India offers a plethora of experiences for millions of tourists every year, enthralling visitors with it’s diverse sights, colourful culture and rich heritage. From backpacking thrills to complete indulgence in luxury, India has multiple experiences to offer.
Here are the top 10 most iconic Indian experiences; make sure you include at least a few in your next trip!
1. Camel Safaris of Rajasthan
The vast stretches of sand is intriguing and yet magnificent. A host of camel safaris are organised for visitors. Jaisalmer specifically is great for this royal experience. End it in a camp with some local food and the traditional cultural performances like Kalbeliya dance.
2. Serene Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala is a one of a kind experience with its placid backwaters dotted with neat house boats. Palm lined waters and lush villages on the fringes make an excellent view while you relax and soak in the verdant surroundings on your personal well equipped boat.
3. New experiences in Old Delhi
The old Delhi locality of Chandi Chowk has quite an impression on visitors. Either way, this part of the city leaves an indelible impact on people. Red Fort watches this bustling area with a regal poise from a distance, while establishments like the Sheesh Ganj Gurudwara and the Jain Bird hospital find themselves in the thick of action. Visit here for the street food (paranthas and kachoris), getting lost in narrow old lanes, old architectures and the buzz of wedding trousseau shops.
4. Sunny Beaches of Goa
High on the international travel map, the bohemian sunny destination of Goa is best known for its more than 80 kms stretch of beaches, great sea food, water sports, Portuguese architecture and a lovely slow paced life – perfect for a holiday.
5. Taj by the Full Moon
The Taj Mahal, amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, is one of the most visited sites in India. However, make your visit even more memorable by planning to visit this on a full moon night. The view is enthralling on a full moon night, making the white marble structure truly magnificent.
6. Train Rides of India
Though intimidating for many, travelling the Indian railways is a must have experiences in India. Choose amongst the many routes, of which, the coastal ones are great. They give a snapshot of the countryside along with the vast stretch of water. The toy train experience of the Nilgiris or Darjeeling is also one of its kinds. Travelling tea and snack vendors and the camaraderie between travellers is heart warming.
7. Lower Himalayan Sojourns
India’s pride, the might Himalayas, may be inaccessible, but the lower regions provide magnificent vistas. Oak, fern and Deodar lined mountains are bets experienced on foot. Head to Himachal Pradesh or Uttaranchal for some of the best treks in the world. Plan ahead to choose from a series of easy, medium or advanced trails.
8. Royal Rajasthan
Feel like royalty in the historic state of Rajasthan. With a variety of traditional havelis to stay in, you can also see the glorious forts and palaces of the state. Textiles, silver, leather and architecture are the key highlights of the region.
9. Textiles Trails
Amongst other shopping musts, the textiles of India are in copious amounts. Every region has specialities weaving, structure, colour and treatment. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and even the north eastern states are great choices to pick textiles from. It is better to make an in-depth travel trail into the weaving villages to understand this.
10. Trailing the Elusive Bengal Tiger
India boasts of a rich bio-diversity and a number of national parks. The Bengal tiger is on the list for many wildlife enthusiasts. Choose from a number of National parks for your wildlife fix- Bandipur, Tadoba, Corbett, Pench and Bandhavgarh are few important ones.
Related links and articles
The top 25 scenic train routes in India
Best place to spot a tiger in India
Best places to take a boat trip in India
Best places in India for architecture
The India homestay experience
Homestays offer a great opportunity for guests to experience true Indian hospitality. Hosts can help you plan your itinerary, arrange local sightseeing trips and will ensure your trip is a comfortable one. Not to mention the fantastic Indian cuisine served!
Thanks to the photographers who shared their images under Creative Commons licence. All images link back to the original source by way of credit.
Find out about the homestay experience and don't forget to check out our ideas on things to do in India or browse our India homestays.