We are Agni and Amrita, the 2 Backpackers who decided to give stability and security of a homely life a miss and embark on a life full of adventure and mercurial experience. We both have a full time job, but that is not a deterrent to our travel dreams. Tale of 2 Backpackers is essentially the stories of our journey, travels, realizations, inspirations and aspirations. 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.

Tale of 2 Backpackers (the website) is definitely about our travel stories and experiences. But it is also about the story of our journey through life, coming out of our comfort zones and our transformation from just a citizen to a responsible citizen of the planet earth. We believe in responsibility and sustainability, because we care.

Our favourite travel style

Well, we are 2 Backpackers. Mainly because we carry 2 large backpacks with us wherever we travel. We usually prefer slow travel and do not live by the checklist. We do not have a particular travel style. We have hitchhiked during our travels as well as splurged on a fancy car (Sometimes in the same trip). We love trekking, visiting cities, exploring cultures and everything.

North-East India

Rih Dil, the Heart-Shaped Lake and All About Champhai Trip

Rih Dil, the Heart-Shaped Lake and All About Champhai Trip

It would not be wrong to say that my main reason to plan a Mizoram trip was to visit the Rih Dil Lake! The heart-shaped lake lies in the Chin state of Myanmar but is extremely important to the Mizos. Because they say that Rih Dil is the most important lake in Mizoram,...

Tourism in Mizoram – Things to know before you go (Travel Guide)

Tourism in Mizoram – Things to know before you go (Travel Guide)

Mizoram, also known as the Land of Blue Mountains and the Land of Lushai Highlanders is an exceptionally beautiful place. Covered with lush green forests, tourism in Mizoram is known for its breathtaking views from cliffs, stunning waterfalls and picturesque villages...

Ujjayanta Palace and Other Places to Visit in Agartala

Ujjayanta Palace and Other Places to Visit in Agartala

Capital cities always fascinate us. Both Agni and I feel they speak a lot about the local people, culture and history of the place and we always find it enjoyable to walk along the busy streets and lanes of a city.  If observed properly, a lot of things can be...

Trekking

Trekking in Nepal: 15 Best Treks and all that you want to know

Trekking in Nepal: 15 Best Treks and all that you want to know

There are only a few places in the world where you can trek for days through the incredible mountain scenery and rustic rural villages. We believe that Nepal is the Holy Grail for trekkers and mountaineers. The country is the home to eight of the world’s highest...

Overtrekking in Himalayas – Facts that you should know

Overtrekking in Himalayas – Facts that you should know

Overtrekking in Himalayas - it has been told umpteenth time. Of late, rules and regulations are also in place. But are they really effective? Can they really help in preserving the already fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas from the impact of over-trekking? We love to...

Festivals

Unique festivals around the world

Unique festivals around the world

If you want to really know about a place and its people, you must visit during the festival time. The celebrations, colours, joie de vivre around the event as well as the rituals and ceremonies make these festivals unique. We both love to visit the different festivals...

Kagyed Dance (Chham) – Masked Dance of Sikkim

Kagyed Dance (Chham) – Masked Dance of Sikkim

“You must come back to see the Kagyed Dance before Losoong, the Sikkimese New Year” – said the aged monk from Rabong Monastery. And it was then we decided that we would be back at Sikkim again during December. “Again in December? Were you guys not here in August for...

Heritage & Culture

Inside Bhopal Tribal Museum : Preserving the Cultural Heritage

Inside Bhopal Tribal Museum : Preserving the Cultural Heritage

The city of Lakes also has a number of museums.  When we heard of the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum at Bhopal, we were not all enthusiastic to visit the place. Museums are not actually our thing, though we are fond of history and heritage. We would rather visit the...

Masks of Majuli – a Vanishing Tradition

Masks of Majuli – a Vanishing Tradition

In the days of yore, the people of Majuli heard a loud voice from the Brahmaputra. The unknown voice kept on repeating ‘Banhtote kathito, jopatote pachito’. It meant ‘you will get a piece of split from a bamboo and a basket from a bamboo grove’. The voice urged them...

Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Traditions and culture have always fascinated me. So when I heard about the Horse Race at Jatar Deul, I could not resist myself to witness the event. A horse race in rural Bengal – this was enough to make me visit Jatar Deul in the middle of April. Jatar Deul is...

Architecture 

Chabimura, Tripura – a Melange of History, Myth and Lore

Chabimura, Tripura – a Melange of History, Myth and Lore

The Gomti River flows through the gorge within the steep rocky walls on both sides. On looking carefully, we saw a few rock carvings on the vertical faces of the mountains. Why were they there? Who made such rock carvings on the mountain faces? All these questions...

Unakoti – one of Tripura’s best-kept secrets

Unakoti – one of Tripura’s best-kept secrets

Unakoti or Unokoti – the word itself has an aura of grandeur in it. Unakoti literally means “one less than a crore”. That is a huge number! Legend has it that the hills of Unakoti had one 99,99,999 rock-cut images of Gods and Goddesses. When I heard this for the first...

Weekend Getaways from kolkata

Kashmir of Odisha – Daringbadi tour and all that you want to know

Kashmir of Odisha – Daringbadi tour and all that you want to know

A trip to Daringbadi, also known as the "Kashmir of Odisha" was long due. We had been thinking of visiting this gem of Odisha since long. So when our friend wanted to go for a Daringbadi tour, more precisely a road trip, we just could not say no to it. The journey...

52 Offbeat Weekend Destinations from Kolkata

52 Offbeat Weekend Destinations from Kolkata

There is no doubt that Kolkata is a beautiful city and the best part is that there are many offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend getaways from Kolkata. You can visit the mountains, the rural villages,...

Raghurajpur, Odisha – a saga of Pattachitra, Gotipua and more

Raghurajpur, Odisha – a saga of Pattachitra, Gotipua and more

You can see the paintings of the mythological stories on the walls of their houses. The exterior of the houses is full of colours. I am talking about Raghurajpur, a village near the spiritual hub of Odisha, Puri. Raghurajpur is known for its beautiful pattachitras,...

Traveller at home – Kolkata

Chinese New Year Kolkata

Chinese New Year Kolkata

New years are the time of celebration and are perhaps one of the most important festivals of the community. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals of the Chinese calendar. And the Chinese community in Kolkata celebrates it among mush festivities....

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (#AKLF2017)

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (#AKLF2017)

Kolkata loves books. And the city responds so well to cultural and literary events. So when the 8th  edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 flagged off on the 6th June 2017, the event was well received by all. The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF)...

St. John’s Church Kolkata – roaming around the lawn

St. John’s Church Kolkata – roaming around the lawn

In our last post, we had shared our visit to St. John's Church, Kolkata. As mentioned, the church complex was actually a burial ground known as the old burial ground which was later donated by Raja Naba Krishna Bahadur of Sovabazar to Warren Hastings, the Governor...

Our eternal Love  – Darjeeling

Darjeeling Monsoons – a reverie in the rains

Darjeeling Monsoons – a reverie in the rains

Happiness is Darjeeling Monsoons! Darjeeling – the one place that brings a smile to our lips as well as makes us go on a nostalgia trip. And we are not the only one; there are many Bengalis who feel the same way like us. Darjeeling – the name itself evokes a...

Breakfast at Glenary’s Bakery, Darjeeling

Breakfast at Glenary’s Bakery, Darjeeling

Glenary’s  is one of the finest eateries of Darjeeling. We never fail to visit this place whenever we are at Darjeeling. Be it cakes or muffins, or the chocolates, Glenary’s never fail to make me happy. Located at a stone’s throw distance from the Mall on the Nehru...

Darjeeling – Movies, Masti and Magic

Darjeeling – Movies, Masti and Magic

Darjeeling and Bollywood seem to be in perfect liaison while capturing romantic moments on celluloid. Time and again I have always regarded Darjeeling as one of the most romantic places of India.  The film industry also have a similar thought and they have used the...

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