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My India Travel Bucket List | India Travel Inspiration

Are you guys ready for some serious India travel inspiration?! This is my India travel bucket list. I’ve had things jotted down on my phone, computer, and random pieces of paper and just realized it’s the perfect blog post topic! As I do things I’ll link them on here so you can see tips to explore India too.

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India Travel Bucket List Ideas

  • Ride the slow local in Mumbai. It’s the train you’ve seen in movies and TV shows where people are on top and hanging out the sides. Now it’s illegal to ride on top, but still, on average one person per day dies on this- mostly by trying to cross the tracks.
  • Play in the Valley of the Flowers in Uttarakhand. There is a photo of this place that went viral on Pinterest and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It’s only available to see in July when they are in full bloom.

backpacking india seasons guide valley of the flowers

  • Go on a wild life safari. There are options in almost every state to see some animals. Pick one that has what you want- I’d love to see tigers, leopards, and wild elephants. ( I just did this last week in Kabini!)
  • Eat the street food! Try the chai, dosas, and samosas for breakfast. Have some grilled corn and egg puffs.
  • Play at Holi! (Thursday, March 1, 2018, is the next one). It’s fun to throw paint powder and buckets of water on strangers. Don’t have a private party but instead find a village and play with the locals. Have you seen my Holi video? It’s in the link.
  • Take a camel safari in Rajasthan. I did mine in Jaisalmer after drinking a big bhang lassi (a hash drink) and it was intense but amazing! Probably not a good idea to do before a safari though! Sleeping under the stars on a sand dune was unforgettable.

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  • Try locals thalis in every city you go- it’ll give you a taste of what each state’s local food is like. You’ll start to be able to notice the differences even in the dhal!
  • Learn how to dance a couple different Indian styles. I love the way girls dance in Bollywood and also the traditional Rajasthani dance moves with extra stomping while wearing bangles and bells.
  • Wander through the Temples of Khajuraho, also known as the Kama Sutra temples.
  • Stay at the Oberoi and have a butler pour me tea while I look out my window at the Taj Mahal. One can dream, right?
  • Go to Auroville for a week and try my hand at farming. It’s a hippie commune, completely immune to the rest of India’s rules and operates on its own- even having its own currency! Everyone works on the land and helps in their own way.
  • Go to a trance party in Goa. Since I live here I could check this off how many times? But if you’re just passing through it’s something to experience. Not just for western hippies, ‘Goa Trance’ has become part of the Goan culture in villages and real life whether people want to admit it or not.

PS: If you’re coming to India and will spend a week of more in Goa, check out my ebook the Insider’s Guide to Goa. After five years of living here, I’m sure this 170-page book is the most comprehensive guide to Goa on the market. Click here to buy it.

trance goa

  • Spend time in Calcutta. Sounds basic but it’s one of the most daunting places as everyone tells me it’s a hard daily life there.
  • Take a day trip to the Allora and Ajanta caves from Bombay. Still can’t believe I haven’t taken the time to do this.
  • Plan to go to one of the Kumbh Melas. They change place and time and aren’t every year. This is where you’ll see the naked Sadhus running into the ganges and babas with their arms up in the air (for the last 30 years), or men painted blue for Shiva or covered in Ash smoking and praying and praising! The last one has over 60 million attendees.
  • Trek through Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Try surfing in Pondicherry. This French colony really intrigues me

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  • Spend time in Sikkim. Far up north, it has a mountain peak that you can see the top of Mt. Everest from and is very different from India with some Far East Asia inspiration.
  • Get a hug from the famous “hugga mama” Mata Amritanandamayi. She will help you with whatever fear or problem you’re having in life. She spends her life hugging strangers and helping them with new mantras.
  • Go white water rafting. You can do this in Rishikesh and Goa for sure. The one in Goa is quite new and I enjoyed it a lot in monsoon.
  • Go rock climbing. I know this is big in India and would love to get a chance!
  • Try a trout from the River Ganga in northern India. Manali is a great place to try it and get a glass of the local apple juice- best I’ve ever had.
  • Plan to meet the Dalai Lama and learn from him in McLeod Ganj where he and other Tibetan people are taking refuge. He has public classes where he’ll discuss meditation, life, and love.
  • Take in the views of the boulders in Hampi then spend the night sleeping next to a paddy field. Hampi is my favorite place on earth.

