Travel Tales

They say travel broadens the mind. If that is the case, my mind must be really broad by now. Although my surface travels have been limited primarily to India, in my mind I have traveled far and wide to regions known and unknown. This is in honour of all the trips I’ve made, all the people who have accompanied me, and all those I’ve met during these trips.

I didn’t travel much before my marriage. I started keeping a record of my travels even later, after my baby was born in 2000. Here are a few of my travel tales and my travel logs.

TRAVEL TALES

A Birthday Celebration in Nainital - This year my birthday falls on a weekend, so we are going out of town to celebrate. My husband votes for his favorite destination, Saat Taal. I give in a little half heartedly since our last trip was also to Saat Taal. Then while browsing for accommodation online, I notice that the KMVN guesthouse atContinue reading "A Birthday Celebration in Nainital"
A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram - The original plan was to go to Bangalore, then Alleppy district in Kerala, then Chennai, and finally to Puducherry (Pondicherry). Sounds like a weird plan, I know, but the primary purpose was to visit family and took into account various people’s availability. Puducherry was the only place that we were planning to visit for touristyContinue reading "A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram"
A Memorial for a Memorial? - I have seen a lot of memorials. In Delhi, it is difficult to walk a kilometre without stumbling upon a memorial or two. But a memorial for a memorial? Overkill, isn’t it? But when you get to know the circumstances, it seems quite justified. The Great Ocean Road, a 234-kilometre long road along the south-eastern coastContinue reading "A Memorial for a Memorial?"
A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay - Previous – Kennet River Apollo Bay is a picturesque seafood village along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Tranquil beaches with great surfing options are the highlights of this coastal town. Though quieter and smaller than nearby Lorne, Apollo Bay is now a popular tourist place as most Great Ocean Road tour buses, likeContinue reading "A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay"
At Kennet River - Previous – Anglesea | Next – Apollo Bay After our stop at Anglesea for coffee, the next stop was about an hour later at Kafe Koala, Kennet River. Our driver guide said that we are bound to spot a koala or two here so we set out after him along a side path near KafeContinue reading "At Kennet River"
Coffee at Anglesea - Angelsea is a small, picturesque town in Victoria, Australia. Located on the Great Ocean Road, it is usually the first stop for those on the Grand Ocean Road bus tour. As Anglesea is about 1.5-hour’s drive from Melbourne, it comes up at just about the right time for you to get out of the bus,Continue reading "Coffee at Anglesea"
Gibson’s Steps - Previous – Loch Ard Gorge Our driver guide said that the Loch Ard Gorge was usually the last stop in the Great Ocean Road Bus Tour but since we still had time, he took us over to Gibson’s Steps. It was just a short, 5-6 minute drive from the gorge. In fact, Gibson’s steps is actuallyContinue reading "Gibson’s Steps"
Mamallapuram–City of Temples - Previous It was our second day in the coastal town of Mamallapuram (aka Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, South India, and we had yet to explore its famous temples. The historical town of Mamallapuram has a collection of temples and other religious monuments, which have been quite unimaginatively labelled as the Group of Monuments. This GroupContinue reading "Mamallapuram–City of Temples"
The Fish That Refused Treats: A true tale from Renuka Lake - A frequent pastime whenever we visited any lake or river was feeding the fish. We would get some bread or aate ki golis from nearby shops and get a good half an hour’s worth of entertainment by the lake. So when we visited Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh with our friends, it wasn’t long beforeContinue reading "The Fish That Refused Treats: A true tale from Renuka Lake"
The Madras Crocodile Bank - Sequel to A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram The second day at Mamallapuram turned out to be blazing hot. As we finished a leisurely breakfast at the Sea Breeze restaurant, rock gazing in that heat was ruled out by common consent. Instead, we opted to visit the Madras Crocodile Bank, which was only a 20-minContinue reading "The Madras Crocodile Bank"

TRAVEL LOGS

My Travel Log (2000 to 2008) - My son was born in year 2000. I started maintaining a travel log for my son so that he could read all about it when he was grown up. Every year, I took a print out of the log and attached it to his baby book. It turned out to be a good idea asContinue reading "My Travel Log (2000 to 2008)"
Year 2009 - Why am I writing about Year 2009 in 2019? Well, as it happens, I’ve completed ten years at my current place of employment. During the celebratory spring-cleaning of my laptop, the 3rd one in this office, I discovered 10 years’ worth of pictures. I backed up the pics promptly on google, but then I thoughtContinue reading "Year 2009"
Year 2010 Trips - By the start of this year, I had settled down in my new company and made new friends. The new year seemed a good time to plan a trip with some of these new friends. After last year’s surfeit, we made fewer trips this year. Or possibly, I didn’t take photos of all my trips.Continue reading "Year 2010 Trips"
Year 2011 Trips - Prev The year started out with my husband deciding to quit a regular job and start freelancing. His aim was to be able to spend more time on travel, especially to the hills. He had always dreamed of moving to the hills and work from there. Unfortunately, our company didn’t support working from home onContinue reading "Year 2011 Trips"
Year 2012 Trips - Prev January in Bhimtal We started our new year in Bhimtal. My sister and family were visiting. My li’l niece turned One on Dec 31, so we partied into the New Year. We also made a day trip to Mukteshwar. January – A New Arrival in the Family We got a little puppy for myContinue reading "Year 2012 Trips"
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