A mosaic of myriad attractions and multicultural experiences, India is one of the most sought-after tourist places in the world. Extending from the snowy Himalayan peaks in the north to the tropical rain forests in the south, India enjoys a distinct geographical entity and outshines other Asian countries. A land of unity in diversity with great history, matchless legends, and rich biodiversity, India draws vacationers having varied travel interests. As there is no dearth of the best places to visit in India, many travelers around the globe visit this amazing land to enhance their travel experience with the best in the country.
To witness the greatness of antiquity, culture, and diversity of India; the best way is to travel to this land of enigmas. Scroll through the list below if you are planning a trip to India and get ready to experience the best with a remarkable India tour.
Be a Part of the Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela gains its name from the celebrating pot of nectar defined in India’s ancient scriptures. According to the Sanskrit language Kumbh means pot and Mela means festival. The source of this carnival lies in the early belief in the conflict between the Gods and Demons over the ownership of the Amrit Kumbh, a pitcher filled with nectar.
With every 12 years of rotation the Kumbh Mela is held at one of the four holy pilgrimage destinations, Haridwar, Nashik, Allahabad, and Ujjain. The dates for a journey to the Kumbh Mela are decided according to the Vikram Samvat calendar. At the Kumbh Mela Haridwar, millions of devotee gather together to take a dip in the sacred River Ganges.
The next Kumbh Mela will be held in 2021 in Haridwar, a spiritual event which will be attended by millions of devotees around the world. The Uttarakhand government has announced the dates of the holy bath and other important baths of Haridwar Kumbh 2021 after discussions with all the major akharas. Most probably the Kumbh Mela 2021 will inaugurate on 14th January, on the promising event of Makar Sankranti.
The first holy bath also called Shahi Snan will take place on 11th March, and the second and third ones on 12 and 14th April respectively. The fourth Shahi Snan will be held on 27th April, and on the same day, the Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 will come to an end.
Attend the Ganga Arti in Varanasi
The Ganga aarti is conducted daily in the evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat of Varanasi which is the sacred and oldest city of the world located at the banks of the holy river Ganga. Through the aarti, Agni Pooja is performed in which a commitment is made to Lord Shiva, Mata Ganga, Surya, Agni (Fire) as well as the whole universe made by Lord Shiva.
On some exceptional events, religious festivals and the second day of the week means Tuesdays, a particular type of aarti is held at this Ghat. Ganga Aarti is an important ritual held on a grand scale every morning and evening on the banks of the holy Ganga River.
The priests perform the Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. The whole Ghat at Varanasi gets well-lit with a marvelous light that can be felt strongly. The glorious ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that echo in the entire location.
You can either enjoy this surreal scene from the Ghat or on the boat that is floating in the river during the Ganga Aarti so that people can enjoy the view from the front. The Ganga Aarti is one of the best travel experiences you can have in India for sure.
Thrilling River Rafting
One of the most thrilling and worth experiencing activities is the River Rafting. Several places provide you this experience and each place is admired for its natural beauty and therefore rafting in one of them would be an experience worth having.
Here’s are some of the list of the sites where you can indulge in the best river rafting in India:
- Indus River
- Yamuna River
- River Ganga, Rishikesh
- Tons River, Uttarakhand
- Kameng River
- Lohit River
- Spiti River
- Zanskar River
- Barapole, Coorg
- River Bhagirathi, Uttarakhand
- Alaknanda River, Uttarakhand
- Kundalika River, Maharashtra
- Teesta River, Sikkim, and Darjeeling
- Brahmaputra River Rafting, Arunachal Pradesh
Take a Luxury Train Ride
One of the great ways to experience the best of India is to take a luxury train ride. Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, Golden Chariot, The Deccan Odyssey, Royal Orient Train, Fairy Queen Express are some of the royal trains of India that allows tourists to explore the most prominent tourist destination of India. With all modern comfort such as centrally air conditioning, interiors fusing the classical Indian royalty and modern sophistication, LCD television with satellite connection, high-speed Wi-Fi, writing desk, private bath, padded beds, spacious cabins, direct dial phones, electronic safe, restaurants, bars, and many more provide you an amazing experience. A royal journey on these luxurious trains invites the new class of luxury and royalty for an unforgettable journey like no other to explain the essence of Incredible India.
