Day 9 of Lock-down: My India Travel List Part 2

River Ganga at Varanasi
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Yesterday I wrote about the list of places in the North-East of India that are on my travel wish-list. Today, I move towards the East and parts of the North.

Sikkim: Yumthang valley is deep in the north of Sikkim, close to the border with China (Tibet). Any place in the Himalayas is special, but photos I have seen online mark this as a place worth making the effort to get to.

West Bengal: Kolkata remains the only place that I have visited in the East of India. There are two places I would really like to visit here. One is Santiniketan and the other is the erstwhile princely state of Cooch Behar.

Orissa: The temples of Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark are must-sees for me. In addition, I would be tempted to camp by the banks of the Mahanadi river at Satkosia Nature Camp.

Bihar: Bodh Gaya and Nalanda are not too far from each other, so should be possible to cover in one trip.

Jharkhand: Jharkhand is definitely on the tourist radar. It will be interesting to visit the city of Jamshedpur and try the street food.

Uttar Pradesh: Varanasi is possibly the place right at the top of my wish-list at the moment. One of the oldest, continually inhabited cities in the World, and one of the holiest as well.


Day 8 of Lock-down: My India Travel List Part 1

Arunachal Pradesh
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So it would like all summer travel plans are off. Luckily, we had not made any major travel plans for this summer, except for a weekend trip to Kerala for a family function in May.

I had posted yesterday about some interesting lists. Today’s list is my own wish-list of places in India that I would like to visit someday. I will start with the region that I have never visited, North East India:

Arunachal Pradesh – Yes, I would love to visit Tawang. But higher up on the list for me would be either of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary or Namdapha National Park.

NagalandKohima War Cemetery, the site of one of the greatest battles of World War II.

ManipurMoreh, a town on the Indo-Burmese border would be quite an off-beat destination to visit.

Mizoram – Possibly the least visited state in India. Simply getting there would be a highlight.

Tripura – In addition to the Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, photos of which look simply stunning, I am curious about the archaeological site at Unakoti.

Meghalaya – Meghalaya has become a reasonably popular tourist destination these days. I would love to spend a few days soaking in the musical culture of the place and eating at one of the numerous cafes of Shillong.

Assam – By far the largest state and the gateway to the region. Top of the list would be the unique and world-famous Kaziranga National Park.

More to follow over the next few days!


Day 7 of Lock-down and Some Interesting Lists

Atlas, camera
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As many places of the world get resigned to the fact that it might still be a while before things get back to anything resembling ‘normal’ again, we are seeing more and more lists of interesting things to read, watch and listen pop up. Here are a few that I came across recently:

18 Best Travel Shows You Can Stream Right Now – An exhaustive compilation on CN Traveller. This should keep us occupied for a few weeks!

Best travel films and TV shows to stream right now – Continuing with the theme of travel, this is from Lonely Planet. It’s nicely categorised, so you can choose where you want to start and dive in!

The best Lonely Planet Spotify playlists for travellers pining for the road – Working from home and pining for your next travel getaway? These playlists might just transport you for some time to some of the most popular cities in the World.

The top cricketing reads for a long and yawning summer – This is typically the time that the cricket season starts in England, but it’s unlikely that one is getting to watch cricket (or any sport) anytime soon. In the meantime, cricket lovers can keep themselves occupied with some interesting reads from the world of cricket.

Day 6 of Lock-down

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Yet another day went by, busy with work.

I did step out for a bit of grocery shopping in the morning. Roads were pleasantly empty, as was to be expected. The grocery store (part of a national chain) had rules in place for entry (not more than 5 people inside at a time, no entry without masks). The security at the entrance was doing a reasonably good job of enforcing these regulations. Shoppers were patiently queuing outside while trying to maintain a reasonable distance from each other.

Inside, things looked pretty normal. The supply of fruits, vegetables and essential groceries did not look disrupted. There were some items that could be classified as non-essential that were out of stock. But I was able to find almost all of what I required and was in and out reasonably quickly.

I was a very late adopter of Netflix, only starting my subscription earlier this year. But I have been enjoying watching a few of the documentaries on there lately. I am presently watching a docu-series called ‘The Chef’s Table‘. It is fascinating to see and hear more about the philosophies of famous chefs, their journeys and experiences that led them ti where they are today and, of course, to view some of their beautiful masterpieces.

Give it a watch, if you have not already done so!

Monday Reads – 30/03

adult books business coffee
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So India announced a 21-day lock-down last Tuesday. Covid-19 is still pretty much the only topic that is being discussed these days. A few articles that try to explain why we are reacting the way we are, and what the future might look like.

Coronavirus is spreading panic. Here’s the science behind why.  – Why do people hoard toilet paper is a question that’s been puzzling me ever since we started reading news of people hoarding and fighting toilet paper rolls. This article explains why.

Economic life after coronavirus: Lessons from the Black Death – This article looks at The Plague that devastated Europe in the second half of the 14th Century and how markets reacted afterwards to ask the question of what the impact on economic life might be after we come out of this crisis.

Today we’re fighting COVID-19. Where will our world be in 2070? – How will humans be interacting with Nature 50 years from now? This is the topic that National Geographic explores in this article, looking at both an optimistic scenario and a more pessimistic one. We have big decisions to make if

Is It Time to Break up with Travel? – There’s no doubt that one of the biggest impacts has been felt by the Travel Industry. And surprisingly, I am yet to find much analysis on what the impact of this could be on the Travel and Hospitality sectors. This is one rare exception.