39 Things to do in India before You Die ...

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What an absolute task it is to cut down the things to do in India to a manageable list.

This massive country has a population of ~1.2 billion (2nd most populous) and covers an area of ~1.3 million miles (7th largest) stretching from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south.

It is a land of a fascinating history, engaging spirituality, a land of stunning scenery and enchanting challenges and experiences for travelers.

With much pain at leaving so many things out, here are some essential things to do in India before you die.

1. Visit the Taj Mahal

Visit the Taj Mahal

So what if it’s a cliché!

Arranging a trip to Taj Mahal is one of the things to do in India that should be on everyone’s list.

No picture will ever compare with the real thing.2

The Taj Mahal, literally meaning ‘the crown of palaces’, is a beautiful white marble mausoleum that Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan built for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.

It was built in the 17th century and was a grand gesture of love.

Although stunning in the daytime – the beautiful gardens always remain tranquil no matter how many visitors are wandering them - the best time to visit the Taj Mahal is at night.

When bathed in moonlight and with its own lighting, it is among the best sights to see in the world and undeniably one of the greatest attractions of India.

2. Be a Spectator at the Rural Olympics

Be a Spectator at the Rural Olympics

Punjab plays host to a different type of Olympics every year – the Punjabi style!

Kila Raipur, a small village in Ludhiana, comes alive with the spirit of the games in each February and March.2

Watch out for the men wrestling in mud, the bullock cart race, tractor pulling and the good old game of Kabaddi.

Hundreds of people head to the festival every year to join the spirit of the games.

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