Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Where Am I Going Next?


Although it’s exciting to talk about one’s travel plans, I find it a little inappropriate. And thus, I am writing this post after a lot of mulling over and a bit of hesitation. I always maintain that I am a spontaneous traveller, and most of the time I don’t choose my destinations. I travel as and when it’s possible. But, I am consciously making a change this year – an upward change in my travel life.

As I have said before that I am still struggling money-wise and it’s not really rosy to be a freelancer, travelling frequently is a difficult choice for me. Nevertheless, my courage, determination and passion to live my dream will take me to many new places this year. As long as you want to do something, money does come along sooner or later.

So, here come my travel plans for the year ahead –

Gujarat

I am going to Gujarat this month! I had got intrigued about Bhuj last year and wanted to make it there in October, but that didn’t work out for me. Anyway, I am finally going there. Before I head to Kutch, I hope to explore a bit of Ahmedabad, too. I have heard that it’s currently one of the most liveable cities in India. So, I am really curious to feel its vibe. I chose Kutch to be my main destination in Gujarat, because I am avidly keen to unravel its rustic life. One of my favourite movies, Lagaan has played a big role in enticing me to travel to Bhuj. Let’s see to what level the reality matches up to my fantasy.

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Panchgani 

I don’t just want to visit Panchgani as a traveller, but it’s also very much needed that I get acquainted with it. I wrote a novella four years back (I can’t believe it’s been that long!), which is set in Panchgani and thus, I want to visit it to be able to give my story a more realistic touch. So, Panchgani will be more of a writing break for me.

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Kashmir      

My Kashmir trip is long overdue and now I really want to get done with it. I am hoping to make it there in April or May. I was supposed to be there last year in the summer right after my Darjeeling trip, but it couldn’t happen. I was trying to hit too many goals together and all of it seemed too far-fetched at that time. I realised that Kashmir needs a lot of research and planning. Oh yes, I have my eyes on good flight deals!

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Ladakh  

I really wish Ladakh is off my bucket-list this year! I have read, heard and seen so much about it virtually that I feel deprived as a traveller and as a photographer. I want to go there primarily for the landscapes. I am waiting to squeal like a child at the first glimpse of the divine land called Ladakh. Ah! I am planning to combine Kashmir and Ladakh. I want to head to Kashmir first and then take a road trip to Ladakh. Does that sound like a good idea?

Also, I might look out for some nice Ladakh Tour Packages.

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Jaipur, Pushkar and Chittorgarh

I am dying to revisit Rajasthan during the monsoons this year! It is my ultimate favourite destination in India. However, I will consciously avoid going to the places that I have been before and explore some new ones, such as Jaipur, Pushkar and Chittorgarh. But I am flexible with my plans. I want to keep it spontaneous and just follow my heart wherever it leads me.

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So that’s about it. I don’t have anything on my mind for autumn as of now. All I can say is that there is going to be a big surprise for me and for my readers towards the end of the year. 

What about you? Tell me one destination that you are determined to tick off in 2015?

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49 comments:

  1. Hope your dreams are fulfilled this year. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Indrani :-) I wish you the same!

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  2. Selections are pretty interesting Renuka! Only doubt will be about Panchgani which has got madly crowded and does not feel like a hill station any more. Not sure if it will meet your imagination/expectations. Kashmir and Ladakh are must visit, simply mesmerizing! Here are some of my photos of these places https://www.flickr.com/photos/chandan_p/sets

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    1. I will steer clear of touristic Panchgani and choose a secluded place to stay. Yes, Ladakh and Kashmir are surely must-visit destinations!

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  3. Thumbs up for ladakh and kashmir! :)

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    1. Thanks Khushmit! :-) Ladakh and Kashmir would be a dream come true.

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  4. I hope you get to visit all the places and many more :) my wish list for 2015 is to visit korea to see the cherry blossoms , tioman island in malaysia for some family time and bintan in Indonesia :)

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    1. Thanks Pallavi! Your travel wishlist sounds wonderful, too. Never heard of Bintan! :-) All the best for your travels in 2015!

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  5. You make me so inspired to get back to India and see more! The only places I've been on your list are Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pushkar, which I loved to bits - I'm dying to go back and see more of beautiful Gujarat so I will have to live vicariously through your posts for now. Myanmar is the country at the top of my wishlist at the moment and I have plans to head there in April, can't wait!

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    1. Christie, it would be great to have you back in India! Myanmar sounds interesting. All the best for your travels in 2015!

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  6. Good choices. Rajasthan is on my list for this year.

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    1. Thanks Arun :-) Rajasthan is incredible! All the best for your travels in 2015!

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  7. All of these places sound incredible. It looks like you're going to have a pretty amazing year in terms of travel! Kashmir is definitely a place I would love to visit. Ha, I wish I could be as organized as you. I don't even know where I'm going to be living in six months, let alone traveling ;) Well, I can't wait to follow along on your adventures this year!

