Continuing on my India wish-list, this post looks at North India.
Uttarakhand: I have fond memories of backpacking around Kumaon in the early 2000s. I had also made another visit to the state with an attempt to visit Kedarnath. Unfortunately, we had to abort the trip due to heavy rains and landslides. So yes, I would love to be able to visit Kedarnath, as well as the Valley of Flowers.
Himachal Pradesh: There are so many beautiful places to visit in this small mountainous state. Top of the list, for me, is Dharamshala / McLeodganj.
Union Territory of Ladakh: I consider myself extremely fortunate to have visited Ladakh over 10 years ago and seen places such as Pangong Tso before the Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” made it famous. If I were to go back again, I would probably make the Nubra Valley my first destination.
Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir: Again, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have visited Srinagar and parts of Kashmir in the mid-80s before all the troubles erupted. It’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world. If I get the chance to go back again, I would probably visit Pahalgam.
Punjab: In my previous post, I had mentioned that Varanasi is very high up on my bucket-list of places to visit in India. If there is one place that will give it stiff competition, it will be the Golden Temple in Amritsar. And while I am there, I am going to treat myself to a lassi!
Haryana: With no disprespect to Haryana, tourist destinations are a bit hard to come by in this small North Indian state. If I do find myself in the region, I might visit the town of Kurukshetra.
Delhi: I recently made my first visit to the Indian capital in over 17 years. I would love to visit the place with my kids and show them the famous sights including India Gate and Red Fort.