Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Travel Log: Going Big, Going High

I guess it all started a few months ago. For me, at least. A friend and I plan to travel, dare I say, backpack, for at least a month around India. While that may seem too short too little to our western counterparts, it is a big deal to middle-class wage-earning urban professionals from a developing Asian country.

We plan to cover India's classic golden triangle, albeit with some modifications, starting with the forts and temples of Delhi, on to the Taj Mahal in Agra and the ghats of Varanasi, and finally to the desert fortress of Jaisalmer. After that, and funds permitting, we plan to see the planet's biggest and tallest mountain range, the Himalayas. Now this was something I was looking forward to. I suppose you can call it "the Palin effect," which I subsequently learned is a legitimate affliction.

I admit, all this was the brainchild of my friend, not mine. She has been dreaming of and planning for this trip for longer than I have. I am just tagging along. Which is why I am hatching a plan of doing something on my own.