Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
January and December 2013

I’m completing a full circle as I return to Hyderabad to bring in 2014. When I travelled to Hyderabad earlier this year, I didn’t know I was going to return soon. It seems to be the base-camp of my reunions. My life would have been incomplete without trying the historical Hyderabadi Biryani and I’m glad I got two chances at that!


Sunderbans, West Bengal
March 2013

Here I met Nature. This place truly inspired me to get connected and spend more time in silence and amidst Nature. Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest mangrove ecosystems. What truly attracted me to the place was the lives of the people there. The locals are hardworking and self-sustaining. There is a lot to learn from the people in Sunderbans and how we can help to maintain the delicate balance in Nature.


May and November 2013

This year I travelled twice to Goa. In May, it was a getaway with my friends and in November, I explored Panjim by myself. It’s surprising the two trips have been. Even though I learnt a lot from my solo trip, I am convinced that Goa is a place best travelled in the company of friends.


Manali and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
August 2013

The more I write about this, the more elusive it becomes. This was my first solo, backpacking trip. Manali has been a comfort zone (I often refer to Himachal as my home) but the experience in Spiti has changed me forever. After my stay in Sunderbans, I was itching to somehow feed my curiousity and contribute to the environment. I decided to volunteer with Ecosphere. The people I met are the most genuine and the memories we created are priceless. You know, it’s true: the mountains have a way of making us feel great by making us feel small.


Bodhgaya, Bihar
December 2013

This place would qualify as the centre of Buddhism in the country, even though it is not the most travel-friendly! The spectacular Mahabodhi Temple is spiritually surreal and a day could pass off in a matter of minutes there. It attracts large groups of people (both Indian and international) and a lot of disciples are seen chanting through the day around the Bodhi Tree. My favourite is the Butter Lamp House, where we can see a lamp lit for everyone’s prayers. Other attractions of Bodhgaya are the Great Statue of Buddha and Nalanda University.


I also travelled to Calcutta and Nasik this year, though I refrain from writing about them since it was a family and an official trip, respectively.

~What’s on your 2014 travel bucket list?

Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

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3 thoughts on “My Travels in 2013”

  1. Like you, I visited Goa twice this year. I haven’t been to any other place that you’ve mentioned in this post except Hyderabad which happened around 3 years back. Otherwise this year was quite eventful in terms of travel. :-)
    Volunteering in Spiti is in my list. how long were you there, if I may ask? Any pointers?

    I haven’t done a wrap up post for 2013, will do soon. Right now in a holiday mood with family & friends.

    1. Hey Nisha,
      Volunteering in Spiti was the highlight of last year. I volunteered with Ecosphere for two weeks. There are quite a few ways you can get involved and I’d suggest getting in touch with Ishita/Sunil to know more. A good time to travel would be between April to September and I had a great time interacting with the locals. :)
      Happie New Year! May 2014 bring happier and better travels! I’m experiencing the chill in Poland through your photos just now! :)

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