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India

Not sure if I remember how to do this blogging bit. I’ve been working ridiculous hours, nights and weekends. Ugh. Consumer or employee… advertising will eat your soul. But I’m gonna make a break for it! Jetting off to India for 2 weeks!

Planning a 2 week trip to India is like planning a 2 hour trip to Disneyland. Even after opting for flights (instead of trains and buses) between a couple of cities, there’ll just be no way to see everything we want to see. We settled on key cities in the state of Rajasthan, in the north. Sadly, we won’t be able to see the place that made me fall in love with the idea of visiting India – the Golden Temple. Hard choices had to be made. Kell had to give up something he wanted to see as well – Jodphur, otherwise known as the Blue City. But, no sense dwelling on what we won’t see.. just an excuse to go back.

As luck would have it, we’ll be there during the Holi Festival! Knowing this, we planned our route around it and the Elephant Festival in Jaipur the day before. Our route will be something like: Delhi, Agra, Orchha, Jaipur, Udaipur then Veranasi.

Below is a little image tour of things I hope to see. Eeeeeeeeeeeee! So excited!

New Delhi

Red Fort
Akshardham Temple

Lal Mandir

Chandni Chowk Market
Laxmi Narayan

Agra

Taj Mahal

Agra Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

Gwalior / Orchha

Gwalior Fort

Orchha Palace
Raj Mandir

Jaipur

Amber Fort
Holi Festival
Hawa Mahal
Elephant Festival
Jal Mahal
Rooftop restaurant at our hotel

Udaipur

Lake Palace
City Palace
Jag Mandir Palace
Ranakpur Temple
Kumbhalgarh Fort

Varanasi

 

Ganges Boating

Varanasi Ghats Bathing

Varanasi Burning Ghats

Goal: Visit a U.S. National Park Yearly

Glacier Point

I’ve talked a bit about priorities and achieving goals and I think I’ll start to share mine every once in a while. One of my goals is to visit a U.S. National Park that I have never seen before, every year.

There are currently 58 parks spanning 84.6 million acres. Yellowstone was the first national park, established in 1872, however the National Park Service wasn’t officially established until 1916. In June of 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt (oh how I love that man!) signed executive orders which consolidated the various National Parks and Monuments and placed them under one federal umbrella. He vastly expanded their numbers and highly publicized his vacations to the parks, encouraging others to visit them as well.

I found this mammoth map identifying all of the National Parks Systems areas. And here is a list of the parks, their locations and the year they were established.

Right now I think my top 3 choices are the Olympic, Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks both because they look incredible and because they’re relatively close.

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park