india travel bucket list hampi

  • Try traditional yoga. I have taken a variety of Indian yoga classes and it’s very different from the USA. If you want to try, use bookyogaretreats.com for retreats and bookyogateachertraining.com for teacher training courses. It is the most legitimate site out there.
  • Have lunch at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and appreciate the Sikh’s awesome way of ignoring castes and everyone eating together on the floor.
  • While you’re there, you can see the Wacky Wagah border (the Indian-Pakistan border) where a show is put on. You’ll think you’re at a football game! I made a video of this.
  • Watch the cremations at the Ghats in Varanasi. It’s the holiest place in the world in my opinion and is something you’re never going to forget! People carry dead bodies down traffic packed streets, dip them in the water, and burn them in front of crowds so the dead can reach salvation.

india travel bucket list varanasi ghats

  • Get off the mainland and enjoy the islands on offer, particularly Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshwadeep
  • Get scuba certified. There are a few places off the mainland, but they don’t have great visibility. Better to do on an island or at least some reputable companies in Karnataka.
  • Take a boat ride around the lake palace in Udaipur. The Palace “floats” in the city that is called the “Venice of India”
  • Rent a bike and learn to ride! I suck at scooters but ride a scooter in Hampi where there weren’t any people on the roads and it was very fun! I can SORT OF cross this off lol, but you shouldn’t trust my scooter driving skills, although my omni driving skills are top notch now.

india travel bucket list hampi ride a bike

  • Take a horse ride on the beach. I have no idea where you can do this but it sounds fabulous
  • Take the trip through the Rohtang Pass from Manali to Leh to see the valleys and views that made Rudyard Kipling say “Surely the gods live here. This is no place for man”.
  • Try new healing techniques that would normally be out of your comfort zone. Try Reiki, reflexology, energy healing with gemstones, get your chakras balanced, take essential oils when you’re sick, or be healed by a local medicine man with herbs.
  • Go to Kanyakumari and look out at the most southern tip of India where 3 seas meet. What a holy place!
  • Do a traditional homestay. I have only done one and can recommend Olaulim Backyards in Goa as a great one. Pirko makes some scrumptious Goan food and the backwaters are a great place to go kayak.

olaulim backyards india travel bucket list

  • Be an extra in a Bollywood film! They scout in Bombay and it’s totally possible you can do this. They look for westerners often and can pay about 1,000 rs for the day plus will feed you. I was once in a rap video in Manali
  • Experience the Pushkar camel fair- the biggest camel trade show in the world. I actually missed this by once week- I left early because prices were going up by about 5x the normal rate.
  • Try to chat with a baba or sadhu. Maybe you’ll learn something, but if not it might still be an interesting experience. My neighbor is a Sadhu and it’s interesting to hear his thoughts.
  • Go to the Taj Mahal at sunset and get that “perfect” photo… then bolt before the crowds come!
  • Take a cooking class. Decide if you’re interested in learning North or South India or wait until Goa and cook with coconut and make less spicy curries.

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  • Get in the Ganges! But do it in the north where the water is clean. You’ll feel refreshed and maybe even your sins will disappear. I got in the Ganga in Rishikesh.

Move to India. Ha, just kidding but actually can’t believe even to this day that I live in this amazing magical country with SO much to offer! What would you add to this India travel bucket list? I’ll be editing it as the months go by, for feel free to send me some ideas. I know there are hundreds more out there & can’t wait to hear what you think of these bucket list ideas.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Elora October 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Oh fun fun fun. You’re adept at tantalizing people, aren’t you? Definitely MANY things I want to do on that list. ;)

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Haha India makes making a list like this super easy

  2. MarkG October 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    ‘Look out at the breathtaking “blue city” of Jaipur From the top of Mehrangarh Fort’

    You mean Jodhpur?

