1. Visit the Taj Mahal- The Epitome of LoveWhen listing the must things to do in India,you can’t leave Taj Mahal out. Built in 17thcentury, this white marble monumentattracts thousands of tourists from all overthe world. It is the epitome of love as theworld knows it. While a visit to Taj Mahalat any time of the day is exciting, considervisiting it during night, preferably on a fullmoon night. The charges are a little higherfor night visits, but it is worth the
2. Eat at the highway Punjabi Dhaba- A gastronomicaldelight
2. Eat at the highway Punjabi Dhaba- A gastronomicaldelightThere is nothing like have a gastronomicaldelight while on the road. While you are on thehighway, especially the Delhi-Chandigarh one,don’t forget to have a meal in one of the manyPunjabi dhabas, which usually operate 24/7.Murthal, near Sonepat, on NH1 is the hotspotfor Punjabi dhabas, Gulshan Dhaba being themost famous of the lot. Don’t worry about thehygiene bit though. Just indulge in lip-smacking food.
3. Old Delhi tour and Chandni Chowk- Fall in Love withthe Chaos
3. Old Delhi tour and Chandni Chowk- Fall in Love withthe ChaosThis is where you get to feel the pulse of Delhi.As you make your way through narrow streetsfilled with people, you start wonder how peoplecan live in such a chaotic place. But soon enough,you fall in love with the chaos and the livelinessof the place. While in Old Delhi and ChandniChowk area, do not miss a visit to Paranthe WaliGali, lip smacking Mutton Burra at Karim’s,traditional Indian sweets and a visit to JamaMasjid. A rickshaw ride completes theexperience. You will be left thrilled by the way
4. Bike trip to Ladakh- An Ethereal ExperienceThis one is for the adventure enthusiasts. If youlove biking, a bike trip to Ladakh is ultimate fun.You start from Manali and make your way throughthe stunning Rohtang Pass, beautiful Lahual andSpiti Valley, and cross several high mountain passesbefore entering Ladakh. While in Ladakh, go a biketrip to Khardung La pass, the highest motorablepass in the world. You can take this biking trip toLadakh only between June to December, asRohtang Pass remains closed for six months,
5. Rural Olympics Punjab- Back to the BasicsForget Olympics. Punjab plays host to somethingmuch more exciting, and rustic, every year. KilaRaipur, a small village in Ludhiana, comes alivebetween February and March each year, as it playshost to a sports festival- Punjabi style. Hundreds ofpeople throng to this fair, some to watch whileothers to participate. It is pure fun to watch menfight it out in a game of mud wrestling; to watch abullock cart race; tractor pulling and so much more.The festival sees as many as 40-50 events spreadover 3 days. And it is just the locals who participate
6. Valley of Flowers- Beautiful is an understatement
6. Valley of Flowers- Beautiful is an understatementDo you believe in fairies and Wonderland? If youdon’t, the Valley of Flowers will make you believein them. The National Park and a World HeritageSite is located in the state of Uttarakhand, nestledamidst the majestic treks in Himalayas. The myriadcolored flowers are an ethereal experience,complemented by mist covered peaks. Nanda DeviNational Park lies to the east of Valley of Flowers.The region is home to endangered species as well,such as snow leopard and Asiatic Black Bear.
7. Corbett National Park- A rendezvous with the wild side
7. Corbett National Park- A rendezvous with the wild sideA rendezvous with the wild side of nature is alwaysan exciting experience. Corbett National Park candefinitely give a thrilling rendezvous with thewilderness of India. It is one of the oldest nationalparks of the country, and certainly one of the mostpopular. Embark on a wildlife safari here, either ina jeep or an elephant. Wildlife safari packagesrange from short 3 day tours to extensive 11 daytours. You can spot several wild animals hereincluding tigers, leopards, and so much more.
8. Wagah Border Visit- A strange BonhomieForget the changing of guard routine in London.The Wagah border ceremony is much moreinteresting. As the sun goes down, the retreatceremony at this India-Pakistan border begins.Bugles are sounded from both the sides, whichcould easily blow the air out of your lungs ifyou try it; guards from both the sides stomptheir feet as hard as possible, trying to get one-up over each other. It is as exciting as watchinga last ball India-Pakistan match.
9. A religious landmark, and an architectural one too-Golden Temple Amritsar
9. A religious landmark, and an architectural one too-Golden Temple AmritsarWhile you visit the Wagah Border, don’t forget tovisit the Golden Temple- an architectural marveland a religious epicenter of the country. Themonument witnessed some troubled times duringthe Blue Star operation, but nothing has takenaway the spirituality of the place. The architectureof this monument has influences of Hindu,Muslim and European cultures. A dip in the lakehere is rejuvenating, while the langar served here
10. Take a walk from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Assi Ghat,Varanasi- Embrace Spirituality
10. Take a walk from Dashashwamedh Ghat to AssiGhat, Varanasi- Embrace SpiritualityTalking of spirituality, you just cannot leaveVaranasi out. While here, consider taking a walkfrom Dashashwamedh Ghat to Assi Ghat. TheDashashwamedh Ghat remains most crowded mosttimes of the day. But that shouldn’t deter your spirit.In fact, watching the religious ceremony whichhappens every evening at 7 is a must haveexperience. As you walk from Dashashwamedh toAssi, you come across several small ghats, wherepeople are seen revering the Ganges, and some
11. Ramlila at Ramnagar- Watch it with the sadhus
11. Ramlila at Ramnagar- Watch it with the sadhusWatching traditional Ramlilas is always a greatexperience. Seeing hardly trained actors dorn therole of revered figures in Hindu Mythology forabout 20 days is entertainment of the rustic kind.Taking this experience to a whole new level isthe Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi. The crowdshere could be anywhere between 1,000 and10,000, which include Sadhus too in theirtraditional attire. It is like watching a Broadwayshow live, except that there are much more
12. Zing Zing Bar- The perfect stop before a steep climb
12. Zing Zing Bar- The perfect stop before a steep climbThe name of the place may mislead you. It is notmuch a bar, but an army camp where you can graba few snacks and drinks while you are on aLadakh biking trip. The so called bar lies at thebase to the steep ascent of BarchalaLa Pass. It is anice pit-stop where you can chat with the armymen or just admire the beauty of surrounding you.
