I know it's a long way away, but I am having so much fun perusing my guide books and the internet for ideas of where to go and what to see and do while in India.
I did decided to cut the trip down from 6 months to more like 4.5 months. For one thing, it means I'll have a little more wiggle room when it comes to money while I'm there. It also means I'll actually have money left over when I am done! I also decided to come back to Boston after my trip to India. I'll either sublet or see about couch surfing for a few months while I temp or do other odd jobs to earn some more money, then take off again to another corner of the globe after I've replenished the piggy bank.
But I am still following the same route I had in mind for India. A couple of months up North (try to get up into the mountains, where I can do more to beat the summer heat) before heading South.
Here are most of the places I have in mind to visit for my first couple of months.
Ranthambhore National Park
Ladakh and Leh
Valley of Flowers National Park
You can do a Wikitravel search on all of these places (except, apparently, Hardiwar... but regular wiki has plenty on that) to get a little idea about them.
Still don't really know about the second half of my trip. I *MAY* may may may get my best friend joining me for that part! FUCKING AWESOME is my response to this idea. :) I've got a few ideas, but nothing permanent yet. Once E has a better idea of she'll be able to join me or not I'll figure out how I am going to approach that half of my trip.