If You Had to Pick Only One Picture III

It is almost time to let go of 2014. It has been a good year for me. So to sum up my travels for this year I continue with ‘if you have to pick up only one picture’ series. Only I am posting 10 pictures this time as I do need to warp up the series today! The first ten trips of the travel 2014 are covered here and here.

Pragpur (with Judge’s Court, Himachal Pradesh)

The Judge's Court, Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh
The Judge’s Court, Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh

Pragpur is a small little town in Himachal Pradesh. Judge’s Court is a family run hotel there. The place so reminded me of my railway childhood home. My father retired from railways sometime back. Before that we used to live in a fairly large home with litchee trees (among many others) in the compound. This scene was so reminiscent of my childhood days when eating litchees from the tree was a norm.

Chandratal, Himachal Pradesh (Personal Trip)


The trek to Chandratal was certainly one of the highlights of this year. I do not know what is wrong with me but unless I walk for a good many kilometers (about 14 in this case) in a day every year, life feels pretty incomplete. My elder nephew was with me on this trip and it was after a long time that we traveled together. The younger brat and I have traveled much more with each-other.

Thailand (with TAT New Delhi)

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

This was trip number 2 of the total 3 trips to Thailand this year. Friends on Facebook have mentioned that it must be like my second home! I do like going back to Thailand so much. It is a very special place for me.

Bhutan (With Makemytrip) 

Tiger's Nest, Paro, Bhutan
Tiger’s Nest, Paro, Bhutan

Bhutan is an absolutely gorgeous destination. I fell completely for its charms. It is tranquil and it feels as if I stepped back 50 years in time! The people are gentle and gracious. It was also special because I could trek on this trip as well to the Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro. I am certainly going back to Bhutan some day.

Hong Kong (Personal Trip)

Hong Kong with Chhavi and Vasu
Hong Kong with Chhavi and Vasu

Hong Kong was truly special because it was the first trip abroad from both these brats. It was so much fun. They didn’t know I was clicking a picture or else they would have protested. Soon after I took this shot, they wanted to jump in the water below. The elder one told me in all earnest that she knew swimming, so she could jump! They did nothing of that sort in the end.

Gulmarg, Kashmir (With Khyber Resort and Spa)

Gulmarg, Kashmir
Gulmarg, Kashmir

The first thought that comes to mind about this trip is that I almost got caught in the floods! I was very lucky to get out when I did. Nothing would have happened to me as Gulmarg was unaffected. But the phone lines went down and if I was stuck it would have been very difficult for my family.

Ibis, Airport, New Delhi (With Ibis)

Ibis, New Delhi
Ibis, New Delhi

I was not very sure if I should include Ibis as a trip or not. But it was certainly a first when I stayed in a hotel in my own city! Chhavi and I had so much fun together, particularly at the pool! So, I am including it as an outing.

Krabi, Thailand (with TAT New Delhi)

Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is a beautiful beach destination and this was my third to thailand in 2014! I have been incredibly lucky to be on this luxury trip where among other things, I had a complete speedboat to myself for traveling to Hong Island!

Jaipur (with Jaipur Marriott)

Letting my Hair Down at Jaipur Marriott
Letting my Hair Down at Jaipur Marriott

Even though Jaipur is touristy but I so like the place! And Jaipur Marriott was the touch luxury that made the trip extra special. This trip was quite different from my other trips as the focus was food. The note to self is to know my limits when it comes to how much food I can eat and not get carried away!

Sariska, Rajasthan (Personal Trip)

Sariska National Park, Rajasthan
Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

Sariska was the last trip of the year and the first trip this year when all of three of us traveled together! We hope to improve our family travel record in 2015!

2014 has been an incredible year travel wise and otherwise as well. I do not wish to be greedy but can I please have more of the same in 2015?

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11 thoughts on “If You Had to Pick Only One Picture III”

  1. It is so tough to pick one so I will give three πŸ™‚ Thailand Colorful market, Chavi next to pool and Gulmarg….

    Wishing a wonderful 2015 πŸ™‚

  2. Have been following all your year-end posts. This is great Mridula. Amazing pictures and tales from each destination.
    I really wonder- do you ever stay at home? So many trips in a single year. I definitely envy you πŸ˜€
    (Have a tip for this blogger- how do you get associated with companies who sponsor so many of your trips? :D)

  3. Absolutely remarkable post mridula. I was completely into it. All the snaps added value complementing your curvy lines, kashmir snap being my personal best. Enjoyed reading it. Simply beautiful πŸ™‚

  4. It was wonderful following this series πŸ™‚ What a great year for you Mridula! I wish you more traveling in the coming year too πŸ™‚ Ummm, I am bit selfish that I would get to see the world through your lens and words πŸ˜‰
    TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  5. ..i would choose Gulmarg..nothing can beat the beauty of Kashmir..it is every poet’s delight and a photographer’s paradise.. ..if i have to choose second one..i would go for Chandratal..this place resembles Ladakh..sky protruding mountains..ethereal clouds splashed into the sky..a lake in deep slumber..the roar of silence and solitude..everything is magical about this pic..
    ..just loved your blog..keep up the great work.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. This Time you should give me a chance to pic at least two photo graphs and these are …………………. Chandratal and Ibis (New Delhi ) . But by picking these particular two , I m not saying that others are not good !!

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