13. Stay in a Shikara in Dal Lake- Recreate famousBollywood scenes
13. Stay in a Shikara in Dal Lake- Recreate famousBollywood scenesYou might have stayed in the best luxury hotels inthe world, but nothing can beat the experience ofstaying in a Shikara in Dal Lake. There arehouseboats in the Dal Lake which date back to the18th century. They have intricate wood carvingsand royal interiors, with all the services you canexpect from the best hotels in the world. Thebeauty of the Dal Lake which surrounds you is amesmerizing experience.
14. Yoga at Parmath Niketan, Rishikesh- Simplyrejuvenating
14. Yoga at Parmath Niketan, Rishikesh- SimplyrejuvenatingLocated on the banks of River Ganges, nestledamidst the majestic Himalayas is ParmathNiketan in Rishikesh. There is something aboutthis place which beckons you to contemplatenature and be at peace with yourself. Even ifspirituality is the last thing on your mind, try anearly morning yoga session here. You will lovethe experience.
15. Visit to Bodh Gaya- It enlightens you tooThis is where Gautama Buddha is said to haveattained enlightenment. Pay a visit toMahabodhi Temple, which is regarded as oneof the most important Buddhist temples. Revelat the spirituality of the place or just chat upwith the local Buddhist monks which reside atthe place. Either way, it is a different kind ofexperience you get here.
16. Holi at Vrindavan- Revel in the colors of joy
16. Holi at Vrindavan- Revel in the colors of joy Holi is a festival which is a special experience in India. While most places in India celebrate the festival for only a day, if you love the color of festivals, Vrindavan is the place to be. Holi is celebrated for a week here, amidst crowds thronging the various temples dedicated to Lord Krishna here. While you can experience the usual Holi festival with colors here, consider playing the Lath Maar holi when in Vrindavan; or one with flowers.
17. Khajuraho Trip- Where passion is not a sin
17. Khajuraho Trip- Where passion is not a sinKhajuraho is the place which gave India thename “The Land of Kamasutra.” The erotic rockcarvings of the temples here are an architecturaldelight as well as a symbol of love and passion.Come with your special someone to Khajuraho orjust explore the place alone- it is filled withmysticism and a side to India which has got lostin the modern transitions of today’s times.
18. Gastronomical Tour of Lucknow- Sample the deliciousroyal cuisine
18. Gastronomical Tour of Lucknow- Sample the deliciousroyal cuisineDelhi is not the only place in India famous for itsgastronomical delights. For a tryst with the royalcuisine of India, head to Lucknow and savor thevarious delicacies of the region. Sample thebiryani of the region and the various kebabs.Talking of the kebabs, don’t miss out on Tunde keKebab. A part of the Awadhi Cuisine, the kebabsare made of succulent minced meat, seasoned withover 160 spices. Tunde ke Kebab has a legacy of
19. Orchha- A tryst with historyIf you love exploring history, a visit to the townof Orchha is a must. The town is located in theBundelkhand district in Madhya Pradesh, on thebanks of the Betwa River. There is a old forthere, and a temple to explore as well. It may notbe a quintessential touristy experience, butnevertheless, a memorable one.
20. Chadar Trek- An amazing trek over a frozen River
20. Chadar Trek- An amazing trek over a frozen River Trekking in Ladakh is a must have experience. There are easy treks and some of the more difficult ones to be had. However, if you have the desired level of fitness, consider taking the Chadar Trek when in Ladakh. The trek can be taken in the months of January and February, and you get to trek over the frozen Zanskar River. There are beautiful valleys and some remote villages to be crossed on the way too. An ethereal experience is what describes it
21. Take a dip at Sangam- Cleanse your mind, body andsoul
21. Take a dip at Sangam- Cleanse your mind, body andsoulSangam is a site of religious as well as nationalimportance. This is the place where threeimportant rivers of India meet viz. the Yamuna,the Ganges and the Saraswati. It is at Sangamthat the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years; andit is here that ashes of several important figureshave been immersed, including that of MahatmaGandhi. A dip in Sangam is said to wah away allyour sins. But even if you don’t believe in all thatspiritual talk, a dip in Sangam would definitely
22. A dig into Beniram Imarti from Jaunpur – It’s sinfullydelicious
22. A dig into Beniram Imarti from Jaunpur – It’s sinfullydelicious Usually, places have monuments and famous addresses as their landmarks. But Jaunpur is different. Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh has a sweet house in its list of most famous places, called the Beniram Sweet House. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you must dig into the Imartis you get at this place. They are a heavenly experience.
23. Kumbh Mela- Where Pilgrims ConvergeWhen Bollywood movies of the yore hadbrothers lost at Kumbh Mela, they weren’tcracking a joke. Millions of people throng to theGanges and River Godavari to pay their homageduring the Kumbh Mela. It happens everytwelve years in four cities namely- Allahabad,Nashik, Ujjain and Haridwar. An Ardh KumbhMela happens every six years in Haridwar andAllahabad. While you visit this spiritualconglomeration of people, make sure you have
24. Kedarnath Temple- An awesome trek and a spiritualexperience
24. Kedarnath Temple- An awesome trek and a spiritualexperienceCall it a pilgrimage or an exciting trek in theHimalayan region, either way, it is an excitingexperience. The Kedarnath Temple is located nearthe Mandakini River, and attracts thousands ofpilgrims every year. You have take an arduous 14km trek starting from Gaurikund to reach thetemple. The Kedarnath temple is opened to publicin the month of April till the time aroundDusshehra.
