A 5 year blogiversary and a 7th trip to India

Mariellen Ward at Taj Mahal in India

Me at Taj Mahal, India 2006

Breathedreamgo is five years old and I’m about to leave for my seventh trip to India

LAST YEAR ON THIS DATE, I wrote a blog post called Fours years of dreaming and doing all about my journey as a travel writer and blogger, and as someone who is (finally) actively “following my bliss,” pursuing my passions and building the life of my dreams.

Ganesh

Ganeshji

I launched Breathedreamgo on August 23, 2009 — hurrying web designer Jennifer Johannesen to make the deadline because it was Ganesh Chaturthi, the celebration of the beloved Hindu god of luck, auspicious beginnings and travel. Ganeshji has always protected me on my travels, and I am very grateful. (This year Ganesh Chaturthi is August 29.)

This year I am in a more upbeat mood than this time last year, as I can now begin to see a way to build a sustainable career from content marketing and social media consulting. My sister Victoria and I are developing a company called BDG Social to offer these services, and in fact our first client is the Canadian Tourism Commission. We have been promoting tourism to Canada in the India market online, through blogging, social media postings, syndication and more. You can see all of our Canadian posts here in this section of the site.

My big news is that I’m about to embark on my seventh trip to India. I am leaving in early September and will be there for at least four months, maybe longer. Every trip to India changes me in ways I cannot anticipate … and I wonder what this trip will bring.

My goals are to be present, go with the flow, look for unique stories and continue to hone my story telling skills, and somehow convince the Indian tourism industry of the value of working with me, and with other professional “content creators / marketers” i.e. bloggers.

Chinese fishing nets in Cochin / Kochi, Kerala, India

Chinese fishing nets in Cochin / Kochi, Kerala

Here’s a brief overview of my travel agenda

September

I’ll be in Delhi the first week of September staying at the lovely Thikana. I have long wanted to stay at this very special boutique hotel in South Delhi. I can’t wait. I will be writing about this place for sure!

I’ll be speaking at the Indian Association of Tour Operators Convention in Delhi, about “How to make content marketing work for you.” Wish me luck! India is lagging way behind in using digital media to promote tourism.

Then I am off on a whirlwind trip to Srinigar in Kashmir, to Leh in Ladakh and to Manali in Himachal Pradesh on a trip hosted by India Tourism. I’m very thrilled to go to two new states and three new places. I’ve already been to 15 states, so I will be moving towards my goal of all 28 29.

Finally, towards the end of September, I have been invited to attend the Kerala Travel Mart. I am delighted to go and meet with many tourism operators, resorts and Ayurvedic centres in Kerala, and to stay an extra week to relax and enjoy the beauty of “God’s Own Country.”

October

Most of October is dedicated to my Mirabai Expedition. I received an Explorer’s Grant from Kensington Tours to follow in the footsteps of Mirabai through Rajasthan, Gujurat and to Vrindavan. You can read more about this cultural expedition here.

October 23 is Diwali and I will be in Delhi, celebrating with my Indian family.

At the end of October, I’m leading an all-women’s tour called Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai with Kensington Tours. There’s still spaces if you want to come! We’ll be seeing some of India’s most romantic and ravishing sites, and visiting the Taj Mahal by the light of the full moon.

Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, India

Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

November

In November, I’m very excited about attending the first Travel Bloggers Conference in Asia in Sri Lanka. It’s a join effort between the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Cinnamon Resorts and Sri Lankan Airlines. It’s my first time in Sri Lanka, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m also thrilled to see a professional travel blogging conference finally come to Asia!

On November 24, my ashram celebrates its 25th anniversary. I am planning to be at Aurovalley Ashram, near Rishikesh, to celebrate with Swami Brahmdev and my ashram family. It’s also my mom’s birthday, she would be 84 if she were here with us.

December

Currently, December is open, but I hope to be back in South India as North India is too cold for me in December. Looking for options in Kerala, Goa, Karnataka. I really want to finally visit Hampi! Also would love to go to Madhya Pradesh for the first time to see Khajuraho and a tiger or two.

So those are my plans, based entirely on my travel dreams. What are your travel dreams? Will your travel dreams and mine cross paths? Let me know in the comments!

