Members of the Solo Travelers Community, a like minded travelers group on Facebook, arranged their 10th meetup at Udaipur on 18 August.
With the previous meets having taken place in Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Indore, Goa and Singapore, the team now chose to meet at Udaipur. The meet took place at the strategically located Mewar Garh Hotel near Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace).
40 members of the community, residing in Ahmedadad, Baroda, Surat, Rajkot, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Udaipur came together for this 10th meetup of the community. A strong community on Facebook, they already boast of a 1000 stron membership base.
The meet up had participants share their travel stories and share experiences in different parts of India and the world. Shared stories were a mix of encouragement, fun, caution and humor, with each participant giving anecdotes during their travel experience. Speakers included 5 domestic and international travelers, with 2 speaking about trekking the forests and mountains as an alternative preferred means of traveling and exploration.
Speakers and participants also discussed solo traveling, its advantages and disadvantages. This meet, as per Bhaven, the founder and moderator of this group, gives a platform for like minded people from different parts of the country to get together at one place and share experiences. The idea of this platform also, is to help people who prefer to travel solo.
Ravi Thakkar, the anchor (सूत्रधार) of the meetup, made the event lively with his quips and humor. Nikhil, who travels solo often gave a good presentation on his trips to Kutch, Rishikesh and Goa and showed some amazing pictures.
Another Solo traveler, Vikram Agrawal who hails from Nepal but is now settled in Surat, gave details on his travels across India and trekking in the Himalayas. He also shared some great insights into making a long rail journey at low costs – a program which is run by the Indian railways, that many travelers are not aware of. Vikram has also done the Pin Parvati trek.
Bhaven, a digital marketing consultant by profession and a traveler by passion, has traveled to 19 countries in his not so many years as a traveler. He presented substantially useful insights on travel to China and the United Arab Emirates.
Digvijay Chauhan, who is currently pursuing his management studies from IIMU, presented some enthralling videos of his visits to Indonesia and Vietnam. He is a traveler by passion and intends to build this passion into a profession, for which he is being supported by IIMU.
GreenCloud Treks, a Udaipur trekking community, was represented by Akhtar, who focused on upcountry visits and trekking across forests and mountains as a means to explore unknown places. He said that travelling across countries and visiting known spots is basically the diet for tourists. For a traveler, it is imperative that one goes to unknown areas and places that are less frequented to know more about the core culture.