Kanyakumari to Kashmir

Here’s my journey, up-and-coming:
Day 0 (lasted for 2 days and 10 hours)
Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram  (train)
Every train has a loving mother!
A candy uncle.
The favorite staff guy.
A howling kid who fathoms the end of the world!
A random stranger you like.
A random stranger who likes you and takes all the train journey to effort a smile!
A random stranger you make some space for.
A family who shares their oranges with you.
A book you sleep with.
A toilet window you smoke with.
And a feeling of being at home!
(:

 

 

Day 1:
It was 2 in the night, when I randomly told kittu that I wish to travel from Kanyakumari to Kashmir: solo and almost penniless!

She never laughs at such crazy ideas. Just smirks at the “what ifs”!
And here I am! At Kanyakumari, wading-jumping-strolling-rubbernecking, my way forward.
Cheers to the start of this journey!

Day 2!
Catching the sunrise at Kanyakumari!
For those who know me, hope you enjoy the slow clap of morning paradox! Anyway, here’s how it felt!
The moment was bound by a strange kind of devotion. When you don’t think of life or death, problems or relief, Colgate or toothbrush and so on. But totally give in, to the sight of the fire that wakes up the world!
This is what I was thinking about, until an aunty almost trampled my camera and the janta enjoyed a cat-fight in the backdrop of eternal bliss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3:
I am in kollam, kerala, now. And my host is really kind. I love her as much as I love food ❤

 

This blog is a little disintegrated. There are a couple of reasons for that. Firstly, I am not carrying my laptop. And most of villages I am staying in, laptop or work stations aren’t easily accessible.
Secondly, these are my raw experiences. Mostly scribbled on a small notepad while on the go. Point is, I want you catch the live action and not a fancy looking perfect blog! Drama matters!
Concluding, I would like to thank you all for walking with me! Nobody really travels alone. By reading this, you too have become a part of this story! Thank you so much!
P.S: love you all!

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Still exploring. Kind of bipolar- for my equal love for home and the world. Essentially believe in what George Bernard Shaw said, "life isn't about finding yourself but creating yourself"

89 Comments

  • Shreya Jindal February 4, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

    Oh this would really a lovely journey.

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 7:43 am Reply

      Shreya! I am terribly sorry for replying so late! I have been fluctuating in and out of network!
      How are you?
      And for the journey, it is magical! <3

      • Shreya Jindal March 5, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply

        Oh! no matter. I am happy that the journey was magical and that you enjoyed. I’m fine.

        • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 8:30 am Reply

          Yet to write so much! It’s like sometimes we have so much to say that we don’t know where to start!

          • Shreya Jindal March 5, 2018 at 8:31 am

            Hahaa! You are really cute ambika. You can surely write if you want to tell something.

          • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm

            Ahahahha! Thank you for this one Shreya! I sure did! Spent an afternoon weaving this! That’s the thing about creation! <3

  • Jithisha Asokan February 4, 2018 at 7:56 am Reply

    Wishing u a wonderful journey @ambika!!
    Interesting to read ur blog :)..best wishes!!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

      So glad to see you here! All the best wishes have been working wonderfully! The trip is going great!
      How are you?

  • sphericalinsight February 4, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply

    Good luck…And what a coincidence it is that north to south the farthest points start with Ka and your first name ends with Ka.
    Good luck again.. Learn and Share

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm Reply

      I am glad you highlighted that! Generally doesn’t pass as a thought! Many thanks for your wishes!
      How is the fb issue now? Did they respond? I truly hope they fix it asap!

      • sphericalinsight February 6, 2018 at 1:20 am Reply

        Pattern just come in front of me. The journey you are taking will indeed be a special one and full of inspirations. A journey I took gave me a very important learning and I will have it there.
        The fb issue is still there. It’s over 10 days now, fb is yet to respond. I am waiting.
        Once again my best to you and keep inspiring others as you always do. Good luck Ka!

  • Nomadosauras February 4, 2018 at 8:52 am Reply

    Finally my wish is coming true! 😀 Yesterday while reading about your catfight with the camera-annihilating aunty, I was wondering how amazing would a ‘Instagram captions’ compilation post would be! And here it is!
    All the best in your Kashmir to Kanyakumari journey and keep us posted! 😀

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm Reply

      The same idea popped up! I thought of weaving it together. Anyway, when are we meeting? Yay!

      • Nomadosauras February 6, 2018 at 5:42 am Reply

        Whenever you pass through Mumbai!! 😀

        • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply

          I am in Pune! Will head off to Mumbai in a couple of days! See you there?

      • Nomadosauras March 5, 2018 at 3:35 pm Reply

        No!!! 🙁 I am leaving for Mangalore tomorrow morning! 🙁 I would be returning to Mumbai by 11th evening.. Would you be there till 12th atleast?

        • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply

          Mangalore is exciting! So happy for you! Most likely I should be around. Ping me when you return.

        • Ambika Bhardwaj May 2, 2018 at 2:24 am Reply

          I think we completely lost touch after I broke my foot! Regret not meeting you.

  • basedindianblog February 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply

    As you complete the journey let us know how you did it. I am totally excited to do it a solo trip!

  • ESP xtruck February 4, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Great going.. waiting for further posts.

  • iScriblr February 4, 2018 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Wow! Wonderful.💕
    Stay safe. Best wishes!👍

  • ankandas February 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Hey how r u??? It’s been long time r8!!

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 2:28 am Reply

      So long!!!
      I am travelling. That kind of justifies the permanent state of awe! How have you been?

  • Abhay February 5, 2018 at 2:32 am Reply

    Exploration of the world, sometime results in inner exploration. Hope you will have a great time. All the very best.

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm Reply

      It’s always a layered journey! Keeps swinging between the inner and the outer world! I totally understand your point! Thank you for the kind wishes! This really means a lot! ❤

  • ansh997x February 5, 2018 at 5:05 am Reply

    This post makes me so happy, I did the same thing when I was 23. Did a cross country trip on trains, trucks and what not. I hope we cross our paths someday and I end up meeting this amazing soul that writes so beautifully.

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply

      Are you the same Ansh, everyone keeps talking about? I’d love to meet you! ☻

      • ansh997x February 6, 2018 at 3:23 am Reply

        I don’t know what do you mean by same Ansh 😛

        • ambikabhardwaj March 6, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply

          So terribly sorry to reply late. I have been fluctuating in and out of network! How have you been?
          I think you are the same Ansh! You hitch hikes across the country, right?

  • Anindya February 5, 2018 at 5:32 am Reply

    Nice reading your travel chronicles, Ambika….:)….have been following your blog since my Musicalsoundscapes days….I also follow your posts on your FB page…..blogging is all about sharing life’s experiences, and your experiences come from your travels, that’s even better…..:)….thanks for stopping by my site after a very long time…

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

      I know I keep walking in and out. Seen in fading intervals! But I love your blog, Anindya! I have been on the go and it’s a little difficult to tie all the strings our virtual world. Having said that, I truly appreciate you walking with me in all of this. Step by step and blog by blog! ❤
      Thank you so much!

  • TechFlax February 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Lovely journey. Super. Solo trip always beautiful.

    • ambikabhardwaj February 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply

      So true! It’s like travelling with your self. Talking to yourself. Cracking nasty jokes inside your head. And figuring out the unknown journey, both within and beyond! Big thanks and warm hug for stopping by. Hope to read you soon! Thank you so much! 😃

      • TechFlax February 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm Reply

        Thanks Ambika.

  • Ushnish the Crown February 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Very nice…2 days in a train…Tough

  • paulmansfield30 February 7, 2018 at 1:16 am Reply

    Ambika, it so fun and inviting, to be brought along on your train journey, the writing has a feeling of a good travel narrative novel, one would read, while drinking a warm beverage in their cottage. And the photography is intimate and full of life. 😉 see you on blogsphere soon! ganbatte kudasai! (good luck in Japanese)

  • Silver Screenings February 7, 2018 at 2:46 am Reply

    Great photos! I love, LOVE how you wrote about the people you meet on the train.

  • Deeptesh February 7, 2018 at 9:36 pm Reply

    naice post Ambika. Have fun!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Deeptesh! How are you?
      I am so terribly sorry for the late reply! I have been fluctuating in and out of network!

      • Deeptesh March 7, 2018 at 4:19 am Reply

        I am doing good Ambika. Thanks! Hope all’s well with you too

  • Ward Clever February 8, 2018 at 12:22 am Reply

    I love the experiences you’re sharing with us! Keep going, and one day I’ll have experiences to share with everyone too! You’re inspiring me. 🙂

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Dude! I have missed you! Come give me a hug first! Now tell me how are you? What shenanigans have you ran into lately? Am i missing on something? Fill me up! I have so much to tell you!!!

      • Ward Clever March 5, 2018 at 3:27 pm Reply

        *hugs you tightly for a while*
        I’ve been trying to bring spring to this part of the world, but it won’t come! There is frost and ice every morning… sigh…
        I’ve been very good! No shenanigans… well, not many, anyway. Been writing, taking tons of pictures of the sky, and dreaming of warmer places and music.
        So what about you? I’ve been anticipating you coming back to tell me everything! <3

        • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm Reply

          The sound of freeze, engulfs me! It’s pretty humid in this part of the world. Hope spring knocks your door soon. I’ll quickly jump to your website to see all the wonders you have been weaving. My days are golden, hon! Words can’t carry the lightness of this summer! Life is beautiful! I’ll fill you up, soon! <3

          • Ward Clever March 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

            I can’t wait! Both for your visit, and for your tales! I’m happy you’re having such a beautiful time… it helps ease me missing you. 🙂

          • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm

            Knock Knock! Spring is here! Hope we can share the warmth of travel stories and beautiful songs!

