India may not seem like that “happening” place, but there are plenty of things to do for all those young and old alike. Whether it’s something more classic or something for the adventurous, you can find it all here!
You were in awe at the sight of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was built by an emperor named Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. Boy, I wish my ex-boyfriend would have thought of something this nice! All kidding aside, there are a ton of architecture types within this building, so the inner architecture student in me was amazed. Some of these styles include Persian, Indian, and Islamic. Bring your camera; you won’t want to miss the opportunity to add to your digital scrapbook!
You fell in love with Bollywood culture
Bollywood is a stunning and classy culture of entertainment. Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is about traditional Indian values in entertainment like movies but also incorporates modern times within. It revolves around the Hindi language and is mostly based in Mumbai, India. Bollywood has been around since the early 1900s when Raja Harishchandra and Dadasaheb Phalke made some of the first silent Bollywood films.
There are many Bollywood films available for us to watch in other countries, though, and even while you’re staying in India. On Netflix, I was able to watch Bollywood comedies like “Andaz Apna Apna” and “Chennai Express”, both of which had eye-catching posters. If you’re into checking out some of these films, you may have to unblock it as we ran into geographical restriction problems on our trip.
You’ve survived bungee jumping in Delhi
I’m absolutely petrified of heights, so when I visited I really didn’t think I was going to survive this one. At Wanderlust in Delhi, you can either jump from a crane or a hot air balloon. I also hate flying so I just opted for the crane. The crane is about 130 feet tall whereas the hot air balloon ride would give you about 8 minutes of flight time. This one is definitely for the thrill-seekers!
Your tongue survived spicy foods
India is known for its hot cuisine. Despite me not being an absolute thrill-seeker when it comes to heights, I do enjoy my spicy foods and trying new dishes. The first one I tried was a hot curry called Vindaloo. Known as the classic meal in India, there are different levels of spiciness as well as “alho” and “vinho”, which are garlic and wine.
You’ve gone snorkeling with elephants
As crazy as that sounds, it’s something you’re able to do. On Havelock Island in Andaman, there is a famous elephant named Rajan and he often swims underwater. The crystal clear waters will allow you to watch him swim as well as check out the marine life. Rajan the elephant was a former taxi and people have said that he “retired” to swim forever. How adorable!
You’ve made it through the Chadar Trek in Ladakh
This hiking trail is quite unique as it’s only available to you in the wintertime. Why? Simple. The trail is on a frozen river called Zanskar River! While you won’t be seeing underneath the water, you will be seeing the amazing snow covered mountains on your journey. At the end, you’ll come out to the town of Leh! This is definitely something that’s recommended for backpackers and those who plan to go on hiking trips.
My absolute favorite trip was to India and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you’re planning a vacation and are hesitant on going, here are 6 reasons why you should take a chance and go.