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    Places to visit in India before you turn 30

    Travel while you’re still young. Lose yourself to find your own self. Live like there’s no tomorrow. And whatever you’ll explore today will last a lifetime with you.

    So, here’s a list of 40 best places to visit in India for a life changing experience BEFORE you turn 30. What are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and set on a journey to scratch off a few destinations from your bucket list.

    Disclaimer: This list of tourist places in India isn’t just for men!

    1. Party in Goa

    New Year party in the Tito’s lane is a confetti of joys and memories

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    Unarguably, Goa has to be the amongst the first few places to visit in India in your twenties. Young and energetic! Amazing nightlife, variety of booze, beach shacks and dirt cheap prices – Goa has everything to make a trip memorable.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Dabolim International Airport is the major airport in Goa.
    • By rail: Madagaon Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station are the main railway heads of Goa.
    • By road: Margao Bus Terminal, Kadamba Bus Terminal, and Mapusa Bus Terminal are best connected bus terminals in Goa. However, many people prefer taking a car/bike ride from Mumbai and Pune.

    Attractions: Beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, Colva, & Benaulim, Fort Aguada, Church of Mae De Deus, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Temple of Bodgeshwar, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, St Xavier’s Church, Grand Island (for watersports), and clubs like Cafe Mambos,Titos, LPK (Love Passion Karma), SinQ, & Club Cubana

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    2. Trek On The Hills Of Mcleodganj

    Trek to Triund in Mcleodganj for an incredible experience

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    The majestic mountains can call tourists to experience the best of what nature has to offer. Triund offers the spectacular view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Experience bliss while camping under billions of stars with your friends in Triund. This is among loveliest Indian destinations for camping, regardless of which season you’re coming in.

    Best time to visit: September to June

    How to reach

    • By air: Gaggal Airport (18 km away) is the nearest airport.
    • By rail: The nearest rail head is Pathankot Railway Station (89 km away)
    • By road: Numerous state government & private buses ply between Mcleodganj and various cities of north India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala etc. on a regular basis. Passengers can take a bus till Mcleodganj bus stand and then hire a taxi.

    Attractions: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, tea plantations of Kangra valley, and Triund trek

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    3. Dwell in the Valleys of Ever Changing Srinagar

    Beautiful valleys of Kashmir

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    If you’re in your twenties, it’s time to add Kashmir to your list of best places to visit in India. If there is heaven on earth, this it is! Experience its charismatic charm before the natural hits & turmoil spoils it all. And when would be a better time to explore a flood-hit, terror-stricken heaven on earth if not now?!

    Best time to visit: April to October

    How to reach

    • By air: Srinagar has its own airport.
    • By rail: The Srinagar Railway Station is under construction. Till then, passengers can take a train to Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar)
    • By road: Unless you are traveling from a city of Jammu & Kashmir, road is not a preferred way to reach Srinagar.

    Attractions: Dal Lake (boating in shikaras & nightstays in houseboats), Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill

    4. Conquer the fears of water with Scuba Diving in Andaman

    Andaman has to be on your list of places to visit in India

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    Scared of water? Never swam? Maybe it’s time to beat the fear out of you and dive in to the deep sea and overcome the fear of water and depths, ZNMD Style. Trust us, you’d be delighted at the sites underwater and it will keep you coming back for more. And woah, aqua lovers, it is no less than a paradise!

    Best time to visit: November to mid-May

    How to reach

    • By air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the archipelago’s major airport.
    • By sea: Ships ply between Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair and cities of Chennai, Kolkata, & Vizag.

    Attractions: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Chidiya Tapu, and watersports like scuba-diving, snorkeling, & parasailing

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    5. Ride on the Leh-Ladakh Highway and camp under the stars in Ladakh

    Camp under the open sky in Ladakh

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    Undoubtedly, Leh – Ladakh is on every travel enthusiasts list of places to visit in India before they turn 30. Ride on the crazy winding roads, get stuck in the middle of no where, sleep with the locals and learn to be independent on the desert mountains as you undertake this adventurous journey.

    Best time to visit: April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October

    How to reach

    • By air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the airport connecting the region to other places by air.
    • By rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh) is the nearest rail head. From here, one can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh.
    • By road: The most popular means of reach Ladakh remains to be road. Travelers can go on a bike/jeep ride to the destination. Bike trips from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Manali are most popular.

