An Interview with Rachita Saxena
#1 Who are you and What got you into traveling?
Hi, I am Rachita Saxena, a travel blogger based out of New Delhi. I did my Bachelor’s in Information Technology from VIT, Vellore and worked three years in Deloitte, Hyderabad.
My family traveled a lot when I was a kid, especially during the holidays, so I always loved traveling. And then reading novels and watching movies further inspired me to travel far and wide to explore the world. From as long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to Disneyland and since then, my travel bucket list has just expanded.
#2 What is your favourite Himalayan destination and Why ?
My favorite Himalayan destination is Bir Billing because that was the first time i fell in love with a mountain sunset. I am more of a beach person but I spent a month in Bir this September and it was a pleasant change. In Bir, I would just walk around and head to the sunset point everyday and enjoy the quiet and solitude here.
But that’s not all, the Rajgundha trek here was really an eye opener and the first time when I could see Milky Way with naked eyes. Plus the paragliding experience in Bir was amazing so it is my favorite place till now. Basically, it is all the little and big things which happened here which has made Bir my favorite Himalayan destination till now.
#3 What sort of a traveler are you ?
I wouldn’t really term myself as a specific traveler but I am more into budget traveling. But in terms of landscapes, I tend to choose all. I love spending time in the beaches or the mountains and even love exploring historical and culturally rich places.
Also, I believe in exploring a place and experiencing a culture so I have never cared if I stay in a hut or a resort. And I don’t believe that it is the destination which only matters, I feel journey is as important if not more.
#4 What’s your best and worst experience in the Himalayas ?
Well, I don’t really ponder upon negative experiences so I don’t really have any single worst experience as such. I have been stuck in the Himalayas a couple of times due to landslides but it has never really bothered me. So, I really don’t have a worst experience in the Himalayas.
On the other hand, I have several amazing experiences in the Himalayas in places like Dalhousie, Kasol, Tirthan Valley, etc. But my best experience has to be my 1-month stay in Bir during which i made numerous friends and explored a lot. I particularly loved the night sky in Rajgundha as I could see stars, planets, and the milky way with my naked eyes.
Also, Rajgundha is still not as popular as other Himalayan destinations so I loved interacting with the locals and just walking around the hills. It was a unique experience for me to stay and volunteer in Bir and just roam around in the evenings with new people every day.
#5 What tip would you like to give to fellow travellers?
Don’t give up on your dreams. If you like traveling then that doesn’t mean you have to choose between your life, job or traveling. You can actually do it all together, you just need to plan properly. So, go and travel and learn everything that this world has to offer you.