I’m finally back in Delhi after a month of travel exhilaration, first in Turkey, then in the Himalayas of Kinnaur. I have so much to write about both the trips that I don’t know where to start. Truth is, this week has felt like the kind of low Leonardo Di Caprio’s character in Basketball Diaries must’ve experienced while trying to get over his heroine addiction. After many days of being surrounded by gorgeous green landscapes interspersed with purple and yellow fields, deep blue waters, thick pine forests, misty skies, pure mountain air, and stark barren slopes, I’ve thrown myself in the deep end of city life in Delhi. The only difference is that for Leonardo, all the beauty was only a figment of his imagination.
Sometimes when you are saving for your next big trip, the interim can feel as though everyone except you is travelling everywhere you’d like to go, and to shake off that feeling, I have decided to walk down memory lane, to my most exciting travel adventures till date. And then to spread the cheer, I am giving away two awesome travel books in return for having you revisit your own memory lane of travel adventures.
Without further adieu, here are my seven travel adventures whose memories can add a little sunshine to any dull day:
7. Snorkeling with sharks on Malaysia’s east coast.
6. Spending a night in the highest inhabited village of the Himalayas.
5. Climbing sandstone mountains in Eastern Germany.
4. Living with White Thai tribes in the hinterlands of Vietnam.
3. Summiting Southeast Asia’s fifth highest peak.
2. Hitchhiking along Turkey’s Black Sea Coast.
1. Hiking to India’s last village before Tibet.
Over to you,
Tell me what has been your most exhilarating travel adventure in the comments below, and you could win one of these two awesome travel books that are sure to inspire you to pick up a backpack or a pen or both:
1. Nine Lives by William Dalrymple: A collection of captivating short stories from across India, based on the extraordinary lives of nine different people in search of the sacred in modern India.
2. Chai Chai by Bishwanath Ghosh: A collection of travel stories in places you would typically stop on a journey by train or bus, but never get off to explore its terrain or meet its people.
Go on, revisit your travels and make me jealous, I’m all ears!
PS: Please don’t cook up an adventure to win a book (even though it’ll be so worth it); I’ll demand to see pictures if it sounds too far fetched!
PPS: I might be partial towards entries by those who ‘like’ The Shooting Star’s Facebook page!
Update: The last day to submit your entry is Sunday, August 19th.
Update II: After many days of contemplation, I’ve finally picked the winners! You guys made it really hard to pick just two entries, and reading about your adventures has further fueled my appetite for the road. Thank you everyone for reading, participating and sharing. Mini drum roll please….
The winners are:
1) Nishit, whose 3000-rupee trip from Delhi to Bombay immediately made me nostalgic. I don’t travel like that anymore (that cheap I mean), but there was a time when I could spend three weeks on the road at 150 rupees a day. I felt like I was right there with him, munching on those dirty peanuts in his entry!
2) Danielle, whose quest to climb Mt Fuji in her mind if not physically, won me over. In her entry, I could almost imagine braving those fierce winds and making my way for survival like she did, while thinking of the summit the entire time.
Nishit, Danielle, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and book preference (fastest fingers win) and I’ll wrap it up with a nice note and post it to you.
And the rest of you, fret not if you didn’t win this time, I have a very grand contest lined up for you to travel in person, and not just through a book (think the waters of the Indian Ocean!).