I have been mostly home and quiet since my Shimla trip. I have made a few short journeys though – a weekend trip to Chikmagalur and another one to Coorg on work. One more is soon to follow this weekend, where I am taking a group of travellers to Coorg (more details here).
But my wishlist for near future is long, like a wishlist always is. I have been hatching a plan to spend two weeks in Madhya Pradesh, but it is not concrete yet. With the arrival of winter visitors, I intend to do some bird watching and photography in the western ghats, hopefully in Dandeli in surrounding areas. I also wish to make a trip to the coast of Karnataka and photograph winter landscapes by the sea. Gokarna is one place I can think of, where I can spend days and days. A friend is also tempting me for a short trek in the Himalayas.
Only yesterday, I saw some images from Sandakphu and wondered how I never knew much about this magical place. I don’t think there are many places on earth from where you can get clear views of both Kanchenjunga and Everest.
In the meanwhile, I am doing short birding outings out of the city and am tempted to do more and more of it. Just outside the urban expanse is such a rich variety of birds, one can easily spend the entire winter just looking for them.
Most likely I will begin making some travel plans once I am back from the TravelWise trip to Coorg. Of course, ideally I would like to be in all these places, but winter is short and when the summer comes, it is time to stay home. I will keep you updated as things start rolling.