About Me

A restless soul. Twenty five years back planned a journey round the globe on bicycle. It never materialised though. But the spirit still remains.

Professionally a journalist and passionately a traveler, writer & photographer. Still trying to merge the two- profession and passion. Traveled across India and fortunately some places outside India as well.

Please also have a look at my work through my camer at http://vagabondimages.in/about/portfolio/


79 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I love your freedom to travel. I don’t do nearly enough. Beautiful photographs, nice motorcycle, similar to one I used to have.


    1. Thanks for appreciating. Frankly speaking, I don’t consider that I have freedom to travel, but somehow I manage to travel. Still nothing in comparison to what I wish for. Wish this bike takes me around the globe.

  2. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! -OM

  3. Thanks for the ‘follow’ – much appreciated. My blog is still relatively new and unknown, so my early readers are very special 🙂
    Hope you enjoy my posts, varied as they are.
    Uncle Spike

    1. Thanks a lot for your comments Adnan. Even mine site is not too old. Although I created it a year back, but started actually managing it just a four months back. Your blog is indeed very rich and interesting. I will like to be there more often.

    1. Hi Magdalena! Thanks a lot for the comments. Actually it was you who liked my post and hence I reached to your blog and followed it. It is always nice to be in community of fellow travelers. Please do keep coming.Hope, you would enjoy.

    1. It just happened to be like that, traveling was my passion and writing my profession. At some point of time, I was able to get a right mix of them both. I hope, I am able to make justice to the places through my writings.Thanks a lot for the follow.

      1. Indeed! But how are you failed? See, you are on wordpress, in to blogging… hence you are already a writer. Now you are just establishing yourself. 😀

  4. Swami Upendra,

    I’ve nominated you for the Seven-Awards-in-One Award. Full details may be found here: http://lilmisspoutinessegues.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/the-seven-awards-in-one-award/

    Congratulations and thank you for the riveting travel photos and stories!

    While due diligence has been done to make sure that yours is not an award-free blog, please accept my apologies (if I have missed the obvious), and in the spirit in which the nomination is given. Thank you!

  5. And hopefully I can join your bicycle around the globe team, till then please join us on Fiazi Safar where we will be going from Delhi to Portugal by road to experience and share generosity.We start in June

  6. Hope you do get to cycle around the world!! What an incredible experience that would be a quite a story to retell 🙂
    We have never been to India but gosh, we dream of visiting one day – so vast, so varied, so beautiful. We will travel vicariously through your blog!!

  7. Don’t give up on the bicycle dream. I am 61 and just taking to it again and never been happier. Won’t travel the globe but am going to see a lot of Australia. Will also be in your beautiful country in Nov this year. Travel safe and keep sharing the dream.

    1. Sure I will live the dream. Your words are inspiring. I am doing biking though in Himalayan region. Still feel that there is no better way then cycling to connect through the world. You will certainly enjoy India. November is the best time to be here.

  8. Hi Upendra, I am really interested with your blog. I will follow it so that I keep coming back to it at times. Take care. Have a wonderful experience travelling to different destinations across the globe and an interesting blog.

  9. Dear Swamiupendra

    in your article ““Colour and culture at Dangs Darbar” you published an image of my property without my explicit permission and without mentioning the author’s name (me)

    The image was probably copied without my permission from this gallery:


    I believe this has been done in good faith and kindly ask you to add – both on your facebook page and website – my name and credits

    MONICA MIETITORE © All rights reserved

    Looking forward for your kind reply
    Thank you and kind regards
    Monica Mietitore

    1. Hi Monica

      I am absolutely sorry for that. I asked my sources in Gujarat tourism for an image while doing the post and they sent the image without mentioning the necessary credits. Hence the gaffe. My apologies again. I have immediately updated the post with your credits to the image. Still if you have any objection, I will immediately delete the image. I have utmost respect for anybody’s copyright.

  10. You look so charming – and your works are more charming than you.Looking forward to many more good works in the future.God bless you.

      1. I just noticed you had a plan to ride a bicycle around the globe. In 1977 in America (I was 19) I was formulating the same plan. But I have yet to do it. Perhaps next year. 😉 Also I truly enjoy your photography.

      2. Thanks a lot for everything. I was 23 when I started working on this plan. I still miss that feeling. And perhaps anyday in my life till when I am physically capable, I will always keep that wish alive deep inside to embark on that journey of lifetime! But I still don’t know when!

  11. Hi Upendra… You have a lovely blog, and the images are fascinating. Wondering if I can use some of your images both on your facebook page and website, for messages, greetings, etc.

    We will be happy to give you due credit for the same as:

    © Swami Upendra. All rights reserved.

    1. Please let me know about each photo that you select to use because I need to confirm that I hold the copyright for those images, there are few photos that I have sourced from friends and few that I have purchased. I will be able to allow the use of only those photos, that I own.

      Secondly, for all those photos that you take from my blog, credit will be ©vagabondimages But if there are few photos that I need a credit ©Upendra Swami than I will let you know.

  12. Hi Upendra, have you visited the Lakh Bahosi sanctuary recently? Any idea about how one can book accommodation for the same?

    1. Hi
      Not have been to Lakh-Bahosi recently. And knowing the way UP govt takes tourism, I still don’t believe that there would have been any drastic improvement in infrastructure facilities there. Don’t expect anything to stay at Bahosi. Lakh is further ahead and poorer in conditions. Best bet is to stay at Kannauj and take day trips to bird sanctuary. Kannauj has some small hotels and a UP tourism guest house, which can be booked online.

    1. Hi Param, if you are talking about the last image from the Sikkim where I am trying to touch the chilling Lachung-Chu water through my left hand, then it is my old handy-cam (Sony TRV355E), that I am holding. Not using it anymore.

  13. I wish your venture all success, yesterday, Eai Samay has published a report about your venture. I You must be knowing the saqme. I have mailed you the same at your face book page.

  14. You have an awesome blog Swami; look forward to reading many more posts. Very interesting and comprehensive. Thanks for stopping by mine and the follow!

  15. Hi! Visiting your blog after a while now. It’s good to see the variety of posts and the effort you put into them. Let me know if you do cycle/bike around the world. Will cheer you on – after all, what is life without adventures!

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