The last travel series post (The Travel Fanatic) was about how solo traveling had grown on me, currently its my acquired taste. I can travel alone on any given day. Its been a long time since then, and I’ve explored various parts of the country (India). At this point, the only major regions I’m left to touch are the seven sisters in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir. There have been so many experiences to cram into one blog post so here I go with the fourth one.
Over the end of last year, I had covered most of the western Gujarat, starting from Kutch to Dwaraka, Somnath, Diu and Vadodara, to be honest it wasn’t the most pleasant experience in terms of travel. I even had to tackle a few lunatics, but the beautiful sights made it worth all the efforts.
I then utilized my furlough for multiple trips in December. The first was one of the most beautiful experiences was at Andaman with my sister. After struggling for a decent place to stay, we visited various places around Port Blair and Havelock. Despite the memorable time we spent at the pristine beaches and scuba diving, the best part was visiting Baratang island. We passed through a forest populated by the Jarawas and watched them dwell in their territory.
The second part of my furlough was a short trip for a wedding at Hyderabad. I then set off to visit Odisha where I had an amazing time at Konark, Puri and Bhubaneswar. Although I did face a few hiccups at Chilika lake, I would advice a word of caution to anyone going solo there.
This year has been more about the farther destinations, except for a few short trips to Nashik, Gokarna, Murudeshwar and Bhimashankar. In March, I finally visited the costal part of Kerala, i.e. Trivandrum, Alleppey and Cochin. I had an amazing backwaters experience with Zostel where I even made a few cool friends. The same happened at Gokarna.
In April spending a lot of time contemplating on whether I’m ready or not due to my minor injury ( which I almost recovered from), I set out for my longest solo vacation so far for 17 days to Sikkim and West Bengal where I visited Yuksom, Gangtok, Lachen, Lachung, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kolkata. It was nice to hog a few Rasogullas after a long time at Kolkata. Even so, I fell in love with Sikkim. The places were obviously amazing, but it was the people who made the experience much better. I do look forward to going back there someday. After this trip, I only felt stronger and fiercer, and I look forward to traveling more.
So there you go, few more places down, a lot more to go. There’s something about this country and maybe every other that will surprise you at every turn. The more you travel, the more you learn and grow as a person.
Happy travelling !