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#MyIndia: The road less travelled

#MyIndia:
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
WITH HOPPING BUG, TRAVEL BLOGGER NISHIT SHARMA IS SHARING STORIES FROM ACROSS INDIA — FROM THE SOUTHERN SHORES TO THE HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS. ALONG THE WAY, HE HAS LEARNED MORE ABOUT HIS HOMELAND THAN HE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED.

"I’M FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN INDIA. YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING HERE: BEACHES, MOUNTAIN RANGES, DESERTS, WILDLIFE. EVEN THE CUISINES ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM STATE TO STATE.”

Nishit Sharma hauls a heavy bag everywhere he goes. Whether he is cruising around the Kerala coastline on a Royal Enfield or hiking mountain passes in the Himalayas, he always lugs a laptop, four or five cameras and a couple of hard drives with him. As a travel blogger, these are the tools of his trade. They have helped him turn his far-flung adventures into stunning videos, inspiring itchy feet everywhere to get out and explore all that India has to offer.


In only two years, Sharma has produced nearly 100 videos for his Hopping Bug page on YouTube. And, so far, he has visited all but two of the 29 states and seven union territories in India. From the silvery moonscape of Ladakh and the lush cloud forests in Meghalaya to purple mountains in Tamil Nadu, where he documented the rare blooming of the Kurinji flowers—a phenomenon that happens once every 12 years—Sharma has revealed a side of India that many may never have knew existed. Not even himself.

"MANIPUR LEAVES YOU BREATHLESS WITH ITS BEAUTY — NOT JUST OF THE LANDSCAPES, BUT OF THE PEOPLE THAT INHABIT THIS STUNNING STATE.”

"EVERYBODY HAS A STORY — EVERY PLACE HAS A STORY.”

"IT’S VERY REMOTE—MOUNTAINS THAT ARE RED IN COLOUR, DESERTS AT 13,000 FEET. IT’S JUST YOU, YOUR BIKE AND THE ROAD.”

Then there was the motorcycle tour in Kerala, his first experience as a biker. He vividly remembers driving “through the dynamic terrain of South India” on his motorcycle, exploring tree-lined streets in Pondicherry’s French quarter, being struck by the beauty of peaceful hill station Munnar.


And he fondly recalls the awesome scale of Sikkim and Ladakh, two states that stretch across opposite ends of his favourite region: the Himalayas. “It’s very remote—mountains that are red in colour, deserts at 13,000 feet,” he says. “It’s just you, your bike and the road.”

"I STARTED PRODUCING TRAVEL VIDEOS TWO YEARS AGO, AND I’VE NEVER STOPPED, THE DRIVE FOR ME IS TO KEEP LEARNING.”

He might be running out of new states to visit, but Sharma knows there is no end to his exploration in India, or even his growth as a documentarian of its diverse destinations. He is so passionate about sharing the lesser-seen side of his homeland, and in new and better ways, that he has been known to open his laptop and work even on mountaintops. “I started producing travel videos two years ago, and I’ve never stopped,” he says. “The drive for me is to keep learning.”


But for all the sights and sounds Sharma has experienced in India, he credits locals across the country for igniting his spark for travel.

"INDIA IS A VERY DIVERSE PLACE, FILLED WITH DIFFERENT KINDS OF CULTURES AND RELIGIONS. YOU NAME IT, INDIA HAS IT ALL.”

India offers a different aspect of her personality for every traveler to the country. Match India’s rhythms to your heart, its colours to your mind, and discover an incredible travel experience that is truly yours alone.

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