“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go” – Jacqueline du Pre.
I have read and heard about travelers who have been to over 70+ and 80+ countries – Even much more, 100 countries! It would be typically appropriate for such travelers to call out this statement. But I have been to two. Yes! – Only two countries 😦 😦 Having the beast of Wanderlust taking greater leaps in me quite often and yet visited only one overseas country makes me undoubtedly mad. That’s pretty much a worry factor in me. But I have almost covered most of the important attractions and almost half of the provinces of the two big countries – India and United States.
Do I really deserve to call this title of the post?
Do I really deserve to call this title of the post? I just questioned myself, prior making this huge statement. But considering the travels I have made in two big countries in the world, India (7th) and United States (3rd) – I just decided myself that let me go ahead and declare the statement bold and loud. If title of this post is misleading by giving an impression of me travelled somewhere like 30 or more countries – My sincere apologies now! As the wanderlust is fiercely burning, I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunities to get that count booming. Yes! – I’m definitely working, planning and making money for the same.
Places in India that stands out to me; From the trips I have made.
I just did a rewind of my travels I have made so far and started a virtual revisit of the beautiful places and memories I have collected all my 30 years. Kashmir, the land of paradise strikes me immediately! – Pahalgam and Gulmarg in particular; Magnificent beaches of Havelock Island accompanied by the Green Mountains and Sea stacks in Andaman Sea; The Green Plains and Green Mountains of Munnar in Kerala, the God’s own country; Boat houses and Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom, Kerala; Mudumalai National Park in the Nilgiri Hills, the so-called Blue Mountains in South India.
Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats Mountain Ranges in South India; Palolem beach in the former Portuguese colony, Goa; Ever Green hill stations – Ooty (Udhagai) and Kodaikanal; Grey clouds and cool breeze, embracing hills of Lonavala in Maharashtra; Kanya Kumari the southern tip (Cape Comorin) of the peninsular Indian Sub-Continent and the Juncture of the three seas – Just like Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. I have visited much more attractions in India. But the aforesaid places are the ones that stay afresh in my soul of wanderlust forever.
Fallen in love with United States! – Just like any other new visitor!
90% of the trips I have made in United States were solo – And I just loved all the 90%! The Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairies of Kansas; Snow-clad Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Montana and Colorado; Wonderful Sunsets of Nebraska; Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park; Hot Springs and Geysers of Yellowstone; Yellowstone Lake back dropping Snow capped mountains; Jackson Lake by the Tetons.
Santa Monica Mountains in the Pacific Coast of California; Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma; Great Sand Dunes of Colorado; Deserted and Barren Lands of Nevada and California; the Magnificent Terrains of the Badlands in South Dakota; the beautiful agricultural fields of Iowa, Colorado, Missouri and Kentucky; Stunning Corn fields of Illinois; Jaw dropping Smoky Mountains of Tennessee; Uwharrie National Forest of North Carolina; Peoria Heights in Illinois and Amazing North Eastern states like New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
To be precise, I have made trips to a total of 22 states all as a whole in the United States. And I must say that somehow I missed out the rest 28 in my 18 months stay. When seen as the big picture, United States is absolutely beautiful which has been gifted with incredible nature, impressive variety of landscapes and this country offered me the sheer beauty of all the four seasons which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sponsoring a H1B or L1 Visa to United States?
Attention Employers! –Would you like to sponsor me a H1B or L1 visa to the United States for an SAP MM or SAP VC project? I will finish the rest and the whole country and then I will move on to next! 😉 😉 And I will say “THANK YOU!” 🙂 🙂
After we did head out from Yellowstone…
I and my colleague did Yellowstone in just one and a half days! Yeah – a real quick! Next to Yellowstone we had Grand Teton National Park in our plans. We were heading out from Yellowstone and at one point there was a board saying “Leaving Yellowstone NP” and on the other side it says “Entering Grand Teton NP”. Yeap! They’re quite adjacent to each other.
The National Park is named after the tallest mountain in the whole of the Teton Mountain Range. The tallest mountain in the park, Grand Teton peaks up to 13770 ft (4197 m).
Jackson Lake Overlook
The first halt we did after entering Grand Teton National Park was at this spot. This place has stunning nature features like dense woods of green pine trees on left, lining the banks of the Jackson Lake and right side of the banks of the lake lined up with mountains. And far on straight, northern Teton ranges can be seen. This spectacular place of nature is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
Oxbow Bend Turnout
We moved from Jackson Lake Overlook and headed south for 12 miles and we saw this stunning place. The nature beauty at this very spot looks bright and phenomenal at 70 °F (21 °C), Pine trees were all pleasant with beautiful lush green on them, Green grass were all afresh all along the banks of the Snake River and Snow-crowned mountains which all glitters under the sun. All these features at Oxbow Bend by the Snake River made me look the place was just born out of the Mother Nature’s Womb. I couldn’t found any alternative set of words to explain this beauty of Grand Teton National Park at this particular place. At that moment – I was like, “Alright, have I seen a place more beautiful than this one?”, I asked myself. And the response was a second-paused ‘No!’, from within.
We have been said at the visitor center that Wildlife watching at Oxbow Bend at Snake River is a must see stuff. And we didn’t want to miss that one either if that’s has been said so. We were at the banks of Snake River looking for animals like Elk, Moose and Deer.
The pure water in Snake River at the Oxbow Bend was instigating me to take a deep dive in the river and do a gentle and Frog-like swim just like I have did all my life in River Cauvery and River Kollidam (Coleroon) in my home town, Trichy in India. The River water was so chill in the spring times that didn’t let me do it. Else I would have taken a dive!
And yes! The Oxbow Bend by the Snake River is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. 🙂 🙂
Which is the most beautiful place you have ever seen? Let me know your answers in the comments. There are strong chances of me adding up your places in my ‘To Do Travels’ list.
There would be lot left out in this world to get amazed about, even if you have already traveled over 50+ countries – I guess!