“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
We watched the sun setting in a haze of orange and pink across the parched sands of the Thar Desert. As the sun slowly disappeared over the horizon we looked at each other in silent communion. Both of us had the same questions running in our minds. The sun had finally set over 2016 and in about 12 hours it would rise again over a bright new year, 2017.
Our minds were abuzz with ideas hovering like bees over brilliantly colored flowers. It seemed that in a fraction of a second we had flown across the world in our quest for new horizons for 2017. We smiled at each other, acknowledging the fact that our appetite for travel had only increased as we bid farewell to 2016 and welcomed 2017.
So we unleashed our travel dreams and let them free to wander, untethered across and beyond the realms of imagination. The new year holds a promise of new travel adventures. Presenting our travel dreams to explore & experience new horizons. Here is a list of places that we came up with to visit in 2017.
Ever since we had a scintillating time in Sikkim, a couple of years back, we have been wanting to head back there. In fact, we had vowed to ourselves to get back someday to visit the villages of Lachung and Lachen. Lachung which is situated at an elevation of about 9,600 feet is a small picturesque village situated that is the base to visit the famed Yumthang Valley, which is known as the “Valley of Flowers” and is nestled in the arms of the great Himalayan mountains. Lachen is another Sikkimese village that is the gateway to the mystical Gurudogmar Lake which at about 17,800 feet is one of the highest lakes in the world.
The majestic temples of Angkor Wat have been silently calling us for some time now. Though this place bears the brunt of hordes of tourists and it has been written and rewritten about umpteen times, the grandeur of the largest religious monument in the world is irresistible and we hope to heed the call in 2017.
We have planned our itinerary for Eastern Europe a number of times and are looking forward to our European dreams taking wing in 2017.
The plan is to start our European extravaganza with a visit to the charming city of 100 spires, Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. We dream of getting lost as we walk in the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarters.
Our minds still soaking in the beauty of picturesque Prague we shall then move on to Bratislava and walk around the elegant town to our heart’s content. We would love to experience the confluence of the multiple cultures of Hungarian, Czech, German, Austrian and Jewish origins in the charming environs of the Slovakian city of Bratislava.
Bidding goodbye to beautiful Bratislava, we will move on to one of the most beautiful cities of the European Union, namely Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Apart from a heady wine tour to Eger we look forward eagerly to a leisurely cruise on the Danube.
Our next port of call would be vivacious Vienna a city that personifies grace and elegance. A city where we want to lose ourselves amongst its numerous palaces and museums. A city that has an ethereal and dream-like quality.
From Vienna, we are sure we can almost hear the “Sound of Music” from neighboring Salzburg and the sound will draw us magically to the lovely city of Salzburg. Another city where our visual senses will be provided a feast of the best of Baroque architecture and stunning natural landscapes.
From Salzburg, we shall proceed to keep our rendezvous with Innsbruck. At Innsbruck, we will frolic in the snow and ski away to glory. When we get tired we shall stare in wonder at the exhibits of the Swarovski Crystal World.
These are some of our travel dreams for 2017. We do not know if these travel dreams shall flower into reality or not. But what we do know is that 2017 holds the promise of something new, something exciting as any other new year. The year 2017 brings with it the promise of new adventures and new experiences through the exploration of new travel destinations. The new year is pregnant with the promise of unheard, unread and untold adventures. Adventures that will be our very own to experience, cherish and share with the world. Wherever we go, we will relish each moment for all it is worth and not let it go till we have squeezed the last ounce of experience from it. So dear readers do stay hitched to our site in 2017 for more travel stories and experiences. Thanks for staying with us through 2016 and we promise you an exciting 2017 as well. Do share with us your travel dreams for 2017.
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