Wednesday, 19 August 2015

9 Destinations In India That I Still Have To Tick Off

INDIA tops my travel bucket list. I do have 8 other countries on my wish-list, but I believe my life as a traveller is incomplete if I don’t explore my own country deeply. Therefore, I aim to have a taste of each and every state and union territory of my country. So far, I have travelled to 18 states and 2 union territories in India, which leaves me with 16 more to tick off. If you have been following this blog for quite a while, you must be aware of my enriching journeys through India – Sikkim, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Goa, Karnataka and many more.


I really feel excited about my travel plans in India!   

Below are the 9 destinations that I wish to visit in the days to come –

Assam
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Assam is its tea gardens. Of course, there’s much more to it and I’d like to explore that, too. But, I’d not want to research much about what to do and see there. I’d rather be spontaneous with what I discover and experience in Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh has been on my mind for a year now. It’s also been recommended to me by quite a few people. I’m keen to unravel its natural beauty – mountains, river valleys and forests. So yes, I have to make it there sometime next year.

Nagaland
Nagaland seems to me a different world altogether, which is what intrigues me about it. I’m curious to explore its culture, get acquainted with its people and immerse in its everyday life. It would be a big trip!

Meghalaya
To be honest, I know nothing about Meghalaya. I just have a mere idea that it’s a beautiful state – a place that has both natural treasures and cultural charms to offer. And, that’s why I want to visit it.

Odisha
I don’t really know much about Odisha except for its humidity. So, I’m waiting for a suitable season to visit it. I’m not sure what exactly I should explore there. All I know is that it has quite a few interesting temples, beaches and national parks.

Chhattisgarh
To be honest, Chhattisgarh was never on my wish-list until I came across its royal heritage on a TV travel show recently. I’d like to visit its ancient temples, palaces and of course, the Chitrakote Falls.

Lakshadweep
Whenever I think of Lakshadweep, I see a surreal image of the islands in my mind. I’m sure it’s a beautiful place, perfectly romantic and soulfully peaceful. I’d definitely like to go there someday.

Pondicherry
I know it’s called Puducherry now, but I’d still like to call it Pondicherry, because that exudes its true essence – the French architecture, beaches and the fishing tradition. It sounds like a charming place that I can’t resist exploring.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
I want to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands for its sheer beauty and remoteness. I hope to find a different texture of India there.

Which part of India do YOU wish to explore?

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26 comments:

  1. I am left with the complete North East which i have not touched at all. Apart from this of course Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and J&K is in my pending list.

    You can visit Odhisa during any season except for the peak of summer. You will find many things to write about but if you take the off beaten track then you will get the real deal. Trust me on this, this state has some hidden gems.

    For Chattisgarh the real deal is in Bastar, here you will see an absolute different side of India, by the way dont forget to taste Ant & Ant Egg pickle its something which you only get here and in Jharkhand. Of course don't miss the Dokra crafts by the locals, its wort photographing them.

    On a personal note you have completely overlooked Jharkhand, this state is a gold mine and I am discovering it bit by bit and am totally fascinated.

    Happy Travelling!!! Keep posting and let the world enjoy these from your point of view. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your insights on different places! Well, I would love to visit Jharkhand, too. It's just that some destinations don't appeal to you as much as others. But, if I get a chance, I will definitely travel to Jharkhand.

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  2. Actually in India, in each state you have so much to unearth, its difficult to handpick just a few.. But your list is a pretty good one and inspires me as well to make a list of my own :).. All the best and have a safe trip.. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Arun :-) Yes, you're right! India has so much to offer that it's difficult to decide where to start. But, I'm pretty sure where I want to go and I'm going to tick off each destination on my wishlist one by one.

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  3. All of these places are in my list too. I have hardly explored India frankly. Need to start on that :).

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  4. Glad to see NE on your wish list...its truly a hidden paradise...welcome to NE..glad to telI you that I have been to 6 out of 9 places of this list...Lakshadweep is still on top of my wishlist..

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    1. Yes, I'm going to focus on North East next year! Wow, 6 ticked off already? Cool!

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    1. I hope my blog posts on Gujarat help you plan your trip!

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  6. I still need to go to India! Hopefully going to start with Goa at the end of this year!

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    1. That would be wonderful, Becky! :-)

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  7. That's a great list! I'm very curious about Andaman and Nicobar Islands. I do think the remoteness of the place would have had a great impact on its atmosphere. :)

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    1. True! That's exactly what makes me curious about it, too!

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  8. Except Pondy, I also need to visit the rest

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  9. wow - its such a diverse country, isn't it? I havent heard of any of these places bar the Andaman Islands. but they all sound stunning!

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    1. Yes, they are! Diversity is the very essence of India. I hope you visit India soon and explore it extensively.

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  10. I am yet to visit Andamans, Lakshdweep, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura & Jharkhand. Goal is to visit every district of India before I die.

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    1. That's great, Anuradha! All the best!

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  11. Love that you chose so many of the "seven sisters" in this list- I'd love to go to North East India! And yeah, Lakshadweep is on my bucket list too!! :)

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    1. Yeah, the 'seven sisters' are like a must-visit jewel that has to be in a traveler's crown. :-)

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  12. Hey Renuka, I have visited Lakshadweep for 3 months. Done quite big places here.. I can help you planning :) Btw did you read about my Lakshadweep as solo traveller ? You should :)

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    1. I'm keen to know how did you like Lakshadweep as a solo traveler...will surely check out your blog.

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  13. nice post, i like this blog,
    Uttarakhand also cool destination in India Know About Uttarakhand

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  14. @ renuka
    Nice List Indeed , I always heard that India is one of the best place to travel, I have visited Rishikesh with my friends last year where we done lot of fun while trekking, rafting and other adventure activity. It was Really a memorable trip for me. If it possible, I want to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands from you destinations.

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