The Black Hole Travels: Calmness in Kashmir / by Calvin Seah

 Images by Amiera Raushan - - Words by Syafiqah J.

It has only been a week since Amiera Raushan is back from Kashmir, India but she is already missing the tranquility back there. Our marketing manager spent a week away from the office to capture the beauty of the Kashmir Valley and to simply rejuvenate in an unfamiliar setting; an essential drive for a creative person to come up with fresh new ideas. We sat down with this travel junkie to find out more about the tales behind the breathtaking shots she took.

Tell us more about your one week itinerary.  

I stayed in a boathouse on a lake (yup, I know right). Trekked for three days straight to three different mountains -- Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmag. Rode a horse. Took the cable car. Skied and sleighed. Oh, I had the time of my life. 

Why was Kashmir, India part of your travel bucket list? 

My mission was seemingly simple: I was in spirited pursuit of travel, adventure, and new cultural experiences. Sounds amazing, right? Sure. Easy? Not really. Worth it? Without a doubt.  Every day, I spend too much time contemplating where my next adventure would be. One of the many countries I've dreamt of travelling to was India. Kashmir, especially, was one of the many destinations which I've always wanted to visit - for its beautiful mountains, people and food. Travelling is a therapy. It calms me. Kashmir calmed me. 


Life is so simple there. No one was busy with their phones or any electronic gadget. They truly appreciate nature, it made me happy.


Share with us one unforgettable incident that happened during your trip.

Unforgettable? Definitely how beautiful inside and out people are out there. Honestly, it’s the humans I’ve met throughout my travels that have made my trips unforgettable. 

For this particular trip, I was reminded of the simple joys in life. I played cricket with a group of boys aged 21-24 and played catch with a few girls. I had so much fun with the Kashmiris. Life is so simple there. No one was busy with their phones or any electronic gadget. They truly appreciate nature, it made me happy.    

When you're out of your comfort zone, you get to feel deeply about everything. You are able to understand and feel grateful with what you have - a support system called family, food on your table and simply coming home to a roof on your head. I was different from the locals but they welcomed me with open arms. Everyone treated me as if I was part of their family.  It was completely heart-warming.

We know you love to travel so what is one travel essential that you cannot leave without?

Suncreeeeeeen and any sort of camera, of course!