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At any given point when you hear the word FREE, don’t you feel a rush in your veins? Well, that’s because- 1. we seldom have a great experience without paying major bucks for it and 2. because we’re kings of Jugaad and love to avail anything that’s free and awesome!

So, here are some of the super awesome experiences you can have in India that are absolutely FREE! Don’t believe me? Scroll down:

1. Cross The International Borders—No Restrictions At All!

Crossing of the international border

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You can cross the international border and enter into a foreign country for free! Yep, that’s because Indians have got ‘freedom of movement’ in Nepal. Crossing borders between India-Nepal doesn’t cost a dime and you don’t need a visa as well. All you need to do is present your passport or any other valid identity proof at the border and enter the limits of Nepal! The ancient Buddhist monasteries and the awe inspiring landscape are a few things that you just can’t miss there.

When to visit: Anytime around the calendar

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2. Food For All–Have The Religious Parshada At Golden Temple.

Langar at  Golden Temple

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India is a spiritual country and  we respect all religions equally. Several pilgrims around India barring the fact that they are rich or impoverished serve at Golden Temple. The Langar is so delicious that the fragrance is enough to tempt you. People entering the boundary of the holy place are treated equally and everyone sits together to have the holy food.

Similar Places: Every Gurdwara in town

When to visit: Anytime around the calendar

3. Ceremony Of Nation’s Guard At Wagah Border—Where The Opposites Unite

Officers At Wagah Border Ceremony

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The lowering of flags or the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at the Wagah Border is an experience that every Indian, who loves their nation, must have. The drill takes place daily and is followed by impressive display of rapid dance like maneuvers. The act symbolizes the brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations.

A Patriotic Evening in Delhi: Head to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday where change of Guard takes place

When to visit: Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday at 8:00 a.m in the summer and 10:00 a.m in winters; Beating Retreat everyday at 6:00 p.m


4. Meet The Good Luck Dolphins At Unchagaon, U.P

Dolphins in India at Unchagaon

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Witness the rare river dolphins jump and play in the river Ganga flowing through Unchagaon. Sit back and relax near the river, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take some good luck back home with you. Also, while you’re in Unchagaon, you can also  visit the famous Unchagaon Fort.

When to visit: You can only see the dolphins from April to May

5.  Witness The History Of Sanitary-wares At The Only Toilet Museum  In The World

Sulabh International is the only toilet museum in India

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Yes, you heard it right! It’s the only toilet museum in the world which actually educates the ‘mango people about how the sanitation seats have improved from the past. The museum exhibits  various toilet seats from around the world and traces the history of sanitarywares from the beginning.

Other Quirky Museums Include: Kite museum, Calico museum of textiles, Antarang museum, Jawahar Toy museum

When to visit: Anytime around the calendar

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6. The Mind Boggling 96 Turns Of Adventure At Zuluk Loops

Zuluk Loops in Sikkim

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How about taking 96 turns of jaw dropping adventure without even looking at your pocket?  Wouldn’t that be splendid? The Eastern Himalayas have a beautiful artwork, decorated by nature, known as Silk Route. The treacherous  route with  numerous turns touches the extremes of India and  China. Drive through the snowy loops and view the snow capped Kanchenjunga peak from afar.

Other Scenic Routes in India: Marine drive in both Mumbai and Kochi, Manali-Leh Highway, NH 212 and Mahabaleshwar are also highly recommended routes for amazing driving experience.

When to visit: August to November

Suggested Read: 11 Secret Homestays In Himalayas That Will Possess You For Life

7. Feni For Free At Coconut And Cashew Festival, Goa

Feni at Coconut and Cashew Festival in Goa

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Relish feni for free!! The local cashew drink in Goa, with a tinge of alcohol is the speciality of Goan cuisine. The Coconut and Cashew festival in Panaji  exhibits Feni  made by some of the best brewers of India. And you’re welcome to taste it for free!

The awesome carnival has Goan cuisine filled with exquisite seafood topped with delicious sauces. Come August and a lot of  nightclubs in Goa have their season openings where they serve free booze turning the lanes into pubs with party animals grooving around.

