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Must visit places in India with your Best Friends

“Friends that travel together, stay together”

Taking a trip with your best friends probably is always on everyone’s to-do list. It just adds more colours, more fun, and more laughter and builds more memories to cherish lifelong.

Any place becomes a place to remember irrespective of the location when you tag along with your best friends.

Even so, a good backdrop just adds more excitement and promises an unforgettable experience.

If you planning a trip with your best buddies sooner or later, here are 15 places to choose from to celebrate the bond you share and to experience something thrilling and more adventurous together.

1. Manali – (Live your Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Moments)

Manali – (Live your Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Moments)
Live Your Jawani in Manali

Well, let’s not lie here. We always wanted to re-create the scenes from the movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.

Situated on the banks of Beas River, these picturesque mountains always attract a lot of young crowd. The daylight gives you an opportunity to explore the hills by going for small walks or you can even take up treks to the famous ‘Parvati Valley’ or ‘Solang Valley’. And for the nights, well, Manali will be incomplete if you don’t chill around a bonfire, singing songs and dancing with your buddies and do camping under the sky full of twinkling stars after reaching the heights of these hills.

Either or you can go for some hardcore paragliding and rafting at ‘Pir Panjal’ mountains though definitely not for the faint hearted.

The beauty of these hills doesn’t only shine radiantly at day time but is equally beautiful and mesmerizing at night.

The scenic beauty of this place will surely help you in creating many memories that more than your camera, your eyes and heart will capture.

Things to do:

Paragliding, Rappelling, Trekking, Wildlife Spotting at Great Himalayan National Park, River Rafting, Quad Biking.

2. Rishikesh –  (Beat the waves with White Water River Rafting)

Beat the waves in Rishikesh

Along the River Ganges, the city of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is considered to be the most famous location when it comes to indulging in some real adventurous sports.

Have the lifetime experience with your besties by tackling the wild waves of Ganges via rafting and then spend your remaining day riverside.

You can play volleyball or just sit near the riverside admiring the beauty, sharing tons of gossips and then ending the night with a great camping experience.

Tip: Burn your marshmallows correctly!

Things to do:

River Rafting, Riverside Camping, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox.

3. Andaman and Nicobar – (Take a group dive and discover the underwater life)

Andaman and Nicobar
Underwater beauty of Andamans

Andamans is a dream destination for many, thanks to the 572 islands which make this place a true heaven for beach lovers. Pristine beaches which are clean and soft are the major attraction for those who really want those tan lines.

The waters of Andamans have more to offer than the pristine beaches, from beautiful coral reefs to exotic fishes and sea life which truly pumps your adrenaline rush and gives you the true peace.

Dive in with your gang and explore the other side of universe which will remain very close to your hearts forever.

Things to do:

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Boating.

4. Rajasthan –  (Taste and experience the rich culture and heritage)

Rajasthan is that one place where there is so so much to do that you will get confused from where to start.

Colours of Rajasthan

Go on exploring the beautiful forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur which showcases the royal era of the bygones. Taste the local flavours of their lip-smacking street food and delicacies that carries history with it. Shop till you drop all the colourful turbans, jootis and bandini dupattas. Go on camel rides on the sand dunes of Thar dessert in Jaisalmer. Witness their folk dances of Kalbeliya and Ghoomar. Then seek the blessings in Pushkar and Ajmer where your wishes may come true. And if you are in Pushakar around the Pushkar fair then you are bound to have a great experience. And at last, if you have the guts, enter the Bhangarh Fort – The most haunted fort in the world.

Rajasthan has a lot to offer which is beyond our imagination. They actually say, you never what you get to see in Rajasthan which carves a memory that you carry with you forever.

This Travel guide of Rajasthan will surely be very helpful.

Things to do:

Exploring forts, museums and palaces, trying delicacies and street food, shopping, camel rides on sand dunes, exploring the history of each site and lastly seeking the blessings in two diverse yet united cities of Pushkar and Ajmer.

