Things you can only see and do in India

India is a vibrant, chaotic and culturally-rich country. There are a number of things you can only see and do in India. From wildlife and palaces to beaches and backwaters and from bustling metropolitan cities to the Himalayan mountains – India is a must-see for any traveller.

Things you can only see and do in India
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See the incredible wildlife

India is home to the big five cats. Nearly half of the world's remaining wild tiger population can be found in India! You could visit the national parks to see the Bengal tigers, Asiatic lions, snow leopards, clouded leopards and Indian leopards. You are far more likely to spot a big cat if you visit
Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore or Kanha - three of the most picturesque and popular wildlife sanctuaries in India

The safest way to see wildlife is to take a tour with a provider who offers Indian Holidays. Why not give a Golden Triangle and Tigers tour a try to give yourself some inspiration and recommendations on where to stay while spotting tigers.

Visit one of the many temples

It’s no secret that with religion, comes temples. And there is no shortage of temples in India. Why not look into the most famous temples before setting off on your adventures and get an Instagram photo with the intricate architecture and sculptures.

Temples of India

Some of the popular temples include the Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple in Madurai, Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur, Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple in Gujarat, Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Jain Temples of Palitana and the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala.

The Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple has great mythological and historical significance and is a favourite among tourists for its art and architecture.

Trek the Himalayas

The Himalayan mountain range is a must-see! The most popular Indian Himalaya trails are in the
Markha Valley. You can also visit Diskit Monastery, the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra Valley or see the snow leopards in the Hemis National Park. You can enjoy birdwatching in the Rumbak Valley or visit Leh Palace, the former residence of the erstwhile royal family of Leh, and take in the stunning views from the top.

Trek the Himalayas

If you are into monasteries, Sikkim (a part of the Eastern Himalayas) is the one for you. It has over 70 Buddhist monasteries with the oldest dating back to the 1700s, You can also enjoy peaceful treks with butterflies and rare plants in Sikkim.

Whichever part of the Himalayas you choose to visit, you are sure to have a great adventure. For inspiration here is a list of great Himalayan trails.

Attend a festival of colour

Each region of India has a whole host of celebrations. From kite flying to camel festivals, India knows how to celebrate and enjoy festivals. Most of you would have seen the colourful pictures of people dancing, drenched in colours. It is during the festival of Holi which celebrates the victory of good over evil and also the beginning of the spring harvest season. This vibrant festival is hosted in March and is best witnessed in the Northern states.

Sleep under the stars in Rajasthan desert

Fancy a camel safari? You can ride camels, camp under the stars and visit forts and palaces with
Audley’s Rajasthan holiday. You can visit rural desert villages and learn about Indian culture. For those who love adventure with a dose of luxury, a stay at a luxurious desert camp is recommended. It is the best way to experience the place. 

A trip to Jaisalmer is also recommended. It is called as the golden city because the buildings here are constructed with yellow stones giving the whole city a golden glow. There is lots to do in Jaisalmer - go on a camel safari, visit Jaisalmer Fort, go boating on the Gadisar Lake, experience a cultural show, try out quad biking or dune bashing or visit the Jaisalmer Desert Festival which takes place in February.

Visit one of the beautiful beaches

After the chaos of Indian cities, a relaxing beach day might be exactly what you need. Visit Virgin
Malpe beach in Karnataka to sit around the fire with your new traveller friends! November and January is the best time to visit. Or you could head to Varkala Beach in Kerala which offers striking scenery and is incredibly romantic.

Beaches of India

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