The Days were long but the Year was short.

Do you ever go through nostalgia around Christmas and new year’s? I do. Every year. This is when I look back and reconcile with the power of decision-making, and mostly sulk because I have misused the power the whole year. Not this time though.

I promised myself I will visit twice a month to a new place — I outran myself.

Here is a post about 25 different places in India. Also, 60 days of travel and 6 KGs of weight gain later, digging right into “Places you can visit staying in Bangalore in 1 year on a decent budget”:

1. PUNE

4 days, 4 friends.

Highlights:
Baked Cheesecake at the German Bakery, Koregaon Park.
Stroll on the Osho Ashram Lane and buying the osho chappals.

Behind that door was a crazy afternoon! #pune

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2. HYDERABAD

3 days.
The “good-morning friend” stalks me to Hyderabad, randomly from Delhi.

Highlights:
Night time cravings at Syala Drive inn, Jubilee Hills.
Irani chai and Osmania biscuits.
IMAX followed by Heartcup Cafe.

#hyderabad @biplabmahato ‘s Random City stalking on!

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3. HAMPI

3 days, 5 friends.

Highlights:
Stay at the Shanthi Resorts on the little island side of Hampi.
Movie under the stars at some random Israeli cafe.
Super delicious and pocket friendly brunch at the German Bakery.
Climb to Anjani Parvat.

4. PONDICHERRY

3 days, Valentines ❤

Highlights:
Chilling endlessly at Paradise Beach and Auroville, ofcourse.
Pizza at Cafe Xtasi.
Stroll in the French Colony and shop at random.

5. OOTY

2 days, 3 friends.

Highlights:
Short walk around the lake.
Bad food.

Waking up half in love with self and half with oblivion!

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6. YERCAUD

2 days, 1 friend.

Highlights:
Grand Palace Hotel, that’s it. 🙂

Nature meets tech. #indvspak

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7. KOLAR

1 night.

Highlights:
Good night drive.

One of the best nights Bangaloring!

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8. NANDI HILLS

1 day.

Highlights:
Lovely Sun rise. Bad Chai.

Rise and shine! <3

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9. MUNNAR

3 days, 5 friends.

Highlights:
A bumpy car ride!
Amazing coffee.

10. JAIPUR

5 days, family ❤

Highlights:
All that sparks is mere Nostalgia”.
This place will always stay close to my heart even after spending 5 years of my lifetime there.

There is beauty in grace. There is grace in simplicity.

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11. MUMBAI

2 days, 1 old friend.

Highlights:
Too hot and humid.
Lovely transport options.Lovely food. Lovely people.
Great job with Powai.

The silence before.

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12. MAHABALIPURAM

1 day, 1 old friend.

Highlights:
Don’t eat food from the beach-side vendors.
Art in the temple.

It’s a beautiful drive down to this place, driving parallel to the ocean on the East Coast Road. #roadtrip

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13. VATTAKANAL

3 days, 6 friends.

Highlights:
There is this lovely place before Altaf’s where you get amazing chesse maggi and Omelettes — really really cheap and yummy!
The trek to dolphin’s nose is totally worth it — you need to wear shoes.
The wooden cottages down the lane near Altaf’s is a kickass stay.

14. LONAVALA

1 day, 3 friends.

Highlights:
Drive. Maggi. Chai.

At least #Nature does not lie or pervert the truth.

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15. HOGENAKKAL

1 day, 3 friends.

Highlights:
My first 10km(approx) riding a bike.
The mountain-view on the way to the falls is breath-taking.

16. KODAIKANAL

3 days, 2 friends.

Highlights:
The Muncheez cafe has killer ambience and food.
The “potters shed” near bus stand is a very warm-cozy store. — they have a killer collection of diffusers and kettles.
The Aby’s kitchen is a children’s themed cafe and they serve amazing food.

💙💚💛💜❤

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17. COORG

3 days, 2 friends.

Highlights:
Birthday.
There is a private waterfall in the property we stayed in — Palace Estate (Homestay).

There is a certain kind of calm here in everything around.

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18. GOKARNA Part I

3 days, 3 friends.

Highlights:
We lost our way during a night trek.
Bon-fire at sunset at the beach.
Tandu’s Birthday.
Boat ride to all the beaches.

19. GOKARNA Part II

2 days, 1 friend.

Highlights:
Solo trip with a friend. 😉
Zostel is a great place to stay. Lovely view. Amazing people. ❤
Scooty ride.

20. LUCKNOW

3 days, 5 friends.

Highlights:
#AakashKiAish Goel ki shaadi.
Destination wedding.
Tunday Kebab.

21. KOLKATA

Unaccounted for on Instagram mainly because I was there for a day and ran out of phone battery.

22. JAMSHEDPUR

4 days, Family. Home. ❤

Highlights:
Chhappan Bhog ke Golgappe.
Lake.
Ghar ka khaana.
Aditya Weds Aditi.

This place!

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23. CHENNAI

2 days, 1 friend.

Highlights:
Bad weather. Bad Food. Typhoid.
The Vault.

Glide away on my zephyr!

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24. CHIKMAGALUR

2 days, 1 friend.

Highlights:
6 hour trek.
Green Hills Homestay has a private stream facing room — in the wilds.
Amazing Coffee.

25. BENGALURU (Home)

Bangalore was a new place considering I moved only in mid-November, 2015. I made best of my friends here and Bangalore is now home.

“You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly in the corrupt sands of commerce.”

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Let’s go to a place that smells like heaven, I asked.

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26. UP IN THE AIR

1 day and 4 hours. 😉

28 hours spent flying — that’s how long 4 Seasons of FRIENDS are.

As above, so below!

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Last year was an adventure — something I never anticipated.

Here is what I learnt:

  1. The Days are long but the year short:
    Every day felt long but when I look back now, the year seems to have gone by in a flash.
  2. Believe in yourself:
    If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
  3. All my life I have believed in one thing profoundly:

Everything has to fall in place.

This year, my beliefs changed:

You have to make “some” effort to make everything fall in place.

P.S. I originally posted this earlier on my medium publication

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