6 Things everyone needs to do while in India

Out of the four main cradles of civilization, from which elements of culture and tradition have spread to different parts of the world, India deserves a larger chunk of credit than it is usually given, because, it has deeply affected the culture of the whole of South-East Asia and spreading it’s influence to other parts of the world.

India, quite famously known for its incredible culture, exotic cuisine and as an emerging global giant, also offers many immense opportunities for adventure enthusiastic people. The natural landscapes and scenic beauty of India are cogent enough to mesmerize any adventure lover, taking one to an ethereal level altogether.

The varied audacious landscapes attract all adventure seekers across the globe to experience the titillating thrill in India. There are some exhilarating Indian travel destinations where you can witness the true colours of India and have a lot to fun.

Here are some of the things to do when you are in India-

1) Rafting in Rishikesh

Rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, a holy city of the Hindus is also a paradise for rafting lovers as it is considered the white water rafting capital of India. Every adventure seeker lands in Rishikesh to find solitude and peace and also to enjoy the thrills and frills of rafting. The rafting grades vary from 2-4, and occasionally hits 5 during peak monsoon. The splashes of river Ganges are very welcoming with the daring rapids all along the mighty river. You do not have to be a swimmer to do rafting and you can enjoy the adventurous sport of rafting with trained rafting professionals who take care of all safety measures.

2) Bike trip to Ladakh

Ladakh Bike Trip
Image by Prabhu Shankar

If you love riding a bike,then a bike trip to Ladakh is a must. Starting the trip from Manali, you pass through the ethereal Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and several high mountain passes before entering Ladakh. As the Rohtang Pass remains closed from December to June, do not consider your trip between this period. The bike trip you experience here is complete apotheosis of a dream bike ride.

Also read: 7 Reasons why you should do a solo trip to Ladakh

3) Wagah Border visit

Wagah Border Ceremony
Image by Munish Sharma

The Wagah Border is usually visited by a few people during the day hours but the numbers rise exponentially during the evening. As the sun goes down, the retreat ceremony at the border begins. With the bugle sound over both sides coupled with the soldiers taking guard, stamping their feet to out hard to overcome the stamping sound of their counterpart over the other side of the border, this experience is surely the one amongst the best one could ever witness. Do reach a couple of hours early at the border to get a closer view of this titillating experience, else you would be left at the far back.

4) Take a dip at Sangam

Kumbh Mela Allahabad
Pilgrims Bathing In Ganges, Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad | Credits: Ayse Topbas

Sangam, meaning confluence, is a place in the holy city of Allahabad where the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati (mythical) rivers meet; creating a confluence which is called Triveni Sangam.

Sangam which is in Allahabad also finds a mention in the Hindu Mythology. According to Hindu Mythology, the Gods considered the spot (Prayag) as auspicious and so the pot (kumbh), containing the nectar of immortality (amrit) which was churned out of the Ocean of Milk,was placed at Prayag. From that day onwards, Maha Kumbh Mela is being organised every 12 years at Prayag(Allahabad). Above all the religious importance of this ethereal place, a dip at the Sangam definitely soothes one’s mind refreshing the mind ,body and the soul.

5) A Tour of Chandni Chowk area in the old Delhi

Karim's Old Delhi
Credits: Saad Akhtar

Making way through the narrow lanes of the area might initially be irritating for some of you. But you would soon fall in love with the chaos and alacrity of the place. A visit to the place should be coupled with the delicious, mouth watering food served in the famous Paranthe wali gali and at the Karim’s, which is owned by one of the descendants of the cooks who were a part of the Royal Mughal Kitchen.

6) The colourful Durga Puja

Durga Puja Celebrations in Kolkata
Durga Puja Celebrations in Kolkata

If you are planning to visit India, do adjust your schedule so that you are able to witness the colourful Indian festival of Durga Puja, which is more famous in the eastern part of the country, especially in Kolkata. Durga Puja is a celebration of the victory of the revered warrior Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

The festival is held during the Navratra, and is a true reflection of the grand tradition and culture of India.The Durga Puja festival is an extremely social and theatrical event. Drama, dance, and cultural performances are widely held. Food is a huge part of the festival, and street stalls blossom all over Kolkata. In the evenings, the streets of Kolkata fill with people, who come to pray to Goddess Durga, eat, and celebrate.

India has always been known for it’s rich and ethereal places to visit but what makes India stand apart from the others is it’s citizens, who are amiable people full of alacrity and fervor for their guests, believing in the philosophy of “Atithi Devo Bhavah”.

Apart from these things, there are many other interesting things to do in India and would not be possible for me to express it in a single article.

What do you think is a must do thing for anyone visiting India?

Till then, Happy Travelling !!! 🙂 🙂

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