And finally … thanks so much for reading and coming along with me for all these years. We are indeed on a journey together, with a purpose that often seems mysterious and an end that, though certain, seems inconceivable.

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61 Responses to A 5 year blogiversary and a 7th trip to India

  1. Amit Verma August 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Such a pleasure to read about the places and tips you share on your blog. You rock the information with your creativity and knowledge you share. Glad to see you post about India.

    Thanks and Congrat’s to you ((Hugs))

    Happy Blogiversary BreatheDreamGo.com (Mariellen)..Keep sharing the happiness 🙂

    Regards
    Amit Verma
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  2. Derek Freal August 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Congratulations on the blogiversary and the exciting itinerary you have lined up for India. And yes I share your joy too that finally a travel blogging conference has come to Asia…yippee!
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  3. Henry | @fotoeins August 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Mariellen, congratulations on your blog’s big 5-year anniversary, and have a great trip (back) to India! 🙂
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  4. Monique vanTulder August 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Hello, Just found your blog through Journeywoman and am thrilled! After many years of dreaming I made my first trip to India in March this year (I lived in Fiji as a child and the large Indian population fuelled my passion). India is a country I will return to again and again; I have not even stretched the surface. I look forward to reading your adventures. Enjoy your trip. Namaste. Cheers Monique

    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Hi Monique, Isn;t Journeywoman great?! She was a big inspiration to me when I started planning my first trip to India 10 years ago. I’m glad you finally got to India and that it was everything you hoped for. “Once you have felt the dust of India, you will never be free of it.”
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  5. Veena August 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Hampi is one of my absolute favourite places! It’s a wonderfully chilled-out town, and you can relax and explore and get lost there for days. If you decide to visit, make sure you take a trip to the Hanuman temple [on the other side of the river from the town of Hampi, easily navigated on a coracle boat] — it’s roughly 575 uneven steps up to the top, but the views are completely worth it. And if you’re like me and enjoy climbing over boulders, you’ll be in heaven 🙂

    Also, if you’ve never been to Coord [Kodagu] in southern Karnataka, definitely add it to your list! It’s my other favourite place — all those coffee estates nestled into the hills is just wonderful! My favourite place to stay is at Honey Valley. The family that runs it is so great, and each time I visit, I swear I’m staying forever. You can go on a different trek each day if you want, or you can sit up in the garden and just stare out over the trees while you enjoy a book and some chai [I’m making myself nostalgic just writing about it!]. The region is only reachable by road, and it’s about a 3-hour drive from Mysore [also a great visit, if you’ve never been, although I think you have?].

    And if you are in Bangalore, check out the Namma Adda cafe in Chamarajpet! It’s a great place to chill out and meet some fellow travelers as well as local Bangaloreans, and they occasionally host workshops and discussions on social issue topics. It’s run by my adopted Bangalore family, and if you tell them Veena sent you, you’ll get the royal treatment!

    Regardless of if you make it to these places, enjoy your trip! I can’t wait to read all about it!
    Veena xx
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Veena, Thanks sooooo much for your suggestions, recommendations and generosity. Wow, I am completely convinced my blog has the best readers and the I get the best comments! I will keep your ideas in mind, they sound perfect for me. I have been to Mysore once, and Bangalore several times. Always happy to go back!
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  6. Gypsy Couple August 23, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    Been following your website for some time and your travel stories especially of India always make for amazing reads. Looking forward to reading about your trips this time around as well.

    We are new to the travel blogging space but come with an experience and know how in travel marketing, if you do require some help do feel free to connect with us.