25. Drive on Zuluk Loops- Feel the adrenaline rush
25. Drive on Zuluk Loops- Feel the adrenaline rushIf you are looking for exciting road trips in India,don’t miss a drive on the Zuluk loops. Located inthe Eastern Sikkim region, Zuluk Loops areexactly that- meandering roads amidst the windinghills. Take in the scenery which surrounds you andexperience wind in your face as you make yourway through the hills.
26. Get down and dirty at Satpal Singh Akhada Kushti
26. Get down and dirty at Satpal Singh Akhada KushtiIndian wrestling is a rustic experience. Menwrestling in the mud, executing their signaturemoods and the crowds cheering them, with thesun beating down- that is the best definition ofrustic. The Satpal Akhada Kushti in Rampur inUttar Pradesh is one of the best places to be atfor experiencing Indian wrestling. Satpal Singhhas won many battles in his time, including abronze at Asiad Games, and trains wrestlers atthis Akhada. Don’t forget to take some tips for
27. Experience the colorful culture of Ladakh at Hemisfestival
27. Experience the colorful culture of Ladakh at HemisfestivalIf you thought Ladakh is just a desolate landinhabited by monks who spend their timemeditating, you are wrong. Come summers, andthe place comes alive with Hemis Festival. HemisMonastery is one of the oldest and the mostbeautiful monasteries of Ladakh. In summers, itplays host to a 2 day festival, which seestraditional dances, and beautiful paintings beingdrawn by the villagers. The sound of drums,
28. Be a part of awesome celebrations at KrishnaJanamashtmi in Mathura
28. Be a part of awesome celebrations at KrishnaJanamashtmi in MathuraMathura is the hometown of Lord Krishnaaccording to Hindu Mythology. And it is here youget to experience the festival of KrishnaJanamashtmi in all its fervor and splendor. Scoresof people throng the temple of Lord Krishna,which are decorated beautifully. People can beseen singing hymns and revelling in the festiveatmosphere. Even if you are not the religiouskind, you will love this experience.
29. Pangong Lake- Where dreams and reality converge
29. Pangong Lake- Where dreams and reality convergeRemember the lake at the end of the movie 3Idiots? That’s the Pangong Lake, which is one ofthe most beautiful lakes of Ladakh. It is adesolate region of the lost kingdom, nestledamidst the majestic peaks. Take a trek toPangong Lake or simple drive down to the place.You will be awed by the beauty of the lake,which is said to change colors every season.Spend the day camping by the lakeside.
31. Sonepur Cattle Fair- A rustic and an animalisticexperience
31. Sonepur Cattle Fair- A rustic and an animalisticexperienceEven though you may be least interested inbuying and selling of cattle, a visit to theSonepur Cattle Fair is a must. The fair startsfrom Kartik Poornima, which falls in the monthsof October and November, and can go on for aslong as a month. It is the biggest cattle fair ofAsia, with scores of cattle being traded betweenthose interested. The beautifully decoratedelephants at the fair are the highlight of this
32. Trip to Nalanda- Explore the enchanting ruinsa
32. Trip to Nalanda- Explore the enchanting ruinsIndia is often called a magical land, and snakecharmers are not the reason for that. It is placeslike Nalanda which give India that tag. Theruins of Nalanda date back to 5th century andhoused one of the most important universities inancient times. Located in Bihar, close to thecapital state of Patna, a trip to the ruins ofNalanda lets you feel the magic of the land.
33. Feel the Vibe at Durga PujaWhen writers referred to India as a countrywith many colors, they actually meant itliterally. Durga Puja is one of the mostcolorful festivals of India and is a must dothing to do in India East. Scores of people canbe seen jiving to roaring drum beats, andreveling in the moment. Like every otherfestival of India, there are lip smackingdelicacies to be had on Durga Puja too. Don’tmiss out on traditional Bengali sweets.
34. Darjeeling train journey- Straight out of a Bollywoodpotboiler
34. Darjeeling train journey- Straight out of a Bollywoodpotboiler A ride in the toy train of the hills is a scene right out of a children’s story book. The train chugs along the meandering paths of the hills, letting you take in the views of the majestic Himalayas in the background.
35. Attend the Hornbill Festival- Feel the Pulse of Nagaland
35. Attend the Hornbill Festival- Feel the Pulse of NagalandThe north-eastern part of the India hasn’t beenexplored to its full potential. Every year, in themonth of December, Nagaland plays host to theHornbill festival. You come across colorful tribaldances of the region and the rich cultural heritageof the land of the Nagas.
36. Visit Tribes of Orissa- Learn skills of survival
36. Visit Tribes of Orissa- Learn skills of survivalThe exotic things to do in eastern part of Indiaare all about mystic delights. A part of thismystic experience is the tribes of Orissa.Several tribes inhabit the state of Orissa. Theirstrange beliefs, rituals and their communionwith Mother Nature make for an eventful trip tothe land. You will be left awestruck at the waythey live their everyday lives. Back to the rootsof humanity is what describes this experiencebest.
37. Visit the Colonial Past with a Tram ride in Kolkata
37. Visit the Colonial Past with a Tram ride in KolkataKolkata, with its colonial past, is a destinationwith a rich cultural heritage. a part of thisheritage is the tram system which runs throughthe city- the only city in India to have a tramnetwork. Trams in Kolkata date back to 1902.The transport system is still in good order andconnects several parts of the city. It is anexperience you cannot have in any other part ofthe country.
