Three Cheers for my Wish List: #IncredibleIndia

As mentioned in the previous post, that list was definitely not the end of my grand travel plans! It so happened that when reading my list posts with the error-locator glasses perched on her nose, a rather overwhelmed Madame Editor suggested I split the MASSIVE list. “Make two lists – one of places in India and then the rest,” she said. What a splendid idea!

#fromthecornertable

Did I mention I love making lists and writing? I do it at stations, airports, bus stops and even in buses

There is so much of my country I am yet to travel. In fact, there are so many parts of my city that I have never visited.

Does that make me the girl with three travel wish lists – 1 international, 1 national, 1 local? I like!!! #dreambig

For the record, my parents belong to West Bengal – in the eastern part of India. Sometime in their earlier years, the father for studies and work and the mother after marriage, they moved to Gujarat which is in the western part of the country. The sister and I were born and brought up in various parts of Gujarat, but mostly in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad of the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi fame. Ring a bell?

Anyway, here goes the list.

Do let me know if there are other places or experiences I should try. Tell me about your experiences during your visits so I know what to do/or not do when planning my trip.

(In alphabetical order)

# In Agra… experience Taj Mahal
# Andaman and Nicobar Islands
# In Bihar… The ruins of the ancient university of Nalanda, Bodh Gaya
# In Delhi… Get lost (not literally though) in the streets of Delhi, walk through the Mughal dynasty’s architectural remains
# In Goa… no reason needed
# Repeat Gujarat… a road trip through Kutch, Gir Forest, Somnath, etc

2001 Some beach in Gujarat

The three ladies – Maa, Didi and me – at a beach in Gujarat during a trip

# The hill stations of Himachal Pradesh
# In Jammu & Kashmir… Glide through Dal Lake in a shikara or stay in a houseboat; the food
# In Karnataka… Visit the ancient village of Hampi
# In Kerala… cruise through the backwaters, scream my guts out at the snake boat festival, book myself into an ayurveda spa centre and get Madame Editor to be guide+company
# In Madhya Pradesh… the Khajuraho temples, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Sanchi
# In Odisha… the Sun Temple of Konark
# In Punjab… visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar, attend the rural Olympics at Kila Raipur near Ludhiana
# In Pondicherry… Auroville please
# In Rajasthan… land of the royals and their forts, need I say more?

#fromthecornertable

A trip to Udaipur in Rajasthan is incomplete without a walk through the gorgeous City Palace

# In the Seven Sisters i.e. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival and Tripura… for the untouched beauty of the landscape and its people
# In Uttarakhand… run through the Valley of Flowers, Jim Corbett Safari
# In Vrindavan… to play Holi
# Attend the Wagah Border Ceremony
# In West Bengal… Durga Pujo in Kolkata, Jagadhaatri Pujo in Krishnanagar, Shantiniketan, Sunderbans, Darjeeling, food
# Attend the Kumbh Mela

#fromthecornertable

I love history. Honestly. Which is probably why Maa, a history teacher, and I fell in love with Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The place pulses with the energy of bygone eras

 

 photos: Rapti Bhaumick

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