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    New Year is just around the corner and let’s-do-something-new plannings are in full swing. While the recipe of a perfect celebration is different for everyone, travel is the only ingredient that adds more joy to your festivities. For this, one need not always look beyond the boundaries to do something new.

    Having said that, holiday destinations in India offer a la carte of thrills and experiences. From paragliding to scuba diving, we’ve put together a list of popular experiences in India that are worth being in your travel bucket list for the New Year 2020. Take a look!

    1. Backwater Cruise In A Houseboat Of Alappuzha, Kerala

    a houseboat in the backwaters of 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 and through customized Kerala tour packages.

    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.

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    2. Paragliding In Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

    Adventurous paragliding in Bir Billing India

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    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. Being one of the popular offbeat destinations in India, thrilling Bir Billing tour packages offer a wide range of adventure tours in India.

    Best Time To Visit: November
    Other Things To Do: Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory, Tibetan Colony, Camping and trekking in Bir Billing Valley.

    3. A Road Trip To Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Road trip on bike to Ladakh

    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 with amazing Ladakh tour packages..

    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.

    4. Borra Caves In Vizag, Andhra Pradesh

    Borra Caves in Visakhapatnam

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    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.

    5. Snake Boat Races, Kerala

    Snake boat races in Kerala

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    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. With customized Kerala tour packages, 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.

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    6. Scuba Diving In Havelock, Andaman Islands

    Scuba Diving in Andaman Island

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    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. Just check scuba diving off your travel bucket list in minutes with amazing Andaman tour packages.

    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

    Coconut Island lighthouse near Mangalore, Karnataka

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    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

    Snow-capped Nathula Pass in Sikkim

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    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. Book yourself thrilling Sikkim tour packages and explore one of the highest passes in India accessible through a motorable road.

    Best Time To Visit: June
    Other Things To Do: Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake.

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    9. Revel in Luxury at Udaipur, Rajasthan

    Luxury holiday in five star hotels in Udaipur

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    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 with luxurious Rajasthan tour packages as 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

    Celebrating holi festival in Vrindavan

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    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

    trekking trails and mountain terrains

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    There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life other than feeling close to nature with adventurous Uttarakhand tour packages 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.

    12. Explore Auroville, Puducherry

    Matrimandir in Auroville at night, puducherry

    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

    Beating The retreat ceremony in Wagah Border

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    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

    Flower show in Ooty

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    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

    The living root bridge in Meghalaya

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    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.

    Further Read: The Ever Growing Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya – A Nature’s Marvel In The Northeast

    16. Drive on Pamban Bridge From Mandapam to Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu

    Pamban Bridge in Rameswaram Island

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    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

    Shikara ride in the Dal Lake of Srinagar

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    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. Unwind in some fresh air with enthralling Kashmir tour packages and escape to ultimate serenity.

    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

    Taj Mahal view in the evening

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    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 with exciting Golden tour packages.

    Best Time To Visit: October
    Other Things To Do: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb and Jama Masjid.

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    19. Rann Utsav at Kutch, Gujarat

    Rann Utsav at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

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    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.

    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

    Music, dance festival in Goa

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    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!

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