The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast

The Musafir Stories - India Travel Podcast Podcast

The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!

89: Rebroadcast: Conquering Mt. Everest with Satyarup Siddhanta
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Satyarup Siddhanta - a Bengaluru-based Bengali mountaineer.[1] On December 15, 2017 he became the first Bengali civilian from India to complete the seven highest summits in the 7 continents. He is the President and founder of ABETO – "A better tomorrow" foundation, and works as a consultant at Brady Corporation, India.[5] Today's destination: Mt. Everest, Nepal Nearest Airport: Lukla airport Nearest Railway Station: n/a Prerequisities - Required visas, training a...

88: Hampi - A Short History with Anirudh Kanisetti
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to host of the hit podcast "Echoes of India" - Anirudh Kanisetti! Today's destination: Hampi! Nearest Airport: Hubli Airport (HBX) Nearest Railway Station: Hospet Junction (HPT) Prerequisites - NA Packing - Pack according to the weather - summers can be HOT! Time of the year - Nov to Jan is a good time to visit! Length of the itinerary- 5 days Itinerary Highlights: - Anirudh speaks about the origins of history, rise of the Vijayanagara empire and the dramatic f...

87: Bastar with Edwina D'Souza
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Edwina D'Souza from the blog wannabemaven.com (http://wannabemaven.com/) ! Today's destination: Bastar, Chattisgarh Nearest Airport: Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur (RPR) Nearest Railway Station: Jagdalpur Railway Station (JDB) Prerequisites: Local tour guide/agency, reservations for all stays. Unexplored Bastar does a great job with travel in the state. Packing: Pack according to the weather Time of the year: April Length of the itinerary: 5 days Itinerary...


86: Mangaluru with Sampath MK
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sampath Menon as he takes us around the coastal town of Mangaluru! Today's destination: Mangaluru, Karnataka Nearest Airport: Mangalore International airport (IXE) Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore Junction (MAJN) Prerequisites : n/a Packing : pack according to the weather, summers can be hot! Time of the year : Winter months from November to January is a good time Length of the itinerary: 3-10 days Itinerary Highlights: - Sampath starts off by speaking abo...

86: Mangaluru with Sampath MK
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sampath Menon as he takes us around the coastal town of Mangaluru! Today's destination: Mangaluru, Karnataka Nearest Airport: Mangalore International airport (IXE) Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore Junction (MAJN) Prerequisites : n/a Packing : pack according to the weather, summers can be hot! Time of the year : Winter months from November to January is a good time Length of the itinerary: 3-10 days Itinerary Highlights: - Sampath starts off by speaking abo...

85: Kartarpur Sahib with Abhishek Vaid
In this episode #Kartarpur #Sikh #Gurunanak #pakistan #sikhism #pilgrimage #border #holy #gurudwara #love #peace #brotherhood ==================================== Winners of the book giveaway contest on the Pondicherry episode: Mohan and Shruti! We will reach out to you shortly! ==================================== This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Abhishek Vaid, founder of the Untravel Show as he takes us across the Indo-Pak border to the holy gurudwara of Kartarpur Sahib, the place where Guru ...

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84: Pondicherry - A Short History with Aditi Sriram
In this episode: #beaches #cafes #French #colonial #folklore #aurobindo #ashram #photography #auroville #art #streetphotography #villas #quaint #finedining #unionterritory #UT GIVE-AWAY ALERT!!! ------------------------------ Listen to the episode, answer 3 simple questions in the form below and stand a chance to win a copy of Aditi's book! Open for two weeks! https://forms.gle/Mmb5jgx5mzsTXT7K7 Alternately, you can buy the book here! https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07PS1SLXP/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=...

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83: Varanasi with Arjun Narayanan
In this episode: #spirituality #religion #temples #pilgrimage #history #ganges #uttarpradesh #aarti #food #alleys #streets #hinduism #jainism #sikhism #art #music #literature #streetfood #hippie #sadhu This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Arjun Narayanan, a journalist and host of Madraswallah Podcast! Today's destination- Varanasi, UP Nearest Airport- Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport Nearest Railway Station- Varanasi Junction railway station Prerequisites - preparation and research Packing - Dress appr...

