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Most trips to India starts from its capital city, Delhi. Spend a few days exploring the Delhi's mix of historical buildings and modern architecture before making your way around India.
From Delhi, take a bus or train to Manali for the nature wonders of Himachal Pradesh - you can trek, cycle or raft in Manali, or if you're looking to connect with your inner spirituality, do a yoga retreat.
If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, take the 6am train from Delhi to Kathgodam railway station to visit Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Safari.
Goa is a popular summer spot for its white sandy beaches. If you are travelling between November - May, do put dolphin spotting in your itinerary. You'll sail across the Arabian Sea in hopes of spotting the elusive humpback dolphin. You can also raft down Mandovi River for unmatched jungle panoramas.
If you want an off-the-beaten-path alternative, take a cycling trip along the diverse trails, backyard forests and the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Goa.
Flying to Chandigarh brings you closer to Himachal Pradesh, a picture-perfect state with scenic hills, quaint villages, snow-covered mountains, lush valleys, and abundant trekking trails. Live in a local village at the foothills of the Himalayas, and experience a way of life seen by few travellers.
Also, visit Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and explore its streets with a local guide or hike to to views of endless snow-covered Himalayan ranges, the majestic Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu, and Narkanda.
Many start from Siliguri (IXB Airport) for its close proximity to both Sikkim, a nature wonderland, and Darjeeling, the famous tea and hill station city.
Sikkim is an adventurer's dream - hike, paraglide and mountain bike across mighty Himalayan ranges, dazzling waterfalls and grand Buddhist monasteries. Sikkim is also home to Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world!
We recommend doing a complete road trip that covers both the highlights of Sikkim and Darjeeling if you're overwhelmed with all the different states to visit!
Many start their travels from Dehradun to get to Rishikesh, the 'Adventure Sports Capital' of India. Be sure to try out Rishikesh River Rafting, enjoying the views of the Himalayas as you raft down the rapids.
In Rishikesh, you can also find a diverse range of trekking trails, each providing an impressive view of the mighty Himalayas - we recommend the Chopta-Chandrashilla Trek for intermediate hikers.
For wildlife lovers, make a trip to Rajaji National Park, the park with the highest numbers of elephants in Uttarakhand!
Kochikode is an ideal weekend getaway filled with lush greenery, tranquil beaches, and historical forts. For a thrilling adventure, raft down Iruvanjhipuzha River through jungles, canyons and waterfalls.
You can also drive 1.5h to Wayanad, one of the eight hottest hotspots of biodiversity in the world. Here you can camp, climb a mountain, cross dense forests, and enjoy stunning vistas of rural Wayanad. You can also enjoy cycling through different trails from tea plantation and tarmac against scenic mountainous backdrops.
Kannur, a hidden gem said to be the land of everyday gods. One of its highlights is the incredibly unique and traditional Theyyam festival, a folk festival that brings all people together, no matter their religion, to pay their respects to local heroes and ancestral spirits through colourful rituals.
In Kannur, you can also try out river rafting down Tejaswani River, swerving through rocky banks and enjoying the beautiful jungle foliage.
Mangalore is a coastal beauty known for its amazing beaches.
When in Mangalore, definitely give surfing a try — it is host to the Indian Open of Surfing and its great surf breaks makes it a good place for both beginner and intermediate surfers. You can also opt to kayak in the Arabian Sea for an intensive workout!
If you love learning about traditions and culture, consider an off-the-beaten-path homestay learning about the Theyyam Ritual, an ancient ritual that predates Hinduism.
Looking for a beach getaway? Most head to Thiruvananthapuram, distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. More importantly, it is only 16km away from Kovalam, a quaint beach town popular for its calm and scenic beaches.
Whether it is diving with shoals of anchovy or the occasional rare Torpedo Ray, gliding through world-class waves on your surfboard and chilling in beach shacks blasting reggae music, or parasailing behind a speedboat across the clear blue waters — you won't go wrong with water activities here.
Kerala has been aptly dubbed ‘God’s Own Country’. At Cochin, definitely check out Kerala backwaters where quaint houseboats glide across palm-fringed emerald waters. For a more unique experience, you can also kayak or paddleboard across Lake Vembanad. Cochin also provides access to Munnar (3 hour drive), a beautiful region where you can trek in tea plantations or camp against panoramic backdrops of mountains and forests.
Fly to Dehradun Airport to get to Rishikesh, a beautiful city located at the foothill of the Himalayas. Start your adventure with a trek on the variety of trails around Rishikesh, taking you through forests and rivers, overlooked by the mighty Himalayan peaks. Then do a half day rafting trip down the holy Ganges River that flows through this city. Rishikesh is the world's yoga capital so you should catch a yoga class to unwind after your adventures. If you have an extra few days, you can follow in the Beatles' footsteps and do a yoga retreat.
Start from Kottayam (about 1.5H drive from Cochin Airport). There are multiple ways to experience Kerala backwaters depending on your energy level. Either take a houseboat cruise around Lake Vembanad, kayak through narrow alleys, or try out stand-up paddleboarding for the first time. If time allows, you could even do all 3!
Then, spend a full day cycling around the backwaters and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to experience the beauty on land.
End your trip learning about the traditional ways of Pokkali Rice Farming before the grains go extinct.
This is perfect for wildlife lovers wanting to see the best of India's national parks.
From Delhi, fly to Dehradun Airport. There you can start your wildlife exploration at Rajaji National Park, for a half day game drive.
Then, head to Corbett National Park, India's best managed and most well-protected national park for a 3-day safari - try to spot elephants and the Bengal Tiger!
Next, drive 4-hours to the remote Pilibhit Tiger Reserve to spend 4 days relaxing in nature and searching for tigers.
Return to Delhi by train (4-5 hours).