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Khushboo Sharma

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Triathlete And Solo Traveller Mayuri Singh Is A Free Spirit Who Lives For The Adrenaline Rush

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  •  July 17, 2019

“It’s been more than a year since I set out on my 6-month long solo trip to South East Asia,” Mayuri tells me in a voice that brims with excitement.

Thirty-two-year-old Mayuri Singh identifies herself as a lawyer, triathlete, solo traveller, blogger, saree lover, digital nomad, adventurer, explorer, and free spirit. But trust me she is a lot more. Everything about this daredevil exudes strength and determination. She has a soul that thrives on travel and a heart that beats for adrenaline.

Please swipe to see more pics from Lolab Valley. . With apple, cherry, peach, apricot and walnut trees surrounding the Lolab Valley, no wonder it is also called fruit bowl of Jammu and Kashmir. . I did a full loop of Lolab Valley crossing Sogam, Chandigam, Tekipora, Tekiya Khurhama, Nagmarg, Khruhama, Rednaag, Lalpora, Darpora and Krusaan. The entire stretch was dotted with walnut trees, with tiny green walnuts hanging on them 😍. I am told that the harvest season of most of the fruits is in September, which is a good time to be here !! . The Lolab Valley is surrounded by huge mountains, but the plains in between, apart from fruits, are used for rice cultivation. In fact I got quite surprised seeing rice paddies here as I never thought of Kashmir as the producer of rice 😛. Now I know!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #visitkashmir #kashmiristagram #JKTourism #KashmirLovers #Visit_to_kashmir #kashmirparadise_ #cute_kashmir #ourkashmir #kashmir #kashmirtourism #kashmirdairies #kashmirvalley #kashmirbeauty #kashmirtrip #kashmirtour #kashmirscape #motorcyclediaries #indiantraveller #solotraveler #sunset #mountains🗻 #mountains #unexploredparadise #lolabvalley #vaadielolab #chandigam #northkashmir

173 Likes, 17 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “Please swipe to see more pics from Lolab Valley. . With apple, cherry, peach, apricot and walnut…”

“One day I sat and wondered how since childhood I have been counting years and I’d be 30 soon. It was rather alarming to realise that I had a long list of pending things to do and I wasn’t ticking off anything from it. I needed to check things off that list,” Mayuri starts sharing her journey with me.

Participating in Ironman and finishing it was the first thing that she wanted to tick off from her bucket list. The idea had her hooked solely for the reason that it “sounded so impossible initially” and the challenge in it acted as an inspiration for the go-getter that Mayuri is.

After a year of intense training, she finally participated in half Ironman 70.3 (1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 24 km of running) held in Bahrain and finished it like a boss.

The training, of course, was strenuous. Mayuri was working full-time as a legal advisor when she started training for Ironman. She’d get up early every morning, leave for her training, come back, go to work, return from work and then again go for her training. That was her routine for the entire year. She even cut her hair short in order to save time on hair care.

The most surprising part was that Mayuri didn’t even know how to swim when she started training for Ironman and signed up for swimming classes especially for it. Also running for just 200 metres would make her breathless. The challenge was big as were the bets put by her on her willpower.

“The biggest challenge was to commit to keep going every single day. One thing that the period taught me was that if you are hundred percent committed to something then it is sure to happen,” shares Mayuri.

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you decide to do.” . I have heard so many people say, “Oh, I wish I could do that.” And then they would count the numbers of reasons why they can’t. The difference is where you wanna focus – you wanna focus on what you want to do, or you wanna focus on why you can’t do what you wanna do. . Of course, I understand there are problems, issues, responsibilities, and what not – but that is the case with each and everyone of us, and isn’t that makes it all fair for all of us. We all have to face our own battles and no body else can do that of us. But, it all depends on how badly you wanna do it, and are you willing to pay the price (not just monetary) for it. And if you are, then nothing can stop you from achieving what you truly want. Its just one decision away – decision to act, and not just think !! . This picture is a major throwback for my own self – to remind myself where I have been and where I can/wanna go; because honestly, even I am struggling with being regular with my workouts with all the work and travels, but I know, I’ve got this coz I have made my decision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ironman #halfironman #ironmantraining #triathlon #triathlon_world #cyclistforlife #bahrain #manama #bahraininstagram #ironmanrace #worldchampion #throwback #fitness #triathlete #ameture #swimbikerun #idoitall #canthaveone #swimmer #bikergirl #runner #ironman703 #physicalfitness #raceday #internationalrace #ididit #betterversionofme #radstrongcoaching #racewithfriends

