Top 25 Things To Do In India

When you visit India, there’s a lot you can see and do. Whether it’s nightlife, indulging in road trips, exploring the countryside, diving, eating, shopping, sailing, spending time at beautiful beaches, appreciating majestic mountains or witness the true beauty of spirituality, India is the perfect place to visit any time of the year.

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The country has always been at the prime of world tourism. From hidden islands to sacred ruins, and luxurious resorts to popular festivals, India is the perfect getaway for people from around the world. In this post, we’ve discussed 25 places you can’t afford to miss when you visit India.

Things To Do In India

1. Taj Mahal and the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is the most popular tourism route in India. It offers a lot of beautiful attractions. Delhi is considered the heart of the Golden Triangle. Agra is located in the Southeast and offers the iconic Taj Mahal. Further southwest is Rajasthan with the vibrant Pink City, also known as Jaipur. When you’re in Jaipur, you can also visit the Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort.

2. Kashmir

Kashmir is known as Paradise on Earth. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. You can enjoy the icy mountain peaks, clear rivers and flower spangled meadows. Jammu, the ancient Mughal capital, is connected to Srinagar. Dal Lake offers a ride and stay on the houseboats.

3. Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra. It’s popular for Bollywood and a bustling port. In addition to this, Mumbai is the country’s biggest commercial hub. When you’re in Mumbai, you will notice modern industry with tall skyscrapers. You will also be able to enjoy the street bazaars and vendors. Mumbai is also home to Bollywood, i.e, the Indian Film Industry.

4. Udaipur

Udaipur is considered the most romantic city in Rajasthan. It’s even called the Venice of the East. The city has been built around Lake Pichola, which is famous for the luxurious Lake Palace Hotel. It was also featured in the James Bond movie, Octopussy. As mentioned earlier, you can also visit other beautiful and majestic palaces in Rajasthan.

5. Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands is a haven for snorkelers. The place is located in the Bay of Bengal and offers a forested archipelago. It features a wide range of corals and exotic plant life. You can even enjoy the beauty of various species of tropical fish.

Some of the sites on the islands are still unexplored and difficult to reach. The place is also home to the only active volcano in India. It takes about 8 hours on the boat to reach the island. However, the sight of a big orange Sun rising on the horizon will make your trip worthwhile.

6. Camel Safari

It’s quite fun to take a camel ride, and enjoy India’s deserts conveniently. You can even camp overnight, and experience the clear night sky. It’s better if you coincide the visit with some popular annual festivals, such as Pushkar’s Camel Fair and Jaisalmer’ Desert Festival.

7. Deserts

When you visit Rajasthan, you can’t afford to miss the beautiful sandy deserts in Rajasthan. Throughout the year, there are numerous festivals organized in Rajasthan. You can also witness the majestic beauty of some Rajput temples and palaces.

8. Marina Beach

Besides the busy city life, Mumbai is also home to Chowpatty and Juhu. In addition to this, you can also visit Goa, which offers the country’s best sublime beaches and luxurious resorts. The Marina Beach in Chennai is considered the second largest in the world. Kerala is also a good place to visit, and offers lush green forests. It even features a very popular beach at Kovalam.

9. Delhi

Delhi has two different sides. One side shows you a glimpse of the modern city, including Lutyens’ architecture. On the other hand, Old Delhi is centuries old, and offers winding, narrow streets with busy street bazaars and ancient shrines. When you’re in Delhi, you should visit the Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid and other places.

10. Durga Puja

Durga Puja is organized in September / October throughout the country. However, the biggest Durga Puja is organized in Kolkata. It’s considered one of the biggest festivals in India. The festival is noisy and colorful. It aims to honor Goddess Durga.

11. Goa

Goa is one of the most popular tourist spots in India. Since the 1960s, the place has been popular for its beach parties. Some of the popular beaches include Anjuna, Calangute and Bagha. It’s better if you visit the place around the Carnival. It makes sure you enjoy the parade, and lively atmosphere.

12. Hill Stations

If you want some relief from the heat in the plains, you can visit a few cool hill stations. Some of the most popular hill stations include Darjeeling (West Bengal), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Ooty (Tamil Nadu), Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu). The Dal Lake in Srinagar will be a delight for your eyes.

13. Holy Temples

When it comes to temples, Orissa is the most famous state. Bhubaneshwar is home to many notable temples, including the famous Lingaraj temple. Puri is also a popular Hindu pilgrimage that features the Rath Yatra in June / July. During the Rath Yatra, huge idols of Hindu Gods are pulled on huge chariots. Konark is popular for the beautiful Sun temple.

14. Hindu Festivals

India is popular around the world for its religious values and spirituality. When you’re in India, you shouldn’t miss some popular festivals. Durga Puja, Diwali, Kumbh Mela, Ganesha Chaturthi, Dusshera, Holi and Rakhi are only a few.

15. Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a delight to visit. It’s a chilly place with one of the highest golf courses in the world. When you’re in Gulmarg, you get exceptional views of Nanga parbat. It’s one of the highest and largest mountains on the planet. If you plan to visit Gulmarg during the winter season, it’s worth mentioning that the place gets transformed into a ski resort.

16. Kolkata

If you want an authentic experience, Kolkata will be your best choice. It’s the capital city of West Bengal. Kolkata is a major commercial hub with numerous bazaars, markets and colonial buildings. Central Kolkata features a huge ground called the Maidan. If you’re a cricket lover, maybe you can enjoy a cricket match at the Eden Gardens.

17. National Parks

India is home to more than 70 national parks, 17 biosphere reserves and 400 wildlife sanctuaries. The Asiatic elephant and Indian tiger are commonly found in many different regions. Some of the popular reserves include Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan), Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Rajasthan), Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh), Sunderbans Tiger Reserve (West Bengal) and Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand).

18. Kerala

Kerala is a good break from the urban lifestyle. You can cruise along the beautiful tropical backwaters, and even pause to visit some rustic villages and other tourist sites. Kerala is also famous for its renowned cuisine, including delicious seafood.

19. Music and Dance

Indian classical music is famous around the world. You can listen to some evocative instruments, such as the sarod, sitar, tabla and flute. You can also witness a wide range of dance forms, each with elaborate language gestures and costumes.

20. Sikkim

If you’re an adventure enthusiast, you can go for trekking or mountaineering in Sikkim. You can also visit Shimla for treks into the Kullu Valley. In the south, Kodaikanal is the most popular base for hikes and treks.

21. Temples of Ajanta

There are beautiful rock-cut temples in Ajanta. You can also catch a glimpse of the popular Buddhist Caves dating back almost 2,000 years. Khajuraho is also famous for its erotic friezes. On the other hand, Ellora caves depict stories related to Hindu religion.

22. Assam

In Assam, you can see a Tiger roaming around in the wild. Ranthambore will be your best choice to witness the wildlife. Kaziranga is famous for Rhinoceros. There are also many other beautiful places to visit in Assam.

23. Lakshadweep

In case you want to snorkel or scuba dive, Lakshadweep will be your best choice. The place is quite similar to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The best part is that adventurous activities in Lakshadweep are more affordable.

24. Ladakh

Last but not the least, a trip to India can’t be complete without visiting Ladakh. The place is one of the highest deserts in the world. Ladakh also offers many other surprises for a tourist. You can discover a lot more things in Ladakh. Every person visiting this place has his or her own version of its beauty.

25. River Ganges

The banks of River Ganges are always crowded. Along the banks is the magical city of Varanasi. It’s one of the holiest Hindu destinations in India. The Ghats are crowded at dawn, and holy men perform numerous prayers and ritual ablutions.