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Unplanned Stories - Episode 8 - Travel Tales

Sat, 26 Jan 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Hungry Travellers Cafe
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DATE: 26th Jan 2019

TIME: 5:00 PM

VENUE: Hungry Travellers Cafe

Fee: 100/- (exclusive of GST)

Plan the Unplanned is excited to present to you another chapter of Unplanned stories - a celebration of experiences, memories and cherishing journeys that changed lives and bring smiles, both to the listener and the speaker.

Speaker 1: Manav: Captain Neptune
We are happy to present to you our Speaker #1: Manav

Our first speaker for the evening is Manav or Captain Neptune, as his Instagram profile says! Manav is a sailor by profession and has extensively traveled to most of the eastern hemisphere. Hes a passionate photographer as well, and captures all that comes his way during his journey! Join us to meet this sailor, traveler, photographer wholl definitely inspire you to move out of your comfort zone!


Speaker 2: Chandana Rao

Our second speaker is Chandana Rao

Our next speaker is a fierceful lady from Narayanpura, a remote village in Kolar District, who had the courage to break free from the shackles of a middle-class Indian family and dream of a bigger life to explore! After a corporate career of 4 years, Chandana Rao decided to quit her job and follow her passion for traveling. She collaborated with a team of travelers for a Travel show "Adventures of Arjuna and Bheema", which was her first international trip to her dream place 'Cambodia' to witness the World's Largest Temple Complex, and then again to Taiwan.

Chandana's adventures have been featured on Yourstory, Edex, Woovely and many more. She is setting an example for all those who wish to go for budget trips, by exploring Tamil Nadu with 1800 INR for 10 days and Gujarat for 12 days in 2343 INR. Gear up to hear more about her adventures with us!


Speaker 3: Tejaswi Chittar


Our next speaker for this evening is Tejaswi Chittar - a die-hard biker who has an amazing 1,50,000 km of Highway experience in 12 years! Stunned, right?! After working as a Tax Analyst at EY for 3 years, this biker quit his job to travel far and wide, and his best ride till date is covering a stretch of 7300 km along the Golden Quadrilateral of India in 26 days. Talking about his dream ride, he mentioned that he wants to travel from Bangalore to Indonesia by road.


Tejaswi surely has inherited this adventurous soul from his family, as he mentioned, "I would also hear my dad talk about how he would take his bike all the way from Shimoga to Madikeri in Coorg just to see my mom. Long distance motorbiking has always been in my family." So let's hear it out from the rider himself - join us for the next chapter of Unplanned Stories and get inspired!

We are excited to have you watch Manav, Chandana, and Tejaswi - inspiring travelers speak about how travel has transformed their lives and hope to see you at Hungr Travellers Cafe, Koramangala on 26th January 2019, 5:00 pm onwards.

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Hungry Travellers Cafe 426, 8th Main Road 4th Block, Koramangala (Next to Mint Hotel and Opposite Hole in the Wall Cafe, KHB Block Koramangala, Koramangala 4-B Block, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034, India
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We went for this trek on 19th-21st Oct 2018. We were amazed to see the rich biodiversity at Kotagiri. It's a very good place for birding enthusiasts. There is a lot of wildlife in these Nilgiri Hills. Weather was excellent and we did not face much rains during the trek. We did not take the overnite bus ride provided by the organisers. We went on our own one day earlier and stayed at a homestay and joined the group at the camp on Saturday morning and stayed there for the night at camp and left on Sunday morning. +ves - The group was very energetic and fun. The trek leads were keen to make us explore as much as we can in the limited time we had. They were also very enthusiastic about making the whole trip fun for people by trying to organise fun activities in the evening.-ves - My overall review is negative so obviously there are more -ves than +ves. Will make it objective for future trekkers to keep these in mind as they chose this place for a trekking/camping experience1. The camps are set up in a tea estate down the valley. There is one big campsite started by a tea estate owner and then there are a couple small ones which mushroomed around it. We were in one of the smaller campsite. This was the first major concern. the site was barely enough to pitch 3-4 tents and have max 10-12 people. There are 2 restrooms (which were filthy by the way). The organisers booked 27 people for this trek (+3 trek leads) and there was another group of 10 at the same campsite. So in all we were 40-45 people at a such a small place and there were 12-14 tents pitched next to each other. There was hardly any place to even walk or sit outside comfortably. This was a major dampener in our camping experience.2. Food - the food and camping is provided by the people who own the camping site. Plan the unplanned is just taking bookings and taking people to this campsite and making a margin out of this. The food was very average. I have been to multiple treks and lot of them at very high altitudes. The food is far far better than what was offered here. 3. Lack of experience of trek leaders - The trek leaders had very little or no experience in managing a trekking group. They were not able to assess risks, they had no first aid kits, they had no mode of communication to check the progress, whereabouts and safety of such a large group, and they were not able to guide the group to move at a pace which was required to cover the treks in time. After reaching sites, people were just left on their own to spend as much time as they want. This led to the group missing going to dolphin peak as it got dark. 4. Respect for nature/jungles - Lot of trekkers were first timers and they did not have much awareness on conduct in forests and treks. Some basic rules are avoiding being too loud, making lot of noise, playing loud music etc. What was surprising was trek leads also lacking these basic principles. The whole campsite was very loud specially in the evening and the dance, music and party continued till 11 PM disturbing the wildlife/birds in that area. This was led and initiated by trek leads themselves. Moreover, during the trek, trek leads were playing music on their mobiles which set the example for other youngsters also and they thought thats an ok thing to do. This was really really disappointing. Having fun is important but at the same time, in these zones, we have to respect the forests and the wildlife there and be sensitive. Fellow trekkers - chose this trek if you are a nature lover, contact local campsites on your own and do it the proper way. Do not expect the organisers to add any more value than arranging a shared transportation for you (and making a huge margin on that).I dont have any trust in capabilities of these organisers especially because they don't seem to be nature lovers and have poor planning and execution skills. - by Yogendra for Kotagiri Trek - Camp Amidst The Nilgiri Hills organized by Plan The Unplanned .

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