May 2017 was a month full of journey, travel, explorations, conversations and experiences with family, friends and my own self. Every destination has a story to tell and so in this post I will simply share my itinerary.
This post will be followed by dedicated posts about all the destinations and their respective stories: age old historic stories that already existed and the secret stories that were created around us, by us or those that were just witnessed by me. This is what I love about the world. Every moment is an overlap of stories: the first story is the story of the canvas being born, followed by generations of extraordinary narratives been written on this canvas by every form of nature including us, and then these defined layers of narratives being overlaid by a dense mesh of personal secret stories being written every moment by everything.
What gives me inspiration to write is this knowledge that no matter how much I see, no matter how much I witness, no matter how much I write, I will always be making a microscopic contribution to the humongous epic that nature has been writing since the beginning of time. Sometimes I imagine time and nature being an old writer and artist couple, totally in love with each other, sitting in space, continuously creating. All things negative happen when they have one of their domestic disagreements.
But, anyway, I have drifted way too much from what was meant to be a very factual post. In my defense, I just gave you a very brief example of my journeys within during my journeys outside.
As you must have realized by now that I am totally incapable of sticking to the point, it becomes necessary for me to get into a detailed account of every destination in a separate post. Therefore, in this post I only intend to introduce you to my list of destinations.
Starting from my first international travel and ending with my first travel to the eastern part of India, this travel itinerary is as random, yet as beautiful as it gets. Two places I have been craving to visit for a long, long time: a European country and North East India were on the travel cards this time. The beautiful beautiful Italy and the most underestimated state of North East India, as far as tourism is concerned, that is, Tripura, became the chosen destinations. A family trip to Italy in the first half of the month was planned for 12 days followed by a short cooling-down-warming-up break for the trip with friends to Tripura in the last week of the month.
I’ll stop talking now and, beginning with some sketchy Google maps showing the destinations and routes, I’ll move on to a day-wise glimpse of the beautiful destinations that will be admired thoroughly in my upcoming posts (which means keep an eye open for the next 15 posts at least!!!).
It all started from Italy
Day 1: Destination 1
Day 2: Destination 2
Day 3: Destination 3
Day 4: Destination 4
Day 4: Destination 5
BADIA DI PASSIGNANO
Day 5: Destination 6
Day 5: Destination 7
Day 5: Destination 8
Day 6: Destination 9
Day 7: Destination 10
Day 7: Destination 11
Day 8: Destination 12
Day 9,10,11: Destination 13
Rome was our last destination on this trip, but not for me!! I had another travel plan coming up. As luck would have it, one of my friends who belongs to the state of Tripura invited me to his wedding. I have been travelling extensively in India for many years now but all my travels were somehow planned in the Northern, Southern or Western part of the country and I was looking forward to grab any chance to go East! And lo and behold!! Here was the opportunity!! And so the plan was made to explore the state of Tripura. We did not receive any good reviews about Tripura and were being told continuously to go towards Meghalaya, but we were hell bent on not ignoring any state of India! And Tripura gave us more than we expected!!
And so the trip to Tripura began:
Day 1: Destination 1
Day 2: Destination 2
Day 2: Destination 3
NEER MAHAL, MELAGHAR
Day 3: Destination 4
DEBTAMURA HILLS locally called CHABIMURA
17 unique and beautiful experiences that cannot be narrated in one post will be coming up soon. I hope I have generated enough interest for you to look forward to my upcoming posts. As for me, I’m more than excited to revisit my experiences, one at a time!!!