    Attractions: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

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    6. Explore the Ghats in Banaras

    Explore the ghats of river Ganga in Banaras

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    Banaras may not be on the list of places to visit in India before you turn 30, but the beautiful ghats, the aartis and prayers, a boat ride along the calm banks could change this picture forever.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport of Varanasi is well-connected to Delhi and Mumbai.
    • By rail: Kashi Railway Station and Varanasi Junction are the two major rail heads of the city.
    • By road: State-run and private buses regularly ply between Varanasi and the nearby cities.

    Attractions: Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Durga Temple

    7. Stay overnight at Marine Drive in the never sleeping city of Mumbai

    Stay overnight at Marina Drive in Mumbai

    The city that never sleeps and lets you live a carefree life. Mumbai is about its people, the spirit of enjoying the nightclubs and of course Bollywood. Live like a mumbaikar, bite into the vada pav and sip a chai on your way to the locals.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies 30 km north of the city. Santa Cruz Domestic Airport lies 26 km north of the city.
    • By rail: Trains from Central, East, and West India arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (erstwhile VT). Trains from the North arrive at Bombay Central Station.
    • By road: Most of the inter-Maharashtra buses arrive at Mumbai Central Bus Station. But the ones from Pune and Nasik arrive at the ASIAD bus stand near Dadar railway station.

    Attractions: Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves & island, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel World, Kanheri Caves, Rajabai Clock Tower, Kamala Nehru Park, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Worli Fort, and Marine Drive

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    8. Explore an offbeat Wildlife Sanctuary – Binsar at Almora

    Trek in the jungle trails and spot the myriad wildlife of Binsar

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    Peace. Jungles. Heights. Chills. Wildlife. All you wildlife enthusiasts out there, head to Almora for an incredible trip of your lifetime.

    Best time to visit: April to June and September to November

    How to reach

    • By air: There’s a domestic airport in Pantnagar, 116 km from Almora.
    • By rail: Kathgodam Railway Station, 82 km from Almora, is the nearest railway head.
    • By road: Buses connect the town with all majorr neighboring areas.

    Attractions: Nanda Devi Temple, Mrig Vihar Zoo, Khagmara Temple, and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

    9. Explore the Scotland of the south – Coorg, one of most peaceful tourist destinations in India

    Coorg is amongst the best places to visit in India

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    Coorg simply cannot be skipped from the list of best places to visit in India. A quick getaway for many from Bangalore, this mesmerizing hill station in Karnataka is breathtakingly beautiful. A visit here sure would heal you and energize you!

    Best time to visit: October to March

    How to reach

    • By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore, 156 km away. The nearest international airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, 285 kilometres away.
    • By rail: Mysore Junction, 106 km away, is the nearest rail head.
    • By road: The 238 km long road trip from Bangalore (Bengaluru) takes 5 hours 30 minutes.

    Attractions: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri

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    10. Kolkata to Color Yourself Red in Durga Puja

    Color yourself red in Kolkata

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    The only time when the entire city gathers together to celebrate the much lauded and divine festival, Durga Puja, experience the culture of Bengal in it’s full form. Enjoy the festival with sweets, Bengali delicacies, themed pandal hoppings and grand aartis.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, 15 km from the main city.
    • By rail: Howrah and Sealdah are the two main railway junctions in Kolkata that connect the city to several major cities in the country.

    Attractions: Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Birla Planetarium, and St. Paul’s Cathedral

    11. Explore The Caver’s Paradise – Meghalaya

    Tourists exploring cave in Meghalaya

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    If you aren’t afraid of heights, insects, darkness and tight spaces, caving would prove to be a great adventure for you! And if you are, what a better time to beat your fears in the deepest and longest caves of entire South Asia? What if you return as the next Bruce Wayne, err?

    Best time to visit: March to July

    How to reach

    • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati in Assam (118 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya) is the nearest international airport. Umroi Airport at Umroi, 30 km from Shillong, is the nearest domestic airport.
    • By rail: Mendipathar railway station is located in Resubelpara Municipal Board Jurisdiction of Meghalaya at a distance of 225 km from Shillong. However, the Guwahati Junaction in Assam is the nearest rail head with good connectivity to other cities of India.