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Woops yes I did mean jodpur and fixed it now. I do have Jaipur (pink city) on list as well! Typo :) thanks

  3. Kanchan October 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Fabulous list! Loved the bit about Hampi..on our bucket list too!

  4. runawaybrit October 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Great list! There’s a couple of things on here I’ll try and do while I’m in India, and a few I did when I travelled here in 2005. The temples of Khajuraho are really worth a visit. I would love to do the Bollywood extra thing and have been asked a few times by touts in Colaba, but I have heard that so many of them are scams I can’t tell what’s for real and what’s not :-(

    I teach some of the stars’ kids though, so maybe I should get them to put in a word for me…

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Ooo you teach the stars kids that’s really cool! I haven’t heard of the extra scams but am not surprised at all

  5. Emily October 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    We wanted to make our way to Khajuraho but it just didn’t pan out for this trip. Now that we’re here I am learning more and more that there is just HEAPS to see…we won’t be able to make it all this trip so we hope to come back sooner rather than later!

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Yes it takes multiple trip . I am in only Karnataka this month and won’t see even half of the state!

  6. Renuka October 27, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Great list! I just wanted to recommend – sipping Tongba (Eastern Himalayan alcohol) around a bonfire, getting drenched in Mumbai rains and food tour of Lucknow.

  7. venus john October 28, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I heard there are mosquitoes in the house boats in kerala..and I tried to learn horse riding on a beach in vasai,a suburb of mumbai..on the second or third day..the horse ran away from the trainer,with me on its back..crossed the beach and onto the road..and I did not know how to stop it..and was also afraid to do so,as it was galloping..and if I pulled the reigns incorrectly,it might stand on its two hind legs,and I could fall off …so I jumped off the horse ..before it crossed the road …and ran off into a forest like area..i had a back injury..luckily nothing serious..won’t forget the experience..

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Wow that is so scary! I’m glad you are okay. Maybe I won’t do horse riding.

  8. Katie Featherstone October 28, 2014 at 2:50 am - Reply

    This is a really extensive and interesting list of things to do in India- I´m going to have to bookmark it for when I actually get the chance to go. I also like your idea of writing a bucket list for just one country. It´s a much more realistic and achievable set of aims I think. Thank-you for sharing, the vally of flowers looks beautiful.

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Glad you like it! Maybe I’ll make some for other countries although I know India best so probably shouldn’t haha

  9. Chris October 28, 2014 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Although I’ve not yet been to India (it is on the cards for when we get back over that side of the world), Sarah read and smiled at much of this list.

    She managed to tick off a few wonderful sounding things from this list back in 2008! :-)

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Awesome! India is great because each day it seems you get to do something magically without even trying

  10. Lindsey October 28, 2014 at 4:12 am - Reply

    I love your ambition! I don’t have any suggestions, but I do now have a deep seated longing to visit/experience so many of the places/things you mentioned!

  11. Sugato Dutt October 28, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Wonderful list Rachel. Posted it on a FB Group for Goa travellers, think they will love the ideas.

  12. Justine October 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    It’s seriously impressive how many things you’ve scratched off your list. Good for you for getting yourself out there. You are definitely lucky to be living in a country where the possibilities are virtually endless! The first one on your list is crazy — I can’t believe that someone dies everyday riding a train! Do people still ride on top even though it’s illegal?

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks girl, some of these were from my speedy backpacking days. No, i don’t think people ride on top anymore, but they get killed crossing just as often.

  13. Laura October 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Looks like you’ve ticked off loads already! I have something like this running for my time in Korea, the problem is it’s getting longer far faster than I’m able to check things off of it!

