“All glory comes from daring to begin” – this quote by famous Indian author Ruskin Bond aptly fuels the inner desire to explore more. There is no end to experiences; and India is a country where there is no dearth of experiences. While everyone is familiar with the mainstream attractions of India, there are few places that will surprise you with an unusual experience. Sometimes, the best travel experiences are those that are lesser known and further afield. This might come as a surprise to many to know that some of the best travel experiences can be had in India. Make memories out of some of these experiences that are a must do in India!

Visit a Salt Desert

The Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world and the most unique place to explore in India. Located in the famous Thar Desert area of Kutch District in Gujarat, this sparkling saline covered landscape seems magical under a full moon. The white salt glistening under the moonlit sky is an ethereal experience. When monsoon season ends in October and the water evaporates from the low-lying salt marsh in the Rann of Kutch, a layer of salt is left behind.

Hike in the Tiger’s territory

This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual experiences trekking experiences to have. If you didn’t already know, you can opt for a walking safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve. The safari will take you on a mobile camping journey through the tiger territory. Thanks to the conservation efforts in the recent years, the number of tigers in Madhya Pradesh is on a constant rise. Track the paw prints of these wild cats and scan the wildlife. Conclude the day by falling asleep to the sound of the forest. Could this hiking be any better?

Celebrate the festival of colours in Mathura & Vrindavan

No place in India lights up the festival of colours, Holi, like Mathura Vrindavan. Head out and be a part of an experience that no other place in the world can offer. Holi can be termed as India’s Tomatina Festival. La Tomatina is a food fight festival held every year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Much like the festival of Tomatina, during Holi people gather and throw colours and water balloons on one another.

Be a part of the largest religious gathering; Kumbh Mela


It is nothing less than an adventure to be a part of a mega celebration of spirituality, where unwavering faith speaks volume. Larger than anything you could imagine, you can experience humanity come alive during this festival. Faith doesn’t need logic, and this can be experienced at the Kumbh Mela. Millions of devotees, pilgrims and travellers gather to take a holy dip to get rid of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The sense of time here seems irrelevant. There is nothing else that will reinstate your faith in a divine superpower. How bone-chilling is that!

Explore the world’s largest estuarine mangrove forest


Enjoy cruising adventure like never before, at the West Bengal Sundarbans. It is the largest mangrove forest of its kind in the world. As you sail through the dense forests, keep an eye out for crocodiles, spotted deer, along with more than 250 species of birds and endangered Bengal Tigers. Walk through the caged canopy walkway at the watchtower to get a view of the forest and wildlife safely from above. The unique natural environment, remote location and presence of tigers make life in the Sundarbans unlike anything you will ever experience elsewhere in India.

Ice-Climb the Himalayan waterfalls


Those with a knack for thrill can try their hands, or rather feet, at ice climbing in the Mighty Himalayas. Ice climbing, especially in Spiti, has become the holy grail of mountaineering in India. This is the ultimate challenge to test one’s skills. Climbing the frozen waterfall is not for the rookie traveler; nor is it for the faint hearted. Only the brave hearted adventure enthusiasts must embark on a journey so exciting.

Move away Japan, India is the new cherry blossom destination


Did you know that Japan isn’t the only place you can enjoy the beauty of cherry blossom in full bloom? There are many regions in India that are home to indigenous cherry trees. So get ready to kick back under a pink and white canopy. Every year, the northeastern hill station of Shillong in India hosts the India International Cherry Blossom Festival. From cultural activities to guided walks and live music, be a part of this awesome event where the blossoms can typically be seen from late October through November.

Another beautiful place is the state of Jammu and Kashmir, where cherry and apple blossoms paint the hills during the spring. Tailor-made trips with eco-luxury houseboats, gondola rides and optional glamping can be arranged for luxury seekers.

Experience sunrise and sunset at the same place

A coastal town at the southernmost edge of India, Kanyakumari is nestled wonderfully at the confluence of three oceans. Start and end your day at the water’s edge as you witness the sun rise and set from the same spot. This is the perfect retreat for the suckers of photography and nature lovers. This is the place where sky meets the sea at an endless line.

Track snow leopards and chase the red pandas


Home to an incredible and elusive wildlife, India is home to some rare and endangered red pandas and brightly-colored tragopan pheasant. Trek through the forests of Sikkim for a chance to spot these stunning creatures. Or, if the thrill of tracking appeals to you, you can embark on a snow leopard expedition in Northern India. The remote Himalayan setting and the shy nature that’s earned these cunning cats the nickname “gray ghost” makes the sight of one all the more exciting.

Explore the lake of changing colours


Experience the vivid colours of nature in Ladakh at the Pangong Lake. This beautiful lake changes shades from blue, green to even reddish at times. Changing colour at every hour of the day, the lake appears to be dream like during the evening. The rugged Trans-Himalayan Mountains at the background make for a stunning panoramic view.

From lush forests to arid deserts, from majestic mountains to tranquil beaches, from natural wonders to man-made marvels, India will help you create memories that will last with you till the end.

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“All glory comes from daring to begin” – this quote by famous Indian author Ruskin Bond aptly fuels the inner desire to explore more. There is no end to experiences; and India is a country where there is no dearth of experiences. While everyone is familiar with the mainstream...