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Asia- Just not what we originally planned!

India it is!

And so yet another adventure turns out to be something other than originally planned. Such is the life of a traveler and so you roll with the punches and look ahead to all the new possiblities! I haven't had much to write about here since my engagement in Peru. Since then we were planing a wedding (but no one wants to hear about that...go to wedding wire for that mush). Then came the small trips within the United States and even those got changed due to Mother Nature and her wrath.

You see originally we had big plans this summer to travel to South East Asia- Singapore, Maylasia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. But our trip that we waited so long to take got canceled. Alas, that just means we need to go another time. A time when more people who book with the travel company we like to use go too...he he he he!

Thom and I were upset at first only because this was to be a honeymoon of sorts when originally booked but later came to see that the finances were all still there saved and the world was our to choose from.
Neither of us have been to Asia and while greatly vast and different from what we planned we are excited and overwhelmed in planning for our trip India Unplugged.
There is so much I could talk about from what I have been researching and reading but I would much rather save those topics and entrys for when they can be told from my own personal expericence and not just from what I have heard or read. For now the tickets are booked (atleast the one going there is) and all kinds of buzzing is happening from renewing passports, obtaining visas, travel insurance requirements, shots...don't want to forget about the shots, how to pack, what to pack, how to protect what we pack and what not....
Here is a picture and our itinarary. More to follow come this summer!

Days 1-2 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert

Like a city risen from the desert sands, Jaisalmer's sand-coloured buildings, busting bazaars and fascinating living fort all help give the city a wonderful old-world feel.

Days 6-7 Jodhpur

India's enigmatic 'Blue City', Jodhpur, has a captivating Old Town with palaces, heritage buildings, colourful streets and the Mehrangarh Fort shining like a jewel high above the city.

Days 8-10 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Days 11-12 Pushkar

The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Day 15 Bharatpur

The legacy of once being a strong military stronghold is a good fort, and Bharatpur's is pretty impressive. It's also home to the wonderful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Days 16-17 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 18-20 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 21 Kolkata

With its colonial architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and celebrated intellectual and arts scene, Kolkata confronts in so many ways but surprises in just as many.

Day 22 Chennai

Located in India's Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a Tamil cultural centre and home to India's second largest film industry, known as Kollywood.

Day 23 Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century.

Days 24-25 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Days 26-27 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.

Day 28 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.

Days 29-30 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Days 31-32 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Days 33-34 Hampi

Hampi is a relaxed village awash with captivating ruins and temples of the 15th-century city Vijayanagar, now a World Heritage site.

Days 35-36 Goa

Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, mouth-watering cuisine, World Heritage buildings and a wealth of attractions.

Posted by Kelly Rose 15:41

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