Going The Distance In My Country

The Discover Prompt word of the day is “distance”. There’s so much to write on distance.

Here are the two facts you need to know about me before you read this blog –

  1. I hail from India. I’ve lived in India my whole life. Moved cities within the country but never really lived outside the country. The longest I’ve lived outside the country is a 45 days Europe trip.
  2. I love travelling. I love going to new places, getting lost in new culture and being totally adventurous. I have a long bucket list of places I want to visit when time permits, pocket permits and ofcourse, corona goes away.
Seville. October’19

So the last few weeks at home, to keep myself hopeful I started planning my travel for October to December this year. International travel seems to be a little difficult given the current situation. While thinking about domestic travel, I was in awe of how big my country is. It’s not a new fact to me but when you start planning travelling in India there’s just so much to do and see. Most people who visit India from outside travel to Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and maybe Goa. These places put together are 1/100th of what India has to offer travel wise.

Beaches- we have beautiful beaches in Goa, Gokarna, Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Varkala and so many other places.

Sunset in Andaman Islands

Mountains – India is flanked by the Himalayas in the North. Most northern states are beautiful in the winters with snowfall. Be it Kashmir or Manali or Bir or Leh or Ladakh – beautiful scenic mountain ranges to be enjoyed.

Kashmir (PC: Lonely Planet)

Desert – India has beautiful deserts in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Kutch is the one of the only two naturally forming salt marsh deserts in the whole world. Every winter the desert turns white with a thick layer of white salt over it.

Kutch – White Desert

Untouched Nature – Most North Eastern states in India are astoundingly beautiful and untapped in terms of tourists. There are hills, waterfalls and just so much peace and calm!

Sikkim (North East India) – Tea Farms in the hills

Wildlife – India has abundant of wildlife. The Indian tiger, the Bengal White tiger, lions, elephants, rhinos and so many other amazing animals and birds can be viewed in wildlife parks across the country.

Ranthambore National Park (PC: my sister)

History – India is home to so much of history. From one of the oldest civilization (Indus Valley) to the Mughals to the British. All across the country there are so many monuments holding a piece of Indian history. The most famous being the Taj Mahal but if you explore more – the Taj is just the tip of the iceberg.

Hampi, Karanataka – 7th Century Temples

Culture – the amazing part about India is that every State differs from the other in terms of culture and even language. Getting to experience the different cultures around the country is such a beautiful experiences.

Rich colourful culture of Rajasthan

Food: just as the culture varies in every state of the country, so does the food. There is so much variety in Indian food other than just curry.

Vada Pav – a street side staple of Maharashtra, India

This is just part of the amazing things India has to offer. So hopefully I’m going to spend the last few months of 2020 travelling across my beautiful country. Make a trip to see snowfall in the north and maybe take in the scenic beauty of the North East and maybe take a dip in Ganga, our holy river.

Holy city of Varanasi City, UP that sits on the banks of river Ganges. (PC: Travel Triangle)

PS: please stay safe and home. This is all planning for the far future when hopefully things will be back to normal.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lani says:

    S T U N N I N G photos. You make me want to go to India! I know my partner does. One day, one day…

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      India is definitely worth a longgg visit. There’s so much to do and see here. And it’s not too heavy on the pocket! Whenever you do plan a trip here – drop me a line and I’ll help you plan it out! ☺️

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      1. Lani says:

        Awesome! Yes, I’ve heard that for a first visit it’s best to try not to cover too much ground. Pick a region and explore there. Apparently folks try to do too much on one trip – so you see, I have researched this before! πŸ˜› Thanks!

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      2. Happy Panda says:

        Hahahha. Yes, India can be too much at first. Need to get used to all the crazy we have to offer here. πŸ™ˆ

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  2. Rama Arya says:

    Absolutely! Since I started travelling within India I am always astounded as to how MUCH there is to explore. Every time I go somewhere, I am like, damn, I have to come back coz there are new treasures that get revealed. I am, therefore, going to differ with you on the 1/100th part. 1/1000th would be more accurate. 😊

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Definitely. Love reading your detailed travel blogs!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rama Arya says:

        Thank you. You are kind. πŸ’•


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