38. Tea Tour in Darjeeling- It refreshes youTea estates in Darjeeling are a treat for the eyes,as well as for your taste buds. There arenumerous tea estates in the north-eastern part ofthe India, some spread over hundreds of acres ofland. Your India experience is not completewithout a tea tour in Darjeeling. Make your waythrough vast expanses of tea leaves, watch teapluckers in action and sample some exoticvarieties of tea too.
39. Mysore Dusshera Festival- A royal celebration
39. Mysore Dusshera Festival- A royal celebrationDusshera- the festival which celebrates thetriumph of good over evil- is celebrated with alot of fervor all over the country. But none canmatch the celebrations in Mysore. Thisfamous hill station of Karnataka was oncehome to royal kingdoms. Come Dusshera andyou can see the beautiful palaces of the regiondecorated even more beautifully. The fervor atthe time of the festival is unparalleled.
40. Take a boat ride in the backwaters of Sunderbans-Feel one with nature
40. Take a boat ride in the backwaters of Sunderbans-Feel one with nature The backwaters of Kerala may be a famous tourist attraction. But the backwaters of Sunderbans delta are no less. Sunderbans delta is one of the largest deltas in the world and a boat ride in the backwaters here takes you through lush greenery, and gives you a really serene experience. You could also spot exotic species of birds while taking the boat ride.
41. Visit the Majestic Tawang MonasteryLocated at a height of about 10,000 feet in theTawang town of Arunachal Pradesh is TawangMonastery- the largest in India and one of thelargest in the world. The architecture of themonastery leaves you awestruck, and so doesthe spirituality that surrounds this place.Majestic views in the background complete theexperience.
42. Experience the greatness of nature with a walk acrossthe Living Root Bridge
42. Experience the greatness of nature with a walk acrossthe Living Root Bridge More than 90% of people in India do not know about this natural wonder that exists in the rainforests of Cherapunji. Cherapunji is one of the wettest places on earth and is ideal for the growth of rubber trees. The local tribes of the region grow rubber trees and use the roots of these trees as bridges to cross the many rivers that flow through the region. Walking on these bridges, which are a gift from nature, is an absolutely awesome experience. What’s even more awesome is the
43. Spot a white tiger in Sunderban- It’s simply majestic
43. Spot a white tiger in Sunderban- It’s simply majestic The Sunderbans delta is home a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Sunderbans National Park is spread across parts of India as well as Bangladesh, and is home to the white tiger and other species of wildlife and birds. Take a wildlife safari through Sunderbans National Park and try spotting the white tiger amidst the dense foliage. Adventure cannot get wilder than this.
44. Take a boat ride in Loktak Lake – It’s the only floatinglake in the world
44. Take a boat ride in Loktak Lake – It’s the only floatinglake in the world Loktak Lake in Manipur is the only floating lake in the world. The mass of vegetation, soil and other biodegradable mass gives the lake a floating appearance. Take a boat ride on the Loktak Lake, which is a major tourist attraction. The Keibul Lamjao National Park which lies close to the lake makes the area a haven for bird watchers and animal enthusiasts as well.
45. Spot one horned rhinos and more at KazirangaNational Park
45. Spot one horned rhinos and more at KazirangaNational ParkThe north-eastern part of India is home toplenty of wildlife species. Kaziranga Nationalpark in Assam is no different. The nationalpark is home to the endangered one-hornedrhinoceros, apart from other wildlife speciessuch as tigers, elephants, swamp deer etc.This World Heritage Site can give you thegoose-bumps- the kind that you will love.
46. Attend the Bihu Festival in Assam- Don’t forget toparticipate in the dances
46. Attend the Bihu Festival in Assam- Don’t forget toparticipate in the dances While in Assam, don’t forget to attend the Bihu festivals, if you are there at the right time of the year. Bihu festival is the national festival of Assam, and takes place three times in an year, viz. in the months of January, April and October. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of the land and also the farming seasons of the place. The one that happens in April is the most colorful of the lot as it signifies the onset of spring season.
47. Feel the Pulse of the National with a ride on theMumbai Local Train
47. Feel the Pulse of the National with a ride on theMumbai Local TrainFor a feel of the pulse of the nation, take a ridein the Mumbai local train. And if you are brave-hearted enough, consider taking a ride in theMumbai local during the peak rush hours. Youget to hear all kinds of discussions while in theMumbai locals- from politics to economy andsports- people share their opinion abouteverything. But the biggest wonder of thejourney is how the people survive the journey,clinging on to the barest of metal pieces they can
48. Old Cathedrals of Goa- Exploring the colonial past ofthe region
48. Old Cathedrals of Goa- Exploring the colonial past ofthe regionTake a tour of the old churches in Goa, whichgive a peek into the rich cultural past of the land,The churches date back to the time whenPortuguese ruled the land. Some of them have aninteresting story behind them, while others havebeautiful architecture to be marveled at. Some ofthe must visits one when in Goa are Basilica ofBom Jesus, Mary Immaculate Conception and SeCathedral.
49. Royal Enfield Tour of Rann of Kutch- Feel the vastnessof nature
49. Royal Enfield Tour of Rann of Kutch- Feel the vastnessof nature Rann of Kutch is a desolate land which holds several mysteries. It was home to the Harappan Civilization, one of the oldest civilizations known to man, and you can visit the ruins of the civilization at Dholavira. Royal Enfield conducts a tour of Rann of Kutch every year, where you get to experience mesmerizing sunsets and get to pay tributes to martyrs who have gond down fighting for the country.
