Friday, 18 January 2013

Recap 2012

After successfully maintaining an online travelogue through blogging as decided in 2011, the Year 2012 started off with a resolution of targeting at least one trip per month. This was to set the momentum going about pursuing my hobby of travelling which was set rolling sometime in 2010.

January went by without a trip. And my resolution seemed to be failing. However, February 2012 covered this backlog when it brought with it three trips in succession. Our office colleagues visited Bhamchandra Gad and Bhandara Hill 15 days apart and then a long & secretly planned trip to Bhandardara to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.

During second half of March, we office colleagues (with Family) visited Karla Caves near Lonavala. Enroute we also visited the Celebrations Wax Museum. Three days later we got a chance to visit the Veer Chapekar Memorial at Chinchwad; and also the Moraya Gosawi Temple nearby. We, office colleagues again, had gone there after our office hours.

One month later, in mid-April, we visited Hyderabad. This was because of an official conference. However, we got half day available for sight-seeing.

May month brought with it a Photography Workshop; outdoor session of which was planned in P L Deshpande Garden (Pune-Okayama Japanese Garden). The month ended with a visit to Prati-Shirdi (Shirgaon).

After a 2 months hiatus, we visited Prati-Balaji (Ketkavale) in end of July, our first monsoon trip. This one was with entire family.

In August second half, we visited Bamnoli - a family visit of our office colleagues.

September came with it a visit to Vaishno Devi Temple in Pune (Pimpri). It was a family visit clubbed with a family function. Next, me and my friend went to the Lord Vyankateshwara at Tirumala, Tirupati. Next week (mid-September) was the King of Forts, Rajgad.

We had our Photography Club excursion to Madhe Ghat in 1st week-end of October. Mid of the month was the long planned, much awaited, nostalgic trip to Indore.

More than a month later in November, I witnessed Star Trail Photography for first time at Telbaila.

December first week we went for a Geographical Marvel, Potholes of Nighoj. I ended my 2012's travels by visiting Pali Ashtavinayak Temple & Unhere Hot Water Springs.

The year covered in all 15 trips. I have ignored official Hyderabad trip and nearby places in Pune like Japanese Garden & Chapekar Memorial. Already crossed my target of 1 trip per month.

In 2013, I should maintain this momentum going. Many places were on cards last year, of which I visited Bhandardara & Nighoj. I also visited Kaas & Chincholi Morachi but not during the correct time. Hence all those places remain - Ajanta-Ellora (Aurangabad), Ramdara, Bhuleshwar, Morachi Chincholi. Apart from this, Gujarat visited is almost decided during October-13. Planning is to be made.

I have a long pending wish for Lonaar (Crater Lake) & Tarkarli (in Konkan). Daman is also pending since long. Just recently, I thought of Pondicherry also. Let's see how it all goes, if not this year, then in years to come.

Happy travelling!!!

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