Wednesday, 21 June 2017


I took a trip to Leh-Ladakh two years back. I did a lot of fun there.

I spoke to strangers over small-small things and loved doing it, got high on the beauty of Mother Nature, gave up tweeting for bird watching and much more. These are just some of the many splendid things I experienced.

I, Nitin Khanna would suggest you to visit Leh Ladakh at least once in your lifetime. I learned a lot of things from this trip, which I would like to share with you, as this would be helpful for all of you, while travelling to Leh Ladakh.


1. Water
Since, dehydration can complicate health issues at a high altitude, so make sure that you are carrying liters of water with you and drinking it at steady intervals.

2. Sunscreen Lotion.
Even during the winter, UV rays at high altitude can harm your skin, so don’t forget to carry a good quality sunscreen lotion and apply it properly before going out in the sun.

3. UV Sunglasses
As mentioned above, UV rays at high altitude can be more damaging; it can damage your eyes as well. UV shades is a must-have thing while travelling early in the season and during winters.

4. Lip Balm
During winter in Ladakh, your lips may get cracked, which can get painful. So, make sure that you carry a lip balm or Vaseline along with you.

5. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is basically used to moisturize skin. The oil can be used inside of nostrils and on hair as well.

6. Medicines
You must carry medicines for headache, cold & cough, stomach ache and fever.

7. Glucose
Carrying Glucose water is a good idea, as it provides instant energy. Carry a couple of small packs with you, so that you can instantly mix it in the water.

8. Clothes
It is best to dress in layers because dressing in layers will allow you to add or subtract layers when needed. So, carry a sweater, cap, gloves & warm inner and if possible, carry water resistant jacket too.

9. Documents and IDs
Carry one identity card and a few photocopies of it, as it is needed at certain places like check post and hotels to register necessary details. Moreover, carry your medical insurance card, photocopies of your flight ticket and a list of important contacts.

10. Chargers for all the gadgets, cameras and mobile
  • Spare camera batteries In cold environment, batteries die too quickly. So, carry at least one spare set of batteries for your camera.
  • Car charger or battery bank : If you are a keen smart phone user and planning to log your route on your GPS app, then make sure you are carrying car charger or power bank to keep your mobile running.
  • Memory cards to last entire trip : Carry enough memory cards with you to cover your entire shooting duration in Ladakh. 
11. Money
While my recommendation would be to carry enough cash you need, to avoid time wastage in withdrawing cash. But, it may not be feasible for everyone. Keep in mind that ATMs beyond Srinagar and Manali are only available in Kargil and Leh and they too are a few with long queues in front of them.

So, these are some basic tips that will help you while travelling to Leh Ladakh. Hope this will help you a lot!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Challenges When I Travel Abroad

I feel most of the people loves to travel and explore new places or visit their favourites places again and again. I absolutely love to explore new countries to know their culture, atmosphere, people, style of living and their problems and challenges. Every time, it is a new experience and adventure for me, but yes there are some challenge(s) those teach me new lesson and remind me every time, when I plan to go for a trip.

