Friday, 26 December 2014

My 14 Most Stunning Travel Moments Of The Year

2014 has been quite a substantial year for me as a traveller. Despite the financial hiccups, I travelled quite a lot. I discovered quite a few ‘new’ places and also had many offbeat experiences.

So without wasting a minute more, I’m going to list down my most stunning moments from the road this year –

1/Soaking in the bustle at Charminar

Charminar is a charmingly chaotic site in Hyderabad. It’s a place where you will be irked by the crowd around, but will not regret your experience. There is so much to absorb and photograph. I went there in the beginning of the year with an idea of exploring my backyard before heading to far-flung places. It was amazing!



2/Road-tripping from Hyderabad to Bangalore

Travelling from Hyderabad to Bangalore via road was perhaps the first major highlight of the year. The Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway is simply beautiful. In my opinion, the best time to travel on this route is in the months of March and April when the heat is still bearable and the views are rustically gorgeous.


3/Noshing through Bangalore

For a foodie like me, trying different cuisines is also a high. I think I was on an eating spree in 2014. I believe Bangalore is a great place for foodies – from traditional South Indian dishes to all kinds of exotic cuisines, the variety is immense. So, have your pick!

My absolute favourite was the English breakfast at Crème n Crust in Indranagar


4/Making friends on the road

I don’t think I ever built such warm relationships ever before like the way I did this year! I came across many people on my long trip through Sikkim and Darjeeling, and recently in Hampi. Besides my lovely hosts and their acquaintances at various home stays and guest houses, I met quite a few fellow travellers who were great to get along with. We enjoyed conversations over tea and created endearing memories.


5/Trailing through villages

2014 has been a year of villages for me. I explored at least five or six of them – Assam Lingzey Village in East Sikkim, Darap Village and Yuksom in West Sikkim, Lamahatta and Dilaram Village in Darjeeling, and lately Anegundi in Karnataka.



6/Experiencing the Eastern Himalayan way of life

My sojourn in Sikkim and Darjeeling made me have a taste of the Eastern Himalayan way of life – their food choices, beliefs, traditions and culture. It was an experience to eat, drink and laugh with various ethnic groups of the Himalayas – Nepalese, Bhutia, Limboo and Gurung.


7/Staying at a colonial bungalow

Thanks to Goomtee Tea Estate & Resorts for hosting me at their colonial bungalow in Darjeeling. It was definitely an exceptional stay – a quiet vintage resort with the subtle aroma of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea in the air.

You can read the whole story here -- A Taste Of Vintage Era At A Tea Planter’s Bungalow 


8/Taking photos of tribal people

The tribal people of Sikkim are unbelievably gracious. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to take their photos. They wear beautiful jewellery and interesting attires, and their faces are so photographic. No wonder photography gets even more enjoyable and rewarding!



9/Exploring the wild beauty of the Himalayas

I was overwhelmed by the abundance of flowers and wild fruits in almost every corner of Sikkim and Darjeeling. Of course, I was happy as a photographer too. I spent lots of time in practicing bokeh photography.
  

10/Hiking in the rain

I hiked for around four to five hours on a rainy day in Darjeeling. It was an expedition to a lesser-known lake near Kurseong - Bhangzang Salamander Lake. The hike turned out to be even more beautiful because of the mist-clad tea gardens and the soft drizzle through the day.



11/Meeting the beautiful ladies in the tea gardens

I was aware of the delicious taste of the Darjeeling tea, but I didn’t have any idea about the ‘pain’ and ‘tears’ behind it. The women in the fields worked diligently and smiled for my camera without a trace of grievance on their faces. However, it’s a sad irony that the ladies who labour in the tea gardens of Darjeeling to produce the finest and perhaps the most expensive tea in the world are paid a measly amount of INR 90 per day!



12/Catching a fleeting glimpse of Kanchenjunga Mountains

Kanchenjunga range is a rage in Sikkim. Everybody looks at it without blinking their eyes! It is not seen easily during the summers, as it’s misty through the day. You have to get up really early to get its clear view. To be honest, I did not even care much to see it while everybody else kept humming about it. Well, I finally witnessed the splendid range from Lamahatta in Darjeeling, and yes, I was awestruck! 


13/Bicycling through the countryside of Hampi

I bicycled after ages! I was a bit jittery when I started out, but the carefree vibe around put me at ease and I simply enjoyed myself. Many locals along the way waved a ‘hello’ at me, which was amusing as well as friendly. I loved the spontaneity of the trip.



14/Romancing the sunsets of Hampi

I’m going to keep saying this over and over again that Hampi is a place for stunning sunsets and sunrises. I’d say keep everything aside – the ruins, the temples, the boulders and the river, and just surrender to the magical hues in the early morning and towards the twilight.



So what was your most stunning moment from the road in 2014?

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32 comments:

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    1. Thanks Sreesha! :-) I went to some lovely places this year!

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  2. So what was your most stunning moment from the road in 2014?
    I re-checked blog photos to rewind memory to find out most stunning moment from the road in 2014 but yet to find answer. Maybe I can say most stunning moments are when I am driving motorbike within mountains. I like hill roads.

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    1. Absolutely true! Hill roads are the best and if you can ride motorbike, nothing like it!

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  3. Superb post. All images spreading freshness and their description adding another dimension to the overall travel experiencing. Your last post where you mentioned about separate travel fund was a great one too.

    I look forward to have these great travel stories in coming months as well. Have a great New Year 2015 Renuka :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Vishal! :-) Yes, I hope 2015 is even better in terms of travel.

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  4. you had an amazing year! we should plan to meet sometime in 2015 and take a little trip somewhere!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! :-) You have been an amazing fellow blogger! Sure, we will definitely meet. By the way, I'll be in Goa in a couple of days. :-)

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  5. What an incredible year. Your photo of the Kanchenjunga Range is just spectacular. I can't even imagine how amazing it would be to see it in person. I hope someday I have the chance. Also, feasting through Bangalore sounds like my kind of trip! The food sounds SO GOOD!

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    1. That true, Justine! Kanchenjunga is spectacular in real! And yes, feasting through Bangalore was just too good! :-) Thanks so much!

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  6. Stunning post with beautiful pics..:)

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    1. Thanks Pamela! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. Wow thats a awesome year :)
    Miss banglore :(

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  8. out of 15 which one is urs best three :-)

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    1. Sunsets in Hampi, Making friends on all my solo trips and trailing through villages. :-)

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  9. what a wonderful year its been for you Renuka :) I loved going through your colorful pictures and travelogues. hope you have a fabulous 2015 ahead!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pallavi! I'm glad you are back! I'm looking forward to reading your blog! :-)

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  10. Simply wonderful ...all these are moments to cherish for life! Envy you... ;) Jokes apart, thank you for sharing all these travel moments and experiences... they are inspirational. Wish you a very happy new year!

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) Yes, these moments on the road are precious memories.

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  11. I've enjoyed so many of these posts over the past year - thank you for sharing them! I don't remember the Bangalore - Hyderabad highway post though - I love that pic - and really want to make that journey one day :) Happy new year, Renuka!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tim! :-) You have been such a huge support through the year. I hope you checked out that Hyderabad highway post now. :-)

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  12. Haven't done Bengaluru-Hyd by road.. I know it is straight and nice highway but is it very scenic? should try sometime

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    1. Yes, you should try it sometime!

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  13. Fantastic pictures, so many stories in them! Hope your 2015 is even better!

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) Yes, even I hope so!

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  14. What a great year! All the best in 2015. xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Mina! :-) Same to you!

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