Top 10 things to do in India in 2016

India as a tourist destination has plenty to offer for everyone. It is a mix of almost everything with different culture, customs, traditions, variety of architecture and lifestyles. There is a so much to discover and things to in India that if we try to explore the nation we will have a never ending list at our hands. But there are a few places which just can’t be left out. 

Here are the top 10 things to do in India in 2016

Visit Goa:

Sunset in Goa
Sunset in Goa

Goa is the most adventurous, enthralling and exotic tourist destination in India and very different from rest of the Indian states, which it owes to the prevalent Portuguese culture. Goa attracts millions of tourists not only from India but from all over the world.  Goa has the world’s best beaches and one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations.  The blue waters, palm trees, white sand and the beautiful sunshine make its beaches the most picturesque and a natural tourist attractant. The oozing beaches during the night make the nightlife amazing and late night beach parties are the most happening thing in Goa. Goa is known all over the world for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle but there is more to Goa than the beaches. Goa has beautiful cathedrals, temples, shrines and wildlife. So, move over Hawaii, Mauritius and Pattaya and come to Goa for a holiday of your life. 

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Take the Manali to Leh Road Trip:

"Leh Ladakh India"
Leh in Ladakh

Off late, Road trips have been generating a lot of fascination and curiosity. Especially among the youth there has been a lot of interest about the road trips. But the road trip from Manali to Leh is not for the amateurs, it’s for the pros and daredevils. The Manali-Leh route has become the favourite route for all the roadies because of its rough terrain and it offers the most challenging ride, ride through the steepest mountains, and ride on the highest road in the world. This road trip offers excitement and experience which cannot be matched by any other road trip in the universe. 

Enjoy Indian Festivals:

Holi colours sold in the market
Holi colours sold in the market

Festivals are one thing that are in complete abundance in India and most of the festivals are celebrated with much joy and vigor. Each festival is different, vibrant and colorful and is celebrated in a unique way. Also, each festival has a unique story behind it. The most celebrated festivals in India are Holi and Diwali. Holi is the festival of colours, marked with colors flying in the air and water being splashed over everyone. Diwali is the festival of lights and is the most celebrated and awaited festival in the country. The fireworks and colorful lighting and candles are most common scenes on this day.  

Visit the Kerala backwaters:

Kerala backwaters houseboat
Kerala backwaters houseboat. Source: Globetrotter girls

Kerala is popularly known as God’s own country, is one of ten destinations included in ten paradises in the world. The backwaters are a network of lakes and canals, both man-made and natural, from one end of the state to another. Flowing through the lagoons and blue lakes parallel to the Arabian Sea on a boat, gives a feel, altogether of a different world. Read about the Globe Trotter Girls and their experience of Kerala

Visit the Darjeeling tea gardens:

Singhalia Ridge Trail, Darjeeling
Singhalia Ridge Trail, Darjeeling. Source: katstan’s photostream Flikr Creative Commons

Darjeeling is one of the most scenic and popular hill stations in West Bengal. Lying at the foot of Himalayas, Darjeeling has been a hotspot for tourists. The Darjeeling Himalayan railway is one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites and a ride on the toy train is must for anyone visiting Darjeeling. But the highlights of Darjeeling are its Tea gardens. It is also known as Tea capital of India and well renowned for it all over the world. 

Visit the Taj Mahal:

The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This mausoleum is a symbol of love. This beautiful white marble marvel was made a Mughal King named Shah Jahan in the 17th century for his beloved ailing wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal attracts tourists from all over the world and is a foremost tourist attraction in the country. 

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Banaras boat ride:

Hindu Cremation Banaras
Hindu Cremation Banaras

For anyone visiting the most ancient city in the human civilization a morning boat ride in the holy River Ganges is a must. Banaras attracts a lot of tourists from Europe, who seek solace and divine guidance. Don’t forget to drink the bhang (marijuana) lassi from government owned bhang shops while you are here. 

