If you’re looking for an out-of-the-world holiday experience that will leave you with precious memories etched in your heart, you don’t need to look beyond India. This enchanting country makes for an ideal travel destination owing to its rich cultural heritage, sumptuous cuisine, historical lineage and jaw-dropping landscapes, and warm hospitality.
Having said that, India is much more than just a country peppered with palaces, dense jungles, and deserts. You can have a dreamy holiday here, lapping up the many adventures and vignettes this country has to offer. You can get it all – relax in the lap of nature, explore a holy city, reconnect with yourself on a spiritual retreat in the serene mountains, or go on a thrilling wildlife adventure or beach holiday! Every moment here is as unforgettable as it gets!
Above all, with travel websites like transindus.co.uk, you can now enjoy bespoke tailor-made holidays with flexible booking plans keeping your preferences in mind.
Now, for your next holiday, let’s look at 8 unforgettable experiences you can explore only in India.
1. The Royal Rajasthan
Although a mere glimpse of the palaces and forts here is enough to transport you into the era of royalty, a holiday in Rajasthan is nothing short of living a fairy tale. As you walk down the iconic step-wells in Jodhpur, it promises to be a thrilling experience at every step. But Rajasthan isn’t just a place where you can see snippets from history. It even offers you adventure sports!
So, there is ziplining and then there is ziplining from a fort! Witness the grandeur of the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort while you soar above its lofty battlements on a guided ziplining tour. It’s indeed one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have in India. But wait, that’s not all! Enjoy the sunset and a spectacular view of the Thar, sipping the flavoursome Indian brew ‘chai’, as you sit atop the terrace of an old fortress. Now that is the kind of Insta-perfect sunset you don’t get to witness every day!
2. Amazing Amritsar
Once you are in Amritsar, you will not only hear but feel the soothing Gurbani (hymns of the Sikhs) reverberating in the air. The Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple here is a celebration of sorts with singing, bugles and clapping. Every morning, it accompanies the Sikh’s holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, when it takes its place in the Gurudwara, and again in the evening when it’s returned to its resting sanctuary, the Akal Takht.
If you’re up for it, you can also be a part of the Langar (community meal) where almost 50,000 people await their turn in long queues. Travel tip: Don’t forget to take a trip to the Wagah Border nearby to watch the flag-lowering ceremony.
3. Rafting in Rishikesh
You’ve probably always thought of Rishikesh as a hub for meditation and yoga. But this place is also a paradise for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. What better way to soak in the beauty and serenity of this place than riding the gush of the Ganges on a white-water rafting expedition?
Another experience that you can have only in India is the chance to witness the Ganga Aarti (evening prayer), a religious ritual that transcends all religions and faiths. It is an overwhelming visual that captivates you as you see thousands of pilgrims thronging to the banks of the Ganges for the event. Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri In Haridwar, close to Rishikesh, is also equally spellbinding.
4. Tiger Thrills in Bandhavgarh
Isn’t it simply wonderful to witness one of the most majestic animals in the world from the best seats in the house? That’s what you get on a holiday experience that has been created just for you. The big cat population in the country is now thriving happily with Kanha National Parka and Bandhavgarh Park being the best places to witness tigers.
You can venture out on a unique safari with expert guides to track these beasts at these sanctuaries. It’s surely a one-of-a-kind, thrilling, and also safe, experience of India’s wilderness.
5. Houseboats in the Backwaters
If you’re looking for a relaxed, nature-filled holiday, Kerala fits the bill perfectly. You are sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of the verdant Kerala landscape as you sail through the backwaters on the iconic houseboats. Alleppy and Kumarakom are the best places in Kerala to experience the picture-perfect dense jungles and the backwaters.
You can book an overnight cruise on a rice boat that takes you through Lake Vembanad while you lick your fingers dripping with a delightful prawn curry served with appam. As the boat glides through the waterways, you will not just spot fishermen casting their nets and birds flying overhead but will also be able to see many temples and villages along the coast. If an unforgettable experience is what you’re looking for, Kerala gives you adventures, beauty, and serenity all in one place.
6. The Humbling Himalayas
When the Himalayas call, it is hard to say no. It’s an experience of a lifetime to witness the sublime beauty of these snow-capped mountains. But if you’re not big on climbing peaks, you can stay at the foothills in the beautiful town of Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama. Sipping your morning tea as you gaze at the mesmerizing backdrop of these iconic mountains, away from the cacophony of cities, is an experience that is hard to come by.
For an unforgettable experience that gives you a chance to see the Himalayas up close, take a trek to Triund which is located at an altitude of 2828 meters. You would be amazed at the thrill and euphoria you would feel here, a memory that will stay with your forever.
7. Luxury Maharaja Trains
If the only train that has made you sit up and take notice is the Hogwarts Express from platform 9 ¾, we suggest you board The Maharaja’s Express from the Old Delhi platform in India. This train has been the winner of the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ award for seven consecutive years and continues to be a much sought-after travel experience.
Everything on this train spells Indian royalty be it the décor, white-glove service, gourmet food or the host of luxurious amenities that seamlessly blend royal and modern comforts. So, you get to explore the best of India, aboard this luxurious train, as you travel through the country, collecting memories and stories.
8. Culinary Culture Of India
Be it the Awadhi Biryani of Lucknow or the Vada Pav, Indian cuisine will delight you endlessly. Whichever part of the country you decide to explore, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food. While down south will be a culinary extravaganza that includes dishes like the Dosa, Medu Vada, and Idlis, the bylanes of New Delhi will beckon you with the wafting aroma of Chhole Bhature and Jalebis.
One of India’s many treasures is its lip-smacking street food and Kolkata is one place where you can unlock the key to culinary bliss. The illustrious menu here includes some delectable items like kathi rolls and puckhas. What’s even more exciting is that you can learn to cook these mouth-watering dishes from experts and locals who love to share their skills!
India is a travel destination that leaves you wanting more with its breathtaking landscapes and cultural heritage. It offers you an enriching cultural experience as well as a soul-refreshing journey. So, plan your holiday and be prepared to collect a lifetime of memories and unforgettable experiences!