162 Likes, 16 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “”The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you decide to do.” . I have…”

Sensing her passion I asked her how it felt to ultimately finish the Ironman. Touched with the memory of the grand feat she answered in an excited voice, “It was so unbelievable! It was the kind of feeling when you are so excited that you can’t even describe the sense of achievement in words. Now when I think about it perhaps euphoria is the word.”

As soon as she got done with Ironman, Mayuri’s next phase of life was already calling to her. Ironman had opened up new horizons of mental strength and human capacity to her and a 9 to 5 desk job wouldn’t have done justice to it.

That is when Mayuri quit her job, switched to freelancing and set out to quench her thirst for travelling. She went backpacking to South East Asia in June in 2017 and don’t jump in surprise when I tell you that the only planning she did for the trip was to get a VISA for Vietnam. “When I went for my VISA, the immigration people asked me when was I coming back and I smiled back and said ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Are you mad???’ Was the immediate response that I received.”

Hmong (one of the ethnic tribes in Vietnam) kids are the cutest 😍 #solotrip #solotravel #vietnam #indiantraveller #exploringlife #backpacking #southeastasia #budgettrip #iphonegraphy #instatravel #travelgirl #natgeotravel #womenwhoexplore #traveller #photography #girlswhotravel #backpacker #backpacksandbudgets #hmong #sapa #cutesmile

46 Likes, 3 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “Hmong (one of the ethnic tribes in Vietnam) kids are the cutest 😍 #solotrip #solotravel #vietnam…”

While she asserts that the behind-the-scenes of backpacking solo is not as rosy as Instagram has fooled us into believing, she indeed had the time of her life. “Backpacking completely changed my perspective about life,” Mayuri tells me.

“I learned that while we keep getting worried about things like power, property, and money, things that cannot even make us happy, the things that really reach our souls and make us happy from within are actually very simple ones,” Mayuri says, musing upon her learnings from the trip.

Fruits anyone 😀!!…Night market of Hoi An Old Town is a MUST do 😍 #solotrip #solotravel #vietnam #indiantraveller #exploringlife #backpacking #southeastasia #budgettrip #iphonegraphy #instatravel #travelgirl #natgeotravel #womenwhoexplore #traveller #photography #girlswhotravel #backpacker #backpacksandbudgets #nightmarket #hoianoldtown #vietnameseculture

108 Likes, 3 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “Fruits anyone 😀!!…Night market of Hoi An Old Town is a MUST do 😍 #solotrip #solotravel #vietnam…”

She adds, “I returned from the trip with a sense of confidence that ensured me that I was ready to take on anything in life.”

Once back from South East Asia Mayuri started exploring India through her solo travels and got so hooked on to Kashmir that she ended up going on three solo backpacking trips to the picturesque place.

“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bern Williams . Teetwal is the last village before LOC on the north-west frontier of Kashmir. It is around 14km from Tangdhar and requires special permission from Magistrate at Tangdhar. . The road to Teetwal is bad and dangerous. So I was advised by locals to go there only in case rain stops. Thankfully the Rain God has some mercy on me and rain finally stopped in the afternoon. So I headed to Teetwal after taking the necessary permission. . This pic was taken on my way back to Tangdhar, while I was enjoying a calm sunset and lost in my dreams, after exploring Teetwal and seeing POK right across the bridge over Kishan Ganga river. . Head to insta stories to see Teetwal en route pics and POK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #visitkashmir #kashmiristagram #JKTourism #KashmirLovers #Visit_to_kashmir #kashmirparadise_ #cute_kashmir #ourkashmir #kashmir #kashmirtourism #kashmirdairies #kashmirvalley #kashmirbeauty #kashmirtrip #kashmirtour #kashmirscape #motorcyclediaries #indiantraveller #solotraveler #sunset #mountains🗻 #mountains #tangdhar #teetwal #lineofcontrol #loc #lineofcontrolindiapakistan #royalenfieldindia #kashmirtravelogue

