India is a land of culture and heritage where one can explore the beautiful hill stations, Historical monuments, alluring beaches, golden deserts, temples, peaceful backwaters, wildlife and colorful fairs and festivals. Here are 50 things you can do with your family for an exotic and magical experience. www.travelrows.com
1. Safari in India
Viewing 500 species of mammals, 2,060 birds, 748 reptiles and 30,000 insects in India is amazing for families at Popular Safari Sites as follows:
- Wildlife Safari – Corbett National Park (Uttaranchal)
- Kanha National Park (Madhya Pardesh)
- Camel Safari, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Shekhawati, Pushkar, Nagaur (Rajasthan)
- Jeep Safari – Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Bikaner, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
- Bird Safari – Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary (Rajasthan)
- Kumarakom Sanctuary (Kerala)
- Elephant Safari – Kaziranga National Park (Assam)
- Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh)
2. Camping in India
A great family fun activity is exploring region diversity and unity in India at Popular Camping Sites as follows:
- Sarchu in Lahaul, Sangla, Kalpa in Kinnaur, Kaza in Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
- Desert Villages of Shekhawati and Mandawa (Rajasthan)
- Cauvery Camp, Kabini River Lodge, BR Hills Resort (Karnataka)
- Gaumukh, Rishikesh, Kaudiyala, Mohan, Dhanaulti, Dharali (Uttaranchal)
3. Rafting in India
Enjoy thrilling rafting activities and capture nature in your cameras at Popular Rafting Sites like:
- Satluj River, Ravi, Chamba, Beas, Chandra, Lahaul (Himachal Pradesh)
- Ganges River, Garhwal, Gangotri, Asan Barrage (Uttranchal)
- Kudiyala Rafters Club, (Uttranchal)
- Lidder River, Drass, Sindh, Suru (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Bhalukpung (Assam)
- Teesta River (Sikkim)
4. Trekking in India
You can relish the pure air and silence of wilderness at popular trekking sites like:
- Gangotri, Tapovan, Dodital, Har Ki Dun, Roopkund, Pindari, Nanda Devi (Uttaranchal)
- Jalori Pass, Pir Panjal, Lahaul, Darcha, Padum, Manali, Sangla, Lahaul, Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
- Karsha, Lamayaru, Padum, Leh, Nubra, Shyok Valley, Spituk, Alchi (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Darjeeling, Phalut, Sandakphu, Manebhajang (West Bengal)
- Pemayangtse, Yuksum, Dzongri, Tsangu, Varsey, Soreng, Rathong (Sikkim)
5. Skiing in India
You can have a mind blowing experience of freshly fallen snow and pristine ski slopes at Popular Skiing Sites as follows:
- Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir)
- Auli (Uttaranchal)
- Manali, Narkanda, Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)
6. Angling in India
India has vast opportunities for sport fishing and angling with coastline of more than 3000 Km and an estimated 55,000 Km of lakes, streams, rivers, tributaries and reservoirs. Fun filled Popular Angling Sites are as follows:
- Chirgaon, Seema, Mandil, Sandasu, Tikri and Dhamvari (Himachal Pradesh)
- Jia Bhoroli River, Kapili, Manas and Bhalukpung (Assam)
- Pasighat, Yingkiong, Bodak and Siom (Arunachal Pradesh)
- Kosi, Ramganga and Sarju (Uttaranchal)
7. Taj Mahal in India
Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world, a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal and is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
8. Kerala in India
A breathtaking natural beauty located in the south-west region of India on the Malabar Coast. Kerala is named as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must-see destinations of a lifetime” due to its lush hill stations, exotic wild life, world famous backwaters, coastal belts, midland plains, western ghats, Arabian sea, sprawling spice and tree plantations, paddy fields, wild jungles, natural ayurveda medicine, rich culture and much more.
9. Goa in India
Goa is located on the west coast of India. It has natural scenic beauty, alluring beaches, temples and churches with distinctive style of architecture, colorful and lively feasts and festivities and above all hospitable people with a rich culture.
