A product design engineer by profession and a travel photographer by choice; meet travel blogger, Nitin Bothra, who talks about his experiences over a cup of Coffee With Stayzilla. Nitin caught the travel bug quite early on, mostly on account of his extended Jain-Marwadi family that live in different parts of the country. Born and raised in Ahmedabad, Nitin currently resides in the City of Lakes, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Let’s get to know more about Nitin over a cup of Coffee with Stayzilla.
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Coffee With Stayzilla: A Conversation With Nitin Bothra
1. What is the story behind Indian Excursionist? What was your inspiration?
I have travelled since childhood for different purposes, yet, travel writing struck my mind after a road trip to Ladakh. The raw, less explored beauty of the place pleased my mind and after seeing my photographs, everyone in my social circle asked me about the trip and the experience. This inspired me to jot down my travel memoirs. Although my posts are not literally memoirs, but yes, the photographs are. To get over the hangover of my Ladakh trip, I became a ‘travelholic’.
My posts are not grammatically sound and I do not have a Shakespearean vocabulary, but my photographs speak for themselves. Although I am trying to improve my writing skills, I am happy if my readers understand what I am trying to convey.
2. Share one memorable experience from your travels in India.
I travelled to Ladakh twice and that will always be one of my best memories. I also had an amazing experience travelling to Imphal in Manipur. It was a five-day trip that happened out of pure luck. My boss knew my love for travel and that I was good in photography, so he asked me if I can shoot at a customer site, in the Manipur utility board, where our products were installed. I immediately said yes without a moment of hesitation. Manipur was a beautiful experience. Although it was not very different from Udaipur, I loved the culture and the people, which was totally different.
3. How do you prepare for a new travel experience? What are some challenges you have faced?
I recently completed my maiden backpacking trip to Vietnam. I started to plan for it a month back with my friend. While travelling in India, I barely face any challenges since I have relatives in all parts of the country and I get all the necessary information. Within India, transportation is also not a challenge, if you plan well in advance. With regard to travelling abroad, the only challenge I faced was the cost of flight tickets. I am a budget traveller, so booking the cheapest flight was my only challenge. Other challenges like finding vegetarian food existed too, but as long as fruits were available, I did just fine.
4. Which one would you choose and why?
Treehouse | Jungle House | Boat House | Hill top House | Beach House | Tent | Skyscraper
A hilltop house! I have experienced a Homestay in the Karu village of Leh. That amazing feeling when you wake up to witness the sun rising from the mighty Himalayas amidst the majestic mountains and azure skies made me feel refreshed . Sleeping under the clear skies and feeling guarded by the mountains was the best sleep I ever experienced.
5. What is your most memorable holiday stay experience other than a hotel or a resort?
There are a lot of stays which are memorable to me. Sleeping in a tent in Sarchu on the way to Ladakh, living in a Homestay in the Karu village of Leh, staying in backpacking hostels of Vietnam and yes, spending almost twelve hours in an airport before catching a connecting flight; these were absolute experiences.
Filled with real tales of his nomadic travels, Nitin’s Coffee With Stayzilla was absolutely inspiring. We are enchanted by his enthusiasm towards photography and travel.