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/


  1. dcardiff says:

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


    1. swamiupendra says:

      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. Rahul says:

    I wish your BIKE wishes the same for you!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Yes, it’s my true friend. Likes to support me always!

  3. 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

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Sure, I will visit the blog and certainly have a look at Project O. It seems something of interest to me.

      1. Great I sure hope you do!

  4. Uncle Spike says:

    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. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  5. VisitSiena says:

    Thank you very much following my blog! Happy that you like it! 🙂 what a nice and interesting blog you have !! 🙂

    1. swamiupendra says:

      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. VisitSiena says:

        For sure will come back to your blog ! 🙂

  6. ‘Travel writer’ is one of the best things to be. You are lucky. Will look forward to the other posts.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      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. I just published a post about about my failed attempts to be a writer. So, I think you are living my dream. 😀

      2. swamiupendra says:

        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. 😀

  7. Sai says:

    This is Sai from Rediff.com, can you let me know your email id?

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Hi Sai

      My email id is swamiupendra@gmail.com


  8. Gaurab says:

    You have a really wonderful blog. Hope 20 years hence I do have such great experiences to share. 🙂

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Sure you will have much more to share after twenty years, then me. Its the zeal that matters!! Thanks for the follow, Gaurab!

  9. 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!

  10. maverickbird says:

    Love your blog, my favourite is the Cavalia festival. Thank you for sharing such amazing travel stories.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      my pleasure indeed Svetlana. Hope your words inspires me to travel more and write more!

  11. maverickbird says:

    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

    1. swamiupendra says:

      That sounds great. How can I get more details on Fiazi Safar?

      1. maverickbird says:

        May I please mail them to you

      2. swamiupendra says:

        sure, my email id is swamiupendra@gmail.com

      3. maverickbird says:

        Thank you, will email you the details shortly

  12. 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!!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Indeed, you will love to be here in INDIA. Wish your dream realizes very soon. Hope I can guide you through my blog!

  13. onedustycamel says:

    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. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  14. 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.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Hi Reji

      Thanks a lot for kind words. Hope to keep the expectations and give the best on this blog.

  15. JP Chartier says:

    Hello! I’ve nominated your excellent blog for the Liebster Award! Heres the link to find out more http://wp.me/p4EbDw-5C

    Hope you participate and I look forward to reading your answers.

    JP Chartier (GutterPupAdventures.com)

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot for considering dear.

  16. DK says:

    nice 🙂

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks Dharmendra Bhai!

  17. 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. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  18. thank you,
    I can see the credits now!
    regards & dhanyavad

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Its my pleasure and thanks for the beautiful image of Dangs Darbar.


      उपेंद्र स्वामी

  19. Gyaneshwar Rao says:

    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. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot for so nice words. Hope my posts keep you enjoyed!

  20. brickthomas says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like you have an interesting story along with some great photos. Happy travels!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot for your lovely comments. They mean a lot to me. It was also nice to have a follow back. Hope to keep the hope of good work!

      1. brickthomas says:

        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. swamiupendra says:

        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!

      3. brickthomas says:

        I think we share the same spirit.

      4. swamiupendra says:

        We do.

  21. 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. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  22. bubblezpat says:

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

    1. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  23. param says:

    Awsome! Whats the camera in your hand in the image where you are reaching out for the water?

    1. swamiupendra says:

      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.

  24. SheryL♥ says:

    Here’s to being a free traveler!
    Thanks for the follow!
    More travels! 😉

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot Sheryl. Nice to connect to fellow travellers.

      1. SheryL♥ says:

        My pleasure! 🙂

  25. Sushanta De says:

    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.

  26. Going thru your blog…. Its really awesome. Would love to connect with you someday.

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot for liking!

  27. Faye Q says:

    Hi! Thank you for following my blog. You have a great blog and take incredible photos! Looking forward to more posts 😀 – Faye

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Hi Thanks for follow and appreciating. It inspires me to be more creative and meaningful.

      1. Faye Q says:

        No worries! Looking forward to your posts 🙂

  28. Rashminotes says:

    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!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks a lot Rashmi for nice words, Keeps me motivated. Thanks a ton for the follow back. It always feels nice to make the community bigger.

  29. arv! says:

    Hi! just followed you on Fb and twitter! 🙂

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Thanks dear. I followed back already on twitter!

      1. arv! says:

        Great! Thanks for the follow back! 🙂

      2. arv! says:

        I just read in your about me page that you’re travel editor at publication.. Which publication is that?

  30. 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!

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Short time biking is still own, lets hope the bigger one comes one day!

      1. Sometimes, one loses sight of the small things that give us joy in pursuit of a larger goal. So, keep enjoying the shorter ones and just don’t forget the bigger one. It’ll happen!

      2. swamiupendra says:

        True Vibha. Thanks for inspiring. I will always thrive to make that happen.

  31. You have a really wonderful blog. Hope 20 years hence I do have such great experiences to share..

    1. swamiupendra says:

      I am glad that you liked it. You will certainly have much more to share after 20 years.

  32. Your Blog Was Very Helpuful and Amazing.

  33. Love your blog. Thank you for sharing such amazing travel stories.

  34. Dear traveler,
    I have read your detail article about your travel to Turtuk that it realy great. Do you have some more photos from Yagulung village?
    I am looking for more info about the villages between

    1. swamiupendra says:

      Hi Nikolas! Thanks for dropping by. No I don’t have more photos of Yagulung as we didn’t stop at the village and we just passed through it.

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