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82: Valley of Flowers with Susan Jagannath
In this episode: #mountains #valleys #trekking #flowers #nature #hiking #roadtrip #author #Uttarakhand #book #botany #mountaineer #Hemkund #pilgrimage #sikh This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Susan Jagannath, a best selling author and traveler as she takes us to the Valley of Flowers, with her new book titled 'The Valley of Flowers - The Ultimate guide to an adventure trek in the upper Himalaya' Today's destination: Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand!   Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradun  Nearest...

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81: Bhubaneswar with Ayush
In this episode: #Bhubaneswar #Odisha #East #culture #temples #art #architecture #dance #odissi #tribal #history #art #Ashoka #Kalinga #Jagannath #rathyatra #rasgulla #buddhism #hertiage #walkingtour  This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Ayush Kumar as he takes us to another hidden gem in India! Today's destination: Bhubaneswar, Odisha! Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik Airport, BBI Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar Railway Station, BBS Prerequisites -  NA Packing - Pack according to the weather T...

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80: The Power Plant Trail with Girish
In this episode: #energy #clean #renewable #wind #solar #India #sustainable #technology #cleantech #kanyakumari #Kochi #Shivanasamudra #tumkur #bangalore #mumbai #mahabaleshwar #delhi #kutch #cuttack # This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Girish Shivakumar, a clean-tech evangelist who takes us on a trail of power plants in India! Today's destination: Around the power plants of India!   Nearest Airport: n/a Nearest Railway Station: n/a Prerequisites -  Some plants might require permission before vi...

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79: Lost in the Caves of Meghalaya with Khaliq Parkar
In this episode: #Meghalaya #NorthEast #adventure #caves #lost #stalactite #stalagmite #nature #KremLymput #underground #caving #suspense #ecology #geology This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Khaliq Parkar, a researcher and social scientist as he shares his adventures in the caves of Meghalaya! Today's destination: Krem Lymput caves, Meghalaya Nearest Airport: Shillong airport, SHL Nearest Railway Station: Guwahati Railway station, GHY Prerequisites - Inner line permit for some states in the North...

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78: Offbeat Manali with Priyanka Gupta
In this episode: #Manali #HimachalPradesh #Himachal #offbeat #oldmanali #oldcity #walking #trail #trekking #hiking #temples #hotsprings #architecture #himachali #naggar #vashisht #kathkuni #zorbing #river #rafting #beas #yoga #nature #mountains #himalayas This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Priyanka Gupta from the blog onmycanvas.com (http://onmycanvas.com/) as she takes us offbeat in Manali! Today's destination: Manali, Himachal Pradesh     Nearest Airport: Bhuntar airport (50kms) Nearest Railway...

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77: Munnar with Sangeetha
In this episode: #Munnar #Kerala #tea #plantations #mountains #nature #treks #kathakali #art #dance #martialarts #roadtrip #family #waterfalls #ponds #sunrise #spices #nilgiri #tahr #neelakuruji #boating #elephants This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sangeetha as we explore the Kashmir of the South, Munnar! Today's destination: Munnar, Kerala Nearest Airport: Kochi International airport (110kms) Nearest Railway Station: Aluva, Kerala (110kms) Prerequisites - n/a Packing - pack some light layers ...

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76: Rebroadcast: Explore Spiti with the desi Traveler
In this episode: #Spiti #Himachal #HimachalPradesh #valley #offbeat #desert #kaza #market #buddhist #monastery #prayerflags #lakes #chandrataal #himalayas #roadtrip #clouds #dhankar #ki #meditation #ecotourism This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Prasad NP, also known as the 'desi Traveler'. Prasad shares his story about the time he spent traveling the Spiti Valley, Dhankar lake, Chandratal Lake and the beautiful Monasteries around. So sit back and enjoy listening! Today's destination: Spiti -- Kaza, ...

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75: Khajuraho with Tarun & Pournima
In this episode: #Khajuraho #MadhyaPradesh #temples #architecture #erotic #sculptures #architecture #history #folklore #religion #UNESCO #heritage #cycling #walking #tour #museum #spirituality #sex #taboo #archaeology This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Tarun and Pournima, two of our dear listeners and two budding doctors about their trip to Khajuraho! Today's destination: Khajuraho, MP Nearest Airport: Khajuraho airport Nearest Railway Station: Khajuraho or Mahoba station Prerequisites - n/a Pac...