    Attractions: Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Shillong View Point, Spread Eagle Falls, Wah Umngot River, Nohwet Living Root Bridge, Kynrem falls, Khasi Hills, Khoh Ramhah or Motrop (Giant conical rock), and Garo Hills

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    12. Volunteer with the monks in Sikkim

    Volunteer with the monks in Sikkim

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    Life is not all about exploring the world. Feel the mystical essence of Buddhism around you, visit Sikkim and its host of monasteries. And if you happen to like them, maybe, volunteer with the monks and master the art of giving!

    Best time to visit: March to June and September to December

    How to reach

    • By air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok) is the nearest airport. A 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra will take you further on till Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
    • By rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Silguri (148 km from Gangtok) is the nearest rail head.
    • By road: The cities of Sikkim are well-connected to Darjeeling (West Bengal) by good quality roads.

    Attractions: Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Phodong Monastery, & Teesta River in Gangtok, Yumthang Valley, Buddha Park of Ravangla, Kanchenjunga Falls, Lingdum Monastery, and Singshore Bridge

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    13. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal in Agra

    Symbol of Love - Taj Mahal in Agra

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    Tourists across the world visit India just to witness the spectacular symbol of love. The majestic monument has to be on your bucket list for its the cultural epitome of India.

    Best time to visit: April to October

    How to reach

    • By air: Kheria airport, 13 km away from Agra, is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi.
    • By rail: Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra Fort Railway Station, Raja ki Mandi, Agra City, and Idgah Railway Station are well-connected by a network of trains to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Jhansi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai.
    • By road: Agra has two major interstate bus terminals called Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT that connect it to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, & Kanpur.

    Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Guru ka Tal, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Chini Ka Rauza, Moti Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Dilli Gate, Great gate (Darwaza i rauza), Amar Singh Gate, Kaanch Mahal, and Sikandra

    14. Enchant your spirit in Kerala, one of the top tourist places in India

    Lush green forests in Kerala

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    To all the nature lover’s out there. A trip to God’s own country is a must in your twenties for its enchanting wilderness. Luscious green trees, pristine water, crazy wildlife experience – visit Kerala for more such wonderful delights.

    Best time to visit: November to January and June to August

    How to reach

    • By air: Kerala has three main airports – Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport. These airports connect Kerala with different cities across the world, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Muscat, and Dubai.
    • By rail: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station, Ernakulam Junction railway station, and Kollam Junction railway station
      are three major rail heads of Kerala. These stations connect the state with cities and towns across India.


    • Alleppey: Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha
    • Munnar: TATA Tea Museum, Meesapulimala, Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, and Eravikulam National Park
    • Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Beach, and Pathiramal Island
    • Wayanad: Meenmutty Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, 9 Hairpin Curves, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Ekkadal Caves, Bathery Jain Temple, Neelimala View Point, and Pookot Lake
    • Thekkady: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangla Devi Temple, Abraham’s Spice Garden, Murikkady, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Chellarkovil, Kumily, and Deepa World Spice & Ayurvedic Garden
    • Kovalam: Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Akkulam Lake, Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, and Rock Cut Caves
    • Bekal: Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach
    • Kozhikode: Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral
    • Varakala: Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel, and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah

    Must Read: 20 Amazing Things To Do On Your Trip to Kerala

    15. Camp In The Arid Thar Desert

    Camping in Rajasthan

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    The place that speaks of royalty and world-class heritage, Rajasthan is vast, huge and a destination to experience the luxury of India.

    Best time to visit: November to February

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    16. Listen to the qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi

    Live qawwali session at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah

    Enjoy your gateway to the city of Ghalib, Dilli. While you’re still young, explore the cultures of your magnificent country. A stop at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah for a live Qawwali session will leave you mesmerized.

    Best time to visit: October to March

    How to reach

    • By air: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is very well connected to cities across India and the world.
    • By rail: Delhi has an extensive railway network with major railway stations like New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Sarai Rohila, and Old Sabzi Mandi
    • By road: Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun, and even Kathmandu. Commuters can get buses from Interstate Bus Terminals at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar, & Sarai Kale Khan, and other spots like Majnu ka Tila & Bikaner House.