When to visit:The festival takes place in April

Suggested Read: 15 Crazy Festivals In Goa You Need To Witness Atleast Once In Your Lifetime

8. Indulge In The Rural Olympics In The Land Of Turbans

Bike stunts in rural olympic in Punjab

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Bunty and Shunty welcome you to the land of turbans. Rural Olympics in Punjab is  a sight for sore eyes with girls wearing vibrant parandi performing Gidda, boys hopped on their bullet and showing their caliber.
Gatka is an indigenous art where turban boys play with their sword for self defence. And no, you don’t have to spend a penny to attend this extravaganza!

When to visit: 4th February till 7th February

9. Groove To The Beats Of The South Asian Band Festival in Delhi

South Asian Band Festival at Purana Quila

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Bands from SAARC countries come over to Delhi to hit the stage with their amazing songs and beats. The fusion and the royal Purana Quila on the backdrop makes it a heavenly experience altogether. Famous bands like Kailasa and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy from India, Nagarbul and James from Bangladesh, Tantrum from Sri Lanka, Fanoos from Afghanistan and many more have come onto this stage to perform.

When to visit: November

Must Read: 20 Free Things To Do In Delhi

10. Bonfire With Friends At Virgin Malpe Beach, Karnataka

Bonfire with friends is free

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The low temperature and burning logs is something that you just can’t say no to. All you need is good company and  ghost stories to make your night  memorable underneath the moon. Do you know what is the cost of such an amazing experience? Zero.

Similar Places: St Mary’s Island in Karnataka, Agatti Island, Tarkarli, Benaulim Beach

When to visit: November to January

11. Startle At Agrasen Ki Baoli With The Unknown

Haunted places in India

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Do you believe in ghosts? No, then visit Agrasen Ki Baoli and whisper in the ears of the well. The sound only gets louder in the complete  silence. Some visitors have also experienced a  presence of something eerie from which  the place got it’s nickname as ‘resident of the evil’. India has many such abandoned places that can haunt your red blood to blue.

Similar Places: Down hill in Kolkata, D’Souza Chall in Mumbai, Dumas beach in Gujarat and Brij Raj Bhavan in Rajasthan

When to visit: Anytime around the year

Must Read: 15 Haunted Places In Delhi That Will Give You Creeps

12. Party With ‘Dj Wale Babu’ For Free

People enjoying free nightlife in India

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This is for all you party freaks out there!! You should never miss this chance to groove with the amazing music in the backdrop and light scrolling all over you. To add to it if you get drinks for free then Wohooo!!!!!

Where to go: Fez Mediterranean Bar, English Tadka and Toast in Delhi, Underdeck, Atrium bar and Dublin in Hyderabad, Zodiac, Chipstead in Chennai, F bar, No Limit Lounge and Club in Bangalore and Kue Bar in Pune.

When to visit: Wednesday and Friday

13. Spend A Day At The Two Gates Of India

Friends having fun at India Gate

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India Gate and Gateway of India are the memorial gates which are a must for everyone of you out there. Clicking pictures, holding a stick of lollie, enjoying the cold weather and listening to music with your car dikki opened is the best hangout you can ever think of.

When to visit: Anytime around the calendar

 14.  Visit The Most Beautiful & Spooky Non-Church Cemetery In The World

The haunted cemetery in Kolkata

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Feel the blood rushing through your veins at the house of dead. If you dare to survive the terror there is lot more to add to it. South park cemetery provides a rare or rather human view of the forerunners of the rulers of India. The cemetery is also known for black magic and undefined sounds of Englishmen. So, don’t be so brave to stay there after sundown!

However, if you’re not one of those scary pants you can enjoy the natural beauty of the place which is absolutely breathtaking.

Where to go: Armenian Cemetery in Hyderabad, Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Kolkata, Portuguese Cemetery in Kollam and Scottish cemetery in Kolkata

When to visit: Spring

15. Go Sunbathing At The Mysterious Payyoli Beach, Kerala

Sunbathing in beaches of India

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How could we forget about sunbathing and playing volleyball at the mysterious beaches? This beach has Velliyamkallu rocks around which cannot be found at any other beach. The shallow water allows you to swim and dip your feet in the beautiful grey sand drifting through your feet.

Similar places: Agonda beach in Agonda, Palolem beach in Canacona, Varkala beach in Varkala, Juhu beach in Mumbai and Dhanushkodi beach in Rameswaram

When to visit: October to February

Suggested Read: 10 Beaches in Kerala You Should Visit for a Romantic Vacation

16. Enrich Your Soul In Rishikesh

Yoga in Rishikesh

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Yoga helps you to enter into  a healthy lifestyle and even proved to cure the diseases. Practice this ancient form of exercise at the Yoga Capital of the world Rishikesh. The peace and tranquility of the place is just blissful and you don’t even have to pay anything for it.