I hope you will also relate with these challenges:-

  • Lost or forget your passport: - This is the biggest mistake; we do most of the time while travelling to overseas, so please make sure that you have carried your  passport with you, when you leave your place to Airport. Sometimes this mistake will ruin your complete trip, so take care of it. 
  • Bring your must have medicine: - This can be a biggest mistake; in terms of your health. While you pack your luggage or bag, must carry your prescribed medicines those are required on any cost.  Also you have to carry a small first AID kit precautionary; it might be required during the journey or trip.
  • Getting through the long lines of Travelers: - I find Travelers the most 'unspectacular’ part of travel. I feel I am most uneasy during this process and, for a small moment of time, the fun adventure of travel is no further of you by the unmanaged Customs officers that tint and repeat all inquiries to check if that can catch you out as a terrorist, swindler, smuggler or whether you should be accused with war crimes.
  • Sitting next to a disgusting traveler on the plane:-  Particularly one that doesn't know common airplane politeness. It also includes the behavior and etiquettes which makes your journey hell. Sometimes, it also includes sitting behind a passenger that continuously has their seat rested.
  • Not having adequate local currency on arrival: - When you have landed at airport and started to explore the place; you feels like you are getting 'financially raped' so please expense your money where it requires. Even, you can exchange your national currency to the local currency, but be careful about the inadequate expenses. 
  • Taxi drives that you sense are not taking you the shortest route to your hotel or your destination or may be your next mode of transport.
  • Don’t try the local food if you are not confident, it will create a problem, if it is against your habit/ body. It sucked out your stomach and trip too.
  • Knowledge of the basic idioms at the country you just arrived in. It would be awesome, if you know or learn the basic idioms to say, "Hello", "Please" and "Thank You" as fast as I can, otherwise the local people of that country will not be friendly to you.
  • Must know the prohibited areas in the country you are visiting:- Going to the wrong part of town, especially at night, can be scary and harmful for you. So be alert and stay near the lights and public area.
  • Don’t carry Jewelry while travelling: - If you are visiting a country to explore, so don’t carry Jewelry with you. It would be the reason that you should be chased by robs. You cannot judge what they can do, so again it would be harmful for you and please take care of it.
  • Getting too drunk on a night out and not know where you are, where to go and how reach at my place.

So at the end, I want to conclude that the gladdest moment in human life, is a departure into unknown lands. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the daring to lose sight of the shore. So the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a place in which nearly nothing is so familiar it is taken for fixed. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

My Last Visit to Germany by Nitin Khanna

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Germany to explore new places in the world. It was a mix experience for me; some usual and some unknown things for me. I always excited to visit any new place and done some homework and create a list of popular things about that place, I did the same and landed to German. Germany has firmly well-known itself as a high class travel destination. The crowd was happy-go-lucky from all over the world; everyone was very eager to see the real beauty of Germany.

Here are some outstanding properties of Germany which attracts you to come here again and again:

1. River cruises on the Rhine and Maine : The enthralling beauty of the German countryside, with its appealing landscapes, graceful old castles hanging on the nearby hilltops, and wineries extending as far as you can see.

2. The Carnival Season : The carnival celebrations, taking place in a number of cities and provinces in Germany; especially the western and southwestern parts:-
 The weekend and over Rose Monday just before Ash Wednesday, ‘Fifth Season,’ as it is also called, brings with it an explosion of colors: decorated glides, all kinds of glitzy dresses, peculiar setups mocking statesmen, street dancers and parading bands.

3. Berlin Film Festival : Most trendy events in the international cinematographic calendar with number of different types and spanning the full spectrum of global film production. 

4. City of Berlin : For the young; the creative stirrings of this lively city, with its alternative art-scene, ‘underground’ culture and wild parties are an encouraging experience. 

5. Oktoberfest : Beer devotees should, at least once in their era, attend this great festival and join in the fun of downing sequential, to the sounds of ‘Oompah Bands’ while dining on ‘wurst,’ ‘hendl’ and ‘schweinebraten,’ and generally, celebrating all things Bavarian. 

6. City of Munich : Capital city of Bavaria, located near the foothills of the Alps, with its typical decorative construction, beautiful parks, world-class museums and nearby castles. Munich is a delightful city full of leftovers of its majestic past; Munich’s whole culture of beer gardens greatly adds to its friendly character. 

7. German Food : One of the great belongings about Germany is the delicious food one becomes to eat while over there. With all its ‘wurst’ this and ‘wurst’ that (1500 different types of sausages) served with sauerkraut and potato salad, attractive soups and stews, hundreds of different types of bread, all washed down with the best beer in the world, Germany is a true cooking wonderland. 

8. City of Hamburg : Hamburg, like few other cities in the world, has it all and more: incredible energy, multicultural flair, exciting nightlife, tons to see and do, and the list goes on …its extraordinary topographical position on the river Elbe with many canals and lake Alster not far from the city center, Hamburg allows for an unbelievable diversity of outdoor activities like beech sports etc. 

