08.11.2016 - 30.03.2017
I wasn't going to write a blog for this trip but a couple of friends have twisted my arm and so I've changed my mind. It will, after all, give me something to do in the long evenings and the long lazy days while relaxing on a beach.
The plan is - for the first few weeks anyway - to follow exactly the same route as my aborted trip in 2015. so after a couple of days in Mumbai it's downto Goa for some sun tanning and acclimatization and then on to Hampi and Hospet in Karnataka. Hospet will, no doubt, bring back some painful memories as it was here in February 2015, after just three weeks travelling, that my passport, money, bank cards, phone, camera, tablet etc. where stolen and after a lot of grief I was forced to return to England. I hope it's not tempting fate to retrace my steps but I feel I have unfinished business and I intend to be much more careful this time!
From there it's on to Mysore and Ooty and then south to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. I then intend to make the long train journey (36 hours) from Chennai to Rajasthan and after a few weeks there head east across the Gangetic plain taking in such amazing places as Varanasi, Bodhgaya and Kolkata. From there it's north to Darjeeling and Sikkim and then after a month in the cooler climes of the Himalayas another marathon train ride to Delhi and then home.
So, five months of travel in the most fascinating, crazy and mind-blowing country in the world awaits. November 8th 2016, the day I fly to Mumbai, can't come soon enough!