10 Must Visit Places in India Before You Turn 30
India is the oldest civilization in history with a rich cultural heritage. Our country stands apart from the rest of the world for its mountains and seas to deserts and lush green plantations. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the North, stretches south through the Tropic of Cancer and ends into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal in its east and Arabian Sea to its west. From the greatest Salt Desert, the Thar Desert, in its west, it rests its boundaries in the east to lush green coffee plantations. In between these ends, we have numerous National Parks, ruins World Heritage Sites, sacred places of worship, temples, monuments, and beaches. India has a lot to offer for people with wanderlust.
Here is a list of ten places you must visit before turning thirty. The twenties are the time to explore the wilderness inside you for peace within you.
1. Wildlife adventure trip to Corbett
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Jim Corbett National Park was established by hunter turned nature conservationist Edward James Jim Corbett. Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, this national park has a diverse flora and fauna. There are four gates that act as an entrance to this park. Home to 586 species of migratory and resident birds with 50 species of raptors and 36 of a dragonfly, this is the oldest National Park of India. This park is famous for its wild population of elephants, tigers, and Leopards.
This is the best managed and protected National Park and attracts thousands of Indian and Foreign travelers in its alluring vicinity. This park has various splendid landscapes as it is situated in foothills of Himalayas. Numerous adventure and tours are available to make your stay a memorable one.
A well-protected wildlife habitat, this trip is sure to leave you with an experience of the lifetime.
2. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh
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Rishikesh is home to faith and adventure, that go side by side. This is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand. In the foothills of Himalaya, beside the River Ganga, this city and river are considered holy by Hindus.
This small city has become a big hub for adventure sports like River Rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping, and also cannoning. Various tour operators are available online as well as on spot. Book a package of your choice and find the peace amidst the chaos of adventure.
To experience this mysterious landscape, you can also opt for camping.
3. Bike trip from Manali to Leh
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The twenties are the time you step out of the regular routes and take this exciting road trip from Manali-Leh. Admire the beauty of nature as you pass through the snow-capped mountains, breath-taking landscapes, untamed roads and more. Offering the best route for true bike lovers, this highway stretches over 475 km and is a must experience for your twenties.
4. Scotland of India, Coorg
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It was the British planter community that termed the name Scotland of India. Reason being the similarities between Coorg and Scotland. Both are mountainous, misty, and cool and both have pleasant climate all around the year.
Unspoiled, beautiful and serene this quaint hill station of Karnataka is a perfect retreat to rejuvenate or indulge into sheer adventure.
The Abbey Falls is a beauty to behold, being the most beautiful waterfall in South India. Another vibrant and beautiful fall is Mallalli Fall in the foothills of Pushpagiri Hills. A picnic spot near Coorg is Cauvery Nisargadhama. It is an island that stretches 64 km and nestled among beautiful sandalwood, teak trees, and bamboo groves.
This cool hill station will get you a gorgeous sight of endless greenery. Live around the aroma of Coffee Plantations.
5. Scuba Diving in water of Andaman
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Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island, and a few others are the prime spots for travellers to witness massive and colorful corals and colorful fish.
The Island is surrounded by sparkling clear ocean waters having great depth with beautiful underwater life still left unexplored from the shores.
Swim along the turtles, explore the marine wonderland, see the Dugongs, batfish, puffer fish, Blue-spotted stingrays, and snappers that you never knew existed. This underwater paradise will leave you surprised to no end.
Note: Don’t touch as much as possible because, even a slight tough can destroy the upper layers of coral.
6. Rann of Kutch
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Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts all over the world, located in the desert in the Kutch District, Gujrat, India and Sindh Province, Pakistan. Every year, The Government of Gujarat Hosts an annual three-month festival in the winter season. The festival is popular by the name ‘Rann Utsav’ where tourists from all over the world can get a glimpse of local culture, cuisine, and hospitality.
As far as the eye can see, everything is white, for miles in every direction. Stretching for more than 7,500 square kilometers, getting lost in this white wilderness will leave you surprised to no end. Challenge yourself by camping in this salt desert. The horizon is nothing but endless stretches of sand and sky. Relish the entertainment provided by local people.
7. Wagah Border
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Wagah Border is situated on the Grand Trunk road between historic cities of Amritsar and Lahore, Famous within Indian, Pakistan and around the world for the Wagah Border Ceremony that happens at the border gate each evening two hours before sunset. Lowering of flags is a routine followed by the armed forces of both the nations since 1959. This is demarcation line drawn at the time of Partition of India during its Independence in 1947.
The ceremony is about the perfectly coordinated lowering of two national flags. The ceremony is conducted by Border Security Force (BSF), India and Pakistan Rangers. It is also called the beating retreat border ceremony. It includes high kick marching from both country’s armed forces.
8. Spiti Valley
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Spiti means the ‘middle land’ and is the land between Tibet and India. This is a desert mountain valley located in the Himalaya Mountains of North-east India. The sky at this height is a special shade of blue. These valleys also go by the name Lahul-Spiti valley.
Tabo, Dhankar, Key, Lhalung are a few monasteries worth a visit in Spiti. There are also a few lakes around Spiti, of which Chandratal Lake is the most famous of all. This valley invites thousands of tourists to experience it’s alluring environment and its scenic beauty will engulf your senses.
9. Amritsar’s Golden Temple
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Sri Harmandir Sahib (The Abode of God) or informally referred to as the ‘Golden Temple’ is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhs. The construction of Harmandir Sahib was in build with a intension to create a place of worship for all humans, irrespective of their caste and creed. It’s foundation stone was laid by a Sufi saint.
The temple has the world’s largest soup kitchen. Free food is served to 100,000 to 300,000 people on a daily basis. Irrespective of the caste, background, sex, color, creed or social status.
The golden temple is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. The dome is made of 750 kg of Gold. This is the most tangible spiritual place in the country. The most famous is the Hari Mandir or the Divine temple in the center of the large body of water. The water that surrounds the mandir is Amrit Sarovar or the Pool of Nectar.
10. Backwaters of Kerala
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It is a collection of five lakes interconnected to each other by way of canals and these lakes are part of the British lagoons in South India. These backwaters have a different and unique type of ecosystem consisting of different types of aquatic species.
The Kerala Boat festival elevates the charm of the backwaters. The race is about the enthusiasm and team spirit. Watching this race is enthralling and one should not miss while on a trip to Kerala
Rohit is a travel blogger who shares travel expedition information on Trans India Travels. His works have appeared in various travel blogging websites. He is an architect by profession and this influenced him to explore India for its ancient monuments and architecture.