2011 has been a memorable year in more ways than one. It brought me not just more opportunities for travel, but also brought me some much needed boost in the form of recognition as a travel blogger!
Our preoccupation with World Heritage Sites continued with a visit to Ajanta and Ellora, and soon after, to the Elephanta caves.
April brought an unexpected trip to Delhi, and May a veritable deluge of travel.... Coimbatore, our home-town Nainar Kovil, Madurai, Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, and then Mount Abu, Udaipur and Chittorgarh!
The next few months I was busy with festivals at home - Varalakshmi Vratham, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navaratri.
And then came the trip of the year - an invitation to the Club Mahindra Bloggers Trip to Corbett. Over 4 days at the Club Mahindra Safari resort at Corbett, i got to interact with fellow bloggers Lakshmi, Shivya, Neelima , Deepak and Karthikeyan, and also Akshat, Sourabh and Arun Nair, while taking in the sights and sound of Corbett National Park and its environs.
I had scarcely returned from Corbett that it was time for another trip - this time to Karnataka - Sringeri, Udupi and Kollur, followed by a couple of days of complete bliss at the Jungle Lodges' River Tern Resort at Bhadra.
Back home once more, we made a short trip to Bhimashankar, a much planned trip which finally happened!
This year also marked another first - Samhith's first 4 day trip from school - the Shivaji Trail, where they visited Raigad, Pratapgad, Panhala and Lohagad. En-route, they also visited Mahabaleshwar, Kolhapur and Bhaja Caves.
So much travel has also brought along with it, the consequences, such as work at home never getting completed, and lagging behind with my posts on this blog! It took me months to complete my Hampi series, but I am yet to complete writing about the trip.... Pattadakal is still not done, and I have yet to begin writing about Delhi and Rajasthan!
On the other hand, this year also brought me my first guest posts, and also paid articles on other sites!
about Chittorgarh for Travel thru History....
Munnar for the Mahindra Homestays Blog...
and Bhimashankar for Spice Flair
I also became a contributor for Pocket Cultures,
and wrote a couple of articles for Urban Leaves.
and finally, my tips about travelling in Mumbai with kids was published in the form of an interview on Women's Web!
It has been an eventful and exciting year, and I can only hope that the new year turns out to be as good or better! Meanwhile, the year promises to begin on a hectic note. Even as you read this, I am packing my bags for my annual trip to Tiruppur to visit my sister in law. Usually, the trip is to give Samhith some time with his athai (aunt) but this year, I have work in store. We are planning Samhith's Upanayanam (Thread ceremony) at Sringeri in Jan, and much work needs to be done! Those of you who are wondering what this is all about, you can read about it soon enough right here on the blog!
I will be back only in the first week of the new year, and hope to get back to writing as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can read all my posts of this year.... Simply click on the locations in this post, and you can read all the posts tagged with it....