25 Divine Experiences That Make You Fall In Love With India

By Sameer Kapoor on Oct 27, 2015
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India’s dramatic terrain is an ideal location to experience the vignettes of nature, culture, architecture and people. With a plethora of things to do and see in India, this nation becomes synonymous with tourism. So while the world is busy telling you the clichéd attractions of India, we shall unravel experiences that are still not much explored but are so enchanting that they will immediately make you fall in love with this mythical landscape.

1. Peak-a-boo with Kanchenjunga


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As we all know, Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and Sikkim’s most sacred landmark. Take up a resort somewhere in Sikkim from where you can see the stunning beauty of this snow-capped mountain. Whenever this mountain does reveal itself, the sight will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

2. Follow the Palace trail through Madhya Pradesh


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India’s architectural grandeur cannot be denied. So this time insted of taking the nature’s trail through the mountains, try the historical trail from the Jahangir Mahal of Orchha to Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior to Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar.

3. Have a memorable night at a houseboat in Srinagar

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Pick one of the many ‘floating palaces’ anchored on the Dal or Nagin Lake for a classic Kashmir experience. Each houseboat comes with lavishly furnished rooms, verandahs and a terrace that serves as a sun-deck for evening cocktails. That’s one way to float in paradise.

4. Trek to the Valley of Flowers


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There is a beautiful park in Uttarakhand that blooms between June to October and looks like a stunning carpet of over 300 species of wildflowers. On the best of the days you may even spot the tahr or the Himalayan black bear.

5. Take that drive to Spiti


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The mountainous region of Lahaul & Spiti district is a part of Himachal that’s yet to be discovered by tourists. The roads are difficult to cross and the passes are high and tricky, but the journey is its own reward. At the end you reach the mountain desert of Spiti.

6. Spiritual experience at Kumbh Mela


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If you had enough of history and nature, head towards Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik to see India’s effervescent culture at Kumbh Mela. People who have been there consider it as a life-altering experience.

7. Explore the history with forts of Maharashtra


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With nearly 350 forts scattered across the state, Maharashtra is a haven for history buffs and trekkers alike. Make the tricky climb to Pratapgad fort, drive along the coast to Sindhudurg or sail to the Murud fort in the middle of the seathe journey is as enjoyable as the destination

8. Enrol for Kalaripayattu


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India’s skill at martial art comes alive with Kerala’s Kalaripayattu. This traditional martial art is a beautiful blend of grace and energy. Although the art is bit tough but learning it would make up for interesting pictures!

9. Trek to Roopkund Lake


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Trekking to Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand can be both beautiful as well as haunting. Lush Himalayan forests, gurgling brooks and undulating meadows all take you to this lake at 16,500ft above sea. At the end you see the dozens of skulls and bones lying at the bottom of the shallow lake since the 6th century.

10. Watch those birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary


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Also known as the Keoladeo National Park, the senctuary is home to over 230 species of birds. Each summer, thousands descend upon its marshes and grasslands. Keep your eyes peeled and you could see herons, storks, oriental ibises and even sarus cranes. 

11. Evoke Indo- Pak friendship at Wagah Border ceremony


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Spend some time to experience the Indo- Pak border at Wagah to see men in uniform perform this unique martial show with frenemies across the fence.

12. Experience the age old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway


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'Mer Sapno ki Rani kab Aayegi tu'. The moment you think about Toy Train in Darjeeling, the image of Rajesh Khanna wooing Sharmila Tagore would come into your mind. This narrow-gauge railway runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The most popular route, however, remains from Ghum to Darjeeling, where it cuts through streets and markets. This train has been operational for over 130 years and has thus earned UNESCO World Heritage status. 

13. Follow a tea trail through Darjeeling and Assam


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The tea connoisseurs would love this! Follow a tea trial through Darjeeling and Assam to have a look at tea estates that also provide fine luxury accommodation and extensive courses in tea appreciation.

14. Visit the Rann of Kutch


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The Rann is surprisingly full of colour, thanks to its people. Stay at the Hodka Artist Village, home to artists who specialise in everything from Banni embroidery to leatherwork. Sign up for a safari at the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary or just drive across the salt flats and imagine you have the Earth to yourself.

15. Glide over Bir and Billing


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During May to October, Bir and Billing towns in Himachal Pradesh attract paragliding enthusiasts from all over the world. Great weather and the sight of green terraced fields all around make this a spectacular experience. It would be a beautiful experience to glide over the Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan settlements nearby.

16. Relish delectable food at Amritsar’s dhabas


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Amritsar is a city of gastronomic delight. Experience the heavenly dal fry to the mixed stuffed kulchas at the dhabas of this city.  

Read more on: You Have To Have A Meal At These 9 Dhabas In Amritsar!

17. Walk over the stunning living root bridges in Meghalaya


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Built out of the roots of ficus treessome even dating back 500 yearsthese bridges can withstand the heavy rainfall the region is famous for. Check out the Umshiang Double Decker root bridge in Nongriat village, south of Cherrapunji, and the one in Riwai near Mawlynnong.

18. Experience the riot of colours at Holi in Mathura


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The land of Krishna, Mathura celebrates the festival of colours with bhang, food, music, and of course, colour. For the best experience, get yourself to Vrindavan.

19. Revel on the sands of Goa


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All-day parties, international DJs and the best of dance music Goa’s music scene rock comes alive in December with a clutch of events.  

20. Ski through the mountains of Gulmarg


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Gulmarg is India’s most popular ski destination that attracts everyone, from amateurs and professionals, to its slopes each season. Its gondola is one of the highest in the world, and the ski-town now offers world-class lodging facilities.

21. Say 'I Do' to your partner in a Rajasthani palace


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Every year, couples who want to get married think of those spectacular and historic palaces that make your marriage seem royal to the core. Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace, Udaipur’s Jagmandir Island Palace, The Leela Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Taj Lake Palace and The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace, and Jaipur's Samode Palace, all offer the perfect setting for you to exchange your vows.

22. Watch a boat race in Kerala


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Dubbed as the largest team sport in the world, snakeboat racing is a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping affair. The splash of dozens of oars in perfect rhythm is a treat for the eyes. Catch Alleppey’s Nehru Trophy Valam Kali on the second Saturday of August every year.

23. Experience the waves of Puducherry


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Visit the Serenity Beach, 10km north of Puducherry that pulls surf addicts from across India. Touch those waves and experience the pleasure of serenity.

24. Spend a night at treehouse in Kerala


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There’s Vythiri Resort in Wayanad, set in a biodiversity hot zone, and Rainforest, Athirapally where you can have jaw-dropping views of the cascading Athirapally Falls.

25. Feast on Delicious Kashmiri Wazwan


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An elaborate affair that involves a total of 36 courses, a wazwan is a feast fit for the royals. Meatballs, seekh kababs, spare ribs, Kashmiri pulao, phirni, kahwa it’s a meal you won’t finish or forget in a hurry. My mouth already waters!

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