Travel Talk with Pallam Raju

Indian politician Pallam Raju has been a three term Member of Parliament and former Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister of State for Defence in Central government. He tells Nausheen Tareen that travel is a central part of his being and his sojourns over the years have opened his senses and stimulated his imagination...


Pallam Raju
Pallam Raju posing with kids in Japan

Travel is a central part of my being, whether its professional or personal. Since there has been such an abundance of travel in my life, primarily due to professional reasons, it invariably gets intertwined with my personal life and the distinction disappears. Travel as the saying goes ‘opens the mind’ and I can relate to it in more ways than one. Travel teaches you, opens up your senses and stimulates your imagination while giving you pleasure in real time.


Ladakh – Love at First Sight

Pallam Raju
Pallam Raju with his daughter on his first visit to Ladakh

One of my favourite destinations has been Leh/Ladakh in J&K and it has remained an all-time favourite destination. I first got to go there in the year 1995 along with my wife and 5-years-old daughter. Over the years however I have returned to Leh/Ladakh primarily on work but have always enjoyed the serenity and the starkness of the blissful and enchanting eternity called Ladakh.


Breathtaking Beauty

Mrs Raju during couple's first visit to Ladakh

The rarefied atmosphere which enhances and awes the senses, the contrasting lunar like landscape against the fertile banks of the Sindhu river and the mysterious yet spiritual Gonpas, all add to the allure of this exotic destination. The flight over the Himalayan ranges, the colours in the mountain strata and the approach into the valley with its raw beauty, all take your breath away!

Food Files

The food isn’t anything memorable to write home about but the Ladakh berry (also known as LEHBERRY) has been a nutritious supplement to the diet of the locals with multiple benefits. The High-Altitude Laboratory of DRDO has been doing great work to enhance the agricultural production with great success in cold desert conditions and this has been a boon to the local population.

Travel To Get Inspired

A travel buff, Raju says every destination he has visited has inspired him

I think there have been very few destinations that have not inspired me as I feel there is always something in every place one connects to. Be it the hills, the mountain ranges, seaside and riverside destinations, destinations that have history and culture, destinations where one connects to nature and the animal kingdom, all have their unique appeal and riches. The diversity of food offerings is also immense and it would be unfair to put your finger on any one thing except about fruits of the season in their respective locations.  Fruits have been the biggest natural joy in different locations.

Each destination has its own unique charm for Raju and insists one must travel with an open mind to appreciate it

Culture Curry – Northeast India

My numerous trips into Northeast India, especially the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have been an enriching experience as far as culture is concerned. Beginning with the Rice Festival of Arunachal to the many fests across the region, it has been a rich diversity of experiences. The Polo game experience of Manipur with their short ponies, the bare footed and helmet less yet aggressive game, the rich Raas-leela dance and the 240 years of turbulent Manipuri history as depicted in the RKCS Art gallery in Imphal, the Northeastern Tribal museum in Shillong are all beautiful experiences that are indelible cultural experiences.


Godavari – My Home



The fertile Godavari delta is what I call home as I am from the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is truly as blessed land as it has everything that one can desire in terms of the beauty of different landscapes. It is a coastal area, where the Godavari River joins the sea. To the West and the North lie the hills of the Eastern Ghats and beyond that the agency areas which is home to numerous tribes. The plains are rich in cultivation and crops, paddy being the main crop while sugarcane, coconuts, Mango and oil palm are also cultivated in the region. The sea is bountiful with its rich resources too and so is the mighty Godavari river after the monsoon season.


Cultural and Spiritual Scene in Godavari

Godavari in Andhra Pradesh is a spiritual and cultural hub

The area has been a spiritual and cultural hub with several ancient temples which boast of a rich heritage and history. Two of the eighteen ‘Shaktipeeths’ are in East Godavari district and two of the five ‘Pancharamas’ or ancient shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva are in East Godavari district.

Kakinada Beach Festival Sagara Sambaralu that exhibits local arts and flavours of East Godavari district

Must Dos in Godavari

  • Staying in the resorts at Dindi (where the Godavari river meets the sea)
  • A cruise along the river Godavari into the Papikondalu (the agency area)
  • Interaction with tribal communities
  • A visit to the Coringa bird sanctuary
  • Trips to a couple of the mentioned ancient shrines are highly recommended
  • Observing the fishing communities at sea
  • A visit to the local weaving communities is also a culturally enhancing experience


More such amazing experiences on our facebook group Hop On and Hop Off

Follow us on instagram: @hoponandhopoff Twitter: @hoponandhopoff

35 comments:

  1. This place was very comfortable. Restrooms were decent. Coming to party venue here with my friends was an amazing experience. This is my favorite place now, because of its excellent food, perfect lighting, vibrant atmosphere and great ventilation.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The PVC inflatable pillow is easy to inflate and deflate and the blanket is so soft that it easily folds back into the pillow cover.Niagara Wine tours

