1. Backwater Cruise In A Houseboat Of Alappuzha, Kerala Travelers from all around the world flock to Kerala and your holiday bucket list for the New Year is so incomplete without cruising in the backwaters of Alleppey. Renowned to be one of the romantic places in India, Alleppey is also one of the most serene honeymoon destinations which is best explored in an enchanting houseboat. Best Time To Visit: February Other Things To Do: Vembanad Lake, Krishnapuram Palace and don’t miss out on the great Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival in Palakkad.
Those who are looking forward to celebrations full of high-on-adrenaline activities, paragliding in Bir Billing has to be a must-experience inclusion in your adventure travel bucket list. Best Time To Visit: November Other Things To Do: Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory, Tibetan Colony, Camping and trekking in Bir Billing Valley.
This is going to be one of the most magical and mystical bucket list places to visit. Much famed as every biker’s heaven, you cannot help but fall in love with the tranquil lakes, magnetic stretch of the roads and mighty mountains at its best. Best Time To Visit: September Other Things To Do: Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Spituk Gompa Monastery, Magnetic Hill Bike Ride and Chadar Trek in Leh.
Home to infinite stalactites (cave formations that hang from ceiling) and stalagmites (cave formations that rise from the ground), Borra Caves is one of the largest and deepest Indian caves located in the Ananthagiri Hills of Araku Valley. The phenomenal speleothems, i.e., the cave formations in all sizes and irregular shapes are believed to be 150 million years old. Best Time To Visit: February Other Things To Do: Ananthagiri Hills, Bheemunipatnam Beach, Aruku Tribal Museum and Katiki Waterfalls.
[caption id="attachment_3984" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] The history of snake boats is about 400 years old. Measuring about 100 feet long, snake boats are the traditional war boats once used by Kings of Alappuzha that can accommodate up to 100 rowers. To keep the history and tradition alive, snake boat races are held during monsoon season in Kerala every year.Witness the best of four main races that take place in Kumarakom,Alleppey and Aranmula districts.Best Time To Visit: June to September Other Things To Do: Take part in 10 days long Onam celebrations in September and Theyyam Dance Festival in North Malabar that houses more than 350 dance forms.
6. Scuba Diving In Havelock, Andaman Islands
Havelock Island is the place to be for all the watersports enthusiasts as Andaman is filled with numerous scuba diving centres. The best past is that you don’t even have to know swimming to get your PADI certificate.Best Time To Visit: April Other Things To Do: Enjoy parasailing, swim with elephants and the Beach Festival at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair.
7. Cliff Diving At Coconut Islands Near Mangalore, Karnataka
[caption id="attachment_3992" align="alignnone" width="648"]Source[/caption] Famed for its basalt rock formations and also known as St. Mary’s Islands, Coconut Islands serves as a great offbeat destination for cliff diving. Since staying is not allowed at the Coconut Islands, this place is worth spending an afternoon at. One can stay at Malpe beach from where you can reach the island in 20 minutes at a cost of Rs. 150 per person via ferry rides. Best Time To Visit: January Other Things To Do: Spot dolphins, Malpe Beach and Bird watching.
8. Bike Ride At Nathula Pass, Sikkim
[caption id="attachment_3997" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] Nathula Pass is one destination wherein incredible India tours can turn into an international one. This trade link between China and India is located at the height of 14,140 feet above sea level. Best Time To Visit: June Other Things To Do: Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake.
9. Revel in Luxury at Udaipur, Rajasthan
[caption id="attachment_3988" align="alignnone" width="960"]Source[/caption] The Jewel of Mewar, the Venice of East and the Kashmir of Rajasthan, etc. are few tags that Udaipur is often associated to due to its awe-inspiring aura and environs. Home to infinite royal palaces, forts and luxury resorts, you are sure to feel spoilt. Udaipur is the perfect choice to indulge in a relaxed vacation amidst the natural grandeur. Best Time To Visit: November Other Things To Do: Fort and Palaces Tour, Helicopter Joyride, visit temples and lakes.
10. Celebrate Holi Like Never Before In Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
[caption id="attachment_3995" align="alignnone" width="620"]Source[/caption] Located at the banks of River Yamuna, Vrindavan is home to a vibrant environment and many temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. The numerous temples and the grand Holi celebrations make Vrindavan one of the most religious and cultural spots in India sought by the travelers. Best Time To Visit: March Other Things To Do: Banke Bihari Temple, ISKCON Temple and be a part of the Brahmotsava Festival.
11. Trekking In Triund, Uttarakhand
[caption id="attachment_3896" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Morning View from Triund Hill[/caption] There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life other than feeling close to nature and adventurous in Triund. Home to scenic views, lush greens and awesome climate, Triund is the perfect place to enjoy trekking at its best and escape into the mighty Himalayas. Best Time To Visit: April Other Things To Do: Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Camping at Dharamkot.
