Travelling to India will change your life. The experiences you’ll have there will either make or break you, as you experience the most majestic views, the most crowded cities and the most challenging social situations. The warmth, colour, scent and diversity of Mother India will stay with you forever. To make sure you don’t miss any of the best things to experience, here are 13 amazing things to do while you’re travelling in India.
A temple structure like no other. Every intricately carved detail on every surface serves to tell the story of Hinduism.
Varanasi is not for the faint of heart. This bustling city is unashamedly overwhelming, with temples, markets and open air cremations by the bank of the holy river Ganges.
Avoid the trap of visiting Orchha as a stop on a tour bus. Stay a few nights to immerse yourself in this ancient temple complex. Get there early in the morning to avoid the tourist crush.
This eye catching temple, as golden as the name, feeds thousands of people for free every day as an act of religious charity. Share a meal with others while you are there.
Goa is a gorgeous place to relax by the beach and soak up some low key tropical living. The eclectic mix of travellers, revellers and locals will keep every day interesting.
Indescribable views, adrenaline spiking cliff edges and the pure snow of the mountains will take your breath away. Discover hidden temples and trails rarely touched by tourists.
If you’re feeling adventurous head to the city of Rishikesh on the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. Hit up the rapids for some amazing white water rafting. The town is a famous centre for studying meditation and yoga, so get involved in a class.
Palm trees, houseboats and a slice of heaven – Kerala is a stunning location not to be missed. Enjoy some time on the tropical Malabar Coast, and dip in the Arabian Sea. Head inland for national parks and mountains that are home to tea, coffee and spice plantations, as well as wildlife.
You might not expect vineyards in India but they are there to be found, along with samples of the finest Indian wines.
Take some time out from adventuring, check out from reality and find yourself in the Osho Ashram, a meditation resort in Pune. Nearbyyou can visit the grand Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 and now a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Breathtaking scuba and snorkelling opportunities await in Havelock. Crystal clear waters and boundless tropical fish are waiting to be discovered.
The deserts of Rajasthan are not to be missed. Drive through the dunes or take a night tour out into the desert to lose yourself in a thousand stars.
Find yourself surrounded by snow as you stare endlessly into the stills waters of Tsomgo Lake.