About Me

” I haven’t been to everywhere. I didn’t do everything. But it’s on my list. “

I’ve formatted this about section in Q & A format for easy navigation and readability.

Who are you? and What do you do? 

My name’s Darpan Dodiya. I’m a Software Engineer. At 24 yrs now, too old to be called teen and too young to be called an uncle. 😃

I did my Bachelors in Computer Science from a state university in Gujarat. Right after my graduation, in 2016, I joined a startup, Pervacio Inc in Hyderabad, India.

In mid of 2018, I moved to Raleigh, USA to pursue Master’s degree and to explore new places, people and opportunities. I have joined NC State University’s Computer Science program.

Please have a look at my recent Instagram AMA too. A fun way to learn more of me. This interview with a travel blog is another resource.

At Tagaytay Volcano, Philippines

Cool! What else do you do?

As much as I love computers, I love travelling 5x more. I prefer travelling to relatively unknown places and write about them here on this site. Primary list of my interests include,

  • Photography/film making
  • Traveling
  • Blogging
  • Stock markets
  • Computers, programming and technology
Darpan Dodiya Goa Cover Photo
At Arambol, Goa

When I get tired of all the gadgets, I run away to distant places!

What about this website?

When I was pursuing my Bachelor’s, I had plenty of free time and a flock of ideas that I wanted to share.

On one bright sunny day of August 2014, I published my first post.

Eventually as I continued writing, website turned into a hub to share travel experiences, cool projects I work on, photography showcase and what not!

Any stats of website?

I never expected that so many people would read my posts.

After a month of my first blog post, Google started ranking my website for various keywords. As I kept writing more high quality articles, the ranking kept improving. At one of the peak times, the website had over 200,000 pageviews/month.

At the time of this update (March 2019), I am not as active as earlier years due to other responsibilities. On an average, I get over 100,000 pageviews/month.

The travel category accounts for more than 90% of the traffic.

A photography session in Downtown Raleigh, United States

Interesting. How to contact you?

Pretty easy. Just head over to this: Contact page and you shall find a way.

Are you on social networks?

Yep.  Here’re some profiles. If you decide to connect, please drop a message saying that you’ve found me from this page:

Do you make money from this website?

Yes, I do.

Enough to cover web hosting charges and enough to cover an international trip a year.

If you’re vigilant, you may have noticed that I do not have any Google Ads or any other advertisements running on this website. You’re right. I used to place Google Ads, they were earning me decent money. But I felt that because of the ads, the user experience wasn’t top notch. Also who likes ads, right?

So I removed all distracting ads and have found other means to monetize my views.

  1. Reply


    August 21, 2020

    Hello Darpanji,

    I went through your details given by you on south Gujarat and it’s quite interesting. I need your small help. Can you connect me with any good guide for that area to explore.

    Kind Regards
    Sanket Shah

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 22, 2020

      Hello Mr Shah,

      Unfortunately I do not know any guide in Dangs area. I remember seeing a page of Gujarat Tourism where they list all guides in Gujarat. Not sure how updated or useful that list would be, but you may want to try it out.

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    April 16, 2020


    Great work with the website, since you are studying abroad? Wanted to ask if you have heard for GyanDhan’s Admit Predictor? If yes, how reliable is the outcome of that tool.

    Here is the link for your reference: https://www.gyandhan.com/admit-predictor

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      April 18, 2020

      Thanks Suresh for sharing the tool. I have graduated already and started full time job now.

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    Milan Bamaniya

    May 30, 2019

    Hello Darpan Dodiya SIR,

    First i decided to starting conversation, as of my side there is no need of greeting as i thought, but later again i thought, the way you are doing your degree completion and the way u made website is not pretty good.

    Its very very pretty good the content you given, the way u written and everything i liked.

    owk, sorry i wrote many things but all are meaningless and apart from what i need to ask u so i directly come to the point that,
    My name is milan and i am pursing my MSc in Information Technology,
    i just wanted to need some knowledge, ideas and related to this feild some resources thats it sir.

    Hope you get some time to message me or reply over here [email protected] or +918156050306.

    Thank you very much.
    Have a nys day.

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      Darpan Dodiya

      June 1, 2019

      Hey Milan,

      Thanks for the kind words. If you have any specific questions, you can contact me via visiting contact page on this website. Wish you all the best for your career!

