A group of people hikes through the lush greenery of Ghats,
A waterfall elegantly cascades among the thousand others of the south,
A thirst for adventure is quenched by adventure junkies at north,
A tribe of explorers discover the true beauty of north east,
And somewhere in the country a spectator witness a culture getting unfold.
Giving a tuff competition to the foreign lands, India is fast breaking the stereotypes. The vast potential in the field of Adventure, experiences and unexplored places is getting well tapped. Getting off the regular tourism, these 31 amazing places in India will thrill your mind and make you want to pack your bags right now!
1 ADVENTURE SPORTS AT SOLANG, HIMACHAL PRADESH:
With breathtaking landscape of mountains, blue gushing river and the freezing snow, Solang valley is a place where one can experience multiple adventures at one single place. Throw yourself into the arms of mountains as you paraglide through the thin air of Solang. With the perfect slopes of snow, get dragged by the gravity as you ski through the current of air. Apart from the snow adventures, rafting in the blue gushing river goes down to the lanes of memorable experiences. Solang valley, being the land of adventure sports will blow one’s mind the moment one lands there.
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2 TREKKING IN GANGTOK, SIKKIM :
From a one day trek to escaping into the mountains of Sikkim for days, one can get it all! Few of the popular treks are – Dzongri trek, apart from the green beds of the mountain, one can also see the monasteries, tea plantations, museum, zoo and the Peace Pagoda. Versay Trek is perfect for camping, visiting Tibetan monasteries, experience bird watching and having a bunch of images of the scenic beauty. How fun it would be to be accompanied by water while trekking? Green Lake Trek is perfect to take a splendid walk in the varieties of flowers with an amazing Mountain View located at the north of Sikkim. Other treks one can take are to the top national park of Sikkim, North Sikkim High Altitude Trek, Everest Singalila Trek, Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek.
3 DAL LAKE IN SRINAGAR, KASHMIR:
Going for a shikara ride on the boat and enjoying the cool breeze of water by being in the center of the pleasant blue sheet will amaze one’s mind for an hour or even staying there for a day and having your morning breakfast witnessing the deep blue lake or accompanied by your favorite book? Didn’t you already start imagining it with a curve on your face? And not only spending time with the boat, but you can explore Doodpathri a hill station, which is also called as the ‘valley of milk’, visit the forceful Aharbal waterfall, the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, or explore the historic monuments with manifest views.
4 SUNBURN FESTIVAL IN GOA
This festival is happening every year since 2007. With the beach vibes all around, attending the EDM festivals, and other popular music, this festival can make you forget your dilemmas for 3 days and make you surrender to the fantastic place of music with new surprises adding every year. And not only music, but a volleyball court, Moonwalker, massage center, mouth watering food, is surely can be a small get-away for you. If you hold more time in your hand, you can also ride through the vintage roads; visit the forts, churches, beaches of Goa like Baga beach, Anjuna beach, and Colva beach. Scuba Diving in Goa
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5 CAMEL SAFARI IN THE THAR DESERT, RAJASTHAN:
A picture of the silhouette of camels cruising with their masters in the backdrop of sunset is breathtaking. Being there and witnessing the heavenly light getting washed into the miles of golden sand is stunning. Jaisalmer, the city where the Thar Desert has gold flooring of sand will make you refreshing with going on the desert safari on a camel! Rajasthan is a desert state, camels are common there and thus are used to make the safari memorable with the camel humps.
6 RAFTING IN RISHIKESH, UTTARAKHAND:
Being the foothills of the Himalaya and the neighbor of the River Ganga, river rafting in Rishikesh is the most chilling adventure largely experienced by people of different corners of the world. Water with its temperature as close to the Himalayan climate all around you, and the freezing breeze passing through your face while you raft in the river is all you would ask for in the winters to feel the weather and in the summer to beat the heat. Raft through the huge rocks with the view of the heritage and religious city, Rishikesh. Camping for a day or more is not less than the cherry on the cake. One of the best escape in the blue gushing water of Ganga.
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7 COORG, KARNATAKA:
Relish yourself in the green wood’s of Coorg. From waterfalls gushing through the rocks to climbing the peaks, a visit to Coorg will make you fall in love with the place again and again. Abbey falls, located between the coffee plantations is a delight sight where Kaveri River cascades down a rock face turning into the falls. Get mesmerized by the sight of Iruppu falls rushing down from the mountains. And if you are an animal lover, a day at the Nagarhole National Park for the love of the wild and Dubare Elephant Camp is something for you. Apart from that, Brahmagiri Peak, Chattily, Raja’s Seat, Mandalpatti View point are places with majestic views.
