Travel while you are young. You then open yourself up to varied experiences that shape the kind of person you become. Fulfill your need to have an adventure. This is a fun bucket list exercise you can use as an excuse to travel and start ticking them off! These are not just places, they are experiences. On your road to self-discovery in your twenties, these experiences can change the way you view the world and yourself. Visit us at Wildr for more such travel experiences and places to stay.
India offers a diverse range of landscapes to explore: mountains, beaches, hills, deserts, plains, forests, lakes, rivers, and more. This lets you experience a lot without having to leave the country. So here is a list of 16 experiences to have across India before you turn 30.
1. Chadar Trek
Chadar Trek in Ladhak is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. You walk across a frozen river amidst breathtaking views. It is open only during the winters (January-February) when the Zanskar river freezes and gets covered in a blanket of ice. You can also enjoy the view of valleys covered in snow. What better time than your twenties to get fit and trek across a frozen river, right?
2. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh
The waters of Ganges in Rishikesh is a good spot for rafting and other water sports. You can ride along the fierce currents passing through rocky terrains and greenery. There are several camping options for travelers. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can even indulge in adventure sports like bungee jumping and zip lining.
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3. Manali-Leh Bike Trip
You can go on a unique and challenging biking expedition from Manali to Leh. The highway stretches over 475 km and you go through Khardungla pass, the world’s most elevated motorbike road. You will be rewarded with the view of the majestic snow-capped Himalayas, brown barren terrains, magical turquoise-colored lake, cascading waters of streams and astounding beauty all around.
4. Scuba Diving In Andaman
With scenic beaches, deep blue waters and exotic marine life makes Andaman a great place to explore. These islands in the Bay of Bengal offer varied experiences like swimming with the fishes, underwater sea walking and mangrove kayaking. Andaman combines serenity with adventure, so don’t miss out.
5. Walk on the Living Root Bridge in Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is a little town in Meghalaya, the ‘abode of clouds’. Here, you can see roots from gigantic living trees, branched out and entwined to form a bridge that you can walk on! Surrounded by greenery and trees, you can see the winding roots and the water below as you walk across. These oddities truly make you appreciate the marvels of nature.
6. Rann Utsav, Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch, India’s largest salt marsh, draws travelers from all over the world. The white salt surface sparkles under the moonlit sky. The experience is surreal. You will be surrounded by nothing, only plain white arid terrain of the desert. Visit during Rann Utsav, to participate in festivities, dance, music, paramotoring, meditation, yoga, etc and explore more of the Gujarati culture.
7. Visit Coorg
Known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is a hill station offering a scenic and serene experience away from the hustle of city life. The sight of vast green stretches and the smell of coffee plantations add to the simple yet intoxicating experience. There are treks, waterfalls, and camping options to add activities that will get you moving.
8. Skiing at Auli
Known as the skiing capital of India, Auli is a land of beautiful sunsets with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. For an adventure, you can try your hand at skiing on the snow-covered slopes. The is surrounded by coniferous and oak forest, providing views of Mana Parwat, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat, and Nar Parbat mountains.
9. Chandni Chowk Street Food Tour
This travel experience is for the foodie in you. Your capacity to eat and digest all kind of foods while younger will help you during this food tour. The streets of Chandni Chowk in Delhi entice your taste buds with spicy chaats, kachoris, sweet jalebis, and rich North Indian food. Walk along the narrow streets and enjoy the delicacies.
10. Wildlife Adventure, Corbett
If you are adventurous and love seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, you must visit the Jim Corbett national park. A jeep safari is its star attraction. You can spot the royal Bengal tiger, catch glimpses of the world’s toughest fish called ‘Masheer’, experience a trek at the foothills of Almora ranges while being surrounded by beautiful scenery.
11. Visit Spiti Valley
Known as the middle land – the land in between Tibet and India, Spiti is a cold desert mountain valley in the Himalayas. It is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Small villages are nestled along mountain crests. There are a number of old monasteries exposing you to the Buddhist culture. You will appreciate the mix of spiritual serenity, scenic beauty, culture and the remoteness this place offers.
12. Paragliding in Solang
Solang valley offers an array of activities for you to indulge in. For activities like paragliding, you are better off visiting during the lush green summers. If you want to experience skiing, skating, and the snow, visit during the winter months. With paragliding, you get the bird view of the green mountains, valleys and the surrounding snow-capped ranges. Enjoy your time away from city life with these home stays.
13. Visit a Haunted Place, Bhangarh Fort
If you are looking for a unique, haunted, horror movie experience, you could go to Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan. According to the local folklore, all the people in the town happened to disappear in a day. No one is allowed to venture here after sunset. It is said that the people who have gone there after sunset have not been found.
14. Sunburn Music Festival, Goa
This is a chance to let loose the party person in you. Sunburn brings some of the finest musicians and disc jockeys to Goa. It is the biggest electronic dance music festival in Asia. Imagine open skies, scenic beach, and music to dance to with people from different parts of the world. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy music and dance, you can indulge in various water activities like snorkeling, surfing, parasailing, etc or just relax by the Goan beaches.
15. Backpacking across the Northeast
The culture and the untouched natural landscapes in the seven sister states of the Northeast are now gaining popularity. You don’t have to go to another country for an exotic backpacking trip. Explore leisurely the forests, river islands, clear waters, waterfalls, and caves. People are friendly, strike up a conversation to learn more about their culture and way of life.
16. Sunderbans Boat Ride
Sunderbans is the largest mangrove ecosystem in the world. It offers spectacular views of the jungle. The boat rides take you through the rivers and narrow creeks, as you witness attractions such as the fisherman’s cove, crocodile’s den, deer rehabilitation center and more. Rich in flora and fauna, you can do some bird watching as well. Experience nature, relax against the backdrop and return home rejuvenated.