Take the Bombay to Goa train ride:

Gateway of India Mumbai
Gateway of India Mumbai

Konkan railway is the most extensive and biggest infrastructure project and a construction marvel. Konkan railway connects Mumbai to Mangalore through Goa. The journey is as picture perfect as it can be. The route is around 750 km and is parallel to the Arabian Sea. The captivating greenery, waterfalls, lakes, bridges, tunnels and stunning visuals will leave you spellbound. 

Visit Rajasthan:

Amer Palace is located in Amer, 11 kilometres from Jaipur
Amer Palace, 11 kilometres from Jaipur

Rajasthan is the state of Forts and Palaces. Rajasthan is known for its hospitality and wonderful architecture. The city of Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur attracts domestic as well as foreign travelers. Rajasthan is a beautiful state with a rich heritage and a glorious past. 

Enjoy Mountain Railway trains:

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Ooty the popular hill resort in Tamil Nadu

These mountain trains are small historic trains still running at a few hill stations in India. The trains are slow but a ride on them has a charm of its own. These trains presently run on just four routes, these are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka-Shimla route, Ooty Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Matheran Hill Railway.  

India is an exotic, elegant, extravagant nation which offers an unmatched experience to any traveler to this beautiful country. Hope some of these things to do in India will will give you the feel of what India is all about.  

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40 thoughts on “Top 10 things to do in India in 2016”

  1. A classic India list that is a must do for anybody visiting India… only all of them may not be possible in one visit ..so may be more than one visit will be needed

  2. Rajasthan has many places to visit Udaipur, Jaipur but the best place to visit in rajasthanis Mount Abu it is the only hill station in rajasthan and has many historical places to visit.

  3. Goa is the most popular among the foreign tourists. However, Rajasthan, Mumbai and Delhi are also popular among the local tourists which will be visited in 2016.

  4. Kalka Shimla rail route is not good, it is very step so train goes very slowly on it. Ooty Nilgiri rail route is very good and full of enthusiasum. Scenry in Ooty Nilgiri Hill route is awesome.

  5. Hai Shalu… Thanks for the summary. I want to go india and must to visit in Taj Mahal. I hope can learn something more in this website. I especially like the Travel Center – lots of quickly available info on any cities I might visit on tour.

  6. India is a land of many beautiful places ranging from beaches to hill stations to deserts. I have travelled to a few of the destinations mention here, but have missed on some. Ooty, Banaras and Darjeeling are few that I would love to visit with my friends in the next holidays.

  7. Hi Shalu,

    Awesome article which summarizes the fragrance of India. This could give a good kick start to those who wanna enjoy the travel across india this 2016.

  8. id love to travel across India on the train,its a dream of mine but if you were to get off and explore all the little interesting places it would probably take me months so for now ill keep doing the lottery and see how that turns out for me lol.

  9. I have visited most of the places you mentioned in your article buy Leh is the place which I never visited. Planning to visit Leh. What is the best time to visit there.

  10. Hi Mam,

    I am a big follower of your blog !!! almost daily visit on you site !!

    Can you please guide me where can i go in June and july with family??

  11. Really informative post Shalu Sharma, First time i am going through this website and undoubtedly i will say WOW!. Now you are tempting me to visit this places again. Even though the description of the places are not that lengthy you made sure the inevitable juice is there for all places. I will add this website to my watch list bucket for sure.

  12. Thanks Shalu for this Informative Post. Please update your post and tell me – what is the best time to visit there?
    Last year we guys went Jaipur in summer season. We got irritate there because of Rajasthan whether so please provide me information about best time to travel.

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  14. Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about India …Visiting in India is amazing experience. This is amazing place with historical monuments and rich traditional culture. Specially dressing style culture, festivals celebration of india attract every tourist…such a nice blog you have shared here….

  15. First to thanks a lot mam for sharing this helpful post and make us part of this post……. it’s too interesting and glad to visit here. It’s also a very good guidepost for tourists who wants to visit India.

    I love so much India and proud to be and India.

  16. It’s too interesting to post and glad to visit here. It’s also a very good guidepost for tourists who wants to visit India. Thanks for sharing this post mam. “Take the Manali to Leh Road Trip” is one of the awesome aspects of this post. I already have taken Manali to Leh Road Trip last year and really enjoyed it.

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