  14. Jessica bailey October 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Amazing list! I have done 5 trips to India and am planning my 6th! Have ticked many if these off but still sooo much more to see my list keeps growing! My dream would be to live in India as you do… Seems it is really hard for us Aussies to do so :( any tips??

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      You’d have to get a biz or employment visa and work here. But either way, they make you exit every 180 days so tourist visa is ok too

  15. Tim | UrbanDuniya October 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic list! I was in Hyderabad at the start of the mourning of Muharram two years ago, but I missed the climax on the Day of Ashura. It’s not for everyone, but I would really like to witness it in the city of Nizams.

    • Rachel Jones October 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      I haven’t even heard of that lol! I”ll google it.

  16. Tim | UrbanDuniya October 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    It’s pretty intense and solemn, and not to be taken lightly, but there aren’t many places where stuff like that happens. As you say, “This is India!”

  17. paper boat sailor October 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    India has so much to offer, doesn’t it? A lifetime isn’t enough sometimes I think to understand all the diversity there. Your list will definitely help you get as close to that as possible–and I’m glad to find Lakshadweep on it–one of India’s still unexploited and incredibly beautiful regions.

  18. Rishabh October 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Being an Indian I haven’t done 10 percent of the things you have mentioned in that list .. Great suggestions .. Hopefully I explore few of things you have mentioned.. Cheers

  19. Alex Wolfe October 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve just returned to India for a 6 month trip and it looks like we share alot of the same things on the Bucket list. I’m heading down to Auroville in two weeks to tick “eco farming” off my list. And im hopeing from a hug from Mata Amritanandamayi. Also on my list is to learn Thai yoga massage, something you have inspired me to do. Keep up the great work with the blog!

  20. Alex Wolfe October 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve just returned to India for a 6 month trip and it looks like we share alot of the same things on the Bucket list. I’m heading down to Auroville in two weeks to tick “eco farming” off my list. And im hopeing from a hug from Mata Amritanandamayi. Also on my list is to learn Thai yoga massage, something you have inspired me to do. Keep up the great work with the blog!

    • Rachel Jones November 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      My friend just did eco farming there and LOVED it!! enjoy!

  21. Amanda Beth November 2, 2014 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Such a good list! I am going to India next month for a wedding but will have a week to travel after we visit Delhi. You’ve given me good ideas, if we don’t end up spending our free time in Thailand all these will come in handy.

  22. Matt Bory November 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Going to be living in Goa for January, any advice on most beautiful places to take the Enfield out to?

    • Rachel Jones November 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      All the north of Goa to paradise beach.. at the state border. Great spot!

  23. Bhagyashri November 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Amazing list! You can do horse riding on several beaches near Mumbai, and it isn’t that scary! :D

  24. A NAIR November 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply


    Add Kaas Plateau to your bucket list. It is around 300 kms from Mumbai or around 125 kms from Pune. Its an awesome place to visit. The best and only time to visit is the first couple of weeks of August. I am sure you will love the place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaas_plateau

  25. Annie Tong November 21, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel,
    What a great post! I got hungry looking at your curry and roti picture:) that’s what i want for lunch yum! Goa is on my list too what sort of trance music do they play ?
    Annie ox

    • Rachel Jones November 21, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

      I have no clue what type of trance lol it all sounds the same to me!

  26. Betsy November 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Great list! You have to go to Ellora! Ajanta is cool, but I spent nine days in Ellora so it owns my heart. Some of the things on your bucket list are on mine too. Next year I will be in Udaipur, then finally see the Taj Mahal, go to Khajuraho and Varanasi, up to Rishikesh (specifically so I can get in the Ganges) and down to Delhi.
    Goa is on my bucket list too.

    • Rachel Jones November 22, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Oh wow, 9 days in Ellora.. I had no idea you could even stay, I though it was a hop on and look then leave kind of place! how interesting, Thanks!