Similar places: Haridwar; even in some local parks and gardens

When to visit: Anytime around the calendar

17. ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitia Hi Kijo’—For The Never Ending Perks & Freebies

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We are not talking about reservation in Delhi Metro or DTC buses, we are talking about free booze for ladies! Pubs in India not only give free entry but also provide free booze on specific days to all the ladies

Where to go: Uforia on Wednesday in Delhi, Movida Cafe on Wednesday in Delhi, Zo Bar on Saturday in Delhi, Firangi Paani on Monday in Mumbai, La Patio on Tuesday in Mumbai, Funky Villa on Thursday in Bangalore, No Limits on Wednesday in Bangalore, Purple Room on Friday in Chennai, 10 Downing Street on Wednesday in Chennai, Kue Bar on Wednesday in Pune

18. Date With Heavenly Fireflies, Purushwadi

The beautiful fireflies in Pushkarwadi

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Witness millions of glow worms sweep past you in the land of Purushwadi. The beautiful grassroute village is situated around 180 kilometers away from Mumbai. At dusk herds of flies make a layer of sparkling magical light effects. See it, to believe it!

When to visit: Fireflies Festival in May until June


Never thought you could do so much for FREE? Tell me about more such experiences and share them with other readers too, in the comments below. Eager to know!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Free Things To Do In India

What are the best adventure activities to do in India?

For all the adventure seekers, if you are planning to add a spark of thrill to your trip then you must schedule a vacation within India. Some of the adventure sports that will send a chill down your spine are rafting, kayaking, heli sking, waterfall rappelling, skydiving, hot air ballooning, caving, trekking, and snorkeling.

Where in India can I stay for free?

If you do not want to create a hole in your pocket and want to have fun then you must surely plan a holiday to explore some of the mesmerizing places within India including Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Himachal Pradesh, Geeta Bhawan, Rishikesh, Anandashram, Kerala, Govind Ghat Gurudwara, Uttarakhand, Nyingmapa Monastery, Himachal Pradesh, and Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Sarnath.

Is it safe to visit India during Covid times?

You need to follow all the mandatory safety guidelines mentioned by the authorities to ensure a safe travel experience. Remain masked while stepping out of the hotel and maintain social distance. Avoid visiting crowded places and keep sanitizing your hands after touching surfaces.

What are the best things to do in India?

India is one diverse country that blankets numerous things that one can be a part of. Some of the best things to do in India include trekking the Himalayas, camping on a desert, visiting the iconic and historic monument, trying out local cuisine, praying in countless temples, celebrating vibrant festivals, and many more.

How can I travel cheap in India?

There is no dearth of places that one can backpack to and travel in India in cheap. Choosing the right destination, transport, stay, and food eatery is the most important factor of all. Try traveling up North, in Himachal Pradesh by a local bus and trying out authentic cuisine from local restaurants.

What should you not do in India?

India is one destination that welcomes everyone with open arms. Although, there are still certain rules that one should follow when in the country:-
1. Leave the shoes outside before entering a temple, a masjid, or a gurudwara
2. Avoid pointing fingers or feet at people
3. Do not drink tap water
4. Avoid using the left hand to eat or pass objects
5. Avoid too much of public display of affection

What should I buy from India?

India is an epitome of diversity in cultures. Different states offer different unique things to buy. One can buy exotic India spices, tea, handcrafted jewelry, pottery products, ayurveda products, and much more.

What are good inexpensive souvenirs from India?

There are numerous souvenirs that one can buy from India without it getting too heavy on the pockets. Pickles, spices, sarees, Kashmiri carpets, incense sticks, miniatures of monuments, and pottery items are some of the products that one can buy.

How do tourists dress in India?

India does not have any hard and fast rules when it comes to what outfits should one wear. A tourist can wear jeans, shorts, skirts, trousers, t-shirts, and other summer wardrobe essentials.

Where is Golden Temple located?

The Golden Temple is one of the significant places of worship for Sikhs in India. This gurudwara is located in Amritsar, Punjab. The roof of the Golden Temple is entirely made out of gold.

Where is India Gate located?

India Gate is located in the capital city of India, Delhi. It is one of the iconic landmarks that make Delhi what it is.

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