You choose a destination or a destination chooses you?

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.


We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"


Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan. 

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

Similarly, while going to Spiti we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries. 

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you. 

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

Kolkata was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different. 

And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons. 

At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place. 

We spend hours planning for a destination, but often it is the places we chance upon that stay with us for a long time. And times we travel to different places for work and fall in love with some specific regions, cultures or food. Yesterday, I met an old friend who is a biker and we were discussing about the places we explored together. During the discussion, we realized that the places we loved were never planned. Those were places which we found on the way and liked. This discussion made me compile this post.Like when I was out for a week in Kashmir, Srinagar was only place in my mind. I was part of a Motorsport rally which happens in Kashmir through Mughal Road. And during the rally, we crossed Peer ki Gali  twice and I love this place. This place is much more beautiful & scenic as compared to other places I visited in Kashmir. Now whenever anyone talks about Kashmir, Pir ki Gali is first place I suggest, although it's not as convenient to plan.Similarly, while going to Spiti  we crossed through Kotgarh which is famous for it's apples & cherries.While in Jabalpur for a wedding, I visited ChausathYogini Temple and we loved it's architecture and location. Although there are interesting places like Bhedaghat  & Dhuandhar, this temple remained special for us. At times, it can also be related to the peace a place provides you.Kolkata  was again a visit for Vibha's work and we came back with a thought t visit the places in West Bengal and know more about the culture. Many of the things in Kolkata were very different.And not every time we chose our destinations. At times, destinations chose us through our work, personal relationships and other reasons.At times, I don't chose the destinations but focus more on the budget and the region I can fly to. That saves lot of money and encourage to explore something which is never heard or thought. In past, I have booked air-tickets which are extremely cheap and then planned things I want to do. At times, I didn't even think what would I be doing when I land at a place.At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

At times, I wonder what is more important when we say that we are travelling. Is it a destination? If not, then what? These are some questions which continuously come to a traveller's mind. There are very fancy terms associated with travel and at times, we say that travel makes us a better person. But I would argue that all depends upon ones' individual philosophy of travel and the way one travels. 

I am sure there is more to choosing a destination vs destination choosing you. What comes to your mind when I say "You chose a destination or a destination choses you?"

13 comments:

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

I truly think that the destination selects us... and that's why I feel lucky :-)

VJ Sharma said...

I also feel so, but at times my budget & desire chooses a destination :) ... But most of the times something special comes on your way, which becomes most important experience of your trip. The more I think about it, more variants I come across :)

My Unfinished Life said...

i think its both ways....travel is so much an intrinsic part of my work life (other than leisure travel) that I feel greatly fortunate to have had travel experiences that I had!!

sometimes a destination gets stuck in your imagination......like gol gumbaz during my school years and then visiting it on a work trip, totally unplanned.....did the destination choose me or my destiny chose that i would read about this wonderful monument which would fire my imagination as a child....and i would be destined to see it in real......

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VJ Sharma said...

Suashmita - You can better relate to this as you have travelled a lot for work as well as leisure.

After reading your comment, I can relate to the fact that few things remain in our mind as a goal and we intend to achieve those. But with me, the %age is very low. There are many other factors which play significant role while planning travel. But the question remains - when we visit our chosen destination, do we really like the destination part of something else? After the trip, we usually have some experience, people or incident to cherish (more than the destination).

I am loving this conversation. Let's continue it when we meet next :)

Mridula said...

Since I quit my job, it is definitely destinations choosing me :D

VJ Sharma said...

That's interesting Mridula and I am sure that you are enjoying the destinations coming on your way. Best !

Ami said...

Not sure...sometimes it is the destination and sometimes its me....:) Both ways the journey is all that matters...its just fun along the way.

VJ Sharma said...

Absolutely Ami ! That's the core of this blog-post :) ... Journey is important and this journey finally tells us about the overall experience and not a destination.

Thanks for this nice input and putting it so simply :)

divsi said...

I have always felt that when you land up unexpectedly at a place or lose your way, the place chooses you. And thats the best experience!
Lovely captures:)

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Even during planned travel..you sometimes come across places that were never intended to be part of itinerary. The planned visits, I believe, too are conspired by the universe :D I don't want to be smug about it...but once I had travel plans for a week long stay at Kota, Rajasthan. Reached the railway station on time but had to return home without even starting my journey. The trains were cancelled due to some agitation going on in that part of the country. So it is, perhaps, destinations choose you.

Yogi Saraswat said...

Beautifully written with awesome pictures !!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Brilliant as always

amsang said...

I am in a transferable govt job, so its the destination which chooses me. But luckily I have got good destinations.

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