My feet itch if I am stationed at home for long periods. It aches for new travel and new experience and I am sure majority agree with me that there is no better therapy than travel. As Ibn Battuta quotes,
With corona policing our lives, the traveling did take a hit. Where we were global travellers, we now became local travellers. The past 18 months gave me an opportunity to glimpse into our culture more deeply as we began visiting rural areas tucked somewhere deep in the heart of the state. Tasting the local food, meeting the local people and listening to their stories resonated an echo that no matter what the difference; urban or rural, educated or uneducated, socially advantaged or disadvantaged, FAMILY came first for all. Everybody wanted to protect and safeguard their family.
I had never realized the past few decades living in Maharashtra that deep in Igatpuri, would be natural wonders. The place is so untouched and raw that you pray that no one comes and commercializes it. I am sure looking at the pictures, you feel the same.
Last week, I visited Rishikesh and Haridwar and the spiritual engagement prevailed. There is something magical about these places as you wish to spend some time going inside than outside your body. You wish to synergize the energies and reflect on the true purpose of your life. The people out here are warm and helpful. If you are travelling this side, do carry proper woolens and immerse yourselves in the variety of activities like rafting, yoga, trekking and much more. It isn't a shoppers paradise but definitely a showstopper paradise.