Best Places to Visit in India with Friends For An Unforgettable Trip

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20 Best Places to Visit in India with Friends

When it comes to spending time with your friends, nothing is as awesome as having a trip with them. Whether it a day’s trip or a month-long, it is the most amazing experience of our life. Without giving it much thought, pack your bags and head off to these best places to visit in India with friends. You are sure to have the time of your life:

Here is the list of 28 Best Places to Visit in India with Friends For An Unforgettable Trip

1. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh

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Known For : Rafting in Rishikesh Lakshman Jhula Triveni Ghat

Heading off to Rishikesh seems to be the new in-thing this summer. You might have heard of your neighbours or distant relatives going to Rishikesh for rafting. Well, this place is one of the most famous places for the adrenaline pumping adventure sport- Rafting! Ride the mystical water of the Ganga and experience the heart-pumping sport with your friends. Also, camp under the stars and take in all the beauty of this earthy terrain.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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2. Mumbai-Goa Road Trip

Going to Goa with your friends is cliché’, but how about taking the road trip to Goa from Mumbai? Flashback to Dil Chahta Hai and you will want to hit the roads right away. Rent a car and head off on the highway heading to Goa. Enjoy the scenery as it changes from the bustling Mumbai to the laid back Goa. We assure you it will be a trip of the lifetime.

3. Manali-Leh Road Trip

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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Adventure Activities in Manali

The heavenly road trip from Manali to Leh is considered as the “Mecca of all road trips.” You will realize how true this is when you go backpacking at this best place to visit in India with friends. The unbelievably beautiful path etched between mountains and villages will give you the memories of a lifetime. Just pack your bags and hit the road. Experience nature at its best!! P.S. Don’t miss out on the delicious Maggi that is available all along the way! You will regret not having it.

Best Time: October to June

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4. The Frozen River Trek at Chadar

This is called the Frozen River Trek because you can actually walk on a frozen river at this place. It has got to be one of the most thrilling experiences as you wade through the frozen river with your friends, laughing and enjoying all the way. The Chadar trek route connects the Zanskar River with the Valley located deep in the mountains. Visit this place to experience the dreamlike adventure!

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5. Scuba Diving at Andaman Islands

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Known For : Scuba Diving In Andaman Havelock Island Radhanagar Beach

Remember the scuba diving sequence from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? Well, that is exactly what you can experience here. The pristine blue water and the sandy beaches hold a whole different world below it. Be ready to be awe-stricken by the mysterious underwater world. Colorful fish, parts of sunken ships, and the fascinating sea life, you name it, and it will be found here. Head off to this place and have your very own ZNMD moment with your friends by your side.

Best Time: October to Jun

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6. Kullu-Manali

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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Adventure Activities in Manali

Experience nature at its full splendor at this out of the world place. The breath-taking mountains and the Beas river will let you disconnect from the world for a little while, and be lost in your very own world. Go for paragliding at Solang Valley and have a spectacular view as you soar high into the sky. Or go for river-rafting with your friends in tow, at Manali and be cooled off by the chilling waters as you meander your way through the rocky terrain. A vacation to Manali is the perfect outing you and your friends can hope for.

Best Time: October to June

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7. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka - Tiger reserves in the Nilgiris

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Known For : Gopalaswamy Betta Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

If you and your friends have that wild streak, let it unleash in the wilderness of the Bandipur Forests. It is located in the foothills of the Nilgiri and has dense jungles. You can run into Asiatic wild elephants, jungle monkeys or even a stray cat. This Jungle Safari is your adventure-filled trip to get your adrenaline pumping. Just be sure to follow the safety procedures! This is one of the best places to visit in India with friends if looking for a bit of adventure. 

Best Time: October to May

8. Pangong Lake, Ladakh

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The spectacular lake that you witnessed in the ending scene of 3 Idiots is none other than Pangong Lake. Yes, it as mesmerizing as it looks on screen. Bring out the adventure junkie in you as you take in the breathtaking view of this lake. Surrounded by mountains and boasting of freezing temperature, this Lake will give you a feeling of peace and serenity. And who better to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with than your friends!

9. Sandakphu Trek, Darjeeling

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Many of you might not be aware of this place, but Sandakphu is one of the five highest peaks in the world. Boasting of such high peaks, it makes for one dreamy location. Surreal natural beauty and spectacular view are what defines this place. A unique thing about this place is that you can spot around 600 varieties of Orchid here. No, we are not kidding. Visit this place with your friends and boast about the ethereal beauty the next time your group gets together!

10. Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

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Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

This lake is located about 12,000 feet above sea level, so you can imagine how remarkable the view here would be. It is actually about 40 km from the capital city of Gangtok and 5km from the neighbouring Chinese border. The water here is crystal clear as it comes from the melting glaciers in its surrounding. You need to take an arduous trek to reach this place, but hey, a trek with your friends will only add to the adventure. Once you reach this spot, the tiring trek will surely be worth it.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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11. Sula Vineyard, Nasik

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This is one of the most spectacular outings you can have with your friends. Walk along the vineyards while you stay in a private villa that offers all the world-class amenities. You can also taste the different varieties of Wine available here, and if you are planning on buying one, well you will get it very cheap here. So walk along the vineyards and taste wine all day long, as you bond with your friends. What more can one ask for!

12. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

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Known For : Abbey Falls Talacauvery Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)

You might have heard some people referring to this place as the Scotland of India. This is in fact very true as this place boasts of being one of the most romantic places in the country. Surrounded by natural beauty, this place offers austere sights, varied wildlife, a relaxing atmosphere, and world-class coffee. Also, the houseboat available here is altogether a different experience. Picturing yourself with your friends chilling out in Coorg, aren’t you??

Best Time: October to March

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13. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

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Known For : Great Rann of Kutch Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary Dholavira

Confused on seeing a desert on the list? Well, imagine nothingness, then imagine it some more and then a little more. Now you have the Rann of Kutch which is the largest salt desert in the world. This place comes to life around October and gets an altogether different beauty. Trust us; visiting Rann of Kutch with your friends will be an experience like none other. Also, when going here don’t forget to visit Kala Dungar, also known as Black Hill, which will give you a panoramic view from 458 meters above sea level.

Best Time: July to March

14. Tawang Town, Arunachal Pradesh- The birthplace of Dalai Lama

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Known For : Sela Pass Tawang Monastery Madhuri Lake

This one of the unexplored hill stations in the North-Eastern part of India. Tawang is a sparsely populated hill town which offers a magnificent view. This place will let you experience the fluffy clouds, pristine sky, snow-clad mountain peaks and a spectacular view of the mountains and valleys. This makes it one of the best places to visit in India with friends.

Best Time: September to March

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15. Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya

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This has to be seen to be believed. This place looks straight out of magical fairytale land. The bridge is naturally made by the roots of the trees, as you might have guessed by the name. Some of these roots are more than a hundred feet long and can carry around fifty people at a single time. Just imagine how fun it would be to cross this bridge with your friends in tow! It’s fun like no other.

16. Dune Bashing in Rajasthan

Already excited, huh? Well, you should be as the desert safari in Rajasthan is one of the most quintessential experiences this State has to offer. The desert safari is best experienced in Osian, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer. The stories associated with the forts and deserts of Rajasthan are totally captivating. Head off to the remote places with your friends and get in touch with the true ruins of the place.

17. Almora, Uttarakhand - A cozy heritage town nestled in the Himalayas.

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Known For : Zero Point Jageshwar Katarmal Sun Temple

This is one of the lesser-known hill stations of Uttarakhand. This place is a perfect mix of history, heritage, culture, and natural beauty. It is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is home to some of the most noted temples like Nanda Devi, Asht Bhairav, and Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple. A visit to this place with your friends will help you get in touch with the culture and nature in a perfect symphony.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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18. Silk Route’s Gold Trail, Kerala

Going to a temple tour in Kerala is quite common, but what if we tell you that you can embark on a gold trail along some this temple’s vault. We are not kidding. This is not a much-known place, but a visit to this place is very much possible. Silk Route’s Gold Trail tour lets you through Kerala’s gold-filled temple vaults. How cool would it be to go on a gold trail with your friends!

19. Roopkund Trek, Himalayas

This trek is one of the less explored treks which let you get in sync with nature. The serene route along the Himalayas will provide an experience which includes the pristine snow, gushing streams, stretches of meadows and some spectacular camping spots. Head off to this trek and get in touch with your inner self. The company of friends will be an added benefit.

20. Bhangarh fort, Alwar

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You have got to try spooky when it comes to an outing with your friends. This place is touted as the scariest place in India, along with being the most abandoned one. This has never stopped visitors from visiting this scary place, so why should it stop you. Located in Alwar, Rajasthan, you need to be hereafter sundown to experience some real adrenaline pump, though it is prohibited to visit this place after sunset. Find out how brave you and you are friends really are!!

21. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Chandratal Lake Key Monastery Kunzum Pass

Long winding roads and valleys that present unforgettable glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, and gets just around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it one of the coldest places in the country. With the thick Himalayan snow cutting Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months a year, the summer months are the only time Spiti is directly accessible via motorway.

Best Time: Mid May to Mid Oct

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22. Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Eco Cave Gardens Naini Lake Naina Devi Temple

The gem of Uttarakhand - Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 1938 metres, the epicentre of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous Naini Lake, after which the town is named. Founded by the British due to its resemblance to the Cumbrian Lake district, Nainital brims with elegant colonial structures that amplify the beauty of this place. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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23. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : The Ridge Kufri Chail

Situated at a height of 2200m, Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners since the last 50 years.

Best Time: October to June

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24. Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Known For : Tiger's Leap Bushi Dam Lonavala Lake

Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers.

Best Time: Throughout the year

25. Munnar, Kerala

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Known For : Echo Point, Munnar Photo Point Atukkad Waterfalls

Munnar is a popular hill-station of Kerala perched at an altitude of 1600 metres in the Western Ghats. Famous for its tea estates, various shades of green, blankets of mist and craggy peaks, Munnar is aptly known as the 'Kashmir of South India'.

Best Time: September to May

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26. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favourable climate all year round.

Best Time: Throughout the year

27. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. A Lakeside resort town of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a beautiful climate, mist-covered manicured cliffs and waterfall that come together to create the ideal setting for a perfect getaway. Kodaikanal means 'the gift of the forests'.

Best Time: September to May

28. Varkala, Kerala

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Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach

Varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala known for the unique 15m high 'Northern Cliff' adjacent to the Arabian Sea. It is popular for its hippie culture, shacks on the cliff serving great seafood and playing global music and the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru. Varkala is also known for Jardana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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Now that we have listed down the best places to visit in India with friends, pack your bags and get going. Don’t forget to thank us later!

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