I’ve noticed how much I’ve grown as a traveller since my Travel Bug days. Some of the positive effects travelling had bestowed on my personality are: planning trips more efficiently, saving more time, writing blog posts on the go, etc. Now that I think of it, I had written my very first blog post on a train even though it had nothing to do with travelling. During my last post (Travel Enthusiast) I was just gloating over the fact that I had completed a 12-day trip alone. Since then I’ve improved my solo traveller record from three to eight trips out of which six were during this year (still counting).
Since my Aurangabad trip in March, I visited very few places like Ramoji, Nandi Hills and Nagpur. I had taken a break from travelling over the summer. Once the monsoon had set in it was a series of plans that I executed one after the other. Some of them were decided way in advance, and many of them were random.
Over the recent past, I had set foot in two states that I had never been to; first being Gujarat that I have partly explored ( Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Patan ) and Madhya Pradesh where I had earlier been to Bhopal, Sanchi, Bhimbetka, Ujjain, Indore and Omkareshwar, I have now completely explored it after my latest trip to Khajuraho and Gwalior. I also stopped by Orchha and Jhansi, although the two places don’t fall under Madhya Pradesh.
One of my major trips in the past few months was when I went for a trek in Uttarakhand. I explored Dehradun, Mussoorie, Joshimath, Badrinath, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Although the Garhwal and Kumaon regions have a lot more amazing places to offer, I’m sure I’ll be back there for more.
Like last year, I again stopped at all the major cities, Hyderabad twice, Bangalore (oops; I lost count, but I made numerous stops here), Delhi (twice again) and once to Chennai. I somehow couldn’t make it to Mumbai this time, I guess you do take what closer to you for granted, although I’ll definitely make a stop there next month.
I also carefully scrutinised all available modes of transportation to cover places like Kodaikanal, Chennai, Vizag and Nagpur, which were all definitely not very close to Pune over just two days. Although, okay, Nagpur wasn’t that far, and Chennai was a flight away, but the other two were a challenge.
So here it is, I’ve been following my heart and doing what it tells me to without procrastinating too much, and I hope you’re all doing the same. Do look into my last two posts in this series, and I cannot wait to be back to share stories about my journeys.