10 Things You Must Do When In India
By: Pinki Mon, 22 Feb 2021 7:37 PM
We believe India should be on everyone’s travel bucket list – all the way at the top. Not just because of our exotic culture and diverse landscapes but also because there are so many things to do in India that you can’t do elsewhere in the world. From staying at old, elaborately crafted palaces to enjoying the views over snow-peaked mountains – Here’s our list of our best things to do in India.
# The Taj Mahal in Agra
We know it’s quite an obvious choice and some might say it’s overrated. Due to an extensive renovation process taking place, and parts of it being covered in scaffolding, you might also say it lost its magical touch. We’re here to tell you otherwise! The Taj Mahal is one of the most fascinating and most stunning monuments in the world. It doesn’t have world status for being one of the wonders of the world for no reason! See for yourself and then judge. Check out our practical guide on getting around Agra for more information on the fascination that is the Taj Mahal.
# Tiger Safari at a National Park
India has some magnificent national parks with great flora and fauna to experience. But the main purpose travellers visit these parks is to see the stunning Bengal tiger. And the good news is that its population is slowly rising in the subcontinent’s protected areas. One of the most popular parks is the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Other good parks to spot the royal cat are Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba or Jim Corbett National Park. This is definitely one of the best things to do in India.
# Outdoor activities in the mountains
Oh, the Himalayas! This is one of the largest mountainous ranges in the world, home to the highest peaks. Here you experience views like you have never imagined, so extraordinary that you feel small in comparison. There are so many things to do: day and multi-day hikes, paragliding, bungee jumping, zip-lining, rafting, skiing and so on. Check out Coralie’s trip to Leh and Ladakh in the Himalayas and Joanna’s and Alejandro’s trip to the north-eastern mountains for first-hand accounts on visiting these areas.
# Houseboat in the Backwaters of Kerala
The Backwaters in the centre of Kerala, in South-West-India, are a paradise of waterlily-covered lakes, small winding canals overgrown by palm and fruit trees, and surrounding little villages far away from the urban chaos. A labyrinth of waterways parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea, this place offers serenity and peace for the nature-loving traveller. It also contains one of the top things to do in India.
# Beaches of Goa
If you are looking for a little bit of beach vacation at the end of your trip then there is no better place than Goa. Wide sand beaches with palm groves lead you to small village huts ready to serve delicious fish and other culinary treats. Most resorts have beach huts where you can hear the waves break and watch the sunset over the Arabic Sea.
# Homestays with local families
What are travellers hoping to experience when they decide to come to India? A culture that is so substantially different from their own. How can they achieve this? By meeting locals and getting to know their mentality, traditions, spiritual beliefs and daily routines. There is no better way to make this experience part of your trip to India than by staying at a homestay. This is one of those unmissable things to do in India.
# Stay at a 500-year-old palace
All over Rajasthan, Central and North India, you can find historical sights of long-gone glory days of the Moguls and Maharajas. Many bigger cities and even small rural villages were once the homes of different ruling families. They protected their own from neighbouring enemies by building large forts with amazingly crafted palaces inside.
India has incredible spiritual festivals. There is Holi, the festival of colours, where everyone plays with dry colours feel like a child again. Or the festival of light, called Diwali, the most important festival for Hindus considered as a new years’ celebration. Ramadan is the Muslim festival where they fast for one month long. Afterwards comes a delicious feast when the moon rises on the thirtieth day and they finish up with the big Eid celebration. In Mumbai people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi – a holiday that marks the birthday of the beloved god with the elephant head, extensively.
# Spiritual and rejuvenating experience
Yoga and Ayurveda originated in India and are practiced all over the country. Traditional Indian medicine and treatments are all about using the healing powers of nature and focuses on the relationship between body and mind. For those who can stay a little longer in India, there are many ashrams and Ayurveda institutes that offer spiritual and physical healing. Mostly, as a travel agency, we cannot book most places for you but we can advise what places fit your needs and how to get in touch with them. If you want to explore and be adventurous alongside practicing yoga then you can stay at certain hotels and resorts where they offer classes as a one-time activity. In most cities, private teachers also offer yoga classes on regular basis.
# Responsible Tourism Activities
India has many Responsible Tourism activities that make you understand the culture in a sensible way. Reality Tours & Travel run slum tours in Mumbai and Delhi that aim to break down the negative stereotypes people might have of these communities. They invest 80% of their profits into social activities in the slums.
While you are in Agra check out the wonderful Sheroes Hangout Café run by survivors of acid attacks. The proceeds go fully to their medical and legal aid. Kabani runs responsible tours in Kerala which educate the visitors about the traditions of local ethnic groups. You can combine those tours with an individual trip across South India.