Incredible India is not just a fancy tagline. One who has travelled across the length and breadth of India can vouch for that. At each step, it offers an experience as unique as the previous one. There are an uncountable number of things that a traveller can do here, and learn about the rich history, heritage and culture of this ancient land. These things make the traveller rediscover his or her life and see the world with a new perspective.
We’ll give you 100 crazy things to do in India that will drive you out of your mind. From Ladakh till Kanyakumari, and Arunachal Pradesh till Gujarat! We’ve covered the best 100 among all unique experiences that India offers.
LET’S START OUR LIST!
1. GO SCUBA DIVING IN PORT-BLAIR
The Andaman is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, go scuba diving here and touch the underwater life that exists in its quiet atmosphere!e
2. LISTEN TO THE BIRDS CHIRPING AT MAJULI ISLANDS
Majuli islands are one of the biggest river islands in India and home to a few lost tribes. get yourself engrossed in the beauty of the Majuli islands.
3. MEET THE KONYAKS
Visit Mon, a district of Nagaland which is the home to Konyaks, a large group of tribal people who are proud of their status as ‘Head-Hunters’ !
4. SEE THE STONEHENGE OF INDIA IN NARITANG
Visit Nartiang in Jiantia hills and see a huge number of table stones and monoliths. these stones can be as tall as 8 ft and 1 ft thick!
5. SEEK BLESSINGS AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE IN AMRITSAR AT 3 am
Everybody visits the Golden temple in the morning, but the real fun is when the holy water at the temple is icy cold, not many tourists are around, it’s still dark and you get to hear the morning prayers!
6. BE A PART OF THE SNAKE BOAT RACE IN THE KERALA BACKWATERS
The festival is known as Vallam Kali and is organized close to the harvest season, the race enjoys the enthusiasm of a lot of people.
7. GO ‘CHAAT-CRAZY’ OUTSIDE HAWA MAHAL IN JAIPUR
Jaipur is known for its heritage as well for its ‘Kachaudis’. These chaats of the Lal Bazaar are famous in the entire city and a feast for people who love to get tangy!
8. VISIT THE CITY-PALACE IN JAIPUR
The city palace used to be the sitting place of the King of Jaipur, it is now converted into a museum and the Palace still remains a beautiful sight to the eyes.
9. KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RAJPUTANA CULTURE AT THE BIRLA MANDIR AND MUSEUM
The Birla Mandir is made completely out of white marble and is an ode to the erstwhile kings. The museum showcases the crowns and artifacts that belong to the royal family. The royal family still resides in the fort above the Birla Mandir.
10. GO TREKKING TO VAISHNU DEVI
Many devotees of the Vaishnu Goddess go for the 14 km uphill trek every year. The rush increases during Navratras, but just the trek itself is a lot of fun, people coming down the mountain encourage and motivate those who are climbing!
11. UNRAVEL THE SECRETS OF ELEPHANTA CAVES
These are the largest group of the Hindu caves and the second largest group in Buddhist caves, the elephant caves were carved through perfection but now they seem a little disfigured . Even though these caves are Centuries old, they are absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful!
12. BE A PART OF THE MADNESS OF THE KUMBH MELA
The famous Kumbh Mela is known for the rituals performed by sadhus who get together from all over the country, the Mela is so crowded and vast that it scares some people! Go experience the madness for yourself!
13. AWE-STUCK IN CHERRAPUNJEE
Cherrapunjee is the second wettest place in the word and receives a huge amount of rainfall every year. The water falls at this magnificent destination should not be missed!
14. PEACE AT THE JAGAN NATH TEMPLE IN PURI
The Jagannath temple is an important worship place for Hindus who come here every year during the Rath Yatra. The temple is located right on the shore which provides a great view and an escapade.
15. EAT A DELICIOUS RAJASTHANI MEAL AT CHOWKI DHAANI
You can stuff yourself at Chowki Dhaani which is a cultural place in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Take a camel ride or a bullock cart ride, dance with the local women! Chowki Dhaani is surely a lot of fun!
16. VISIT THE SUNDARBANS
It is the largest single block of halophytic mangrove forest in the world and is known for its tiger population, half of this national park lies under Bangladesh.
17. APPRECIATE THE ART IN UNAKOTI
Unakoti in the North East has many rocks which have been carved to depict Goddesses and other architectural features, it reminds us of the effort and skill that existed in the before the modern era began.
