What To Do In India - 100+ Ideas for Travel Bucketlist

Just like Hindu god Brahma, India has many faces, each unraveling a colourful fusion of new moments. What to do in India is to not do the same as everything else. This country offers magical landscapes, captivating culture, immersive spirituality and an endless feast of history and food. And like Brahma, the moment infuse a kaleidoscopic blend of enchantment and sensual indulgence. Nowhere you’ve ever visited before will compare and as you craft a travel bucketlist, pull out moments from all the country's corners.

Panoramic image of the Taj Mahal as seen from Yamuna River, Agra. India.

Taj Mahal Out of Hours, No Crowds

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Asian Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore Park India

See Wild Tigers Up Close in Nagarahole National Park

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Udaipur James Bond Movie Locations Tour

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Private Ceremony, Vranasi

Private Aarti Ceremony in Varanasi

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Beauty painted elephant in Amber Fort - India.

Living With an Elephant for a Day in Jaipur

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Bollywood Movie Set, Mumbai

Star As an Extra in a Bollywood Movie in Mumbai

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This image of One Horned Rhino is taken at Kaziranga National Park in Assam,India.

Rhino Safari in Kaziranga

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The beach and sea on Havelock Island - Andaman and Nicobar islands

Barefoot Escapism at Jalakara on The Andaman Islands

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Prayer Flags, Thiksey Monastery

Participate in the Sunrise Prayers at the Thiksey Monastery in Leh

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Bishnoi's tribal woman sits with her daughter in front of the house, village near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Bishnois is a eco friendly sect of Hindu religion. It is one of many Rajasthani communities, which is famous for their rich cultural life and their true love for nature and animals.

Bishnoi Village Visit With Traditional Ceremony

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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort After Hours Curator Walk

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Helicopter View, Goa

Goa Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Jantar Mantar Royal Observatory, Jaipur

Explore Jantar Mantar Royal Observatory with an Astronomer

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Photo Acclimatisation Workshop, Delhi

India Photo Acclimatisation Workshop in Delhi

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What To Do In India's Betwitching Destinations

India is a feast for the senses. But it is not one India. This is more a continent than a country and every region, every city, displays remarkable originality. A travel designer will talk you through the best transport connections, so you can build an itinerary that embraces these contrasts. Here are some moments to get you excited with what is possible.

Cycle Rickshaw, Old Delhi

Explore Old Delhi in a Traditional Cycle Rickshaw

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Crowd on Burning Ghat on the riverbank of Ganges. View from the river. Varanasi known as Banaras is the holies city in India. It is on the banks of the river Ganges where the special funeral ritual, cremation goes on for purifying and final releases of the spirit from the body.

Death and Rebirth Varanasi Night Walk

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Street in the Blue City of Jodhpur, India.

Best of Blue City Historian Walking Tour

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City Palace complex, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur

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"City Palace, Jaipur, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur city, the capital of the Rajasthan state, India."

Jaipur City Tour With Local Historian

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Jumping Monkeys, Hampi

Photography Tour Around Magical Hampi

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Bateshwar, Madhva Pradesh

Magic of Morena in Hidden Hindu Temples at Gwalior

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City traffic on a busy road in New Delhi, India

Chennai Traditions and Lifestyles Tour

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Girl sitting on the floor of her government primary school in uniform along with some of her class mates sitting behind her. Selective focus, shallow depth of field.

Delhi Street-Life Walk With a Street Children NGO

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Mumbai is famous for its skyline. Also known for bollywood and as economic capital of india.

Mumbai by Dawn City Tour

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Amber Fort, Amer

Amber Fort and Jal Mahal Historian's Tour

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Evening view from fort kichi

Walking Tour of Cochin

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Kumakarom, Kerala

Tuk Tuk Tour of Kumarakom

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Union Territory, Pondicherry

Heritage Walk of the French Quarters in Pondicherry

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Mysore Palace

Early Morning Cycle Tour of Mysuru

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Crowded Street, Kolkata

Culture Walk in Kolkata

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Sarkhej Roza mosque in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Gujarati Culture Tour of Ahmedabad

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McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Visit Mcleod Ganj in Home of the Dalai Lama

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Where to Stay in India

Just a handful of ideas, showcasing how Indian accommodation does not reflect some of its stereotypes. This is a country of palaces and revering royalty, where you can indulge in some of the planet's most unique, luxury stays. A travel designer will tailor your itinerary with accommodation that suits your style, using handpicked collections of hotels and palaces, including those with only one guest suite.

Fine Dining, Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Kohinoor Suite Living Room, Oberoi Amarvilas

Kohinoor Presidential Suite at Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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Private deck, Raas Chhatrasagar

Raas Chhatra Sagar Tents, Rural Rajasthan

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Royal Carriage Services, Taj Falaknuma Palace

Stay in a Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad

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India Experiences

Experiences are itinerary ideas from leading travel designers. Use them as inspiration to start planning your dream trip.

Decorated elephant at the annual elephant festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India.

India Trip of a Lifetime

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Immersed in the Real India - Culture, Spirituality and History

India has its own style, but which side of India will you find? The culture is ever-changing, local guides taking you to incense-filled temples and majestic mazy streets. History speaks to you, revealing a millennia of change. And there is no country that can touch your soul as completely as this one.

Amritsar Golden Temple, Punjab

Visit the Golden Temple Before the Crowds Arrive in Amritsar

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Indian fighters performing Adi Thada Hand Combat during Kalaripayattu Marital art demonstration in Kerala, South India

Kalaripayyattu Martial Art Experience

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Hauz khas tomb's front view.