    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Hello “GC,” Thanks for the comment, and the kind words. It means a lot to me when people say they like my travel stories, for this is truly my passion in life. If you have a background in travel marketing, it will really help you navigate the the wacky world of travel blogging. Thanks for your offer of help and good luck. Travel bloggers are pretty good about helping and promoting each other.
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  7. Renuka August 23, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    Congratulations Mariellen! It’s amazing to see you come this far! I’m glad you are coming to India soon. 🙂 I’m might also visit Srinagar and Leh, but my plans largely depends upon the availability of funds. (I’m trying to save as much money as I can) Your agenda sounds incredible! It would be wonderful to meet you if you come down to Hyderabad or maybe Goa (I’ll be in Goa towards the end of Dec)
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Renuka, Let’s try to meet in Goa! That would be amazing, I would love to meet you in person. I am planning to be in South India in December. We’ll keep in touch, cheers. P.S. And good luck with your travel plans. If it’s what you want, just keep your intentions strong and pure, and believe in yourself and the goodwill of the universe. Cheers.
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  8. Shivya August 23, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    You always inspire me, Mariellen. The way you take on the world despite all odds, and the way you fight for your dreams. I’ll be keenly following your trip to India!
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      Shivya, You inspire me too! Your travel tales are so pure, so inspired and so heart-felt. To me, you are one of the best. Plus, you’re an awesome person. Knowing that you’re in my corner gives me a lot of strength. And I hope you know I am in your corner too.
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  9. Prasad Np August 23, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    Congratulations, on the 5th anniversary of the blog, and successfully chasing your dreams and inspiring countless travelers across the world. Hope to catch up with you this time in one of the cities you are visiting.
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks so much Prasad. I am determined to meet you in India while I am there! Let’s keep in contact and make it happen. You are one of the leading lights in the travel world in India, keep the fires burning.
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  10. biman bora August 23, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Good luck and all the best for the upcoming years…happy 5th anniversary..

  11. Destination Infinity August 23, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    This is the dream-come-true-list of any blogger, not just a travel blogger! Wishing you all the very best. Although my blog is not in the travel-niche, do let me know if you’d want me to carry a post or two reg. your professional venture. Will be glad to help your mission in someway.

    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      Hi Rajesh, thanks for the comment! I saw your book when I was searching on Amazon, congrats. I’ll download it next time I’m on the site. P.S. I agree with you that Destination Infinity would be a GREAT India tourism tag line …. 🙂
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  12. Steve August 23, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Well done on reaching 5 years with your blog. It has helped inspired to travel more. I day I may even reach India.
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Steve, I really appreciate all the support I get from you on Twitter. It does not go unnoticed. And I hope that we inspire each other to travel and seek our dreams. Good luck, get to India soon 🙂
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  13. Alison Chino August 23, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Congratulations! It’s sounds like you are embarking on a great journey! Wishing you all the best on your travels! XO
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    • Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Thanks Alison, I’m glad our paths crossed, and I hope they cross again. You have a great, adventurous spirit!
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  14. Usha August 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Congratulations on your blogiversary. You have a great itinerary in place and with the right set of planners [tourism board and tour operator]. Wishing you the best and I will continue to read about your journey as it unfolds. Safe Travels.
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  15. Mariellen Ward August 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks Usha, I appreciate your vote of confidence as I see you offer personalized travel planning. Good luck, cheers!
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  16. Laura August 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Wow, congratulations on the blogiversary! Sounds like you have a fabulous few months ahead.
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  17. Gary Arndt August 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Congrats! Here is to 5 more!
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    • Mariellen Ward August 24, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks Gary, I appreciate all of your sage advice and support over the years. P.S. Hope the next five are more profitable, if you know what I mean ….
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  18. Elizabeth August 26, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Congrats on completing 5 years of blogging. It is so nice to see someone who is truly interesting in exploring India in depth when all the Indians are busy exploring foreign countries.
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  19. Arshad August 27, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Best wishes for reaching for your 5th blogiversary..Your writing inspire me so much. I wanna go to Canada someday..If you plan to be in Maharastra, please update it as I will love to meet you in person.
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  20. Rutavi Mehta August 27, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Hey Dearo,

    As always we have been in touch through differnt mediums of Social Media. ..And then conversation on Kerala which inspired me to widen my reach in travel and I saw ur lovely writings and thought let’s start with Travel Conceptualization …So keralablog express came my way and would have been keen to have you part of that trip…However I can surely help you with Kerala Trip and do some great reviews across Kerala.Please share your dates with me on email.. Also we should meet in Delhi as I’ll be in delhi from from 28th to 2nd September before I head off to Ladakh…I’ll be back from ladakh on 13th and we can meet then as well ill b there till 17th..And discuss and talk about Travel conference we have been planning to go ahead …Also I m trying to change Travel and Tourism industry and so I’m the curator of Travel for Social Media week in Mumbai .and having speakers to talk on the same.

    Please email me your dates and we can meet somewhere and work on the same.

    Ciao in India 🙂 As in Hindi “Alvida or jaldi aana” Come soon.

