With almost no thought but to catch up with some friends and spend an expiring travel voucher, I booked my tickets to Hyderabad for a 3 day solo trip. Closer to the dates, my research started on what to eat and where to go. I had a lot of help via The Travelling People group on Facebook – especially, on things to eat and I noted them all down, already dreamy about delicacies I’d get to try. My 3 day weekend turned out exactly how I had envisioned it – lots of food, culture and history. In all, I think 3 days is exactly what I required to explore the city.
Here is where all I went including some funny things I got to know about Hyderabadi’s as quoted by Hyderabad locals.
While traveling solo might not be everyone’s cup of tea, people who do it often come back with rich experiences, stories worth remembering for a lifetime and a whole lot of friends from around the world. Apart from these, solo traveling also taught me a few basics of travel.
A last minute booking, we arrived at Forsyth Lodge for a night but ended up extending our stay by another. As one enters the premise, it is clear that the lodge is built and put together by a team of people who are passionate about the wilderness and the environment. An eco-friendly lodge, Forsyth is set within 44 acres of rehabilitated jungle on the edge of Satpura National Park; this was the first property to also be constructed near the park.
Road trips are one way of holidaying I thoroughly enjoy and I have been quite regular with short trips in and around North India for many years now. But it’s been over 10 years since I did my last long distance trip. It was from Delhi to Goa spanning over a month covering 7 states and 22 cities.
I am heading to Madhya Pradesh for two weeks. Unlike the Delhi-Goa trip where I travelled with my buddies, this time, my wife is my companion along with her trusted Ford Figo.
I wrote this back in 2004 after a month long road trip from Delhi to Goa.
Goa…the destination that speaks of holidays…of relaxation and of letting down your hair. The golden beaches of north Goa, the white sands of South Goa…the shacks and sun beds that dot the beaches, the colourful sun umbrellas…the white bodies that lie here desperately trying to tan themselves under the soothing Goa sun, the gallons of beer that are consumed daily here.
This was not my first trip to Goa. I had been to Goa quite often before, but all the previous trips had been on business.