50. Bring back the old times with the Vintage Car Rally inJaipur
50. Bring back the old times with the Vintage Car Rally inJaipurSeeing a 1939 Mercedez benz purring to life andmaking it all the way to the finish line is anabsolute delight. The vintage car in Jaipur isincreasingly become popular among tourists andis a matter of pride for vintage car owners. Theevent happens every year in the month of January.Some old beauties you can come across at thisevent include a 1923 Fiat 501, a 1923 Austin anda 1923 Erskine.
51. Feel the royalty- Attend a Royal Wedding in Rajasthan
51. Feel the royalty- Attend a Royal Wedding in Rajasthan If you get the chance, don’t miss an opportunity to be a part of a royal wedding on a Rajasthan Tour. From the decor to the food and the guests of the honor, and of course the palaces they are hosted in, everything is ornately royal about them. Even if you don’t get an opportunity, try gate crashing one. Maybe you could get lucky.
52. Dhobhi Ghat, Mumbai- A strangely mesmerizinglandmark of Mumbai
52. Dhobhi Ghat, Mumbai- A strangely mesmerizinglandmark of MumbaiWatching lines of dirty linen being washedisn’t so much a marvel, but the organizationdefinitely is. Scores of washer-men wash anddry the clothes of their customers in thisMumbai landmark, and surprisingly, hardlyanything gets mixed up. Try chatting with thelocals and get an insight into their daily lives.You are sure to stumble upon some interestingstories of celebs and all things Mumbaiya.
53. Kite Flying in Rajasthan- Connect over this traditionalIndian sport
53. Kite Flying in Rajasthan- Connect over this traditionalIndian sportRajasthan, particularly the cities of Jaipur,Jodhpur and Pushkar, play host to a kite festivalevery year in the month of January. The festivalsees people from all walks of life participatingand trying to go one up against each other. Pickup some colorful kites in interesting shapes andtake to the skies to settle old scores. You caneven spot foreigners trying their hand at thequintessentially Indian sport of kite flying.
54. Feel a strange kind of adrenaline rush with a CamelSafari in Jaisalmer
54. Feel a strange kind of adrenaline rush with a CamelSafari in Jaisalmer Talking of having fun in the desert, you can’t leave camel safari out of the picture. Jaisalmer is one of the best places to go on a camel safari in Rajasthan. There are camel safari packages available of different duration, and longer the duration, the better the experience. For the ultimate experience though, consider taking a night camel safari. Watching the beautiful sunset, while riding a camel takes you back to
55. Explore one of the best wine destinations of India witha Nashik Wine Trip
55. Explore one of the best wine destinations of India witha Nashik Wine TripIndians may not be too fond of having wine, butNashik definitely boasts of some prettyspectacular vineyards. Book a stay in one of theseveral resorts of the region which are locatedclose to some of the finest vineyards of theregion. Take a tour of the vineyards in Nashik,where you can even taste some pretty deliciouswine too- if you know how to appreciate thisdrink that is.
56. Waterfall Rappelling Vihigaon- It gets your adrenalinezinging
56. Waterfall Rappelling Vihigaon- It gets your adrenalinezinging Vihigaon in Thane is a small village where you can the adventure of a lifetime. There is waterfall rappelling to be done in the roaring waterfalls of Vihigaon. You get to combine the experience of rappelling, mountaineering and maneuvering the gushing streams of water in this adrenaline pumping adventure. It takes bones of steel and some really technical skills to complete this adventure.
57. Feel the Music with a Garba Dance in Vadodra(Baroda)
57. Feel the Music with a Garba Dance in Vadodra(Baroda) Come Navaratris, and Vadodra in Gujarat comes alive with myriad colors and sounds of drums. Garba is a dance form native to the region, where men as well as women in colorful attires dance to drum beats, with dandiyas in their hands. It could also be a fun way of meeting someone special for those who are single. Put your dancing shoes on and give it a shot.
58. Dance, eat and make merry at the Ganesh Chaturthiin Mumbai
58. Dance, eat and make merry at the Ganesh Chaturthiin Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi is to Mumbai what Durga Puja is to West Bengal. The festival celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha and is celebrated with pomp and show in the economic capital of the country. It is a 10 day long festival which ends with Ganesh Visarajan. It is marked by immersing the idol of Lord Ganesha in the river. Music, dance and food conquer the hearts and minds of Mumbaikars during this festival.
59. Explore Ajanta and Ellora Caves- A mysteriousexperience
59. Explore Ajanta and Ellora Caves- A mysteriousexperienceMost of us have read about them in our books,but few of us have actually explored them. If youhaven’t explored the Ajanta Ellora Caves inMaharashtra, make sure you do that at somepoint in your life. The caves are said to millionsof years old. They have rock carvings and somebeautiful architecture in the form of shrines,which are said to date back to 8th century AD.While Ajanta Caves are a network of 29 caves,the Ellora caves are a network of 34 caves.
60. Drink Fenny in Goa- And get high!A goan experience is not just about the sun,the sand and the sea. It is also about Fenny-the local alcoholic drink of the Goans. Fenny,or Feni, is made by fermenting either cashewsor coconut. It is said to have an intoxicatingeffect within minutes and can give you quitea high. Make sure you are with a trustworthygroup of friends though while you decide togive Fenny a shot; or rather, take a shot ofFenny.
61. Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir Theatre, Mumbai-Bring back your college days
61. Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir Theatre, Mumbai-Bring back your college daysEven if you have already seen the movie amillion times, watch it once more at MarathaMandir Theatre in Mumbai. The movie has beenat the theatre for 15 years now and still gets 60-70% occupancy on weekdays and housefull onweekends. Watching the movie amidst cheersfrom the crowd with a bucket of popcorn couldput you right back in your college days.
