The Making of Fiazi Safar

It all started from 2014 - Nitesh Square did two penniless journeys in India and Southeast Asia. In 2014, he travelled from Mumbai to New Delhi without carrying any cash or cards on him and in 2015 he travelled across Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam with carrying money on him (took VISAs in advance). The idea was to see three things. First how does he feels when someone refuses to help us. Does it hurt his ego, if he feels insulted or gets insecure whether he gets angry, what's his tolerance level? Second, he also wanted to see people's reaction when he tells them, "He got no Money". Third, how much of a leap of faith do people put in strangers in today's times?

For Fiazi Safar 2016: Nitesh thought it is time for him to give back to the world after the world helped him for two years consecutively during his penniless journeys. In 2016, Nitesh travelled for more than 15000 Kilometers around India on his Royal Enfield and collected hugs from thousands of people, clicked their pictures, printed and gifted them those pictures. All the cities he visited, he stood with a board which read as  "Give a hug and get a free picture clicked".

July 3, 2017

Please meet one of first four humans who gave me hugs in Atlanta. They were kind to share their time & knowledge about the city and their vibes made me feel amazing about life. In the middle of our conversations, I realized that the printer is low on ink and I was not...

April 22, 2015

The attitude is coming in the kids. It’s the sign of good change. Shot this picture couple of days back in Phnom Penh. 

The first time when I visited Cambodia was in November 2012. Since then lot of things have changed for good. The city is developing. More industries a...

April 21, 2015

Phnom Penh | Cambodia

One of the nights in Phnom Penh, I met Caroline at a roof top bar. As the world knows I love French people and whenever I get an opportunity to meet them I feel something different. I shared about my journey with her and I could see from the smile...

April 20, 2015

Sometimes obstacles changes your plans for good. Don’t worry and go the with glow.

April 18, 2015

Day 4 | 18th April 2015

This morning at Phnom Penh International Airport, I met Rachel Krafchow in the Immigration queue and we briefly introduce each other. After collecting the baggage when I was ready to walk towards the city (my destination was 15 kilometers away),...

September 8, 2014

On the 10th day of my journey, I met had breakfast with a dear friend Lissa Chazot’s grandmother. Lissa arranged for one of my night stay in Ahmedabad at her family house.

As I woke up on 21st August morning, the grandmother made me tea and shared following stories with...

August 24, 2014

Day 13 | 24th August 2014 – Part 1

After spending night at Palanpur Circuit House, I started walking towards my hometown – Jalore (Rajasthan) – to meet my family. Jalore was not in my route but I realised that I might not able to visit them during Diwali (One of the big...

August 22, 2014

Today is Day 11 of the penniless hitchhiking journey from Mumbai to Delhi. I am currently sitting at Seva Cafe – a place which changed my life few years back and I will write about Seva Cafe soon. But for now let me share with you about a man who scared me on the night...

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His journey

Nitesh is a Photographer, Writer, Speaker and Traveller. He believes that his art should as many as possible without any monetary hurdles. In early 2009, he started experimenting with his camera and by the end of the same year he had become a Professional Photographer. He still calls Photography his Passion not his profession. He based in Mumbai, India but travel all over the world for the love of art.


Prior to Photography, Nitesh was a Journalist for The Indian Express and DNA in India. He is currently based out of Mumbai but travels through Asia and around the create memories. Once in a year he does Fiazi Safar; which means he travels thousands of miles without carrying any money on him to experience the World of Humility or travel thousands of miles to spread happiness by collecting hugs & gifting pictures. The idea is to see how does one feel on denial of help? Does it hurt our ego, do we feel insecure, do we get angry and what is our tolerance level. Also to see how people react to a stranger with empty pockets. In todays day and age, how easy is it to put faith in strangers?


For his Photography, he follows the Giftivism philosophy which means "Pay from your heart, Pay what you can, Pay it forward”, which essentially means your assignment charges are already paid by someone else in the past and in order to continue this cycle of art and giving, you pay whatever your heart says. This philosophy hasn't allied him since April 2012 and it continues to give him spiritual satisfaction further on.




6th June 2017 to 4th September 2017 | Travelling across USA for 12000+ kilometers to collect hugs and gift pictures

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