Things like sky diving and scuba diving are items everyone has on their bucket list. And other cool things like attending Coachella and going to Machu Picchu can get a little difficult, due to money and distance. ‘
So, here is a list of 15 different bucket list items that you can add to your own list. And the best part? They’re all based in India, so odds are, they will be easy to cross off! May you achieve them and many many many more.
1.Eat an ice cream at the India Gate at midnight
If you’re someone who lives in or around Delhi, you must know that India Gate is a very popular tourist and picnic spot. Just like any other tourist place, it is surrounded by ice cream carts selling lovely, delicious ice cream. It doesn’t sound like anything great, eating ice cream at India Gate.
But, eating ice cream at midnight with your friends after a nice drive around Delhi is what makes it special. Definitely, something to add to your list and it is easily achievable if you ever visit the capital.
2. Sit at Marine Drive at 3 am
The three things that come to your mind when you think of Mumbai are film stars, Gateway of India and Marine Drive. Your trip to Mumbai is incomplete if you do not go to this iconic road and just sit there, feeling the spray of the sea on your face.
What makes this experience better is if you go there late at night, when the city is as silent as Mumbai can get. The stars are shining bright, there is soft wind playing with your hair and the sea is in front of you, as far as the eye can go.
3. Have paranthas at Murthal
If you’re someone who loves paranthas, I have just one line for you-you haven’t had paranthas if you haven’t had paranthas at Murthal.
A small village located in Haryana, Murthal is famous for its dhabas selling mouth-watering paranthas with lots and lots of butter. A must stop place for anyone who wants to taste the best paranthas in the world. My favourite stop spot? Gulshan da dhaba!
4. Meditate in Auroville’s Matri Mandir
This is for the spiritual ones out there. The Matri Mandir in Auroville near Pondicherry is one of the best places to go to if you are on a spiritual journey.
However, it is not easy to get a chance to meditate there, thus making it a surreal thing that very few get to experience. If you are highly serious about spirituality and meditation, this one item should be on your bucket list.
5. Seeing a tiger in a wildlife sanctuary
We have all seen tigers in zoos but how many of us have seen our national animal free in its natural habitat?
Even if you do visit a tiger reserve like Corbett or Ranthambore, the chances of actually seeing the jungle cat are very slim. Therefore, if this is something you manage to tick off your bucket list, you are very lucky.
6. See lions in the Gir Forests of Gujarat
India is the only country in the world that houses both lions and tigers. Imagine having achieved seeing both the big jungle cats, that too in the same country!
Won’t that be a great thing to cut off your bucket list? Do pay a visit to the Gir Forests of Gujarat if you wish to see the king of the jungle in its kingdom.
If what you look forward to every year is dandiya night, then it is essential to experience Navratri in Gujarat at least once in your life time so that you know what the festival actually feels like!
8. Experience Durga Pooja in Kolkata
Another one for the festival lovers. If you love going to pandals during Durga Pooja in your city, why not pay a visit to the pandals of Kolkata during this auspicious season at least once to experience Durga Pooja the authentic way.
9. Experience Ganpati Visarjan in Mumbai/Pune
You’ve seen it on TV and in the movies but have you actually braved the crowds and danced like there’s no tomorrow during Ganpati Visarjan in Mumbai and Pune?
If not, you know what is the next thing to add to your list! Visarjans happen everywhere in these cities but if you’re brave enough, do try to make it to the
bhel puri at Chowpatty
11. Ride in the Palace on Wheels
This iconic luxury train in Rajasthan, India is a must-ride if one wishes to experience the luxurious life like the kings and queens of the royal state of Rajasthan.
12. See the Taj Mahal on a full moon night
One of Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj is a beautiful sight, whether day or night. However, seeing it shine on a full moon night? That is another experience altogether and a must add to your bucket list.
13. Stay in an ashram
India is the land of spirituality and why not experience this first hand by actually spending a few days at an Ashram,‘Eat, Pray, Love’ style. Staying at an ashram is an interesting and life-changing experience to add your list.
14. Watch the Republic Day parade – live
We have all seen the Republic Day parade on television on 26th January mornings. But how many of us have had the privilege of seeing this grand presentation live? It definitely is a once in a lifetime experience and a must-have bucket list item – watching the Republic Day parade live at Rajpath, along with the country’s President and other important ministers.
15. Visit a monument or sight you read about in your school history textbook
Whether it’s the Iron Pillar or the Ajanta caves, it truly is an amazing thing to see something that you’ve studied about in school, with your own eyes Why not pick a monument or a sight, visit it and enhance your learning experience?