“Travelling – It first leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” This quote by Moroccan scholar and explorer Ibn Battuta holds true for most of us.
Travel can stimulate your creativity and be the catalyst to fuel discoveries, not just of new places but of your inner self. Each discovery has a story to tell and India’s diverse terrain, abundance of flora & fauna has served as a muse to many aspiring poets or writers.
If you are looking for inspiration to pen down your story, look no further. The next time your creative side beckons, hop into your Ford car and head to one of these destinations to unleash your inner Shakespeare, Wordsworth or Mirza Ghalib. Read on:
Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Chandratal Lake, also popularly known as Moon Lake because of its crescent shape, offers a stunning view of the Himalayan Mountains on all sides. Merely sitting at its serene shore could inspire your creativity. Or take up the challenge of the famous Batal-Chandratal lake-Baralacha Pass trek, which is bound to give you a ton of fodder for your stories. With the Ford Endeavour’s Hill Descent Control feature, it’s sure to be a thrilling experience. But remember to make the trip between June and September as it gets freezing after that.
Valley of Flowers, Uttaranchal
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, the scenery of the Valley of Flowers is straight out of a gorgeous painting. This mystical valley is popular amongst nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. And while vehicles are not allowed into the valley, the drive from Dehradun to Govind Ghat in your Ford EcoSport is a trip you should not miss out on. The serenity and stunning views will leave you with a calm mind and could inspire some flowery words on the beauty of nature.
White Rann, Gujarat
The world’s largest salt desert, Rann of Kutch spans an area of 10,000 square kilometres. This remarkable place is submerged during the monsoon season, and the white grainy desert sand emerges by October after the rains have passed. The metamorphosis of this place serves as the perfect inspiration for poetry about growth, transformation and change! And with the Ford Freestyle, you don’t have to worry about fluctuating temperatures ruining your creative buzz. Just turn on the climate control feature, and you can be sure to enjoy the ride no matter where you go.
Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Cherrapunjee
Majestic – that’s one of the best ways to describe the world’s fourth-highest waterfall in India. The Nohkalikai Waterfalls is renowned not only for its remarkable height of 1,100 feet but also because of its dazzling colour-changing aspect. The waterhole through which this mighty force of water flows turns the water green during the summer and blue during the winter. Cruise to this place in your Ford Figo and let the backdrop fill your mind with vibrant, powerful thoughts that can take the form of poetry.
Stok Kangri, Ladakh
While Ladakh, in general, is renowned for its pristine beauty, the Stok Kangri Peak has a fan club of its own. Standing at the height of 6,000-metres, this peak offers you a hiking opportunity that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and those creative juices flowing. Pack a bag, and traverse those winding roads. Don’t worry, the Ford Freestyle’s Active Rollover Protection (ARP) feature will make it easy to tame this terrain. Spend a week or two here, and the spectacular views are sure to ignite a ton of thoughts that you can turn into poetry.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
While the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer unmatchable diving locales, where you can discover hidden worlds, they also offer a pristine beauty that you would love to capture in words. White sands, blue skies and clear green waters, brimming with life makes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands an excellent place to stir your thoughts and bring out the poet in you. If these soothing underwater sights don’t inspire you to write in rhythm, nothing will!
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Udaipur, India’s Lake City, boasts of many beautiful lakes, but Lake Pichola is the oldest and largest of them all. Surrounded by majestic palaces, temples, bathing ghats and hills on all sides, it offers you a stunning sight at sunset. Grab a pen and a notepad and take a boat ride on this rippling water body in the evening. Or, for an ultimately soothing experience, turn on the SYNC3 in your Ford Aspire and put on some of your favourite music as you soak in all the beauty.
Discover More with Ford
Each day, every day Ford partners millions of owners in their journeys to their dreams. From daily commutes to epic road trips with friends or family, a Ford vehicle has been a trusted partner that stands witness to several self-discoveries. Such discoveries often take us to new places, people, experiences and above all, emotions.
To celebrate this spirit of discovery, Ford has started its recent Discover More with Poetry campaign that aims to introduce audience to self-discoveries they willingly and unwillingly make during the time they spend behind the wheels, albeit via a unique emotional touch of original poems.
Take a look at the first such original poem — Galiyan (Hindi for lanes) – an ode to your everyday journeys, presented through emotions and compelling use of verse & visuals.
Stay tuned as the next poem will traverse through the aspirations all of us had as twinkle-eyed children.