Warning: It’s difficult to come out of this magical island, called Seychelles. You will not feel like going back home!
On our last day of Seychelles trip we stopped at few HR agencies to understand the livelihood and employment opportunities available there. Because we were mesmerized by the simplicity of this island and wanted to stay there forever. People, Food, Music, Beaches, Bicycles – we were in Love.
Let me start with People first. One word – Helpful.
We mainly stayed at Self-service Apartments and the Apartment-Host were the best part of it. On our first morning at Mahe, we were extremely hungry and there was no supermarket next to our room. Our host was super generous. She provided eggs, bread with butter and jam without any extra charges. Will never forget how helpful and lovely she was! There were many more instances when we used to get amused by the hospitality and generosity of people over there. It was delightful meet them and know them in person.
Music of Seychelles – which makes one move like nothing else!
We were cycling around the La Digue island, trying to figure out our way to Grand Anse Beach and that’s when it struck us. The melodious music from a small Juice shop. It acted like the gravitational force and pulled us towards the source.
There was something different about the place as well. The décor was nothing sophisticated and yet mesmerizing. Colourful is the word I believe.
And the music – It was a great mixture of tropical tunes, magical variation in pitch and silvery voice. Joseph Lewis Thomas was the artist! You got to listen to his music to understand the gravity here. Sweet Stunning Gorgeous it was. You can virtually live the place and music here!
When it comes to Food at Seychelles, the most prominent are Food-trucks. Delicious food at economical price, what else one need! We used to pack our food from Food-Trucks, go to the next beach and eat our tasty lunch with the most amazing view – One of the best thing to do at Seychelles.
Other than the Food-Trucks, one can also easily notice road side Fruit-Juice shops with all possible fresh fruits. Our personal favorite was Papaya Juice. You can feel the burst of fresh papaya in your mouth when you take a sip of it. You got to try this when you are in this beautiful tropical island.
Another thing about Seychelles which makes us awestruck was Aldabra Giant Tortoise. More than 100 years old tortoise are enjoying their life to fullest here. We fed them with green grass and clicked few pictures with them. And now we can vouch that they are the most well-behaved living things in the planet earth. Enjoy your time with them!
If you truly wish to experience serene beaches where should you go? I will suggest La Digue, Seychelles. It is an exotic place for couples. A treat from planet earth.
We planned to visit this African Island on the month of July 2017. A connecting flight from Mumbai (India) to Addis Ababa (Ethopia) and then to Mahe (Seychelles).
Even before landing at the Victoria International Airport of Mahe, I saw Beautiful-Blue stretched to the horizon in the form of endless sea. That was the moment I fell in love with Seychelles. But I had no idea my love for this beautiful country is going to increase many folds when I will get to see and live the peaceful yet extremely romantic beaches of La Digue.
We reached the island of La Digue on 3rd Day of our trip and planned to stay next 2 days over there. Our host at Veronic Self-Catering Guest House welcomed us with clean sheets, fresh jasmine flowers and two very comfortable bicycles.
The complete circumference of La Digue island is around 10 km in distance. We started our journey with our bicycles and planned to go north from our Guest House.
There are two things which make those roads second best part (after Beaches) of La Digue – first, there is no vehicle at all in the island, either you walk or ride a bicycle. So, no pollution whatsoever. And second, you can see the great ocean in one side and green dense tropical forest on the other side of the road. Together they make those roads a picturesque place. Its easy to get confuse here, whether the destination is prettier or the way towards it.
Finally, we stopped at a place which was the least populated beach I visited till date.
The stretch of white sand, salty breeze of air, the sound of magnificent waves, sea-water in stand-by position and not even a single stranger to share it with – this is what make beaches of La Digue so dramatically romantic. Completely unexpected and delightful experience it was.
On the second day at the island, we planned to visit Grand Anse Beach, which is known for strong waves. Yes, the waves were stronger compared to other beaches of La Digue, but it was very cordial and pleasant in its own way. An exquisite place to get tanned, if that is your colour.
