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

Meghalaya Bike Trip Itinerary – our adventure on roads

Meghalaya Bike Trip Itinerary – our adventure on roads

Oh! How I always wanted to do a Meghalaya Bike Trip! The pitch black roads through the beautiful Khasi villages always lured us. Though we had previously visited Shillong and Cherrapunji, we wanted to do explore Meghalaya on a bike or scooty. There are very few people...

Why you should visit Bodoland & Manas National Park

Why you should visit Bodoland & Manas National Park

We came, we saw and we loved. This is what we felt about Bodoland. The place with its scenic vistas, wildlife sanctuaries and adorable people simply stole our heart. The week we spent at Bodoland during the Dwijing Festival was simply full of unadulterated fun and...

Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism society – from poachers to protectors

Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism society – from poachers to protectors

Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism Society at the fringes of the Manas National Park is an interesting place. It is the place where we came to know how the poachers have become protectors. There must be other examples like this also, because the world is a beautiful place....

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

A guide to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad)

A guide to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad)

Kumbh Mela - the highest gathering of people on pilgrimage in the entire world. It is believed that a visit to the Kumbh is an experience in itself. Kumbh is the faith and belief of crores of devotees. And you can very well see that if you visit this grand spectacle....

Chanderi Sarees – Tales told in silken threads

Chanderi Sarees – Tales told in silken threads

The nine yards of wonder has always been one of my favourite attires. My visit to Chanderi has been quite influenced by the silken fabrics or Chanderi sarees that are quite famous among the saree lovers of our country. The saris are known for their sophisticated...

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,...

Architecture 

Konark Sun Temple – the Poetry on stone

Konark Sun Temple – the Poetry on stone

1200 master craftsmen and 12 long years of dedication built a masterpiece that is has gone down in the annals of time. The Konark Sun Temple is one of the most magnificent architectural wonders built during the middle of the 13th century under the patronage of King...

Historical Hampi – a complete travel guide

Historical Hampi – a complete travel guide

Hampi was in our bucket list for long. The place has everything that could possibly pull us towards itself – the story of a lost kingdom, architectural marvels from our past that we could boast of and a rugged yet alluring landscape. Hampi being a UNESCO World...

The Brihadeeswar Temple of Tanjore – an architectural delight

The Brihadeeswar Temple of Tanjore – an architectural delight

It was only a sheer chance that took me to Tanjore. I was in Chennai and was scheduled to visit Mahabalipuram and had 2 days to spare. It was when I saw the pictures of the Brihadeeswar Temple at Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore). The photographs were enough for me to...

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

Reliving the history – St. John’s Church, Kolkata

Reliving the history – St. John’s Church, Kolkata

Just as you move around the north-western corner of Raj Bhavan, the Governor’s house, you come across a Neo-classical structure – the St. John's Church. The church stands tall as a witness to all the bygone eras of Kolkata. St. John’s Cathedral is the third oldest...

Chaotic canvas of Mullick Ghat Flower Market of Kolkata

Chaotic canvas of Mullick Ghat Flower Market of Kolkata

Just below the towering Howrah Bridge, the fascinating Mallick Ghat flower market is located. It was early in the morning with very few people on the usually busy road leading to Howrah station. But the largest flower market of Kolkata was already bustling with...

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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