          • Ward Clever March 5, 2018 at 5:16 pm

            I hope so too! I at least want to drive fast with the windows down and music blasting out! And of course, to stop and take pictures of the sunset. 🙂

          • ambikabhardwaj March 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

            Do that! Do that soon! 🙂

          • Ward Clever March 6, 2018 at 12:12 pm

            I shall!

        • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply

          The horizon looks hopeful! 🙂

          • Ward Clever March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

            Good! So do you have lots of stories and pictures? Your travels are so interesting and fascinating. 🙂

          • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm

            Aye! Loads of them. I finally have a system to work on. After days! I can finally start writing. At least till the time I am staying here. 🙂

          • Ward Clever March 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm

            I’m excited to read your tales and see your visions!

          • ambikabhardwaj March 6, 2018 at 8:25 am

            Me too! 🙂

          • Ward Clever March 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm

            You lived them!

  • Mita Patel February 11, 2018 at 2:50 am Reply

    Wow what an amazing journey! So inspiring!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Mita! How are you?
      The journey has been really amazing! Going great guns! 😀

  • Saurabh Singh February 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Travelling with less resource provide great opportunity to know about the local culture more closely
    Great work Ambika

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Saurabh! It is magical! Once we relieve ourselves from the money grinding drill, travel becomes much more spontaneous and fun! Also, I am terribly sorry for being late, I has been fluctuating in and out of network. Thank you so much for reading this! <3

  • Anushree February 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Sounds like a fun journey. Can’t wait for more snippets !! Good luck

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

      Anushree! I have been fluctuating in and out of network! Sorry for being hung up, so late! How have you been?
      Fo the journey, ohh my God, I need to tell you so much! <3

      • Anushree March 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm Reply

        Ah, well no network is a good thing I guess. Says you are out somewhere inaccessible ! Am good, keeping busy. Very interested in more stories so keep em coming when you get the chance xx

        • ambikabhardwaj March 7, 2018 at 10:41 am Reply

          Thank you so much for being a part of this journey! 🙂

  • mycountryepoque February 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm Reply

    That has been of a wonderful read all through. Travelling is what I did when I was in my early adulthood and I wish there were blogs that time. It is not that I am an old person no. I am only in my early forties and a mum to a beautiful young lady. And I am still traveling and running my own business. I love reading travel blogs since I also share my travel at my blog. Beautiful blog and keep writing!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 7:56 am Reply

      I am so glad you stopped by! Just visited your colourful website!
      For the blog, well, blogging just adds another aspect to travelling not to experiencing! I am certain back in the days of no blogs, travel would still be what it is! <3
      Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!

  • mycountryepoque March 5, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply

    yes true. In the early days, we could only share our pictures and memories to families and friends. But today we can make it bigger by sharing to the world. It is like I read about places I haven’t been yet, and other can read and see places through what I write too. It is so fantastic that travel have merged with blogging. It is so great having you at My Country Epoque. Have a wonderful week!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm Reply

      Technology for the better! 🙂
      Your blog explains exactly what you said! I always say this, “travel is a bond that binds us beyond blood and brotherhood!” Thank you so much for being a part of this journey! <3

  • Sameer Sharma March 6, 2018 at 3:54 am Reply

    this is the journey of LEGEND IN MAKING, the undiscovered path to followed by the unknown travelers who wants to be the one. For now all i can say that I am inspired by you and wish that I’ll meet you soon in the journey of life of ours . ALL THE BEST for the journey . love MOKSHA_MUSAFIR

    • Ambika Bhardwaj August 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm Reply

      You make it so special! Thank you very much for reading my random mumblings. It’s been a while that I have been off blogging, how is it going for you?

  • Kashmir Trends March 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Beautiful blog and keep writing!
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  • Juli May 2, 2018 at 11:27 pm Reply

    keep going guys, and let’s make it here, if not here, where else can we share our travels? Good day to you all! Luv ya guys

    • Ambika Bhardwaj May 4, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply

      So true! Glad to experience the spirit of travelling and sharing! Loads of love! 🙂

  • Nishant Chandgotia August 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Your last paragraph reminds me of the quote “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

  • Ambika Bhardwaj August 29, 2018 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Ahahhahaha! This is my honestly cluttered life! Sometimes, it’s fun, sometimes it’s hard to keep up, whatever be the clutter, it’s a beautiful beautiful mess.

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