In general, the year went well with respect to travel. In fact, my writing speed could not match with the travel. Some places that I travelled did not appear in my blog. Basically, the travel can be split into following categories.
- Abroad trips
- Birding trips
- Western ghats
- Temples, hills and forts
The focus suddenly shifted from India to abroad. The reason being that I had covered most of the Indian states (except few North Eastern states) I wished. This resulted in seeing five new countries this year.
Official trip for Mobile World Congress brought me to the city of Barcelona in Spain during February end. A trivial matter but I had a nice conversation with a Pakistani driver while he was dropping me to airport. Quite surprised to hear some nice words about India which I do not hear in India!!
Watching football match of FC Barcelona was unforgettable experience.
|At Barcelona stadium|
My biggest trip so far went extremely well. With complete family, it was a trip to remember for a long time. Though I had driven rental cars earlier in US and Europe, it was first time I was trying out with family. It was also the first time we tried to self cook and eat while traveling. Both went very well and hopefully I will be able to plan bigger ones in the coming year!! Amount of planning that went for this trip was enormous but it was fully worth the effort. What a beautiful country!!
Immediately after coming back from New Zealand, I had to take the flight to Netherlands for an official trip!! I just had time to take some sleep and repack before flying.
During an official trip to Netherlands in April, I managed to squeeze a weekend trip to Prague. A beautiful city in Central Europe, I could not put a lot about it in my blog.
It was hard to resist sitting idle during Dasara holidays and I planned a trip to Mauritius with my family. Another great trip with self drive. I put a lot about that trip in my blog but still missed few of them!!
A customary year end family trip took us to the neighboring Sri Lanka. It was a combination of religion, culture, hills and beaches. Yet to write the experience but expect it to cover most of my posts in the beginning of next year. This trip was preceded with an official visit to Netherlands and again I had less than a day to pick up the flight to Sri Lanka.
|A view in Sri Lanka|
Also, I went to Netherlands in April, July and December for office work. I managed to visit some places like Texel, Zaanse Schans and Muiderslot. Another Official travel was to Boston in Unites states.
The month of Jan and Feb was busy with birding trips to Valley school, Tal Chhappar and Jorbeer in Rajasthan and Thattekad in Kerala. This was with my friend Sankara. Later as official travel and other trips took priority, birding took a back seat.
Western ghats and coastal
A trip to submerged bridge during summer with Subbu and Girish completed long pending action we had.
Visited a few waterfalls in Western ghat region (about 6 in number) of Karnataka.
In September, Sankara and I visited Das plateau for flowers. Also combined several waterfalls and forts during this trip. Unfortunately, I could not write anything about this trip in my blog.
In December, it was an amazing experience with Subbu and Girish to see Kambala.
Temples, hills and forts
During Ganesha Chaturthi, we visited few Hoysala temples of Arakere and Tandaga while driving to my native place.
Fort and hills near Bengaluru
With Wido, I trekked to the fort hill of Madakasira in January and Ratnagiri in October. With Subbu and Krishna, I visited Handi Gundi near Ramanagara. A visit to Avani in September within Sankara.
- Due to my bad health, I had to cancel the Himalayan trek in the last minute. Since it was canceled for second consecutive year, I must say that it frustrated me a lot.
- While trekking to a waterfall in Uttara Kannada, I and my cousin got down into a very steep and slippery valley. The waterfall was “almost” in sight but we could not climb down the final 20 feet of slope. We could have somehow gone down but we were sure that we will not be able to climb up!! With heavy heart, we aborted our trek and climbed back the valley!!
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