My India Travel Bucket List

Update: I’ve created a page to track/update my progress on this bucket list. All further updates will be done here – India Travel Bucket List page.

payaniga_bucket_listRecently while talking to fellow travel enthusiasts & discussing about some memorable trips done and the ones in to-do list, I realized that I had not prepared a proper travel bucket list. Though I’ve a long list of places to visit (that too lying around in multiple places), I thought of prioritizing and making a travel bucket list specific to India. I’m limiting myself to the boundaries of India and not thinking about ROW list at the moment. Here goes my list – some of them very simple, few added in a whim and a few of them are clichéd.

The list is pretty short and bound to grow as and when I get to know about interesting places around India. Drop me a line if you have any interesting places or things to do in India.

  1. Southern triangle motorbike ride – Bangalore – Chennai – Kanyakumari – Mangalore – Bangalore
  2. Cycling – Go on a month-long (at least) bike ride
  3. Visit all 29 World Heritage Sites in India recognized UNESCO – 1 down 28 to go
  4. The Hoysala trail – explore the Hoysala temples
  5. Backpack at least for couple of weeks exploring Karnataka
  6. Go on desert trek in Rajasthan
  7. Participate in Tiger/Elephant census
  8. Volunteer travel
  9. Summit a 6000m peak
  10. River rafting
  11. Visit all 29 states and 7 Union territories of India – 7 & 1 done respectively
  12. Visit at least 3 interesting places in each of 30 districts of Karnataka
  13. Zero travel for 15 days/a month – Start with 0 money. Earn, beg, barrow enroute
  14. Visit top 10 highest waterfalls of India
  15. Visit Lonar crater lake
  16. Go on a beach trek
  17. Visit the 4 extreme points of India
  18. Traverse along the river Kaveri, from source to the river mouth

Just to clarify, this is not the complete list of places that I would like to visit, but a short list of “must” do/go within India. Help me out extending this list. :)

I’ve created a page to track/update my progress on this bucket list. For all further updates head over here – India Travel Bucket List

Last updated on: 01-Dec-2014

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46 Responses

  1. Beatrice Francis says:

    Summit a 6000m peak? Wow. You love adventure. Isn’t it?

  2. Vernon Rose says:

    Hi, try to go for a trip to Kerala and spend few day and night in houseboats there. It’s an awesome experience to cheer.

  3. trablog says:

    i’m stealing some ;)

  4. That’s a good list :D
    When a reyou planning for #13?im interested :D

  5. Kishor Aher says:

    As you are planning to travel across India, here is a website, which is a travel portal which has a very detailed information of stay-options (homestays) and sight-seeing places around.

  6. Krishnakanth says:

    Nice list buddy, let me tag along for your next travel plan

  7. enidhi says:

    Add north east and himalayas

  8. What a great list! I would love to add to this list and share it with others if you don’t mind :-) One I can think off is to surf our Indian waves!

  9. Sandy says:

    Do you mind if I copy your list,I also like to visit these places, Thanks for the list and keep posting

  10. Sujit says:

    Nice post.
    Keep it up…

  11. Prasad Np says:

    Some list…! Try to combine a few of them like backpacking and cycling and you will accomplish much faster….but it is your personal thing… All the best.. .Safe Travels…

  12. Jugmendra says:

    Going to some offbeat places might be good ideas for you. Apart from crowd, and in a peace place you can visit these five (And my favourite too) destinations of India.

    Malana, Himachal Pradesh
    Balasinor, Gujarat

  13. Thejesh GN says:

    Some more:
    Ride to base camp
    Ride across India on grand trunk road
    Manas Sarovar (Even-though its in China)
    Visit all Kumbha Melas (all 4 locations)

  14. Thejesh GN says:

    That NO1 is a long time dream of mine too :)

  15. Nice List.
    Rather than going on a beach trek, you can make it as visit all the beaches of India and decide the best. I have such a wish though. Like the idea of longest train journey in general class as well.

  16. lot of crazy ideas indeed! i did something recently, and its fun..Board the first bus and go to the final destination, spend some time and then board another bus with a destination unknown :) – and i did it in a lungi/dhoti :D

  17. Rajesh says:

    I would add Leh Ladak, Gujarat, Punjab, H.P.
    But still there are many more. One life is not enough to tour entire India.

  18. jahidakhtar says:

    I wish I could experience this short list entirely!


  19. sugandha says:

    No. 3 is going to take alot of time in itself…but you should consider north of India too…try Varanasi

    • Prashanth says:

      Yes, there are two-three along with #3 which take quite a lot of time. Varanasi, need to think about that part of the country.

      BTw thanks for the visit & comment, Sugandha.

  20. Very short list. If you do most of these it will be an achievement in itself. Visiting all the forts connected to Tippu sultan, riding/cycling on the roads of Leh and Ladakh and so on.

    • Prashanth says:

      Keeping it short was quite difficult. Though short list, few of them need loads of time to complete.

      If I include places I would love to cycle, that list goes endless. Probably I should come up with another list related to cycling :D

  21. Tempsens says:

    this is one of the nice post..

  22. Niranjan says:

    How about taking longest train journey in India in the general class?

  23. Lakshmi says:

    Go for it ! But honestly, I dont plan any these days..just going with the flow

  24. Nisha says:

    I remember, earlier also you had put one such list & we discussed it in comment section. :)

    Out of these I think I’ll strike off a few, just not into them.
    #3 for me as well. Which one have you done here? I’ve done 17 out of these. :-)

    I’ll come along with you for #13. :-)

    For me, the ones which are pending, will happen slowly. I am a slow traveler…. prefer to soak in a place :-)

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