62. Explore the Elephanta Caves- They are one big Mystery
62. Explore the Elephanta Caves- They are one big MysteryLocated in Mumbai Harbor, close to the city ofMumbai are Elephanta Caves. They are a networkof caves with rock sculptures and engravingswhich date back to thousands of years ago. Thereare caves with Hindu engravings as well as thosewith Buddhist engravings and sculptures. Take anexpedition to Elephanta Caves and exploreenchanting history of the land. You will be amazedsomething like this exists so close to the concrete
63. Interact with Vadi Tribe in Gujarat- India’s OriginalSnake Charmers
63. Interact with Vadi Tribe in Gujarat- India’s OriginalSnake Charmers If you have ever wondered from where does India get its tag of “the land of snake charmers”, you will find your answer in the Vadi Tribe. Vadi Tribe in Gujarat is known for its skill as snake charmers. Young children not more than five years old can be seen sitting close to a venomous Cobra and hardly flinching. While they may not let you on the secret to snake charming, they can give you
64. Pushkar Camel Fair- A riot of colorsPushkar in Rajasthan plays host to asplendid camel fair every year in the monthof October or November, starting fromKartik Poornima. The event attracts lacs oftourists every year- some interested intrading camels, while others just enjoyingthe spectacle. Camels are decorated incolorful attire for selling, and there arelocal Rajasthani delicacies to be had at thefair. If you want a different experience of
65. Stay in a royal hotel in Rajasthan- Feel like a King!
65. Stay in a royal hotel in Rajasthan- Feel like a King!Rajasthan is one of the most royal states ofIndia, and is perhaps the only one where theroyal tradition is still intact. Many luxuriouspalaces of the state have been converted intoheritage hotels, and offer a truly luxuriousexperience. If you are looking for a king likeexperience, consider a stay in one of the manyroyal hotels in Rajasthan. Lake Palace inUdaipur is one of the best known ones, butthere are others too.
66. Experience spirituality at the Haji Ali Dargah
66. Experience spirituality at the Haji Ali Dargah Located in Mumbai, on the Worli Coast is the Haji Ali Dargah. The monument dates back to 1431 and attracts scores of pilgrims as well as tourists every year. The energy of the music that plays here all day long gets you excited and happy about life. It is said that whatever you wish for at Haji Ali comes true. Have something in your heart which you dearly
67. Visit the Osho Ashram in Pune for Connecting withyour Soul
67. Visit the Osho Ashram in Pune for Connecting withyour Soul Every year, plenty of foreigners visit the Osho Ashram for peace of mind. Some even decide to stay back for the rest of their lives. If you are searching for that spiritual guidance in your life, consider a trip to Osho Ashram in Pune. There is a reason several people visit this spiritual center every year.
68. Trip on Palace on Wheels- A Royal Experience Indeed
68. Trip on Palace on Wheels- A Royal Experience IndeedPalace on Wheels is exactly what the nameimplies. It is considered as one of the top ten mostluxurious train journeys in athe world. The trainhas 14 air conditioned, ornate rooms; tworestaurants serving the best of delicacies; afantastic bar; and the most personalized ofservices. You have to make your booking for thisfascinating train journey well in advance.Currently, there are tickets available for a trainjourney in October. Grab the tickets while you
69. Chor Bazaar, Mumbai- The Name cannot be moremisleading
69. Chor Bazaar, Mumbai- The Name cannot be moremisleadingIf you love vintage and collectible items, youcan most probably find them in Chor Bazaar,located in the southern part of Mumbaisuburb. The original name of the market wasShor Bazaar, but you can trust the Britishaccent to make everything sound interestingand exotic. The present name can bemisleading, although stolen goods can befound here.
70. Take a Romantic Drive with your Better Half on theMarine Drive
70. Take a Romantic Drive with your Better Half on theMarine DriveFew places in Mumbai are as romantic as marinedrive. The 3 km long drive located in thesouthern part of Mumbai is actually landreclaimed from the sea. Consider taking a bike orcar drive on this 3 km long stretch or just walkalong the sea, with fresh breeze to rejuvenate andre-energize you. If you have a special someonein your life, it could be the perfect setting for aromantic date.
71. Dune Bashing Rajasthan- Feel Like a Kid all over Again
71. Dune Bashing Rajasthan- Feel Like a Kid all over AgainWe all loved playing with sand and then takingdown our beautiful structures when we wereyoung, didn’t we? Replay that childhoodadventure on a much larger scale with dunebashing in Rajasthan. It is exactly what the nameimplies- you get on board an off-roader and taketo exploring the sand dunes of the desert state ofRajasthan. Travelling through vast expanses ofbarren lands seems like an ethereal experience at
72. Karni Mata Temple- Of Beliefs and Rituals
72. Karni Mata Temple- Of Beliefs and RitualsLocated in Deshnoke, a little distance awayfrom Bikaner, Rajasthan is the Karni Matatemple. The temple is dedicated to aincarnation of Goddess Durga and sees scoresof pilgrims visiting it, especially during thetime of Navaratris. Make sure you don’t killany of the rats here though, because thatwould mean you need to donate a golden rat tothe temple. And in case you spot a white ratamong the scores of black ones, you can
73. Camping at Sham e Sarhad- For an Earthy Experience
73. Camping at Sham e Sarhad- For an Earthy ExperienceSham e Sarhad is a village resort in Gujarat inHodka Village which seeks to promote eco-tourism. You get to stay in mud-houses here,watch mesmerizing sunsets and explore the localcraftsmanship of the region. The resort is open totourists from the month of October to March.Camping here is one of the most earthyexperiences you can have in India.