9. Germans : Last but not least, a good reason to go to Germany is to meet and make friends with Germans. While some of the categorizes about them ring true, they only suitably cover one half of the truth while sieving out the other half of the equivalence; namely, while it is true that they are set aside and don’t exactly take to small talk like ducklings to water, once you earn their friendship and trust, you gain a friend who is lot more solid and real than many a super-sociable fragment with whom you quickly take off, only to apprehend they’re a ‘Potemkin village. 

Counting all the above fascinations that makes you visiting this country worth its while would be an unnerving task – the imaginable reasons are so many and so assorted that any attempt at shortlisting “the best ones” would smack of inappropriateness and of having an axe to grind, beautiful scenery, great architecture, lively festivals, glamorous events, electrifying nightlife, delicious food and the best beer ever – Germany has it all and more…

Monday, 20 March 2017

Travel alone is a good experience by Nitin Khanna

Whenever we travel, we look for trip mates, sometimes it’s good and sometimes they spoil the trip. While it’s good to share a special trip and experiences with friends and family, there’s an enthralling case for travelling alone after some time. Travelling alone can work for everyone, whether you’re single, married, in a relationship, fussy, or quiet. As the law of nature that everything has some positive and negative, but I am more delightful and wants to share the positive things about it.

  • Pack your bag and go anyway
As it is big obstacle and problem most of the time that you want to go and enjoy your holidays or want to spend time at your favorites or likely place, but another person is busy, or doesn’t want to go for that place, they have any reason behind. You cannot force him/her, otherwise it will be a trip for you but it’s an obligation of other.  So make you mind, pack your bag and go anyway, where you want.

  • Don’t kill your wish
Is there something you’ve been dying to try that no one is willing to try with you? Maybe you’d like to go scuba diving at Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia, but you friend or mate doesn’t have interest in scuba diving or he/she is afraid of it. So don’t sacrifice your dreams, specifically when all you have to do is get there.

  • Your Company is best for you
If you rarely spend noteworthy time with yourself, you may be surprised at how enjoyable you are. You can truly live your thoughts and entertain your own dreams. An alone trip can be an influential, thoughtful, life-changing experience for you. Nobody can interrupt you when you are sitting on a beach and listing the voice of waves at sunset or natter your favorite song.

  • Make New Connections 
You will meet new people at new places. Their culture, their language may be different, so you can talk with them regarding their culture, their life-style and share your thoughts. You can know the taste of people, their problem and relate with them and even they will related with you and make new connections with them.

  • Do what you want
Many times you got shy and do not do what you want. When you travel alone, you are not obliged to entertain anyone except yourself.  If you want to go for Spa, Beach Party, Play Casino or any bar for hangover; don’t stop yourself, now you won’t have to answer to anyone.

  • Improves your personality 
Travel alone will boost your confidence and learn new things from new people. It uplifts you mentally and physically. A successful alone holiday will encourage you to handle even worse situations in your life.

  • Absence makes your bond stronger 
Absence makes your bond stronger As well said absence makes your relationship with your companion or partner stronger. Go alone on vacation opportunity puts the new energy in your relationship and reminds you the place of your partner or beloved in your life.

  • Superb Services
For some reason, service at hotels and restaurants looks better when you’re traveling alone. People incline to respect those who travel alone, and it’s conceivable that when you make it known, you could be in for a sweet room promotion or a cocktail “on the house”.

I think single traveler is more useful, because he reflects more. Don’t be afraid to walk alone. Don’t be afraid to like it. The man who goes alone can begin today, but he who travels with another will wait till the other get ready.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Travel checklist for a worry free vacation by Nitin Khanna

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Vacations should be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. But surprises those attached to your accounts/expenses can wreck the fun. A vacation checklist can help you prepare the plan and can reduce the stress. Here are few tips for a worry free vacation.

  • Mobile or online banking
Many travelers do some of their banking through internet in the mode of online banking or through mobile applications. However, for the regular travelers, online and mobile banking are invaluable ways to monitor and manage your accounts from almost anywhere, including the beach. Simply recall, it's essential for you recall the answer to your online banking security question —you'll require it in the event that you sign in from a new PC.

