Top 10 Things to do when travelling in India
India has plenty of activities to do or things to do that most likely you have never done before or seen before. The fun-filled adventures of all nature, either shocking or fascinating, or educational, or confusing or even frustrating, rule the day in the land, regardless of where you are.
There is a catalog of fun things you can do, and this article rounds up the ten favorite things that visitors of India and tour guides pick from their travel activities.
Delhi – Gali Paranthe Wali
This is an excellent food lane that is home to several famous diners that serve the unique stuffed parathas of Delhi, which is a flatbread created using wheat dough and fried lightly on both sides with oil. For most eateries, the filling is potatoes, but on this street, there are several varieties of fillings, ranging from squash to cheese to mint to raisins to cashews to mixed vegetables and many more.
Delhi – Akshardham
The Akshardham is a cultural complex situated close to the Yamuna River and is a remarkable structure with a massive temple made from thousands of Indian artisans' carvings. On the outside, the structure is mindblowing with its unique appearance and architecture, while its interior has absurdly detailed designs on the pillars, walls, and the high, domed ceilings.
Jaipur – Raj Mandir Cinema
The cinema opened in 1976 and is one of the most popular in the country. It's a fantastic place to catch a Bollywood film with its vast art-deco structure with pastel colored interiors, comfortable seats in the large theater, efficient staff and even the tense atmosphere of the hundreds of movie fans.
Abhaneri – Chand Baori Stepwell
A first-time visit to the tiny village of Abhaneri located 10 Km off the Agra-Jaipur road; one would make a common mistake thinking it's just a small well amidst a ruined city. However, the spectacular 1200-year-old water tank that is 30 meters deep and more than 3500 steps and still one of the largest in the city will keep you looking at it for hours.
Ranakpur – Ranakpur Jain Temple
The village of Ranakpur is a remarkably peaceful place situated off the Jodhpur-Udaipur main route. Home to one of the most significant temples in the world, the town also has a couple of restaurants and hotels for one to pay a visit. The temple sits in the forest, with an excess of 1400 pillars carved intricately, each unique from the next, supporting structure with an eerie atmosphere like in an ancient maze.
Udaipur – Animal Aid Unlimited
Udaipur is a famous place to visitors, but many people do not know that one can spend a day or two volunteering with the Animal Aid Unlimited. The organization operates as a rescue center, as well as hospital and sanctuary for ill and injured street animals. Here you can join other volunteers and find cows, dogs, donkeys, goats, pigs, as well as other animals under the care of the enthusiastic veterinarian staff from the local community.
Udaipur – Natraj Dining Hall
This is a place favorite among the locals of the town and offers the chance for one to enjoy the Indian thali experience. The meal has a variety of foods served on a big metal platter. Here, you eat whatever they make, without a menu, but it's delicious, and they keep serving until you say no more! And it all costs about $1.85 per head.
Bundi – Kukki's Cave paintings
Visit the beautiful tiny local named Rajasthan and hear about the legend of Kukki, who had very little knowledge in archaeology, yet uncovered some of the most impressive cave paintings in the whole of India while wandering around ruined monuments.
Varanasi – Jolly Music House
This city is ancient, clocking over 3800 years, and is full of buzz and activity making it rough, but fascinating. With the open cremations, religious ceremonies, crumbling palaces and ancient markets, it's an all in one destination. One exciting experience is a tiny room situated in the Bengali Tola area that is the Jolly Music house where you can learn from a talented musician on all the types of traditional music instruments.
Amritsar – The Golden Temple
Each visit to the shimmering Golden temple brings with it a rewarding experience with its unlimited flow of local pilgrims with whom you can mingle. Visit the Langar Hall and enjoy free, yet tasty meals available almost always. Over 100, 000 people per year experience meals and conversations with each other.
Whenever you visit India, you can go camping, hike the Himalayas, visit the Tibetan villages, play cricket, even visit the Hindu temples and also meet friendly people who could even invite you to family dinners. That is just a tiny glimpse of what awaits you in India; there are endless possibilities that will keep you revisiting.