Most of us have that ever-increasing bucket list of places to visit all over the world. What about places to visit in India? For people inching closer to the landmark thirtieth birthday, we’ve put together a list of Places To Visit In India Before You Turn 30 to tick off your bucket list before you turn 30!
Enjoy a walk on the picture-perfect beaches of Varkala. This beautiful coastal town lies just 45km north of Trivandrum. With its sheer red cliffs and sandy beach, this “Goa of Kerala” is perfect for a relaxed trip. Chill at the cool cafes, laze on the beach, get a surfing lesson and catch an amazing sunset. We promise you, it’ll give you that #TravelWaaliFeeling!
Named for its moon-like shape, this high-altitude lake in Himachal is well worth the effort of reaching it! Truly one of India’s most beautiful lakes, Chandratal is a paradise for trekkers and needs to be on your list of places to visit before you turn 30! The deep blue lake surrounded by snow-clad peaks will be a sight you’ll remember forever.
An unconventional beach town on India’s western coast, Gokarna makes for an idyllic getaway. This more hipster version of Goa has four beautiful beaches – Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Kudle Beach and Paradise Beach. Relax at the beach shacks, explore the temples, or try some water sports. You can also opt to go for a beach trek!
Getting Leh’d have to be something to cross off your to-do list before turning 30! Terrible puns aside, Leh is definitely one of the most spectacular places in India. Ride a camel or an ATV, walk on a frozen lake, trek into the hills – there is adventure everywhere. With its ancient monasteries, quaint villages and friendly people, Leh Ladakh is a must-visit for any traveller.
This is the perfect spot for a do-nothing holiday where you can spend your time gazing at the enchanting backwaters around you. If you feel energetic, there are massages to be had and a bird sanctuary to be explored, but nothing beats lotus-eating!
The former British summer capital, Shimla today is North India’s favourite weekend getaway. This still-charming heritage town must be on your list of places to visit. When you are done exploring historic sights like the Viceregal Lodge and Christ Church and the pedestrian-only Mall Road, head out to nearby spots like Kufri, Naldehra or Chail for more scenic beauty.
Valley of Flowers
Imagine standing in a verdant valley surrounded by mountains, a veritable carpet of beautiful flowers at your feet! This fairyland in the high Himalayas of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district lies covered in snow during winter, and bursts into colours come warmer weather. A trek to the Valley of Flowers should be on the bucket list of every nature-loving adventurer!
This tiny hill station in Kerala is a charming addition to your must-visit-before-30 list. Enjoy never-ending views of green hills and ravines, and get lost in the misty meandering lanes. Hike up to a waterfall, go rock climbing or try paragliding. There are many trekking opportunities here too.
This laid-back Himachal village is one of India’s most popular backpacker destinations. While the party scene here is amazing, solitude-seekers needn’t worry as there are still plenty of places to find seclusion. Hit up Kasol for its mix of rave parties, quirky cafes, scenic treks and picturesque scenery!
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Which of these “15 before 15” destinations will you pick first? Let us know!