Things I learned, places I travelled and mountains I hiked in my Gap Year May,2016~June 2017

I can never be more elated and satisfied with my decision of taking a gap year after my graduation. It was one hell of a year, if i’m being modest. I was bit nervous for not sitting in university placements but I was also sure that I do not want to work for any multinational companies or business related fields. So, I chose to drop out of the placements and give some time to myself. Just imagine studying in school until you were 18 and then you went to college for 4 or 5 years until you were 23 or 24. You definitely deserve to party, relax and think about your decisions for one year, but not too much of it either. After I graduated I went to mountains for a week with my college friends which extended to almost 20 days. During this time period, I travelled to various villages of kasol valley and old manali. After that, I went to adventurous trek to Futtasaur which starts from one of the oldest village in Kullu. I met so many people from different backgrounds; artists, Airforce, Drug Enforcement officials, Engineers, Dancers, Musicians, Writers, Professional Hikers, Businessman etc who had so many stories to share. You can check the detail of my trips in the following links You can read my stories here : –
I also went to hampta pass trek just after I hiked futtasaur but I haven’t shared a blog on hampta pass yet. So wait for it yeah. After coming back from a refreshing journey, I started looking for some opportunities in laboratories as I was pretty sure that I want to become a researcher. So I started working in a laboratory as a Research Fellow as I found out that the project was quite interesting. It was to develop the stress tolerant varieties of Pigeon pea crop which is a very important crop for the developing countries because of its economical and nutritional value. Though I did not enjoy my work atmosphere so I left the job after a month and started applying for the Masters and PhD positions and also started planning for my next trip in South India. I had saved like Rs-12000 from my last job and took another 10,000 from my Dad . I booked my tickets to Bangalore where I stayed for a day and the headed to mysore to meet my old friends with whom I met in 2013 while I was working as an Intern in CFTRI, Mysore. By the way Mysore is much much better place to live as compared to Bangalore. Before arriving to Mysore, I took a detour to the Lord Shiva Temple in Nanjangud which is almost 1000 years old. I think its just 23 kms from the mysore and there are always buses running from mysore to nanjangud and vice versa. Then I had to go back to Bangalore to meet my cousins as we had a plan to GO GOA. The mysore-bangalore junction is very beautiful and have many noteworthy locations such as Ramdevbetta hills where one of the most iconic movie in Bollywood- Sholay has been shot. So I went there and met nice people who showed me around the hills which were really beautiful and quite different that mountains I have seen. they dropped me at the railway station of Ramnagar where I had my lunch and boarded the train to Bangalore. Now coming back on Goa, We stayed in Candolim for 5 days and I think its a great place to stay because it was not that crowded even in mid weeks of December which is high time for tourism. Candolim is the best place for relaxation, water sports and party as it is the center point to all the activities. We went to the major happening clubs; LOVE PASSION KARMA and CLUB CUBANA. Goa trip ended amazingly with just playing frisby in the beach, chilling and clubbing. Luckily, I have also visited many religious places which were quite instant and unplanned plans such as Nanjangud and Pushkar. Pushkar is an amazing place with crazy history. There is lake called “Ghat” in Hindi and scientists have not been able to figure out the source of water of this lake till now. Its still a mystery.
I am 23 year old boy who didn’t know how to drive but no big deal. So, I decided to learn driving which didn’t took much time and went on a road trip to Patiala which was also a good experience driving in National Highway for the first time. Now, I have an international driving licence and I can drive all over the Europe. This year involved a lot of learning survival skills which also included swimming. Although, I could learned the basics of freestyle in one month and my coach told me that it takes atleast 6 months to perfect your freestyle. Now I am trying to swim in the waves of FARO BEACH, PORTUGAL.

Stay tuned to more stories.

As they in Portuguese ——-Its not hard to live but its hard to know how to live
“o dificl nao e viver, mas sim, saber viver”

Enter a capNanjangud is the small town in Mysore district. The town is famous for the Lord Shiva temple that was built in 9th century by Ganga Rulers and was further renovated by Tipu Sultan. Nanjangud is also known for its banana that has received its geographical indication (GI29). 



Published by Nikunj

A biologist and A hiker

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