Why travelling around India is the best thing that I have ever done!

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Just walking

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As green as green can get :)

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The coorg town from uphill

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Beautiful arches at Mandu

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Such a romantic scene :)

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A beautiful lake near Kaas

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The spread of flowers was mesmerizing in the fog

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On the way to Kaas

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Waterfalls near to Kaas

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Geometry fascinates

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Garam Jalebas

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From the fort

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Photo of Why travelling around India is the best thing that I have ever done! by Drashti Buch

How much have I underestimated India! I realised only after I started traveling. It was funny and sad at the same time, how I missed thinking of traveling in my own lovely country! For a sad caught up in life Mumbaikar like me, travel was all about Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani and may be a couple of places here and there. Beyond that, world ended. And how mistaken was I! My first shocking proof was discovering a hidden jewel in Kaas Pathar, a world heritage site, full of carpet of flowers that bloom during monsoons. And it was just a few hours away from Mumbai! What was even more intriguing was the amazing wind mill farm that gave a surreal feeling, nearby. I came back stunned and remained in shock for a few days.

Then I happened to visit Coorg. Okay, Coorg is not such a low profile place, but I experienced it differently. I stayed in a nice, secluded and comfortable homestay, which was run by a single lady, who by the way was a powerful politician there! It was the most unique experience hearing her stories, wondering how does she survive in a place where silence gets thicker than the darkness, where nature unleashes its fury, at any given time around the summers and monsoons. I ate the most delicious home cooked authentic Coorgi food, and traveled with a compact yet amazing itinerary created by the lady. Coorg was a mesmerizing mix of luscious green and sprinkle of rain that would get the temperatures down every time the sun made the day warmer. I came back, let's just say, reluctantly.

It's amusing how I had never heard of my next destination - Mhow (Military Headquarters of War) and Mandu. A small town a few hours away from Mumbai, MHOW was a picture perfect quaint but modern town in MP. Going to MHOW, I got a chance to visit Mandu, a marvel of history and architecture a few hours away. The sort of symmetry, structures and palaces I encountered, were majestic and powerful in their own right. And fortunately, it's been kept as clean and well maintained as it deserved to be. At Mandu, my question was, how come, I had never heard of the place?

My trip to Ranthambhore sealed doubts, if any, about India's beauty and diversity. I came back convinced much more than before and have decided to explore whatever I can, to drink in every bit of beauty, free spirit and awesomeness that my country has to offer me. If I have seen just a few places, and you guys, the rest, imagine how much more is waiting for us out there, untouched, unheard and unseen! 

As I write this, I feel like a proud Indian. Because mountains, rivers, lakes and forests were only a part of geography textbooks till I actually got a chance to start experiencing them. And when I did, I know that I may never find a country as versatile as this one! 

P.S: Of course, once I am through with most of my wishlist, I will set my sights to other countries..but until then, loving India, like never before! 

A delightful town which has an all nighter - Sarafa Market to eat some awesome delicacies

Garam Jalebas

Photo of Indore, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India by Drashti Buch
A world heritage site, this is a breathtaking site you cannot miss in the monsoons in Maharashtra

A beautiful lake near Kaas

Photo of Kaas Plateau of Flowers, Kaas Plateau of Flowers, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra by Drashti Buch

The spread of flowers was mesmerizing in the fog

Photo of Kaas Plateau of Flowers, Satara, Maharashtra, India by Drashti Buch

Just walking

Photo of Kas Pathar, Kas Pathar (Mini Valley Of Flowers), India by Drashti Buch

Waterfalls near to Kaas

Photo of Kas Pathar, Kas Pathar (Mini Valley Of Flowers), India by Drashti Buch

On the way to Kaas

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As green as green can get :)

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Greenery redefined

The coorg town from uphill

Photo of Kodagu, Kodagu, Karnataka, India by Drashti Buch
A beautiful palace

Beautiful arches at Mandu

Photo of Mandu, Mandu, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010, India by Drashti Buch

Geometry fascinates

Photo of Mandu, Mandu, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010, India by Drashti Buch

From the fort

Photo of Mandu, Mandu, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010, India by Drashti Buch
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Drashti Buch
Kanthi Belliappa is the lady's name who owns d place
Mon 08 17 15, 09:25 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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Vikas Dureja
Please share the home stay name
Wed 07 15 15, 01:36 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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Bhavya Murthy
Totally agree with you. I realised this 2 years ago and trust me, have not yet thought about venturing outside to feed my travel bug :)
Wed 02 18 15, 04:51 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·