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Journeys Through Mind’s Eye

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I was just savouring the best of an Italian cuisine, Prawn Risotto, at Aer – Seasons, Mumbai’s one of the best rooftop restaurants, with bollywood’s boldest icon, Kareena Kapoor. Alas! The Monday morning alarm knocked me off my dreams barreling to yet another nagging week and barging in the moment when she was about to feed me a spoon full of love from her slurpy and spicy Lebanese dish. GOSH!!! It was such a bright and harmonic Valentine’s eve of 2015 underneath the starlit sky and overlooking the Mumbai skyline with some classic operas of Claudio Monteverdi, Gaetano Donizetti, and Ruggiero Leoncavallo intimating the moment from behind. I hate such a morning that makes me to realize, I am earning hard to live like a slave size. That delirious evening was full of some juicy talks from the avenue of her glamour world and was enhanced to spectrum of colours when I shared with her my travel dreams.
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Mumbai Skyline from Aer-Four Seasons.
Image Source: http://thegloballocal.in/2013/01/the-friday-night-plan-san-qui-and-aer-lounge/

The journey that I want to undertake once before I tie up knot with someone for lifetime will be accompanied by a pretty Danish lady, Trine Obel,and the Swedish guy, William, whom I met on my Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2014 trip. What can be more exciting than a journey from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Abisko National Park, Sweden via Stockholm in a winter when temperature drops to stale around -10° C to -5°C. Ah! I just want to live once a life in the snow bed like an Eskimo, with a bottle of urban Rum and overlooking the Arctic sky emitting brilliant lights. I want to feel the shiver melting down in the midst of wilderness visualizing the luminous white glow enhancing to a greenish cast and swaying with ghostly spray of colours undulating like a sheet in the wind. May then I chance upon a herd of Reindeer and the furious Wolverine, things might turn up bit more thrilling in the mystical winter delight. I know that’s the magic of the aurora sky, which once I experience may free me from all the luxury of life.
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The Northern Lights as seen from Abisko National Park
Image Source: http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/10-04/best-bootsnall-travel-photos-march-2010.html

But there it goes, I’m a greedy travel dreamer. How can I miss to see the colourful coral world beneath the edge of humans? A marine voyage with a couple of bottle nosed dolphins and accompanied by olive ridley turtle and flock of reef fish is something more gratuitous than buying a precious metal for your wife. I think if my to be wife turns out to be a crazy traveller and I gift her a marine life for a week instead of a diamond ring for lifetime, she might simply react, ‘OH! Wow!!!’. There is a 50-50 chance anyways. Let me live to my travel fantasies as of now where I was bubbling in an aquatic world. I cannot stick to be a day dreamer forever so the cool side to light my dream to make it an event is to visit once the water in the Maputaland Marine Reserve in Rocktail Bay, South Africa. Chances are I may encounter some of the endearing species such as humpback whales, leatherback turtles, tiger sharks, clown fish, and manta rays.
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Scuba Diving in Rocktail Bay, South Africa
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My bucket list of travelogue may be a tantalizing one, not knowing how much I can deal with it in my lifetime, BUT it is for sure I’m going to follow the legendary 1952 expedition on wheels of Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado. I was deeply inspired by the movie Motorcycle Diaries. At least Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley of Cusco Region in Peru is a must. It is a remarkable archaeological example of the iconic Inca civilization of the 15th century, which is now one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world. Well my visit to Machu Picchu will be of no historical significance but it will be to wonder such a planned city at an altitude of 2,430 meters.
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Machu Picchu
Image Source: http://wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/visiting-machu-picchu-is-overrated/

And my travel dreams uphold experiencing one of the indigenous culture of India, the Naga tribes. I don’t have any such specific knowledge why I want to be one of the nodes in their territory but I know when to visit. There is a strange vibe at the time of the Hornbill Festival. I have read about it that it displays the rich culture of Nagaland that is heightened with remarkable performances of folk dance and music, traditional arts and crafts, and food. The most eye catching part might be their unique traditional costume during the festival. As I said earlier, why specifically in the Naga territory, may be because I am a hardcore carnivore and hence why not to try out their variety of meat dishes spiced up with aromatic ginger, chillies, and Sichuan pepper. The typical ‘fermented bamboo shoot with fish and pork’ is something that I find mouthful according to the recipe that I once went through.
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The Hornbill Festival
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Bamboo Shoot Soup
Image Source: http://piglicious.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/bamboo-shoots/

Worth to share and I know this is the craziest one of my travel dreams that you all might laugh out loud… the eroticism of honeymoon coupling in the soft white sand dunes of Hunder in Nubra Valley. I could imagine an extremely hardcore natural environment filled with sound of love, lure, and lust and the drifting whisper of cool breeze solacing one of the most sensualistic moments of my life. May god bless my to be wife and give her the strength to be a part of it.

Before I conclude I must share this with you all that I’ve a plan to visit Ajay Devgn this January 2015. I don’t know how and where it is possible, but since I featured him as the only role player in my life right away from his bike stunt in his debut film, Phool Aur Kaante, I think I deserve a toast of age hood. Later, in February 2015 it might follow with a candlelit dinner with Kareena Kapoor.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my travel dreams. There is no end though.

Please Note: This article is not a part of the ongoing travel writing contest 2014. Consider this as a sample write up and these are some of my travel dreams that I would like to make it an event in future. I know you have got some better travel dreams. This article is approximately 900 words excluding “a” and “an”. Follow the guidelines for your word counts.

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Brought up from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, Swairik Das is a passionate traveller who seeks to travel and explore the length and breadth of the country. He is also a dedicated travel writer, blogger and photographer who by heart is also an adventure freak. His focus is mostly into exploring and writing on trekking, jungle safaris and several adventure activities; religion, festival, heritage, people and cuisine.


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