      • Betsy November 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

        I was there for 9 days because I was with my graduate professor and we were doing research at a Jain temple in town. Staying 9 days if you weren’t doing research would be really long. Whenever you make it stay at Hotel Kailas. It is really the only place in town. Its a great place though. The rooms are in small buildings around the property and it is very tranquil. The hotel is the only place in town to eat as well.
        You will probably travel in and out of Aurangabad to get to Ellora. Check out the Daulatabad Fort and the Bibi-qa-Marqbara, known as the “Baby Taj”.

        • Rachel Jones November 23, 2014 at 10:49 am - Reply

          amazing, thank u for all this info! will come in handy

  27. Yuv vii November 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Thats’ a gorgeous list!
    you should add the rajasthan hot air ballon as well!!
    I heard its great… :D

  28. Dr. kevin morris December 30, 2014 at 1:24 am - Reply

    try and visit the center of India “NAGPUR: the land of oranges, ZERO MILE OF INDIA is located here.

  29. Lydia December 31, 2014 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I thought I’d done a lot in India but this list has just reminded me that there is always going to be something else to see/do, to go back for!! How about going to an Indian Wedding? I got the chance to go to one during my first trip to India and it was an incredible experience. It was the perfect way to get a feel for the locals religion, culture and traditions… and the food was YUM :)! I hope you have a great New Years Eve :D xx

    • Rachel Jones December 31, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

      I haven’t been to an Indian wedding yet or worn a sari!!! I want to though soon :)

      • Lydia December 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        If you don’t get the chance to go to a wedding whilst you’re in India, you should definitely just buy a sari and wear it for any occasion :)… they’re so beautiful and the buying process is so much fun! Just expect to be swamped with too many amazing choices hahaha!

  30. Roger December 31, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Some comments on your list. I havent done near what you have but I have visited India 5 times over the years for long stretches.
    – I highly encourage you to do a Vipassana retreat (www.dhamma.org, not all vipassanas are the same). I had depression for 14 years which lifted on my 5th retreat and never returned. Many other strong problematic issues, too numerous to list here, have cleared as well.
    – I think you might find Auroville not quite what you expect. I spent 6 weeks there and enjoyed it. But you have to be a devotee of their “Mother” (Sri Aurobindo’s deceased wife) to really appreciate it. They dont have a completely separate economy but have a somewhat “colonial” relationship with the rest of India, although they make good efforts to overcome it. They do have some cool “alternative” businesses e.g. Electric bicycles, bamboo bicycles, raw foods, etc. Credit for turning a desert into a jungle (with a lot of help from foreign money). Its worth a visit. You might like the “golden golf ball” temple.
    – I had a brunch at the Oberoi in Mumbai in 1995 that I will never forget. Luscious. $20 USD for all I could eat. I stayed for 4 hours, reading the newspaper between courses. Best food I have ever had in India.
    – The elephant ride to see the Rhinos in the Nepal national park is like time traveling to the Jurassic. The Rhinos look like dinosaurs with their armor plating.
    – I encourage you to try homeopathy in India, as one of the healing techniques to experience. Being a homeopath, I am prejudiced, but it is truly a holistic healing science. Be as skeptical as possible before you try it (read the Wikipedia hit piece), so it will blow your mind when it works. But get a referral to a well trained experienced doctor. I was cured of malaria by a homeopathic MD in ’95. It was a serious epidemic in Maharashtra, for which Asian Business Week reported 10,000 official deaths; had no recurrence afterwards.
    – Couchsurfing has landed in India, and I had some great experiences with it.
    – For everything that I love about India, I like Sri Lanka better, except the cost of living… but I have only been there once so far. I plan to go back. Less misogynistic, less caste-ism, less prudish and less garbage. Wear your bikini.
    – I have an expat friend from USA, who is a Bollywood star living in Mumbai. I could connect you with him if you want to be an extra. Perhaps he can help.

