1- Drive up to Leh & Ladakh
Its barren topography is stunning, the roads are adventurous, the landscape is out of a picture postcard, the culture is exotic. Khar-Dungla is the highest motorable road in India, and that’s reason enough for all who love being behind-the-wheels to drive upto .
2. A Shikara ride in Jammu & Kashmir
Because if you are a Bollywood movie buff, then Kashmir is the epitome of the beauty of India. And cmon, patriotism rules high in the current times.
3. Toy Train In Shimla
It is part of the World Heritage Mountain Railways, well, that’s a big reason, isn’t it?
4. Visit Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand
Because it was once synonymous with tigers, Jim Corbett National Park is a legend, and the Project Tiger was started here. Bonus: It has an interesting range of resorts.
5. Watch arti in Haridwar in Uttarakand
Go there purely for the high-octane theatrics the arti affords. Haridwar is spectacular, hundreds of diyas and people united in prayer. It’s good enough to turn an atheist’s preference.
6. Delhi Darshan
7. Eat Kachori in Varanasi
For me, it could be the Benrasi saree (but that’s because I am a woman), but trust me when I say, if you haven’t sampled Varanasi kachori, you really haven’t sampled kachori at all.
8. Snorkelling in Andaman
Blue, clear, azure water, silver sandy beaches and lush green forests, you will get a quintessential snorkeling experience here. Isn’t that the whole point?
9. White Water Rafting in Rishikesh
Thrilling, adventurous, rafting in Rishikesh is thrilling, yes, but it is also a great way to do a reality check on fear. Just when the rapid is grade 6, do you feel the lump in your throat, or say, let’s do it? It may change your perspective about life.
10. Experience Enlightenment in Dharamshala
Dharamshala is home of the Tibetan exile world. There are monasteries, a groovy vibe, and everything to do with inner peace.
11. Spot Rhino in Kaziranga National Park
Because life is only not about tigers, give the one-horned rhinoceros some time in the spotlight too. It also is a World Heritage Site.
12. Watch The Rains in Cheerapunji
It was the wettest place on earth (now it is Mawsynram), but we still vote for Cheerapunji, because it falls short only by a few mm. Get here, only to see how the people live forever in umbrella shields of reed, called knups. It is raining. All the time here.
13. Spot The Royal Bengal Tiger in The Sundarbans
The largest Mangrove forest, swamps, the famed man-eating tiger, Dolphins and crocodiles. Do you really want to ask why Sundarbans is the destination now?
14. Experience France in Pondicherry (Puducherry)
Simply put, if you don’t have the dough to do France, do Puducherry. The hotels, restaurants, cafes all sell a version of France. Lots speak the language, there’s the fancy yoga and meditation too.
15. Do Goa
Sun & sand, water, bohemian fun, friendships, love, alcohol and nightclubs. It’s Goa. And if you haven’t been there, your ‘cool’ factor might take a hit.
16. Say Wah Taj in Agra
Lest you ever wonder, why the hoopla about Taj Mahal, you must visit it. Next time, anyone mentions it in a party, you will have a genuine view point.
17. Sample Street Food In Kolkata
Just like the Bengalis, Kolkata’s street food is spicy, tangy and interesting. Whole spaces of streets are lined with street food stalls. There’s the famed Phuchka, the kathi rolls, the luchi and dum aloo stalls.
18. House Boat In Kerala
Backwaters lined with coconut trees, slow-moving houseboats, clear moon solitary nights away from din and dust of the city, and a world that passes you by. What’s not to like here.
19. Sample Langar in Golden Temple
A langar that has caught the fancy of people worldwide, because of its precision, its clockwork co-ordination and its spectacular display of efficiency. Visit the temple for all its religious significance, but also for its spectacular display of human kindness.
20. Live Fast in Mumbai
Mumbai is to India what New York is to the rest of the world. An epitome of the modern fast-paced life. Wherever in the city you go – Gateway of India, Bandra, Colaba, the Film City, the Sea Link or even the markets, you will feel the vibe. It’s throbbing. Don’t be surprised if you spot a Bollywood star sipping coffee right next to you.