There is nothing more exhilarating than youth. The world is your oyster and everything is exciting and within reach. The first visit to the beaches of Gokarna, a trek across Ladakh or a bike-ride between Mumbai-Goa. Certain things are best enjoyed when you have the maturity of middle age far away and the ferocity of youth packed in your duffle bag.
1. Experience chaos in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The chaotic gullies of Varanasi are best experienced when you are young and religion is the last reason you would want to travel to this colourful town at the ghats of Ganga. Want a bit more, then visit during the festival of Holi and be immersed in colour literally.
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2. Chill in Gokarna, Karnataka
Lay at the Om beach, do nothing and watch the time pass. Gokarna is best experienced when there are no Monday morning deadlines and drinking endlessly is still a possibility without an attack of gastritis.
3. Ride a camel across the Thar dessert, Rajasthan
Hot during the day, chilling during the night, this massive desert touches the beautiful cities of Bikaner, Pushkar and Jaisalmer all of which you can see on a camel safari which can last upto 7 days. Not for the elderly for sure!
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4. Try spotting a Bengal Tiger in Sunderbans, West Bengal
Just reaching this swampy terrain from Kolkata is an adventure in itself. And with the safari on a canoe, a trip to this park famous for its Bengal Tigers is not low on adrenaline.
5. Food extravaganza in Chandni Chowk, Delhi
You will go here when you are older too but not voluntarily in all probability. Tap into your energy packs while you are young and grab endless food helpings in one the most crowded street markets in the world.
6. Paragliding in Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Running off a cliff to take flight is not a thing for those who think before acting. So while you are young, glide with the clouds in the blue sky at Bir and Billing, considered among the best in the world for Paragliding.
7. Give yourself a chill in Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Well, you have to a bit of a thrill seeker to visit one of the scariest places in India. The entire town was obliterated in a day and it is believed that anyone who visits the place at night never returns. Scary!
8. Experience the beauty of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The scenic Spiti Valley, perched at an altitude of 10000 feet over sea level is not for the faint hearted. Get enamoured by the landscapes, the quiet Key Gompa Monestary and the beautiful Spiti River.
9. Adrenaline Rush at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Fight against the formidable waves of Ganges on a raft. It is just the kind of high intensity activity to indulge in when you are out experiencing the world.
10. Tread on natural bridges in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Tread on living root bridges on the southern slopes of Khasi and Jaintia hills. Also be enamoured by the Nohkalikai Falls, one of the tallest plunge waterfalls in India.
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11. Test your spirit in Nubra Valley, Leh & Ladakh
Claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road, this valley is home to the rare Bactrian camel. Hike across the stretch to the ancient Buddhist monasteries and make a long drive to the nearby Shyok Valley.
12. Be one with nature in Andamans, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The once ‘Kalapani’ is now known for it’s mesmerising marine life. Plunge into the waters and swim along the vibrant fish and witness the breath-taking corals.
13. Get lost in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Dotted with numerous alpine flowers, colourful rhododendron forests and surrounded by misty mountain, this valley is one of the desolate and exotic places in the country.
14. Stare at the dead at Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand
Bet your wouldn’t have stared at skeletons at a frozen lake in college? So why not round up your buddies and do this crazily adrenaline pumping trek and boast about it back at home.
15. Get overwhelmed by the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
White barren land that stretches to infinity can overwhelm even the most brazen of heart. Check out the Little Rann of Kutch, the red Pelicans and the Wild Ass sanctuary before one of the doomsday prophecies come true.
So, ready for dare?
Frequently Asked Questions About Places to visit in India
A. November to March is the best time to enjoy a boat ride on the Ganga, visit the temples or explore the holy city as the temperatures ranging between 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. It’s the best time
A. Some of the most best street foods in Delhi especially in the Chandni Chowk area are:
1. Dahi Bhalle
2. Tandoori Parathas
3. Mango Kulfi
4. Mutton Tikkas
5. Rabdi Faluda
A. The Jaipur bus stands directly connects the Thar desert to several other cities of Rajasthan. Jodhpur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station from where you can reach the Thar desert. If you are traveling by air, Jodhpur is the closest city to the Thar Desert with a major airport.
A. Fun things that you can do at the Sunderbans of West Bengal are:
1. Spot the Roaring Bengal Tigers
2. Experience Surreal Sights of River Dolphins
3. Bird Watching at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
4. Plan a Night Safari in Sunderbans
A. On average, a 20 min paragliding ride can cost you anywhere around Rs. 2500. However, the cost may vary depending on organizers and additional services.
A. June to September is the most ideal time to visit the Spiti Valley as the weather is just perfect for you to explore most of the famous tourist spots of the region.
A. No. River rafting is closed during the monsoon season i.e between 1st of July to 15th of August.
A. Roopkund Lake also famous as the Mystery Lake or the Skeletons lake is a famous spot for trekking. With a depth of about two meters, Roopokund is widely known for the hundreds of ancient human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.