Top 30 Things To Do In India!

Okay, now when you have already met thousands of people telling you that there’s nothing much to India other than some ravishing forts, snake charmers and lakhs of temples, check our pick for the top 30 things to do in India. Our list consists of a motley mix of things to do in India, picking the very best of adventure, culture, food, landscapes and more. Enjoy!

 

1. Gulmarg Gondola Ride, J&K – The Second Highest Cable Ride In The World

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Photo Courtesy – Skywayman9

 

2.

Paragliding at Bir and Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Photo Courtesy – Flickr

 

3. Meditation by River Ganga, Rishikesh

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

4. Stargazing at the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle (Ladakh)

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

5. Exploring the Kerala backwaters in a houseboat

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

6. Participating in Urs at the Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, Ajmer

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

7. Trekking on the frozen river, the Chadar Trek, J&K

Photo Courtesy – Indiahikes

 

8. Rounds of gol gappes at Bengali Market, Delhi

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

9. Trekking to the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

10. Riding up the Manali-Leh Highway

Photo Courtesy – theholidayindia

 

11. Visiting the saffron farms at Pampore, Kashmir

Photo Courtesy – nickfleming.com

 

12. Fix a rendezvous with rhinoceroses at Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

13. Volunteer at world’s largest free eatery at the Golden Temple, Amritsar

Photo Courtesy – madurbeats

 

14. Participate in the Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

15. Test your skills at the International Kite Festival, Ahmedabad

Photo Courtesy – Mina Kadri

 

16. Indulge in shopping at Dilli Haat, Delhi, one of the world’s top 5 street markets!

Photo Courtesy – Manual Menal

 

17. Visit Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India’s Most Haunted!

Photo Courtesy – Himanshu Yogi

 

18. Watch the Sun rise at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Photo Courtesy – Gopinath Sivanesan

 

19. Visit Taj Mahal, Agra, on a full moon night!

Photo Courtesy – tajmahaltripindia

 

20. Visit world’s largest salt desert at the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

21. Watch out for Snow Leopards at the Hemis National Park, Ladakh, J&K

Photo Courtesy – Bernard Landgraf

 

22.  Go snorkelling with Rajan, an elephant(!), at Andamans*

Photo Courtesy – diveandamans.com

 

23. Visit the 500 plus years old mummy at Giu, Spiti

Photo Courtesy – Richard Weil

 

24. Participate in the Kumbh Mela, world’s biggest religious gathering, at Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Photo Courtesy- Luca Galuzzi

 

25. Watch a Kattaikkuttu performance at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Photo Courtesy – Official Website

 

26. Watch or enroll for a session of Kalaripayattu at Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala

Photo Courtesy – Kerala Tourism

 

27. Camping at the Nubra Valley sand dunes, Ladakh

Photo Courtesy – Raghavan V

 

28. Go on a food trail across India!

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29. Watch an exorcism session at Mehendipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan!

 

30. Skiing at Auli, Uttarakhand

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

For those who are done with all the 30 above, here’s a bonus one! 

 

31. Skydiving at Mysore

Photo Courtesy – Wiki Commons

 

While you jot down a wish-list for yourself from these amazing things to do in India, do tell us how many of these are already marked off your list. Would love to hear your experiences and suggestions for more. 

 

Till then, happy travelling. 

 

About the author

Shikha Gautam loves to play with steering wheels, roads, words, flute and guitar among other things. Not necessarily in that order! You can contact her on twitter @ShikhaGautam

*A reader informs us that snorkeling with the elephants at Andamans has stopped, since most of the elephants have now retired. Will suggest the readers to make an enquiry before planning this adventure into their trip.

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