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

Thenzawl – Chasing the Clouds and Waterfalls in Mizoram

Thenzawl – Chasing the Clouds and Waterfalls in Mizoram

Thenzawl is known to be the handloom centre of Mizoram. The colorful and traditional ‘puan’ that the Mizo women so proudly flaunt during festivals and other occasions are mostly hand-woven in the houses of Thenzawl. The sleepy town in Mizoram is now famously known as...

Cherrapunjee – The Monsoon, Waterfall and Bliss

Cherrapunjee – The Monsoon, Waterfall and Bliss

There is a subtle charm about Cherrapunjee (also spelt as Cherrapunji) that makes me feel peaceful and at home there. Like many of us, my first introduction to Cherrapunjee was through my textbooks where we learnt that Cherrapunjee is the place to receive the highest...

Trekking

Mawrynkhang Bamboo Trail Meghalaya – Guide to The Scariest Trek

Mawrynkhang Bamboo Trail Meghalaya – Guide to The Scariest Trek

Have you ever walked on a bamboo skywalk with the cliff on one side and the gorge on the other? You look down and can see the endless abyss beneath. This is said to be one of the scariest treks in Meghalaya. Scariest or not, I do not know, but the experience of the...

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...

Festivals

Sindoor Jatra – A Frenzy of Colours at Thimi, Nepal

Sindoor Jatra – A Frenzy of Colours at Thimi, Nepal

Sindoor Jatra is one of the most visually stunning festivals that we had attended. Celebrated in Thimi area near Bhaktapur in Nepal, Sindoor Jatra is a celebration of colours and culture. Read this blog to know more about this festival of Nepal and our experience...

Bisket Jatra, Bhaktapur – A Visually Stunning Festival in Nepal

Bisket Jatra, Bhaktapur – A Visually Stunning Festival in Nepal

I think some of our best travel experiences have come from situations when we stumbled upon something else while looking out for another thing. It was Nepal and all that we could think about was visiting Pokhara and go all out for the adventure stuff. It really took...

20 Colourful and Famous Festivals of India That You Must Visit

20 Colourful and Famous Festivals of India That You Must Visit

If you are visiting India or travelling across India, you are bound to come across some form of festivities all around the year. Festivals of India – this itself is such a broad term. The diversity of India is so much varied. From people to culture, religion and food,...

Art & Culture

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,...

Heritage & Architecture

Famous Temples in India That You Must Visit

Famous Temples in India That You Must Visit

India is a land of diversity that can be seen in her culture, religion, language and even geography. Indian civilization can be traced back to thousands of years and there is no doubt that India is culturally one of the most heterogeneous countries. Many kings have...

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – things to do in and around

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – things to do in and around

Bhaktapur was the first place that we visited on our Nepal trip. It was not a planned decision though. While on our bus from Kakkarbhitta to Kathmandu, one of our co-passengers told us that Bisket Jatra is going to be held at Bhaktapur the next 2 days. And at that...

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 – Reliving the history

St John’s Church Kolkata – Reliving the history

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 Kolkata. The church stands tall as a witness to all the bygone eras of Kolkata. St. John’s Church Kolkata is the...

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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