How to Spend a Weekend in India
There are few travelers who don’t have India on their bucket list. With a huge range of landscapes from mountains to beautiful sun-kissed beaches, it’s a nature lovers paradise. Not only that, but the festivals, traditions, and spiritual beliefs held here make it one of the most vibrant countries in the world. You could spend years in India and still be surprised and excited by it. | How to Spend a Weekend in India |
But most travelers don’t have years. In this post, we’ll take a look at the best ways to spend a weekend in India. Hopefully, it’ll make it easy to plan your trip to this incredible country. Let’s check them out!
Explore the capital, New Delhi
If you’re traveling to India, it’s likely that you’ll spend some time in the capital city, New Delhi. Though you might initially be terrified of spending the idea in the hustle and bustle of this megacity, you’ll soon realize there are loads of exciting things you can do here to fill your weekend. So, flag down the nearest tuk-tuk and check out some places on your New Delhi itinerary!
Admire the architecture of the Red Fort, built in the 16th century. You can see the influences of Persian, Hindu, and Timurid traditions in this stunning building. Pick up something delicious at the Chandni Chowk Bazaar, where there’s food from all over the country. You can pick up souvenirs too. Last of all, take a break in the Lodi Gardens which are home to botanical plants and birds. It’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike who want to escape from the fumes and noise of the capital!
Take a trek from the capital
If you’re staying in New Delhi, visiting some beautiful gardens may not be enough to help you escape the city. Instead, head out on a trek – you can easily leave on Friday afternoon for a trek in the Himalayas and be back by Monday morning! Just a few hours away from New Delhi, there’s the Shali Tibba Trek near Shimla. Though it’s close to the capital, you may find that you have this mountain to yourself. Other cool treks include the Kuppar Bugyal Trek, the Bhubhu Pass in Himachal Pradesh, and the Kareri lake Trek. On the latter trek, you’ll be sheltered from the hot Indian sun by subtropical pine forests.
Stand up Paddleboarding in Tamil Nadu
Not everyone who visits India will be going to the capital. The huge southern state of Tamil Nadu has a whole lot to offer and could practically be a different country! This part of India is popular for its outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling. However, with such a massive coastline (and a range of inland lakes and rivers) it’s also a great place to try stand up paddle boarding.
Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world and it’s a great workout for the core. It’s also a wonderful way to cool off while exploring a new part of the Indian Coast. Three of the best places to try SUP in Tamil Nadu include Rameswaram Island, the Kollidam River, and the Backwaters of Marakkanam.
Yoga Retreat in Goa
Goa, a former Portuguese colony in the west of India, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It’s most famous for its golden sand beaches, incredible parties, and some important colonial architecture such as the Aguada Fort and Basilica of Bom Jesus. And hey, if you can drag yourself away from the likes of Calangute and Anjuna Beaches, you can find some pretty epic places to visit inland like Dudhsagar Falls.
One of the most popular reasons to visit yoga is to enjoy yoga. It fits in perfectly to the relaxed pace of life here, and there are lots of retreats where you can disconnect from the real world and spend a few days searching for your inner peace. You’re sure to find a weekend retreat that will suit you!
Explore the backwaters of Kerala
On the tropical southwest coast of India, you’ll find Kerala. While it has a number of palm-lined beaches, it’s even better known for the backwaters. This network of canals is some of the most peaceful and beautiful places in India! And the best way to see them? Renting a houseboat. This is a super romantic way for honeymooners to make the most of their time in India.
When you’re not cruising on Kerala’s backwaters, you should make time to see Eravikulam National Park, where you’re likely to see wild goats, Periyar National Park which is famed for its elephants, and Munnar. There’s so much to do including visiting the tea plantations, where you’ll be able to sample the drink straight after it’s picked from the gardens!