Madam Somnatpur MysoreAs you read this, I will be on my way for a rather lovely couple of days soaking in the atmosphere of a vineyard in North India.

They’re getting a chunk of us bloggers together to sit about and say how nice the place is – and frankly, if you put me in convivial company and fill me full of wine for 36 hours, it’s not much of a stretch to assume I will come up with a positive review.

What? Don’t say you wouldn’t do the same thing too!

Being requested to review things is a rather lovely perk of this blog becoming better known (well it is, I modestly point out… an award winning blog, after all).

But seeing a bit more of the country this very week, so soon before I leave, is extremely lovely. There is so much here I haven’t seen.  I could spend the next 5 years travelling all over India looking at temples and ancient ruins and both, never get bored and not do more than the most superficial skim through most places.

I have no idea how so many people come here and ‘do’ the country in 6 weeks. What on earth do they see? And how do they believe they can understand the country and have a real feel for it.

I’ve been here 4 years, travelled extensively and in depth and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

I have a bucket list as long as my arm:

  • The temples of Orissa
  • Calcutta
  • Darjeeling
  • Nagaland
  • Rishikesh (yes I should have been but I haven’t, I was working through my list in the south first, I thought I had years)
  • The amazing temple at Madurai
  • Bijipur
  • The Mangalore coast
  • Another proper go at Mumbai
  • And it’s 30 years since I was in Delhi for more than a morning, surely I should go and check that out?
  • Then there’s Hydrabad and all the places I’d like to visit to taste the food
  • And national parks
  • The Thar desert
  • And all those many temples off the beaten track.

Ahhh, how can I leave? I’ve not done any of these places yet.

Breathe, liz breathe. You’re coming back in the winter of 2014. Remember that. And you won’t have to stay in Bangalore then, you can move about more.

Ok, the mist is clearing now. Breathing,

It’s going to be ok.


This post is part of the ‘Reasons I live in India’ Series. Which is now poignant as I’ll be leaving soon. Read more of them here:

Reasons I live in India : The People
Reasons I live in India : The Sky
Reasons I live in India : It’s more colourful

And do please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.