• Haldighati – A Beautiful detour from Udaipur

    Haldighati – A Beautiful detour from Udaipur

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    Italy Road Trip – 14 Things to know before you Self drive!

    Italy Road Trip – 14 Things to know before you Self drive!

    Self drive in Italy or not? So, you have zeroed down to Italy as your holiday destination. Good choice indeed! After planning your itinerary and completing your accommodation bookings, it’s time to think about the…

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    30 of My Best Pictures of 2016

    30 of My Best Pictures of 2016

    Its that time of the year to relive the memories of the year that is bidding goodbye and to welcome the new one with a bang. 2016 – What a year its been! It has…

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    Places to see in Wayanad

    Places to see in Wayanad

    Continuing our series of Places to See in Wayanad, below are some places of interest which you might have a look while at Wayanad. If you have just landed to this page, take a look…

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    Places to Visit in Wayanad – Must See!

    Places to Visit in Wayanad – Must See!

    Wayanad is a land of silent tea estates through which the roads snake into to a paradise. It is a land of thick forests, high mountains, rare flora and abundant fauna. Being very close to…

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    Day trip to Capri, Italy – Must see and must do

    Day trip to Capri, Italy – Must see and must do

      As I wait for the bus to depart, I look out of the window taking a deep breath and sigh! The pebble beach next the harbor, Marina Grande is stunning. Water with varying hues…

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    Bled, Slovenia – A fairy tale town!

    Bled, Slovenia – A fairy tale town!

    A whimsical castle perched high up in the rocks reminds me the tale of Rapunzel and Prince charming. An emerald green glacial lake that stretches for miles, a proud church sitting in the middle of…

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    The Ferrari Museum Maranello – Where Horses Roar!

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      Roar. That familiar roar. The exact same one which I had heard in movies and had seen on the television. The very sound of it gave me goosebumps as a Red hot Ferrari rustled…

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    A Perfect Guide to Explore Plitvice Lakes

    A Perfect Guide to Explore Plitvice Lakes

    A myriad of waterfalls coupled with gorgeous turquoise lakes set in deep woodlands of Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is truly a piece of heaven fallen to Earth. The enchanting lakes, shimmering waterfalls, rugged rocks,…

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    Plitvice lakes – A land of Falling lakes

    Plitvice lakes – A land of Falling lakes

    A fine spray of water from Veliki slap caressed my cheeks as I walked towards it. The roar of the Veliki slap or the ‘Big Waterfall’ together with its pearl-like water droplets that splashed on…

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    Europe Road trip – 16 days, 8 countries, 14 UNESCO Heritage sites and countless memories!

    Europe Road trip – 16 days, 8 countries, 14 UNESCO Heritage sites and countless memories!

    Dream! There is always a dream which keeps us alive. It keeps us alive to live the dream we dreamt, a hope to spread out our wings, an itch to cherish the experience, an urge…

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    As we steered left from Mysore Ring Road towards Mananthavady, a freshly laid tarmac fawned upon the bright yellow flowers that were sprinkled in the sidelines. This sight was just familiarizing us for the exhilarating…

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    Travel Hack : 7 money saving tips when on a Mauritius Vacation

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    Enjoying a vacation in an exotic destination as you sip your favorite drink while watching the horizon dawn – This is everybody’s dream; We work hard every day, slogging in our offices to make this…

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    The NO plan drive – Bengaluru to Hyderabad and back in a day!

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    Avalabetta – A quick getaway from Bengaluru

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      The coconut trees swaying in harmony to gentle breeze, perfectly compliment the lush green paddy fields, which welcome you into the world away from the busy life of Bengaluru. Fascinating views, melodic serenity, unpretentious…

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    Honeymoon in abode – Mauritius

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    Kundadri – Hidden gem of Agumbe

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30 of My Best Pictures of 2016

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Its that time of the year to relive the memories of the year that is bidding goodbye and to welcome the new one with a bang.

2016 – What a year its been! It has been a year where some of my long term dreams and aspirations came true and some new ones were born.  2016 has been special to me for many reasons.