  • Pay your bills before going
At the point when your toes are in the sand, the exact opposite thing you need to stress over is whether you paid the electric bill. Rather than pondering, pay those bills ahead of time. If you’ve set up online banking, you can also arrange for recurring payments to be sent while you’re away. 

  • Make your credit cards travel ready
Bring at least two valid permanent cards with you on your trip, in case one gets lost or stolen. Remember that temporary cards don't generally work, and replacement of these cards can take a few days to arrive. Double-check the cards' termination dates, and record the numbers for customer service; keep them in a separate, safe place in case you need to call them for any reason. 

  • Make copies of your important documents 
Think about this one as a security blanket. In case of emergencies, make two copies of your credit cards, passport, and other travel documents. Some travel experts even suggest taking photographs of these records and putting away them on the driver, so you can get to them if those are lost. Additionally, it's a smart thought to tell somebody about your exact travel schedule.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

How to Stay Healthy on a Road Trip by Nitin Khanna

How to stay healthy on a road trip by Nitin KhannaRoad trip! Two words that can either lift your spirits in foresight of your up and coming touring arrangements or give you a sinking sentiment fear. With a couple of simple procedures set up, however, any road trip can be fun and healthy —something you'll need to do once more. Read on to this below lines to how you can figure out how to eat well, stay comfortable, and touch base at your destination feeling thrilled and revived.

  • Bring smart snacks : Load your bag with plenty of nutritious, easy-to-eat snacks like low-sugar yogurt cups.
  • Choose water : Choose water. Bring a few reusable (BPA-free) water bottles and fill them up at every rest stop.
  • Stretching is important : Stretch your legs (and shoulders and neck). You must stop frequently (at least a few times a day) to get out of the car, move around, and do a few stretches.
  • Don’t forget to carry SPF : Carry SPF to protect your skin against sunlight. Windshields and windows do not completely protect your skin. A good set of sunglasses is essential to protect eyes from the sun. Exposure to too much sunshine can damage skin, vision and even cause certain kinds of cancers.
  • Choose a perfect posture : While driving for more than one day, comfort in the driver’s seat is essential and of the passengers too. Adjust the seat and bring pillows and seat supports to make the car seat as comfortable as possible. Take frequent breaks to roll the shoulders, stretch the neck, and realign posture.
  • Be Flexible : Unless running cross-country to meet a particular due date, consider an additional day or two of travel time. As a result there's a lot of time to investigate a shrouded waterfall a couple of miles rough terrain, take a lot of picturesque bypasses, and keep the general state of mind tranquil.

Being on road trip is completely a different experience. Go experience and stay healthy with the above mentioned tips by Nitin Khanna.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Benefits of Traveling By Nitin Khanna

Life indeed is a beautiful and wonderful gift. It really is, and as we travel and experience more of the world and life, we often become flabbergasted with gratitude and appreciation for all the beautiful moments we relished and people we’ve shared them with. In fact this is a realization that which we can only experience, take action from now while we’re still active with energy rather than amassing up regrets by the time we’re on our death bed.

Here are the top 5 benefits why you should love Travelling :-

  • Ensures Peace of Mind

We all have stress and tensions in our lives. Traveling forces us to temporarily disconnect from our daily-office routine and it helps us appreciate the people and environment around us. As per a famous saying “we never know what we have until we lose it.”

  • Helps you Get Original and Creative Thoughts

Usually our mind gets more creative ideas or thoughts when we get out of our comfort zone. So as to develop new neural connections that trigger original and creative thoughts, we must explore new places and take a break out of your daily lifestyles.

  • Broadens Your Thinking and Thought Process

Travelling helps you connect with different people of different communities. By having conversation with different people will help you to see their issues and daily life from different aspects and angle, hereby it will broaden your thought process.

  • You’ll realize life is a wonderful gift

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

  • Easy to make friends
The only thing which I learned from traveling is how easy it is to make friends. Something magical happens in how people can show up more raw and real when they’re out of their normal daily environment and open to express them selves without feeling judged.