India is perhaps one of the few countries which has huge diverse physical geography from Himalayan ranges to Western Ghats to Thar Dessert and thus is apt as an all year wonderful destination for all types of travel. Today we highlight 8 things to do in India before you Die!
If you haven’t experienced these 8 things, you have not lived yet! Add these to your “To do” List Now!
1. LADAKH – The Land of High Passes!
Ride to one of the highest motorable roads in the world in Ladakh – the land of passes and every biker’s dream!
The bike tour is truly one of the lifetime opportunities. Create unforgettable memories as you are introduced to azure clear waters, serene picturesque lakes and a ruggedly handsome terrain.
The highlight of this tour is riding through the tough roads and High Mountain passes on your bike. Experience Ladakhi culture, a visit to Khardung La Pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the world along with visit to Pangong Tso, one of the most famous and breathtaking lakes in the world.
2. KASOL – The New Manali in India!
Almost everyone has heard of or been to Manali. Instead of Manali, travel and experience the less traversed destination of Kasol.
Spread out along the lovely Parvati River, Kasol is a small village overrun with reggae bars, bakeries and cheap guesthouses. Explore the forested valley around, take strolls to the neighbouring villages of Chalal, Katagla and Rashol or just relax at the local bar.
The perfect surreal holiday, for all those who loves the nature, snow, mountains and a tightly budget paradise. Kasol is a classical destination to emulsify the serene village with the snow-capped mountains. Not so clustery, not so dense place, but a splendid place for all the avid travellers.
3. JIBHI – An Unexplored Heaven in Himalayas!
Jibhi is a little known scenic hamlet in the Banjar Valley or Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh and can be approached from the Chandigarh-Manali Highway.
Jibhi is another 8 km further from Banjar town towards the Jalori Pass. The drive to Jibhi is extremely scenic with the river Beas flowing along the gigantic Himalayan ranges which provide for some breathtaking views. This drive alone could be worth the entire journey.
Catch the beauty of the Himalayas in full splendor. Absorb the energy all around. Be one with yourself and take on the challenge to push yourself to higher limits Be the trend setter and be among the first ones to participate in a Marathon in the Lower Himalayas. Run with your mind, heart and soul. Create memories by exploring Jibhi Valley by taking part in a run and travelling through scenic routes to the valley.
4. DANDELI – Ideal Place for River Rafting in South!
You do not have to always go to Rishikesh for experiencing the adrenaline rush from River rafting. There is a place for all folks in Southern and Western India for river rafting and that my friends, is Dandeli – the adventure capital of South!
Nestled amidst the dense forests of the Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, Dandeli is a place where you screech through the rapids yet cautiously backpack through the woods while being dazzled by the landscape and wildlife around. Get amazed by various treks, water adventure activities like river rafting, and kayaking and enjoy the weekend getaway by camping along-side river Kali. Bangalore folks – what are you waiting for? Get away from the hectic corporate life, traffic and pollution for a weekend and explore the unexplored!
5. DHARAMSHALA – A Spiritual & Adventurous Dwelling!
Dharamshala has become a heaven for trekkers and rock climbers. Instead of exploring the usual places in and around Dharamshala, we highlight the road less travelled!
The first is Kareri Lake trek – an untouched glacial lake one night’s journey from Delhi. Located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar is the perfect elliptical glacial lake – Kareri Dal and the trek that takes you through lush subtropical forests and alpine grasslands Kareri Lake is a lovely weekend trek for people looking for options away from the more beaten Himachal trails like Kheerganga, Prashar lake, Triund, etc.
The second is trek to Lahesh Caves. The trekking trail commences from McLeodganj which greets the participants with a great view of the beautiful surroundings of Shivalik hills. The short duration trek offers the participants numerous opportunities to enjoy the various treats of nature and feel a sense of soothing calm which helps them to relax. The walk through the mixed forests of deodar, oak, and rhododendron leading to the snow line at the Lahesh Caves proves to be an amazing experience.
6. CHIKMAGALUR – A Hill Station around IT City
With its utterly green and untamed landscape, Chikmagalur has a lot on offer – rainforests, rich paddy fields, plantations of tea, coffee, teak and pepper, mist-shrouded hills, and the beautiful Bhadra River. The best time to visit is now and explore the relatively untouched natural beauty of Chikmagalur.
Head to Mullayanagiri, the tallest peak in Chikmagalur; explore stunning waterfalls like Jhari Waterfalls. Evenings in Chikmagalur are best spent in the hills – spend evening and a breath-taking sunset from Baba Budangiri hills. The best time to visit is from March – June, so come on people beat the summer heat and celebrate life at Chikmagalur in Karnataka.
7. KALIMPONG – Unexplored Hill Station in West Bengal!
Everybody has heard of Darjeeling and wants to travel in his/her lifetime once. But ever heard of Kalimpong, it is the unexplored hill station in WB, 50 km from Darjeeling. This old little town, nestled away in the far northeast, is a visual delight and should be high on your bucket list.
Getaway for a weekend and explore Kalimpong in a unique way by taking part in the Kalimpong Half Marathon. The weekend stay also allows you give a chance to explore the place.People from Kolkata – this May explore Kalimpong and get closer to mother nature and away from city woes.
8. RISHIKESH – Explore Rishikesh like Never Before!
Who hasn’t heard of Rishikesh – famous for adventure sports and camping. A favorite place of Delhi-NCR residents, Rishikesh is known particularly for White River Rafting and camping close to Holy River Ganga. This time though, explore Rishikesh in a very unique way by running alongside Mother Ganga. Start from the iconic Laxman Jhula and explore the scenic and picturesque Rishikesh in a whole new light.