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74: TMS Specials : Safari with Suyash
In this episode: #Bandhavgarh #safari #nationalpark #jungle #forest #tiger #documentary #filmmaker #conservation #stories #solo #rajbhera This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Suyash Keshari - a young wildlife filmmaker and presenter as he takes us on a safari to Bandhavgarh, the tiger capital of India! Today's destination: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh Nearest Airport: Jabalpur airport, JLR Nearest Railway Station: Umaria Prerequisites -  Make reservations ahead of time Packing - Pack clothes accord...

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73: A speed date with Bengaluru ft Travel.Earth
In this episode: #Bangalore #Bengaluru #city #walking #siliconvalley #southindia #museums #restaurants #parks #fort #palace #citytour #history #culture Contest Alert! Celebrating the festive season and new year by giving away a copy of 'Globetrotting for Love and other stories from Sakhalin island' by Ajay Kamalakaran. Just answer the question in the form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU1C6YPhkZgx3LYPw0p4QC4bEx0tq0IMvp9FjPyxHKmzplOA/viewform) and stand a chance to win Ajay's book! This week,...

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72: TMS Specials: Sakhalin Island with Ajay Kamalakaran
In this episode: #russia #sakhlin #island #novella #nature #lifestyle #fareast #book #korea #japan #history #food #leisure  Contest Alert! Celebrating the festive season and new year by giving away a copy of 'Globetrotting for Love and other stories from Sakhalin island' by Ajay Kamalakaran. Just answer the question in the form and stand a chance to win Ajay's book! This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Ajay Kamalakaran, an independent journalist and novelist as he takes us to the Far East corner of t...

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71: Landour with Aakash Mehrotra
In this episode: #Landour #Uttarakhand #hillstation #mountains #cafes #nature #walks #viewpoints #sunset #woods #heritage #british #colonial #architecture #ruskinbond #books #quaint #northindia  This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Aakash Mehrotra from Delhi who talks to us about his childhood connection to the land of Landour, Uttarakhand! Today's destination: Landour, Uttarakhand Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED) Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Prerequisites -  NA Packing - ...

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71: Explore Landour with Aakash Mehrotra
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Aakash Mehrotra from Delhi who talks to us about his childhood connection to the land of Landour, Uttarakhand! Today's destination: Landour, Uttarakhand Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED) Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Prerequisites -  NA Packing -  Lots of books! Carry warm clothes as the hill stations are quite chill. Time of the year -  April Length of the itinerary:  3 days Itinerary Highlights: - Aakash talks about his childhood connection t...


70: Manipur with Elita
In this episode: #manipur #northeast #offbeat #solotravel #markets #food #history #war #bordertowns #nature #lakes #nationalparks #warmemorial #ina #moreh #loktak #imakeithel  Contest Alert!!! ---------------- We're giving away a copy of Rajat Ubhaykar's book - Truck De India, a hitchhiker's guide to Hindustan, to one lucky listener! All you have to do is listen to Rajat's episode - Around India on trucks (https://audioboom.com/posts/7258364-tms-specials-around-india-on-trucks-and-highways-with-rajat-ubha...

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69: Walled City of Jaipur with Arv
In this episode: #Jaipur #Rajasthan #city #walkingtour #markets #bazaars #streets #forts #gates #palace #jewellery #foods #handicrafts #shoes #temples #hawamahal #joharibazaar #citypalace #GetFeatured on the Musafir Stories! Capping off International Podcast Day (https://www.facebook.com/internationalpodcastday/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBzrA3UoBGh6TJJNF-n7VuvldwVxBpaem5oAncHzspmuMyFcQu18matbdHLr3EOl53BhdY9YOJZ88E0&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAuyskK8T5eZMKcS3csKzg6BCwshiRNHBrKOao2hQaTewkilaUEzEtHx2dMuf7enxsG...

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69: Walled City of Jaipur with Arv
In this episode: #Jaipur #Rajasthan #city #walkingtour #markets #bazaars #streets #forts #gates #palace #jewellery #foods #handicrafts #shoes #temples #hawamahal #joharibazaar #citypalace #GetFeatured on the Musafir Stories! Capping off International Podcast Day (https://www.facebook.com/internationalpodcastday/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBzrA3UoBGh6TJJNF-n7VuvldwVxBpaem5oAncHzspmuMyFcQu18matbdHLr3EOl53BhdY9YOJZ88E0&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAuyskK8T5eZMKcS3csKzg6BCwshiRNHBrKOao2hQaTewkilaUEzEtHx2dMuf7enxsG...

