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15 Unique Travel Experiences in India to Check Out (2022)

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

India is a traveler's paradise. There are both natural and man-made attractions, from arid deserts and spectacular mountains to the loveliest beaches that will blow your mind. There are some unusually unique and (some) challenging travel experiences that you'll definitely want to try out!

The memories made and the lessons discovered will undoubtedly stick with you for the rest of your life. Although you should know that some of these activities may push you outside of your comfort zone.

There is a long list of unique travel experiences in India that you can choose from. Here are just a few of them:

Unique Travel Experiences in India

Here is a little more about these unique and really interesting travel experiences and where you can find them.

1. Stay at a 12th Century Fort

The top of a peach-colored fort as seen during the day
Image by Atul Panday

Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. It is also one of the rare forts on the planet where people still live. There is still a significant chunk of the old city's inhabitants there.

It makes perfect sense that a majority of visitors to Jaisalmer want to stay inside the fort given how fascinating it is. The fort is huge and it even has hostels and motels inside! This is definitely the place to live like a royal if you've ever had the desire to.

Place: Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

2. Ride the Buddha Express

Empty red seats in a train
Image by Phan-Van Masanobu Thai-Binh

The Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train, offered by IRCTC, is a very unique way to travel by train. It is a unique tourist train called the Mahaparinirvan Express. It takes travelers on a spiritual journey across Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India, the birthplace of Buddhism.

It passes through Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, the site of his first sermon, and Kushinagar, the place of his awakening. After your prayer, the train will leave from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi and travel back via Agra.

The onboard amenities are modest, far from lavish, and cannot be compared to other luxury train trips because this train is designed for pilgrimage travelers.

Place: Safdarjung Railway station, Delhi

3.Go for Night treks at Periyar

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Unquestionably, Periyar Tiger Reserve, also known as Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, is one of those tourist destinations in Kerala that is very well-liked by visitors.

One main thing that has contributed to its popularity Among the causes of it being so popular is night hiking, which enables tourists to travel far into the forest while being protected by experienced tribal guards.

There is nothing that compares to a night of trekking in Periyar if you want to experience an adrenaline rush and be close to nature at the same time.

Place: Periyar, Kerala

4. Tour Kerala in a Houseboat

A houseboat sailing on a stream in Kerala
Image by Abhishek Prasad

The Kerala Backwaters are a web of lakes and saltwater lagoons parallel to the Arabian Sea. The houseboats let you experience an extravagant environment in the wilderness.

Discover the rural, uncharted Kerala that is normally hidden from visitors' gaze by renting one of these luxurious houseboats that have bedrooms, a sitting area, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Honeymooners would love a trip like this for sure!

Place: Alleppey, Kerala

5. Visit the Waterfall that defies gravity

A couple watching the scenery in the misty mountains from the edge of a cliff
Image by Sonika Agarwal

The Naneghat Waterfall is a stunning hideaway where an odd thing happens. Instead of falling down as it should, the cascading waterfall shoots up instead!

During the monsoon, when the water is moving at such tremendous speeds and pressure, this occurrence takes occurs. The area's vegetation and fauna come to life at this time, enhancing the fall's splendor. The rich green vegetation that covers the mountains and the fluffy clouds that float above them also add to the natural beauty of the landscape.

Place: Naneghat, Maharashtra

6. The Frozen River Trek

A frozen river in the middle of two mountains
Image by Arjun Kapoor

Walking on the ice sheet of the Frozen Zanskar River is something that you remember for a lifetime. Ladakh is a dream location for anyone who loves to travel. During your trek, you can learn more about the Zanskari culture from the kind locals and witness some exotic wildlife.

Aside from Ladakh's enthralling beauty, hiking on a frozen river there can be a deeply freeing experience.

Place: Zanskar River, Ladakh

7. World’s Largest Camel Fair

A decked up camel pulling a cart at Pushkar fair
Image by Ujjwal Jajoo

Pushkar, a town in India, is home to the biggest camel fair in the world. If you ever have the chance to take part in this one-of-a-kind annual fair, don't miss out on it. You can participate in this peculiar event and learn more about Rajasthani culture at the same time.

This location attracts camel sellers who travel from all over to sell their animals, which really is rare in a modern time like ours. However, as tourists also enjoy traditional music, dance, camel races, and even camel beauty pageants, it has become increasingly popular over the years.

Here is a guide you can check out to learn more about the Pushkar fair.

Place: Pushkar, Rajasthan

8. Kayak in Havelock to see the glowing streams

A rock overlooking a bioluminescent sea
Image by Patrick Fore

If you visit Havelock at the right time of the month, you can choose to go kayaking after sunset to view bioluminescence, one of nature's most breathtaking phenomena. This is caused by tiny creatures known as the 'Phytoplankton'.

It is amazing to see how the phytoplankton illuminates the water at night. The glowing river against the starry night sky sounds like a dream. Except, when you go to Havelock, you'll see that it is as real as it can get!

The unbelievable sight of sparkling blue water is amazing to witness and you should definitely do this at least once when you're visiting the Andamans.

