Remember Dil Chahta Hain? Guys’ trip, bachelor parties, adventure sports, biking, driving – in short, all things crazy! Well, India too has its own share of adrenalin escapade which offers a place to chill out, have fun or try something challenging and make everlasting memories in the process. While the options are endless in the land of mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans, we have tried to zero down on 10 best places in India for that hangover moment of your life! So buckle up your seat belts for a roller coaster ride into the top 10 must visit places for bachelors in India:
Goa always tops the list of bachelors for both adventure and fun. Be it clubbing or pub hopping or disco nights, from beer-on-the-beach to banana ride, Goa has it all. Famous for its numerous happening beaches, beach shacks, and night clubs, Goa is also visually appealing to the nature lover and the foodies alike. Club Cubana (Arpora), Club LPK – Love Passion Karma (Candolim), Cafe Mambo (Calangute), the World Famous Decades Bar (Calangute), Tito’s Nightclub(Bardez) are some of the top clubs to name a few.
Best time to visit: October to March
Ideal duration: 2-3days to until you are tired of partying
2. DESERT camp IN RAJASTHAN
Are you looking for that perfect luxury amidst wilderness to redefine friendship goals? Then Jaisalmer is just the place for you. The mot adventurous camel safari followed by a desert camp is one of the must-do things in India. The feel of sand under your bare feet and the light of a thousand stars above your head are definitely going to make your stay the most memorable one for years to come. The fun is doubled when the local musicians and dancers entertain your evening with their century old traditional numbers. Sumptuous dinner spread and a comfortable stay at luxurious tents end your trip with not only memories but also a kind of peace that you are sure to feel only in a desert!
Best time to visit: October to January
Ideal duration: 2-3 days
Rishikesh, famous across the Indian population as Devbhumi, has more to offer than peace of mind and spirituality. It is the heart of all adventure sports in India and that’s one of the best ways to bond with your friends. While white water river rafting in the Ganges is more popular, Bungy Jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing are some of the latest and deadliest additions to the list. If you want to feel the extreme adrenalin rush from the highest bungy jumping station in India then ‘Jumping Heights’ is definitely your destination. ‘Jumping Heights’ is the most dependable operator for adventure sports with very well trained instructors and guides for all adventure activities in Rishikesh. They have a tie-up with all the major hotels and hostels, thus booking a slot is a child’s play.
If you are also into music and meditation then a half day visit to the famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram, famously known as Beatles Ashram is a must do. Although the ashram is closed, visitors can still get into the campus (Entry fee- 100/-) and spend an amazing time discovering beautiful meditation caves, Rishi Niwas, beautifully architected houses and to top it all world class wall graffitis!
Best time to visit: Throughout the year except for the months of monsoon( July to September)
Ideal duration: 3-4 days
4. A road trip to Shillong
Shillong, the rock capital of India, has always been a place that stands out from the rest of the country. With its women empowered social structure, Meghalaya offers a unique experience in more than one ways and road tripping is one of the major highlights here. Meghalaya, or the abode of clouds, as it is rightly called is most beautiful during monsoon. While most part of India is not a good option for the months of July to September, Shillong opens up with stretched hands. Numerous waterfalls, lush green valleys and unique cave network – some of the highlights of a road trip in and around Shillong. Mawlynong, world’s cleanest village is just a couple fo hour’s drive from Shillong. You can experience a unique form of living root bridge on the way to this village and a little detour will take you to breathtaking views of bordering country Bangladesh. Keeping in mind a heavy influx of tourists, the road network in most parts of Meghalaya is amazing. Both national and state highways are kept clean, pot-hole-free(well, mostly) and beautifully maintained. While your day times would be spent in enjoying natural beauty or sampling local pork delicacies, evenings are best enjoyed witnessing any of the numerous rock shows or concerts or jamming sessions across Shillong city. Music is so much in their blood that, even a cab driver is well exposed to world music and they will keep you entertained by playing an amazing collection of rock music to metal or blues throughout the journey!
Best time to visit: During monsoon (June to September) or winter for caving and/or trekking (October to March)
Ideal duration: 3-5days
5. SCUBA DIVING IN ANDAMAN ISLAND
Pristine beaches, turquoise water and a colorful whole new world under water is what your definition of adventure then Andaman is definitely your place. Lying on the southeastern part of Indian Ocean, these group of islands is one the best places to bring back the nostalgia of childhood friendship. Swimming and snorkeling in emerald ocean water, beach hopping on a boat or just lazing around the white sand beaches with chilled beer and a sun-hat are some of the major activities here. Enthusiasts can book an instructor lead scuba diving session as the Andaman Islands host best underwater marine life in India. A bachelor party in Andaman islands is definitely going to give your own “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” moment!
