Updated: Feb 20, 2020
Women entrepreneur Rashmi Chadha's journey of creating women travel startup. When you feel lonely, maybe got lesser marks in your exams or fight with your parents even can worst have a breakup. Everyone has a different way of getting out of these worries. But for me, solo travel helped me out.
I, Travelgirlindia is going to share 4 trips that changed my life from pain to gain. This pain is like a child not getting favorite chocolate but when it happens we think it is like biggest we can’t get over it. Now with time travel made me learn that life can be interesting and these small worries can overcome.
Travel to the Himalayas - Nature Will Heal You
I still remember taking my first trip to Kasol and Manikaran for the first time. There is saying- nature helps your heel and it worked on me. I was a little scared for a solo trip but I thought if I live in the same circumstances nothing will change. My journey started from here. I traveled in a bus for an adventure trip, stayed in Gurudwara and hotel for 2 nights each roaming around alone to explore nearby local areas and even did tracking but I always prefer to come back before 8 pm because most places close early and when I was staying at Manikaran from Kasol, It was 15 minutes bus to Gurudwara and I don't want to strand myself on-road and again it was a budget trip.
Manikaran Sahib is a huge Gurudwara tucked between imposing hills and a fierce Beas. The high point of the Manikaran Sahib is the hot spring located within the premise of the Gurudwara. The devout take a dip here to wash their sins and illnesses away as the spring water is believed to have healing properties. I stayed in Gurudwara. You just have to show them your id and they give you room for free but we have to take care of a few things- no smoking, no drinking and vegetarian food only.
You get free food and there is an area where everyone sits on the floor and eat together called ‘Langar’ and it is delicious. It is a fact that the rice is cooked in the hot water from the spring. You have to take off your footwear and cover your head in respect before entering the holy Gurudwara. It would be wise to carry a convenient piece of clothing to cover your head. Inside the shrine, you can see pictures of Hindu Gods, alongside Jesus and Sikh Gurus. The messages couldn’t have been clearer; everyone is welcome and all faiths are respected. I find this bit especially touching about Manikaran Sahib. This mountain is kind of mix - one place is like Israeli culture in Kasol, Malana, Tosh, and Pulga and other is Gurudwara where they built this place by themselves by getting bricks and bricks on their shoulder giving space for an orphan to live here, women who are separated or rejected by families and handicaps. In this Gurudwara they are making these orphan girls study, paying for their weddings which are happening in Gurudwara. I was quite inspired by this.
Trip to Pondicherry – Let’s Be Fun and Organic
On my 28th birthday, I decided to travel to Pondicherry. I was coming single and even not ready to mingle and was struggling with my own inner fights about life. Again solo travel, I booked my flights for my birthday and reached the airport on time or say before time but I missed my flight. So Delhi airport is silent. There were no announcements. It was my birthday and we're taking a lot of wishes but forget time to board. I then paid extra and took a flight from Delhi to Chennai. I stayed overnight at the airport. There is a space where you can sleep. It was a bit scary but I did it. I got up early at 6 AM and went to the bus stand, took a government bus to Pondicherry.
One of my friends told me to visit Auroville which is a free country in our country. On the way, I got down at Auroville which was approximately 30 minutes before Pondicherry. I have found out the big temple named Matrimandir. You can go and meditate here but again you have to make a pass if you have been for the first time and get a slot for the next day. For stay, I found out Greenhouse which is 50 meters from Matrimandir and there was a shop where you can rent scooty also. I made a lot of Girlfriends, find out a lot of solo women from all over the world who travel here and attend workshops, eat organic food and explore the man-made organic village.
Dream To Do Luxury Solo Trip for Cherry Blossom
Book tour Japan Group tour (Cherry Blossoms) Now- https://www.wovoyage.com/product-page/cherry-blossom-in-japan I started my journey from Osaka, the commercial city of Japan. The streets of Japan will make you famished. Sushi is the most popular dish in Japan. I never liked sushi before until I tasted Kita Ku Osaka's (traditional restaurant) sushi. It was the best sushi I ever had. CHOPSTICK-LICKING-GOOD!!
For dessert I recommend you to try Matcha ice cream, my all-time favorite. Good food and a good time are all you want. I rushed to play pachinko after treating my tummy and almost got addicted to it. A good game I tell you.
My next destination was Kyoto. Outside the Higashi-Marutamacho station I saw live music playing in the street alongside the river, near were the trees of cherry blossom blooming, it was a sight I have seen only in movies. Near the station there are some hostels in 1 km distance, you can walk or take a taxi. It will cost you 800 yen so I chose to walk instead, was a good walk.
