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Kalyan Panja
Catch his travel, food and lifestyle experiences on www.travtasy.com
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A few winters back I was looking for a warmer destination to spend my vacations. I was probing through different destinations in the Mediterranean when my eyes fell on Greece. I have been interested in visiting this country with its rich cultural legacy for a long time now. I did not think twice and decided to go for two weeks of this gorgeous Hellenic republic.

I was clear that I wanted to see not just the mainland but also some of its stunning islands. After much research, we finally decided on a route through Athens, Meteora, Peloponeso as well as Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. While preparing the itinerary, I had to choose between two islands called Zakynthos and Kefalonia. After much deliberation and reading numerous guides, I decided on the Ionian island called Zakynthos. It is not as well-known as the Cyclades, Mykonos or Santorini, but there is an award-winning beach called Navagio, known for being one of the most beautiful ones in the world. #mytravelstory
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The route from Manali to Leh is one of the toughest and most demanding stretches of road in the whole country. If you are interested in dream destinations, you may have already heard about it. A thousand kilometers long, half asphalt road connects Delhi with Leh passing through some of the highest points in the world. It goes up to even 5328 meters of altitude! Dizzy, right?

Months before starting our trip, Abhi spoke to me for the first time about this motorcycle route through north India. At the corner of thirty years, I decided to make an old dream come true to embark on an unprecedented adventure into the heart of the Himalayas. I did not imagine what this adventure was going to become. It was possibly one of the toughest challenges, which I would face.

It was a trip of two weeks in which, if everything went well, we would travel more than 3000 kilometers. It is a trip in which, defying the extreme conditions and crossing wild and untamed landscapes, we would reach some of the remotest places that one can reach in the Indian subcontinent.

But do not be mistaken. Going on a motorbike through such an environment is, in fact, a very physical exercise. Between the frequent fast drops (up to 2000 meters in two hours), the complicated terrain and the other rather confident road users, the chances of sweating - not counting the cold sweats - there is no lack of it! But the result was worth it. Because I have lived to tell about it. It is a trip, in short, which is epic. #mytravelstory
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It's early in the morning. Everything outside is still very quiet. On the horizon, the first dim light is visible. I quickly slip into my warm clothes and go outside. I want to welcome the new day above, in the small stupa with colorful prayer flags. It is a wonderfully clear morning and the mountains emerge slowly from the darkness.

I'm on a ridge about one and a half hours east of Kathmandu. Now that I'm here, I feel my breath and listen to the birds. The prayer flags flutter in the wind. A reddish glow appears slowly on the horizon that bathes the mountaintop in a golden red light. I watch this fascinating spectacle of nature.

As the first rays come forth, I enjoy the warmth and feel connected with the mountains, humans and the universe. It is another one of those magical moments for which I love to be on the road. The Himalayan mountain range lies in front of me, almost close enough to touch. The mountains seem to float on the horizon with its snow-capped peaks.

I was there in the mountains. I get happy to be away from everyday life as the fresh air fills my thoughts and actions. Memories of the last few days pass through my mind of the ups and downs of the hiking trails, small mountain villages, and my cheerful Nepali companion. #mytravelstory
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Meet Create Member +Kalyan Panja!

"I am a photographer and an avid traveler based in India, who is always on the lookout for unusual and off the track destinations. I love routes outside the traditional circuits and believes (with good reason) to discover real gems just away from the crowds of tourists in the queue. Each trip leaves me more questions than answers. Still, the desert taught me that haste kills. The jungle, that the whole and the nothing are the same things. The mountain, that the impossible is achieved by putting one foot in front of the other. And the sea taught me that I still need a lot to learn. I love sharing stories and experiences through photographs and words."

"One of my interesting collections is the India Travel Photos. It essentially is the essence of my ongoing journey through India. I have ridden elephants through the jungles of Kaziranga, explored the mysteries of Bhutan, sailed to Andaman & Nicobar Islands, sipped my way through the Dal Lake in Srinagar, shared the night under the stars in Shimla, followed footsteps of Shah Jahan though Agra, communed with nature as the sun rose over the Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, found my center on the summit of the rocky hilltop of Darjeeling, and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the seas of Bay of Bengal. I always look for WOW moments around the world among the local people, cuisine or across the streets."

"My passion began at a very early age when my father gave me the first camera in hand. From then it was a slow journey until around 2006 when I was just during some Google searching on some topics that I had bumped into the beautiful world of the blogosphere that really struck me. Then the second inspiration came from this place of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The place is so beautiful and the people and the culture of this place influenced me so much that I wanted to bring to light about this little-known place to the entire world. Through Blogs I have come to learn and know about so many facts, places and cities in this world, which perhaps I would have never known, hadn’t it been for blogging. I have also learned so much about photography skills and techniques through different blogs."

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