219 Likes, 21 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “”It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bern Williams . Teetwal is the last…”

So elevated were her confidence levels by the second trip to Kashmir that she decided to explore its non-touristy areas for the third trip. She tells me, “The problem with our country is that negative news here spreads like wildfire. Kashmir is breathtaking and not at all scary as is projected by the media. The idea of propagating the same thought encouraged me to go and explore the so-called sensitive areas of Kashmir.”

To my surprise when I asked her if she faced any security hurdles during her trips, Mayuri answered, “not at all.” She explained, “As long are you are careful, respectful towards the culture of the place that you are visiting and comply to the rules and regulations, nothing wrong is likely to happen.”

She continues, “You know what has been my biggest learning from all of these solo trips? It is that the world is a lot safer than we think of it.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela . So for all those who wonder about how I travel solo, let me admit, I also get scared. Its not the absence of fear, but the courage to do what you want to do nonetheless. So, I do it anyway. . Coz one thing I have realised over the years, your best moments are often the ones which come right after your worst times or when you are most scared !! . So its okay to get scared. Just by facing your fear you win half the battle !! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #visitkashmir #kashmiristagram #JKTourism #KashmirLovers #Visit_to_kashmir #kashmirparadise_ #cute_kashmir #ourkashmir #kashmir #kashmirtourism #kashmirdairies #kashmirvalley #kashmirbeauty #kashmirtrip #kashmirtour #kashmirscape #motorcyclediaries #indiantraveller #solotraveler #sunset #mountains🗻 #mountains #tangdhar #teetwal #lineofcontrol #loc #lineofcontrolindiapakistan #royalenfieldindia #kashmirtravelogue @kashmir_travelogue @cute_kashmir @kashmirloversofficial @jktourismofficial @kashmirparadise_ @visit_kashmir

190 Likes, 9 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “”I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not…”

When you are a woman, managing periods on the go is always a challenge and it becomes even bigger when you are on as rigorous journeys as Mayuri takes. I thus had to ask how exactly does she manage periods on the go and after listening to her answer I felt glad that I did that.

Her answer went like, “It has been over a year-and-a-half since I switched to menstrual cups and thank God I did that! The benefits are endless and I can do just anything sans any restrictions. It’s eco-friendly and a great investment.”

Besides cherishing the adrenaline rush that she extracts from all her adventures, there is one more thing that Mayuri simply loves i.e. saree. She tells me fondly, “I have always been a saree lover. I was always asked if it was some special occasion whenever I showed up to my college or work in a saree, which I did quite often. I’d keep telling them that it’s just that I love saree and you don’t really need an occasion to do something that you love.”

Saree no. 13 of #100sareepact . Instagram is such a powerful tool. Thanks to #sareesakhis and especially @travelista_in_saree and @pleatsnpallu whose posts gave me courage to wear a saree for the very first time while travelling 🎒. And my experience was quite good. Finally now I have #sareethattravels ✈️ with t-shirt and trekking shoes 😂 !! (And yes, I do not wash my trekking shoes coz dirt reminds me of where my shoes have been and what all they have seen) . So, where do u think I am going ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #saree #sareelove #saris #ilovesaris #sareeswag #sareeloverforever #iwearsaree #sareeaddict #sareegram #sareediaries #sareesofinstagram #indianstyle #sareenotsorry #sixyardsofsheerelegance #keepcalmandsareeon #sareeday #airport #backpacker #girlthattravels #wanderlust #offagain #gtgi #indiantraveler #solotravel #solotraveler

228 Likes, 20 Comments – Mayuri Singh (@mayuri.exploringlife) on Instagram: “Saree no. 13 of #100sareepact . Instagram is such a powerful tool. Thanks to #sareesakhis and…”

 

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