  • I started my travel blog Hopping Miles in 2016. Though this thought was born sometime in 2015, I took it seriously in 2016 – thus Hopping Miles was born to inspire myself and others to go out and see the world like there is no tomorrow.
  • I traveled to Europe for the first time in 2016 – Croatia deserves a special mention here. It was in 2012 when I saw a picture of Plitvice Lakes National Park and Croatia went on top of my excel sheet where I list out the places I’d like to see at least once in my lifetime. In an attempt to save some bucks on the flight to Croatia, we planned to land in Italy and then travel to Croatia. But ended up exploring a lot of Italy too!
  • Had some of the experiences that will last a lifetime and beyond. Self drive road trip in Europe, boat ride inside the Blue Grotto in Italy, reliving Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik, walking on rumbling wooden paths in between the waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park, remembering Disney’s fairy tale stories at Lake Bled in Slovenia, staring at limestone white washed houses with beautiful flowers tumbling out of the roof in Alberobello, setting foot in the world’s smallest country – Vatican City – without even a stamp in the passport, a train journey that took us to heaven and back in Bernina Express, Switzerland and much more such lovely experiences.
  • Back here in India, though we could not travel our heart’s content due to certain family concerns, we squeezed out time for Wayanad, Kabini, Mysore and a short trip to Gandikota and Belum Caves in Andhra Pradesh and numerous road trips within Karnataka.

Have tried picking 30 photos, which I think were my best ones in 2016 from a hard disk flooded with hundreds of GB of pictures.

So, lets get the party started!!

Scenes from India

A short drive away from Bengaluru, Avalabetta was a respite from crowds!

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The famous Frog head view point of Avalabetta

Kabini teeming with wealthy Flora and Fauna

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Dawn dawns upon!

I always love to capture flowers – Lotus @ Red Earth Kabini!

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Beauty is in the simplicity!

Wayanad – A land of hilly tea estates and misty mornings

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A morning scene in Wayanad

Nature’s way of mystery @ Belum Caves, Andra Pradesh

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Light plays!

The Grand Canyon of India – Gandikota, Andra Pradesh

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Staring the vistas!

Scenes from Abroad

Vast sea hugging the rugged cliffs lined with orange tiled houses of Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik’s Cityscape

King’s Landing of The Game of Thrones was shot in Dubrovnik

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King’s Landing

Limestone houses with conical roofs made of stacked stones in Alberobello, Italy

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An entire town of white washed houses!

Display of world’s best Ferraris in birth town of Ferrari – Maranello, Italy

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Vintage Beauties!

A UNESCO Heritage site which is a train Ride!

Scenes from Bernina Express, Switzerland

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Lovely town of St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Clouds inching to burst over a pretty town in Switzerland

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Can’t even start to describe this scene!

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Up on the bridge, into the tunnel, between the mountains, into the woods goes my train, O such a beauty!

This city needs no introduction – Venice it is!

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Gondola ride!

Castles in Disney movies were inspired from this – Bled Castle,Slovenia

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Slovenia’s pride!

Pebble beach in Marina Grande – Capri, Italy.

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Playful!

Leaning from over centuries – Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

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Standing tall yet lean!

Crashed into a wedding in Medjugorje – Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Simple and elegant!

One of the best stretches to drive in the world – Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Roads snaking through choppy mountains and deep blue sea!

Blue Grotto, an experience to be savoured forever!

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Just look at that color! Pure Magic!

Always a pleasure to drive in Slovenia!

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Road from Ljubljana to Bled in Slovenia

Truly a nature’s wonder – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Yes! I walked on that path 🙂

Voted as Europe’s best destination of 2016 – Zadar, Croatia

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Sparkling Waters of Zadar’s seascape

The wild beauty of old town of Kotor in Montenegro.

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The zig-zag path takes up to the castle high up on the mountain!

Road that never ends – Somewhere in south of Italy

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One tunnel lead us to another and another which was beyond another!

UNESCO Heritage site of Magnificent Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

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Loved these glass chairs! Truly Royal!

A city or a country? The Vatican!

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Huge arena of Vatican City!

After seeing European Summer which was happy and green, the real taste of summer was experienced in Qatar!

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Qatar’s Skyline!

Best is for the last! Romance brewing in history @ Colosseum, Rome❣

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Awwww!


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About Ashwini Neetan

Ashwini and Neetan are a wanderlust bitten couple who love to crunch miles through their road trips. For them, travelling is not just about seeing a place like a tourist, it is about feeling and experiencing it like a traveller. Experiences are what they vouch for and swear by. On Hopping Miles, they share their itineraries, experiences, know-hows, what to and what not to do, those little secrets and everything else that can save you a fortune! They hop to places unseen and you too are bound to hop with them. Just peep through their shoulders to see and experience the places like they do, though Hopping Miles. So what you waiting for, start hopping!

12 Comments

  1. Eye catching captures. Wishing more and more such pics for 2017

  2. Looks like you had an epic year! I remember my first visit to Europe and I’m sure your memories will stand the test of time, as mine have. Happy New Year!
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  3. What a great list! I especially want to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia this year. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow you’ve had quite the year! Amazing pics to look back on. All the best for 2017!
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  5. Beautiful captures! Hope to see more travel pictures in 2017 😉

  6. absolutely stunning photos.. Have a great 2017..

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