On our way back to Guest House we went to Anse Source d’Argent Beach, the most famous & scenic beach of La Digue.
If you ever plan to visit La Digue, I will suggest stick to the ‘Not-So-Famous’ beaches with your partner and have a gala time there. This place will surely help you build some unforgettable eventful memories for lifetime.
Watch this video for a glimpse of dazzling beaches of La Digue, Seychelles :
On the month of February 2017, we went to Rann of Kutch and surprisingly the best part was not endless desert of white salt, the best part of the tour was when we met soldiers of Indian Border Security Forces and had heart-warming conversation with them.
To start over – I wanted to go on a trip on my Birthday (10th Feb) and since 11th Feb was a full moon night, we finalized Rann of Kutch as our destination.
We reached Ahmedabad on 9th Feb and took an overnight bus to Bhuj. From Bhuj we rented a Royal Enfield Bullet and rode straight to Kutch, which is around 80km. Let me tell you this out of my personal experience, nothing feels better than a bike ride in a hustle-free road with your partner. Do try!
Our first stop was a calm & quiet resort in Khavda (Toran Resort). We decided to visit Kalo Dungar in the evening. At Kalo dungar, you will find a temple amidst of black hills, a scenic sunset point. Rather than going back to the resort, we decided to wander a bit more and that’s how we reached India Bridge – last civilian point for Indians (80km from Pakistan border). Since it was post 6pm Indian BSF didn’t allow us to cross it but the jawan over there explained the alluring beauty of it.
Highly influenced by the BSF soldier’s story, next day at 6am we started for India Bridge. With all the required permissions in hand, we embarked our journey to one of the most disputed international boarder. There were two stops – first a temple which is also a base camp for BSF soldiers and second Indo-Pak border.
When we reached our first stop – the hanuman temple, there were total 4-5 Indian BSF soldiers present. The head of the group, a sardarji, was the lifeline of the group. I never met a person so full of life. He told us about their lifestyle and daily routines. He truly considered himself lucky because he gets to serve the nation like no one else does. Surely an inspiring personality.
Another BSF jawan who was about to retire in few months’ time, told us about his retirement plans. He was planning to invest his retirement benefits in an ambulance and plant it there to help BSF soldiers, in the hours of need. We have no idea how feasible those plans were but what moved us was their thought process.
They told us many more stories related to their life over there, related to kargil war and how deeply it affected them. It was my first experience to hear a heart wrenching story from a person who lived through those days. I still get goose bumps when I try to remember their words, pain and happiness in their voice. Indeed, a proud moment!
Those were the uncomplicated straightforward stories of Indian soldiers, yet priceless life-lessons. It was a moment of self-discovery and in those mixes of emotions we almost regret that we weren’t allowed to click pictures but at the same time that’s the reason it’s etched so well in our minds. That was the place and those were the stories which are now part of our most memorable moments of Rann of Kutch trip.
Post that we started our journey towards Dhordo – the magnificent tent city. We decided to take rest at Shree Resort and visit White desert of salt in the evening and witness the beauty of full-moon there. Because of Rann Utsav, it was a crowded place. It’s difficult to find your spot in such a scenario, but not impossible. We didn’t give up and finally found our spot – a quiet and peaceful corner in an open-field.
The glimpse of white salt in a dazzling pollution-free starry night, with a full moon to support the picture, is unparalleled to anything in this world. We lied down on the white salt and scrutinized every possible combination of stars. It was a beautiful night.
With all the memories in our sleeves, we decided to come back to our busy lives next day and started our journey towards home. On our way home, we went to Bhujodi – the handicraft and textile hub of Gujrat. Wonderful place if you are looking for some authentic souvenirs for your loved ones.
At the end, I will say – Rann of Kutch, you surprised me! Any picture of yours is not enough to justify how attractive you are.