We feel that India should be at the very top of everyone's travel bucket list. Not only because of our fascinating culture and diverse scenery, but also because there are so many things to do in India that cannot be found anyplace else on the planet. From sleeping in old, intricately made castles to admiring views of snow-capped mountains, here's our pick of the finest things to do in India.
We know that it is an apparent pick, and some may argue that it is overrated. It may have lost its magical touch as a result of the huge renovations taking place and parts of it being covered in scaffolding. We're here to tell you that's not the case! The Taj Mahal is one of the world's most fascinating and breathtaking monuments. It does not have world status as one of the world's marvels for no cause! Examine for yourself and then pass judgement. More information on the Taj Mahal can be found in our practical guide to travelling around Agra.
India has several gorgeous national parks with amazing flora and fauna. The main reason visitors visit these parks is to witness the magnificent Bengal Tiger. The good news is that its population is gradually increasing in subcontinental protected zones. Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the most popular parks. Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba, and Jim Corbett National Parks are also wonderful places to see the royal cat. This is without a doubt one of the top things to do in India.
So, if you want to feel like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book," which is reportedly set in Pench National Park, visit these secluded natural areas. However, be aware that hotels in protected zones are pricey. There will be no public transit choices, therefore you will have to book private transport. Jeep safaris are sometimes fully booked three months in advance, so plan accordingly.
The Himalayas, oh, the Himalayas! This is one of the world's largest mountain ranges, with the highest peaks. Views like you've never seen before, so amazing that you feel insignificant in comparison. There are numerous activities available, including day and multi-day hiking, paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, rafting, skiing, and others. For first-hand descriptions of visiting these locations, see Coralie's trip to Leh and Ladakh in the Himalayas and Joanna and Alejandro's excursion to the north-eastern mountains.
If you visit in the winter, make sure to see the Western Ghats, which run along India's western coast from Maharashtra to Kerala. Hike through tea and coffee farms, discover secret waterfalls, and appreciate the subtropical rainforests, which are older than any other monument in India. And the weather is still good in the winter. Check out what Daphne did on her 14-day South India vacation. Alternatively, see our blog for more information on skiing in Kashmir. Think again if you thought India was only ruins and urban mayhem!
The Backwaters of Kerala, in Southwest India, are a sanctuary of waterlily-covered lakes, little meandering canals overgrown with palm and fruit trees, and surrounding small villages far apart from metropolitan bustle. This location, a labyrinth of rivers along to the Arabian Sea coast, gives quiet and tranquillity to nature lovers. It also includes one of the most popular things to do in India.
There is no better way to experience this natural wonder than by renting a private houseboat for a single night. You can float down the river while enjoying fresh fish, fruits, and other delicacies prepared by your personal chef. Then unwind in your own private lounge, the ultimate reward of your India trip! For further ideas, read about the best time to visit Kerala and watch Tom and Amy's vacation to South India.
India has amazing spiritual festivals. There's Holi, the festival of colours, where everyone gets to play with dry hues and relive their childhood. Or the Diwali festival of lights, the most important event for Hindus as a new year's celebration. Ramadan is a Muslim celebration during which people fast for one month. Then follows a wonderful feast when the moon rises on the thirtyth day, followed by the main Eid celebration. In Mumbai, people extensively celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a holiday that commemorates the birthday of the revered god with the elephant head.
There are numerous festivals, each of which is distinct from what is observed at home. Participating in joyful events is unquestionably one of them.
Of course, there is much more to do in India, and they are all so different from one another. We may recommend additional activities that will meet your needs for a fantastic trip to India. Plan your India vacation with us today, and we'll work together to determine the ideal route and schedule for you.