74. For a Rendezvous with Spirits and Ghosts, visit Bhangarh
74. For a Rendezvous with Spirits and Ghosts, visit Bhangarh If stories of ghosts and spirits excite you, head to Bhangarh, which is said to be a haunted town in Alwar Rajasthan. You get to hear spooky stories from the locals here, and travelers have even experienced supernatural experiences while here. Take a trip to Bhangarh, and who knows, you might just start believing in ghosts.
75. Play Elephant Polo in Rajasthan- It’s an ExcitingExperience
75. Play Elephant Polo in Rajasthan- It’s an ExcitingExperience Rajasthan is about all things royal. So how could a game of polo be far behind? But there is something more different in store here than the usual horse polo; it is elephant polo. Get atop an elephant and try to take the ball to the goal. You have guides to help you out. It does not matter who wins or loses. It is a great experience to be a part of.
76. Watch a Snake Boat Race in Kerala- Don’t forget toCheer
76. Watch a Snake Boat Race in Kerala- Don’t forget toCheer Kerala experiences a festival of a different kind, every year in the months of August and September. Scores of people throng to the backwaters of Kerala to watch men battle it out in exciting snake boat races. Watching them paddling in unison is a great example of how teamwork is necessary to succeed.
77. Visit Hampi- The land of a Celebrated Kingdom
77. Visit Hampi- The land of a Celebrated KingdomLocated in Karnataka is Hampi Village, hometo the erstwhile Vijayanagar empire. You getto walk amidst the ruins of the empire in thisvillage, which is a UNESCO World HeritageSite. There are fascinating temples, somewaterfalls and enchanting history to beexplored here. It is a haven for thoseinterested in stories of kings and queens.
78. Relax in a House Boat in Kerala- You will Love It
78. Relax in a House Boat in Kerala- You will Love It Houseboats in Dal Lake, Srinagar are a mesmerizing experience. The ones in Kerala are not too far behind either. While a house boat in Kerala may lack in luxurious decor, it more than makes up for it with the serenity that surrounds it. Staying amidst dense foliage, with the most personalized service is exactly the kind of break you need from the stressed routines of today.
79. Visit the Sun Temple in Konark- An ArchitecturalMasterpiece
79. Visit the Sun Temple in Konark- An ArchitecturalMasterpiece Located in Konark, Orissa, is the Sun Temple, which dates back to the 13th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Surya, or the Sun, and is an architectural marvel. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the many wonders of the world. Take a trip to this marvellous piece of architecture which will leave you awestruck.
80. Visit the Meenakshi Temple- Of 33,000 sculptures andmore
80. Visit the Meenakshi Temple- Of 33,000 sculptures andmore One of the most important landmarks in Madurai, which is also known as the temple city, is the Meenakshi Temple. The temple is thronged by thousands of tourists everyday, which translates to temple’s revenue of INR sixty million every year. The temple dates back to 1623 CE and is an architectural masterpiece, with an estimated number of 33,000 sculptures. If you can brave the crowds, consider visiting it during the months of April and May, at the time of the Tirukalyanam Festival.
81. See the Kathakali Fest- A beautiful art-form
81. See the Kathakali Fest- A beautiful art-form Trained dancers dancing in colorful costumes, telling stories of love, passion and betrayal is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed. The kathakali fest happens every year at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. It is a 10 day long festival, with beautiful dances scheduled on all days.
82. Stay in a Tree House- And live your childhood dream
82. Stay in a Tree House- And live your childhood dream The southern part of India, particularly Kerala, has plenty of resorts with tree houses. A stay in one of these tree houses is truly an experience not to be missed. Staying high above the ground, with dense foliage surrounding you can be termed rustic as well as unusual. Even if you haven’t dreamt of staying in tree houses eve as a kid, you have got to try it. You will fall in love with it.
83. Stand on the southernmost tip of India- Experiencethe Bliss
83. Stand on the southernmost tip of India- Experiencethe Bliss Indira Point in Nicobar Island is the southernmost tip of India, while Cape Comorin in the southernmost mainland. Take a trip to these extremities of the country and contemplate nature. Watching an beautiful sunset while here is surely not to be missed. It will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
84. For a relaxed yet adventurous experience, try BambooRafting in Periyar
84. For a relaxed yet adventurous experience, try BambooRafting in Periyar You may have rafted in the thrilling rapids of Rishikesh, but this one is a different experience. Bamboo rafting in Periyar is a part of wildlife experience in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. You get on rafts made of bamboo and make your way through dense foliage which is home to exotic species of birds and animals. It is a tranquil experience as well as an adventurous one.
85. Auto Rampaging in Chennai- A road trip of a differentkind
85. Auto Rampaging in Chennai- A road trip of a differentkindIf you are searching for a different thing to do inIndia, it cannot get more different than driving anauto through the country. This challenging andfun activity starts from Chennai and lets you drivean auto through the states of Maharashtra, Goaand Tamil Nadu, covering an exciting 1900 km.Sounds exciting? It definitely is.
86. Wash elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp- It is notjust for the kids
86. Wash elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp- It is notjust for the kids Dubare Elephant Camp, close to Bangalore, lets you be up, close and personal with elephants. You can give the elephants a nice bath at this camp, feed them and even take a free ride if the mahouts are willing. It is not just a great activity for kids. Even the adults would enjoy it, with elephants spraying water with their trunks occasionally.
87. Go Scuba Diving in Havelock Islands- There areamazing corals to be explored.
87. Go Scuba Diving in Havelock Islands- There areamazing corals to be explored. Havelock Islands in the Andamans are one of the best places to go scuba diving in India. There are plenty of dive sites in Havelock Islands, which bring you face to face with the most beautiful corals and aquatic life of the region. Some of the most popular diving sites in Havelock Sites include Dixon Pinnacle, South Pilot Reef, Dungong Dungeon and Elephant Beach.
