10 Travel Experiences You Will Find Only in India

You can pack your bags to any destination in the world, but nowhere will you have the experiences and make memories the memories that you will in India. However, it will take you more than a few lifetimes to see the incredible country that is India. We bring you 10 of the most resplendent and breath-taking experiences in India that you have to have on your bucket list.

1. Shikara Ride, Kashmir

Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

Kashmir is not called the “Paradise on Earth” for nothing and a shikara ride in the Dal lake in Kashmir is the closest you can come to heaven. Floating on the calm and placid waters of the Dal lake in a shikara while taking in the vibrancies and beauty of the waters and the life it sustains will probably be one of the most soothing and relaxing experiences of your life. The feeling of pleasure and joy is unaccountable and the experience of Kashmir is one you will never forget.

Best time to visit: May - August

2. Exploring the Rann of Kutch

A brimming profusion of nature’s beauty, superfluity of celebration and colours, culture and traditions and a fusion of beauty and joy, the Rann of Kutch is a place that boasts of a culturally and economically abundant landform. The breath-taking sight of the vast expanse of white desert and the peace and quiet you experience in Kutch, under the stars, is an experience like no other. Take a desert tour and set up tents at night, light up a bonfire and make the memories of a lifetime.

Best time to visit: November - February

3. Visiting The Taj Mahal On a Full Moon Night

Photo by Tanumita, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Tanumita, CC BY-SA 3.0

Popular as one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal was undoubtedly going to make it to this list. However, what makes the experience of beholding this gorgeous monument even more breath-taking, is visiting Agra on a full moon night. You wouldn’t have ever seen a sight so beautiful in all your life and all you can do is just stand behold this monumental ode to love.

4. Sand Dune Bashing, Jaisalmer

Dune bashing(cropped), Photo by Sankara Subramanian, CC BY 2.0

Dune bashing(cropped), Photo by Sankara Subramanian, CC BY 2.0

Off-roading over a sea of sand, with the sun shimmering over it and a line of caparisoned camels in the distance - dune bashing in Jaisalmer is a treat to your senses, not to mention the adventure junkie in you. Combine it with the super friendly drivers and the chais around a bonfire at night and you have yourself a treasure trove of memories to take back.

Best time to visit: October – February is the ideal time to visit Jaisalmer.

5. Star Gazing at The Spiti Valley

Considered a heaven for stargazers, the clear view of the sky from the Spiti valley is ethereal. In a world where light pollution is a real thing, the Spiti Valley offers you such gorgeous views of the Milky Way that will blow your mind away. The peace and serenity around you while you gaze in wonder at the starry skies above is a truly humbling experience like no other.

Best time to visit: May - July

6. Experience Chandni Chowk in Delhi

A walking tour through the by lanes of old Delhi is like going back in time. The lip smacking food, the smells and the trinkets on display, not to mention the warm and welcoming people at Chandni Chowk is an unmatched experience.

Best time to visit: all year round

7. White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

Photo by skeeze, CC0 1.0

Photo by skeeze, CC0 1.0

With a unique charm and thrill like no other, white water rafting at Rishikesh is something you will never forget. The rough and uneven terrain, the gurgling and revving of the Ganges and its tributaries and guarded by the majestic Himalayas, Rishikesh offers unique experience of rafting through some of the most herculean rapids in the world.

Best time to visit: September - June

8. Witness The Mesmerising Sunset at Alleppey

Photo by shankar s., CC BY 2.0

Photo by shankar s., CC BY 2.0

Sure you have seen some beautiful sunsets from various locations around the world. But imagine watching the sky turn a light pink and the sun setting in a sea of gold and red over the horizon. Combine it with a prime viewing spot on a canoe, sailing through the backwaters of Alleppey and you have the most gorgeous sunset you will ever witness in your life- so much so that you’ll want to go back just to watch another one of this breath-taking spectacle.

Best time to visit: all around the year

9. Take the Char Dham Yatra

For the love of travel, undertake the Char Dham Yatra of India - cover the four corners of the country -  Puri in the East, Dwarka in the West, Badrinath in the North and Rameshwaram to the South- and discover all the different cultures and traditions all over the country. This is an experience that will leave you wondering how a country with such a diverse culture is united as a whole and in such a way that it is one of the leading economies in the world.

10. Watch A Cricket Match at The Eden Gardens, Kolkata

In a country where cricket is a religion, experience how cricket brings together all the people in the country as one when you watch a major cricket match from one of the most prestigious cricket grounds in the world. Experience the zest, the fervour and the feeling of patriotism bursting from the grounds as the people’s hearts beat as one in what is an experience that you can find only in India.

A nation of diverse cultures and people, India will never cease to surprise you. All you need is to pack your bags and discover this amazing country that has so much to offer that you’ll keep coming back for more.

Rohit Agarwal is a travel aficionado and a wordsmith; fascinated by his fellow journeyperson; who documents his journeys on TransIndiaTravels.com. He spends part of his days trying to board the Hogwarts Express, the rest of which he spends travelling the world, meeting new people and creating breath-taking memories.

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10 Travel Experiences You Will Only FInd In India. From watching the sunset in Alleppey to seeing the Taj Mahal at midnight, there is an experience that will wow you. Click here to read this guest post from Rohit of TransIndia. 

Sally Cochrane

Sally is a Brisvegas (Brisbane, Australia) born travel blogger and founder of Travel Blog Squad, an online community for travel bloggers. Among many other experiences, she has skied down the Austrian Alps on Christmas day, gone for a ride in an army tank through the mud in Slovakia, woken up before dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and attended university in Mexico. Hola! Her non-travel-related interests include tea (of any and every kind), TED Talks and running at her local Parkrun.