    Must Read: 30 Reasons I Would Rather Be From Delhi Than Anywhere Else

    17. Solo trip to Kasol

    Add Kasol to your list of must visit places in India for a lifetime’s experience

    Here’s why every man should travel solo at least once in your life – Not only will you discover a new you and find a direction for yourself, but you’d return with experiences of a life time. And there’s no better place than Kasol, one of the best tourist places in India.

    Best time to visit: October to June

    How to reach

    • By air: Bhuntar Domestic Airport (31 km away) is the nearest flight connect.
    • By rail: Pathankot (296 km away) is the nearest rail head.
    • By road: HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from Delhi, Haryana, & Punjab and other Himachal cities like Pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan, & Dharamsala.

    Must Read: Why Every Guy Should Travel Solo Atleast Once!

    18. Walk On The Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji

    Root bridges in Cherrapunji

    Cherrapunji is a great sight for those who want to experience something surreal and out of the blue. The Root bridges will leave you awestruck.

    Best time to visit: November to May

    How to reach

    • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (163 km away) is the nearest air connect.
    • By rail: Guwahati is the nearest railhead to Cherrapunji.

    19. Face The Unknown At The Bhangarh Fort

    Bhangarh fort is on every daredevil’s list of must visit places in India

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    Bhangarh fort is on every daredevil’s list of must visit tourist places in India. Known as one of the scariest places in India, according to a folklore, it is believed that the entire town of people seemed to have vanished in a day. Get ready to be spooked on your trip here!

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: The nearest airport is the Sanganer airport in Jaipur, 56 km from Bhangarh.
    • By rail: Dausa railway station, located at a distance of 22 km from Bhangarh, is the nearest rail head.

    20. Drive Through The Forest of Bandipur

    Drive through the wilderness on the winding roads of Bandipur forest

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    Bandipur is a best place to visit in India when it comes to forests and drives. Get spooked by snake holes around, spot elephants, deers and monkeys as you go along the winding roads. And you might happen to spot a wild cat too. A drive through the wilderness is all you need in your twenties.

    Best time to visit: October to May

    How to reach

    • By air: Mandakalli airport near Mysore, 69 km from Bandipur, is the nearest air connect.
    • By rail: Nanajangud Town Railway Station, 56 km from Bandipur, is the nearest rail head.

    21. Explore The Ruins Of Hampi

    Travel to Hampi for the majestic architectural grandeur

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    Hampi’s world heritage site is amongst the must visit places in India. Known for its old monumental and architectural beauty , Hampi place will dispose you to a world of aesthetics. PS: Don’t plan a trip to Hampi in summers.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Hubli Airport (144 km away) and Belgaum Airport (215 km away) are two major domestic airports near Hampi.
    • By rail: Hospet Junction, the nearest railway station to Hampi, is about 13 km away.
    • By road: Hampi is one of the weekend getaways from Bangalore and is well connected to Hospet, Hassan, Mysore, and other nearby cities by road.

    22. Spectate At The Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur

    Witness the frothing white Dhuandhar Falls in Jabalpur

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    Jabalpur may not be on your list of tourist places to see in India before you turn 30, but a trip to these stunning white waterfalls which emanate a mist of smoke will leave you spellbound.

    Best time to visit: August to March

    How to reach

    • By air: Dumna domestic airport in Jabalpur is the nearest airport.
    • By rail: Jabalpur Junction is the nearest railway head.

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    23. Celebration for Colors in Mathura

    Holi Celebrations in Vrindavan

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    Allow your spirit to soak in the raas-leela of Vrindavan. The place that celebrates Krishna’s living philosophy. The festival is ecstatic to say the least and celebration of colors here would the best you’d experience ever in your life.

    Best time to visit: November to March

    How to reach

    • By air: Kheria airport in Agra, located at a distance of 49 km from Mathura, is the nearest air connect.
    • By rail: Mathura has its own railway station.
    • By road: Mathura is well-connected to Agra (49 km away), Delhi (182 km away), Vrindavan (14 km away), and other cities of North India.

    24. Travel To The Salt Lands During The Kutch Festival

    Kite festival at Rann of Kutch

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    Kutch is a must visit place in India before you turn 30. Travel to the no man’s land, the seasonal salt marsh amidst the famous Thar Desert during the kite festival where the sky comes alive with vibrant and oversized kites.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Bhuj Airport, 69 km away, is the nearest air connect.
    • By rail: Bhuj Railway Station is 50 km away from Kutch.

