August 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

15 Incredible Things You Just Have To Do In India Before You Die!


1. Beach Parties At Anjuna Beach, Goa

HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam Gupte says, “Anjuna is famous for its crazy trance parties overlooking the beach and for its flea market. The beach itself is not very charming but there are parties/events always going on at some shack or the other. The most famous places here are Curlies, Shiva Valley and UV bar .The sundowner parties at the UV bar are simply fabulous and have great music.” 

2. Go White Water Rafting In Rishikesh

HolidayIQ Traveller Tushar Mittal says, “Rishikesh is a place filled with nature beauty and a place worth a lot for. The awesome part of the trip was rafting. Me and my friends did a ‘marine drive’, which was rafting in 27 km rapids. It was so much fun. The other part was camping in Rishikesh at night. We camped near the waterfall and it was the most beautiful bit of the trip.”  

3. Take A Spiritual Journey To Tawang Monastery

HolidayIQ Traveller Subhajit Dinda says, “All hardships endured to reach Tawang was forgotten by visiting this place. This not only paisa vasool. It has a calm and peaceful environment, which soothes the mind.” The name Tawang means ‘Horse Chosen’ in the the Tibetan language. It is said that site for the monastery was chosen by the horse of Merag Lama who had been unable to decide on a site to establish the monastery. One day he was praying in cave, seeking divine guidance. When he came out after the prayers, he found his horse missing. On searching, the horse was located standing quietly on a hilltop. Considering this as a sign of divine blessing, he decided to construct the monastery at the very spot.

4. Witness The Pushkar Camel Fair

HolidayIQ Traveller Pushkar Sharma from Jaipur says, “A city of temples and lakes. It is famous mainly because of Lord Brahma’s Temple and Pushkar Cattle Fair. Pushkar Fair is a must visit, which executes for 5 days on every Navami to Purnima (9th day to full moon) of Kartik month (Oct or Nov) as per the lunar calendar. Thousands of animals mainly camels are there for sale and purchase. Pushkar Lake is one of the most sacred lakes where many of the saints and pilgrims take a holy dip.

5. Enjoy The Iconic Hyderabadi Biryani In The City Of Nawabs

HolidayIQ Traveller Saranya Devanathan from Bangalore says,’”The old city showcases the Mughal’s culture and history. Though it is the capital of Telangana, many people spoke only Urdu and Telugu. I went to attend one to my conferences. The lake is like a necklace. Nice place to stay for 3-4 days and eat Hyderabadi biryani.”

6. Walk On Top Of Ice! Do The Chadar Trek In Ladakh

HolidayIQ Traveller Partha De Sarkar from Kolkata says, “Chadar means blanket and Chadar Trek is a trek in blanket of ice and snow. It is a unique trek for bravehearts when they have to encounter -20 degree celsius or below. But the sights are wonderful, villagers welcome you and you get a sense of achievement in an otherwise dull life of office, parties, drinking and procreation.”


7. Visit The Haunted Bhangarh Fort In Alwar

HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam Gupta says, “Said to be one of the most haunting places in the world, these are the ruins of a whole town. Entry is prohibited before sunrise and after sunset. On weekends and holidays, it gets crowded and is not scary at all. But if you want to experience the thrill, go there on a normal day; the eerie silence frightens people.”

8. A Leh-Ladakh Bike Ride

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak Amembal from Mumbai shares his adventure. He says, “ I had been planning to visit Ladakh since a long time. And I was sure of one thing that as and when I visit it will be by motorcycle. It was my dream to be astride my motorcycle atop Khardung La pass the highest motorable road in the world on my 60th birthday but it was not to be. Finally, I realised my dream last year in September. Ladakh did not disappoint. It gave me the experience of a lifetime. The people, their culture is one to be respected. You are treated with utmost respect everywhere in an inhospitable environment. Ladakh is an addiction. One cannot get enough.”

9. Experience The Rann Utsav In Bhuj

HolidayIQ Traveller Nishith from Ahmedabad says, “It’s amazing experience to visit Dhordo – White desert of Kutch. If you are travelling to Bhuj during December to March time frame; you must visit Rann Utsav arranged by Gujarat Tourism. There is tent city created and you can rent a tent. Renting a tent is little bit expensive but it’s worth if you want to experience a night in the white desert. Don’t miss sunset at. If you are into photography, you will find some amazing landscape; especially the sunset and a full moon night.”

10. Go Scuba Diving In Tarkarli

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyanka Gawai from Mumbai says, “Tarkarli located near Malvan and was one of the destinations in my must-visit list for a long time, and the wait was worth it. My friend and I visited this place in mid-january this year. Beaches in and around Tarkarli are one of the most beautiful beaches in Maharashtra. With its pristine clear water and white sands, it’s a must-see for any beach lovers. One of the best part of our visit was the peace and quiet that these beaches had to offer, which is unlikely at most of the tourist attractions. Within just two days of our stay, I took home some of the best moments spent here. To be inside the crystal clear sea and view marine life was a mesmerising experience.”

11. Parasailing In Kamshet

HolidayIQ Traveller Maryana Desilva from Mumbai says, “Kamshet is famous for being excellent for paragliding activities and an adventurous weekend. But the Vadivali Lake also offers a great opportunity to have a relaxed, chilled out weekend away from the noise & chaos of Mumbai. The absolutely breathtaking beauty of the lake was just perfect to relax, unwind and clear out your head.”

12. Visit The Living Roots Bridge In Meghalaya

HolidayIQ Traveller Ranajoy recommends boating at Umiam Lake, Wards Lake and trekking on Living Root Bridges at Mawlynnong.” HolidayIQ Traveller Subhankar Mukherjee adds, “The last stage of the path leading to the Living Root Bridge has stones and boulders on a very stiff slope. So, take care of your ankle & knee.”

13. Go Dune Bashing In Jaisalmer

HolidayIQ Traveller Umesh says, “Sam Sand Dunes is the coolest place to be in Jaisalmer. Had an awesome experience in the jeep safari. The driver was very experienced with the roads (ups and downs on sand piles)” If you’re in love with the great outdoors, you will undoubtedly succumb to the charms of dune bashing in Jaisalmer.

14. Witness The Day Closing Parade At Wagah Border

Wagah Border is the only open border between India and Pakistan. HolidayIQ Traveller Kashmira Vijayan says, “The Wagah Border experience has to be experienced. The sounds of the bugle, the marching of the guards, the noise created by 25,000 people, singing and chanting of Vande Mataram is a sight you have to witness. It will fill your heart with pride. Do not carry any food items or bags as it will not be allowed. For security reasons, only a small wallet, a camera & water bottle is allowed.”

15. Trek To The Frozen Lake Of Skeletons Roopkund Lake

HolidayIQ Traveller Shourya says, “The lake is frozen during winter. 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, Roopkund is a completely frozen lake full of skeletons.” The Roop Kund Trek leads to the infamous Roop Kund or the mysterious skeletal lake in Uttarakhand. Crossing ice and snow, ascending to a dizzying height of 16,000 ft, thin air, changing climate and hailstorms, makes the trek to Roopkund one of the toughest.”


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