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

46 thoughts on “My India Travel Bucket List

  • August 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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    I remember, earlier also you had put one such list & we discussed it in comment section. 🙂
    Hmmm…
    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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    • August 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm
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      #3: 5 South indian states + Uttarakand + Himachal
      Will sure let you know of plans when I get to do # 13 😀

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  • August 23, 2013 at 12:30 am
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    Go for it ! But honestly, I dont plan any these days..just going with the flow

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    • August 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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      That’s the plan here as well, grab the opportunity whenever I get it 🙂

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  • August 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm
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    How about taking longest train journey in India in the general class?

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    • August 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm
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      Sounds interesting. Definitely a food for thought. Thanks Niranjan 🙂

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  • August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am
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    this is one of the nice post..

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  • August 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm
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    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.

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    • August 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm
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      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 😀

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  • August 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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    No. 3 is going to take alot of time in itself…but you should consider north of India too…try Varanasi

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    • September 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm
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      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.

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  • September 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm
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    I would add Leh Ladak, Gujarat, Punjab, H.P.
    But still there are many more. One life is not enough to tour entire India.

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    • September 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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      Gujarat – that’s in my radar as well. But not Leh/Ladakh 🙂

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  • September 3, 2013 at 11:39 am
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    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 😀

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    • September 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm
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      When it comes to craziness, I’m no where near to your ideas. Now coming to travelling to destination unknown – that’s included in my #13 😀

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  • September 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    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.

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    • September 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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      That’s too big, one has to quit a day job to visit all the beaches in India 🙂

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    • September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm
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      I still remember the discussion we had on this topic. We should do this together 🙂

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  • September 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm
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    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)

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    • September 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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      Good ones! Thanks. Will collate all the suggestions and update the list every now and than.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm
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    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
    Dhanushkodi
    Bhangarh
    Roopkund

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  • September 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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    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…

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    • September 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm
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      Yes Prasad, that’s what I’m planning too 🙂

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  • September 25, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    Do you mind if I copy your list,I also like to visit these places, Thanks for the list and keep posting

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    • September 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm
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      Go ahead, Sandy. Give me a shout if planning to do any of these, will try to tag along 🙂

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  • November 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm
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    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!

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    • December 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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      Go ahead! Feel free to share it with your friends 🙂

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  • December 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
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    Nice list buddy, let me tag along for your next travel plan

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  • January 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    As you are planning to travel across India, here is a website mygreatstay.com, which is a travel portal which has a very detailed information of stay-options (homestays) and sight-seeing places around.

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  • December 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    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.

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    • December 17, 2014 at 10:42 am
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      that’s there along with couple of bucket list items 🙂

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  • February 6, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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    Summit a 6000m peak? Wow. You love adventure. Isn’t it?

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