    PS; Hats off to your belief in Ganeshji and Meera bai as I believe in them too along with Krishna as well.

  21. Marie-France (a.k.a. BigTravelNut) August 28, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Happy anniversary! My own blog turned 1 year old on August 21. I can only dream of the day when I’ll be able to organize trips like this, with so many professional activities mixed in.

    I travelled in India on my own for 3 weeks in 1997. If I go back some day, you know what I’d like? To connect with local people who can show me things I would never get to see as a simple tourist. I think that would give me a totally different perspective from my backpacking trip in the 90’s. Do you know of any such organization that connects locals and travellers in India?
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  22. Arvind Ajimal August 28, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Hi Mariellen, It is very encouraging to read about your trips to India. This is really a special talent not every traveler can have that your travel and then you write about it like an expert, portraying the travels making the readers feel like they are part of the travels.
    I have done some amazing trips in the northern part of India and people around me keep telling that I should write about these trips and I hope your blog is going to be an inspiration for me. I traveled to the last indian village “Chitkul” in Himachal Pradesh and then the famous but almost untouched “kalpa” in Himachal Pradesh. In another trip I went to Kaza, planned to see the famous mummified monk but weather stopped us. And recently I traveled to Munsiyari alongside Nepal, Munsiyari is again the last visitable place towards china. Himalaya is great and any place ( I like less crowded and less visited ) far and up towards the china border is more beautiful than those pictures in swiss post cards.
    I want to write about these trips and I also want to share/consult about trips that I am planning for the rest of this year. I am settled in Delhi-NCR and travel with my wife or with some close friend&wife.

  23. nasfir August 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Hello ma’m

    You are one blessed soul and you are able to live your dream..
    And if are visiting Kerala please do remember to go places like wayanad,Kannur.. Alot of natural beauty for you experience..

    Best wishes

  24. Arti August 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    That is a wonderful itinerary Mariellen! I too started blogging in 2009, November it was for me! Congrats on completing 5 glorious years and have a wonderful trip to India. Mumbai is buzzing with Ganpati festival, I wish you could witness it here where it is celebrated with great fervour and energy. ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’
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  25. Girish August 29, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Hi Mariellen,
    Thanks for your passion and attachment to India. Eagerly waiting for your travel experiences in Kerala. Wishing you the best and I will continue to read about your journey.

  26. Ronny August 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Good to see that you’re headed back to the place that resonates the most in your heart. Congrats on the blogoversary, and all the business success you have enjoyed thus far!
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  27. Deepti Sutaria September 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi there ,

    I’m quite impressed by your travel blog and your being connected with India to promote travel n tourism .I would even wish you to be connected with a state like Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra which has lovely Tiger Forest Reserve. You should meet the Travel and tourism Ministers at both the ends .You should go beautiful Tiger forest reserve like Bandhavgarh kanha n pench which are just next to Orange city where I live equally.The best of resorts and stay arrangements can be done

  28. Deepti Sutaria September 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi Mariellen ,

    I have read your blog travel tips you need to mention safety tips equally I ‘ve been in Indian judiciary since last 18 years have been working as a judge too in Indian courts for quiet some time and now a legal consultant to many NRI’s I would like to request you if you put some safety tips equally on your blog as well mention the basics of your travel plan everytime you visit basics mean the commuting planfrom one olace to another and the travelling modes via taxis or rickshaws or on foot the distance which shall put you more close to travellers from abroad be it toronto or London .The second big thing you need to check in with your site is get it linked with all tourism departments n cultural heritage blogs of India even Indians can read about wats best in India and might plan a journey with you so both ways .For Tiger reserve all over India one of my friend takes a tour around …aby help lemme know.Yes do mention safety ss a key point while travelling .You can reach me on twitter on [email protected] in case you follow me will leave my cell phone number and wishing you best I take your leave n welcome to India .

    Best
    Deepti

  29. Deepti Sutaria September 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi once again

    After song of India your wats gonna be your next book am curious n Your bkog id soul search for oneself .I think every Indian tourusm department should be connected with your site as well I would request you if you can take little groups do lemme know will ask my friends abroad to join you soon ..
    Do update us on this time about your Travelogue as well

  30. Abhay Singh September 3, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Wow! nice article and content description is so informative…Best of luck for writing… and thanks for sharing your views ….
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  31. Travel Hot September 11, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Happy anniversary. Thanks for coming India again.

