21 images from my travel this year: From HKD to Matheran to Murud

It’s the 7th month of the year and half of year is already gone by. And what a year it has been! I have been fortunate as a lot of new things happened, many of them being “firsts” of my life. After my sickness sabbatical, I have been taking it easy, ensuring that I travel at consistent intervals to ensure that I keep my health in check. As I consciously tried doing that, life treated me good and rewarded me with some amazing landscapes, yummy food, different people and cultures.

As most of you know that I am more of “picture”, person rather than being a word connoisseur, here’s presenting you some sparkling moments of my half-year travel this year. Mostly shot on my smartphone camera (the remarkable BlackBerry Z3!), I have also used my new Nikon Coolpix and Canon SLR.

It looks like, there’s some time before I wrap up for my next travel. I have some things to finish at work and planning some new and BIG things. Off course  I will confirm them here, as soon as they shape up ;). But for now it’s only befitting for me to take a look-back at some of the amazing WOW moments!

My first, solo & independent travel to Palolem, Karwar Island and Gokarna.

As I mentioned earlier, 2015 saw many “firsts!” I went tumbling down solo, without any family or friends. I took a 3 region trip to Palolem (a pretty beach city in Goa), Karwar Island (a secluded island in Karnataka) and Gokarna (a spiritual abode again in Karnataka). As I took my first leap of faith, it was scary! I was NOT welcomed by a series of scary thoughts in my mind- “What if I get mugged, what I meet an accident, what if….”. But eventually, I did make it alive and what an experience it was! Today, I am more confident, little more wise and feeling much better health wise.

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The pretty Palolem beach in Goa

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Finally went to the ‘silent noise party’ of Goa. It’s that party where you put headphones on and dance away all alone. Was fun though 😉

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Visiting the Butterfly island in Goa to watch a beautiful sunset

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Karwar Island- a secluded island in Karnataka. I lived in tents, spotted Dolphins, went on a banana boat ride.

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Lovely spots at the Karwar island offer time to introspect.

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While I did spot Dolphins, but couldn’t photograph them (come on, they are so quick to disappear!), I did get a chance to snap this one at my resort.

Read about it here:

Tumbling down solo

The silent adventure of Kurumgad

A fascinating at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas

Another “firsts” that I added to my travel ambitions  was to trek the Himalayas. Yes, I finally did it! And what an experience it was! Tiring, I cried, I broke down. I walked in rains, walked with clouds beneath my feet, slept in wet clothes, because I had nothing to wear. But eventually I made it alive! And I finished my trek. Wow, can’t believe what I saw, did and experienced 🙂

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Beautiful skies, newer horizons greeted me  at Har Ki Doon. 

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I was on a cloud, literally.

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Waking up to beautiful mornings, where the mountains kissed the skies.

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The endless jungle and the river streams continued their romance

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The first glimpse of snow clad mountain

Read more here:

A walk to the valley of gods

5 lessons learnt on a Himalayan trek

Back to the British Era

Luckily for me, a couple of trips came in as I realized people are reading and appreciating my work. I was invited by a nice folks at Neemrana Hotels to come and experience their hospitality at their ‘non-hotel’ property in Matheran. Called ‘The Verandah in the Forest’, this property turned out to be my tryst with truly exotic and luxurious royal British era lifestyle. The exquisite wooden furniture, a toy train ride or a horse ride for the adventurous soul, Matheran came as a breather life.

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Crossing a carpet of red leaves 

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Enjoying a colorful sunset

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Ah, enjoying the perks of being a travel blogger 😀

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Met him.. umm.. that lucky boy 😉

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Another gorgeous sunset captured

More about Matheran:

The road less travelled

A weekend with the history

Historic places always give me a high. So when the good folks at Golden Swan Beach Resort invited me over a weekend for a blogger meet, I couldn’t say a no.  I have been to Murud as a kid, couple of times and the place never ceases to amaze me.  The conditions of the sea fort- Murud Janjira has been on a downhill for ever now, but Murud has a lot to offer beyond that- the delicious sol kadi, the konkani food, the Portuguese styled villas. Anybody who enjoys this a bit- you know where to go next.

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Hey, did I tell you, I sailed to Murud? 😉

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The fort– The unconquered Janjira

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Meeting new friends

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While on the beach, finding new subjects for photography


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Interiors of the fort

Read about Murud Janjira:

A symphony of tranquility, great hospitality and serendipity

Now that’s a satisfying first half of a year. Here’s to the next half. Let the travels begin. Watch this space for more. It’s going to be a big bang!!

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