India is a land of many religions, cultures & people. It seems like every state is a treasure trove for travellers who want to explore. It has something for all kind of travellers! From the mighty Himalayas to the chaos of Kolkata, the beautiful backwaters in Kerala to the dusky dunes of Rajasthan; India is this and so much more!
We have the top 7 things to see in India listed out for you below! Prepare for a wild ride ahead:
1) Trek on the hills of Mcleod Ganj: This little city is in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. McLeod Ganj is also known as the “Little Lhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. It is also hosts an abode to the Dalai Lama. This small little city has much to offer from the monasteries to Tibetan trinkets that they sell on the roads. The most amazing part of Mcleod Ganj are the mighty view of the Dhauladhar range. The best way to get a better look is to trek to Triund, which is one of the most popular trekking path in the city. You can also camp the night on the beautiful hill-top, not only will you get amazing scenic views of the place but the trek will be unforgettable!
2) Get mesmerised by the beauty of the backwaters in Kerala: Kerala is called God’s own country for a reason! The amazing backwaters surrounded by lush green palm trees & quaint boathouses sailing in the lakes are a sight that you will never forget! If you want to level your experience up a notch, stay in the houseboats overnight & feel the joy of catching your own dinner from the backwaters of Alleppey!
3) Ride on the highest motorable road in Leh- Get the adventurer in you moving! Plan a trip to the highest road in the world, Khardung- La. The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. This is also historically important as it was a major caravan route from Leh to Central Asia. The trans Himalayan road safari is for pure adrenalin junkies. It’s a journey you will never forget. This is the most adventurous road trip in India & even in the world! This will be a road trip of a lifetime, of around 500 km in the midst of snow clad mountains, beautiful roads.
4) Get in touch with your spiritual side at Auroville, Pondicherry: The French influence on the Pondicherry way of life still lingers in the cobbled streets of Auroville. If you have the time, you can spend days here at this spiritual hub & find lots to do. The Visitors Centre always has a range of programs & workshops for people to enrol in. There are many locally manufactured clothes, spices, bakeries here which you can explore at your own pace. The Matri- Mandir is something that you should visit once for sure! There are a few rules that one has to follow before visiting the Mandir. It’s a peaceful place where one can practice the art of concentration on ones own God. It’s a beautiful experience which you must try out. Auroville is a small city in itself, where one can live for a couple of months to get back to the roots & reunite with nature.
5) Visit the Monument of Love, Taj Mahal: Your visit to India is incomplete without visiting one of the seven wonders of the world. Taj Mahal is located in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh. With the National Highway going here from Delhi, it’s become very easy to reach here if you have your own vehicle. Go here early, if you want to avoid the crowds & get some good snaps of the monument. Even after visiting it many times, Taj Mahal still leaves many speechless with its grandeur.
6) Rafting & Camping in Rishikesh: Explore the joy of white water rafting in the Ganges at Rishikesh. Not only is it a beautiful city to soak in the Indian culture & spirituality, it offers so much to the thrill-seekers as well. You can camp on the small white sand beaches beside the Ganges & go rafting in the day-time!
7) Trek to the Valley Of Flowers: Doesn’t the name itself make you excited? In summers, the entire valley located in Himalayas comes to full bloom with vibrant flowers like Blue poppy & Cobra Lilly. This place is so beautiful that you will feel like you’re in a fairytale story! But, beware this is one of the toughest & longest hikes to do. You require good stamina & must be in a good health condition to reach here.