Visiting India is not just taking a vacation: it is checking off an item on your bucket list. No other country in the world has such diversity along with a rich history of thousands of years. Just imagine, a currency bill in India has 17 languages! It is a country of all seasons, so depending on your interests and preferences you can visit different parts of India, or take part in different festivals. Exploring India can be done for a lifetime, so it is impossible to make a list of 10 attractions and activities in this country. In this blog, we have put together a list of 10 varied attractions and activities that could well feature in your list when you visit India.
- Visiting the Chandra Taal Lake
Located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Chandra Taal Lake, literally translating to Lake of the Moon, is a popular attraction with tourists and trekking enthusiasts. Situated at an elevation of 4300 m above sea level amidst breathtaking scenery, the lake gets its name from its crescent shape that resembles that of a moon. The lake can be accessed from Kunzum pass or Batal, but only between the months of May to October when the weather is less severe.
- Relaxing in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a hill station located on the northern fringes of the eastern state of West Bengal. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling has majestic views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. You can also glimpse Mt, Everest, the tallest peak in the world, from here. Darjeeling is home to the world-famous Darjeeling tea and you can see numerous tea gardens scattered all over the hills. Established by the British during the colonial rule as a summertime resort, Darjeeling has developed into a prime hill resort of eastern India. Enjoy a stroll in the hills of Darjeeling, take a ride on the toy train — listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, or get to Tiger Hill to see the breathtaking sunrise on the Himalayas.
- Enjoying the Valley of Flowers in Full Bloom
The Valley of Flowers is a National Park that is located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The valley is situated at an average height of about 3500 m above sea level and is famous for its colorful carpet of alpine flowers. It covers an area of 87.5 sq km and is accessible through trekking. The region, along with the neighboring Nanda Devi National Park, is also known for its large population of endangered and rare animals, prompting UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site. The park is open between and June and September with the best months being July and August when the flowers are in full bloom.
- Riding the Leh-Manali Highway
The Leh-Manali Highway is one of the most picturesque and dangerous rides in India. It passes through breathtaking alpine valleys at an average height of 4000 m above sea level. The route stretches from the northern state of Himachal Pradesh to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The highway is maintained by the Indian Army and is open only between June and September when the snow is cleared. These roads are equipped to handle all types of vehicles, including heavy trucks. With a total length of 490 km, the route passes through glacial melts, lush valleys, and rocky mountain passes, and across ice-cold streams. It is highly recommended to spend a day or two in Leh before starting the journey to overcome altitude sickness. Also, make sure you do enough research on refueling and stops before trying this route.
- Walking the Living Bridges
The north eastern states of India are some of the most scenic and blessed with an abundance of natural wonders. One such wonder is the living bridges in the state of Meghalaya. The bridges are handmade from the aerial roots of the Ficus Elastica rubber trees. The tree roots are piled and stacked across rivers and streams and made to attach naturally with the trees on the other side — a process that could take up to 15 years but lasts for centuries! These bridges are then used by the inhabitants of the forests. Of late, these living bridges have become very popular with the visiting tourists and the local tour guides will be happy to take you to the sites. One of the best places to see the living bridges is from the town of Cherrapunji, the wettest place in Asia!
- Exploring the Blue City Jodhpur
Located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, the city of Jodhpur is one of the very popular tourist destinations in this part of India. Ancient forts, temples, castles, and museums have made it a favorite with domestic as well as foreign tourists. The city is also known as the Blue City because of the large number of blue-colored houses in the old town. It is also called the Gateway to Thar because of its proximity to the Thar Desert, featured in movies like the Dark Knight Rises and The Fall. Visit the majestic 15th century fort and numerous ancient temples, take a camel ride, or take the Bishnoi Village Tour to make this trip truly memorable.
- Praying at the Lotus Temple
Located in the capital New Delhi, the Lotus temple is one of the modern architectural wonders of India. Completed in 1986, it is a Baha’i House of Worship which preaches oneness in religions, which means it allows visitors of every religion and caste to come and pray. It is considered to be one of the most visited buildings in the world! The temple building is shaped like a blooming lotus with 27 marble ‘petals’ surrounded by 9 blue ponds and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Lotus Temple has won several international architectural awards over the years. It can accommodate almost 2500 people at oncej.
- Being Captivated by the Taj Mahal in Full Moon
No trip to India is complete without a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. This world-famous symbol of love was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaj Mahal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This architectural wonder in white marble attracts over 7 million visitors every year. Visitors are allowed access to the gardens and the first level of the main building, which is intricately decorated with motifs and carvings in typical Persian styles. The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra which is about a 2-hour drive from New Delhi.
- Boating in the Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala — nicknamed God’s Own Country — is a state in the southern part of India, and one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. This tropical paradise is blessed with lush greenery and beautiful beaches. Of late, Kerala has also been attracting tourists for its world class traditional spa treatments. However, the best part of Kerala is its backwaters. Almost 1500 km of waterways from 38 rivers and canals and 5 lakes, coupled with a tremendous tourism infrastructure, has made Kerala one of the must-visit destinations in India. You can stay in a houseboat or just go for day trip in a traditional boat to enjoy the backwaters which are found throughout the length and breadth of Kerala.
- Celebrating Holi
Holi is a Hindu festival of colors, celebrating the coming of the Spring season. It is usually celebrated around the first week of March. People play with colored powder as well as water colors during the festival. Holi is celebrated in all corners of India and almost every household takes part in it. Nowadays, major hotels and clubs organize Holi parties complete with DJs and dancing! However, if you want to celebrate Holi in the traditional way, then head off to Mathura or Vrindavan, the lands of Lord Krishna — the Hindu god most associated with this festival.
Originally posted 2017-03-27 08:14:10.