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Top 10 destinations that I'd like to see before I kick the bucket

The theme post for this Saturday is the 'bucket list' and since I'd already done posting about it recently, I'd planned to do a different post. However, I was prompted by some lovely suggestions around and chose to list out the places I'd like to see before I die:



Given the fact that I haven't travelled much as yet, my to-see list is pretty long, figuring almost all the popular (and non-popular!) destinations within India and abroad. Still, I am going to try and list some of the top most ones on my mind here:

1. The top most has to be the one that has been immortalized by Bollywood as the quintessential destination for romance- Switzerland- Once upon a fairy time, I had envisions of myself and Mr.Right romancing in the alps. However the real life situation currently forces me to make hurried changes to the dream. With a toddler now thrown for company (?!), I am forced to re-paint the dream canvas to resemble a more family-ish outing. Well, at least so be it!

2. New Zealand-I've heard lots about this breathtakingly beautiful (and of course expensive) destination. This surely needs to be ticked off the list too.

3. Paris- Of course, the Louvre and the Eiffel tower will have to seen before I am gone for good.

4. South Africa-is it an unusual destination to be on the wish-list? Actually, I wouldn't have thought of it if I did not have my friends moving their base to this place for a couple of years. Since they are going to be there, I am nursing this crazy wish to visit them (actually the place ;-)) while they are there.

5. Scotland/London/parts of the USA-Of course, I am going to be choosing all the obvious locales. I am quite predictable and boring that way. Does having some cousins staying at these places make it more doable? I hope so.

Well, now time to list some desi locations too.

6. Rajasthan- The place is so royal, full of colours, a treasure house of the works of local artisans and great food to gorge on. Soaking in the history by the day, shopping till my legs ache and relaxing on the soft warm sands in the evening, sounds like bliss, doesn't it?

7. North-east-Sikkim/Nagaland- Discovering ancient tribes, exploring the hills, seeking out the monasteries, these are a few of my favourite things :-)

8. Gujarat-I am quite impressed with the way Gujarat has been doing and really want to visit this place to a get a feel of Mr. Modi's development. And, of course, who can resist the brand ambassador of the state when he says, "kuch din toh gujariye Gujarat mein."

9. Leh-Laddak-I love the mountains. I am a bigger fan of this place after seeing amazing photographs from here in the book- The Stopover. I had reviewed the book here.

10. The wonderful temples of the South- I have visited the south in bits and parts and have not really done an extensive tour of the great and magnificent temples. So, this also figures in the must-see.

There is more to the list like taking a cruise, doing some adventure sports like scuba-diving (for a non-adventure person like me, this is adventure), however I'll stop with listing the top most on my mind. More is always welcome, right?

Comments

  1. Nice, some really interesting places on your list!! New Zealand is a MUST do. It is beautiful naturally and unique in a lot of aspects, expensive , yes very!! But must do!! And Switzerland is so cliched but I did go for my honeymoon there. The husband and I wanted to do the "typical/cliched" thing ;)
    Leh Ladakh is a definite one too - My dad was posted there and they celebrated my 1st b'day there. It is a beautiful zen like place!!

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    1. wow..the swiss alps for the honeymoon and Leh for a childhood..now am quite jealous! ;-)

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  2. Rajasthan - the memory of my trip there still lingers fresh in my mind...Its like it happened yesterday...the colors, the sand, the ruins, the houses....And yes yes yes to the temples of South India :) This is such a nice list...I shall keep in mind...Egypt, Rome, Greece, Stonehenges are in my list :P

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    1. Wow..I'd like to see Egypt,Rome and Greece too...actually do a world tour :-)))

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  3. Nice list of places to visit. Yes, its a must do

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  4. Yup get your travel boots on .. your wishes are gonna come true soon :)

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    1. wowie..thanks for the good wishes :-)

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  5. All the best! I'm pretty sure you're going to be able to see all these!

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    1. thanks a ton, Jane for the positive wishes :-)

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  6. I love the way you plan and do everything - your year, travel destinations .. What's even more impressive is you manage to tick most off the items too! Best of luck for the same to happen with the travelling too. Bon Voyage!

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    1. hahaha..this may still remain a wish list, Aarthy...but am hoping against hope that I get to tick them off..thanks, Aarthy and good to have you back in the blog world :-)

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  7. Interesting. The south temples, Leh and London are on my list too :)

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  8. Great list....am drooling. Add namibia to the list - its lovely!! Hope u tick off all the destinations soon :) Gujarat is top of my india list as well.

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    1. I want to add a host of other destinations to this list, actually :-)

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  9. Agree with most of the list. I'd like to do them too :)

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    1. isn't it? we shall do it some day..:-)

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  10. Loved your list Uma, am still smiling over your description of the scene change at Switzerland ;)

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  11. Lovely list. I was nodding ditto to quite a few of them too :)

    Please be my guest when you come down to Gujarat, it is truly a wonderful place...!

    AMEN to your list and hoping all of it comes true soon.

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    1. thanks a lot for the wishes and the offer to be the host, Me! hope to meet you too when I'm there :-)

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  12. Coool list....1st & 2nd are same for me tooo;-D
    Then I'd like to do Darjeeling and there's supposed to be a garden of flowers somwehere in Himachal Pradesh I'd like to go there too.
    I'd also like to go to Seychelles and Alaska[a cruise];-D

    And to be very honest I'd like to do it alone....or maybe if the H is good I'll him along too;-) but the kids...no wayyyy. Atleast not for another 5 yrs;-/

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    1. I'd like to go without the kid too..but..really can't and I don't think I want to wait till he gets older to be on his own..I don't like the picture of two white-haired people, tottering on the snow ;-/

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    2. your last sentence ROFTLOL

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  13. Dont get me started on ladakh-leh! My honeymoon was planned there. i ended up being sick and that was the end of my honeymoon dream! no matter where and when and how many places I travel in the world ( or even go to ladakh leh every yr) I am still gonna be grubbing about NOT having my honeymoon plans fulfilled!

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    1. awww..I can understand the sentiments about honeymoon plans getting ruined..

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