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    August 28, 2018

    Well, it’s mystery how did i reach your site.. Apparently, planning to visit India this December and came across this site while searching about Ajwa Nimeta Gardens.. Lot of Info and posts here.. Liked the way you have created! Impressed by the amount of work and information shared here! Good luck and Keep going all the way from NZ 🙂

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      Darpan Dodiya

      August 30, 2018

      Hi Mona,

      That’s great to hear! 😊

      Co-incidently, your comment has made a round around the world. You’re in NZ, you commented on pages related to IN and I’m typing this sitting in US right now 🙌

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    August 3, 2018

    Hi glad to stop by your site
    I am too Gujarati based at surat and travel blogger.you can check my website.
    I found good information on your blog.
    I am travelling to hyderabad on 20/9/18 ,..would love to catch up..drop mail if so
    and let me introduce to nooks and corners of hyderabad
    happy travelling! keep inspiring!

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      Darpan Dodiya

      August 4, 2018

      Hey Mayuri

      Just checked your website. Superb and in depth content!

      I wish I could’ve joined you in Hyderabad..I am moving to USA by next week.

      Have a happy journey and happy Biryani 🙂

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    Padmanabh Vora

    October 21, 2017

    Hi Darpan,

    Its so relieving to find a Gujarati writing a detailed travelogue for places of Gujarat. I am travelling via Surat to Tithal and Saputara. Just as a background research, was checking out options nearby. And found your blog. I feel gujarat has so much to offer for tourism but its under-rated, and unexplored. But once this will be explored, it will turn out to be nuisance. The exoticism of such places are ruined once they are hailed by popular tourists. You know what I mean!

    Just dropped by to acknowledge your blog. Loved the way of presentation. A bit of more details like maps, how to get there, cost, activities that can be done would definitely enrich this blog.

    Thanks for being here.

    Padmanabh Vora.

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      Darpan Dodiya

      October 21, 2017

      Hello Mr Vora,

      Thank you so much for dropping by. Glad to see your thoughts on the blog.

      Appreciate your feedback about addition of more content details such as Google Maps integration. I have added to my future To-Do list. Due to circumstances, I have tight schedule till this year end. After transitioning to 2018, I have planned to add details of multitudinous places.

      I reckon your point of prominent places getting ruined by excessive amount of tourists. Been there, seen it. As an exception though – most, if not all, of the Dang area tourism places have managed to sustain the balance between popularity and serenity.

      Feel free to send across any further feedback or suggestions. Would love to hear.

      Happy Journey!


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    Jemish Patel

    September 18, 2017

    Hello Mr. Darpanbhai i have to go many places in dang or ahva.
    First i have see your blog page nd all places and its photos thank you so much for your blogs.
    It is very helpful to go this places i loved this all places i have also like to travelling to unknown places. Thank you so much

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      Darpan Dodiya

      September 24, 2017

      Hello Jemishbhai,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Happy to see my writeups helping a enthusiastic traveller like you.

      I might have missed one or two places in my articles. If you unravel a new place, please drop a message. I will post photos and details about the place here on blog to help fellow travelers.

      Happy Day,

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    sangramsinh parmar

    August 24, 2017

    Hi Darpan,
    I am very impressed by the stuff you have written and the way you systematically and nicely compile information. It is very rare these days to find people who do things “properly”.
    Very very well done – keep it up.
    I shall keenly follow your travels; especially in Dangs; i too am a great fan of that region, but unfortunately have not been able to travel too much there.
    Cheers !!

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      Darpan Dodiya

      August 24, 2017

      Hello Mr Parmar!

      Thank you very very much! 🙂

      You’re the first one to notice that organization of content. I painstakingly try to be as organized as I can.

      Thank you again.

      If you have any constructive feedback, please let me know. Will be happy to hear.

      Let me know if you need any help in travelling to Dangs. Coincidentally, right now I’m in train. Taking break from Hyderabad and going home (Vansda – near Dangs) to enjoy the greenery. 🙂

      Cheers! 🍻

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    Mukesh Tank

    July 20, 2017

    Hello Darpan,

    Had been to Padamdungri some few years back, but the visit was just a flash. However I like the place very much and was thinking to be there. Was doing some web search and found your blog. Very much impressive. Would like to be in touch with you as we share the same passion. I stay in Mumbai (Mira Road) and am Company Secretary by profession.

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      Darpan Dodiya

      July 21, 2017

      Hello Mr Tank,

      Happy to see your message, thanks for stopping by here.

      I will get in touch over your email.


Darpan Dodiya
Raleigh, NC, USA

Hi! I'm Darpan. 24 yr old Software Engineer, now pursuing Masters in Computer Science at NC State University, USA. This is my personal blog to share my interests in travelling, photography, programming and life. Glad to see you here, have a look around the website, you'll enjoy. Drop a comment or reach out to me or get connected via links below. Have a good day! :)