Evening with the Locals in Hauz Khas in Delhi

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VARANASI, INDIA October 12, 2017 - Ghats on the banks of Ganges river in holy city of Varanasi

Ganges Temple Ceremony in Varanasi

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Indian soliders at Wagah Border Ceremony, Amristar

Witness the Amritsar Border Closing Ceremony

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Kathakali Performance, Kerala

Evening Kathakali Performance in Cochin

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The Ashoka pillar at at Sarnath, near Varanasi, India. Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh, India near Varanasi is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence. Gautam Buddha was enlightned at this place.

Site of Buddha's First Sermon Buddhist Experience

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"Indian woman carrying pure water from the well. Collecting and carrying water are women's responsibilities in India. Rajasthani women often walk long distances through the desert to bring back jugs of water that they carry on their headshave. Thar Desert, Rajasthan. India."

Morning Walk Through a Meena Tribal Village in Jaipur

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Sunset view of the Diwan-i-Khas through doorway at the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, India.

Fatehpur Sikri Tour with a Historian Guide

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Sufi Shrine, Nizamuddin Dargah

Listen to Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi

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Humayun's tomb in a different angle view with reflection in water body.

Humayun's Tomb Tour With Local Historian

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Palace Illuminations, Mysore

Enjoy Mysuru Palace Illuminations from a Private Viewing Point

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Books

Literary Tour of Kolkata

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Hindu relief on the outside of the tower from Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Night Ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

Kathakali Performance, Kerala

Evening Kathakali Performance in Cochin

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Ultimate India Journeys For Your Bucketlist

India is a journey. Nobody returns home without experiencing some form of change. The country's spirit and culture pervades through you very being, and it's easy to be carried away on the magical carpet. Everything here feels like a journey and these journeys capture the local excitement.

Bengal tiger scent marking its territory on a tree

Wildlife Spotting Jeep Safari in Kanha National Park

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Toy Train, Darjeeling

First Class Train Journey on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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One Camel stay on a desert land with blue sky on the background

Khuri Village Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

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Ranganathaswamy Temple in 9th century Vaishnavite; shrines-Srirangapatna

Mysuru Vintage Jeep Tour

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Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tanjore

Chola Dynasty Tour in Thanjavur

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Colorful buddhist prayer flags in town of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Walk from Bir to Sherab Ling Monastery in Dharamsala

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Tea Plantation, Kerala

Scenic Trek Through Kerala's Tea Plantations

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Vertical shot of a forest safari trail

Deogarh Countryside Four-Wheel Drive Safari

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Houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters in India.

Kerala Luxury Houseboat Overnight

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Brahmins and City Legends Walk, Jodhpur

Brahmins and City Legends Walk in Jodhpur

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Ghost Walk, Old Delhi

Delhi Paranormal Ghost Walk

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Express train bound for Ahmedabad passing through rural Rajasthan near the city of Pali

Narrow Gauge Train Ride From Kamlighat to Phulad

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Rear view of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Agra, India.

Other Side of the River Agra History Tour

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Village Bike Ride, Madhya Pradesh

Meet Local Kanha People on a Shergarh Village Bike Ride

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White Water Rafting, Rishikesh

White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

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Kalka-Shimla Railway, Himachal Pradesh

First Class Carriage on the Kalka Shimla Railway

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Moments With India's Fabulous Art and Architecture

Art is an opportunity for you to travel even deeper into local styles and heritage. What to do in India is not sit on the sidelines and watch the art, but to get involved with workshops and artisans. There's so much to discover when you look beyond the original facade.

Theyyam Dance, Kerala

Theyyam Dance Performance in Kerala

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Ajrakh Block Printing, Gujarat

Ajrakh Block Printing Workshop ,A Ahmedabad

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Indian woman weaving durries. The durry (Rug) is weaved out of cotton or wool.

Two-Day Textile Workshop in Kolkata

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Handmade Silk Saris, Mysore

Mysuru Silk Tour

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Blue Pottery, Jaipur

Fine Art of Blue Pottery Workshop in Jaipur

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A woman sits and sews in a sari shop, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Meet Rare Textile Artists in Udaipur

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View of the hills of Shimla, India

Pens and Brushes Legendary Shimla Art Tour

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Indian wood printing block with block printed textile background

Jaipur Bagru Block Printing Workshop

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What To Do In India - Indulge in the Food

Nowhere makes food like India. And even if you're not too fond of spice, you'll soon learn to explore exotic scents and impressions. The culinary journey is always part of the Indian experience and these moments are just a flavour of what you can savour.

Cooking Course, Kerala

Cooking Workshop with Gourmet Expert in Kerala

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A delicious home made fish curry with chili peppers, cilantro, and basmati rice.

Malvani Cuisine Cooking Course on the Konkan Coast

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Dosa Vendor, Madurai

Foodie Tour in Madurai

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Indian street vendor preparing food - jalebi

Old Delhi Foodie Walk

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Gatte ki sabji is a traditional Rajasthani dish made with gram flour dumplings with dry spices, steamed and then dunked into a yogurt based curry

Rajasthani Cooking Demonstration in Jaipur

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Exotic palm trees

Waterfall and Spice Excursion in Goa

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Chettinad chiken is a spicy chicken dish made by the Chettiars of Tamil Nadu.

Chettinad Cooking Lesson in Karaikudi

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Indian Ethnicity Meal Food Casual Society Concept

Jodhpur Cooking Demonstration in Noble Family Home

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Koyambedu Market, Chennai

Early Morning Tour of Chennai's Vegetable and Flower Market

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Black pepper (piper nigrum) vine with immature peppercorns hanging at a spice plantation in Kerala, India

Local Family Lunch at the Spice Plantation in Thekaddy

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Sacks of spices and seeds at the Chadni Chowk spice markets in Delhi, India

Asia's Largest Spice Bazaar With Food Guide

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Tropical Spice Plantation, Goa

Lunch at an Indian Spice Plantation in Goa

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