Monthly Archives: September 2013

India: The Small Wonder

Himachal Pradesh

I was busted with stress from my professional life. And my Girl was also facing the same problem. So, I thought about a long getaway to rejuvenate ourselves. We took a month’s vacation and went to India, the land of natural beauty and rich culture. India is a geographically blessed country where you can find mountain, ocean, desert and forest. And we didn’t want to miss a single experience. As India is the seventh largest country of the world, one month is not enough to cover this massive land. But we planned our tour in such a way that every aspects this naturally blessed country would be touched. We divided the tour in four segments; the mountain, the desert, the sea and the forest.

The Mountain

 

After arrival at Delhi, the capital of India, we went to our first Himachal Busdestination Himachal Pradesh to experience the sight of the Great Himalaya. We loved the natural beauty of Jakhoo Hills, British architectural buildings and strolling over Mall road in Simla. Then we went to one of the most favorite honeymoon destinations Manali via Kullu. From Manali, we went to Rohtang Pass, the valley of snow. We enjoyed trekking through Himalayan foothill, river rafting on the thriving Beas and many other activities. During our stay in Himachal Pradesh we visited Dalhousie, Khajihar, Chamba, Kinnar and Dharmsala.

 

The Desert

 

Rajasthan was our next destination and we wanted to enjoy the magnificence of Thar Desert. We had a lot of places on our list such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Ajmer and Pushkar to relive the great glorious history of India imbibed in the forts and palaces. Tiredness of our journey was swept away when we saw the sunset in Jaisalmer’s Desert on a camel back. We loved the Rajasthani local delicacy Dal Bati Churma alongside performances of local Kalbelia and Ghoomar dancers.

 

The Sea

 

Goa is the smallest state of India bounded by the bay line of Arabian Sea. On arrival at the Panaji Airport, we were received by our hotel representative. We relaxed at the beach beneath the crystal clear sky, surfed on the turquoise blue water and took part in various water sports. We hired a bike to explore Goa. But the best part was Bottle Nose Dolphin spotting on the Arabian Sea. The sea foods of Goa definitely amplified our appetite.

 

The Forest

 

The last destination in this country with natural bliss was the largest mangrove forests of Sunderban which is famous for its population of Royal Bengal Tiger. We took a car from Kolkata and went to Sajnekhali Tiger Project. We boarded on a sightseeing cruise which was our home for next 3 days. We were traveling through the rivulets and around numerous small islands. We saw number of wild deers running through the forest. We were thrilled to see the crocodiles taking sun bath on the shores of the river. But our wild life luck was not so good. We could not get a glance of the king of the jungle: The Royal Bengal tiger. I hope this incompleteness will compel me to take another tour to this largest democracy of the world.