Travelling to India, Sri Lanka and Ireland
Over the winter of 2012/13, I will be going to India and South Asia for the sixth time. My trip will criss-cross the subcontinent and include almost a month in Sri Lanka — and of course I will be blogging and posting updates to Twitter and Facebook along the way. In India it is very wise to go with the flow, so I will no doubt have unscheduled travel adventures, and discover stories of events, people and places I never dreamed of. But in the meantime, here are some of the planned highlights of my itinerary, below. Please follow along with me here on Breathedreamgo and also on Twitter and Facebook.
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October 2012: North India
In October I will be primarily in Delhi, reporting on the sites and sounds of the capital city of the world’s largest democracy; and then the world capital of yoga, Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas.
November 2012: Festivals and the Taj Mahal
November is festival month in India, with Diwali, the Festival of Light falling on the 13th. Highlights of this month include the Pushkar Camel Fair and seeing the Taj Mahal by moonlight at the end of the month.
December 2012: Orissa / Odisha and Sri Lanka
Orissa (new name is Odisha) is a lesser visited state on the east coast known for magnificent temples and wildlife sanctuaries. The highlight of my two-week stay is the Konark Dance Festival: Indian classical dance at the world-famous Sun Temple. From Orissa, I head south for a 15-day Circle Sri Lanka Tour with Intrepid Travel that will take me through many of the lush, wild and unspoiled places in this country, which is included on many list of “places to visit NOW!”
January 2013: Sri Lanka, Kumbh Mela and India’s leading literary festival
The first part of January will find me continuing to explore Sri Lanka. From the middle of January, I will be back in North India for two big events: The Kumbh Mela — the world’s largest spiritual gathering — in Allahabad and the Jaipur Literary Festival. You may remember that last year when Oprah attended this event, and Salman Rushdie did not, they both caused a big stir.
February 2013: Udaipur, Gujurat, Mumbai and WOW
I am planning to take the train through Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, stopping in the fabled city of Udaipur and Gujurat — the home state of Mahatma Gandhi. From there I will head to Mumbai, the most exciting city in India. On February 17, I will join the Indus Travels Women Only Worldwide (WOW) Tour: Southern Jewels of India in Chennai. With this group, I will be touring some of South India’s most fascinating sites and learning about the culture from a woman’s point of view. Join us!
March 2013: Himalayas
As the plains of India begin to heat up, I will head to the hills and explore regions such as Almora and Kumaon, stopping in places like Mussorie and Nainital, and visiting world famous Corbett National Park, one of the prime places to spot tigers.
April 2013: Going home to Ireland
Finally, on my way home, I’m making a very special stop: As part of The Gathering 2013 — a nationwide, year-long tourism initiative to bring home the Irish Diaspora — I will be visiting Ireland for the first time and researching my family history.
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