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68: Ghost town of Dhanushkodi with SN Sudharsan
In this episode: #Dhanushkodi #Tamilnadu #southindia #ghost #town #tragedy #deluge #cyclone #stories #ruins #novel #fishermen #history #srilanka #talaimannar #rameshwaram  International Podcast Day Convention 2019 in Bangalore: Join us!!!  Register now: https://podcasts.hubhopper.com/o2podcollective-international-podcast-day ************************************************************************* This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Sudharsan SN, a polyglot and a linguist who runs a youtube channel...

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67: Parvati Valley with Backpacking Indian Mama
In this episode: #Parvati #valley #Himachal #northindia #river #parvati #beas #mountains #nature #hillstations #roadtrip #familytravel #kidstravel #hiking #trekking #camping #cafes #markets #hippie #kasol #tosh #jari #malana #manikaran #kheerganga #pinparvati #himachali #village This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Deenaz Raisinghani, a backpacking mom who has been traveling around the world with her little kiddo!  Today's destination: Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh   Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airp...

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66: Great Lakes of Kashmir with Karan & Parul
In this episode: #Kashmir #lakes #greatlakes #trek #mountains #nature #valleys #friends #northindia #camping #bonfire #freshwater #glacier #snow #nundkul #gangbal #krishnasar #vishansar #sonmarg #srinagar #satsar #gadsar #zajbal This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Karan and Parul, the couple on a break from work traveling around India and the world! Today's destination: Kashmir Great Lakes trek! PS: Please be sure to check on the travel advisory before traveling to the region. Nearest Airport: Srin...

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65: TMS Specials : Women in Travel with F5 Escapes
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to the trio from F5 Escapes. F5 Escapes is redefining how women travel in India, encouraging them to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world. They plan and organize travel tours for women to travel in groups and solo as well! Hand crafted itineraries to suit their needs. To know more about F5 Escapes checkout their social media pages: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/F5Escapes/) : https://www.facebook.com/F5Escapes/ Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/f5e...

64: Orchha with Dhiraj
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Dhiraj from the blog, Team G Square as he discusses his journey to some of the hidden gems of India. Today's destination: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh!! Nearest Airport: Gwalior Airport or Khajuraho Airport (HJR) Nearest Railway Station: Jhansi Railway station (about 18kms away) Prerequisites -  NA Packing -  Depending on the time of the year you visit, make sure to carry hats, eyewear and sunscreen. Best time to visit is between November and February as the plains ge...

63: TMS Specials : Purposeful Travel with Charles Worringham
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Charles Worringham, an Australian academic and clean energy evangelist, who shares his experience of traveling with a purpose. Listen on! Today's destination: Around India, exploring some of her energy challenges and innovative solutions! Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International airport Nearest Railway Station: NA Prerequisites - Be open to travel, be open to learning! Packing - NA Time of the year - November Length of the itinerary: 1 month Itinerary Highlights:...


62: Savanadurga Trek with Divyam Goenka
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Divyam Goenka, a young trekking enthusiast and founder of Kyuriosity, a Bangalore based trekking community. Today's destination: Savanadurga Trek!! Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore (BLR) Nearest Railway Station: Bangalore Railway station Prerequisites - Some trekking experience doesn't hurt! Packing - Make sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated and some energy bars for when the going gets tough! Time of the year - November to February...

61: TMS Specials: Around India on Trucks and Highways with Rajat Ubhaykar
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Rajat Ubhaykar, a journalist from Mumbai who talks about his journey around India on trucks and highways! Today's destination: India! Nearest Airport: n/a Nearest Railway Station: n/a Prerequisites - n/a Packing - n/a Time of the year - April Length of the itinerary: n/a Itinerary Highlights: - Rajat talks about his roller coaster of a journey traversing India on trucks as he set out to document the lives of truckers and the highway economy of India. - Raja...

60: A weekend in Mysuru with Subhadip Mukherjee
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Subhadip Mukherjee from the blog [Indian Vagabond](https://indianvagabond.com) Today's destination: Mysore or Mysuru! Nearest Airport: Mysore Airport (MYQ)   Nearest Railway Station: Mysore Junction (MYS) Prerequisites - Book early if you plan on traveling during the festive season of Dussehra (usually around Oct) Packing - Pack light, make sure to carry appropriate clothing as it tends to get hot during summers Time of the year - NA Length of th...


