When the pandemic was sending shock waves across the country, Muskaan Khubchandani was still focused on pursuing her desires. For starters, the actress flew from Mumbai to Delhi and embarked on a trekking trip to McLeod Ganj. “I was seeking new experiences and to meet new people, so I planned a short trip,” she explains, adding that it took a lot of courage for her to travel during the pandemic.
Trekking is one of Muskaan’s favourite activities. In April, she embarked on a solo backpack trekking, which the actress says was ‘so much fun’.
She chose the destination, however, for another reason, too. “I practice Buddhism and wanted to explore its practices in Dharmshala and in Himachal Pradesh,” Muskan explains, adding that this was her first solo backpack trip in a long time.
According to the actress, the best aspect of trekking is the ability to adapt to the changing weather conditions. “The challenge teaches us adaptability to uncertain circumstances,” she shares. Of course, another major challenge for her was her fear of heights. “I earlier had height phobia but I overcame it, and now I sit on the cliff of the mountains,” she adds with a laugh.
After trekking in the Himalayas, Muskaan embarked on another journey in May — this time, for a month at a health and nature resort called Bhakti Kutir in Goa — a long due trip, as she puts it, in nature’s lap with a campus surrounded by coconut trees.
Incidentally, Bhakti Kutir was where Muskan had done a workshop early this year. It was also then she realised that the place even accommodated people for a stay. Ever since, she’d been craving to go and spend time there, she tells us. “I’m glad that I could finally fulfil my wish,” she says.
While the actress was staying in a safe bubble throughout the month, spending time in the middle of the jungle was refreshing for her, she tells us. For one, she learnt to conquer her fears. “I had a fear of reptiles but with this trip I’ve conquered it. I saw five snakes around my cottage; that’s how raw the place was. Then I indulged in yoga, meditation and workouts in the serene environment,” she shares.
Muskan’s daily routine when at the resort was to wash her clothes, cook food and indulge in a bit of writing. “Doing something for myself at such a serene place was so blissful,” adds the George Reddy star. She apparently even bonded with several creative people during her stay, having met artists, performers, musicians and writers.