8 JUNGLE SAFARI IN JIM CORBETT, UTTARAKHAND:
With varieties of option to enjoy the safari, jeep safari is the best way to explore the wildlife of Jim Corbett national park. But you can also book the Canter Safari, Elephant safari and Accommodation for Six different zones of The Corbett tiger reserve namely Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Dhela and Durgadevi. With some renowned photographs of the candid moments of the animals, the place is appropriate if you are interested in wildlife photography. The landscape of the Corbett tiger reserve and not to forget the magnificent sight of the Royal Bengal Tigers is admiring. With the opportunities for wildlife viewing while on a jeep safari at Jim Corbett National Park is the best way to peep into the lifestyle of the wildlife.
9 SPITI VALLEY IN HIMACHAL PRADESH:
Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya Mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. This valley is a land between Tibet and India. Being the neighbor of the highly known beauty of Ladakh, Spiti valley is a cold mountain desert with amazing places which will blow your mind. From historic places to mountain peaks, you can make the most of this place. Kunzum Pass is one place which connects Kullu and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley and offers picturesque landscapes with stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges. The Tabo Monastery, The Dhankar Monastery situated on the cliff where you can get experience the moment of being at the edge, the key Monastery, to the famous Chandratal Lake breathtaking view Suraj Tal Lake one of the dreamlike photogenic lakes if you are a photography lover, and many more places.
10 ENCHANTING MEGHALAYA:
From witnessing the dense clouds in Cherrapunji in the drizzling rain to walking through the Living Root Bridges where the roots of the two trees are connected to make a bridge. This bridge required the labor of more than fifty years and people from all over the world. Apart from the bridge, the caves will take you to a complete another world. These caves are situated inside a deep jungle often unexplored. There are places with secret passages that transforming back to the ancient age. Being a mother to the wettest city, waterfall hopping is a surreal experience. Filled with countless falls, falling from manifest heights the experience to watch them, camp around and fishing will make your heart merry.
11 GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND:
Garhwal is a place where you can relish the hunger of trekking to the mountains and lakes. Trekking at the Auden Col trek, Bali Pass trek, Chopta Chandrashila, Dodital, Darwa Pass Trek, you have a bundle of options to feed your trekking lust. Rock climbing the heighted mountains in Garhwal is a must if you want to feed your adventurous soul. Apart from trekking, rafting in the cold, freezing water will refresh your soul. To live the panoramic views of Himalayas you must surely visit Chamba. To enjoy the religious places, and see the simple yet minimalist architecture of the temple, head to Gautam Rishi temple, Surkanda Devi temple, Sam Mukhem temple.
12 CAMEL FAIR IN PUSHKAR, RAJASTHAN:
Being one of the largest camel fair, more than 50,000 camels are drawn to the fair. Events filled with Rajasthani culture, from challenging their mustache to the tug of war, the fair runs for 7 days. The tug of war or kabaddi matches pitting Indians against foreigners, and a turban-tying contest purely for foreign visitors is a sight worth watching for. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions is the highlight of the fair which will make the gala time memorable.
13 SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK, WEST BENGAL:
Sundarbans, the UNESCO world heritage center is an evergreen land is the diamond beauty of West Bengal. The national park of Sundarbans is worth visiting at least for once. The moment your eyes are revealed to the green cot of Sundarbans, you will leave your heart there forever. Seeing the Royal Bengal Tiger to Rhino in the park, Sundarbans is a home of different animals. The highlight of this place is the sight of the roaring tigers and their way of life. Going through the green trees and seeing these animals are a rejuvenating experience. And not only animals, but varieties of birds flow down in the Sundarbans National Park to live in the green woods. Besides going through the national park, the mangrove whistlers, boating are worth visiting.
14 DHUANDHAR WATERFALLS, JABALPUR, MADHYA PRADESH:
The first sight of the waterfall itself will sweep you away. In a quiet town like Jabalpur, one doesn’t expect to come across a spectacular underrated waterfall. Narmada makes its way through the marble rocks narrowing down and then plunging into a waterfall known as Dhuandhar. Witnessing this unimaginable landscape of the waterfall with the cotton clouds is mesmerizing. The waterfalls look similar to the Nigeria falls with its jet speed and the pleasant sound of fall. As the river falls down with force on hard rocks, you could see visuals of smoke rising and that view will freeze your mind with its incomparable beauty.
