Thursday, 20 February 2014

5 Destinations On My Radar

As I don’t make bucket-lists, I am a little lost at the moment. I am clueless about my next destination. Of course, the wish-list is there in my mind and I have been mulling over it for quite some time. Whilst I am longing to revisit a few destinations, I am also keen on exploring a totally new region in India. Thus, I have my eye on Wego India for good flight deals. I want to be bang on with my hotel booking, itineraries and whereabouts.

Although planning a trip is exciting, it is a bit exasperating if you have budget constraints. I want to travel far and wide, travel slower and longer, but on a budget. Today, I’d like to share with my readers the destinations that I wish to visit this year. My intent on writing this post is to know your opinion and suggestions on the destinations that I wish to explore.

I need your help!

So, here’s my travel wish-list –

Sikkim

It’s high up on my list. Sikkim will be my first glimpse of Northeast India. It will not just be a vacation, but a foray into a totally new realm and that’s what excites me more. What intrigues me about Sikkim is that it’s such a treasure of natural beauty and culture, yet has an undertone of modesty. I am looking forward to lots of unusual experiences, enrichment as a traveller and a closer rendezvous with nature.

Image source - Wikipedia

What inspires me to visit Sikkim – Travel blogs, travel magazines and travel shows on television, and my own inherent curiosity to discover it.   

Bhutan

If I go to Sikkim, I want to be done with Bhutan as well. At least, that’s what I have thought so far. I am not sure if I will be able to materialise it my way. I have a confession to make – a few years back, I thought Bhutan was just another neighbouring country and I would never want to visit it. I never knew that it was so beautiful. But today, it’s on my travel wish-list. From what I have seen virtually, I find it enchanting.

Image source - Wikipedia

What inspires me to visit Bhutan – Its natural beauty, because I always thought Bhutan has none of it.  

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a kind of destination that I should have already explored. I think it’s the only popular hill station that I am yet to visit. I am done with Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie, Nainital and Ooty. No matter how touristy or hackneyed Darjeeling could be, I still feel there is an offbeat element to it. There is a certain charm about Darjeeling that keeps it fresh and inviting.

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What inspires me to visit Darjeeling – Its colonial appeal, the hills, the old-world magic and the traditional Darjeeling tea.  

Kashmir

I desire to spend my summers by the Dal Lake sipping Kahwah. I know it’s a dreamlike feeling to be in Kashmir - It is supposed to be the ‘heaven on earth’. I genuinely feel that if I don’t explore this jewel of my country, my life as a traveller would be incomplete. Thus, I want to be done with this trip as early as possible.

Image source - Wikipedia

What inspires me to visit Kashmir – Thousands of Hindi movies, travel magazines, travel shows and my own love for nature and culture.     

Kathmandu

I am itching to go there! I have always been fascinated by Kathmandu – its natural beauty, culture and the mystical aura due to the temples and shrines. I want to explore the city deeply, trek in the Himalayas and experience a bit of the life lived there.

Image source - Wikipedia 

What inspires me to visit Kathmandu – Some places have a different texture and Kathmandu is definitely one of them.

If I travel to these destinations via Delhi, it would be an excellent excuse for me to catch up with the capital. Delhi has some of my favourite shopping hubs that I am craving to check out. So, let’s see, I might have to look for hotels in Delhi too.  

Well, it’s easy making travel wish-lists, but making it work seems so far-fetched.

What do you say?

Is it possible for me to explore these destinations on a budget?
      

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26 comments:

  1. All of this are in my list too, but dont know when and how it will happen, but I know for sure they will happen!! Out of these 5, the one on the top of my list is doing Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal and visit Pokhara.

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    1. Nice to know that, Anu. :) I think it's a great list, but it's even better if it gets materialized.

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  2. Good practical list!
    I have been to only Darjleeng in this list.

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    1. Thanks Indrani :) At least you have been to Darjeeling despite the fact that you belong to South!

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  3. I love your list! Thing we both love natural beauty :)
    You MUST visit Kashmir ! Its out of this world! Bhutan happens to be in my wishlist too!

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    1. Thanks Pallavi :) Yup, we both love natural beauty. Yeah, I know Kashmir is my must-visit destination. Hope I get some help from you!

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  4. That is a wonderful wish-list. I have not been to any of those.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) I think these are some real gems of India.

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  5. Nice list.
    Only been to Kashmir and hopefully Sikkim in this year.

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    1. Thanks Girdhar :) Lucky you to have visited Kashmir!

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration
    But Arghhhh… Stop making my own list longer!!!
    LOL

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    1. Glad to know you enjoyed it, Claire! Yup, I can understand, it happens with me too. :)

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  7. Wow! Nice plan! Eyeing your wonderful travelogues down the line :)
    Wondering why Munnar is missing in the list of popular hill stations you visited.

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    1. Thanks Nevin :) Yeah, I am yet to visit Munnar! Thanks for reminding!

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  8. Hello, if you want to explore the whole of sikkim, it will be on a budget. Please do not forget north Sikkim because the beauty lies there. Places like Lachung, Yumthang, katao should not be missed. Also Lachen and gurdongmar lake.
    It will take 10-12 days to visit all of these.

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    1. Thanks so much for your advice, Sabyasachi :) I'll make a note of it.

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  9. Wish i could see everything in a day! Your pictures and article is captivating. Bhutan is one of my pick too and ofcourse i can't miss to mention Sikkim too :)

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    1. Yup, Bhutan and Sikkim are a great combo!

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  10. Beautiful places on this list! I've only been to Kathmandu and you can definitely to that on a budget! Trekking can be done cheaply too. Bhutan, I know for sure is not possible on a tight budget, seeing that the visa is 250$ A DAY! My bhutanese friend told me most their visitors are elderly Caucasian men with a fat wallet LOL... But who knows, it could change...

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    1. Thanks for the info! Yeah, I know Bhutan would require a lot of planning and research.

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  11. Wonderful list! Going to Asia one day is a dream for me, and I'd love to see those destinations as well. Bhutan has always been in the back of my head, but I feel like that would take some serious planning!

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    1. That's true. Bhutan needs some planning, but it's worth it.

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  12. offers going on flights to Kathmandu, time to book soon (Y)

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