The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales. Each episode, we share the journey of travelers in their own words and relive their experience with you, our listeners. The sole aim of our podcast is to share the rich experiences of traveling in India and inspire listeners to take the leap of faith, grab those backpacks and set out to explore the beautiful and exotic country, India!
Old Delhi with Vishnu Menon
Old Delhi, part of India's capital, is a historic gem founded as Shahjahanabad in the 17th century. It features the iconic Red Fort, a UNESCO site, and bustling markets like Chandni Chowk offering diverse cuisines. The grand Jama Masjid mosque and religious sites showcase harmony. The Lahori Gate of the Red Fort holds Independence Day speeches. Amid challenges of congestion and aging infrastructure, preservation efforts are underway. This culturally rich area blends traditions, including Jain, Sikh, and Christian influences. Old Delhi's charm, a fusion of history and cultures, makes it a captivating destination for travelers and history buffs alike.
George Town with Ashmitha Athreya
George Town is a busy commercial zone dotted with colonial-era buildings like the 17th-century Fort St. George, which is the seat of the state government. Other architectural landmarks include the 18th-century Armenian Church, known for its belfry and 6 huge bells, and the imposing Indo-Saracenic Madras High Court building. Mint Street’s North Indian food stalls sell sweets and snacks.
Meghalaya with Juhi Gupta
Traveling to Meghalaya offers a captivating escape into a world of natural wonders and cultural diversity. Nestled in the northeastern region of India, Meghalaya is known as the "Abode of Clouds," and for good reason. Its lush landscapes, rolling hills, and mist-covered plateaus create a breathtaking backdrop for exploration. Visitors are drawn to the state for its stunning living root bridges, enchanting waterfalls, and unique cave systems that promise unforgettable adventures. The local tribal communities, with their vibrant traditions, warm hospitality, and colorful festivals, provide a rich cultural experience. Whether you're seeking a trek through pristine forests, a chance to witness one of the world's wettest places, or a deep dive into indigenous heritage, Meghalaya promises a journey that blends nature and culture in the most captivating way.
Gir National Park with Anuj Haribhakti
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Anuj Haribhakti, a long time listener and avid traveller as we speak about the only place in the world where Asiatic lions live, Gir National Park! Today's destination: Gir National Park, Gujarat Nearest Airport: Rajkot Airport (RAJ) Nearest Railway Station: Junagadh Railway Station (JND) Prerequisites - Book for permits to safaris 2-3 months in advance and lodging. Packing - According to the weather, sunscreen, hats, bug repellent Time of the year - September - Feb Length of the itinerary: 4-5 days Itinerary Highlights: Anuj talks about the USP of the Gir national park, home to the world’s only Asiatic lion population. We discuss how excessive hunting by the Royal families and British officers and human movement had made this a critically endangered species in the early 1900s. We also discuss how the State government and other stakeholders have been able to turn the situation around in the early 2000s. Anuj discusses the importance of booking the safaris and lodging in advance (2-3 months before the trip) as well as the best times for sighting. Finally Anuj shares his experience sighting over 20 lions in his 4 days at the Gir National park. This ranges from fully grown males, to a young couple and mother and cubs. He also discusses the nearby Devaliya sanctuary where lions and leopards are kept in closed environment. We also touch upon places in the vicinity that one could include as a part of an extended itinerary - including Sasan Gir, Swaminath temple, Diu and Junagadh. Link to Anuj’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anujph/ Photo by Lenstravelier on Unsplash Follow the Musafir stories on: Twitter : https://twitter.com/musafirstories?lang=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusafirstories/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musafirstoriespodcast/?hl=en website: http://www.themusafirstories.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Do follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Follow the show across platforms: Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, JioSaavn, Gaana, Amazon Music Do share the word with your folks!
Bijapur with Sahana Kulur
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Sahana Kulur, an educator, architect, traveler and blogger at http://www.vacaywork.com as she takes us to the erstwhile capital of the Adil Shahi sultanate - Bijapur!
Tripura with Krishan Insan
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with Krishan Insan, a traveller and clean energy professional as he takes us to this lesser known gem of the North East - Tripura!
Wonderful podcast, promoting tourism in India
It's a wonderful initiative by Saif and Faiza. If you are going on a trip to anywhere in India, you must look at this podcast and look whether the place has been covered by this podcast. If yes, you would hardly need any other resource to learn and plan about that destination. Ih have a suggestion however. Most of the time the interviewee's voice is not christle clear, sometimes echoing too much and very blunt at times. Please look into it.
My favourite travel podcast
Thankful to the team at the Musafir Stories! Looking forward to new episodes eagerly.
Dear Saif and Faiza
Thanks for making my days great. I got into habit of listening to podcasts just a month back n when I was browsing your podcast just came across n being a travel lover though not explored that well but listening to Thrishhur podcast I really got into it. My thoughts manifested so beautifully n it’s been like a surreal experience. I enjoy this virtual tour and since then till today which is almost a good 60 days not a single day missed your episode’s.
It’s now become a daily ritual and I make time to listen to your podcasts and that I called my ME time. DND to entire world
I listened to
Bangalore and now listening to Darjeeling
I found bliss in musafir stories
Trust me the travel madness in me is getting developed n soon I wish to be in your show sharing one of my travel experiences too
Thanks for inspiring