18. WATCH THE SKYLINE OF JAIPUR FROM THE AMER FORT
The Amer Fort can be seen from any place in Jaipur, It carefully sits on top of a hill and adjoins with the boundary wall of the Pink city you’ll notice as you see the skyline from the Amer fort, that the Pink city actually looks more blue!.
19. SEE THE PREDATORS OF RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Famous for sighting a tiger, the Ranthambore national park should be visited during May or June, that’s when you get the maximum chances of seeing a Tiger! You will most probably sight a tiger at the Ranthambore fort!
20. STAY AT THE MAJESTIC HARI PALACE IN JAMMU
The Hari Palace is a perfect mixture of heritage and luxury, the river bed behind the palace gives a magnificent view and the luxury provided by the palace hotel is just amazing.
21. GO GHOST HUNTING AT THE BHANGARH FORT
Bhangar fort is known for spine chilling experiences, the local population will discourage you visiting the fort after 5 pm and you will hear different stories from many travellers, but it is going to be your own adventure experience if you go ghost hunting at the ruins of Bhangar.
22. WALK UP TILL THE SHANKAR ACHARYA TEMPLE IN KASHMIR
The Shankar Acharya temple is located on top of the mountain which has the view of the Dal Lake! To reach the temple you need to climb up 240 stone steps! An adventure in itself!
23. DISCOVER PEACE AT THE LAMAYURU MONASTERY IN LADAKH
Located in the picturesque moon-land landscape, the Lamayuru monastery is a wonder sitting midst the barren landscape. The recital of the prayers and the prayer flags fluttering in the winds will give you a once in a lifetime experience.
24. CAMP AT THE PANGONG LAKE
The blue waters of the Pangong Lake are known to change their colours throughout the day, go camping at the shore of the Lake and watch different birds sit across your camp site.
25. COUNT THE STARS ABOVE CHANDRATAAL LAKE
The Chandrataal Lake is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in the world! Sit besides the Lake at night and soak in the beautiful view.
26. RIDE UP TILL THE KHARDUNG-LA PASS
Khardung-La is the worlds highest motor able road at 18,380 ft above sea level. The drive up can be bumpy and adventurous, but surely once in a lifetime experience with a deadly view!
27. WATCH THE MIGHTY SEA FROM THE AGUADA FORT IN GOA
The Aguada fort used to be a prison once and there are stories that the fort gets closed at 6 pm because it is haunted! Never the less; the view from the Aguada fort is amazing and you can see the entire shore line from up above.
28. LET THE HERITAGE COME ALIVE AT THE GREAT LIVING CHOLA TEMPLES
The Chola temples have been given the title of World Heritage Site and once you visit them you will know why!
29. GO HIKING IN THE NILGIRI HILLS
The Nilgiri hills include 24 peaks and all above 6000 ft, surrounded by the green cover; this hike is a favourite of many adventure lovers.
30. TAKE THE OLDEST ROUTE IN THE COUNTRY, THE KONKAN RAILWAY
The Konkan railway is the oldest railway route in the country and there’s nothing better- than to relive the good old days.
31. TREK UP TO THE DUDH SAAGAR FALLS, GOA
The Dudh Saagar falls lie in Goa along the Konkan railway route. These falls melt on the green mountains and look like milk being poured down.
32. THE WAGAH BORDER PARADE
The Wagah Border parade is very famous which shows the flags down between India and Pakistan. The march by both the sides is very ferocious and powerful, which fills the crowds watching with enthusiasm!
33. THE MAGICAL RANAKPUR TEMPLE
The Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful temples that have not been visited by the tourists too much. The temple have 29 halls , 80 domes and 1444 pillars and each pillar is different!
34. VISIT BANGLA-SAHEB ON GURUPURAB
The Bangla Saheb in Delhi is the second most important worship place for the Sikhs in India. The main dome of the Gurudwara has been made out of gold. The Gurudwara has a lavish Langar in its grounds in the morning during Guru Purab.
35. TREK TO THE NANDA DEVI BASE CAMP AND VISIT ITS TEMPLE
The Nanda Devi peak is one of the highest peaks in the Himalayan range and with a very difficult terrain as well. The climb up this mountain is not allowed, yet one can trek till its base camp and visit the temple there.
36. EAT THE MOST DELICIOUS CHEESE IN LANDOUR
A little cantonment town just above Mussoorie and home to the renowned writer Ruskin Bond; Landour is filled with endless magic and the cheese pizza’s are the most famous here.
37. GO RAFTING AND BUNGEE JUMPING IN RISHIKESH
This destination is most famous for its adventure activities; bungee jumping, rafting and trekking, to name a few. There are different grades of rapids which are a lot of fun !
