Top Hindi Travel Blogs in India
Recently desi Traveler featured in a few lists of top travel blogs of India, while I was happy, I was also a bit sad to see no Hindi travel blog in the list. If you read my blog regularly you would have noticed that my English is not very good, and I would easily fail in any English Grammar and Comprehension test. But I blog in English as that is where I feel more comfortable writing and that is where I felt readers are. I have written only one post in Hindi on this blog which also I later translated into English. But the masses in India still read in Hindi and other languages from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese etc. but we have very few blogs that are regular in travel writing or even if they are regular well known outside their circle.
When I was younger there were a lot of Hindi magazines like Dharmayug, Sarika, Hans, Kadambini, Parag, Nandan, Dinman, Grihshobha etc; these magazines catered to all age groups and interests from children to fiction to literature to current affairs.
But slowly as the readership dwindled each one of them slowly vanished from newsstands, with Bennett Coleman and Company killing the maximum number of Hindi (and even English magazines). I am not sure how many of these magazines are still alive or when they were given a quiet burial.
Even in blogging space in India while English blogging is alive and kicking and is regularly celebrated it is rarely we hear about bloggers in Hindi and regional languages. My blog desi Traveler has been featured on many lists as one of the top Travel blogs from India, but none of that list includes Hindi blogger. This is kind of strange as some of the Hindi travel blogs are very good and have a very wide readership. So I thought of compiling a list of some of the Hindi travel blogs out there. I strongly believe that Hindi Travel Bloggers and those who write travel blogs in other Indian languages are doing a great service to the travelers and though they cater to a more desi / niche audience they have their own sphere of influence and readership. Actually, some of these bloggers cover more places than mainstream travel magazines and travel blogs as they really go to offbeat places.
Mind you this is not a complete list of Hindi Travel Blogs in India, but of the blogs that I have read regularly and admired their writers. I am pretty sure there are much more out there and I would be happy to include any that you point out.
When I chose desi Traveler as my blog title it was more of a branding exercise, but dear readers meet the real desi Travelers who have crisscrossed India and globe in true desi way:
- Manish Kumar: He first started writing his blog Musafir Hoon Yaron, literally meaning I am a traveler buddies, in 2008 (much before I started dT), and today has more than 250 posts on his blog. He writes about India as well as his travels abroad. I discovered his blog from his awesome series on his Travel to Japan. His blog has been rated as one of the best Hindi blogs by various sites. Discover his wonderful posts by checking his blog Musafir Hoon Yaron, he also writes a poetry/music/songs blog here
- Manu Prakash Tyagi: Manu is a quintessential traveler; his blog gets more traffic than most English Travel Blogs from India. He travels with his family as well as solo travel on his beloved bike. His series on remote towns in Himachal is epic and a must read for anybody who loves to travel to the Himalayas. Fall in love with his writing on his travel blog TravelUFO , that takes you on a journey to Discover the Universe !
- Jat Devta Sandeep Panwar: Written in a very engaging style in typical Delhi Hindi, this is one blog that will show you how real desi’s travel. Sandeep takes you on his bike and also in buses and trains, he is happy to stay in a Dharmashala and go to places where nobody thought of going. He goes on treks and he goes on pilgrimages as well as family vacations. His motto is simple ” Gummakkari Kismat se milti hai ”… meaning only the blessed one’s travel. Check his very unique blog Jat Devta Ka Safar
- Sunil Deepak: He is an Indian Doctor working for an NGO AIFO in Bologna, Italy. His blog must be the only blog in the world that is written in three languages simultaneously. He writes the same post in Hindi, English, and Italian. His photographs are really wonderful and take you to places he visits that could be from deep jungles in Amazon to beautiful cities in Europe. Check his tri-lingual photo blog Chayachitrakar – छायाचित्रकार
- Mukesh Bhalse: Is a family traveler, going by buses and trains and discovering the middle India. He regularly travels with his wife and kids and writes great detailed posts about the places he visits. His pictures are real lively and full of family snaps clicked at the places he visits. He typically starts the journey, then gives a review of the hotel they stayed and finally takes you on a very interesting journey. Check his blog Travel With Mukesh
- Neeraj Jat: This is one of the most interesting blogs as Neeraj not only writes in great detail about the places he visits, he also gives you details about KM traveled by train, the money spent on travels. He is very clear he is not a tourist as traveling as a tourist is expensive but traveling as a Ghumakkar ( vagabond) is the real way to travel. Check his blog मुसाफिर हूँ यारों नीरज जाट के यात्रा संस्मरण
- Pankaj Sharma: Known as Bitto boss to his friends, he is a biker who loves to bike to the pristine Himalayas from his current base in Haridwar. He believes in being happy by spreading happiness and smiles. Here is his Hindi travel blog घुमक्कड़ हूँ यारों
- Sushant Singhal: A banker by profession, he loves to travel in his car with his family and friends. He has been traveling for decades now, though actively started writing only a few years back. He is a true family traveler and loves to travel to places where the whole family can enjoy together. He updates his travelogues on his website About Saharanpur , blog मेरा रोजनामचा ( My daily diary ) and also at Ghumakkar.
- Isht Deo Sankrityaayan: The beauty of Isht’s blog is that not only he writes in Hindi he also sprinkles his travel stories with poems and shlokas from ancient literature ranging from Vedas, Ramayan, and Bhakti movement. Indeed a unique way to describe places that find mention in Indian mythology e.g. Panchawati where Lord Ram has spent some time during his exile. Check his blog इयत्ता– meaning essence of existence
- Tarun Goel : Tarun is in love with the Himalayas and wants to trek to the origin of every single river in Himachal. He regularly treks to the undiscovered places and writes about them. He primarily writes in English and Hindi both, but his true love for the hills is clearly seen in his Hindi writings when he pours his heart in his mother tongue. Check his blog LoOp-WhOlE and join him on an enchanting journey to the Himalayas. You will have to search a bit in his blog for Hindi posts but it will be worth it.
- Ritesh Gupta: Is a passionate traveler who loves to travel with his family, he has been to a lot of places in the Himalayas in every second to discover the changing seasons in the hills. A lot of his travels happen with his younger brother Anuj ( which literally means younger brother). Check his travelogues सफर हैं सुहाना- Safar Hain Suhana ( it’s a beautiful journey)
- Ghumakkar: No list on Hindi travel blog can be complete without mentioning Ghumakkar, though not primarily a Hindi blog, it regularly features travelogues written in Hindi by various authors, including some mentioned here. The importance of Ghumakkar lies in the fact that it has been the first platform where a lot of Hindi bloggers started writing. Started by Nandan Jha, today Ghumakkar is one of the most read travel blogs in India with many Hindi bloggers contributing to the same. I too have contributed posts to Ghumakkar in past though only in English . Check Ghumakkar here.
I am sure there are many wonderful Hindi travel blogs that I have missed or am not even aware of. If you do know of any wonderful Hindi or any other Indian language travel blog please share the same with me here in comments.
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