5. Sikkim – (Witness the magic of this North-Eastern beauty)

North-Eastern Beauty

A blissful state in the North-Eastern part of India, Sikkim is one of the places that should be in your bucket list.

Stunning landscapes and the clear view of one of the highest mountains, Kanchenjunga makes it a place to must visit as both sunrise and sunsets on these mountains is blessing in disguise.

It is also home to variety of flowers and glaciers, Yes, Glaciers. It is named as the heaven for adventure enthusiasts and naturalists.

So, when you see you’re fast paced lives offering you more stress and less peace, pack your bags and bring in that peace collectively with your gang as every few months you all need to recharge yourselves.

Things to do:

Rafting, Yak Safaris, Cable Car Rides, Paragliding, Hot Springs.

6. Rann of Kutch – (Experience all white salt flats)

Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch in Full Moon is the Liveliest

Rann of Kutch, largest salt dessert in the world, is a shallow wetland covered completely with marshy salt flats. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna and also witnesses many migratory birds visiting period to period.

This place has a three-month-long festival conducted known as the “Rann Utsav” that attracts tourists from all over the world. The festival is vibrant, colourful and too much fun to be part off. From taking camel rides to kite flying, from tasting some authentic Kutch delicacies to shopping variety of things available, this festival promises to be a lifelong memory for your gang.

You can even try catching the beauty of Rann of Kutch at full moon nights where the whole salt paradise glitters and shines like diamond.

Things to do:

Mandvi Beach, Kutch Museum, Aina Mahal, Wildlife Sanctuary, Camel Rides.

7. Kasol – (Visit the Amsterdam of India)

Kasol – Amsterdam of India

Mainly famous for hiking, trekking and camping, Kasol known as the ‘Amsterdam of India’ never fails to attract youngsters all year round.

The place has some really amazing views and offers adventure junkies their lifetime experiences with sports like trekking and hiking out in nature under the lap of the beautiful snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys.

Do not forget to visit ‘Manala’ a small village few kilometres from Kasol for other breathtaking experiences with your “The gang”.

Things to do:

Trekking, Israeli Food, Camping.

8. Gokarna – (Explore the Mini-Goa)

The mini Goa

Gokarna is the best place to visit with your gang if you want fewer crowds and more peace to add up to your sunsets. It is known for its gorgeous beaches with crystal clear waters, beautiful sunrises and sunsets along the beach, warm sand and welcoming coconut trees.

You can visit the famous ‘Om Beach’ or ‘Kudle Beach’; indulge in some early morning yoga sessions and give your body a treat by indulging in Ayurvedic massages with your buddies.

Things to do:

Beach trekking, Water Sports, Shopping, Yoga, Ayurvedic Massages, Village Tours.

Read everything about Gokarna Here

9. Hampi – (Take a look at this Religious Heritage)

Hampi – A Religious Heritage

A temple town located amidst the ruins of Vijayanagara, Karnataka, and the collection of ancient Hindu temples with historic importance and charming stories of existence sums up the rich cultural and religious heritage of the region.

This place is perfect for your gang, as not only can you delve into its rich history a little deeper but see the other side which is the ‘Hippie’ culture which lately is a huge part of Hampi attracting more foreign visitors than Indians.

This laid back holiday spot is best for you and your gang to just gather the energy to go back and face the urban chaos.

Things to do:

Biking, Bathing with Elephants, Scaling Paddy Fields, Cliff Jumping, Rowing Coracles.

10. Coorg – (Monsoon Delight)

Coorg – A Monsoon Retreat

Basically a sheer heaven on Earth in monsoons, Coorg should be able to make it in every traveller’s bucket list. Located in Karnataka, it is a hill station known for its beautiful waterfalls which radiates its beauty in this region especially in monsoons.

So, while it rains and you find a spot near any of these waterfalls, sip on to some piping hot authentic south special coffee and let the nature take over and entertain you the best possible way.

