To celebrate India’s 73rd #IndependenceDay tomorrow, we’ve got a mix of popular and offbeat things for you to do and experience in India. This isn’t your average checklist or bucketlist; it’s got all of the diversity that India’s renowned for packed into one neat long-ish list.
If you’ve done any of these things, check them off and more power to you. If you haven’t done them (yet), you’re welcome. India beckons!
Hit the ski slopes at Gulmarg Try some jackfruit chips in Kerala Scuba dive in the Andamans Visit the IITs or IIMs, India’s leading tech and management institutes Stay in a tree house in Kerala Check out the one-horned rhino, the pride of Kaziranga See the sunlight shimmer on some of the highest lakes in the world at Ladakh Drop in at Spiti Valley’s Kyi Monastery in Himachal Ride your motorbike from Manali to Leh Go on a boat ride along the Sundarbans or the Ganges Watch devotees carry Lord Ganesh to his watery end in the sea in Mumbai Visit the salt flats at Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch Witness the Niagara Falls of India, Hogenakkal Falls on the river Kaveri Check out the Indo-Islamic architecture at Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai Admire the sea of millennial pink as flamingos flock to Sewri, Mumbai Bag a role in a TV soap at Film City, Mumbai Don’t forget your umbrella at one of the world’s wettest places in Meghalaya Pick up some antiques at Chor Bazaar (Thieves’ Market) Try Sorpotel (curried liver, heart and kidney) in Goa Check out India’s rock, goth, metal and punk scene in Shillong Walk the last footsteps of the Mahatma at New Delhi’s Birla House Visit the WWII fallen at Kohima War Cemetery Marvel at Lord Buddha in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh Drive up to the Drang Drung glacier near Kargil in Kashmir Relax and unwind at Kovalam beach resort Study the French influences in Pondicherry Pick a fresh lotus, India’s national flower Walk across a living root bridge in Meghalaya Go paragliding in Kamshet, Maharashtra Propose to your loved one at the monument of love – Taj Mahal Film the lowering of the flags ceremony at the India-Pak border at Wagah See Konark, a 13th century temple in Orissa, excavated by the British Shower in the outdoors at a Taj Vivanta resort Check out an Indian vineyard at Nashik Visit Sydney Opera House’s cousin in Delhi, the Baha’I Lotus Temple Drive down the Bandra-Worli Sea Link or the Queen’s Necklace in Mumbai at dusk Play golf like a maharaja at Rambagh Palace Golf Club in Jaipur Join the gay parade at Delhi or Kolkata Study the erotic sculptures at Khajuraho Visit a centuries-old eco-tourism resort at the Bishnoi Village in Jodhpur Hear the roar of the Asiatic Lion at Sasan Gir Forest, Gujarat Get a close shave from a street-side stall Instagram the Valley of Flowers Yumthang in Sikkim Catch the endangered snow leopard at Hemis National Park, Kashmir Ride the Mumbai local trains, or at least the Delhi metro Have a vodka shot pani puri Go water-skiing in Goa or heli-skiing in Manali Go on a frozen river trek to Zanskar Take a dip in the pool below Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Explore the Golden Temple, the most sacred place for Sikhs, in Amritsar Top Gun fan? Attend the Aero Show in Yelahanka, Bangalore Bungee jump at Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh Attend a public audience with the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala Get onto a yak and safari along the Singelila Range Help take a solar light to rural India https://pollinategroup.org/ Try to spot India’s national bird, the peacock Eat food off a banana leaf in Trivandrum See a sand sculpture by Orissa artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Visit Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site Visit Salman Rushdie’s ancestral home in Solan Watch the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi Embark on an elephant or camel safari Spot the elusive tiger at Ranthambore National Park Spot the dabbawallahs in action in Mumbai Visit the oldest restaurant in India, Karim’s in Old Delhi Learn yoga in Rishikesh Watch baby Olive Ridley turtles as they crawl towards the sea in Orissa Join the Clean Ganges movement Travel like royalty on the Palace on Wheels View St Francis Xavier’s casket in Goa Hear the musical pillars at the southern temples Stock up on those gorgeous pashmina shawls