38. TAKE A SAFARI IN THE JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Known for its hovering forest cover and tigers roaming around, the Jim Corbett National park safari is a must do for all those who seek adventure!
39. SEE THE MAJESTIC HIMALAYAN PEAK-LINE FROM KASAUNI
A small cantonment town in Himachal Pradesh, Kasauni is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India you will ever visit. It has the most magnificent view with a warm and earthy environment.
40. GO FOR MOUNTAINEERING AT THE KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP
One of the toughest mountains in the world, the Kanchenjunga Base Camp will surely give you a bone-chilling experience with the mighty mountain standing proud in front of you.
41. VISIT THE INDIA-CHINA BORDER IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
India shares the border with China and that is where you get to see the true meaning of diplomacy, one of the most undiscovered places in India lie around the Indo-China border.
42. ENJOY THE SIGHTS FROM THE PARI MAHAL IN SRINAGAR
The Pari Mahal is a beautiful garden situated a few kilometers away from the main city and close to the Dal Lake. You will love to visit these gardens and enjoy the view of the Lake and the mountains on a bright sunny day!
43. STAY IN A HOUSEBOAT IN DAL LAKE
It is amazing how a house can float! staying in a houseboat at the Dal Lake is one such experience when you can just lounge around and take rides on the ‘Shikaara’.
44. RELISH THE DELICIOUS KAWAA WITH THE LOCALS IN KASHMIR
The most amazing thing to have in Kashmir besides the mutton dishes and ‘Dam-Aloo’ is Kashmiri Kawaa! You will absolutely love the experience!
45. DRIVE THROUGH THE MUMBAI-GOA HIGHWAY
Considered as one of the best highways in the country, the Mumbai Goa highway is smooth and easy on your vehicle, the scenery changes from hills to lovely beaches and shacks!
46. GO TEA-LEAVES PLUCKING AT TEA FARMS IN ASSAM
India is famous for its Tea culture and has many such Tea farms in its different states, one of the best tea’s of the world are packed and produced in Assam! Relish the experience!
47. STAND AT THE SOUTHERN MOST TIP OF THE COUNTRY IN KANYAKUMARI
The southern most tip of the country is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari. The violent waves clash with the little island like place where the statue stands.
48. SEE THE RUINS OF DHOLAVERA IN GUJARAT
The Dholavera ruins in Gujarat are a treat to your eyes, how impeccable an area of architecture can be with the confluence of the history that it has!
49. SHOP IN THE CHAOTIC CHANDANI-CHOWK MARKET IN DELHI
The Chandni Chowk market area in Old Delhi is famous for selling everything and anything! The narrow streets and the haphazardness of the stalls makes you feel like you’re roaming around in a maze! Not to miss the ‘Paranthe Waali Gali’!
50. SKI IN GULMARG
As the winters start their course, so does the skiing institutes in Gulmarg! With snow covered peaks and lovely landscapes, Gulmarg is always fun!
51. RIDE A BIKE THROUGH THE MANALI-LEH HIGHWAY
The Manali Leh highway is every Bikers dream! they all want to ride on this rough and rugged route that scrapes through High Altitude Passes!
52. VISIT THE WORLD’S SECOND COLDEST PLACE, DRASS
Drass is a small district in Kargil which has a very high military significance, it is also the world’s second coldest place to be inhabited by humans other than Antarctica!
53. BOULDER IN BADAMI, KARNATAKA
Badami is a pace with great cultural and historical significance, but it is also becoming more and more famous due to the adventure activities that have been starting there like rock climbing!
54. GO TO THE UDAIGIRI AND KANDHAGIRI CAVES IN ORRISA
The Udaigiri and the Kandhagiri caves in Orissa is one of the most interestingly created caves in the country, a not to be missed spot for those who like to be awestruck by nature!
55. CAMP IN THE DESERT SANDS OF PUSHKAR
Rajasthan is very famous for its deserts and Pushkar is the most happening place to be. Go camping in Pushkar during the Pushkar festival and see the desert burst with colours!
56. CROSS THE NATURAL ROOT BRIDGES IN CHERRAPUNJEE
Cherrapunjee is famous for its natural root bridges that are created in the jungles, for all those who love hiking and adventure; you must go on exploring the wonders of nature here!
57. GO CRAZY DANCING AT THE SUNBURN FESTIVAL IN GOA
The most happening and much awaited festival throughout the year, Sunburn Goa is a music festival that drives everyone absolutely crazy. It is non stop partying for 3 days on the beach!