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    25. Beat Your Fear Of Heights – Go Paragliding In Solang

    Beat your fear of heights as you go paragliding in the valleys of solang

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    Twenties is the time to explore your wild side and indulge in crazy adventures. Head to solang for paragliding and experience the bursting thrill as you fly across the panoramic views, verdant valleys and snow-capped ranges. Solang has to on your list of places to see in India.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Bhuntar Airport, 64 km away, is the nearest airport.
    • By rail: Joginder Nagar Railway Station, 177 km away, is the nearest rail head.
    • By road: Solang is only 14 km away from Manali.

    26. Visit Golden Temple in Amritsar

    Golden Temple in Amritsar

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    Learn to respect culture and religion before you turn 30. Visit this spiritual getaway that promises the nourishment of the soul. Spend some time in the India’s largest kitchen as you help clean the utensils or prepare langar for the visitors. The experience is simply worth it.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    How to reach

    • By air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar is well-connected to other cities.
    • By rail: Amritsar Junction Railway Station has an extensive network of trains.

    27. Travel To The Dangerously Beautiful Red Corridor

    Konark Temple in Orissa

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    Travel to the red corridor once in your life. And there’s no better time than your twenties. Situated by the sea, Konark Temple in Orissa tells you many interesting stories about the origin of human sexuality. And if you’ve enough time and courage, beautiful highways in Orissa leading to some exceptionally picturesque destinations are waiting to be explored.

    Best time to visit: September to March

    How to reach

    • By air: Bhubaneswar airport, 62 km from Konark, is connected by frequent flights to numerous major cities India including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Hyderabad.
    • By rail: Puri Railway Station, 36 km away, is connected to all major cities.

    28. A Wildlife Trip To Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Assam

    Dibru Saikhuwa National Park

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    Stay set to be overwhelmed by the sceneries, flora, and fauna of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. And this wildlife expedition is not the same as any jeep safari. Instead, activities like jungle walk and boat ride are conducted during the months of November to April. Cruise along the Brahmaputra river to witness the animals in their most natural habitats.

    Best time to visit: October to April

    How to reach

    • By air: Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, 40 km away, is the nearest domestic airport. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is 510 km away.
    • By rail: New Tinsukia Railway Station is 12 km away.

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    29. White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

    White water rafting in Rishikesh

    With bursting energy and enthusiasm, twenties is the best time to enjoy thrill and adventure, especially with your friends. Travel to the adventure capital of India, Rishikesh and ride on the mystical but fierce fast flowing waters of Ganges. Rishikesh is a must visit place in India if you haven’t yet crossed the age bar.

    Best time to visit: September to November and February to June

    How to reach

    • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, 20 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest air connect.
    • By rail: Haridwar Junction, 21 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest rail head.
    • By road: It is well-connected by road to major cities, including Haridwar (21 km away) and Delhi (229 km away).

    30. Kalka to Shimla in a Toy Train

    Colorful toy train making its way through the verdant valleys in Shimla

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    Revist childhood by hopping on the colorful toy train from Kalka to Shimla as it makes way through the pine forests and verdant valleys. If Shimla happens to be away for you, Darjeeling, Ooty and Matheran are there for this exceptionally elating toy train experience.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

    So, here we end our list of 30 best places to visit in India before your turn 30 with a hope that you’re set to explore this magnificent country in the most precious years of your life.

    31. Dive into million colors of the Valley of Flowers

    Mist floats over the Valley of Flowers

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    The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is carpeted with over 300 flower species, making it among paradisiacal places to travel in India. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at an altitude of 3,858 meters above the sea level. Today, this heavenly hideout is in the bucket list of avid travelers, and trekkers too; owing to its treacherous yet fascinating route. The Valley of Flowers trek is taken by both beginners and professionals and is awaited through the year.

    Best time to visit: July to September

    How to reach:

    • By air: Nearest Airport to Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun This airport is connected to major cities like Delhi.
    • By rail: Haridwar Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Valley of Flowers
    • By road: The Valley of Flowers if majorly accessed via roads and trekking routes. Govindghat on Badrinath Highway serves as base camp for trekkers coming here.

