Posted 07 October 2022

Fifteen Indian destinations that you must visit with your gang before you turn old!

A friends’ trip can never go wrong, no matter where they take place! Agreed? A simple idea of hanging out with your best buddies anywhere can make you happy to the core of your being and make your heart sing. Wherever and whenever you are with your friends everything seems to become livelier and cheerful so much so that you spontaneously start singing “Jaane kyu dil janta hai, tu hai toh, I’ll be alright”.

Travelling with friends doesn’t only mean rejuvenating but also strengthening that eternal bond of friendship like never before. If you are already excited about fulfilling all your travel dreams with no one but your friend, then we guarantee that you are at the right place as this guide is all about it. To make your friend's trip easier, we have enlisted some of the best places to explore in India so that you and your BFFs need not worry about where to go. So, get ready to ditch those family and romantic trips and make the best of memories with your crazy gang.

Iconic Fifteen Indian destinations to visit with your friends

Blessed with some of the most spectacular destinations, why bother to travel to international destinations when there’s a lot to explore in India itself. Every corner of India has something in its store for all those who want to spend the best days with their crazy gang. So, catch up with your old friends, pack your bags, and ride away to the most exciting holiday with your “char yaar”.

1. Goa - Party like never before

Enough of cancelling that planned Goa trip! It’s now time for you to head to the “party capital of India”, Goa and live life to the fullest with your crazy group of friends. From sun-kissed beaches, flea markets, ancient cathedrals to hippie cafes, Goa unarguably has it all.

Be it riding on the bike with your buddies, dancing your heart out in Club Cabana, enjoying a boat ride in Baga Beach or even ranting about your recent break-up, chaotic work-life or anything else, Goa is the best place to bring out the real you in front of those who understand you the most. So, head out for the most awaited Goa trip because “Dil Chahta Hai”.

  • Nearest airport: Goa International Airport
  • When to go: November-February
  • What to eat: Seafood like prawn curry, fish fry

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2. Chopta - Head for the adventurous Chopta Trek

Had enough of exploring the hyped destinations, now what? How about a thrilling expedition that will let you collect some unforgettable memories.? So, if you are in for it, then there’s no better thing than enjoying trekking in one of the most untouched regions of India - Chopta.

Chopta famed as “Mini Switzerland '' is a quaint hill station nestled in Uttarakhand and serves as the starting point for one of the most famous treks - the Chopta trek. The reason why this place is a popular choice for a group of friends who want to experience trekking is that it is home to the highest Shiva temple in the world - Tungnath. The Chopta trek will not only offer the best views of this hill station but also let you and your brave buddies break the fear of trekking with a constant dose of laughter.

  • Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport
  • When to go: March-June
  • What to eat: Jhangora ki Kheer, Potato Gutka

3. Dharamshala - Be at your own “Little Lhasa”

If you are looking for the best places in India to soak in the astounding beauty of nature along with your friends, then you have to visit Dharamshala. Renowned as the “spiritual capital of Dalai Lama”, Dharamshala offers you and your friends to explore the richness of Tibetan culture and explore monasteries. Furthermore, we are sure that the idea of clicking those groupfies against the most scenic hills, lush green valleys, and colourful flora will excite you even more.

  • Nearest airport: Gaggal Airport
  • When to go: March-June
  • What to eat: Thukpa, Butter tea

4. Manali - Step into a trance

We have all watched Bollywood’s hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani and always imagined a crazy Manali trip to relive the crazy “deewani '' with our secret-keepers cum friends. Well, if that’s the case, then what’s stopping you? Blessed with the most picturesque hills, Manali has the most happening atmosphere for you and your amigos to go crazy.

You can consider planning a trip during winters to witness the snowfall and glide through the snow holding the hands of your pals. Not to miss out is the Manali Winter Carnival that attracts herds of tourists from different corners and makes the place filled with vim and vigour.

  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar Airport
  • When to go: March-June and December-January(for snowfall)
  • What to eat: Tudkiya Bhat, Chana Madra

5. Leh - Enjoy biking with your 3 Idiots

Admit it after watching the iconic reunion of the friends at Pangong Lake in 3 Idiot’s somehow made you crave that one friend’s trip to Leh? Well, if you were to ask me, the answer is hell yes! Tucked away in the lofty Himalayas and dotted with rugged terrains, Leh is a sought-after destination for all bike lovers. You will realise why the place is so hyped when you visit Leh with your BFFs. P.S Don’t miss to explore the mind-boggling Magnetic Hill, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and a few more.

  • Nearest airport: Kushok Bakula Rampochee Airport
  • When to go: April-June
  • What to eat: Sky, Tigmo, Thukpa

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6. Auli - Enjoy skiing with your buddies

In case you and your pal want to go skiing, then why head to any other place when Auli, the hub for skiing, eagerly awaits your presence. Skiing may be an arduous activity, but it is all worth it when you perform it with your friends. Besides skiing, there are so many other things to experience in Auli. From admiring the beauty of Garhwal mountains, bowing your head at Vandevi temple to enjoying a ride on the ropeway, fun never ceases when you and your friends together experience all of it in Auli.

  • Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport
  • When to go: December-February
  • What to eat: Kachmauli, Bal Mithai, Singhori

7. Khandala - A sweet escape into the laps of mother nature

Going to Mumbai in Maharashtra may sound cliche, so how about heading to Khandala and dancing to the tunes of “aati kya khandala”. Exciting, isn’t it? So, plan a trip to Khandala which is a tiny and picturesque hill station in Maharashtra.

