There is no doubt to the fact that when we hear the word ‘FREE’, we feel an immense rush! Well, if you are on your India Holiday there is no need to spend large sums of money to have a great experience. This is a country of ‘jugaad’ meaning ‘a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.’ So, here are a few free things to do in India.
If you don’t believe us, scroll down! You will have your answers.
1.Crossing International Border
If you are holidaying in India, you will be surprised to know that you can cross the international border and that too for free! This is definitely one of the top free things to do in India.
Where to: Nepal. Yes, you heard us right! India shares ‘freedom of movement’ in Nepal. And, you don’t need to spend a single dime and not even a visa. All it would require is your present passport. The awe-inspiring landscape and Hindu pilgrimages and monasteries are a must-visit.
2. Visit a Temple
India is known for its magnificent temples. There is so much detail in their architecture and construction that it will be a waste if you don’t visit them on your India Holiday. Some of the major temples that you can visit for free in India are Golden Temple in Amristar, Jama Masjid in Delhi, Haji Ali in Mumbai Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan and many more.
Also, you can visit major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi because of you can visit the top attractions in these sites for free!
3. Have free food at the langar in a Gurudwara
India is a spiritual country that believes in all religions. And, Sikhism is one of the major religions here. Visit any Gurudwara in the country and enjoy the Langar that is so delicious. The fragrance is enough to tempt you. The rich and the poor are treated equally. Everyone shares that same space and enjoy free food.
Where to: Golden Temple, Amritsar and Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
4. Admire Art
For the art enthusiasts on a holiday in India will be excited to know that most of the art galleries are free to visit in India.
Where: Head to Kolkata – regarded as the cultural capital of India. Visit the Academy of Fine Arts on Cathedral Road that is one of the oldest art societies in India. Do not miss out on The Gallery of Contemporary Art and carpet museum that is also part of the same complex. If you are in Mumbai, then do not miss out on Kala Ghoda that is between Colaba and the Fort area. It is a house full of art galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery. In Jaipur, do visit Juneja Art Gallery for some of the most intriguing works done by contemporary Rajasthani Artists. In Delhi, Delhi Art Gallery in Hauz Khas is a must.
5. Visit the only Toilet Museum in the World
Yes, you heard it right! Visit the only toilet museum in the world for free! This educated people on how the sanitation seats have improved from the past. The museum exhibits various toilet seats from around the world.
When to visit: Anytime
6. Attend the Rural Olympics
This is the land of the turbans. And, Holla Mohalla or also, known as India’s rural Olympics is a must-see. It is a festival where you can see girls wearing vibrant parandi performing Gidda, boys hopped on their bullet and showing their calibre. Watch turban boys perform Gatka that is an indigenous art that involves play with the sword for self-defence. And, it’s absolutely free!
7. Meet the good luck dolphins in UP
This is a rare sighting that happens during the months of April and May. Head to Unchagaon Fort where you can see the rare river dolphins jump and play in the river Ganga.
8. Attend Ceremonies of the Nations Guard
Attend the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at the Wagah Border. It is an experience that every visitor to India must-have. It takes place daily followed by an impressive display of rapid dance-like manoeuvres. Or, if you are in Delhi, attend a changing of the guard’s ceremony that takes place every Saturday in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.
9. Visit the Spooky Ancient Places
Does paranormal interest you? Do you believe in ghosts? Visit the many ‘resident of the evil’ places in India for absolutely free! One of the most famous spooky sites is Agrasen Ki Baoli. Visitors here have experienced the presence of something eerie from which the place got its nickname as ‘resident of the evil’.
If we tell you that the most jaw-dropping adventure in India is without spending anything at all. Head to the Himalayas decorated with beautiful artwork of nature and the most treacherous routes! Have the most amazing adventurous experience of your life for free.