15 ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR:
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have always been on everyone’s wish list. With its palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests, Andaman and Nicobar Island has been the non defined blue beauty. You can tick off almost all the water and beach adventures in your bucket list from diving in the crystal clear blue water to snorkeling. The island has beautiful places like Cellular Jail, where you can attend the stunning Light & Sound Show; see Museums, island hopping, and more. But the highlight of this island is witnessing the illuminating tiny lights floating under your feet instead of the blue sky above on the no moon day. This happens due to the presence of phytoplankton in the sea waters attracts people from all the corners of the world.
16 ELEPHANT BEACH, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS:
As the name itself says, the Elephant beach in Havelock islands gives you the immense pleasure to swim with the gentle giant itself, the elephants! Yes, you read that right, being accompanied by the elephants in the water of the islands. It is unbelievable, but this happens only on Havelock Island. You can experience snorkeling, go for a boat ride in a banana boat, or parasailing. You can also beach bum if your entire plan is to relax on the white sand with the beautiful landscape of shades of blues. A great place for photography, with the famous view of corals, you will have the beach experience.
17 JAISALMER, RAJASTHAN:
The formal medieval trading center, Jaisalmer is more than its ancient facts. The golden city with its yellow sandstone has places which are jaw dropping. If you think that Dune Bashing is a popular adventure sport of the Gulfs and the Arabs, you should think again! The desert areas in and near Jaisalmer is considered perfect for dune bashing. If you are living in the misconception that parasailing can be done only in the hilly regions or at the water places then let’s take a moment to clear it. Jaisalmer is famous for parasailing on the yellow sand of the desert. The thrilling view of the yellow sand all over around gives the vibrant vibe. The camel safari across the desert is a must to-do thing in this place. Living in the desert with the cultural ethics is something you will never forget. Known for its nightlife, Jaisalmer is a sheer beauty in the midnight.
18 MUTHANGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, WAYANAD, KERALA:
Known for its tropical region and palm trees, Kerala is more than its coast. The hidden Muthunga wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad is a home to many animals. the freedom of these wild elephants, tigers in the wild sanctuary, you will have the thrilling experience of the safari ride in the sanctuary. Numerous other species of birds, butterflies and insects can also be spotted in this sanctuary. If you are lucky, you might even spot herds of elephants, spotted deer, bison, Malabar squirrels and leopards in the sanctuary. This area spread over 345 sq km is rich with fauna and flora, and comes under Project Elephant. To witness the wildlife of Kerala, you must surely visit the Muthunga sanctuary.
19 JOG FALLS, KARNATAKA:
With the height of 830 feet, Jog Falls is the highest waterfall of India. Located in the southern state of Karnataka, it is an immense pleasure to see the water flowing down against the rock. As one cannot get enough of this waterfall, you can actually have a stay near the waterfalls with hotel facilities of Youth hostel and KTDC. A surreal beauty falling from above is a glimpse you would never want to miss. And what can be better than staying in the nature with the birds chirping, a good book in hand, with a coffee by your side, the music of the rushing water of the fall and the pleasant view of the mesmerizing waterfall?
20 TREK UP TO THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS, UTTARAKHAND:
Often in films you must have seen the greenest sheet with colorful flowers on the beautiful mountain region and wished to see in real? You can now actually see the dreamland of flowers in real! Yes, you read that right. The colorful beads of flowers bloom in the heaven of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. And not only this, but to make your visit memorable, you can actually take up a trek to the green lands. With the countless numbers of flowers, your heart will bloom out of joy.
21 MAJULI ISLAND, ASSAM:
Being declared as the largest river island n the world, Majuli is a jewel of Assam. Being famous for its pilgrimage, the temples in this beautiful island are worth visiting. Places like Kamalabari Satra, a religious site with houses of significant articles related to art, culture, literature and classical studies, Dakshinpat Satra, an ancient educational centre is visited by thousand of devotees all throughout the year, Tengapania, Located on the banks of river Brahmaputra, Tengapania is a spectacular and popular picnic spot of the region and many more places. Majuli is visited from Jorhat and accessible via a boat ride. This place is also a paradise to witness different types of birds. Apart from that, there are number of craft centre’s there that are excellent in Mask making and Pottery.
21 UNAKOTI, TRIPURA:
One of the wonders of India, Unakoti is an ancient place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. Sita Kunda, having a religious element, it draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over, especially during the festivals of shivratris and other huge festivals. If you want to have the insight of the religious pilgrims and the devotion offered around, you must surely visit Unakoti. If you are a filmmaker or a photographer, the combination of the stunning landscape, the crowd and the pilgrims will deliver you the unexpected footages and never forgetting experience. With the image of rock-carved figures and stone images, among the rock cut carvings, the central Shiva head and gigantic Ganesh figures deserve special mention.
