Vir Sanghvi writes about his travel bucket list – places he’s been to and those he’s yet to explore.
Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Vir Sanghvi asks “Do you have a travel bucket list? A compilation of places you want to visit? I never had one but then five years ago I decided that I was travelling too widely without any focus. So, I sat down and made a list of the places I had to go to. I’ve now done some of them. Many remain to be explored.”
Australia: Many reasons to visit Australia but my primary motivation was professional. There was just so much happening with food and wine in Australia that it seemed crazy to have no experience of it.
Angkor Wat: I loved it for two reasons. First of all, it is truly spectacular. And secondly, as an Indian I felt extraordinarily proud of our culture and history and how we took it to the rest of Asia: the temples are Hindu or Buddhist and have clear Indian influences.
Shravanabelagola: It is tempting to conclude that I felt the urge to go because I am a Jain but I am not usually a temple-visiting Jain and the spot is associated with Digambar Jains while I was born into a Shwetambar family. So it is a little more complicated than that.
Portugal: I’ll be honest. Portugal was on my bucket list but it was not in the top ten. Then I went there and fell in love with the country, the people and the food.
Spain: I’ve written so much about Spain in the last two years that I won’t bore you with too much detail this time. It started with a desire to go to Barcelona. The city was nice but its main purpose was to make me want to discover more of Spain.