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Introduction to Up and Close Bharat Tour 2021

Recently I completed a pan India tour -A soul searching solo trip in my car; From Tamil Nadu to Ladakh, it went on for more than 6 months.

I visited many historical monuments, crossed many rivers and mountains, drove on roads that exist only on maps or don't, cruised on some of the best highways in the world, soaked in different cultures up and close, and met some interesting people.

Loved playing flute at most interesting places, from 15,000 ft, where I could hardly breath, to beaches where strong winds made it tough to produce sound. Meditated with my flute while sitting alone on a rock - while surrounded by Monkeys, Squirrels or Musk Deers along with birds in the jungles of Himalayas under the fully bloomed Rhododendron trees. Danced around while fluting in the finest sand dunes around the camels. Fluted with frozen fingers for Pashmina goats, Cows and Yaks at -10 °C in high altitude mountains of Himalayas. Played in the 1000 years old temples and disappeared quietly when it started gathering crowd !!

Also I learnt a lot. Lot about my capacities and limits. About different cultures and customs, different musical forms and melodies, and learnt a lot about human nature.

This tour, like all previous ones enriched me with tremendous joy, satisfaction and happiness.

Here are some impressions from the 6 months long "Up And Close Bharat tour 2021". Hope you like it 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

- Milind Date



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