10. Rajasthan in India
It is the most popular tourist destination in India due to its historical forts, palaces, art and culture. It is known as the land of colors and kings. Watch the landscape change from golden sands to edifices, palaces and lakes, on to the greenery of sanctuaries as you journey through Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bikaner and Shekhwati. You can visit golden fortress of Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, take boat rides in Chambal River to see crocodiles, gavials, sloth bears, hyenas, blue bulls and over two hundred varieties of birds. You can enjoy camel safari, Marwari cousine, folk dances and music under a canopy of stars at osian.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres southeast of New Delhi, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India .Khajuraho temples are the great masterpiece of Indian art and architectural values and are internationally famous for erotic carvings and statues dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs.
Varanasi is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world (3000 years old) and is famous as the city of temples. The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. Its Ganga arti is the main attraction practiced for many years.
13. Ranthambore national park
Ranthambore national park is one of the largest national parks situated in Rajasthan, India. You can spend time watching Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat. Visiting this place is a treat for every wild life and nature lover.
14. Bandhavgarh national park
Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country. It features tropical forests and woodlands, a millennium old fort, a reclining statue of Lord Vishnu, steep rocky hills and grassland valleys and the dense Sai jungle. This place is known as white tiger country. Chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, dhole, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, black faced langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox and wild dog also inhabit these forests.
15. Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park has large varieties of fauna and is really a paradise for the wild species. This park is best known for Barasingha, the swamp deer and is famously called ‘the jewel of Kanha’. The tiger tour is perfectly a great option for the nature lovers in Kanha. Visit to this place will definitely prove an awesome experience for wild life and nature lovers.
16. Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park has a wide range of flaura and fauna ranging from leopards, tigers, Himalayan Black bears Indian Grey Mongoose, Crocodiles, sloth etc. Also it has more than 600 species of trees, herbs, shrubs, bamboos etc. This wild life heritage is a must visit for wild life exploration.
17. Museums in India
The unique museum in India help you to explore the people, culture, beliefs and history of ancient India. Top five famous museums of India are as follows:
- National Museum Delhi
- The Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai
- Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad
- The Calico Museum of Textiles Ahmedabad
- Indian Museum Calcutta
18. Art galleries in India
Indian Art Gallery offer Indian contemporary art. Top Art galleries which deserve credit for the renaissance of Indian Art are:
- Pandol Art Gallery, Mumbai
- Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai
- Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery, Mumbai
- Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
- Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
- Nature Morte, New Delhi
- Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
19. Festival tours of India
The holy and spiritual land of India which is multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religions celebrates every day a festival of its unique kind and theme. You will find this festival tour very charming and attractive and can purchase the local products especially made up of traditional handicrafts. The famous festival tours of India are Basant Panchami, Diwali, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Eid-ul-Fitr, Ganesh, Holi, Janmashtami, Karvachauth, Kumbh, Mahavirjayanti, Navratri, Onam, Pushkar Fair, Raksha Bandhan, Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival), Christmas besides the National Festivals of Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. There are number of festivals in India which are celebrated on some theme like Puri Beach festival in Orissa, Chamba festival in Himachal Pradesh, Baisakhi festival in Punjab, Chitrakoot festival in Madhya Pradesh, Tarnetar festival in Gujarat etc.
20. Vintage Car Drive
Hyderabad love affairs with automobiles dates back to the days of the nizams. Even today expect to see Rolls Royace, Packards and Candiallacs on the streets. Experience an exclusive drive around town in the vintage or classic car.
21. Participate in the Paranormal
A Shrine in Shivpur, near Pune, named after Sufi Qamar Ali witnesses an unusual event. In the courtyard, visitors to temple are asked to assist in a demonstration of Qamar Ali’s divine presence. The experiment involves a large boulder in the courtyard. When eleven people stand around the largest boulder and lightly touch it with a single forefinger and chant unison, the phrase, ‘ Qamar Ali Dervish’ the stone rises. If the chanting stops or just one person removes his finger from the stone, the stone instantly falls. Believe it or not!
