Traveling, first across the length and breadth of India, and then throughout this world, has always been my dream. But in last one year, after I changed my profession, and finally decided to go ahead with the writing thing, I actually started working towards fulfilling this dream.
About two months ago, I left my job due to several reasons, one of them was an innate desire to see this world, to see new places, to know more about my own country, to meet new people, and to witness the real India, waiting to be explored. Curiosity towards history, an inclination towards arts, and an interest in Indian mythology, always made me want to visit those cities in real, the religious cities, the cities with forts big enough to contain entire towns, the cities that have played a role in mythology, the old cities and the new cities. I always wanted to see the village life, the common Indian folk, people to whom I belong, the people who constitute the real India. Finally, I will be living my dream.
I am hitting the road tomorrow morning on my first solo journey to 14 Indian cities and villages.
I will be out of my comfort zone, my home city, for more than 40 days. I will be traveling in trains, by road, hitchhiking on highways, staying at cheap Dharamshalas, budget hotels, luxurious hotels, friend’s place, relative’s place, and with unknown hosts.
Most of my 40 day trip is planned, but a lot is also left not planned, in the hands of destiny, to my intuition.
In the first leg, I will be traveling to Mathura, Vrindavan, and adjoining villages, collectively known as Brij Dham.
In the second leg, I will be covering a major part of Rajputana (now Rajasthan), visiting cities such as Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Mount Abu.
In the third leg, I will be in Goa, via Ahmedabad, and Pune.
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While traveling I will regularly post articles and photo essays on my blog.