58. EXPERIENCE TRUE POWER AT THE AIRSHOW IN BANGALORE
The true might of the power of Indian Air Force and other aircraft carriers and operators is displayed at the Airshow in Bangalore. Different types of stunts performed that are highly dangerous can be seen during this festival.
59. TREK TO THE MARKHA VALLEY
Named after a tributary of the Zanskar, the Markha Valley trek in Ladakh is very famous for breath taking landscapes and the routes that it has!
60. BE A FOODIE IN SIKKIM
Sikkim food is mostly tilted towards Nepali cuisine yet has some lip smacking dishes like momo’s, chowmein, soups etc.
61. CAMP IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CHAMBA
A very quiet little town called Chamba in the Himachal Pradesh region is famous for its big mountains and open fields, it is also famous for its underground activities, go camping in Chamba and mix with the locals, a different experience altogether.
62. TAKE A RIDE IN THE TOY TRAIN
The most famous way of transportation in and around a hill station called Shimla is the Toy Train that would go around at a very slow speed only for connecting all the locals in the region. The little toy train also got painted in different colours that attracted tourists.
63. TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF THE SRINAGAR-LEH HIGHWAY
Along with smooth roads and beautiful scenery the Srinagar-Leh Highway will always keep you up throughout the journey. With many passes and halts, the highway is in the list of favorites for all those who love road trips!
64. GO FOR CLIMBING IN HAMPI
Bouldering and rock climbing have become the sport of Hampi. Every year many climbers from all over the country visit Hampi to try their hands at different levels of boulders.If you are a climber, this is where you should be.
65. TREK TO THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS
Located in the Himalayas, the valley of flowers is one of the most beautiful sights you will see in India, the best part is to trek till the valley of flowers by taking a different route that will expose you to natural beauty!
66. TAKE A RELAXING STROLL ALONG THE STREETS IN COORG
An administrative town in Karnataka, the green forests and the pretty streets will make you explore the area!
67. VISIT THE DUNGESHVARI CAVES IN BIHAR
Try spending the night at the cave and soak in its beauty, it might get a little scary but with the morning light coming in, it will be an experience of a lifetime!
68. EXPERIENCE THE NIGHTLIFE IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS, MUMBAI
The city that never sleeps will make you do things at odd timings! The night-life here should not be missed!
69. BE BLESSED AT THE SOMNATH TEMPLE IN GUJARAT
The Somnath Temple in Gujarat is an important religious site for many people in India and also has a location value, with the beach right behind it, people often visit the temple grounds and then enjoy the sea waters!
70. TRACK THE OLD SILK-ROUTE
Track the old silk route that passed through India and discover all the establishments that have developed around them!
71. MADAN KAAMDEV RUINS, HISTORY AT ITS BEST
The Madan Kamdev ruins are yet again a pack of gold in the Indian history. They are 12 temples that had been excavated and preserved.
72. VISIT VARANASI DURING ‘DEV DEEPAVALI
During the Dev Deepavali festival in Varanasi, all the pilgrims and city people light oil lamps that float in the water and let them go in the river. It is one of the most beautiful sights that you will ever see!
73. EAT SEVERAL KINDS OF SWEETS IN KOLKATA
Kolkata is known for the intense craving of sweets that people here have! with many kinds of sweets available. You can go high on sugar here!
74. BE A PART OF THE DURGA PUJA IN WEST BENGAL
The most important festival of the Bengali people in India, the Durga puja is one of the most happening festivals that are celebrated throughout the country. The whole city is in a festive mood; celebrating life!
75. TAKE THE AMARNATH VALLEY TREK
The Amaranath valley trek goes till the Amaranath caves in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Every year many religious followers go to the Amarnath valley to seek blessings.
76. STAY AT THE LAKE PALACE IN RAJASTHAN
The Lake Palace is a beautiful place to stay and admire the different beauty that Rajasthan has to offer. You’ll be in the lap of luxury!
77. VISIT JAMA-MASJID DURING EID IN KASHMIR
The Jama Masjid is jam packed during Eid yet people every year visit this mosque to offer their prayers and get the blessings from the Qur’an.
78. LISTEN TO SUFI LEGENDS AT THE NIZAMUDDIN DARGAH IN DELHI
People from the whole city come to the Nizamuddin Dargah every Thursday to listen to legends perform Qawaali for an hour or so. These musicians have also been featured in many movies as well!
79. STUFF YOURSELF WITH DELICIOUS KEBABS IN NIZAMUDDIN, DELHI
Nizamuddin is a huge place in Delhi which has some of the most lip-smacking delicacies ever!
