A look back at the year that was -2021
2021 was an incredible year filled with new beginnings. We took our first international trip at the beginning of the year with our infant son. We came back with boatloads of memories and learnings of being new parents. The first few months served us well in terms of travel, with February in Mysore and March in Goa. Taking baby steps to make big leaps and slowly and steadily making our son a part of our way of life.
As the bliss of maternity leaves got over and Riya went back to working full time, we planned on making complete use of our work from home option to travel to Uttarakhand and work from the mountains. But as fate would have it, we had to cancel our tickets and all plans due to the 2nd wave.
What came next was difficult. We lost some of our close ones to Covid as we held on to our near and dear ones as tightly as we could. Those few months of hardship taught us how incredible we are as a community. From people reaching out door to door to offering help to people making meals and delivering to those in need, we saw the best of us come forward to stand strong in this situation.
As the rage of Covid started to subside out travel plans started to emerge. For the first time, we did the most impulsive thing ever. We decided to jump on a flight the next day and go explore Agra. No itinerary, no hotels booked, just impromptu. And I must say it was the best feeling ever.
The next few months went on planning and building our studio, something we had dreamt of for a long time. Picking up wall colors to choosing tiles we had a wonderful time transforming our abode from a sketch in the book to reality.
As the year came closer to an end, we were excited to take the last trip and of course, renew our vows. We chose Sri Lanka and planned up a 10-day itinerary. And after a gap year, we did it…we did it again. There could not have been a better ending to the year than standing by the ocean having the breeze caress our faces and us cuddling our son watching the sunset together.
Dubai has grown exponentially in the early 21st century and has transformed itself into a world-class city for business and a holiday destination. No surprise that the most populous emirate of the UAE has been named TripAdvisor’s top destination in the world for 2022. On our 6-day trip to Dubai, we realized why so. With plenty of beaches, deserts, adventure parks, luxury shopping hubs, lively nightlife, entertainment, and state-of-the-art architecture, Dubai is undoubtedly a place that should be high on every travel enthusiast’s bucket list.
Abu Dhabi is generally overlooked as a destination with Dubai being the most popular city and located right next to it. But make no mistake, this city being the capital of the UAE has a popularity of its own. From High rise buildings, shifting dunes, turquoise ocean, pristine beachfront, rich history, breathtaking landscapes, luxurious stays, you name it you’ll find it there. Table of Contents We explored Abu Dhabi for just three days and were left awestruck by the calmness, grandeur, and adventures it has to offer. Our suggestion is to make it a part of your itinerary if visiting UAE and trust us you’ll not be disappointed.
While literally, anyone can click a photo, framing something as magnificent as the Taj Mahal needs a bit of planning, patience, and little practice. Also, you might be having limited days to explore the wonder, and in that time, you may come across bad weather, bad light, and a sea of people ruining your vision. Having a smartphone or a DSLR is just a helping hand. The hard part is knowing when to press the button and where to point the camera. Otherwise, your image might not make true justice to the beauty of the wonder. To make the best of your time and to utilize every moment here is our take on where all you can visit to get the best view/pictures of the Taj Mahal.