  32. Binny Sharma Singer September 11, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    First of all many many congratulations Mariellen on your blog’s completing 5 years.With such a successful itinerary agenda passing by you on traveling.I firmly believe ,India is one of the most incredible country in the world as it consist of “Unity in Diversity”. Your blog passes multiple informative guideline for Indian places you travel till date.And each time you experience amazed in India.

  33. Alana - Paper Planes September 16, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Wow – you have a lot going on! Will be looking forward to your photos – I’m always drawn to pictures from India, everything is so fascinating and photogenic!
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  34. Roshan Raj September 24, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    loved reading the content on your website. I would like to draw your attention on Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015. This is a mega event which happens every 12 year.

    Give a look at http://nashikkumbh.com for more information regarding kumbh mela 2015

    cheers
    RR

  35. Jennifer September 28, 2014 at 4:26 am #

    I haven’t made it to India yet but it’s on my list. 7th visit for you! Thanks for the inspiration…
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  36. Sumisha September 30, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Its so good to read your blog! I love it! Hope you re having fun in India. I have restarted my blog on food and travel targeting the global Indian traveler. Please have a look at it and give me your feedback http://sumishaaroragilotra.blogspot.in/

  37. Lina @ Divergent Travelers September 30, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Congrats on 5 years of blogging! 7 visits to India, that is INCREDIBLE!! We are planning to visit India in February 2015…. It’s always been a place that intrigues me. Your plans sound amazing and enjoy Sri Lanka!
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  38. Margie September 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Mariellen,

    I too will be in Delhi for Diwali! Love to meet up if possible.
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  39. De'Jav October 1, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Just discovered your sight one looks good two Congrats on 5 years. what do you think has made you successful? what obstacles did you have to overcome? I’m new to the blogging thing and looking to get myself up & running.

  40. Adam Sommer October 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Congrats on the 5 years! I just made it to 2 myself…hoping I can last that long! Its a lot more work than many folks ever imagine!
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  41. Lizzie October 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Hello Mariellen,
    I have been reading you blog for the last few months as my husband and I are going to India. We hope to be in Goa (and possibly Hampi) and Kerala in December, but are yet to decide exactly where and when. Maybe we could keep in contact incase we are near each other.

    Thankyou for all your tips and advice, it has been so helpful.

  42. Rana Singh October 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    What a mesmerizing beauty is the Taj Mahal loved the place also the people are very friendly. Will visit next year again.
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  43. Turkey Family Vacation packages From India. December 2, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Hi
    Congratulations for yours 5th Blog Anniversary.and I proud to you that You love country india and indians.
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  44. Chirag patel December 16, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    You mentioned about Gujarat but it does not reflect in your plans. Have you visited Gujarat before? There are places like Pawagarh, Saputara and lot more worth visiting. Please let me know if you want more information.

    By the way i am the same person who reported the back key bug in this editor :D.

    Regards,
    Chirag

  45. Himachal tour January 27, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    Hi Mariellen,
    nice to read your blog about india,i think you know better than any indian about india,your experience is extremly awesome.I am a also content marketing head in travel company in india and promote in indian travel destination in all over world, i request you that could you give some extra tips about travel blogging,

    thanks.
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  46. Nishant B February 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Mariellen,
    I came across this blog post a bit to late I suppose. Since August 26 2014 , I have travelled to Rajasthan , Delhi , Himachal Pradesh , Goa , Kerala , Tamil Nadu and I live in Bangalore. If I had come across this earlier I would have definitely planned to meet you.
    It is fascinating to know while exploring India , you have in a sense explored and discovered yourself. You are quite an inspiration to all the people who are wanting to breakfree from their self imposed shackles and also those who are bitten by wanderlust bug. Your writings of India have been very passionate and personal. It has give many a different perspective to look at India . I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank you for your great service to this country.
    I know by heart your an Indian , you should now plan on taking Indian citizenship 😛

    Thanks and Regards
    Nishant

  47. Chetan May 26, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    Hey,

    “Then I am off on a whirlwind trip to Srinigar in Kashmir”
    Its Srinagar. The spelling of the city is incorrect.

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