12 Must Have Travel Experience In India

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India is a traveller’s dream come true. Our vast country has everything – from lush forests to dry deserts, from majestic mountains to serene beaches, from natural wonders to man-made wonders. To be honest, even a lifetime is not enough to cover the entire length and breadth of our glorious nation. And that is why, we have decided to compile a list of 12 travel experiences in India that every travel crave must indulge in. Add them to your travel bucket list and we are sure you will enjoy visiting each of these destinations.

1. A Vacation On The Pristine Beaches Of Andaman And Nicobar

If you are looking for an international beach vacation but on a budget and without the hassle of visa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are for you. Nothing less than a picturesque postcard, these exotic beaches are blessed with clear blue aquamarine waters, white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of marine life. Head here to unwind and relax from the hustle and bustle of city life. And if you crave a little adventure, adrenaline-inducing water sports are waiting for you.

Radhanagar Beach, Andamani
image SourceSharad Medhavi (Flickr)

elephants swimming in andaman
Image Source: James Scott (Flickr)

2. A Bachelors Only Trip to Goa

The beach party capital of India, Goa is the perfect place to unwind with your squad and live out all your fantasies. There is so much to do, we don’t know where to start. Beaches in North and Central Goa are brimming with activities – from water sports in the morning to wild parties that go on in the evening. If you’re feeling lucky, visit one of the many casinos. And once you are tired of all the fun, head to South Goa to escape the hustle and bustle and find that solitude is much needed.

Kola Beach
Image Source: Pavel Volkov (Flickr)

Ashwam Beach
Image Source : Ankur P (Flickr)

3. A Road Trip to Ladakh

Whether you are a biking enthusiast or a driving enthusiast, road tripping in Ladakh will be one of the best and memorable experiences of your life. Topping the list of most coveted road trips in India (and rightly so), driving in Ladakh is a sensory delight. You will be crossing jaw-dropping landmarks literally every few kilometers and the experiences you will experience will be etched in your mind forever. Whether you are doing it alone or with your gang, a road trip to Ladakh will bring you closer to nature and leave you mesmerised.

magnetic hill
Image Source – Amit Rawat (Flickr)

Stakna Monastery
Image Source – Reincarnation (Flickr)

tso moriri
Image Source – Tanay Kibe (Flickr)

4. A Trek to the Valley of Flowers

Nestled in the western Himalayas in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers lives up to its name and is home to over 500 species of flowers (and this is a conservative estimate). You will be surprised to know that it was discovered in 1931 by three British mountaineers and now it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Alpine flowers dot the valley in a riot of brilliant colors between the months of June and October and are a sight to behold. A trek to the valley is of moderate difficulty and a must for every nature lover.

Image Source: Rohit (Flickr)

5. Sail Through the Scenic Backwaters of Kerala

God’s Own Country has a lot to offer, but one thing you shouldn’t miss is an overnight stay on a houseboat as you pass through the dull muddy backwaters. Comprising calm and serpentine stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons running parallel to the Arabian Sea coast, the backwaters of Kerala are among the most popular tourist destinations across the world. Alappuzha, popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is a sight to behold and one of the most mesmerizing tours you can experience.

Ashtamudi Lake
Image Source – Awards (Flickr)

alleppey
Image Source: Well-bred Kannan (Flickr)

6. A Desert Safari in Rajasthan

The vast endless stretches of sand may seem intimidating at first, but soon you will recognize the beauty of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. There’s something for everyone – adventure games for the thrill seekers. Camel rides for those who want to take it slow and easy. You can spend time with the locals, enjoy their colorful culture, participate in their exuberant folk music and dance, and relish their traditional cuisine. Complete it off with a night under the starry sky and witness the wonders of nature.

