2015 has been a spectacular year in terms of travel! Larger than life and a shot at the stars with 4 trips in one year.. I have always been a backpacker at heart, and in my opinion the best way to make use of a 3-4 day long weekend is to go travelling! Not only does it add one more place to your list of conquests but also refreshes you- all ready to take on the rest of the year!
2015 saw a variety of stories unfolding as I travelled to Pondicherry to scuba, Sri Lanka to explore, Middle East to unwind and Rann of Kutch to simply be amazed; I believe that you’re doing it right if you’re today is better than your yesterday, and one must strive consistently towards building a larger future than one may think possible. I am expecting to be surprised with last minute impulsive plans yet again in 2016, and I am super excited about some travel destinations that are absolutely on my mind!
Hampi has been on my mind for a long time now. Partly because of the reviews I have received from some of my friends who have recently visited, but majorly because I’m an out and out History buff! I can only imagine the incredible feeling of being amongst age old ruins which were once witness to the grandeur and rise of the Vijayanagara empire! The ruins were once the seat the champion city of Vijayanagara and I believe the ruins hold far more secrets than visible to the naked eye. Star gazing, and looking up at an incredible sky from the seat of an equally incredibleruin city would be surreal, and I definitely intend to visit Hampi and i expect Magic!
The prospect of travelling to Sikkim through Bagdogra or Siligudi gives me goosebumps! Sikkim wears the crown in the North Eastern part of India and is home to glaciers, alpine meadows and monasteries. Having been to Bhutan and Ladakh before, I am aware of the enchanting effect a monastery is capable of having on one, and I cannot wait to fall in love again! My plan is to spend more time in Lachung and Pelling, closer to the heart of mother nature and then visit Gangtok for some mandatory capital time. A visit to lake Tsongmo, that is highly revered by the locals and magically changes color with changing seasons will make me a happy soul this year.
3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
I have always been a beach bum, I can affirmatively state this about myself. Nothing better than soaking in the sun and watching the sun go down on the vast expanse of water to give you company. The best conversations with yourself happen along the sea side for me, and I am looking forward to some divine time in the Andamans, Lakshadweep or Maldives. Budget travel requires early planning and keeping in mind upcoming holidays and travel time to get to these gems, I think Andamans would be my top pick simply because of how exotic it is, a delicate archipelago furiously holding its own against the raging Indian ocean. yes, its my Top pick 🙂
Langkawi, the rainforests of Malaysia! Comprising a larger part of Malaysia and rich in biodiversity, this is the perfect place to unwind! Cave diving, Cable car and sky bridges, rainforest trekking are just a few things to start with! Flights to Langkawi may be as reasonable as 22000/- INR return if early and scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts, prepare to be amazed at the “Jewel of Kedah”! The 99 islands together offer a dip into the universal currents and with this, year 2016 is definitely slated for a win!
Some pictures from my trips in 2015!