So, we’re new to this whole nomination thingy. But it seemed like a topic, we’d most likely post on and that’s why thought of giving it a shot! Thanks Ellis (Ellis goes on holiday) for nominating us. Ellis captures her off-beat journeys and food-tales through photography and writing. She’s got some interesting places chronicled (some of which are on our bucket list) and we strongly suggest you check out her blog!
Coming to the topic of the challenge. Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There came up with the idea of getting travel bloggers to write about the top 5 places – they’d like to revisit. Here’s our dilemma. Any traveller who’s travelled his/her worth, would know how difficult it is to shortlist your top 5. We’ve always debated, if we had to revisit, which place is it going to be? And then, the-world’s-such-a-darn-big-place! 🙂 It would mean losing out on visiting some other place. Anyway, we scribbled and squabbled and pulled these gems from our archives. Here goes!
1. The Trans Himalayan Safari, Manali – Ladakh, India
The world’s highest motorable pass, fluttering prayer flags, and clear blue skies; seriously, what’s there not to love of Ladakh? Yes, there is a minor (sometimes not so minor) issue of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), but Himalayan landscapes are the best placebo. Situated in India’s northern most state of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh will not dissapoint. The road trip from Manali (Himachal Pradesh) to Ladakh takes two days and covers four lofty mountain passes. Vast landscapes of nobody, sounds of silence, and a wildly pumping heart are the only constant of the trip. Surviving the journey makes you feel immortal. And then there’s the thought of doing it again. This time by ourself!
2. Ring Road, Iceland
It’s possible to cover Iceland in seven days. But you might want to take more time, to appreciate what’s around you. For three days we drove along the ‘Ring Road’ and saw the terrain change drastically around us. Rolling hills, lush greenery, glaciers, and dreadful lava fields alternated within minutes. Add to it, finicky weather conditions. Chasing rain clouds, spotting lupin fields or camping opposite a gushing waterfall are some of the many perks. The next time round, we’d like to cover the entire ‘Ring Road’ and camp at places that we missed the first time.
3. Kyoto, Japan
There couldn’t be a better season to visit Japan than autumn. Well, unless, it’s spring of-course! Kyoto has all the trappings of a quaint old town, tucked in the lap of nature. Old temples burning bright red with autumn leaves, bamboo groves touching the sky, and a culture quickly receding; Kyoto doesn’t disappoint. There’s so much to see and with every changing leave or blossom, they’d be something new to look forward too!
4. Paris, France
Mountains and nature, they’d always be our first choice for a trip. But we also like cities that boast of old world charm and fine monuments at every corner. We spent four days in Paris walking around, hopping the metro, and soaking up art – wherever we could. Even if you choose to sit at a cafe and let time pass by, it would be perfectly all-right.
5. Rome, Italy
Rome shouldn’t come last. We agree. And that’s why this list isn’t in any particular order of preference. A trip to Rome is like sitting in a time machine and visiting another century. Michaelangelo’s vision, Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius, wishing fountains and gelatos; oddly come perfectly together in Rome. You can’t possibly see everything in Rome on one trip. It beckons another trip. Quite possibly another.
And now it’s time to continue the chain of nominations. We’d love to hear what you have to say!