Taking the Plunge
Neha Sharma, 29, decided to visit Mauritius all by herself. Neha is a bank employee and when her colleague told her about the white sandy beaches and scenic beauty of the place, she decided to take the plunge and let wanderlust take her to Mauritius.
“I was 25 at the time and just decided that I want to travel. I had been to places like Indore and Hyderabad on my own for professional training but this was totally different,” says Neha, who is now happily married and visited Mauritius once again with family.
“Travelling in India is very different from travelling in a developed country abroad. I don’t think I could travel to Goa all by myself but perceptions are slowly changing and it is not unusual for women to travel solo for pleasure,” shares Neha.
Escape into the unknown
Born and brought up in Chandigarh, (25) went to Leh-Ladakh to find peace and escape from the urban hustle and bustle.
“I was sick of my busy lifestyle, hectic schedule, strict work deadlines and practically having no time for myself. I finally decided to go on a trip and what could be a better place for an adventurous person like me than Leh-Ladakh,” shares Nishtha. It wasn’t easy for Nishtha to convince her father, but gradually he agreed and let his daughter find her own calling.
No men allowed
Richa Walia, 29, a software engineer from Chandigarh, decided to visit Goa with two of her close friends. “The Goa trip was amazing. We were three gals and we explored the beaches, long drives, food and much more,” remembers Richa. It was a tough job for Richa to convince her parents but somehow managed to do so. She feels that one cannot guarantee safety anywhere, especially in India, but that should not stop one from living your life, doing what you want, just because you are a girl.
Divya Negi, 23, a student of mass communication, is a regular traveller. “My friend and I love exploring new places and learning about new cultures,” says Divya. She has been to Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Manali and Kolkata with her close friend.
“For the parents, you will always remain a kid. My mother knows about my trips and all she says is ‘Take care of yourself’ while convincing dad is a little more challenging,” smiles Divya. She feels that when it comes to a girls getaway, society suddenly becomes concerned. But times are changing and women are breaking stereotypes.
Asees, 27, fondly remembers her trip across seven cities spread over four states. As a student of architecture, she took the trip to learn about southern architecture.
“My close friend and I started the journey from Chandigarh to New Delhi, Pune, Kolhapur (discovering the art of manufacturing silver jewellery and leather shoes), Sawantwadi (interacting with the queen of Sawantwadi and rediscovering the lost game of rare handmade cards played by kings in olden days), Goa (retracing the footsteps of Vasco da Gama), Chennai and finally Kochi (rediscovering the ancient Indian martial arts). It was simply amazing,” says Asees.