59: TMS Specials: Paintings of the Himalayas with Medhavi Gandhi
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to  Medhavi Gandhi, the founder of Heritage Lab (heritagelab.in), a unique media platform for citizens to interact with museums!   Today's destination: The Indian Himalayas in paintings by Nicholas Roerich!  Nearest Airport: NA  Nearest Railway Station: NA  Length of the itinerary: 5-8 years, 25,000 kms  Itinerary Highlights:   -  Medhavi takes us on the Himalayan expedition covered by Nicholas Roerich and his family in the early 20th century (1923) in...

58: Bodh Gaya with MSN Karthik
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to MSN Karthik - a traveller, a film maker and a youtuber!   Today's destination: Bodhgaya, Bihar!  Nearest Airport: Gaya Airport or Patna Airport  Nearest Railway Station: Gaya Junction  Prerequisites - Just leave your worries home!  Packing - Nothing unusual!  Time of the year - Best to travel when the festive season is upon us, important festivals being Buddha Poornima (May) or Kalchakra puja (Oct-Nov) or other world healing pujas (watch for them in the calenda...

57: Dalhousie with Meenakshi Param
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Meenakshi Param from the blog polkajunction.com. Sit back and enjoy as we speak to the multi-talented Meenakshi as she speaks about her tryst with travel!  Today's destination: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh  Nearest Airport: Dharamshala, HP  Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot, Punjab  Prerequisites - N/A  Packing - Warm clothes depending on the season of travel  Time of the year - All year round!  Length of the itinerary: 3-4 days  Itinerary Highlights:   Meen...


56: TMS Specials : The Shooting Star with Shivya Nath
CONTEST ALERT!!!  Listen to the episode and answer these 3 simple questions and stand a chance to win a copy of Shivya's best seller - The Shooting Star  1\. Which Indian town did Shivya spend her childhood in?  2\. In which country did Shivya go to university?  3\. What is the title of Shivya's best selling book?   Email your responses to [email protected] before March 7th 2019! The winners will be announced on the next episode of the podcast!  This week, The Musafir Stories spe...

55: Gandikota and Belum Caves with Srikanth
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Srikanth from the blog traveldiaries.vacations and the capter lead of RTC Hyderabad! Today's destination: Gandikota gorge and Belum caves, Andhra Pradesh! Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport at Renigunta Nearest Railway Station: Kondapuram Prerequisites - Camping equipment if you're planning to camp Packing - Gandikota can get hot during the day, plan to carry sufficient water and also extra layers for the night. Time of the year - September Length of the itiner...

54: TMS Specials : Travel Without Quitting Your Job with Pradnya Kulkarni
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Pradnya Kulkarni, a smart traveler who believes in traveling without quitting your job! Let's find out more! Prerequisites - A job! Just kidding! Highlights: - Pradnya talks about the importance of travel in life and how one should approach travel. - Her own trials and errors with travel - Hacks to make use of to plan your travel - How to save for sustainable travel - How her job has helped her travel the world! - Parting advice! Pradnya's ...


53: Kumbh Mela with Priyanka
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Priyanka Dalal from the blog MapRoute Travel Blog (https://maproute.in) . Priyanka is a digital entrepreneur and traveler and on this episode she shares her experience of falling in love with the Kumbh Mela! Today's destination: The Kumbh Mela! Nearest Airport: Allahabad Airport, IXD Nearest Railway Station: Allahabad Junction Prerequisites - Be prepared to be a part of large crowds and lose your personal space! It is better to book accommodation beforehand, sp...

52: TMS Specials - A Drive from Coimbatore to London with Meenakshi Arvind
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Meenakshi Arvind, an avid traveler, business woman and mom! Buckle up as Meenakshi takes us on this mother of all road trips, from Coimbatore, India to London, England! Today's destination: London! Nearest Airport: NA Nearest Railway Station: NA Prerequisites - permits, visas, carnet and loads of patience! Time of the year - March 2017 Length of the itinerary: 70 days, 24K kms!! Itinerary Highlights: - Meenakshi starts off the preparation by m...

51: Chadar Trek with Ajitha Yasmin
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to a very dear guest - Ajitha Yasmin, a long time listener and winner of the "Get Featured on the Musafir Stories" contest we ran on International Podcast Day earlier this year. Today's destination: Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar river, Jammu & Kashmir Nearest Airport: Leh Airport, IXL Nearest Railway Station: NA Prerequisites - Some experience in trekking is preferred, although not mandatory Packing - Make sure to either pack winter clothes or buy t...