Things to do:

Visit Nalkand Palace, Madikeri Fort and waterfalls, Attend Elephant training camps.

11. Spiti Valley – (Little Tibet)

Spiti Valley

If you ever think of going on a trip with your dear ones, how can you miss out on Spiti Valley?

A dessert mountain valley located between Tibet and India lies in the north part of Himachal Pradesh and yes, it can never disappoint you.

The magnificent snow capped mountains along with the dessert valleys will surely steal your heart away instantly. With monasteries around, this place gives you a glimpse of Tibet and its sheer natural beauty will make you awestruck. Nights are more peaceful and it helps you connect with the nature more, thanks to the stars that twinkles all night making you fall in love with the universe all together. Slowly falling in love with it, right?

Pack your bags right away as this place is always ready to welcome you leaving everlasting smiles and memories.

Things to do:

Star Gazing, Camping, Monasteries, Fossil Hunting, Visit to Dhander Lake.

12. Munnar – (Walking through Lush Green Tea Plantations)

The Lush Green Beauty

Ideal weather all year round gives Munnar a privilege to enjoy tourists’ arrivals all year round.

There are so many things you can do for a blissful experience. Take a walk through the tea plantations or just explore it through bicycles as a tour with your buds.

You can enjoy trekking specially those who want to pump up or you can even learn the tea making process in the factories or become a kid again by staying in tree houses that overlooks the serene beauty all around.

With everything lush green around and blessed with an amazing climate, this place will make sure to be your best experience till date and with your best pals around, it just gets better.

Things to do:

Treehouse, Camping, Trekking, Mountain hiking, Visiting a Tea Plantation, Rock Climbing.

13. Goa – (Eat, Sleep, Party, Repeat)

The Buzzing Nightlife of Goa

How can we ever miss out Goa?

It’s like, missing out an important occasion, as every person’s travel experience here starts with Goa being on the top position.

From having a fun day at the beach to hitting some really cool pubs to dance away at nights, this place has it all covered. Moreover, you can even indulge in some touristy by exploring the churches, museums and forts of Goa.

Cheap accessories shopping, hippie’s culture and letting yourself in some amazing sea food, you name it and Goa has it.

So get your buds here and let the vibe of this truly amazing place take over.

Things to do:

Water Sports, Nightlife, Cruising, Island Hopping and the list continues…

Travel Guide Goa

14. Pangong Lake – (A Visual Treat)

Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake – A Visual Treat

Situated at the height of 4,350 metres in Himalayas, Pangong Lake in Ladakh is truly a visual treat. Biking in Ladakh itself is such an experience so is visiting this lake known for its changing colours and the allure it has.

Not suitable for winters as the lake gets frozen, this place is surely a cooling experience when you see the whole country burning in summers. The backdrop makes it an ideal spot to capture some amazing memories through your camera. You can just sit with your pals to enjoy this changing beauty with migratory birds flying carefree all around.

Things to do:

Scooty Ride, ATV Ride, Camel Safari in Nubra, River Rafting in Zanskar.

15. Lakshadweep – (A Paradise for Scuba Divers)

Scuba for Life

If you and your friends are true water babies and can never get enough of pristine and clean beaches with amazing underwater experience, then Lakshadweep is the place for you.

Getting its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Lakshadwipa’ which means one hundred islands, this place is a heaven for those who die to holiday at least once a year at a beach destination.

The exotic palm trees and clean sand makes it look no less than a foreign destination. Also, water sports are always there, so dive in guys, what you waiting for?

Things to do:

Scuba Diving, Canoeing, Kite Surfing, Sunbathing.

Now that you have such amazing places on your list, which one will your gang be willing to go for?

Written by Sharmila Feroz

Sharmila Feroz is a graduate of versatile vocations who grew up in a military household which led her to travel to interesting and beautiful parts of the country. Penning those travel experiences paved her way into writing about ethnic lifestyle and cultural celebrations in India.

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