22 NOHKALIKAI FALLS, CHERRAPUNJEE, MEGHALAYA:
Dwelling in the wettest place of India, Nohkalikai falls, a two kilometer long fall is one of the breathtaking falls of Meghalaya. Being the tallest plunge waterfall in India, it is a paradise which is largely unexplored. With a legend story linked to it, the waterfall is a pleasant view to watch. The experience of the unparalleled beauty of the falls in the evergreen lushing trees, witness the cold fog that passing during an icing weather is something which cannot be expressed in words. Being a waterfall located in the wettest city, it is a thrilling experience to visit this beauty in monsoon and winter to make the most of it.
23 PURI BEACH, ODISHA:
Situated in the coast of Bay of Bengal, the Puri beach is a must visit for its mere presence of the pleasant vibes. A morning walk, with a fresh mind, shore’s music of the waves and the sun rising altogether makes a pleasant experience. Apart for its relaxing atmosphere, Puri Beach has a most awaited festival, which is Puri Beach Festival, which is celebrated annually, this festival which runs for five days straight has insane tourism flourishing. The events are entertaining like cultural programs, exhibitions, fashion shows, delicious gastronomy, thrilling sports, etc. So, if you are planning for a fun time at the beach shore with some cultural folks, Puri Beach is your place.
24 SUN TEMPLE, KONARK, ODISHA:
13th century monument, the famous Sun temple is Konark is said to be built by the king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This historic temple is known for its ancient history and jaw-dropping architecture. Giant and complex in shape, this temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of the architect of this ancient monument is the elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. With the perfect detailing without a single error to be spotted, the efforts of the craved temple will shock your mind. And the highlight of the carved wheel is that the wheels of the temple are sundials which can be used to calculate time accurately to a minute including day and night. So if you are a person who loves the get the glance of the historic craved monuments, Sun temple will shake you with its perfection.
25 MANALI, HIMACHAL PRADESH:
Nested in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is not less than being to a dreamland. A tourist place gifted with all the facilities, this place will never make your soul satisfied. And the best part about Manali is that it is a piece of green land and at the same time gets covered in snow sheets during winter. Paragliding in the beauty of Solang valley, rafting in the Pirdi, to skiing in the freezing ice, rock climbing the peaks to get struck by the stunning landscape, Manali is a land full of adventures. Won’t it be fun to experience Zorbing in the green grass of Manali? Apart from the adventure activities, the old Manali is full of quaint cafes and tattoo parlors. Listening to a chill music, and if you desire to get yourself inked, getting your favourite tattoo done is one of the most memorable things to do.
26 CHITRAKOOT FALLS, CHHATTISGARH:
The majestic natural waterfall of Chhattisgarh is Chitrakoot falls located to the west of Jagdalpur. Gushing throughout the year, this beauty of is fast flowing water which flows in the shape of a horseshoe-shaped cliff. If you want a pleasant start to your day, a visit to these falls in the early morning sunrise is the best way or if you want to forget your tiredness of the long day, a glimpse of the waterfalls with the fading sun is the perfect way to call it an end. As the paranormal view of the cotton looking clouds in the orange sky with the rushing water of the waterfall is worth dying for during the sunsets.
27 TREKKING IN LADAKH
Ladakh is not just about travelling and sightseeing. Whlie going towards Khardungla, a strip of snow clad mountains caould be seen. Those are nome other than the ridge of Stok Kangri. Challenge your endurance by embarking on a cold dessert trek of Ladakh. At a cruising altitude of 5000 and 6000 mts, Markha valley and Mentok Kangri make excellent treks. But be aware of its risk and dangers. It won’t be recommended for first timers due to its altitude. The view from such a height is tremendous and gives commanding views of everything around.
28 DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS –
Sometimes some beauty cannot be witnessed without taking efforts. Situating between the border of Goa and Karnataka, Dudhsagar is a 4 tired waterfall forming into one and flushing itself under the railway bridge. Dudhsagar literally means milky waterfall. Interestingly, the force of waterfall and the while foam makes it actually look like a milk flowing down. The reflex light shining on the waterfall is even more beautiful.
Unfortunately, this place is facing ban due to some irresponsible deaths. But it can be still visited through fixed departure groups.