There are many things to do in Kyoto, taking ninja class is one of them. Taking ninja class was one amazing and crazy experience for me and to my surprise, I did very well so congrats to me.
In a clean country like Japan, I thought this is the opportunity to clean my mind and soul. I took a meditation session in Shunkoin temple but before that, you'd want to know how did I reach there. I hired a bicycle and took a bicycle ride to the temple early morning. What a good start of the day right?
I saw all the famous attractions, the Heavenly Dragon Temple or Tenryu-Ji Temple. You also can't miss Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-Ji Temple when you visit Kyoto. Fushimi Inari-Tashi is an entire world of shrines and torii gates.
Then I found out about a park where deer roam around with cherry blossoms in the background.
I took a train from Kyoto to Nara. Nara Park is a very popular tourist spot. You'll find deers roaming around freely there, that's why it is also known as Nara Deer Park. This is not the only attraction in Nara Park but there are also monuments of historical importance. There were also couples getting their pre-wedding shoots done in this beautiful place. This huge park is where you can find Todaiji, which houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue inside the world’s largest wooden building. There is also a replica of the top of the Ashoka Pillar, modeled after a holy lion which is the symbol of Buddhist teaching.
Kofuku-Ji, which has a famous pagoda, that’s one of the tallest in Japan; Sarusawa Pond, a small, artificial pond which also doubles as a viewing spot for Kofuku-Ji; Nara National Museum; and Kasuga Taisha, known for its many stone lanterns.
I visited Japan during the season of Cherry blossom. It is when Japan looks the prettiest. I visited Nagoya for cherry blossom. Tsuruma Park in Nagoya was covered in blush pink cherry blossom trees and people enjoying the view and celebrating with their friends and family. I never saw a sight like this. There were people everywhere sitting under the shower of Cherry flower. Park was carpeted with cherry flowers. The sight of the park changes when the sun sets, it has a different mood with pink Cherry trees everywhere and the touch of pretty lights. I could sit there for the whole day. Then I have been to Tokyo. For me, it's usually going to Shinjuku, Yoyogi Park, Meiji, and Harajuku.
For my last day, I decided to take a bus tour to see Mt. Fuji. You can otherwise ride a train to view Mt. Fuji. So I departed early in the morning for the Mt. Fuji sightseeing from Tokyo. Mt. Fuji is an active volcano and the highest mountain in Japan. It has been worshipped as a sacred mountain for ages. The view of this mountain is so alluring, standing tall with perfect shape and clouds giving extra filter. There are thousands of pictures of Mt. Fuji flooding on the internet, but nothing can beat the real experience of seeing Mt. Fuji with naked eyes.
I had the most amazing time of my life in Japan. What I loved the most about Japan is the people, their manners and generosity towards guests. My trip went very smoothly and honestly, I think Japan is a country where you can travel very safely. I highly recommend for ladies, it is a country where you can go out late night alone and no one will bother you, you can travel without worrying about theft or pickpocketing. I didn't face any of it. A country can give you the best luxury also. Book tour Japan Group tour (Cherry Blossoms) Now- https://www.wovoyage.com/product-page/cherry-blossom-in-japan
Take a Break from Work and Married Life - We All Go Through This Life Cycle
I traveled from Delhi to Copenhagen Denmark. There, I have got a VIP card made for traveling. I went there for a Holi Event to promote wovoyage. Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks there. Stunning Plane is one of the richest places I have been to. In Nyhavn, I have a ride cycle, chill around and have pizza and bread in meals.
I was at the Marble Church. The awe-inspiring Marble Church with the characteristic copper green dome which has to be one of the most impressive churches of the city. The church lies beautifully in line with Amalienborg castle and The Opera in the middle of the elegant area of Frederiksstaden. The Marble Church has an interesting story. Presided by King Frederik V the foundation stone was laid in 1749 as part of a grand plan of making a new city district called Frederiksstaden. The march was going on there but it was boring for me as there was no music.
Middle of Nowhere! To escape and sit quietly on the beach - that's my idea of paradise. I think I was the first Indian to Visit this beautiful island @destinationbornholm. If you are traveling to Scandinavian countries and want to escape from city life, explore this island and the interesting part is starting from @visitcopenhagen on a bus this bus will go on a ferry after crossing Sweden border on the bridge and stay on the ferry for an hour there you reach. I ride the electric bike throughout the city and it was all fun. There was a road on which was written ‘Ab Buss Karo’ to lo ab main bhi buss karti hu yahan.
I am happy now but everyone has their struggles and fights even if they are happy. We - women, should take out time for ourselves and travel. Travel teaches you a lot of things about yourself and people. For Women specialized tour- www.wovoyage.com