2015: My year on Instagram

When 2015 started, little did I know that I would actually take the leap of faith from spending 15 hours a day on desk to 15 days a month traveling. I started updating my travel stories on Social media – mostly Facebook and Twitter. While I was hearing all around me, about how cool Instagram is, I dreaded using it because of its limitation to Phone.

A friend then suggested to run a series based on a theme for a few days, which will not only engage other people but will also commit me to post one picture a day. I chose to share photos from all over India, of buildings and places that mean ‘Heritage’ to me. The plan was to do it for 30 days, after which I was surprisingly hooked to the App.

Also read: Heritage – What does it mean to me!

On some lazy days, with a cup of coffee in one hand, or a mug of beer, depending on what time of the day it is, I scroll away the pictures, liking and commenting, only to realize a few hours later that I have used up all my Mobile data. Phew! So now, clearly it’s one of my favorite channels to micro-blog about my journeys. I continue to post a pic, every day.

Here is some of my most popular Instagram media from 2015:

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh
When you randomly click pictures and each one comes out better than you thought. This is from ‘Thiksey Monastery’ in Ladkah. A trip that changed me for ever.
Konkani thali, Konkan Guhagar Maharashtra India
I knew I am going to miss the Konkani food when I had just one day left in Konkan, Maharashtra and had mixed feelings about going away. In love with the Pomfret fry, coconut curries and Solkadhi.
Salvage Garden, Udaipur
From mountains to deserts, cities to villages, beaches to river streams, roof-tops to cosy cafés, I crave to be everywhere. That’s what nights do to me, awakening an urge to escape into the unknown, since the time I did not even know I like to travel. Clicked this picture at Savage Garden, Udaipur, on an impulsive trip with a friend. The food is as amazing as the interiors.
Art cart, Auroville
Arts and crafts have always attracted me, and if I did not have an inclination towards travelling, I would be making something out of a paper 15 hours a day. I will probably do more of that a few years later. This is from the Auroville campus in Pondicherry where I spent the 1st day of 2015.
Billing valley, Himachal Pradesh
That’s Bir Valley in Himachal Pradesh. No, not from an airplane window. It’s while I para-glided down, flying in the air for about 40 minutes. We hiked up through the jungle in the hills for about 6 kilometers to ultimately JUMP. Highly recommended if you’re looking for some adventure.

Also read: Trekking & Paragliding at Bir-billing.

Doors at Thimphu, Bhutan
In awe of traditional architecture at Thimphu, Bhutan. Every other home or office looks like a monument. Where most people are friendly, kids are extremely cute and weather is chilly.

Thanks to Iconosquare to show me what was being liked most, what time of the day is best to post, what hashtags I’ve used repeatedly and a summarized analysis over a month. Also, Instagram helps me know about places that I’ve never heard of before, and attractive deals like Montenegro tour packages that I wouldn’t find otherwise.

Are you there on Instagram? Do you have a favorite account? How many times a day do you post? What kind of pictures do you look out for? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great year ahead! 🙂

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  1. First of all: I love your photos! Second: phew, I´m considering setting up an Instagram account, but I´m dreading it at the same time – I am worried I won´t have enough time to add stuff over there, I have a hard time finding enough time to write for my blog at the moment (writing my thesis :P)…besides, I usually take photos on my camera, not on my phone; do you know how would that work? Anyhow, I think I´ll give it a try, everyone seems to be so in love with this app…

    1. Thanks, first of all. 🙂
      I take photos with my camera as well as phone. If I want to upload any of the camera pictures, which I also save in my laptop, I just connect my phone to my laptop with a cable and drag the needed pictures. Sigh! It’s not as tough as it sounds, I promise. Haha. Hope that helps. 🙂

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