22. Kite festival in India
Gujarat is the venue of international kite festival in India. It is celebrated on 14th January every year to celebrate Makar Sakranti. Designer’s Kites of infinite variety are displayed at the venue. The festival draws expert kite-makers and flyers not only from cities of India but also from around the world.
23. An oil massage in Kerala
Ayurvedic massages have close guaranteed remedies for many ailments. An unusual feeling of wellness is experienced with sirodhara, as medicated oil is poured in an even stream onto the forehead, said to pacify and revitalize the mind and body. One can experience the kind of rejuvenation relaxing the mind and body.
24. Gold Facial
Get a 22 carat gold facial at any of the premium parlours like the Shahnaz herbal parlours in India. The facial involves a massage with 22 carat pure gold gel and cream to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. This is an intensive age- control and rejuvenating treatment, leaving you as good as gold.
25. Yoga Holidays in India
Yoga, as an integral part of Hinduism, has been practiced in India for centuries as a way of freeing the mind, body & spirit. Yoga has also become popular inspiring increasing numbers of people to come and study yoga in India in traditional setting. There are many yoga centers in India, providing everything from in depth courses to flexible drop-in classes.
26. Bird Watching
India is a paradise for bird watching. There are over 925 breeding species. Bharatpur is the real kingdom of avian fauna with approximately 377 birds species already spotted.
27. Rajasthani Music
Folk music is a vital part of Rajasthani culture. Through songs the legendary battles of the Rajputs are told. The music engenders both a spirit of identity and provides entertainment as relief from the daily grind of wrenching a living from the inhospitable land.
28. Ancient Monastery
Visit the 17th Century monastery of the Mahayana Buddhists in Twang, Arunachal Pradesh, at an altitude of 10,200ft. Home to over 500 Lamas, it is surrounded by mountains. The temple contains a huge statue of Buddha and other priceless images and Tankhas. It also has a wealth of old scriptures, beautifully illustrated religious books (some of them in Sanskrit) and a Library containing antique books invluding gold-lettered copies of the sacred Buddhist Scriptures.
29. Shopping in India
There are multiple shopping options like fine brocades, shimmering silks, woolens, cool cottons and a range of other fabrics. There is rich embroidery and mirror work as also an amazing variety of gold and silver jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, miniature paintings, metal, marble and stone-wares, pottery, jute and bamboo crafts, to choose from the traditional Indian bazaars to modern shopping arcades.
30. Mangrove forests in India
One can have an awesome experience of seeing the largest mangrove forests of the world, the Sunderbans. One can explore rare and globally threatened wildlife species such as the Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodilus porosus), Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris), Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Gangetic Dolphin (Platinista gangetica), and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) here.
31. Historical Tour in India
Historical Tour is a wonderful family fun option to explore enticing country like India which has some thousands years of history.
32. Wagah Border Visit
Wagah Border visit is amazing for families visiting India. As the sun goes down, the retreat ceremony at this India-Pakistan border begins. Bugles are sounded from both the sides, which could easily blow the air out of your lungs if you try it; guards from both the sides stomp their feet as hard as possible, trying to get one-up over each other.
33. Golden Temple Amritsar
One can experience a great family fun by visiting the Golden Temple- an architectural marvel and a religious epicenter of the country. A dip in the lake here is rejuvenating, while the langar served here is lip smacking.
34. Shikara in Dal Lake
Another family fun thing to do is to stay in a Shikara in Dal Lake. It’s a mesmerizing experience to see beautiful surroundings of Dal Lake in houseboats which have intricate wood carvings and royal interiors, with all the services you can expect from the best hotels in the world.
35. Visit to Orccha
Visit to this place will let your family having fun by exploring history. Orchha town is in Bundelkhand district in Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of the Betwa River. There is a temple and old fort here.
36. Visit to Pushkar
A splendid camel fair is hosted every year in the month of October or November starting from Karti Purnima. It’s a great family fun to see Camels decorated in colorful attire for selling, and there are local Rajasthani delicacies to be had at the fair.
37. Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan
Rajasthans royal tradition is still intact. Your family can have a truly royal and luxurious experience by staying in heritage hotels of the place. Some of the palaces of the state have been converted into Heritage hotels.