    Attraction: The Valley is an attraction in itself, however Sri Hemkunt Sahib is a major attraction nearby as well.

    32. Trek to the mysterious skeleton Roopkund Lake

    Sunset in the Himalayan mountains

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    Known for the mysterious lake, Roopkund trek is every trekkers dream. A Nanda Devi ranger, in 1942, discovered human skeleton by the lake, and it was later retrieved by National Geography. Regardless of how weird this sounds, this aspect indeed made Roopkund very popular. Today, this is among the best places to go in India, specially for those who love to visit surreal spots.

    Best time to visit: May-June and August-September

    How to reach:

    • By air: Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport from Roopkund. This domestic airport is connected to major cities like Delhi
    • By rail: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest major railhead from Roopkund.
    • By road: The lake is reached through trek, however Wan Village is the point till which transport is accessible, and this village thus acts as a base camp.

    33. Go skiing in Auli

    People usually visit Auli for skiing during winters

    The Skiing Capital of India, Auli is one of the most beautiful places to travel in India even if you’re not into skiing. This is the land of beautiful sunsets, and captivating views of the Himalayas, which you will never have enough of! If you’re not visiting Auli in winters for skiing, step foot here any time during the year, and you’ll witness the charm of every season at its best.

    Best time to visit: Auli Uttarakhand is best visited anytime during the year. However, since this destination is well-known for skiing, then it’s suggested you don’t miss Auli during the winter season (December to February).

    How to reach:

    • By air: Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport from Jolly Grant Airport.
    • By rail: If you are planning to visit Auli by train, then deboard at Haridwar railway station which is the nearest railway head from Auli.
    • By road: For travelers coming via road, you can take buses heading towards Joshimath, as this place is well connected to many towns and cities of Uttarakhand. From here, you can easily get a taxi or bus for Auli.

    34. Spot the tigers in Corbett National Park

    Bring on the adventure at Jim Corbett

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    One of the best national parks in India, Jim Corbett is famous for Indian tiger sightings. The wilderness here becomes hospitable with the luxurious jungle resorts that allow you to stay closer to the nature, while enjoying the best of comfort. If you’re a photography-enthusiast, Corbett will never leave you disappointed.

    Best time to visit: The best time for Jim Corbett Safari depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Summer is considered the best time for tiger sighting. However, November to February is the best time to visit Corbett.

    How to reach:

    • By air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport from Jim Corbett National Park
    • By rail: Ramnagar Railway station is located merely 12 km away from the national park
    • By road: The national park is well connected by roads to various destinations like Delhi and Dehradun.

    Attraction: Deer, tiger, leopards, jackals, black bear, red foxes, sloth bear, and monkeys among other wildlife creatures

    35. Experience the best of desert safari in Jaisalmer

    Another name among the tourist places in jaisalmer is Patwon ki haveli

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    The Golden City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is surely one of the best cities to visit in India. This part of Rajasthan lies in the Thar Desert region, exhibiting the magic of velvet sand dunes meshed with the ever colorful culture of the state. Jaisalmer is where you can spend your time indulging in exciting activities such as, dune bashing, camel safari and desert camping. Yes! Desert camping in Jaisalmer makes for an experiential stay, with all the luxury you could wish for.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    How to reach:

    • By air: Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport from Jaisalmer. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur are connected to this airport.
    • By rail: Jaisalmer has its own railway station which is indeed connected widely across North India, with cities like Jaipur and Delhi.
    • By road: One can easily reach Jaisalmer by road via buses or cabs.

    Attraction: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Folklore Museum,Sam Sand Dunes and Desert Cultural Centre

    36. Bleed blue in Jodhpur

    Sunrise at Mehrangarh Fort

    Jodhpur, or the Blue City of Rajasthan, will lure you with its massive hill fort called the Mehrangarh Fort. Right from this point, you get to behold the city’s landscape washed in blue. The interiors will transfer you back to the olden era. The cobbled pavements of this city exhibits the essence of Rajasthan in all its glory.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    How to reach:

    • By air: The city has its own domestic airport, which is connected to major cities like Udaipur, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
    • By rail: Jodhpur Railway Station indeed is among widely connection railheads in Rajasthan.
    • By road: Similar to airways and railways, roadways too is smooth and easily accessible in this city

    Attraction: Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, Mandore Garden, and Balsamand Lake

    37. Take a sunset boat ride in Udaipur

    Udaipur honeymoon

    Udaipur is called the Venice of the East, but the different Rajasthani hues of the city surely make it stand out. The City of Lakes has to be in your list of best places to travel in India. Even though Udaipur boasts of having some of the most gracious luxury heritage hotels, it will embrace you with all the warmth even if you’re looking for budget stays. Boating, trekking, sightseeing are just some activities you may indulge on your visit to the city.