50: Land of Pashmina with Adventure Sindbad
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Vishwas Raj, founder of the adventure travel company - Adventure Sindbad (www.adventuresindbad.com). Adventure Sindbad specializes in a variety of adventure activities across the Himalayas, right from hiking, cycling, whitewater rafting to family adventure tours. Sit back and enjoy as Vishwas takes us to Changthang, the land of the Pashmina! Today's destination: Changthang, Jammu & Kashmir Nearest Airport: Leh Airport Nearest Railway Station: Udhampur Railway stat...

49: TMS Specials : Time Travel with The Autograph Seeker
This week on The Musafir Stories we talk to novelist and media professional Tony V. Francis about his epic coming-of-age romantic novel 'The Autograph Seeker' which brings to life the whispering landmarks of Calcutta in the 1980 and 1990s. During the course of the interview Tony talks to us about the bestselling novel and different landmarks of Calcutta (now Kolkata) which play a significant role in this story. From the famous Park Street to Eden gardens, to the theatre play to all the autographs! this b...

48: Ayodhya with Anuradha Goyal
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Anuradha Goyal from www.Inditales.com. Anuradha is an accomplished travel blogger and a book reviewer with her blog "AnuReviews" as well as the author of the book "The Mouse Charmers - Pioneers of Digital India" Today's destination: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh! PS - Happy Diwali wishes in advance! Nearest Airport: Gorakhpur Airport (GOP), Gorakhpur OR Amausi Airport (LKO), Lucknow Nearest Railway Station: Ayodhya Junction, AY Prerequisites - Better to carry your ID p...


47: TMS Specials : Old Bengaluru - Dargah to Dharmaraya
This week at The Musafir Stories we have historian, teacher and artist Sujatha Balakrishnan walking us through Bengaluru Pete area. The founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda-I established the city in 1537, he started this city at the Pete Area. We explore and talk about different historical points from Hazrath Tawakkal Mastan Dargah to Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in the Pete. Sujatha tells us about how the Tawakkal Mastan Dargah was built and the festivals celebrated there. We then walk ahead to find th...

46: TMS Specials - Our Journey So Far
**Happy International Podcast Day!** International Podcast Day is September 30th and it's an international celebration of the power of podcasts! #InternationalPodcastDay We are so glad to all the support and love that we have got from all our listeners so far, we have a very special episode for you guys where we discuss the journey of The Musafir Stories with our buddy Pod-casters Naga from the [Passion People Podcast](https://audioboom.com/channel/the-passion-people-podcast) and Shankar & Vishnu from...

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45: Thanjavur with Passing Ports
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Preethika and Narayanan, the couple behind the wonderful blog "Passing Ports". Listen in to the conversation as we talk Cholas, temples, history, architecture and more! Today's destination: Thanjavur or Tanjore, Tamil Nadu! Nearest Airport: Tiruchirapalli International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Thanjavur Junction Prerequisites - n/a Packing - Stay hydrated, comfortable clothing, some of the temples might require 'modest' clothing too! Time of the year - ...


44: Riverside Goa with Kaushal Karkhanis
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Kaushal Karkhanis aka The Exotic Gringo. Sit back and listen to where this pro traveller and polyglot takes us to today! Today's destination: Riverside Goa! Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (GOI), Goa Nearest Railway Station: Multiple options depending on your destination. Prerequisites - NA, but make sure to plan and book your stay ahead of time if traveling during the holiday season Packing - Nothing specific, but make sure to carry appropriate cloth...

43: TMS Specials - Himalayan Mountaineering Institute with Shubhangi Jeswal
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Shubhangi Jeswal, a traveler and adventure seeker as she takes us with her to one of her most memorable journeys to the mountains! Today's destination: Completing the Basic Mountaineering course (BMC) at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, Airport, West Bengal Nearest Railway Station: Siliguri Junction railway station, West Bengal Prerequisites - One needs to apply online and via mail to be accepted to the HMI. ...

42: Kochi with Johann Kuruvilla
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Johann Binny Kuruvilla, the face behind the blog Escapinglife.com (https://escapinglife.com/) . So sit back and enjoy as Johann takes us to his hometown!! Today's destination: Kochi, Kerala! Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Town Station or Ernakulam Junction Station Packing - Make sure to carry some rain gear if you are there during the monsoons/rainy season Time of the year - September to February is a good time t...