    • Rachel Jones January 2, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Hi Roger, thanks for all those comments. I would love to try Vipasssana, but not sure I would last. As a western trained nurse, I have a hard time accepting homeopathy, but I do try treatments from time to time as I hate to take antibiotics unless I’m totally sure what I’ve picked up (which type of bacteria, etc). Also, I’ve tried couchsurfing here. Found that with girls its ok, but with men was absolutely horrible :( I agree Sri Lanka is AMAZING! Love it! and would love to be connected with ur bollywood friend :)

      • Roger January 3, 2015 at 5:54 am - Reply

        _Everyone_ has difficulty accepting homeopathy, at first, including myself. I challenged a lawyer who was suing homeopathic pharmacies (for “consumer fraud”) to do a homeopathic proving. He was so blown away that he stopped pursuing the lawsuits. We havent learned everything there is to know about the energies of the universe.
        Yes, you may have a hard time getting thru a Vipassana course but remember, you wont experience anything you havent already experienced in your life. You will just go thru it quicker and easier, if you keep doing the practice. And you learn how to remove the negativities from your life entirely.

  31. Roger December 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I road the local trains in Mumbai on many occasions. Quite a challenge in the rush hour. Gave me time to ponder the stories of people falling out of the open doors to their death. Thankfully I am tall so my nose wasnt in anyone’s armpit. fortunately for the women they have separate cars from the men.
    It wasnt a local, but I took a third class train on a 4 hour ride over a holiday. The compartment meant for eight people sitting had 12 sitting down, 8 in the luggage racks and seventeen standing up, or 37 total. I was one of the 17 standing. Almost got in a fight with someone when I tried to sit on their large crate which was also in the aisle. Finally was able to move up into the luggage rack after 2 hours during which I could Not move my feet at all…period; frozen in place for the duration.
    I’d take that of your bucket list unless you are into the M of S&M.

    • Rachel Jones January 2, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

      haha, yes it’s a struggle but for budget backpackers it really helps the budget. The sleeper class seems to be ok, while third is a bit more difficult! best for short trips :)

  32. LINDSAY March 4, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I’ve spent (roughly) the last 6 hours on your blog. I’ve been bouncing back and forth all week deciding my next trip abroad (recently moved back to the States from teaching english in China) before I head off to college. You’ve swayed me completely to India. I don’t know if I can fit all I want in one month (or even a million, it seems) so I’m contemplating deferring school for another six months and going to India for four months. (September-December)
    Thank you, truly.

    • Rachel Jones March 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      wow what a cool comment to wake up and see! Thanks for telling me that & good luck in India! Even with only a month you’ll see some amazing things :D

  33. The Wander Girls June 24, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    Pretty impressive checklist! We are tiny little travel start up ( we call ourselves The Wander Girls http://thewandergirls.com ) and we organize women only trips and tours in India and around the world. Honestly would love to see you on some of our wanderings! :)

    • Rachel Jones June 25, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

      would love you guys to send me an email to talk about this more.

  34. sam July 16, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

    thanks for all of this info!! I will have to start my own list ….I’m moving to Hyderabad to teach for 2 years! any bucket list things there!?

    • Rachel Jones July 16, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

      eating biriyani lo but have only flown through, haven’t seen the place!

  35. Rahul August 31, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I would definitely suggest you to visit Hyderabad. I am from there but I live in the states now. It is the true definition of North India meeting South India. There is a saying that ‘A 10 a.m meeting starts at 10.30 am in Hyderabad’. The people are that laid back! Also, the biryani is heavenly. Andhra food is supposed to be the spiciest food in India. All I can have here is chicken wings at Buffalo Wild Wings! :P

  36. Babette September 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I will be going to Mysore and Bangalore for 3 weeks visiting my husband’s family in November. This will be my first trip! I am so excited! We were thinking about taking a weekend trip just the two of us (honeymoon!) to Goa or Kerala. Do you have any advice?! Thank you in advance for any information!

