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Top 10 Offbeat Things That Can Only Be Experienced In India

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If you're bored of the routine of life and want to explore the underbelly of India than start with these 10 experiences.

Top 10 Offbeat Things That Can Only Be Experienced In India:

  1. Elephant Beach, Havelock Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
  2. Mandu (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Kerala
  4. Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Bundi (Rajasthan)
  6. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  7. Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu)
  8. Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
  9. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  10. Arambol (Goa)

1. Snorkeling With An Elephant


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HolidayIQ.com Traveller Dipankar Mukherjee shares, “Don’t miss visiting Elephant Beach by speed boat.Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and do watch Andaman’s beautiful corals under water. It’s the most romantic experience ever!” Your partner and you, snorkeling in the deep blue with an elephant! Head to Havelock Island to snorkel with Rajan, who loves to dive under water.

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2. Feel The Pomp And Galore Of An Era Gone By In Mandu


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HolidayIQ Traveller Shreyasi Ghosh from Mumbai shares, “Mandu is an off-beat destination in Madhya Pradesh. Not touristy at all so we avoided the mad rush. We stayed here for 2 days & loved the pace of life, the tranquility, the greenery, the friendly locals. A must-visit for history buffs, the highlight of the trip was the drive to Maheshwar & back. The locale is fascinating, partly arid partly green with thrilling tales of tigers abound. The boat ride on the Narmada with the surrounding temples reminds one of a boat ride at the Sangam. Jal Mahal in Mandu takes you hundreds of years back in time. With great hospitality options, good connectivity, budget to luxury accommodations, Mandu is a great weekend getaway for those who love offbeat travel.”

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228 Ratings | 133 Reviews | 30 Sightseeings | 94 Photos

3. Watch The Thrilling Snake Boat Race In Kerala


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Snake Boat Race, dating back to several hundred years, is one of the oldest events of its kind. Watch the elaborately-decorated chundans or 'snake boats' gliding down the waters at an incredible speed. The cheering crowds in tune with the rhythmic chanting of the oarsmen combine to make the race a mesmerising spectacle. HolidayIQ Traveller Palash Roy shares, “Alleppey was a very nice destination. We have enjoyed snake boat race there on 11th august 2012. we had arrived in Alleppey from Kollam and enjoyed backwater.”

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629 Ratings | 505 Reviews | 6733 Photos

4. Witness The Unique Lifestyle Of The Toda Tribe In Ooty


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HolidayIQ Traveller Anil Subnavees from Hyderabad shares, “Ooty covers an area of 36 sq km and contains the highest point of Southern India, the Doddabetta Peak. The name of the place was derived from the Toda word othakal-mund that means the house of single stone. It is believed that the part of Ooty was handed to Mr John Sullivan, the tenth Governor of Coimbatore by Todas to develop the city. Before independence, British army was sent to Ooty to rest and recover after the war. There is no such historical data that talks about Ooty being ruled by some dynasty. The Old Ooty has some historical connections with the Toda tribes. ”

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35128 Ratings | 21149 Reviews | 47 Sightseeings | 1951 Photos

5. Tour The Dusty Lanes Of The Quaint Town Of Bundi


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HolidayIQ Traveller Mahi Naal from Delhi shares, “ Bundi a very small town, but with the rich culture. Lets start with the Fort. A must watch place. When you see it you can't predict its vastness. This was the one which was never won by any king. And the Chitrashala.. you must see the paintings. Lots of Babdi , And when you go to the outskirts there are lots of places ... but only in rainy season.”

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90 Ratings | 47 Reviews | 31 Sightseeings | 4 Photos

6. Experience The Mumbai Local Train Journey


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HolidayIQ Traveller Jae Rajesh from Hyderabad shares, “Mumbai local trains are a very convenient way to travel in the city considering the heavy road traffic that exists there. The railway police are quite prompt in responding to any complaints regarding this. Be conversant with the route (there are 3 separate lines), if necessary make a note of the stations in each route.” HolidayIQ traveller Akash Bhardwaj from Modinagar adds, “I visited Mumbai for the first time in Dec 2014 with my friend. We deboard at Mumbai station and then enjoyed the mumbai local train travel where we felt how fast the life of Mumbai was”

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7. Watch The Confluence Of Indian Ocean & Bay Of Bengal At Dhanushkodi Beach


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HolidayIQ Traveller Asmita Pradhan from Mumbai shares, “This place is roughly 20 kms away from the Rameshwaram Railway Station. You can take the bus till the bus and if you wish to go further till Rama Sethu, hire a jeep or join a group of people. If you are travelling on your own vehicle, I'd advise you to take it only till Dhanuskodi beach and not further than that as the roads till Rama Sethu is still under construction. This particular place has a significance in Indian mythology and is also is closer to Sri Lankan Border. They also say that you can see one of the islands of Sri Lanka if you stand on the tip of the Island on this side. The beach is unsafe for bathing or even any other beach activities as the tide is always high. The drive till Rama Sethu is a little scary but it's worth it. They usually don't allow anyone to go till the end of the land. But if you do, you will get to point where the two seas meet. The Dhanuskodi village is wrecked and there's nothing much left to see except for few monuments here and there. Overall the experience was good. If you ever happen to visit Rameshwaram, you shouldn't miss out on this lesser known piece of land to the world.”

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9 Ratings | 13 Reviews | 4 Sightseeings | 44 Photos

8. Be A Part Of The World's Largest Gathering Of Devotees - Kumbh Mela


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HolidayIQ Traveller Saurabh from Allahabad shares, “Sangam which is gathering of three rivers in Allahabad that is holy Ganga, Adrisya Saraswati, and Yamuna, this is for those who love rivers and sightseeing. You can enjoy here at sangam also see Akbar Fort near the river, Hanuman Mandir, Mankameshwar Mandir. These are famous temples in Allahabad which are more than 100 year old. January to March you can visit this place to see Kumbh Mela in which millions people gathered here to enjoy the event.”

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1613 Ratings | 1061 Reviews | 41 Sightseeings | 81 Photos

9. Yak Safari In Ladakh


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Yak Safari in Ladakh is a distinct experience. The domesticated animals are well looked-after and serve as a social-cultural need in the region. HolidayIQ Traveller Kartik says, “Ladakh is a great place for tourists and leisure tourists can spend time in various activities like Yak Safari.”

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3019 Ratings | 2110 Reviews | 91 Sightseeings | 1364 Photos

10. Be A Part Of The Sunset Jamming Session At Arambol Beach In Goa


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Arambol Beach is much quieter and peaceful than other in beaches of North Goa. But the main attraction of the beach is live music performed by travellers. Come evening and you will find many tourists playing their musical instruments to themselves. HolidayIQ Traveller Shirsekar from Mumbai shares, “This is one of the coolest beach in Goa. This is the place where you will find more foreigners than Indians. Nice market is available to shop around. Season is from November to January when you'll find many shacks on the beach itself. So its great beach to have a drink and enjoy the view.”

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85 Ratings | 58 Reviews | 22 Sightseeings | 13 Photos

About Curator

HolidayIQ Traveller Snehal Raibole

Snehal Raibole is a wandering wordsmith who loves meeting and sharing travel stories with fellow travellers. Being in perpetual love with beer, bikes, books, rock music and sleeping and on the lookouts for adventures, he lives for the adrenaline. Call him a life junkie if you will. Check out his twitter handle.

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