The 1st year went by coding and working, 2nd year of my career I meet a nice girl, so weekends were more on the tour and traveling exploring the beauty of Hyderabad. This was the time when I developed a hobby if photography, trekking and traveling.

Post 2 years I shifted to Pune to work now with a multinational company with big goals, while I was getting time I learned guitar, worked in Dominos, did professional photography, moto blogging, cycling, etc. This was the time I learned so many things which help me meet many new people of different background, explore many places, do many things, learn different aspects of life. Which made me realize my cubical is not the only world, there are so many things which I can do.

I also started to work with a startup in the night, but gradually with time, it was getting hectic, hard to manage time and not getting enough time for myself and for the thing I love to do. 
Post my Ladakh ride I left this too and started searching for something new.

Not knowing what to do. What I want. Sometimes I felt there is something lacking in my life. when though I was working and getting a decent salary, no financial issues I was always running for more exciting, more experience, more adventure, things which will keep my adrenaline flow high.

I meet one friend who was operating a nutrition studio and was looking for coaches to work with him. I saw the presentation and join the organization. Initially, I was only enjoying this new concept, but later post lots of training on personality development, goal setting, I was able to get some real meaning of the things I was doing. After 3 year I decided to leave my full-time job and went full time working as an Entrepreneur helping people stay healthy and happy.

Why it took me 3 years?
Many time life doesn't happen our way and caused 3 years of waiting, but this was worth. I was able to learn many new things about being my own boss, learn a new aspect of having own business and the philosophy behind it. 

Now am I happy with my decision?
Yes obviously, I am master of my fate I am master of my destiny. I am excited about the upcoming years, new goals, new plans. Waiting what this life holds for me.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”-Mark Twain

Guess this is my 3rd trip to Jaipur.
But still, this city doesn't forget to excite me with the beauty and the glamour.
Being the capital of Rajasthan, this city is a collection of lots of flavors of different kings who ruled this city. Every time I am here I don't forget to explore the breathtaking beauty of this place. Describing this city can't be done in words, you need to see it then only you can understand it.

At Jaipur Railway station. The journey over the train is always exciting.

Albert hall museum. One of place you can afford to miss at Jaipur

from the fort

elephant ride

With Amer Fort

Jantar Mantar

Hawa Mahal

Irresistible food at Chowki dhani

Birla temple

Obviously can't miss the Jaipur delicious food.
How about a ride
team photo at amer fort

Jal mahal

Obviously, I can't miss faluda

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

What is your way to celebrate Holi?

Yes, I obviously like colors and to play with friends dipping in water and the gulal chasing all to put colors. But this time I opted to play a different way.

No colors no music no shouting no water. Only me and a solo road trip to explore me.

The day started 7am when I packed my camera and kicked my bike filled it with lots of fuel for the day, while everyone started preparing to play colors, I was already cruising on the roads of MULSHI. Crossing mulshi lake entered the tamini ghat section. Even though the roads were under construction and major part of the road was full of dust and trucks overtaking each other, nothing could take away the enjoyment of riding alone after a long time.
This was the most amazing feeling ever, being on my bike again, enjoying the wind and the beautiful mountains. Its been already more than 2 years I did any ride like this. And I realized that was the thing I was missing actually.
I am actually a  slow rider, but riding for me holds a different meaning. I am scared a lot of riding fast, but I love to enjoy being with nature and explore different locations. And my bike helps me in this a lot. 

Many time I get question doesn't I get bored of riding alone. Actually, it doesn't feel as if I am alone. I keep on clicking lots of pictures, I keep on enjoying the beauty of rivers, mountains, and forest. I enjoy the hot sun while crossing the patches of forest. I enjoy the birds while sitting alone and looking above the valley. I enjoy bathing in rivers and lakes. And many times I get travelers on the way also, who shares his journey and all the exciting rides to offbeat locations.

This Holi Ride was also not planned it just came promptly, I decided one night before and started for the ride not knowing where I am going. I just wanted to be alone and be myself.  Around 9am I had one plate of poha in between mountains, the most delicious food you can get, there was actually no one except me and the cook who guess own that small restaurant.
While climbing down the Tamini Ghat I saw the board towards Diveghar. This was not planned at all, but I did some calculation and started towards the location. The route was again many places in construction as a major part was crossing small hills, so lots of zigzag route but it was amazing. 

At one point I missed the diversion towards the diveghar and ended up in the shrivardhan beach, again this was not planned. But actually glad I ended up at this location, check the pics to understand why.

Being a weekday and holi, there was no one at all except 3 to 4 people at the beach. Till the time I reached it was already 1pm, spent some time at beach looking at the lost sea and the horizon. Then I started towards the diveghar beach crossing the coastal route. And it is one of the best beautiful locations. One side of the road was white sand beach other side trees and the wind crossing the road. It was so amazingly beautiful I was awestruck with the beauty of the location. This place I spent maximum time clicking and doing random kinds of stuff.

many times we are so much stuck with our work that we actually tend to forget the beauty and simplicity this world is holding and waiting for us to open our winds and fly. The sea, the winds felt like they are trying to say something. I was actually flying with my mind. All of my tiredness gone I was alive again to look the view lost in the winds.
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds.  When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.” -William Least Heat Moon

Around 3pm I started back journey via Lonavala.
This journey was kind of trip to wonder where I am going to be with me and live my life once again.
Now here I am at Kashmir. Words are never sufficient to describe Kashmir and its breath taking beauty. The green and beautiful mountains covered with blue skies are worth admiring, Here are few pics when I came here few months back. So I came here only to see my father and then left for Leh.