Jaisalmer
Image Source: Storm (Instagram)

same dune
Image Source : Ramsession Ramachandran (Flickr)

Thar Desert near Khurik
Image Source : Nabarun Bhattacharya (Flickr)

7. See Nature at its Best in the Valleys of Kashmir

“If there is a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here” – these words accurately describe the otherworldly beauty of Kashmir. With snow-capped mountains, scenic valleys, serene lakes and lush greenery everywhere your gaze goes, you are bound to marvel at the natural beauty of Kashmir. There is no destination in this glorious kingdom which is less than the scene of a fairy tale. Wander through the breathtaking valleys of Kashmir and get lost in their amazing beauty.

Gangabal Lake
Image Source : Avijit Nandy (Flickr)

Sonmarg
Image Source : Mayur Patel (Flickr)

Dal Lake
Image Source : Pallab Seth (Flickr)

8. Monsoon Tour to the Falls of the Western Ghats

Situated in the state of Karnataka, the magnificent Western Ghats extend from Dandeli in the north to Mangalore in the south and along the western coastline to Coorg and Madikeri. During the monsoon months, innumerable rivers and streams – fed by incessant rains – fall from the rocky mountains, creating spectacular waterfalls throughout the region. With lush green flora and fauna, the sights and sounds of the Western Ghats will blow your mind.

Jog Falls
Image Source : Hemant G (Flickr)

Dudhsagar Falls
Image Source : Jaishankar Madhavdas (Flickr)

Athirapally Falls
Image Source : Athirapally Falls (Flickr)

9. Tiger Watching in Ranthambore National Park

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, a trip through the forests and trails of Ranthambore National Park will be a dream come true. With a wide variety of animals and birds to see, you will have a lot to do and see. But the main attraction is definitely the majestic Bengal Tiger. Recognized as one of the best places in the country to see tigers, you will be stunned to see this majestic animal roaming around in its natural habitat. During your visit, make time to visit Ranthambore Fort which is located in the heart of Ranthambore National Park and is one of the oldest forts in India.

Image Source: Simon and Karen Spavin (Flickr)

10. Visit the Ghats of Varanasi

Whether you are looking for solitude, religion or just want to see history up close, Varanasi is the place for you. Home to a plethora of temples, the ancient city has about 100 ghats, most of which were built after 1700 AD, when the city was part of the illustrious Maratha Empire. With the holy waters of the Ganges flowing through them, these ghats exude incredible bliss during religious ceremonies and daily worship. Take an early morning boat ride along the river from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat or take a walk along the Varanasi Ghats for a deep dive into the history and spiritual significance of this ancient city.

Image Source – LullabyQOPB (Flickr)

Image Source: Joao Eduardo Figueredo (Flickr)

11. A Visitation with the Taj Mahal

The city of Agra needs no introduction. Famous across the world for the alluring beauty of the Taj Mahal, Agra is a heaven on earth for a history lover and architecture enthusiast. From British royals to the biggest celebrities and politicians, everyone is attracted to the mesmerizingly beautiful Taj Mahal. But don’t be fooled, there is plenty to see and do. The city is replete with architectural marvels including forts, tombs and mausoleums. Take the time to visit its many bustling markets and take home a piece of Agra with you.

Source: Wikipedia

12. Visit the Heart of India – Delhi

Truly the heart of our proud nation, Delhi is the place where history meets future. You can travel back in time – forts, palaces, tombs, temples and temples built centuries ago and then ride your silver chariot (also known as Delhi Metro) to experience the bustling nightlife of the city. For any international metropolitan can give. run for your money. Visiting Delhi is like traveling to a whole new country – there is so much to do and so much to see.

Qutub Minar
Image Source – Matt Wicks (Flickr)

JAMA Masjid
Image Source – Nimit Nigam (Flickr)

India Gate
Image Source – Swaran Singh (Flickr)

And there you have it. 12 unique travel experiences that will satisfy the disorientation in you. They may not cover the entirety of our beautiful country, but they capture the spirit that makes India so great.

What are some other travel experiences that you think should have been a part of this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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