Travel

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain

Growing up, travel meant visiting our grandparents or relatives and spending time with them. Sight-seeing was only an afterthought and was always done in a by-the-way manner in the cities they were based in.

By the time I started working, both sets of grandparents had passed away, relatives had been scattered all over the globe, and my older siblings were married with their own families. My parents and I still travelled, but now it was with the intention to explore, experience and enjoy new places. Travel began taking an entirely new meaning.

The first non-family trip I undertook was to Vellore, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry and Chennai in May 1996 with a friend and a Kodak point-and-click film camera. The next trip  was travelling down India’s West Coast from Honnavar (Karnataka) to Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). It was a trip that saw the itinerary evolving as we travelled. Then, it was a trip to Santiniketan and Kolkata… and so on.

Over the years, travel has become a fun break from routine, a stress-buster, a history lesson, an opportunity to meet new people, a university of learning, a spiritual experience, and much more than can be put in simple words.

Travel has been a re-affirmation of life itself as each trip, and photograph taken during my travels have revealed.

INDIA: Andhra Pradesh

INDIA: Goa

INDIA: Gujarat

INDIA: Himachal Pradesh

INDIA: Karnataka

INDIA: Maharashtra

INDIA: Rajasthan

INDIA: Tamil Nadu

INDIA: Uttar Pradesh

ITALY: Milan

SWITZERLAND

UNITED KINGDOM: England & Wales

Museum Treasure: I love museums and I make it a point to visit the museums in the places that I travel to. If the museums are interactive and allow me to photograph their exhibits, particularly their more unusual ones, then they become my best friends. This series is about the exhibits that caught my eye.

Travel Shot: This is a photographic series, which showcases an interesting moment from my travels. They could be a monument, a mood, or a person or something else altogether.

A few independent surveys/studies have put this blog in the list of top travel blogs in India. You can read more of that here, herehere and here. :-D

PS: I write because I travel. I do not travel to write. Just saying. :-)

15 thoughts on “Travel

  1. It is really wonderful that you have traveled so many places. Nice description of the places. As you love to travel, here is a website http://www.mygreatstay.com which is a travel portal listing homestays across India. It is a very good guide to mostly unexplored locations in India with a very good information on sightseeing places.

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  2. I cannot believe I have never come across your blog before. Bookmarking your page. You are living my dream. :)

    I would love to write like you.

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    • Hello Chitra, welcome to “My Favourite Things” and thank you for stopping by and commenting. Lovely to meet a fellow traveller here. But unlike you, I have a full-time job and not really free in that sense. My travels, though not always spur of the moment, are also not planned too much in advance. I will keep in mind your offer to join me. Would you also like me to recommend some really good travel groups?

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  3. Hi sudhagee, I am really excited to get yr response. As suggested, please recommend me to some travel groups. I would love to join them . As and you plan to south india, please do inform me. I will definetly be of some use and helpful to you. thanks a lot for replying me, I am honoured.

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