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 Comments

  1. NishaAugust 22, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthAugust 31, 2013

      #3: 5 South indian states + Uttarakand + Himachal
      Will sure let you know of plans when I get to do # 13 😀

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  2. LakshmiAugust 23, 2013

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

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    1. PrashanthAugust 31, 2013

      That’s the plan here as well, grab the opportunity whenever I get it 🙂

      Reply
  3. NiranjanAugust 25, 2013

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

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    1. PrashanthAugust 31, 2013

      Sounds interesting. Definitely a food for thought. Thanks Niranjan 🙂

      Reply
  4. TempsensAugust 26, 2013

    this is one of the nice post..

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    1. PrashanthAugust 31, 2013

      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
  5. team g squareAugust 30, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthAugust 31, 2013

      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 😀

      Reply
  6. sugandhaAugust 31, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 1, 2013

      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.

      Reply
  7. jahidakhtarSeptember 2, 2013

    I wish I could experience this short list entirely!
    Regards,
    Jahid
    Flashbacks

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  8. RajeshSeptember 2, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 3, 2013

      Gujarat – that’s in my radar as well. But not Leh/Ladakh 🙂

      Reply
  9. planētēs astērSeptember 3, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 3, 2013

      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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      1. planētēs astērSeptember 3, 2013

        ah, missed the details in #13 😉 and ai am not crazy 😛

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        1. PrashanthSeptember 5, 2013

          “I’m not crazy” – that’s what every crazy people say. 😀

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  10. chatterjeeavikSeptember 7, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 10, 2013

      That’s too big, one has to quit a day job to visit all the beaches in India 🙂

      Reply
  11. Thejesh GNSeptember 11, 2013

    That NO1 is a long time dream of mine too 🙂

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    1. PrashanthSeptember 12, 2013

      I still remember the discussion we had on this topic. We should do this together 🙂

      Reply
  12. Thejesh GNSeptember 11, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 12, 2013

      Good ones! Thanks. Will collate all the suggestions and update the list every now and than.

      Reply
  13. JugmendraSeptember 19, 2013

    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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  14. Prasad NpSeptember 20, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 27, 2013

      Yes Prasad, that’s what I’m planning too 🙂

      Reply
  15. SujitSeptember 24, 2013

    Nice post.
    Keep it up…

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  16. SandySeptember 25, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthSeptember 27, 2013

      Go ahead, Sandy. Give me a shout if planning to do any of these, will try to tag along 🙂

      Reply
  17. TyanaOctober 18, 2013

    Good list…

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  18. Pranav ChandraNovember 29, 2013

    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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    1. PrashanthDecember 2, 2013

      Go ahead! Feel free to share it with your friends 🙂

      Reply
  19. enidhiDecember 4, 2013

    Add north east and himalayas

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    1. PrashanthDecember 5, 2013

      They are covered under #11 & #9 respectively 🙂

      Reply
  20. KrishnakanthDecember 5, 2013

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

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    1. PrashanthDecember 5, 2013

      Thanks KK. You are most welcome to join 🙂

      Reply
  21. Kishor AherJanuary 6, 2014

    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.

    Reply
  22. Manas ChandranJanuary 18, 2014

    That’s a good list 😀
    When a reyou planning for #13?im interested 😀

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  23. trablogSeptember 4, 2014

    i’m stealing some 😉

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    1. PrashanthSeptember 5, 2014

      🙂

      Reply
  24. Vernon RoseDecember 15, 2014

    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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    1. PrashanthDecember 17, 2014

      that’s there along with couple of bucket list items 🙂

      Reply
  25. Beatrice FrancisFebruary 6, 2015

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

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    1. PrashanthFebruary 7, 2015

      Yes, I Do 🙂

      Reply

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