Born in Mysore, the heritage city of Karnataka, Reshma Narasing was introduced to rich culture, grandeur and a high dose of history from an early age. She only started traveling frequently about 2.5 years ago, but the more she travels, the more she wants to see.
In her own words, “I am happier in the mountains, on the road, beside the beaches, and witnessing new horizons every day. Every time I set out, it’s still the same – the wanderlust never ceases”. Let’s get to know travel bug Reshma over a cup of coffee with Stayzilla.
DESIGN CREDITS: ARAVIND AZHAGAPPA
Traveller | Blogger | Writer at The Solo Globetrotter
Mentions | Top Travel Blogger in India | Holidify
Contributions | Yatra | Travelletes | Women’s Web
1. What’s the story behind The Solo Globetrotter? What was your biggest inspiration?
I was working full time as a software developer until last year when I quit my job. On the side, since I loved writing, I’d been contributing to various publications online, but nothing about travel till that point. I wanted to share my travel experiences, tell the stories that I had heard, but wasn’t sure how. I had another blog, and thought, why not begin one more exclusively for travel?
So I went ahead and set up The Solo Globetrotter, which is about 18 months old now. I’m still experimenting wit my writing, finding my voice, and getting a firm foothold in the world of travel blogging.
2. You love offbeat destinations. Share one unforgettable offbeat travel experience you have had in India.
I did treks in Uttarakhand last August – The Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib, and they are special because I’d never done a trek on my own. This time, I stayed with local villagers, enjoyed their kindness, and gorged on their delicious home food. I listened to their stories being pahadis, about how living in the mountains is so different.
I also stayed in the Gurudwaras in Ghangaria and Govindghat villages, and as a backpacker, it was a unique experience, since I mostly stay in hostels.
Uttarakhand remains close to my heart.
3. Do you have a bucket list of experiences? What is on it? (with a Focus on Indian Destinations)
Yes, I did start with a small list. But I no longer have one since the bucket started overflowing!
On a serious note, I want to spend as much time as possible exploring all the Himalayan regions of India. I want to do as many treks as I can and probably even live in the mountains for some time if possible, close to nature.
4. Which one would you choose and why?
Treehouse | Jungle House | Boat House | Hill top House | Beach House | Tent | Skyscraper
Hilltop house will be my pick if I have to choose one! I can breathe the mountain air, get the best views and hike around.
5. What is your most memorable holiday stay experience other than a hotel or a resort?
I enjoy staying in homestays and prefer them to a hotel or resort. The experience of being with families is something that is unique, vibrant and valuable and neither hotels nor resorts can offer the same to any traveler. Apart from the homestays, my most memorable experiences are those of staying in tents. Camping under the stars amidst nature is an incredible experience during the treks.
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