Hey!! I’m Krishnandu Sarkar born and bought up in Kolkata, India. I’m a Software Engineer by profession (and education too 😛 ) and a traveler by heart.
I used to travel since I was kid and since then my love and passion for travel grew up. My grandfather used to be a D.C.E in Railway PWD and thus we, as a family members used to get free or concession tickets twice every year. So we used to travel twice a year.
He had immense knowledge of various destinations and thus, he used to plan the whole trip for us. We were always a budget traveler. I still remember, we used to carry a trunk where we used to carry stove, some basic utensils (for cooking) and ration for 2-3 days. Due to his profession, he had great contacts for various destinations and everywhere we used to opt for guesthouses or homestays where we used to cook our own food. I still remember, in 2010, we went to Puri for a week and our total expenses was around 10,000/- for 5 person as we used to cook daily.
Now when I look back, I realize that these homestay concept is nothing new and I find very few peoples who would think of cooking while at their holiday. Though holiday means different thing for different people. For most of them it’s a way to relax and get out of their hustle bustle busy city life. But for us, traveling was always a passion, to experience, see and explore new destination and culture.
I believe, I have got this planning traits inherited from him. I love researching about destinations and planning trips on my own. However doing such comes with it’s benifits and disadvantages too. Nowadays you can almost plan every detail of activities that you are going to do or follow everyday to even everyhour! However keeping yourself flexible comes with it’s own retreats. And nature keeps surprising you every minute!
Being a budget traveler we prefer to travel via shared mode of transport, wherever possible, so keeping a fallback plan is always recommended. Back then, my grandfather used to write various notes in his dairy and always used to keep a Train’s Time Table handy. Although being a kid I always wondered what he used to keep writing every night after reaching hotel. Now I realise what he used to write in there! Somehow after he being passed away, those traits came to me automatically.
I love planning and chalking out my trips to keep it in lowest possible budget keeping a tab on convenience too. Although I always mix convenience depending on value for money! So, you can always expect to find budget and convenient tips on my blog. As myself, being a budget traveler, I do a lot of research about the destination. But this does not at all means, I do not like unplanned trips. I do love unplanned trips, but getting to know about the destination and traveling with a fixed itinerary is a whole different thing.
But, still, I really miss those days, as that time I used to travel without any bound. But now, I had to always keep in mind the number of days according to the number of leaves I have. I still remember, how we used to travel with just a one way ticket and improvise our plan and next destination as we kept proceeding! Once we went to Garhwal and came back after a whole month! However back then my grandfather used to gather all the information like the transport options of moving from one place to another and the bus timings and all, but with no specific itinerary.
Sometimes I feel puzzled about so much destinations in my wish list and the same being growing every day! The life is too short to cover even a quarter of the world.
Thus, one fine day after my Trip To Gangtok and North Sikkim, I came up with this idea of sharing all the nitty gritty details of my trip to help others plan their trip within budget! And then Travel With Krish was formed to materialize this idea of mine!
If you have any questions regarding your itinerary or anything else, I’d be glad to help you out. So please don’t hesitate to drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.