This year has been good, especially with travels. I began the year with a trip that was focussed on the Textiles and ended it with the majestic Bengal Tiger and plenty of history & culture.. The last trip that I took ended on 19th Dec, and was spread across 18 days. Yep, it was probably one of the few long trips I have done [ the longest being my US trip last year for a whole month plus].
Sometime in November, I spotted a post from a traveller on the only FB group am active announcing that she & a friend were planning a trip to 2 National safaris and asked if there were others who would be interested in joining the same. Since I hadn't been to any of the National parks in the North, I replied and soon there was a Whatsapp group where plans were being made, and dates being finalised. There was quite a bit of juggling, dates changed, one person who was to join couldnt make it on the changed dates, another chimed in and well, enough to say the weeks flew by with details getting sorted out slowly but steadily. I must mention that the other 3 who came along were quite experienced in the Safari circuit, and so knew what it was about. I was a newbie, who was gung-ho about travelling and quite excited, since I dint know what to expect....
And around end Nov, the trip itinerary changed, it extended by 10+ days where two of us would explore the state of Madhya Pradesh. :-)
Finally, this is how the trip panned out....
2nd Dec morning- I flew out to Delhi
2nd Dec night- train to Ramnagar from Delhi cantt [ 4 of us]
3rd & 4th Dec- Corbett - 4 safaris [2 morning, 2 afternoon] [Stay at Corbett Machan resort]
4th Dec - Night train back to Delhi
5th Dec- Spend the day in Delhi
5th Dec - Night train from Delhi to Khajuraho [ 3 of us]
6th Dec- Explore Khajuraho and head to Panna [Stay at Panna Tiger Resort]
7th & 8th Dec- Panna- Afternoon safari, Night safari, and Morning safari
8th Dec - 1 traveller was heading back home, and 2 of us were off to Orccha
[Cab from Khajuraho to Orchha] [Stay at Betwa Retreat]
9th Dec - Orchha sightseeing - Around noon we left to Jhansi by auto... Night stay at Jhansi [Stay at Hotel Bhundelkhand Pride]
10th Dec - Jhansi sightseeing and off to Chanderi, 2 nights stay there
[train from Jhansi to Lalitpur, auto to bus stand and bus to Chanderi..Stay at Kila kothi, property near Chanderi Fort atop the hill]...
11th Dec - Local sight seeing in Chanderi
12th Dec - Travel to Bhopal- [Take bus from Chanderi to lalitpur, auto to train station, train from Lalitpur to Bhopal - Stay at Hotel Sangam, near the station]
13th Dec - Bhimbetka, Bhojpur temple, Aashapuri and back to Bhopal
14th Dec - Travel to Indore, take the bus from Bhopal to Indore. [Stay at Ginger in Indore] - Night food market in Indore
15th Dec - Omkareshwar - Maheshwar & back to Indore
16th Dec - Ujjain - Explore Indore and chill in Indore..
17th Dec - wind up.... Fly out of Indore...
I flew to Delhi.. Spent 2 days there and flew back to Chennai on 19th Dec...
Phew! Well, now that I have gotten this out of the way, time to get cracking and do posts across the amazing places we explored. .. Stay tuned....