88. Try the Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala- The Perfectremedy for Stressed Muscles
88. Try the Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala- The Perfectremedy for Stressed Muscles It has medicinal properties; it is relaxing; and it is divine. Ayurvedic massage on a Kerala Tour could be just what the doctor ordered for your stressed muscles. Feel the bliss as masseuers work their magic with traditional Kerala massages that put you at ease while exfoliating your mind, body and soul.
89. Be a part of the Thaipusam festival- Don’t miss theKavadi Attam Dance
89. Be a part of the Thaipusam festival- Don’t miss theKavadi Attam Dance India is a land of colorful festivals, out of which, one of them is the Thaipusam Festival. The festival is celebrated among the Tamil Community during the months of January or February. You can feast your eyes on the Kavadi Attam dance, which is the highlight of this festival. Deavouts bring themselves pain in this beautifully choreographed dance in order to seek the blessings of Lord Murugan.
90. Experience the Onam Festival and the amazing dance-A Form of Puli Kali
90. Experience the Onam Festival and the amazing dance-A Form of Puli Kali Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in the state of Kerala. While the festival in itself is colorful, with people reveling in the spirit of the harvest season, the highlight of the festival is Puli Kali. It is a traditional folk dance where people dressed as tigers and hunters in bright yellow costumes dance to drum beats. Watching them perform is a marvelous experience.
91. Take a trip to Cellular Jail in Port Blair- Explore theTales of Freedom Fighters
91. Take a trip to Cellular Jail in Port Blair- Explore theTales of Freedom Fighters The Cellular Jail, colloquially known as the Kala Paani jail, is a national monument located in Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a colonial jail used by the Britishers to send political prisoners of India into exile. Take a walk through the jail and get a closer look at India’s struggle for independence. When you get this close to history, you can feel what the people must have
92. Take an Elephant Safari in Munnar- It’s fun
The enchanting hills of Munnar have an elephantcamp as well, known as Munnar CarmelgiriElephant Park. Take an elephant safari in thiselephant park, which is a great experience for kidsas well as adults. Elephant safaris of upto 1 hourcan be had here, and you can even feed or bathethe elephants if you life. Don’t worry, theelephants are tamed.
93. Travel in a train- Discover the Real India
93. Travel in a train- Discover the Real IndiaLooking to go on a discovery of real India?Consider a train journey, but not of the firstclass kind. Travel with the people of “otherIndia” and get to know about varied cultures,traditions and stories from the far-off land.While a lot is said about hygiene and serviceof Indian railways, a train journey can proveto be really exciting, as you get to make newfriends along the way.
94. Take a Bullock Cart Ride- More than an eco-friendlyway of travelling
94. Take a Bullock Cart Ride- More than an eco-friendlyway of travelling Now, you may fantasize about driving the Ferrari or the Lamborghini, but for once, slow down the pace of your life and consider taking a bullock cart ride. You can choose to make your way through lush fields or even take a bullock cart ride on the highway. Such are the colors of India. There is so much to do here.
95. Participate in Pottery Making in Villages- You neverknew you could do this
95. Participate in Pottery Making in Villages- You neverknew you could do this Consider taking a tour of the villages of India and try your hand at pottery making. Taking clay and seeing it take interesting shapes right before your eyes has a rustic appeal which is sure to give you happiness.
96. Play Kabaddi- Get Soiled, just like old times
96. Play Kabaddi- Get Soiled, just like old timesGet down and dirty and play a match ofKabaddi. Punjab is the best place to indulgein this traditional Indian sport. Don’t forgetto apply loads of oil on your body andpractice saying “Kabaddi Kabaddi” withouta pause in between. Even if you lose, youwill love getting soiled and feeling theadrenaline pumping through your veins
97. Watch wall of death- Be amazed at the talent ofbrave heart People
97. Watch wall of death- Be amazed at the talent ofbrave heart People If you ever come across a fair in India, don’t forget to catch a session of wall of death. Expert professionals ride a bike, or even cars on steeply inclined walls, doing all sorts of crazy stunts. Amazement is what you will experience watching these hardcore professionals in action. However, by no means should you try these activities at home.
98. Play Cricket on the Street- You get to make your ownrules
98. Play Cricket on the Street- You get to make your ownrulesCricket is to India what Brazil is to football.People do not need parks or stadiums to play agame of cricket. All they need is an empty streetcorner and it is game on. Play a game of streetcricket in India, with its peculiar rules anddollops of excitement. Watch out- one-tip-one-hand is out!
99. Pop a Golgappa in your mouth- A burst of flavor
99. Pop a Golgappa in your mouth- A burst of flavor Called a phuchka in Kolkata, Golgappa is one of the best Indian snacks for the evening. Filled with tangy tamarind water, it gives you a burst of flavor as it pops in your mouth. Make sure you pop in the whole golgappa at once. That’s the real fun part of having this Indian delight.
100. Try Snorkelling with elephants- An UnmatchedExperience
100. Try Snorkelling with elephants- An UnmatchedExperienceThis one will amaze you. It’s an experienceyou are going to have to have a tough timefinding somewhere else. Andaman and NicobarIslands have their own snorkeling elephant-Rajan, lovingly called the snorkeling Rajan.See Rajan take a dive into water, use his trunkas a snorkel and finds his way to the top. It’s anexperience you will find hard to believe, evenas you watch it with your own eyes.
101. Just be in any part of India on DiwaliDiwali is the Christmas of India, theonly thing- it is larger, jazzier, and morefun. You could be in any part of India,but you cannot miss out on thecelebratory vibe on this festival. If youhaven’t experienced this festival ever,you must jot it down in your to-do list.You will love the loud decorations, theawesome food, and the sky lighting upwith fire crackers, all of which istypical of this festival.