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Tale of 2 Backpackers’

Guide to India and the World

We are Agni and Amrita, the 2 Backpackers from India. Tale of 2 Backpackers is all about our experiences, (mis)adventures and stories as we travel across India and around while trying to understand the people, places, cultures and cuisines.

Those close to us, describe us to be an eccentric, adventurer and also as travellers and storytellers. To us, life is indeed a thrilling episode and meant to be lived fully and happily. We are always on the lookout for adventure, be it tasting new food, exploring a new place or trying to find history behind our heritage! When not in civilization, you might find us with our backpacks and camera, trekking in the wilderness of Himalayas, enjoying some colourful festival or in some obscure and nondescript place in the heartwarming company of a gracious host.

We believe in the magic of travel, and have found it on the way…

About the Blog

Tale of 2 Backpackers simply weaves the story of two very unlike person united by the love for travel and love for each other. Created out of passion, the blog aims to give you useful information along with valuable tips and tricks to travel in India and around from an insider’s point of view.

Tale of 2 Backpackers is not only about backpacking and backpackers. If you think that the blog is about the cheapest way to travel, then it is definitely not.

The blog is about travelling smart with proper planning and budgeting. Sometimes the cheapest way is not always the smartest way to travel. Sometimes saving money leads to losing some valuable time. The blog is about tips and guides to create an optimum balance between time, money and energy.

Because like most of you out there; we are neither hardcore backpackers nor luxury travellers. We are also not long term nomads. As much as we love to wander around in the wide open world, we also like the comfort of our snug home.

We started travelling together way back in 2008 when we were just out of college. In the beginning, we made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes we spent a lot of money because we did not research a place well. At other times, we lost valuable time while trying to travel in the cheapest possible way thus losing on to several experiences. Our vacations were not unlimited as we had jobs back home. We found it hard to find a balance between money and time.

We lacked the skill to travel smart. We made a lot of mistakes due to poor choices. We got lost at places, got scammed, stayed at seedy hotels and went out of our budget many times.

With time and experience, we learnt the art of travelling smart. We also learnt how to cope with situations on the road in a different country. Now that we have fallen in love with the road, it is our turn to help others who wants to travel and do not know where to start.

The blog is for all the newbie travellers, confused and lost ones as well as the seasoned ones looking for some advice. The blog is for those travellers who cannot afford to make costly mistakes.

Tale of 2 Backpackers is about the stories of our travel adventures and mishaps and the lessons we learnt on the road. Our aim is to provide travel guides where we would share our experiences and the lessons we learnt on the way, so that you travel well and smart.

The blog will answer all these questions that might have come to your mind at some point of time.

We would love to have you along with us in this journey, connect with you and exchange life experiences. We hope our travel stories encourage you to take the risk to live your dreams, even if they are not related to travel.

She Writes, He Clicks

AMRITA

Well, I am the nerdy, moody and quirky one. I have grown up in a family that used to travel at the drop of a hat. Every year, the entire family comprising of parents, grandparents, uncle, aunts and cousins would all travel together to different destinations. It was never a luxury trip, but the company of the near and dear one made up for everything. The adventure and love for travel has perhaps come from that young age.

I have always been fascinated by the mountains and the colourful people and cultures. I look for experiences while travelling and seek personal connections with the people and culture. I believe that books are ones best companions and love reading detective stories and thrillers. With reading, I have also developed the art of writing and story telling. I have weakness for dark chocolates and can also cook well.

I am bad with technology and use my smartphone only for phone calls and taking pictures. I am terrible at Google Maps and often get lost in the easiest roads. But with that I also find a new place, a unique experience to explore.

AGNI

Agni is the flamboyant, creative and the affable backpacker and can simply melt a heart with his smile. He loves to capture the beauty of the nature and wildlife through his lenses and wants his photographs to tell stories.

When I first met him, he was totally different from me (he still is!). He was not at all fond of travelling! He loved the comfort of a known place and had travelled outside the city only to visit relatives. But fate had some different plan. We met and we changed for the better. While I started taking life easily, he became interested in travelling. And today, we see the world together as we grow younger day by day!

Agni is also a connoisseur of local cuisines. He simply loves his food and makes it a point to taste local cuisine and drinks wherever they visit. Agni works in a bank, but once in a while gears up for quenching the wanderlust in him. The best thing about him is that he can keep his cool in any situation.

He is the technical one among us. He can do some cool designing. The design of Tale of 2 Backpackers is completely his brainchild.

Our Story

We first met at Jadavpur University, a place where both of us dreamt to attend. And today also we are sharing the same dream of eccentricity and madness.

So she said ‘Hi’ in 2003, ‘Yes’ in 2006 and finally they said, “I do” in 2011. And the rest, as they say, is history!

We bring the best out in each other. And that is why we are together amidst all the ups and downs of life.

Our first trip together was in Darjeeling, one of Bengali’s favourite places. Our next trip was in Ooty where we travelled without taking any winter wear. The moment we got down from the bus, we were shivering in cold.

In short, we made lots of wrong choices. We made a lot of mistakes.  Sometimes situations went out of our control as well. We had got stuck in a riot in Jammu once, which was totally beyond our control. Nevertheless, travelling taught us a lot. It made us responsible travellers from mere tourists. It made us grounded and open minded.

A trek to Roopkund acted as the catalyst to transform us. We realized that life is meant to be lived by a compass and not by a clock!

We are driven by curiosity. We do not lose the sense of wonder.

When we faced the hailstorms of Himalayas, we realized what minuscule space we occupy in the world.

When we did scuba diving 12 metres below the sea level, we were amazed by the beauty of and balance of the ecosystem.

When we came across the icy waterfalls and got frozen at Chadar Trek, we wondered at the magnanimity of nature.

When we got stuck in a riot near Jammu, our faith in the goodness in human beings was reconfirmed.

So today, we still live out of the suitcase. We are not yet “settled”. We prefer walking for days in the mountains than partying (its not that we don’t love to socialize once in a while). And we are perfectly fine being this eccentric!

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”

 Anonymous

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