Not just Mumbaikars, but all those friends who are in the mood to distance themselves and unwind in the company of friends and nature will love exploring Khandala. Duke’s Nose, Kune Waterfalls, Lohagad Fort are a few of the places that you and your friends can explore together in this isolated hill station.

  • Nearest airport: Pune Airport
  • When to go: July-September
  • What to eat: Maharashtrian usal, Vada pav

8. Solang Valley - Far from the madding crowd

Looking for more recommendations for your next friend's trip? If so, then add Solang Valley to your bucket list. If the idea of a friend’s trip for you is nothing but adventure, then again Solang Valley can be the best choice. From paragliding, snowboarding, trekking to skiing, there’s no end to adventure when you are in Solang Valley. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a memorable trip to Solang Valley ASAP!

  • Nearest airport: Kullu Manali Airport
  • When to go: April-June and December-January
  • What to eat: Madra, Dham

9. Gangtok - Relish piping-hot momos with your foodie friends

What’s better than squeezing in some time to chill out with your bunch of crazy friends. We are sure there’s no better feeling than this. So, experience this unmatchable feeling and plan a trip to Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. Nestled in North East India, this place suits the needs of all kinds of travellers - foodies, adventure seekers, nature lovers. Everyone who comes here is sure to head back with a bagful of memories.

Do not come back without clicking innumerable pictures against the snow-capped mountains at Zero Point. Nathu La Pass, Yumthang Valley, Seven Sisters WaterFall, are amongst the other places to explore in Gangtok.

  • Nearest airport: Bagdogra Airport
  • When to go: September-December
  • What to eat: Thentuk, Momos, Thukpa

10. Udaipur - How about boating at Lake Pichola?

The “lake city of India'', Udaipur is yet another place to sync not only with your friends but even nature. The charm and elegance of the city are such that one can never have enough of it. Be it discovering the ethereal beauty of the lakes, witnessing the royal vibes at City Palace, admiring the fountains at Saheliyon ki Bari or capturing alluring views of the sunset at SajjanGarh Fort, Udaipur has so much that you and your pals can be a part of.

  • Nearest airport: Maharana Pratap Airport
  • When to go: September-March
  • What to eat: Daal baati churma, Ker sangri, Lal maas

11. Rishikesh - Experience the thrill of rafting with your chaar yaar

Serving as the “Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas”, Rishikesh has an endless number of things in its bosom. This quaint town is spiritual, scenic, loaded with adventure, and above all the best place to explore with your BFFs!

Offering a host of activities such as camping, bungee jumping, rock climbing and of course everyone’s favourite river rafting, Rishikesh is truly the place for a group of brave friends to experience the adrenaline rushing through their veins. The chance to pour your heart out at 3 am in front of your secret keepers amidst the warmth of a bonfire and Himalayan setting is the best way to kiss away all your worries.

  • Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport
  • When to go: October-March
  • What to eat: Aloo Puri, Kachori

12. Jaisalmer - Hop on the back of a camel

Jaisalmer welcomes your entire group of friends to be a part of amazing experiences. The place not just boasts about traditional Rajasthani vibes but has an endless number of exciting things to offer - one of them is camel safari. A lifetime chance to hop on the back of innocent camels and raid through the golden sand dunes is something you and your friends will always remember. In addition, do not miss exploring the outstanding Jaisalmer Fort and bond with the locals to gather interesting insights about its inception.

  • Nearest airport: Jodhpur Airport
  • When to go: October-March
  • What to eat: Pyaz ki kachori, Gatte ki sabzi

13. Ranthambore - Go wild like there’s no tomorrow

Do you like the idea of intruding into the wilderness? If yes, then what can be better than discovering the coming close to the wildlife views at Ranthambore. This wildlife sanctuary is a popular choice amongst those friends who wish to witness the exotic sight of a plethora of species such as the Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Bengal Fox, Black Buck and the list goes on and on. Offering one of a kind experience with nature, Ranthambore is sure to excite you to the core.

  • Nearest airport: Jaipur Airport
  • When to go: All year round
  • What to eat: Rajasthani delicacies

14. Andaman - Chill by the side of beaches

Andaman may be a preferred destination for many couples but it is no less popular amongst all those friends who want to enjoy a beach vacay. The azure waters of famous beaches like Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Neil Beach, etc are sure to leave you and your amigos captivated with its beauty. It’s not just the ethereal beauty of the beaches but it is also about the water sports that one can perform here. So, live one of those “Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara” moments with your friends and explore the exotic marine life while you enjoy scuba diving and other water activities.

  • Nearest airport: Port Blair Airport
  • When to go: October-March
  • What to eat: Prawn fry, Grilled lobsters

15. Spiti Valley - Camp under a starlit sky

Fondly called the “little Tibet", Spiti Valley is where you can unwind along with your friends. The phenomenal views of nature team up with the century-old monasteries to make your friend’s trip to Spiti Valley a memorable affair. From views of snow-capped mountains to flags fluttering near the monasteries, everything here is worthy of all praises. A trip to Spiti Valley is surely incomplete without you camping under a starlit sky and gazing at the stars holding your pal’s hand.

  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar Airport
  • When to go: March-June
  • What to eat: Tsampa, Thukpa

So, when you have so many crazy amigos by your side, why delay a trip to these destinations. If you have more suggestions about places to discover with friends, then you can get in touch with us and we will be happy to do the planning for you. But, till then, book your group’s air tickets with IndiGo and avail maximum discounts so that you don’t have to burn a hole in your pockets.

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