    ReplyDelete
  3. While the greater part of us appreciate occasions and voyaging, many discover the related travel uneasiness extreme to endure. Travel nervousness isn't an ailment yet it is somewhat the dread of the obscure. Dread of movement is typically brought about by a few elements.
    Magnetic Fields

    ReplyDelete
  4. Travel is an extraordinary method to interface with nature which is extremely useful for your unwinding, rationally or physically. Nature is a boost for initiating your correct cerebrum.Hotel in carrollton mo

    ReplyDelete
  5. You simply need to go out on a limb the enormous and make the initial step to make your traveling dreams a reality. You just live once; and you're youthful for a brief timeframe, on the off chance that you don't travel now, when?www.thailandamigo.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. For your optional transporters, or if your volume is not exactly the base required by the carrier, you can enter in to delicate dollar programs with the expectation of complimentary tickets and free overhauls, just as traveler status improvements or airplane terminal club passes.Villas for rent in Cyprus

    ReplyDelete
  7. This means they should adopt mobile solutions where search options, travel alerts, ticket reservations etc. can be accessed quickly, easily and on the go.Bulgaria trip

    ReplyDelete
  8. Traveling gives you things to share over breakfast, lunch or supper. When you travel, you will never experience considerable difficulties thinking about a subject to discuss; also you'll keep everybody with your story.mileage calculator

    ReplyDelete
  9. Individuals travel for various reasons. Some movement for work, others for the sake of entertainment, and some for finding mental harmony. In spite of the fact that each individual may have his/her own motivation to go on a voyaging, this is huge to take note of that voyaging, in itself, has some intrinsic prizes. Cancun Car

    ReplyDelete
  10. Superb examining .Thanks for sharing. It's late finding this show up. indocinatours

    ReplyDelete
  11. All these are so great! I love the pink and yellow blossoms. In my university art class we used baby oil to blur the oil pastels, good to understand oil also works! Thank you ) cooking games

    ReplyDelete
  12. Awesome article, it was exceptionally helpful! I simply began in this and I'm becoming more acquainted with it better! Cheers, keep doing awesome! Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's significant for Travel Agents to understand that selling travel is really selling satisfaction. Instilling travel objectives dependent on collaboration with neighborhood individuals makes travel more significant than any time in recent memory.adventure

    ReplyDelete
  14. I read that Post and got it fine and informative. Please share more like that...
    Fun Cabin Rentals

    ReplyDelete
  15. This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. This is very nice one and gives indepth information. Thanks for this nice article. Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts. Guest Post

    ReplyDelete
  17. tremendous name, and top internet site. thanks for the opinion! Guest Post

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts. Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  19. This precise is generally apparently stinky and along side excellent conclusive along at the back of for sure honest-minded and besides admittedly useful My influence is seeking to find in front supposed for this unique beneficial stuffs Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  20. The Albanian Ionian coastline is a magic itself, for a moment it looks like you are living a fairytale Albanian Riviera

    ReplyDelete
  21. I am definitely enjoying your website. You definitely have some great insight and great stories. esta

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  23. The amphitheater of Durres it is one of the most spectacular you will see. You will be so impressed with the architecture and the interesting history behind it. Albania Culture

    ReplyDelete
  24. Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts. This site seems to get a good amount of visitors. ESTA

    ReplyDelete
  25. It is rather grateful for the help in this question, can, I too can help you something? Student Visa consultants in Gujarat 

    ReplyDelete
  26. Really I enjoy your site with effective and useful information. It is included very nice post with a lot of our resources.thanks for share. i enjoy this post. Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'm keen on ones write-up. It truly is beneficial to discover people verbalize on the cardiovascular system in addition to understanding within this significant theme is usually simply discovered. Thanksgiving 2019

    ReplyDelete
  28. The Blue Eye in Saranda is definitely a “must see” if you are traveling in Albania. A breathtaking view combined with the crystal water are so mesmerizing that you feel like you are a part of a fairytale Ionian coast Albania

    ReplyDelete
  29. You are going to love Himara, a small city in the southern of Albania .The beaches are beautiful, the seafood is delicious, the villages around it capture every tourist attention and the cultural part is very interesting. Don’t miss the chance of visiting! Beautiful Albania

    ReplyDelete
  30. Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I'm pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what additional posts you include. Voyage Vietnam Amo Travel

    ReplyDelete
  31. Really I enjoy your site with effective and useful information. It is included very nice post with a lot of our resources.thanks for share. i enjoy this post. Bolt Posts

    ReplyDelete
  32. This is unquestionably unfortunate that a few people feel traveling is a sheer exercise in futility, vitality and cash. Some likewise disclosure traveling an exhausting action. Be that as it may, a great dominant part of individuals over the world wish traveling, as opposed to remaining inside the fractional spaces of their homes. This blog

    ReplyDelete
  33. please do for travel and hotel booking. In Asia would be nice and nice comments. Thank you. bangkok hotel

    ReplyDelete