80. GO TO AIRAVATESVARA IN DARASURAM
81. KNOW MORE ABOUT THE VIJAYANAGAR EMPIRE
Located in Karnataka, this beautiful Empire soon came to an end but its story still is out in the world! the architecture and carvings are still talked about among archaeologists.
82. VISIT FORT DANSBORG, ONE OF THE OLDEST IN INDIA
It is the second largest Danish fort after Kronborg, and has a great history related to it.located at the shore, the beach is accessible which adds on to the fun!
83. BE NATURE FRIENDLY IN THE SATHYAM MANGALAM TIGER RESERVE
This tiger reserve is famous for not onlt its tigers but also for white spotted deers, wild elephants, barking deer’s, black buck etc.
84. GO FOR A ZIP-LINE ADVENTURE IN NEEMRANA
Starting from the Neemrana Fort till the starting of Jaipur, the Zip-line adventure takes you for a 12 min sliding ride as you slide across the forests and the Aravali hills!
85. BE AT THE JAGAISHWAR TEMPLES IN UTTRAKHAND
Located in the Kumaon region, the Jagaishwar temples have some great architecture and are surrounded by a lot of forest greenery!
86. BE A PART OF THE CHADAR-TREK, ON THE FROZEN ZANSKAR RIVER
The Chadar Trek is famous all over the world for its difficulty and the dream like landscape which it offers, one of the remotest treks, the Chadar Trek is nothing short of a wonder in itself!
87. TAKE A TRUCK RIDE FROM DELHI TO MUMBAI
The Mumbai-Delhi highway is known for its smooth roads and landscape. There’s nothing better than doing a truck ride on this wsome road!
88. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TEA’S IN INDIA
From Assam tea to the Darjeeling tea, India is famous for the experiences it offers with different kinds of tea. Go on a tea tasting tour across India exploring different and many other local tea’s.
89. STAY AT A MONASTERY IN DHARAMSHALA
The headquarters of the Tibetan exile government is located in Dharamshala, this is the reason why Dharamshala is known as little Tibet. The Dalai Lama also stays in a monastery in Dharamshala, so why not stay in a monastery for a while ?
90. MEDITATE AT THE OSHO ASHRAM IN BANGALORE
The Osho ashram in Bangalore is considered as the most peaceful place in the country to go for meditation workshops and yoga lessons!
91. CELEBRATE HOLI IN THE VILLAGES OF PUNJAB
Holi is celebrated after the first harvest is cleared by the farmers, in India; Punjab is the most prosperous farming states, so why not celebrate this festival with the Punjabi!
92. KNOW MORE ABOUT THE HINDU CULTURE IN HARIDWAR
Haridwar is one of the most sough after religious places in the country and every year,endless number of events take place there. Haridwar is located on the banks of River Ganga which is considered as Holy waters by Hindu deities.
93. TAKE THE STOK KANGRI TREK
Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok range of Himalayas and located in the Hemis National Park in Ladakh, the trek is very adventurous and perfect for those who seek thrill!
94. WALK ON THE WHITE SANDS OF THE RUNN OF KUTCH
The Runn of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh and the landscape looks completely white, locate din Gujarat; this place is just amazing!
95. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE KALACHAKRA FESTIVAL IN LADAKH
The Kalachakra comes once after every 14 years and this time it will happen in 2014! do not miss this amazing festival!
96. TRY THE LOCAL CUISINES OF NAGALAND
The famous dishes of Nagaland are, fermented bamboo shoot, axone, and smoked meat! the Naga food tends to be extremely spicy!
97. BE A PART OF THE HORN BILL FESTIVAL
The Horn Bill festival in Nagaland is famous for showcasing many tribes that it is home to. Traveler from all over the world head to Nagaland to be a part of this one-of-a-kind festival.
98. VISIT THE TEA GARDENS IN PALAMPUR, THE HOME OF KANGRA TEA
Palampur is famous for its tea gardens and supplying the renown Kangra Tea to the whole country, come and see the extravagant tea gardens and relish the experience.
99. CLIMB THE GRANITE ROCKS IN MT.ABU
The granite rocks in Mt. Abu in Rajasthan are slowly becoming popular with rock climbers who come from all over the country and practice their skills on there lovely rocks!
100. PARAGLIDE IN BIR AND BILLING
Located in the Dhauladhar range of mountains, the Himalayan vultures may give you company while you’re gliding, you also get a chance to compete with many para-gliders during May and June.