    Best time to visit: September to March

    How to reach:

    • By air: Udaipur has its own airport, which indeed is well connected to different parts of the country.
    • By rail: The city’s railway station is actually among most well-connected railheads in the city
    • By road: One can easily find buses for reaching the city by road, from cities like Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Delhi.

    Attraction: Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Gangaur Ghat, and Bagore ki Haweli

    Suggested Read: 10 Exhilarating Things To Do In Udaipur For Tourists Of All Ages

    38. Take a break and escape to Mahabaleshwar

    The beautiful hamlet of Tapola which offers best sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar

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    Located in the Satara District, Mahabaleshwar is a jewel of the Western Ghats. This is a famous weekend getaway from Mumbai, perched at an altitude of 1372 meters above sea level. This hill station came into limelight owing to its spirituality, but as time went on its scenic charm became a magnet for the crowd as well. As far as you eyes can see, there will be flourishing green hillocks and swaying low-lying clouds

    Best time to visit: All around the year

    How to reach:

    • By air: Pune airport is located about 120 km from Mahabaleshwar. This is a domestic airport with connectivity to cities like Delhi. However, Mumbai International Airport is another option for you, as this has connectivity all around the globe.
    • By rail: Wathar is the nearest railhead from Mahabaleshwar. Even though this station is well-connected, you can find better railway connectivity in Pune, and then board a bus for Mahabaleshwar.
    • By road: Buses heading towards Mahabaleshwar are easily available from Mumbai and Pune.

    Attraction: Venna Lake, Parsi Point, Pratapgad, and Elephant’s Head Point.

    39. Enjoy watersports in Kolad

    Kolad honeymoon

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    If going a little offbeat is in your list, Kolad has to be your answer, especially if you live in Mumbai or Pune. This is a well-known weekend getaway, offering myriad of water adventure activities, such as river rafting itself. Even if you’re not someone who likes the adrenaline rush, the disconnection you’ll feel here from the concrete jungle and all the humdrum will make it worth your while.

    Best time to visit: September to March

    How to reach:

    • By air: The nearest airport from Kolad is located in Pune. This is a domestic airport with flights flying to cities like Delhi. If you’re coming from an international destination, it is best if you opt for Mumbai International Airport
    • By rail: Kolad Railway Station is connected to Konkan line. If you’re coming from Mumbai or Pune, you must board from Panvel
    • By road: Kolad is merely 120 km away from Mumbai. This is a short road trip with scenic landscape. You can opt for your own car, hire a cab, or board a bus heading towards Kolad.

    Attraction: Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort, river rafting, kayaking, and Sutarwadi Lake

    40. Attend the trippy music festival in Ziro Valley

    ziro valley music fest

    A World Heritage Site, Ziro Valley is a Northeastern gem that’s gradually gaining quite a lot of popularity, and we shall give the courtesy to its trippy Ziro Music Festival. The Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh witnesses feet tapping performances of talented indie artists. Lush greenery all around further come as a bonus in this extravaganza!

    Best time to visit: April to June

    How to reach:

    By air: Guwahati Airport (450 km) is the best option to choose if you’re coming by air. Likabali and Tezpur airports are also close by but aren’t as well-connected as Guwahati.
    By rail: Naharlagun is the closest railway station. To reach Ziro, you’ll have to take a train to Naharlagun from Guwahati.
    By road: Jorhat, Guwahati and Itanagar are some of the towns/cities from where you can easily find buses heading towards Ziro.

    Attraction: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho, Ziro Puto, Meghna Cave Temple, and Dilopolyang Maniipolyang

    Travel to some of these places to visit with friends, family, beloved, or alone and explore the popular tourist attractions in India ‘cause the time is now!

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