    • Rachel Jones September 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Both are great destinations. I have written guides on Goa & will be going to Kerala on Sept 20th – check out my instagram (www.instagram.com/hippieinheelsblog) to see what Kerala is like! I have written posts about it as well. Both have good hotel options

      • Babette September 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Thanks Rachel! I will look for those blog posts. Just learned you are originally from Ohio, we live in good ol’ Cleveland, OH.

  37. Aniket October 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Great List. Add Gokarna,Kolkata Durgapuja in your list.

  38. nilaya mishra December 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Hello, great experience.
    I am also from Banaras. There are many things which you left excluding boating.

  39. Krishna Santhi December 3, 2015 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I have a ritual like to visit Goa, like every December 1st or the 2nd week past few years now. I was actually going through something for booking online and found your blog instead.
    Amazing Blog I must say! The narrative way of your sharing posts 10/10 on that.
    I’m Shanthi a Fashion Designer based from Hyderabad . (say Hi to SHANTHI ur dog btw!! she shares my name :p )

    I dint read your whole blog, but i read most of your posts. Awesome experiences I must say. And the way you have been putting them up is really a great delight to read on.
    I loved your Travel LISTS, we share many in common with the places BTW ;) .

    Any ways coming to your India List, I’d like to suggest Hyderabad (My City) first for its exquisite tastes of the local Biryani , Haleem and nahari, paya and Roti , The magnificent Charminar and the Glamour LAC BANGELS, The Ramazaan season’s all night bazaar for a month or more , then we have The Andhra pradesh’s silks and cotton saree weavers spread over the state with each different variety in fabrics (( i was there)), the Gujrath’s Dandiya nights, The Kolkutta’s (is in your list,) Dushherra season (do not forget to pick the traditional cotton drape of Red and white *very much affordable and Man,,Its a Beauty); and The rich flavors of Lucknow’s Nawabi kebebs.

    Have fun Traveling, Blogging Sharing and Growing into awesomeness day by day.

    P.S. : If you are in India, and if you ever decide on coming to Hyderabad, or to Andhra pradesh’s any city, Do shoot me a mail. I love my city and I can show you why you should love the place.
    And this time i’m in Goa i’m definitely getting one of your candles if they r gonna be there at those stores u mentioned.

    Feels nice i wrote to you.
    Chase the Dream!
    – a new friend
    Krishna Shanthi

    • Rachel Jones December 5, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

      I’d love to come to Hyderbad! I only had a stopover there once on a flight and some biryani at the airport which sadly wasn’t great. I’d love to come stay for a while and explore :) Thanks for getting in touch, nice to meet you!

  40. Marc December 29, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Great list and love it. I am going to India for 3 weeks in 3 months and I am sure to do some of the ideas you have listed in the article.

  41. Himanshu February 11, 2016 at 1:28 am - Reply

    We have almost every location you mentioned here at http://www.traveldglobe.com/

    With your permission, we would love to borrow some content your blogs.

    • Rachel Jones February 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Please do not use any of my blog content without emailing first to explain in what way you want to use it.

  42. Stephen Nash March 23, 2016 at 2:30 am - Reply

    I know I saw horses on the beach at Agonda (Goa) – and seem to recall people riding them. Rode a camel in Rajasthan (Jaisalmer too) and got pulled off and landed on my face! Ha – was fine in the end…what an amazing adventure. So glad I read your list – great memories of my India trip.

  43. Vyom Sharma April 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Woah,just sort of stumbled upon your blog looking for some insights into Goa.It’s amaazing,your list.It’s really making me wonder about all the things I haven’t seen or done,even though I’m an Indian.It’s great.
    P.S.-you might want to check out the annual Jaipur literature festival.(they hosted some great travel writers this year).Also you can learn to scuba dive at Andaman and Nicobar (port Blair maybe)

  44. Lesley May 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I haven’t read all the replies so I don’t know whether it’s been mentioned but gliding over Jaipur in a hot air ballon at sunrise is a wonderful experience unbeatable!