When I left the Kashmir City and started towards Zozilla pass, the view started getting better and better. Being September and tourist season you may found lots of tourists, bikers, motorcyclists, backpackers. Its an thrilling feeling to meet so many people from different backgrounds, origins, locations, countries.  Would suggest always go for small food stops and shops as you will find better stories and memories over there.  And yes make sure to carry multiple camera batteries which will help you a lot.

Anyway mine whole ride was kind of different, with no fixed destination and timing. I stopped where ever I feel like, went where ever I enjoyed.

Zojila War Memorial
 One of most sentimental  moment of journey, when I reached here at Zozila War Memorial. As it was getting dark and temperature was decreasing, sun was setting slowly and I was here.

"To Travel is to Live"

They have not seen the real India, they have not seen the real beauty of Incredible India.
These are the people who goes to a tourist place, take lots of selfies with their DSLR to be posted across social media.Being a traveler is hell lot difficult task and for me this is what I am. I loves exploring places in the way, I interacts with people, talk to them, capture emotions , stay with them and this is what makes my trips different and this is why I travel solo.

This is my story of Pune to Leh and back a solo trip of 8500km across many cities including Indore,Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Amritsar, Pathankot, Srinagar, Leh, Kargil, Manali, Chandigarh, Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Mathura, Jhansi, Bhopal, Nagpur, Bangalore. It took me 3 weeks approximately 24 days to complete the whole journey and while on the trip, I came across 100s of stories which changed the way I use to travel and see things.

Journey from Pune to Ratlam : Day 1 :
As I already mentioned I started my trip only having destination in my mind and as I was travelling solo, had no time constraints, no distance, no location, nothing. I started and ended days as per my wish, stayed at location I loved, had food I prefer, without worrying about anyone.

As I was in no hurry, I started from Pune approx 8am in morning, crossing Ahmednagar, Shirdi, proceeded towards Ratlam which was near Indore. That was my day 1 plan. but who cares, after every 15 or 20 min I was stopping and reason being the beautiful terrain, location and picturesque hills.

As I was excited about being at Leh, I was at easy also, riding slowly, enjoying the endless beauty of changing locations, hills, mountains, grass meadows, paddy fields, temple, etc. It was like having a dream. As if everyone was wishing me all the best for my trip. After crossing Shirdi, I found a fort and a baba near a small temple, and when I asked him about the fort and location, he started expressing about his journeys he took, he mentioned as he walked from Pune to Vaishno Devi with other babas. He also dictated stories of the fort and some "Saint" who use to stay in the fort. It was a long discussion for hour and at end I had to stop him to let me continue in the trip. He was happy and wished me for my trip.

Now Madhya Pradesh was different, it had lots of beautiful and dense forests. Once you enter Madhya Pradesh, you will feel the difference. At few location, it was so beautiful and amazing that you can compare that place with Switzerland. That day I was not able to reach Ratlam, so spend night at a Dhaba and camped over there after my dinner. Before sleeping I had a long chat with the dhaba cook and owner. They were some good guys. 

One advantage of solo trip is because you are alone, you are exposed to many things, and if your attitude is correct, people starts understanding and respecting you. They will love what you do and help you. My parents were worried about me, but during my whole journey I had no issues any place, as there were someone or else at every cornor to help you out.

Day 2 & 3 Ratlam to Amritsar.

Starting every day with the sunrise, would reassemble stuff, tent, have hot tea and tasty parathas. As per my plan, I was supposed to cover an average of 550km per day, but every turn, every corner seems so beautiful and new that I had to struggle every day to complete my journey.

Crossing Ratlam, I entered Rajasthan, and it was hell different than any other state I had ridden. I was completely speechless and was lost in the beauty of Rajasthan. And that point I decided to leave the state as soon as possible, so that I can come again only to enjoy the beauty of the state, to get lost again in those sand dunes and forts, which stands tall and tells the story of brave kings who ruled this land once.

While I reached Rajasthan, I had plans of visiting Chittorgarh fort, did a quick view of fort, it was a rather a huge one, with lots of places which cannot be completed in an hour. Visited a popular temple inside the fort and continued my journey. By night, I was able to make it to Jaipur. Next day early morning I started for Amritsar, as it was more than 800km. Once I reached Rohtak, it was all 6 lane, properly marked, decorated highway.

Jammu to Kashmir 

From Amritsar, where I spent the whole evening, in the golden temple, completely, hypnotized and lost in tranquillity, serenity, and composure of the temple. Next day early morning started for Srinagar. Till Jammu, it was decent highway and nothing much exciting, but once you leave Jammu city, story changes and you enter the paradise on earth.

Nothing can explain the simply amazing, lush green peaks of Jammu. Too amazing, wonderous, and marvelous to ignore them. Every trail I see, feel like doing offroad. Every turn feels inspiring and stimulating. Every mountain over there is distinct, every turn is contrary, every experience is diverse.

Patni Top is another such place, where lots of off roading trails you will find. A steep uphill and the view from the top is too gorgeous. Spent lots of time enjoying the unseen. Nothing more could have satisfied me, than being over there.

But from Patni Top to Srinagar is scary, cause once you complete the downhill section, you had to cross one of the scariest pass, thin, curvy roads, with lots of truck from opposite side in high speed. One side huge rocks of mountains and other side 100ft of the deep valley, from which nothing can escape.

Slowly and steadily crossed it, took me time to reach Jawahar Tunnel. A funny tunnel rather, so small, no one can overtake. And once you cross it, you are at Srinagar.