Walk over the Frozen River of Ladakh
Ladakh is popularly called the land of high passes. A Mecca for bikers, Ladakh offers exceptional opportunities to explore the highest motorable road in the world. Ladakh is one of the best places in India to enjoy the amazing North India tour. Apart from its high passes, it is also famous for various blood-pumping activities, and nothing can thrill more than walking over the frozen river of Ladakh. Various tourists around the world visit this amazing spot to enjoy the trekking over the frozen river popularly known as Chadar trek. During winter the river Zanskar freezes completely and creates a kind of sheet of ice on it. It gives an ultimate feeling of extreme adventure in the form of walking on a thick sheet of ice.
Houseboat Tour of Kerala Backwaters
A state in South India, Kerala is a paradise tucked between the stretches of the lush Western Ghats. It presents a bunch of beautiful scenery, calm backwaters, golden sand shores, wonderful wildlife sanctuaries, colorful arts, dances, crafts, and many more. You can also experience the best of Kerala with several Kerala tour packages.
The emerald backwaters of Kerala and untouched natural beauty are the reason why the state is named God’s Own Country. The beauty of waters as far as the eye can see, a unique ecosystem of birds, fishes, and other species; defines ethereal natural bliss.
Starting from the main port city of Kochi which is also known as City of Canals’ and the ‘Venice of the East’, to coastal Kollam; you will find a great extension of the Kerala backwaters. However, Alleppey is the center of backwater houseboat tourism where you can start your houseboat tour and adore the beauty of the top canals, internal villages, and more remote waterways. For those who cannot afford to stay in them, there are homestays around the backwaters available at cheap rates.
Goa Beaches and Nightlife
One of the major coastal cities in India, Goa – the smallest state of the country is renowned for its amazing beaches, nightlife, and never-ending beach parties. To experience the best of India, Goa is an ideal stop.
Apart from beach fun, you can also opt for a cruise on the river Mandovi and enjoy DJ music, folk dances, and sightseeing with lip-smacking cuisines.
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Manali-Leh Highway Motorcycle Tour
Hitting the Manali-Leh highway is one of the best ways to experience the off-beat things to do in India. Manali-Leh highway motorcycle tour is an absolute adventure where you can discover the barren roads snaking through the undulating mountains. The tour offers some of the most amazing roads to experience a new way of riding a bike. You will get an opportunity to embrace every moment with the striking scenic beauty during the bike trip as you ride through this highway.
The scenes of the stunning mountains covered with snow, high altitude passes, lush valleys, monasteries, and stupas will offer you a delicious visual treat as well as peace of mind.
You will also get to know about the lifestyle and culture of people living in various regions. Apart from that, you can also enjoy some mouthwatering local delicacies.
Stunning View of the Taj Mahal in Moonlight
The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most romantic monuments in the world. This white marble memorial, a monument to eternal love is a major tourist attraction of the Golden Triangle Tour. No doubt the beauty of the Taj Mahal is appealing but its beauty turns magical post-sunset. The sparkling, dreamlike and glowing white marble under the moonlight presents a remarkable view. Night viewing of the Taj Mahal is available on five days in a month on full moon nights as well as two nights before and two nights after the full moon.
Plan your trip in such a way so that you can attend the famous Taj Mahotsav – a festival celebrated from 18th to 27th February every year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.
Spot the Tigers at the National Parks
Spotting tigers at various national parks of India is one of the must-have experiences, especially for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The stately gait, black stripes, giant paws, and hypnotizing eyes are enough to call a tiger the national animal of India. Spotting tigers at famous national parks is a great way to experience the best of India. Although there are more than 50 tiger reserves in India, the real pleasure to spot tigers is at 5 famous national parks in India, which are:
- Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh
- Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan
- Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh
- Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra
- Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand
These famous national parks of India are not only meant to spot tigers but also to spot other wild animals and migratory birds. Apart from that, you can also enjoy camping, jeep safari, and other adventure activities to enhance your travel experience.
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