India is not just a country. It is a melting pot of cultural experiences, religions, historical timelines, Exotic Experiences, geographical wonders and much more.
For the first time visitor, India can be a grand maze that is too complicated to solve. There is so much in an offer that one will take weeks, if not months to decide where to begin with.
As someone who has been blessed to visit and experience some such exotic experiences of India, I think I am eligible to give you my humble suggestions.
This article is a collection of some such exotic experiences exclusive that I believe everyone should soak into at least once in a lifetime.
Ganga Aarti is one of the best 5 Exotic Experiences in India, River Ganga holds a sacred position in the minds of Indians. According to Indian mythology, Ganga descends straight from heaven onto the matted hair locks of Lord Shiva from where she trickles onto earth as a calm and composed river. Since the age of the Indus Valley Civilization,
Ganga has been hailed as the provider who helps the country prosper with bountiful harvests. In fact, it is popularly referred to as Ganga Maa or the Divine Mother as it gives life to earth in the form of water.
Ganga Aarti is a prayer to the Goddess, that is River Ganga and all the other Gods and Goddesses who provide and safeguard the country. It happens at three religious destinations in India – Varanasi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. The Aarti is done once early in the morning at sunrise and at dusk at sunset.
The Aarti is done by choosing priests who are selected by a Ganga Sabha. The ceremonial happenings of the Ganga Aarti include the offering of milk, honey, saffron, etc. in small quantities to the river. The priests also chant Sanskrit mantras which combined with the thronging crowd participation reaches a crescendo making the place feel mystical. The view of aarti lights combined with the chanting crescendo and divine mood all around is something that cannot be missed for a lifetime. You should not miss out one of the best Exotic Experiences.
In 1964, a cyclone hit the South-Eastern tip of India wiping away an entire town without a trace. Dhanushkodi was that ill-fated town. Today, it is nothing but a collection of dilapidated buildings consisting of an Old Church, the old railway station and some random houses which the sea and the climate constantly eat into tide after tide.
The whole town of Dhanushkodi has an eerie feeling to it. Shortly after the eventful cyclone, the town was declared uninhabitable by the Government of India. The sea also claimed a larger part of the landmass forcing denizens to flee to safety zones.
However, today, Dhanushkodi is a thriving tourist destination. The road to Dhanushkodi which has the sea on its either side is a bliss to drive through. More blissful if you are visiting during monsoon. Not to miss mentioning that biker groups throng here in large numbers.
Also, there are minivans which take tourists for a road trip into the sea waters! Yes! The water is shallow enough for vehicles with high ground clearance to traverse easily. So if you have a taste for adventure and history, You should not miss out the experience of Dhanushkodi. It is one of the best Exotic Experiences.
Since the ages, India has remained a frontrunner in spiritual and physical wellness. Afterall, it is the birthplace of Ayurveda from where the sages and medical missionaries of yesteryear spread it across the Indian-subcontinent and beyond the seven seas. Today, Ayurveda is a much preferred naturalistic medical practice that even Western medical science approves of.
Ayurveda is claimed to be a purely nature based medical treatment methodology. It does not indulge in any form of artificially created medicines or stimulators to treat physical disorders. The basis of Ayurveda is that the human body is a Harmony of the physique, mind and the soul. It also takes into the mental well-being of an individual making it a holistic approach to treating an individual.
Ayurveda is truly an Exotic Experiences with healing powers. The use of medicinal herbs often grinded or mixed with natural oils rejuvenates the sense of the body and refreshes the mind. Even the ambiance in which Ayurveda treatment is provided brims with a positive vitality that can restore a person to good health in quick time. Head to Kerala if you want to experience an authentic Ayurvedic treatment experience.
“If there is paradise on earth, It is here, it is here, it is here” sang the poet Amir Khusrow.
Well, if you want an up-close view of the life on this mountain-clad paradise, you have to go on a ‘Shikara’. Shikara is a type of wooden boat that is seen exclusively in Kashmir, Srinagar and surrounding locales.
Romantic is an understatement to describe the experience of floating on Dal Lake on a Shikara.It is one of the best Exotic Experiences in India. These muscle-powered boats are the lifeline of Dal Lake. from daily vegetables to freshly bloomed flowers everything is bought and sold by people who gently push Shikara on the Dal lakes with their muscle power.
There are also houseboats, perhaps more of them than all the count of real buildings put together. Most of the surface area in Kashmir is occupied either by mountains, hills or water bodies. Whatever is left are perhaps roads. This makes the Shikara a truly unique experience to know, feel and soak in the feeling of romance that Kashmir and its Dal lake is famous for.
The otherwise desolated and tranquil desert dunes of Rajasthan become a stage for celebration during the month of February. Also, it is one of the Exotic Experiences in India.
The grand Pushkar Festival is a culmination of traditional dances, music, camel race, camel polo, Rajasthani folklore based puppet theatre, traditional turban tying the contest and much more. Think of it as a melting pot of activity where the entire essence of Rajasthani culture and traditions is served on a single platter.
Be there if you also want to taste the delicacies of Rajasthani food consisting of generous amounts of sweet, rotis, veg curries and much more. When all is done and you still have juice left in you, hop onto a camel’s back and go some distance bobbing on the desert dunes that sprawl eternally under the starlit sky. That for you is the beauty of Pushkar.
Let me tell you something straight away. This is just a tip of an iceberg. No single blog post can ever summarize the cultural extravaganza that India puts forth to its visitors. But, if you are in a rush to take in the culture, the experience, and the thrill, just tick off these 6 exclusive ones. You are sure to feel a lot more contented and fulfilled.
Ganesh is a voracious rider, passionate biker, and everyday writer. When he is not writing, reading or riding, he pores over Google Maps to spot unexplored destinations where nature and culture coexist in harmony.
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