38. Visit the Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai and Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer
Let your family experience spirituality at Haji Ali and Ajmer Sharif Dargah. It is said that whatever you wish for comes true here.
39. Osho Ashram Pune
This is the right place for your family to experience peace of mind and get spiritual guidance in your life. Some people even decide to stay back rest of their lives in this spiritual center.
40. Bhangarh, a haunted town in Rajasthan
visit to this place will give supernatural experiences to your family. There is a belief about Bhangarh that the place is haunted and no one dares to go after sunset there.
41. Palace on Wheels
Another family fun is to Relish the lifestyles of the kings of yore on board the Palace on Wheels, while listening to the silent tales of glory and valor told by the majestic forts and splendid palaces of Rajasthan. It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days.
42. Maratha Mandir Theatre, Mumbai
DDLJ has been at the theatre for 15 years now.
43. Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India. Your family can get spiritually refreshing experience. This monastery is awe-inspiring and majestic in its appearance and grandeur.
44. Snorkeling with elephants
Snorkeling at Andaman and Nicobar islands procures a great means of exploring the baffling and enigmatic marine territories which are home to spectacular species of flora and fauna. The wonderful family fun water sport of snorkeling at Andaman and Nicobar Islands gets you to glide across the surface of the water while having a diving mask on. So put on a wet suit and get engaged in this fun filled recreational activity to witness many gorgeous under-water creatures.
45. Dance festivals in India
India has a rich cultural heritage and the varied dance forms that we get to see here serve as a reflection of its diverse cultural traditions. Some of these classical dances are religious in nature, while others are performed primarily for the purpose of entertainment, during the happy festive occasions. All the classical dance forms of India revolve around the nine ‘Rasa’ or emotions, namely happiness, anger, fear, courage, peace, kindness, agony, surprise and disgust. Most of them even have a religious significance and convey devotion and thanks towards the divinity. You can have great fun with your family in Indian Dance Festivals as follows:
- Dover Lane Festival
- Hampi Dance Utsav
- Khajuraho Festival
- Konark Dance Festival
- Mamallapuram Utsav
- Nishagandhi Festival
- Natyanjali Utsav
- Taj Mahotsav
- Tansen Festival
46. Indian Cuisines
One of the best things to enjoy with your family is India’s variety of cuisines. Delight your taste buds with the local junk food or enjoy the tasty Mughal cuisine, savour some delicious paper thin crisp dosas with hot sambhar and coconut chutney. Crave for some international cuisines then choose from European, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Continental among others. Dig into luscious meats and chicken that are either curried or roasted to perfection and sprinkled with a variety of spices to give that distinct taste that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
47. Boating in a floating lake
The Loktak Lake is situated in the Northeast state of Manipur is regarded as the only floating lake in the world. However, it’s not the lake that moves, but the extensive islands of dense vegetation that dot the lake. But when on the lake, it may seem like it’s the lake that is moving. Families enjoy boat ride on Loktak Lake and explore the beauty of the place. There is also a national park located close to the lake where you can go bird watching and animal spotting.
48. Tree House Stay in Kerala
One can have a mind blowing experience of enjoying a stay in a tree house in Kerala. During a trip to Kerala, stay at Vythiri Resort, which has some of the world’s most amazing tree houses that manage to feel both luxurious and natural at the same time. So give your family a whole new experience of staying in bird territory, perched high above the ground.
49. Go on a rickshaw road trip
Feel trendy with your family on a multiple-day adventure by rickshaw. Some Event Management Services organize regular rickshaw road trips for anyone with a taste for adventure. There are several routes being offered, but the route that started the rickshaw craze is called the Classic Run: a 10-day journey that takes you through the exotic Indian countryside of Tamil Nadu.
50. Beaches in India
Visit India’s beaches to enjoy fun in the sand and sun with your families. Fortunately, there are beaches for everyone including those who want a lively party scene, and those wanting to relax undisturbed. Famous beaches in India are Varkala, Gokarna, Palolem, Baga, Marari, Mahabalipuram etc.