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10 Things You Can Only Live Out in India!

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HolidayIQ travellers list down 10 experiences in India that will make you fall in love with the country.

10 Things You Can Only Live Out in India!:

  1. Barren Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
  2. Taj Mahal, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  3. Stok Palace, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Karnataka
  5. Carmelia Haven (Tree House), Thekkady(Periyar) (Kerala)
  6. Puri (Odisha)
  7. Kerala
  8. Hampi (Karnataka)
  9. Nagaland
  10. Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira (Gujarat)

1. Adore the terrifying beauty of the only active volcano in India

Adore the terrifying beauty of the only active volcano in Indiasource: andamans.gov.in

Amit Ghosh: Barren Island in Andaman and Nicobar, houses the only live volcano of India. As you can guess by its name, the island has been deserted since the first explosion. The billion year old volcano remained dormant till many years. Flight services are available from Port Blair to Barren Island which offers aerial view of the volcano.

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2. Watch the Taj in all its glory by moonlight

Watch the Taj in all its glory by moonlightsource: flickr

Tanuj from Lucknow shares, “Beautiful view but it bit crowded. Do plan to visit in moonlight. Follow the lines and be focus while you reach the main monument. People will push you outside as soon as you reach. Take a glimpse for sure. Go at backside to take a look at Yamuna river.

Learn how to enjoy the Taj Mahal in its full glory!

3. Live life, king size in Stok Palace in Ladakh

Live life, king size in Stok Palace in Ladakhsource: rareindia.com

Sreekumar Menon: Stok Palace is the residence of the descendants of the rulers of Ladakh. View of landscape from the palace is very good, palace is also beautiful. There is a restaurant here, try not to drink coffee here, not tried tea though. Museum in the palace is worth seeing. Camera not allowed inside the museum. Footwear to be removed while entering museum.

Here's how you can experience true Ladakhi hospitality.

4. Ride like a royal in The Golden Chariot

Ride like a royal in The Golden Chariotsource: indianluxurytrains.com

The Golden Chariot, named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, travels through timeless historical heritage sites, wildlife and golden beaches. The Golden Chariot has two trains - The Pride of the South that runs through Karnataka and the Southern Splendor that also runs through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The journey begins from Bangalore and traverses through the Nagarhole National Park, Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid, and a world heritage site Hampi. Thereafter, it enters Badami and Pattadakal and finally the beaches of Goa before culminating the trip in Bangalore.

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5. Stay in a treehouse in Kerala

Stay in a treehouse in Keralasource: carmeliahaven.com

Ajith from Bangalore:The place was fabulous. Choosing Jacuzzi Villa during the onset of Monsoon was a mistake. Very well-maintained. Though the cottages seem to be far off from the reception area constant visit of the staff members made us feel comfortable. Food was very delicious. The resort premises was a feast to the eyes.

Experience life in a tree house.

6. Surf the waves in Puri

Surf the waves in Purisource: bhubaneswarbuzz.com

“Puri is known for its beautiful beaches and they are great for surfing enthusiasts. Its long stretch of beaches gives you enough space to tackle strong waves” shares Arvind Ghildiyal, "Just the place to relax or soak up some sun" adds HolidayIQ traveller Asha from Jamshedpur, "Riding high on the waves, on clean beaches is a great experience in Puri." A few surfing schools are located near Puri beach. Connect with them to rent surfboards.

Here's how you can have a totally ethnic adventure.

7. Watch the adrenaline pumping snake boat race in Kerala

Watch the adrenaline pumping snake boat race in Keralasource: wikimedia.org

Snake boats gliding on the waters of the Punnamada Lake, fighting it out with each other to win the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, is a sight to behold for tourists visiting Alleppey. The event is organised on the second Saturday of August every year and attracts national and international travellers.Every boat has more than 100 rowers, who, with their well-coordinated movements, try and compete with others oarsmen. The race is complemented with the sound of drums played by local artists.

8. Cycle your way through the ruins of Hampi

Cycle your way through the ruins of Hampisource: youtube.com

Sai Shekar from Bellary: Hampi is 10kms away from Hospet where you have local transportation it's actually a very good tourist place where every Indian must visit. It's a good and place which should be visited for sure. Hampi has many sub places to visit like the Virupaksha temple, stone chariot and many more places to see. It's one of the oldest heritage place where every traveller must visit. You gotta be careful because there are lot people who will exploit the innocent. So should be careful and moreover it's not a complex or complicated city it's very easy to visit and seek help.

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9. Witness the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland

Witness the Hornbill Festival in Nagalandsource: wikimedia.org

The Hornbill Festival is a celebration of the cultural ethos of Nagaland and how! A weeklong festival in December, it's where the tribal culture of Nagaland is represented and showcased.

Bornav Raychaudhury: The Night Market is open only during the Hornbill Festival for the tourists. The market in Kohima usually closes by sunset, but is open till late night due to the presence of numerous tourists during the festival.

10. Rent A bike and explore The Rann of Kutch

Rent A bike and explore The Rann of Kutchsource: zigcdn.com

Pareen Mewada from Surat shares: Went there during the winter and this place looks amazing at both sunrise and after sunset. The white land will make you wondering if you're on moon. Clean place, locals treat good. Can feel a little dusty sometimes due to the wind.

Know how you can live the Kutch life.

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