Going places

Amrita Prasad
Monday, 16 April 2018

For the 19-year-old Jony Jindal, travel experience is the best teacher. The Haryana-based photographer and backpacker has recently completed a solo trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in a span of 48 days 

A teenager quit his studies and part-time job, set out on a journey of self-discovery and ended up completing a 48-day long backpacking trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Well, to most of us, this might sound like a tale out of a novel or a film, but for 19-year-old Jony Jindal, it’s reality.

Jindal, who used public transport and  hitch-hiked to complete his solo journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, has been travelling solo since last year and this was his dream trip. The backpacker, entrepreneur and photographer quit his job earlier this year and set off in the month of February.

Talking about how he managed the funds for the entire trip, he says, “I worked for an e-commerce company for five months and saved enough money to be able to travel. My parents were also very supportive of the idea.”

Jindal, who is also a vlogger, says, “I just packed two bags with essential things and a few gadgets and started my journey.”
Given India’s diversity — geographical and cultural, it offers a lot of adventure activities for travellers. Jindal indulged in activities like snow skiing, trekking, camping, desert safari, camel ride, parasailing, horse riding and scuba diving. The journey, although full of fun and thrilling moments, wasn’t without its challenges. “I faced many issues during this trip — from health problems to losing my bag in Goa, language problem in South India and so on. With the bag, I lost all my clothes and accessories. I had to purchase a new bag and some light clothes from Goa’s street market. The Bharat band on April 2 posed a huge challenge. Also, I almost fell down more than 30 times during my training for snow skiing in Kashmir. In South India, where no one understands Hindi and English is not too easy to understand either, I had to manage with sign language,” he explains. 

But despite all the challenges, Jindal says the experiences changed his perspective towards the world. He says, “ My friends and relatives and everyone else keep asking me, ‘Why do you travel so much?’ They don’t understand how travelling actually impacts me as a person. I come from a small village in Haryana and faced many problems while pursuing my passion. But I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge and now I can proudly say that that travel has changed my life. I quit my job and studies for travel because according to me, travel is the best trainer who keeps teaching me new things every day, every hour.” Jindal blogs at www.go4explore.com. 

Jindal, who wants to explore the entire world, says that everyone must take a trip, to introspect. “It doesn’t matter whether you are a solo traveller or you travel with friends. It doesn’t really count whether you are old or young. Travel simply for the love of it. Humanity is still alive in the world. People are really helpful. No one will be bad with you if you continue to be good. Don’t just travel for reaching one destination or other. Enjoy it.” he concludes.

Places Jindal visited during his trip:
Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Jammu, Katra, Pathankot, Hamirpur, Mandi, Rewalsar, Delhi, Mathure Vrindavan, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Sam Desert, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Mahableshwar, Satara, Goa, Kannur, Ooty, Coimbatore, Kochi, Varkala, and Kanyakumari

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