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    1. You know Justine, when you are short on money, you learn to become organized. I was never this organized! But I have to now if I want to travel. :-)

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  8. Best wishes Renuka ! These are all incredibly beautiful and exciting places.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ramakrishnan! Yes, they are! :-)

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  9. Wish you good luck for your travel plans Renuka and I hope your freelancing work get more assignments.

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    1. Thanks so much, Vishal! :-) I hope so, too.

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  10. Oh, Renuka, they all look so wonderful! I really hope you get to visit them all. Or at the very least, Ladakh, I, too, have been mesmerized by the landscape shots I've seen there, and if I can't make it soon (I will, I know), well anyway, at least I can read it on your site!

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    1. Thanks Linda! :-) I am so thrilled about Ladakh! I will be glad to write about it on my blog soon.

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  11. Ladakh is also on our list for this year - it looks marvellous! The one place I really want to make it to this year is Japan. I've been dreaming of it for years!

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    1. Oh, Japan would be wonderful! :-) The best part is that it's still not too hogged by tourists.

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  12. Such incredible places, all of them! Hope you get to visit all these and more, in 2015. :) You may have visited them already but if not, you could consider adding Bundi and Ajmer to your Rajasthan plans, and Chhota Rann of Kutch to Gujarat. Have a fantastic, travelsome year!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I will consider going to Bundi and Ajmer, too. Of course, the Little Rann of Kutch is already on my itinerary.

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  13. Sounds like an amazing adventure is unfolding ahead of you. Good luck with your book writing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cez! Yes, I am looking forward to a great year!

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  14. That's a really lovely bucket list covering natural and architectural places from north, west and central India. Panchgani is really nice and we found it better than Mahabaleshwar during our visit in Jan. Do try Horse riding there and check out Amir Khan's palan khet of Raja Hindustani. I suggest you visit Gujarat in end February and check out full moon on 5th march at Rann. Our bucket list includes Andamans this year.

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    1. Wow, Andamans would be wonderful! I have already booked my Gujarat tickets, so can't change my plans. Anyway, it will still be fun. Thanks for inspiring me for Panchgani.

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  15. Gujrat is in my wish list too for 2015 !

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    1. That's great! When are you planning to go there? All the best!

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  16. I wanted to say big thanks for writing this post. Your blog seems to be really interesting and useful. The tips mentioned in the blog enable to achieve success within a short period!

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  17. That sounds like an amazing list to tick! And wow! so, you have written a novella?! AWESOME!

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    1. Yup, and I hope to polish my novella in the picturesque setting of Panchgani. :-)

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  18. Rajasthan and Ladakh is in our list too and you will fall in love with Kashmir :) Hope you tick off all this and many more :) :)

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) Yes, I really hope to tick off all these and many more!

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  19. Wonderful list, Renuka. Tick them off soon. :)

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  20. Ladakh for me!!! I'm dying to go there!! :) Safe travels!

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    1. Thanks Tim :-) Yes, Ladakh is like a dream for travelers.

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  21. Ladakh & cherrapunji tops my list. Even mentioning these places gives me an adrenalin rush.

    You may also consider including Kumbalgarh in your Rajasthan trip, If you haven't been there already.

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    1. Where is Cherrapunji? Yes, I will try to visit Kumbalgarh too! Thanks, and all the best to you for you travels!

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  22. It's in meghalaya and is a paradise for trekkers.

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  23. All good destinations for sure. You will LOVE Chittorgarh. Victory is mine, tower that is :-) @Shubham took the words out of my mouth...if possible, you might swing by Kumbalgarh. It's fascinating and only a fraction of it is full of tourists. There is a Jain temple far off the path within the fort walls that rivals Ranakpur.

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    1. Thanks so much for your recommendation, Chris! I am keen for both Chittorgarh and Kumbalgarh!

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  24. Hi Renuka..really enjoyed going through your blogs and photographs..glad to see a passionate traveler like you...I am from the north eastern state of Assam and have been travelling in India and abroad for the last 10 years..I am more inclined towards exploring the himalayas so haven't explored much of south India as much as the north..I have been to Ladakh and Zanskar quite a few times so if you need any help on your travel plans I would be glad to help you...Another destination which I would recommend for solo travel is Bhutan..I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and warmth of the people..its a hidden paradaise..I was there last month and my itinerary included farm stay in Phobjika, a day hike in phobjika valley and a hike to the Tiger's nest monastry in Paro...you can check out my album here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/bivash/sets/72157650146768964/...keep travelling and sharing..cheers!

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    1. Thanks Bivash! :-) Bhutan is also on my wish-list, but I'm not sure when would I get a chance to go there. Sure, will check out your album.

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    2. Travelling solo in India is not easy, especially for a girl..kudos for doing so many trips..

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    3. In fact, it is a joy to travel alone in India. People are not as bad as they are made out to be! Yes, one has to be careful all the time.

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  25. Renuka, Great Show, Hats off to you, U made a wonderful story, But i feel travelling in India alone specially a Girl it little tough but hats off to you, keep sharing such nice travel stories, People like us get motivated and my wife as well decided to travel as a Solo traveller to Singapore , she has already booked one singapore package from bangalore

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