From sheer natural beauty to exquisite traditional rituals and well preserved history and heritage, India packs in an array of incredible fascinations that set many on a mad scramble for cheap flights and holiday deals for the country.
In a country where history seems to be immortal, nature unscathed and culture more kaleidoscopic than a rainbow, finding incredible moments is not so difficult. Memories of few such moments may fade away with time, while others may leave an indelible imprint! Here are seven experiences, which belong to the latter category. Have a look at the list, if you are all set to book travel tickets for holidays in India.
Fall in Love with Ladakh
Nestled deep in the Himalayas, Ladakh has long been an obsession with nature-lovers and adventure-buffs, alike. And with more and more people heading to this Trans Himalayan territory annually, falling in love with its stark, pristine wilderness, and offbeat culture is as easy as it gets. Hitch-hike with locals, stay in a camp set amidst sheer wilderness and savour being close to the mountains billed as ‘Roof of the World’!
Kayak in Kerala Backwaters during Monsoon
Perhaps the most enthralling way to explore “God’s Own Country” is by kayaking on its pristine backwaters in the rain. Row along the riverine wilderness of the state, steering through mangroves and spotting a rich diverse array of aqua species in their natural habitat! Watching the sunset where the backwaters conjoin a river is truly a heart-throbbing experience!
Get Awed by ‘Puri Chariot Festival’
Three Chariots, as high as 45 feet, decorated with amazing designs and colours by top Indian artists are the main highlight of this celebration every year. One of the most popular Hindu festivals in India, Puri Chariot Festival is a depiction of the country’s colourful culture and the faith and devotion that Indians have towards their deities. It is truly a reason for culture-vultures to secure their tickets on flights landing in the country.
Trek from Darjeeling to Sikkim
Darjeeling, a beautiful hill station in Southeast India, offers a world of enthralling excursions. Trekking along its lush green mountain trails is an indescribable exhilarating experience. Hire a local guide and go explore the wonderful trekking trail that connects Darjeeling with Sikkim, another Southeast Indian state. Passing through sprawling tea estates, dense forests, sleepy mountain settlements and gushing streams and waterfalls will gift you with wonderful memories that you will cherish forever. For hunger pangs, the hot delicious momos coupled with local beer proves perfect.
Explore Untouched Essence of Havelock Island, the Andaman
Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, Havelock Island imparts a heavenly beauty with crystal clear waters, fine white sands and endless serenity along the Andaman Sea. The beaches here are safe and exude a serene charm with unique calm waters. With the waters brimming with an astounding range of marine life and wonderful corals, activities like snorkelling and scuba-diving are very popular here.
Walk Over Frozen Zanskar River
If adventure is your thing and you want to feel it at its zenith, then this is for you! A journey over the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh is an experience like never before. Overshadowed by majestic mountains, the trek-path is a thick layer of ice with the serene Zanskar River flowing underneath. Keep in mind; it is not just the arduous route, but also the tough weather conditions that make your excursion surreal, even life-changing.
Ride on a Luxury Train
Want to be treated like a royal king and that too while traversing through India’s length and breadth? Book tickets to ride on a luxury train in India! Of course, you need to be well heeled enough to blow away few hundred pounds but the experience will be priceless to say the least. Among the several trains that can let you explore India in the same regal style, the Maharajas Express and the Deccan Odyssey remain two popular choices. Booking your train tickets in advance is recommended.