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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Naldehra – An ideal location for nature lovers

This week’s winner, Ashita Goel, is a hodophile, who aspires to become a travel journalist



“Naldehra is a beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh, covered with stunning natural scenery and tranquil surroundings,” mentioned Ashita Goel, a student with School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), at Apeejay Stya University (ASU), Gurugram, in her scholar-journalist article. In the article, she had penned her experience of visiting this hill station with her family. The family had planned a trip to this beautiful place to celebrate Ashita’s birthday. And this vacation turned out to be one of her favourites and most memorable ones.

When Apeejay Newsroom interviewed the budding journalist, she narrated her fondness for travelling and her aspiration to explore the world of travel journalism in the future. Read edited excerpts:

Are you fond of travel writing? 

Yes, I am fond of writing on travel. Penning down the amazing scenarios in the form of an article gives me a lot of happiness – it’s like reliving the moment. Moreover, the things I experience in my travel journey might amaze other readers. 

What kind of travel articles do you enjoy  reading and writing about?

I enjoy reading about the mountainous regions and the thrilling activities we may engage in there. Being a lover of adventure, I am keen to explore new adventure places. I like to write about the places which I have visited personally so I can elaborate what my eyes perceive. 

What inspires you to write on travel?

As a writer, I enjoy writing after being inspired by a location’s beauty. The serenity my eyes experience motivates me to write it down.

Share your first ever travel experience.

My first travel experience was when I visited Fagu, a village in Himachal Pradesh. Over there, I did paragliding and river rafting. It always takes me back to nostalgia.

We are sure that you love to travel. Does it involve going to historical places as well? 

Yes, I just enjoy travelling. I also intend to have solo travel in the future. As of now, I have not been to any location that has any historical significance.

You being a journalism student, experiential writing is key. What are your other learnings from traveling that are helping you in journalism?

I encounter a variety of people with differing perspectives while travelling. I encounter people from different cultures, speaking different languages.To put it briefly, I like to explore diversity. All of this enables me to develop many perspectives, which enable me to write an article on any subject including multiple aspects.

Do you wish to become a travel journalist in the future?

Yes, I’d love to work as a travel journalist someday. As a naturally curious person, travelling, meeting people from various cultures, and learning about their traditions all of these thrill me greatly.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.