A day in the life volunteering at a hostel in Manali, India

After a few weeks of volunteering at a hostel in Manali, I wanted to share what a “day in the life” looks like here. As I shared previously, I found this volunteer opportunity by meeting people in Manali, so this whole gig started off very informally. However in these last weeks, I was able to … More A day in the life volunteering at a hostel in Manali, India

India days 29-33: high season hostel life + favorite activities in Manali + day trip to Sissu

Hey friends, happy Friday!! These past few days have been quite eventful as the hostel is finally in high season. Until now, it’s just been me, Chetan, and a few guests here and there as we’ve been ramping up for the summer season. But after our Kasol trip last weekend, the floodgates opened as several … More India days 29-33: high season hostel life + favorite activities in Manali + day trip to Sissu

India days 26-28: weekend in stoner town of Kasol + visiting Malana Village

And a new week begins! I’m back from a weekend trip to Kasol, a riverside town famous for cultivating the best hashish in India. Kasol was on my radar as it was all the buzz among travelers I met; people raved about its chiller atmosphere, unique scenery, and less commercial vibes than Manali (spoiler alert … More India days 26-28: weekend in stoner town of Kasol + visiting Malana Village

India days 20-25: day trip to Solang Valley + Baror Parsha waterfall hike + hostel life and duties

After the changes around my volunteering gig last week, things have gotten much brighter. Day by day, I feel even more at home at my new hostel and more comfortable with the staff/guests who feel like my Manali family. Over the last few days, I was able to put the past behind me and truly … More India days 20-25: day trip to Solang Valley + Baror Parsha waterfall hike + hostel life and duties

India days 16-19: exploring Old Manali + Nasogi village life + sulfur hot springs + change of plans

After a wonderful start to my month in Manali, the last few days were filled with seeing more sites and getting to know the community even more. My days were very much “go with the flow” as unexpected events unfolded, leading to a slight change in plans in my volunteering gig that I’ll share more … More India days 16-19: exploring Old Manali + Nasogi village life + sulfur hot springs + change of plans

India days 13-15: new chapter in Manali / the Himalayas + new gig at a hostel through Workaway + day trip to Koksar

And a new chapter begins in the Himalayas. 🙂 I’m currently in Manali, a high-altitude mountain town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is popular among backpackers and families for its mountain scenery, trekking, and strong Tibetan influence. I am SO excited to be here as the Himalayas have been on my all-time … More India days 13-15: new chapter in Manali / the Himalayas + new gig at a hostel through Workaway + day trip to Koksar

India days 8-12: fairytale Indian wedding in Jaipur

These last few days were a whirlwind of fun as they were dedicated to celebrating the marriage of my good friend from San Francisco, Karan, and his beautiful bride, Ashna. It was my first traditional Indian wedding, and boy was it one to remember! It was the most lavish and beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended. … More India days 8-12: fairytale Indian wedding in Jaipur

India days 4-7: meeting Aloo Baba + day trip to Ajmer + marble dumping yard + Aarti ceremony + all types of temples

After my wonderful first days in India, I remained in Pushkar for the rest of the week. The last few days were spent doing more off-the-beaten-path activities, enjoying the vibes in this holy town, and falling in love with Pushkar even more. Day 4: Meeting Aloo Baba + “monkey” temple Nick, Stefan, and I set … More India days 4-7: meeting Aloo Baba + day trip to Ajmer + marble dumping yard + Aarti ceremony + all types of temples

India days 1-3: first days in holy city of Pushkar + Pushkar Lake + Savitri Temple hike + camel safari

I made it to India!! My first days have been packed with wonderful experiences in a small, religious desert town called Pushkar. Pushkar is in the Rajasthan state (the largest Indian state and where most tourists go). I’m focusing on Northern India this trip because I wanted a different experience than Sri Lanka, which I … More India days 1-3: first days in holy city of Pushkar + Pushkar Lake + Savitri Temple hike + camel safari

Sri Lanka days 11-15: Nuwara Eliya continued + waterfalls, hikes, and gardens galore + tea plantation tour + horse ride through the countryside

This past week, I grew even more in love in Nuwara Eliya, a small town in Sri Lanka’s tea country (see a recap of my first 3 days here). After 7 days, I can say this is my favorite spot in Sri Lanka so far from its picturesque sites and feeling at home in my … More Sri Lanka days 11-15: Nuwara Eliya continued + waterfalls, hikes, and gardens galore + tea plantation tour + horse ride through the countryside