  45. Brock August 31, 2016 at 5:33 am - Reply

    So how do you like it there? Would it be a place for an American to retire? The food looks great.

    • Rachel Jones September 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      yes. lots of brits retire here – americans don’t but they should!

  46. Radhika February 23, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Calcutta isn’t a daunting place and doesnt have a hard daily life. It’s a metropolitan city

  47. Disha November 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    You can go horse riding on the beaches in Daman. Namely, Jampore and Devka beaches. :)

  48. Rajat December 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Amazing list Rachel. I must say, you have lived India more than the people here could have ever lived. I take the liberty to add few more to your checklist so you can cross them out when I read this post again next time.

    1. Learn how to make Assam saris on handloom in one of the Assamese villages.
    2. Visit the herbal hill town of Patalkot in Madhya Pradesh.
    3. Visit the geographical Centre of India, the tiger capital and the city of oranges – Nagpur, Central India
    4. Try out the non-vegetarian food of every tribe of Nagaland on Hornbill Festival. Also, try out smelling the hottest chillies of the world – Bhoot Jolokia
    5. Visit the vineyards of Nasik, Maharashtra
    6. Travel to the ghost town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan
    7. Learn the traditional folk song of Bengal at Shantiniketan Ashram.
    8. Travel to the farthest corner of the North East India, Tawang, watch the sunrise at 04:00 am and visit the Shungetsar lake
    9. Try fishing on the Brahmaputra river- I bet you double time.
    10. Attend the butterfly festival in Gangtok, Sikkim in Februarys
    11. Watch the sun setting at 08:00 pm in the Desert Mountain of India – Ladakh
    12. Pay homage to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh – Amritsar
    13. Check out the Yeti footprints and Himalayan cats in the Niti Village – Uttarakhand
    14. Take a dip in the hotsprings of Badrinath Temple.
    15. Take an unforgettable hike to the “Door of Heaven” beyond Badrinath Temple.
    16. Eat to your hearts content at 56 different food stalls in Indore, Madhya Pradesh – Chappan (56)
    17. Visit the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain.
    18. Book Reader? Calcutta’s college street is a place where you can find any book in the world.
    19. Travel to Palk Straits, and look for the floating stones bridge from India to Sri Lanka. (they are real and yes they float on water)
    20. If you have taken a Yak ride, also try out drinking Yak milk and tasting Yak butter.
    21. Check out the Dolphins at Ezhimala beach
    22. Conquer the unconquerable forts of Shivaji in Konkan and Pune.
    23. Watch the fire dance ‘Chau’ in Orissa

    Hope you find more of your stories in India on your next trip… All the best!!

  49. Ankita April 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    This is just wow….!!! This is exactly how i want to be but i don’t know wts stopping me. I wish and hope even i could see the world like you.

  50. Disha May 20, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Take a horse ride on the beach. I have no idea where you can do this but it sounds fabulous.

    Agonda Beach. South Goa.
    Went there on 18th May,2018

    This is an Amazing post ❤️
    I live in India – Delhi. And still have to travel to a lot of these places. Saving Money. Soon hopefully

  51. Ashruti July 10, 2018 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Loved your post . Have been through many places . An indian by birth and heart, I want to explore my India before I move out to explore the world .

  52. Malia Powers October 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    You are absolutley a gift to my journey and I am so so sooo grateful to be able call myelf a proud reader of your blog! I’m currently a student living in India studying Global Health Sciences. These past few months have been a difficut transisiton for me, but coming across your page is exaclty the heart warming reminder I needed. Everything you write resonates with me to a tea, and I want to congradulate you on all the amazing information you have shared with the world. Keep radiating!

    • Rachel Jones October 20, 2018 at 5:33 am - Reply

      So happy to hear that – thank you so much for reaching out and letting me know. It’s always great to hear if my words can help someone on their trip in India!! :)

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