January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

Greetings from Kuwait.


Here’s a quick post to inform my dear readers that I have just got back from a wonderful trip to India. My travels this time exceeded my expectations and I have returned pretty pleased with what I have explored.



During this trip I experienced vibrant and enchanting India in its many hues. Some of the places were re-visited (like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, and Bangalore) while the rest of the areas (mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh) were explored for the first time.




So, I'm back now having travelled to Gwalior, Datia, Orchha, Khajuraho, Panna and Ken Ghariyal and Bandavgarh National Parks, Jabalpur, Bedhaghat, Bhopal, Pachmarhi, Sanchi, Udaigiri, Vidisha, Bhimbetka and Bhojpur - all belonging to the state called the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, which I would describe as the very quintessence of India's natural splendor, and rich artistic and cultural heritage.



Having returned I realized that I did explore 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India and I feel pretty good about it. Here's the list:


I hope to post about my experiences in each place in days to come.

My dear friends, please accept my good wishes for the New Year that has begun today and heartfelt thanks to all those who wish me good. A very Happy 2008 to all!

28 comments:

backpakker said...

Hi,

Happy New Year ..awaiting your posts.Great to know that you had a good trip..wish we could have met when you were in Bangalore..

Ananda Niyogi said...

Hi Celine

Wish you a very Happy New Year too! The list of the places you visited sounds fascinating - looking forward to your posts on the same :-)

Rgds

Saibal Barman said...

It's nice to see you back on blog !
It's nice to learn that you could fly to so many beautiful places.
It's nice to have a beautiful greetings for the NEW YEAR-a new year with so many memories of having or not having events of life the way those were hoped for to start with!
Best wishes,

Kalyan said...

May the beauty of this festive season,fill your life with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer and all the joy to light up your heart. And hope the dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a prosperous future!

imac said...

WOW, look forwards to seeing all your colourful photos.

Visit my Picture Story.

CHEWY said...

Happy New Year Celine.
I'm exhausted just reading of the places you traveled to. I look forward to seeing your photos. Did you meet any interesting characters along the way?

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year dear :)

You have an award awaiting you :

http://desiduck.blogspot.com/2007/12/ninth-thoughtful-thought.html

Zhu said...

Awesome! Must have been a great trip!

I wish you the best for 2008 :$ :$ More travels, of course!

BTW, which place are you from originally?

AJEYA RAO said...

Happy New Year! Great, waiting to read the posts

John F said...

A very happy new year to you Celine! Hope you keep travelling and keep recounting these interesting adventures!

Mridula said...

Hi Celine,

Wish you a very happy and traveling 2008. May you see a lot of places.

indicaspecies said...

backpakker:

Hey, if I had your contact number, I'd definitely been in touch with you, and it would have been my pleasure to have met you. We shall meet the next time I'm around there.

Thank you very much for your good wishes. :)

indicaspecies said...

Ananda,

Thanks for your wishes and your kind comments. I hope the New Year started off well for you.

I've plunged myself with work as soon as I've returned and shall be posting on my blog when time permits. :)

indicaspecies said...

Saibal,

Thank you very much for your kind words and the warm welcome.

We can only wish for the best each New Year. Memories of dreams fulfilled or not would not dissuade us from being content with whatever comes along the way, right?

I did not fly all the places Saibal. Now that you mentioned it, I did a quick count and can say during this trip, I took 5 flights, made 4 train journeys and the rest of the travel in between was mostly by MP tourism taxis in addition to car and bike rides in other places. Overall, a very good trip I must say. :)

indicaspecies said...

Kalyan,

Thank you very much and the very best to you as well. :)

indicaspecies said...

imac:

Thanks for your visit. I shall be at your space soon. :)

indicaspecies said...

chewy:

But I'm not exhausted having travelled to all those places! ;)

I'll post my travel pictures once I settle down with the urgent work at office front.

Yes, I have met some interesting people during my journeys and some of them are now on my contact list of new friends. Thankfully I've not been irritated with lousy characters this time.

Darlene, a very happy New Year to you as well. :)

indicaspecies said...

Sameera,

Hey there. Thanks for your lovely wishes and a great 2008 to you as well.

I'll be right over to check what you've got for me. Thanks. :)

indicaspecies said...

zhu:

That's a nice wish, thanks. Yes, was a great trip indeed. In fact was so good that the day I got back here, I felt like leaving on another trip!

I was born in Mangalore, a small town near Bangalore. After my studies, I moved to Jamnagar and since then have lived in Mumbai and of course now in Kuwait. :)

indicaspecies said...

Ajeya,

Happy New Year to you as well. All the best for 2008. :)

indicaspecies said...

John,

Thank you for your visit and your kind comments. I wish you a very happy 2008. :)

indicaspecies said...

Mridula,

Thank you for your good wishes and I wish you the same.

A very happy New Year to you as well. :)

Shantanu said...

That was quite a trip with a lot of places covered. I have now begun taking it slow: choosing only one or two places during a vacation so I can spend more time lazing around.

backpakker said...

Do drop in a line to lakshmi.sharath@gmail.com , will mail you my contact numbers as well..

indicaspecies said...

Shantanu,

It was a pleasantly busy experience of exploring the first 18 days and then it was simply relaxation with the family during Christmas and post-Christmas season in Mangalore and Goa.

I'd rather be on the move as I tend to get bored easily when relaxation and lazing continues for an extended time. However, I know quite a few people who travel like you, and I quite understand that pace as well.

indicaspecies said...

Lakshmi,

Thank you. I've just e-mailed you.

Kusum said...

Hi Celine,

Nice post. Just curious... Did you visit all these places in India all alone ? I am not able to see all the places I want to see because I couldn't get a right company. I find it a bit difficult to travel alone in India. I was wondering if you could give some tips :)

Thanks,

indicaspecies said...

Kusum,

Welcome to my blog, and thanks for your kind comment.

Off late, most of my travels within India are done solo.

I've just emailed you regarding other matters. :)