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a Solo Woman Pilgrim Exploring India & the World

Intrepid solo travelling

These are the notes and stories of a solo woman pilgrim as she meanders through the world on adventures in known and unknown regions of the map. Fueled by a deep quest towards ultimate well-being, this blog includes her solo cycling trips around the world, ancient temple explorations, spiritual experiences, reflections on life, social challenges, balancing her work life and on-the-road stories.

Adiyogi Complete Guidebook to this Iconic Shiva Statue

Most detailed and complete guidebook for this monument built by spiritual leader Sadhguru and his in-house team. Whether you are planning a visit, researching info or looking for accessories – this is the one stop page for all the relevant information.

Solo Travel Safety: What Happens if Something Goes Wrong?

I travel solo. I land up solo in all sorts of random places – religious events, cycling in the countryside, ancient temples and recently trekking the himalayas.

Cycling in Different Corners of the World

All my cycling adventures around the world including countries like Germany, Denmark, Australia, Taiwan, Spain, Thailand and of course India!

Traditional Spirituality with Contemporary Independence

Over the years I have bridged the traditional spirituality that is ingrained deep in all of us Indians and the contemporary aspirations of an independent, modern woman who loves her solitude. I have found deep satisfaction by balancing these aspects. If you follow my blogs, I suspect you will find these different aspects merging and co-existing, each with its own elan. Thus, from calling myself a ‘solo woman traveller’, I feel more satisfied in saying ‘solo woman pilgrim’. Cause that is what all my travels and explorations are – a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is more about how we are within ourselves rather than necessarily having an external goal of a specific temple. Though, of course, I am often meandering around temples and ashrams and ‘traditional spiritual’ spots on my journeys.  🙂

Solo Nomad Life

Know more about woman solo travel, living nomadic life, working remotely and other challenges.

Shiva Yatra, Isha Mahashivratri 2023

Pilgrim Tales

Thoughts on ancient temples, yoga centers, religious festivals and spiritual truths.

cycle tour in thailand

Wild Roads

Stories of my intrepid solo adventures cycling, camping, hiking ….

All My Recent Blogs

Solo Driving to Arunachala Mahadeepam, How to Enter Town: Chikkaballapur – Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Tiruvannamalai 

Solo drive down to Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala Kshetra. Making entry into town on Mahadeepam evening, a daunting prospect, especially as a solo woman. This is how the story unfolded…

Arunachala Mahadeepam, Tiruvannamalai: My Solo Yatra on Karthik Purnima

Once in a while the clouds shifted and we could see the orange flare of the mahadeepam on the hilltop…

Girnar Parikrama: From Kartik Agyaras to Kartik Poornima (Dev Diwali) 

A pilgrimage through a reserve forest with meagre facilities, ancient temples and powerful sacred spots.

Maldives Travel: 5 Reasons to a Truly Hassle-free Experience

Sometimes family trips can get hectic and tiring rather than relaxing. A trip to Maldives is unlikely to be that way…

Discovering the Joys of a Lagoon in Maldives, Lhaviyani Atoll, Kanifushi 

I had heard about Lagoons only in movies. I never thought more about what type of water body it was. Wonderful surprise to explore a lagoon in Maldives ….

Jain Temples Outside Bangalore for a Serene Outing

Take a break from the bustle of Bengaluru at these serene Jain temples on the outskirts of the city limits…

The Incredible Adiyogi Shiva Statue Chikkaballapur, Bangalore: Location & Places to Visit

The Incredible Adiyogi Shiva Statue Chikkaballapur, Bangalore: Location & Places to Visit

Thanks to the new upcoming Isha Yoga Center and Adiyogi Bangaluru, I have been able to explore a fascinating region a couple of hours from Bangalore. Know more about the amazing location of Adiyogi Chikkaballapur and noteworthy places to visit around it! This will be an evolving list… as there is so much to explore hereabouts!

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