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6 Less Known Things To See And Do In India

6 Less Known Things To See And Do In India

In India there is no time to sit: everywhere you turn, there is something to do, regardless if you’re traveling to this amazing country for the first time or you’re there for the 100th time. There is never time to get bored.

When I visited India for the first time I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to see and experience, but those who were so mesmerized by it to make India their second home still find new things to do each day.

There is no shortage of amazing experiences in India, and here is a list of some of the best things you can do while visiting the country.

1. Chand Baori Stepwell in Abhaneri

In the small village of Abhaneri you won’t expect to find a wonderful scenery. However, the small village harbors the 1200 years old Chand Baori well, which is a water tank made by the order of King Chanda in 8000AD. The well is 30 meters deep and has 3500 steps placed in an intricate design which creates an amazing view. When you follow the stairs and get inside the well, look up at the statues of the Hindu gods which line the outer side of the well.

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    2. Golden Temple in Amritsar

    The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the place that never sleeps in India and it’s also among the holiest places in the country. The city itself was built near a bathing place with supposed miracle powers. The Golden Temple reflects the friendly spirit of the locals: foreigners and locals can sit in the same hall and have a short chat while eating a meal offered daily, for free, at the temple. Guests sit on the floor, enjoy their meal, then walk away when they are done to make room for other hundreds of guests. Outside the temple, you will see many people chatting and smiling to each other after eating together inside.

      3. Kukki’s Cave Paintings in Bundi

      Outside of Bundi, a man called Kukki discovered 1500 years old cave paintings and became famous. The man is not a trained archaeologist, but he’s probably more interesting than one, so you will never regret signing up for a tour with him. During the tour, you will see the cave paintings and some of the wildest parts of the area, including around Rajasthan. At the same time, he teaches his guests about the local history, leaving you with a memorable experience.

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        4. Akshardham and Gali Paranthe Wali in Delhi

        While the Taj Mahal is the best-known temple in India, Akshardham is definitely the biggest and the most impressive. Located net to Yamuna river, the Akshardham is a cultural complex that includes an amazing temple. The temple was built from the carvings of multiple Indian craft-masters and provides the visitors with an amazing view. Inside, there is more to see, as the entire history of the Hinduism was told in details on the walls, pillars, and ceiling.

        After visiting Akshardham you will definitely be hungry, so it’s time to have a walk along Gali Paranthe Wali, a food lane in the middle of the Delhi. Here you will find hundreds of locals who sell the same dish – parathas, but make it in their own, unique styles. When in Delhi, you must walk the walk of Gali Paranthe Wali!

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          5. Palolem beach in Goa

          Goa is India’s smallest state, but it offers big opportunities, especially when it comes to beaches. Palolem beach is one of Goa’s best places to enjoy the Indian beach experience. The area is clean and relaxed, so you can enjoy swimming or sun tanning without being disturbed by hundreds of other tourists. You will find expats, couples and locals on the beach, so you can make friends while enjoying the secluded beaches and the tasty food.

            6. Ranakpur Jain Temple in Ranakpur

            If you wander off the route that connects Jodhpur and Udairpur you will find a nice and quiet place called Ranakpur. The small village houses Ranakpur Jain temple, an amazing 15th-century building that was abandoned and resurrected, now being one of the most important Jain temples in the world. Each of the 1400 pillars is unique, offering an amazing view when you walk around the building. The entire area is very peaceful, so Ranakpur is the perfect place to reconnect with yourself.

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              This is a tiny piece of India, but I believe it’s just enough to make you visit India. Then you will return again and again!

              Featured photo credit: Akshardham via google.ro

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              Last Updated on August 20, 2018

              35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

              35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

              Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

              But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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              The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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              While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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              While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

              If You’re Staying In

              1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
              2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
              3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
              4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                  • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                  • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                  • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                    • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                    If You Want to Get Away

                    1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                    2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                    3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                      • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                      • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                      • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                      • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                      • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                      • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                        • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                        • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                        New & Exciting Experiences

                        1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                        2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                          experience.
                          • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                          • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                          • Experience white water rafting.
                          • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                          • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                            • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                            • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                              • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                              • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                              • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                              Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                              Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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