41: Mechuka with Sharanya Iyer
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to a pro traveler and blogger, Sharanya Iyer who blogs under the handle "TrulyNomadly". So sit back and enjoy as Sharanya takes us places! Today's destination: Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh (29km from the Indo-China border) Nearest Airport: Lilabari (North Lakhimpur) and Guwahati (Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport)and Mohanbari (Dibrugarh) both in Assam Nearest Railway Station: Silapathar (Assam) and Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh) Prerequisites - Inner line permi...

40: Offbeat Ladakh with Chandroma Ray
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Chandroma Ray, who blogs at oneearthtooless.com and loves to travel and blog when she's not wearing her corporate hat! Today's destination: Offbeat Ladakh! Nearest Airport: Leh Airport (IXL) Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) Prerequisites - Permits might be needed for some of the locations (Turtuk); checkposts will be encountered at the border villages like Turtuk. Make sure you acclimatize atleast for a couple of days before you se...

39: TMS Specials - Kingdom of Dixit with Suyash Dixit
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Suyash Dixit, the Indian businessman who traveled to an unclaimed piece of land between Egypt and Sudan, called Bir Tawil and lay claim to the territory! And no, we're not kidding! Today's destination: Kingdom of Dixit aka Bir Tawil Nearest Airport: Abu Simbal Nearest Railway Station: N/A Time of the year - November, 2017 Length of the itinerary: 1 day Itinerary Highlights: * "I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and the protector of the realm, de...


38: Harihar Fort with Saurabh
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Saurabh from Mumbai, who authors the blog A season of Mountains under the handle www.nomadosauras.wordpress.com (https://nomadosauras.wordpress.com/) . Sit back and enjoy as we find out where Saurabh is taking us to today! Today's destination: Harihar Fort Nearest Airport: Ozar airport, Nashik or Mumbai Airport Nearest Railway Station: Kasara railway station or Nashik railway station Prerequisites - Medium level of fitness, make sure you're not acrophobic! Packi...

37: TMS Specials - Road Trippers Club with Vineet & Deepak
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Vineet and Deepak, the duo behind the sparkling new initiative called Road Trippers Club - A road travel club for road trip enthusiasts, beginners and those who love hitting the roads on four wheels - Camaraderie on four wheels! #KeepTheRhythmAlive Prerequisites - 4 wheels! Just sign up on [www.roadtrippersclub.com](http://www.roadtrippersclub.com/) and you are good to go! Packing - Specifics vary depending upon the trip. Once you have signed up and join a micr...

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36: A Day in Lucknow with Siddharth Keswani
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Siddharth Keswani, an up and coming Youtuber who makes lifestyle, travel and food vlogs. Sit back and enjoy as Siddharth takes us on a speed date with Lucknow - the land of Nawabs and Kababs! Today's destination: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh! Nearest Airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, LKO Nearest Railway Station: Lucknow Charbagh railway station Prerequisites - An empty stomach! Packing - N/A, just warm clothes if you visit in winter L...


35: Slow Travel in Bir with Reshma Narasing
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Reshma Narasing from the blog thesologlobetrotter.com. Reshma is an avid traveler and backpacker who has traversed the country solo and enjoys traveling to offbeat destinations. So sit back as Reshma takes us backbacking to Bir, Himachal Pradesh! Today's destination: Bir, Himachal Pradesh Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway station (and rest of the journey by bus) Prerequisities - N/A Packing - Warm clothes, hikin...

34: Majuli River Island with Saakshi
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Saakshi, from the blog My Travel Recitals. Sit back and enjoy as Saakshi takes us to an offbeat island that is a unique marvel of nature! Today's destination: Majuli River island, Assam - the biggest river island in the world, it is a tranquil piece of land located in the Brahmaputra river in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti is joined by the Subansiri River in the north! Nearest Airport: Jorhat Nearest Railway Station: Jorhat Prerequisities - n/a Packing - Nothi...

33: A Ride to Meghalaya with Prasanjit Kumar
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Prasanjit Kumar from the blog Behhind the Handlebar! So strap up and sit back as Prasanjit takes us on a ride to remember! Today's destination: Meghalaya! Nearest Airport: N/A Nearest Railway Station: N/A Prerequisities - The inner-line permit may be required if you are riding through some of the other NE states, however Meghalaya doesn't need one. Packing - Essentials list in the links below Time of the year - February Length of the itinerary: 2...

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