Created out of a wasteland, Auroville is an universal town which is a perfect amalgamation of nature and peace. Travelers from all over the world come to Auroville and live together peacefully. The main attraction here is the Matrimandir that is surrounded by four zones namely the cultural, industrial, residential and peace zone. Apart from this, Auroville is protected by a green belt that serves as a barrier against the urban interference. Best Time To Visit: January Other Things To Do: Paradise beach, French cuisine, Seaside promenade, bicycle tours and boat rides.
13. Watch The Retreat Parade at Wagah Border In Amritsar, Punjab
An ironic flag ceremony that reflects the cut-throat rivalry but ends with a mild handshake between the Indian Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers, the Beating Retreat Ceremony takes place everyday with same stride and pride. Thousands of people gather together in the evening only to watch the ceremony that celebrates rivalry moulded in full patriotism on both the sides. Checking this off the list is a must! Best Time To Visit: March Other Things To Do: The Golden Temple.
14. The Incredible Flower Show In Ooty, Tamil Nadu
[caption id="attachment_3994" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] Nestled between Nilgiri Mountains, Ooty is renowned for holding the incredible flower show that displays national flowers of more than 200 countries. Every year the botanical garden as well as the rose garden is flocked by tourists to witness this unbelievable floral arrangement of over 15,000 types of flowers. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Best Time To Visit: May Other Things To Do: Train ride in Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Pykara Lake and Doddabetta Peak.
15. The Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya
[caption id="attachment_3996" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] A proud home to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the double-decker Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong is an indescribable natural wonder in the heart of Meghalaya. Making one feel close to the lush wildlife in India and measuring over 100 feet in length, these root bridges grow over a period of 15 years and are strong enough to hold fifty to hundred people together. Doesn’t it sound like a miracle? Best Time To Visit: July Other Things To Do: Waterfalls in Cherrapunji, Hot Springs in Jakrem, Angling in Ranigodam.
16. Drive on Pamban Bridge From Mandapam to Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu
[caption id="attachment_3999" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] If you want to feel what it’s like to be at the edge of India, then Dhanushkodi is the place to be. Just looking at its location will send chills down your spine. Getting here is only possible through the mighty Pamban Bridge that connects the mainland of India to the stunning Rameswaram Island. Ready for a ride to remember? Best Time To Visit: September Other Things To Do: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi Beach and Ram Sethu Point.
17. Shikara Ride At Dal Lake In Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
[caption id="attachment_4002" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] Those who are looking for a spot to refresh your senses and unwind in some fresh air away from the pollution, a shikara ride in Dal Lake of Srinagar would be an icing on the cake for them. Famed as the Jewel of Srinagar, Dal Lake is also one of the famous offbeat honeymoon destinations in India. Best Time To Visit: August Other Things To Do: Hari Parbat, Floating Garden and Kayaking.
18. The Ever-Beautiful Taj Mahal In Agra, Uttar Pradesh
[caption id="attachment_3986" align="alignnone" width="700"]Source[/caption] All the seasons are the best seasons and anytime is great to pay a visit to the Epitome of Love, the Taj Mahal. No matter how cliched it may sound, visiting Taj mahal in Agra continues to chart the priority list of many travelers all over the world. One of the best Seven Wonders of the World, relish stunning views of Taj Mahal. Best Time To Visit: October Other Things To Do: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb and Jama Masjid.
19. Rann Utsav at Kutch, Gujarat
[caption id="attachment_4000" align="alignnone" width="572"]Source[/caption] Blessed with desert and sea on both the sides and divided into two parts, the Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in India as well as in the world. Rann Utsav is yet another massive festivals of Gujarat which celebrates love, life and culture at its best over a period of two months. The festival is currently on for the year 2016-2017.Best Time To Visit: November to February Other Things To Do: Hot Air Ballooning, Desert Safari, International Kite Festival in Jan.
20. Be A Part Of The Sunburn Festival, Goa
[caption id="attachment_3985" align="alignnone" width="600"]Source[/caption] Goa is the default choice for travelers who seek happiness and beauty all around. Similarly, whether you want to ring in the New Year or wrap the old year, Goa is the place to be. Moreover, nothing beats the party vibes of the Sunburn Festival, especially when you get lucky and the venue is as stunning as Goa. Famous artists like David Guetta and Afrojack have been a part of this big event. Best Time To Visit: December Other Things To Do: Calangute Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Anjuna Beach and Fort Aguada. From exceptionally romantic to incredibly adventurous, the above mentioned experiences are worth being etched in your hearts and minds. Also, we’ve listed these bucket list ideas in such a manner so that you can easily check them off your list without burning a hole in your pocket. So which one are you picking first? India is a marvelous holiday destination and we believe there are places that are untouched and yet unexplored by many. Whether remote or unknown, let us know of such places that deserve to be on the charts and share them with us in the comments below. Happy Traveling!]]>