Hours away from the big trip
When we looked at the TRINS school calendar this summer with an eye to planning some travel, it was clear that the Christmas Break was going to be the big opportunity. It's really the only extended block of time off we had since starting school. We arrived here during the last big break, Onam, so beside a few long weekends we've been able to string together, our December journey has been thought of as "the big trip" for a while. However, some unexpected changes has expanded the length and range of our journey.
It's exam time at TRINS - no more classes until January 3rd. Our original plan was to depart after exams on December and travel through New Years. However, the 11th grade has taken their exams early in order to go on their class trip that leaves today and we have been able to join them for their week long bus excursion. So instead of starting on December 16, we're heading out today (December 7) and won't be back until after New Years. We have quite an itinerary ahead - I'll sketch it out.
We'll board the bus with the students for an overnight trip to the hills of northern Kerala and plan to see some areas of scenic and cultural interest throughout the trip. During the week, we'll be visiting some hill station towns as well as the beautiful city of Mysore before ending up in Bangalore (most people have spoken to someone in Bangalore at some point...). On the 14th, we'll leave the bus trip and fly to Udaipur in Rajastan for the main purpose of going on a camel trek in the desert. After the camels, it's on to Jodhpur and finally Jaipur (where were before for the monkey temple) in order to catch a flight to Goa where we'll be for five days including Christmas. After Goa, its on to Aurangabad for the primary purpose of seeing the Ajanta and Elora Caves for a couple of days. After that, an overnight train will carry us to Mumbai for three days including New Years. From there it's back south again. It promises to be quite an odyssey during which we will be carried by buses, cars, auto rickshaws, planes, camels, trains, boats, and maybe even an elephant at some.
We'll be in touch when technology allows it - I shouldn't be typing - need to finish packing.