Best time to visit: November to April
Ideal duration: 5-7days
This place captures the high points of life! Kasol is like a space shuttle. All you need to do is just be there. The aura of Parvati Valley will engulf you in its entirety and transcend to a level beyond mere earthly happiness and worldly pleasures. It’s not only the “secret plant” that does all the trick, it’s that moment of solace by the gurgling Parvati River or a lazy evening stroll along the narrow hilly roads, which creates the magic. Meeting strangers in cafes and on the roads are common and so is getting a share of the holy smoke! Although this place is famous for trance music parties, the cafes also create such an ambiance in their own capacity and thus, you never miss the musical scene in Kasol! Numerous cafes which are more pro in making an Israeli or Italian dish than Indian are a foodie’s paradise and so are the quaint little homestays and hotels along the river. Kasol is definitely the place to redefine the bond of close-to-heart friends!
Best time to visit: Round the year. Better not to go during summer months to avoid excessive crowd
Ideal duration: 2-3 days
7. attending a music fest AT ziro valley
Far from the madding crowd, on the north eastern fringes of India, there lies one of the most beautiful valleys of India, Ziro Valley. Words can not bind beauty of this valley in terms of landscape, people or its unique tradition and culture. Set amidst rolling mountains and boundless paddy fields, Ziro Valley hosts one of the most authentic and happening music fests of the country, The Ziro Festival of Music. Being part of this music fest is probably the coolest thing you can do with your friends along with exploring an astonishing rural lifestyle, culture and traditions of Arunachal Pradesh. Don’t forget to try their local rice brew Chhang and Apong which are sure to give you a different kind of high!
Best time to visit: Music Fest is organized in the last week of September. For more details on the festival check out www.zirofestival.com
Ideal duration: 3-5days
8. SANDAKPHU TREK
While many of us feel a bachelors’ trip is all about booze and party till you drop dead, there are wanderers who are in awe of nature, mountains and trekking. And when you have a group of such travel junkies then nothing beats scaling the highest point of West Bengal, Sandakphu! Any physically active person with moderate stamina level can do this trek which passes through some of the best landscapes of Himalayas. The bonus points of the trek are the best of the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu along with a wide range of flora and fauna, evergreen forests and untamed natural beauty en route. This 48kms trek, with the highest point being at 12000 ft, can easily be covered in 6days with enough rest and time to soak in the natural beauty of the place. The trek starts from Manebhanjan and follows the trail through Singalila National Park, Kalopokhri, Sandakphu peak, Srikhola and ends at Jalpaiguri to take the outward journey to catch a train from NJP railway station or a flight from Bagdogra airport.
Best time to visit: October to November, can be done during winter months as well but needs more precaution due to snow fall.
Ideal duration: 6-8days (including inward & outward journey)
Pondicherry is a mini France within India. A union territory, Pondicherry or Puducherry as it is called in local language, carries a unique mixed bag indo-french culture. This place is famous among bachelors due to its cheap alcohol, sea side and beautiful drive (from Chennai). Needless to say for people with an eye for architecture and an inclination towards food and culture are sure to fall for this place. The quaint french quarter with its tree-lined lanes, bright colored villas and chic boutiques or cafes top the list of anyone traveling to Puducherry. This place is also pretty famous among the foreign travelers for its unique cultural amalgamation. A day visit to Auroville is must. A motorbike/ cycle ride around the french, Muslim and Tamil quarters along with a visit to the local market is highly recommended.
Best time to visit: Any time of the year, better to avoid summer months
Ideal duration: 3-4 days
When we talk about bachelor’s getaway, we can’t leave Mumbai from the list. For any age group and gender, Mumbai has always been the most popular partying place in India. With its amazing sea-side joints and cafes to top class restaurants and night clubs, Mumbai never fails to attract any pocket size. While in the city of dreams, don’t forget to take a drive via the newest Bandra-Worli sea link bridge or a lazy stroll along the band stand. If you have a day extra, head to Elephanta caves taking one of the many ferries which ply between Gateway of India and Elephanta caves. the 5th and 8th century rock cut caves will delight anyone from a traveler to explorer.
Best time to visit: throughout the year
Ideal duration: 2-3days
A bunch of friends can make any place memorable but there are always places which are sure to make your journey awesome in more than one ways. Thus, while we list top ten places for you to visit, there are plenty of other spots not to fail your expectations of adventure, fun or relaxation.
Written by: Debjani Paul