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I am Raman Kumar (RK) a passionate traveler who has only one dream to explore the whole world & i am doing well to complete my dream. By profession earlier used to work as an IT officer in a public limited company in Delhi but i quit my that job after 4 years & now working as a Hostel Manager in Varkala,Kerala . Its all started when i was joined the “Indian Scout & Guide” community during the school days & i felt so amazing when i attended the camps & did traveling to join the camps. After that time passed slowly & i moved to jaipur for my graduation (B.tech IT) in 2006. I have done some more trips (Amarnath,Srinagar,Mussorie,Haridwar, Amritsar,Mcleodganj etc) & enjoyed it a lot during the college days. But the actual journey started when i moved to Bangalore (2011) during the days of my struggling & the target was to get a good job in IT industry which was recently affected by Recession in 2009 & most of the IT graduates had empty hands after graduation.
First time in life i was so far from my home & family for a long period of time. I focused on to set my career & started to attend Off campus interviews which were organized at Cochin (Kerela), Tirchy (Tamilnadu), Chennai (Tamilnadu), Mangalore (Karnataka) & so on. I didn’t know at all what life actually wants from me. I enjoyed my struggling life for which i have traveled through all the South India.
After mid of 2011 i have decided to shape my knowledge of Web Development with one of my friend & started a own venture. Side by i was preparing for Govt. exams for a permanent job. During my this phase of life i have visited whole Rajasthan. I also enjoyed my this phase with the end of own venture due to lake of customers & non regular income.
In March 2013, I joined a public limited company as an IT Officer. Now i had started to earn & its time to shape my passion. I have started regular journeys once in a month in the different different parts of India.I went to my dream destination ie Goa in Oct,2014. I have not wasted even a single penny & was doing trips in budget. At that time two of my friends also joined me for trips. We have done a trip of East India (Meghalaya & Sikkim) with a budget of 8000/- including one side flight in 2014. It was actually challenging to do this trip in such a small budget but we have done it successfully.
In March 2015 , i came in touch with a Himalayan community “DoW” & i noticed that there are many beautiful places which are hidden in the lap of Himalayas & can be explored after trek. So i decided to start the trekking from now. I have done my first trek in April,2015 for Tungnath Mahadev,Uttrakhand. This was the unexpected snow trek & it was really adventures & we enjoyed it well. After this i have done many treks till now ie. Triund Trek(HP), Kheerganga Trek (HP), Parashar Lake(HP), Beas Kund (HP). In Sep,2015 i have done my another dream destination trip of INDIA ie Leh Ladakh with my two travel partners. We have also done it in a budget 12000/- which include both side flights from delhi. Side by Side i keep visiting another parts of INDIA like Khajuraho,Nainital,Jim Corbett,Banaras, Allahabad,Tihri Dam & so on.
During the end of the year 2015 i thought for my first abroad tour to Europe which was my first dream destination of world . I have started to search about Europe & found a beautiful country called “ICELAND” & prepared a total 15 day itinerary to visit total 5 European countries. I have decided to do all the necessary activity myself without any agent. After a month of hard work , i have collected all the necessary information which would required for Visa Process & trip. I have booked my flight tickets on a special day of Diwali,2015 for March 2016. I applied successfully for Schengen visa at Denmark Embassy . But it was the worst day of my life when 16 Dec,2015 when i received my passport with a rejection stamp on it by Denmark Embassy. After the inquiry i get to know that European country hardly giving the visa to Solo Traveler due to security reasons & if you really want to explore Europe Solo then its must to show them 4-5 countries visa stamp on your passport so that you could proof to them that you are really a traveler.
So after that i looked for South Asian & gulf countries to explore so that i could get visa stamps on my Passport.In April 2016, i went to Malaysia & it was my first abroad trip 🙂 🙂
For my annual trip of 2016 i went to Bhutan in August 2016 & explore the most eastern part of Himalayas.
In Nov. 2016 i left my job as an IT Office in Delhi & started to plan a long trip across India. As i have already traveled through 23 states of India by Train ,Buses & flight so this time i decided to move with Bike Riding. This would have be my first bike travel experience as i didn’t have a bike till that time. So i purchased a bike & went for a PAN India trip with a cause started from 13 Dec 2016 from chandigarh & successfully covered 13 states 3 UT’s , 8350 Kms in 29 days.
After came from Riding Trip , i visited J&K & then Himachal Pradesh under Snow Storm conditions in Jan 2017.Then i went to Kasol to celebrate Holi on moter bike. Then i explored Thailand as a 3rd Asian country & visit Bangkok,Pattaya & Koh Phangan island & enjoyed Full Moon Party there in May 2017.
Meanwhile i got planned a Solo Backpacking trip to all 29 states of INDIA to set a World Record with the title of ‘ The Longest Journey By Scheduled Public Transport In A Single Country’. I Started this journey on 21st July 2017 from Chandigarh & follow the route Chandigarh – Kaza – Leh Laddakh – Srinagar – Amritsar – Dehradun – Lucknow – Varanasi – Patna – Siliguri – Guwahati – Shillong -Silchar – Agartala – Aizawl – Kohima – Imphal – Majuli – Tezpur – Tawang – Guwahati – Ranchi – Kolkata – Bhubneswar – Raipur – Hyderabad – Chennai – Rameswaram – Kanyakumari – Varkala – Bangalore – Goa – Pune – Mumbai – Ahmedabad – Ujjain – Jaipur – Hanumangarh – Delhi – Chandigarh. I finished my 74 Days long & 17500 Kms journey on 2nd Oct 2017 successfully. I Submitted my all evidences to Guinness World Records.
But it was not the end , i went to Gangotri Dham in Dec 2017 to celebrate my birthday in situation when road was declared closed by the BRO & i did hitchhiking & became the guest of BRO for night stay at their base camp. Celebrated new year in Delhi.
So finally i spent my all savings on my travelling so i was again looking for a job but not in IT again. My family advised me to start a business in Chandigarh but i was not interested to open any business. So finally i saw a post on facebook travelling group by the founder of hostel in Kerala as he was looking for a hostel manager for his property in Kerala & without any delay i sent my CV. Next day i received the call & it took 3 days to me to convince my family that i want to go to Kerala for a job which was not related to IT & even not well paid. But finally my family got convinced & right now i am here in Varkala, Kerala & working as a Hostel Manager. Beach is only 2 minute walking distance & i am enjoying my life here. I joined here in January 2018 & work for almost 4 months, saved money & planned my upcoming international trip ie. Vietnam. I just returned from Vietnam after 19 days backpacking trip & joined again with the same hostel. I spent almost my all savings again on my trip.
Now planning for 2 month Europe Backpacking Trip in 2019.