Place: Havelock, Andaman Islands

9. Float through a National Park

A man on a canoe on a lake
Image by Jeswin

The only floating national park in the world is Keibul Lamjao. The surface of the Loktak Lake is delicately covered in large sheets of decaying biomass known as Phumdis, which are topped with tall grass that can reach heights of 15 feet. 

You can take a canoe into the lake as well as through tight passageways carved out of the Phumdis themselves that, interestingly, help put out wildfires. And if you're fortunate, you might even see the elusive Sangai deer with brow antlers.

Place: Bishnupur District, Manipur

10. Farmstays at Leh

A lady standing on her farm in front of the Farmstay at Leh
Image by MakeMyTrip

Farmstays are booming all over India, driven by the rising appeal of homestays there. In the wonderfully clean country air, they offer a real-life, engaging experience of rural living.

Farmstays are available in the Phyang and Phey villages and are available to tourists, visitors, and volunteers from all over the world. 

You could help the Ladakhi women out with fieldwork at the Farmstay, which is entirely run by them. Experience genuine Ladakhi culture and life in its simplest form in these secluded regions.

Place: Leh, Ladakh

11. Safaris with yaks at Tsomgo Lake

A yak standing in front of Tsomgo Lake
Image by MakeMyTrip

Sikkim entices you to tour its lovely towns and villages and participate in a wide range of adventurous pursuits. Yak safaris are among the most distinctive activities available here.

You can take a stroll around Tsomgo Lake with the help of the brightly-decorated yaks, who have woolen knitwear fitted over their horns and jingling bells around their necks.

The lake is encircled by snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and getting there on a yak is an unforgettable experience.

Place: Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

12. Visit India's highest Frozen Lake

India's highest frozen lake, Gurudongmar in Sikkim
Image by The Hindu Business Line

You may reach the picturesque Gurudongmar Lake, which is located at an incredible height of 17,800 feet, by taking the dangerous, elevated highways of Sikkim. This lake is one source of the Teesta River, which sustains life across the state, is this lake.

A majority of the lake will be frozen if you visit during the winter. Take a stroll around the lake and be ready to fall in awe of this natural wonder. Just remember not to go on the ice lake since it could be dangerous and because Gurudongmar is revered.

Place: Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

13. Dining in the Dark

A meal being cooked in the dark
Image by Bady Abbas

This dining experience is provided by Dialogue in the Dark in Hyderabad, which is completely dark. It is focused on and run by persons who are blind or visually impaired to encourage others to rely on their other senses.

You are placed in commonplace scenarios throughout the exhibition, such as crossing a bridge, visiting the grocery store, or dining at their restaurant Taste of Darkness. The dining room is completely dark when guests arrive, and the menu is hidden too. The concept is to taste, touch, and listen while basing the meal on aroma and texture.

Place: Inorbit Mall, Hyderabad

14. Microlight Flying

A microlight flight above the clouds
Image by MyFlying

When you are in the sky, the clouds appear to be your home and the entire planet is a jungle. Flying cars and connecting flights from Bengaluru Airport to Bengaluru are both unrealistic ideas (for now). What is real, however, is your desire to sail over the city's gridlock.

Piloting a small, one- or two-seater aircraft with fixed wings is known as microlight flying or ultralight flying. Microlight flying lets you have the opportunity to soar as high as the city's skyline at just the perfect moment. In other words, you would be "soaring high."

Place: Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore

15. Chamba Camp

A bunch of tents set up at Chamba Camp in Thiksey, Leh
Image by Outlook India

The tiny town of Thiksey is located in Ladakh's renowned Leh district, in the shadow of the enormous Thiksey monastery. Here is where TUTC sets up its ultra-luxury traveling camp.

Travelers on the Thiksey have the possibility to encounter first-time things in Chamba Camp. Some of them are the traditional Ladakhi dance performance, experiencing a spiritual awakening at a Thiksey Gompa monks' early morning prayer rite, and enjoying the sunsets over Leh's historic old city from the Shanti Stupa.

There is nowhere else on earth like this unusual setting.

Place: Thiksey, Leh


1. What is the most preferred mode of transportation in India?

Trains are by far the best mode of transportation in India. Trains are widely available, simple to schedule if you understand how pleasant they are (especially in the higher classes), and reasonably priced.

2. What's it like traveling in India?

India is a well-liked tourist destination, but traveling there can be difficult. It can be challenging for visitors to adapt to a new environment due to factors including weather, pollution, and crowding. India is a tourist spot that will captivate you and take you on an incredible experience ride.

3. Why do people visit India?

There are many good reasons to travel to India, including its mountains, plains, beaches, backwaters, wildlife tours, adventure activities, isolated islands, lively cities, culinary pleasures, local alcoholic drinks, and cultural holidays.

Up to You!

Even though traveling is tremendously fun, it might become dull if we only stick to our regular patterns of travel. Try a new activity, a new location, or something completely different on your upcoming trip. Without a doubt, you'll get a different kind of high with your innovative trip!

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