If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog over the years, you would know that I’ve been on a bit of a personal quest… a way for me to try and travel as much as possible; to see as much of the world as I can!
But with a full-time job and VERY limited vacation time, it isn’t always easy, I can tell you that!
It was early evening by the time I reached Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport to catch my flight back to Delhi after a weekend in the wild. I was returning home after spending three days in a Luxury Eco-Resort on the outskirts of Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, in a place so far out in the wilderness that there was no sign of mobile or data connectivity for miles on end. But with the excursions in to the jungle, and the supreme comfort as well as remarkable hospitality extended to us by The Forsyth Lodge; I didn’t mind being disconnected from the world even for one second.
Snuggled among the Aravali Hills in Rajasthan, ensconced on a hill amidst the rugged landscape, lies a 475-year-old Palace steeped in history, its stories and secrets waiting to be uncovered.
It’s a half past five in the evening and I’m roused from my reverie by the gurgling of the river nearby. A gentle breeze tickles my cheek and I open my eyes to the sound of… silence!
We’re somewhere in the middle of the mountains, in a clearing in the woods, where we have chosen to set up camp for the night. Behind me, the guide and porter accompanying us have just finished pitching the tents; these will be our home for the next 2 nights. I gaze upwards at the towering façade of the steep mountains around me, the thicket of tall trees on top are reaching for the skies. Giant boulders litter the ground around me, a constant hurdle on this trek to Kareri Lake and back.
I’m going to be honest here, and just say it!
I DON’T HAVE A BUCKET LIST.
I haven’t pondered over the things I want to do before I die, or made a list of all the places I want to see before I kick the bucket. And for a change, it isn’t because I’m too lazy to make one, or because my ability to procrastinate is award-worthy.
I don’t have a Bucket List simply because I don’t want to limit myself!
I want to see everything there is to see; I want to do everything there is to do; and I want to go everywhere there is to go…!
Recently coming into the limelight as the venue that hosted one of the most glittering and star-studded Bollywood weddings in recent times, The Taj Falaknuma Palace is a Heritage Luxury Hotel located in the city of Hyderabad, India. Superstar Salman Khan booked the entire hotel for his younger sister’s fairytale wedding, and if the afternoon I spent walking amidst the extravagance is anything to go by, I’m sure guests are transported into a bygone era while resting in the lap of luxury.
I visited the Indian city of Hyderabad a couple of months ago. It was my first trip to a city I had heard so much about. A city steeped in history, drenched in heritage and oozing culture at every turn. It was a friend’s wedding that finally took me to Hyderabad, but despite the limited time and packed schedule, I was determined to explore as much of it as I possibly could.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it!
– Paulo Coelho
2014 is coming to a close, and while I most certainly cannot believe another year has flown by so rapidly, when I pause to reflect on these twelve months, I’m filled with nothing but pride.
I’m on a quest to Take12Trips this year, and the challenge is in its final leg!!! 🙂
For Trip # 11 (Yay Me!), I flew to the city of Hyderabad in the last week of November, for another short weekend getaway. I was attending a friend’s wedding, so while most of my time in Hyderabad was spent at the festivities, there was no way I would be leaving without exploring at least some of the city’s many, many highlights.