Manu Khandelwal got into travelling due to his parents. They would travel when he was a kid, and that’s how he took to the road like a fish to water. Now he writes his own travel blog and works as an Operations Head at Justwravel.
Manu says, “I had my first trip with my friends when I was in the second year of engineering and it was one of the memorable trips I ever had. Then I did my first trek in the third year of my course. Since then, I am very passionate about trekking. Even now, most of my travel plans revolve around trekking.”
Manu has explored a lot of places in India. He has travelled through Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and some places in southern India. He has even trekked on 50 trails, that include Nag tibba, Parashar Lake, Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, Hampta Pass, Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, Valley of Flowers, Dzongri La, Deoriatal and Chandrashila.
Manu says, “I cannot understand what I would do without travelling. When someone asks me ‘Why do you travel?’, I feel like asking them a counter question, ‘Why do you eat?’. Just like we eat every day, travelling is natural to me. As I have started travelling, I have learnt and observed a lot of other non-materialistic things in life. Travelling feeds my soul.”
On his trips, Manu keeps his camera close. But he observes the things with his eyes, before putting them to the lens. He says, “Travel photography is all about perception and timing. I personally feel it is always better to experience the views at first with your own eyes and then capture it. By doing this, one can understand the landscape more deeply and truly. I love to capture stars and milky way core during my trips.”
Though he plans to explore more destinations, his favourite ones so far include favourite destinations are Jaipur, Jodhpur, his home city of Agra, North East India, Spiti Valley, and Darjeeling. He likes the trek spots of Valley of Flowers, Bali Pass, and Dayara Bugyal.
Manu has been blogging since 2013. With his work, now he wants to continue travelling to some new places. He also wants to climb some technical mountain peaks and to do other adventure courses like Advance Mountaineering, Skiing, Scuba Diving, and Kayaking.
Manu Khandelwal loves the stories he collects on the road, and he plans to continue living a life that takes him to different places.