It was approximately three years since we had our first trip together to the beautiful Andamans. It was now time for another tryst and what could be a better choice than the snow clad mountains. I knew I had to visit Himalayas, as my better half loves being in snow the most. I had also recently enrolled for the Club Mahindra membership and I wanted to reap its benefits. Keeping in mind the Club Mahindra constraint I shortlisted a few resorts in north. However as usual I was keen on travelling to the roads less travelled and hence my hunt immediately narrowed down to a name I had never heard before. A little time on Google & I knew that this is exactly the place I was looking for. A place whose beauty is just limited by your will and imagination. A place soaked in nature and so raw that you would hardly find any good hotels. A place not commercialized as a popular tourist location. A place where you wake up to the melodious calls of numerous birds dwelling in the forest around you. A place which is curtained from the polluted city life…The hidden hamlet – Kanatal.
I always dreamt of travelling to a secluded place, a place less travelled, a place which has surreal beauties hidden deep inside. I always thought that these places are far from where I live, unreachable. Expense was one of the biggest concern while thinking of these places, as they are not easily accessible… until we decided to visit the less travelled states of north-east India.
We decided to step on three beautiful states of the north-east – Assam, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh. With this visit I have now been to 24 of 36 states in India (as of Jan 2016). Hope to cover the remaining ones soon :).
It was a 11 day trip covering three beautiful states. We were 6 adults and 1 kid. We booked a Tata Sumo for complete trip. Our friend Hemanta picked us from Guwahati airport and dropped us back there safely with bags full of happiness and delightful experience. I would strongly recommend him for your northeast travel. He is not only an excellent driver but a calm, friendly local who injects you with his endemic knowledge throughout the trip.
“How about a road trip instead?” said Ram, and it was this moment that gave me 8 of the most beautiful days of my life. The trip was suppose to be 2 months later but it felt as if the journey had already begun. As the day approached we were four of us on this voyage. Road trip from Pune to Kerala … I couldn’t believe it myself.
We started our journey from Pune on 30th Aug 2014. We travelled approximately 3000+ Kms till God’s own country and back. We travelled across 4 states and experienced pleasant plateaus, thick forests, mighty mountains, virgin valleys, beautiful beaches, fantastic falls, lovely lakes, raging rivers and so much more.
Happiness is a journey not a destination – Anonymous