My acquaintance with Dubai is only with the airport and the Emirates. I have transited thrice but never ventured into the city yet. I have been only a transit passenger to Dubai till now. The first trip was in 2001 when I was flying to Athens for an academic conference. I had a 23 hour layover while coming back. And yet all of it was spent on the airport.
I transited again in 2009 and 2011 while flying Delhi-Manchester. On both these occasions I had only a few hours to spare and once again they were all spent at the airport. While I quite like the Dubai Airport, I certainly wish to explore more.
At one point my younger nephew (also known as Brat 2) did a long internship in Dubai. I almost made a trip then. I researched Dubai Packages and Dubai Tourism options but it was not to be. That trip also got shelved.
If I get a chance to go to Dubai here is what I would like to do
Go on a Dessert Safari
I have read a lot about the dessert safaris in Dubai. Though I do get motion sickness easily I am still determined to go through the experience whenever I get a chance. I wish I could do the hot air balloon ride too but I will be happy with just a safari to begin with.
Though I am not a hardcore shopper but then there are places which make me happily go shopping. Jaipur and Thailand readily come to mind. I have a feeling that Dubai would be the same for me. I am waiting to test this theory.
Stay High in the Clouds
I have seen and drooled at the pictures of people posting tip of the buildings seen through clouds in Dubai. I am not sure how common the experience is, but I certainly wish to stay high enough in a room and see if I can talk to the clouds!
Explore the beaches
I have read of public beaches and private beaches in Dubai. I would wish to experience both when I visit Dubai.
Explore the Traditional City
Though a lot of the city is modern, I would certainly like to explore the old souks of Dubai and see if they can transport back in time.
What do you say about my wish list? What have I missed out?
Did you notice the use of plural when I said forthcoming trips for me? You can imagine the smile on my face too, it is a constant these days, I guess. This is the last stretch of calm before the storm, I mean my teaching semester will start soon. And I like to cram in as much trips as I can just before that. This time I got lucky too. If all goes according to the plan I would be traveling on all the weekends (extended ones too) for the next three weeks. Oh the bliss of traveling!
The first in the series is my maiden trip to Kerala with Travspire. So before this week inches to a close I would be flying to Kochi (Air India) to start a 4 day journey in the God’s own country! Backwaters, cycling and kayaking are on agenda. Now would you blame me if I sound so excited? My hands are itching to click new pictures. And even though I have now concluded that I prefer the mountains a little more than the sea, but I love the sea too. Actually I love it a lot. The tan that I get from being out in the hot sun is another matter though! But that I get from the mountains too. Talking of mountains I could do a trip to the Himalayas too, but all in good time!
The next two trips are to Rajasthan and more about them in good time. But now that I could be traveling for 3 consecutive weeks the war has started early. I need to finish so much work before I can set my foot out. So have to keep this post short. Do stay tuned for traveling to Kerala and Rajasthan with me and Travel Tales from India and Abroad.
My trip to Te Aroha at Dhanachuli (on invitation) was fixed even before I headed to Nepal. And then in Nepal I heard about the devastation at Kedarnath and in Uttarakhand. Even till date I have not been able to watch any visuals from the region apart from the passing images I saw on news channels. Whatever I saw disturbed me deeply.
So when the time came to review the plans for my visit to Dhanachuli I asked the hotel about their opinion. They said the roads were open and even though there was some rain there was nothing much which would warrant a cancellation but they left the final decision to me.
For the first time in my life I looked at Google Earth to see how the region looked like, not that I could tell much by looking at it! But it certainly looked very different from the affected areas. Then there was the task of convincing the family. Surprisingly they agreed quite quickly. So by the time you read this I would be already at Te Aroha, Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand as this is a scheduled post. The hotel is located in a small village and does not have a wifi hence the need to schedule my posts!
There has been so much news about cancellations and I do not wish to follow the same path as I am traveling to a region in Uttarakhand that is not directly affected. Travel has given me so much, this is one small bit that I thought I would do. I would be back late on Monday and will of course talk much more about my Uttarakhand tales then!
If you have travel plans for Uttarakhand for an unaffected region, please consider before you cancel them. The region needs your support now.