The top things to do in India and one of them is a tour of a haunted palace

17Apr - by swayamt - 15 - In India Travel
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This summer, you have a lot of things to do in India. If you are planning to travel to India then you  can visit the famous sex ashram of a sadhu in Pune or just enjoy a tour of a haunted palace in Delhi. If hills beckon you, then book a ticket to Coorg, pronto!

I have made this list for you and if you want some other place should be included in it, then please write back to me.

The top things to do in India

  1. Tour of the Haunted Place in Delhi 

If you are planning to spend your summer months in Delhi this year, then should do one thing. Book this tour immediately. The tour leader is Swayam Tiwari and he is a knowledgeable fellow. One of his favorite tours is the one about the Haunted Palace of Balban. This palace is in ruins and lies within the iconic Mehrauli Archaeological Park.

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Shrouded in mystery, this palace is haunted!
Jamali Kamali
One of the most mysterious places in Mehrauli is the Jamali Kamali Mosque

Balban’s Palace is an attraction for the wildlife enthusiasts too. During my last visit to this enchanting place, I encountered a Neelgai (antelope) which was resting in a shade. Upon seeing me, the startled animal sprang away and melted in the bushes.

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These corridors will set you to imagine things

Watch this video here

The bird lovers will also find this place charming. Peacocks, sparrows, parrots, robins, kites and weaver birds live here in thousands. And if you are lucky, you may find yourself staring into the eyes of a jackal!

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We are at the boat house in the Mehrauli Park here

          2. Visit the “SEX ASHRAM” of an Indian sadhu in Pune

To be honest, I am not sure if this ashram still permits its residents to enjoy free sex but several decades ago, this place was known for this kind of colorful activities.

Also called as Osho Ashram, this destination is very popular among several thousand visitors who come to Pune every day. Osho is another name of Acharya Rajneesh who lived in the United States several years ago. He was a brilliant and several Americans became his followers because of this quality. The main philosophy of Rajneesh was living in the moment and never to worry.

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You can read about Rajneesh by clicking this link

Rajneesh lived a royal life and at the time of his death, possessed more than 90 Rolls Royces- all gifted to him by his rich and wealthy followers! Many people believe that Rajneesh was poisoned by the American authorities because they were uncomfortable with his huge fan following. No wonder, for many Americans, one of the many things to do in India is a visit to the Osho Ashram.

This ashram is shaped in the form of a pyramid and is a delightful place to visit.

      3. Go Drumming!

Actually, I find drumming pretty interesting. This is one of the more pleasurable things to do in India for people who are sick of visiting monuments,  eating street food,  watching movies and yoga sessions and I will tell you why.

One day, one of my friends , Debu Mishra, invited me to a drumming event hosted in one of the gardens of Delhi.  I was full of excitement when I visited this place but as the event progressed, I just could not help dancing to the awesome tunes. This event was a great stress buster for me and it would be great if you can find time to attend one such event.

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Drumming takes you away from stress

Here is a link to the Facebook Events Page of this event. Entry is free and if you want to play drums, please bring your equipment to this event. Make friends, relax and generally have a good time- that is the mantra of this event.

  4. Poetry on your mind?

If you want to share your poems with other people ( strangers who also like poetry), then this event by Nicky Chandon is just for you and I am sure that you will find it as an event to remember. The name of this event is Caferati sure, it is a good place for all those people who want a ready audience.

Though visiting Caferati is not one of the most important things to do in India, I would still recommend it as an event for the intellectually inclined travelers.

The brain behind this amazing monthly event is Nicky who is a young girl, maybe 27 or 28. If you want to recite your poem or enact something, please attend this event by visiting its Facebook Page. I have attached the link to this event below.

There are many aspiring stand-up comedians who have found this event as a good platform to showcase their talents.

Watch this video in which a poet is expressing his thoughts in Hindi

Caferati is organized on the last Wednesday or Friday of every month at the famous Antisocial restaurant in HKV.

5. Visit the Palace of the Dead

Have you heard or read about Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi? Chances are that you have. Visit this charming place with me and get mesmerized with its known and untold stories.

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                                                                              Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most beautiful buildings in Delhi and if you have not visited this place so far, then it is time you made amends.

6. Walk in the woods -Lal Kot Walls

This one is my favorite. If you want to explore the wilderness and history of Delhi, then contact me for an adrenaline-filled tour of Lal Kot.

Lal Kot means Red Walls and stands for the remains of a 1000 year old Delhi fort. These walls are made of red coloured rocks and cannot be located easily as many dense bushes and trees now hide them.

Some people also believe that the foundation of these walls is made of gold and silver!

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Would you like exploring them? If yes, then we will plan out a tour. You may write to me at

Booking Tickets

Right now I am unavailable for any trip to Pune, so please don’t write to me for that. However, I may help you in organizing a Pune trip with the help of my contacts. Otherwise, if you want to travel Pune on your own, please visit this website; . This is Maharashtra government website so you can go on and click it open.

If you are planning to come visit Delhi or Pune, then use this Indian Railways website to book tickets;

Else you may book tickets at MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip.

Have I helped you in planning your India itinerary? Please write to me.

Thanks for reading this.

15 thoughts on “The top things to do in India and one of them is a tour of a haunted palace”

  1. cool! I love haunted stories. I don’t know has one of this. Hopefully, to visit India soon and know its haunted and culture ways. Thanks for the info. Keep it up!

  2. Wow, there are truly si much to do and experience in India. I haven’t heard about all these beautiful and interesting places in India. I’ll surely pen all of them in my bucket list and hopefully I can visit India soon. I like to visit the haunted house and amble around it. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Same! This is the first time that I’ve heard of these activities and places as well. Well, sometime in the future, I’d want to visit this also just like you! But the haunted house may be another story. Hahaha!

  3. So much to do in India! I quite like the idea of drumming simply because I love music and am always tapping out a rhythm with my fingertips on whatever surface. And dancing too! I can’t imagine all the beating of those drums and not feeling the urge to sway to the rhythm dance.

  4. My partner and I are planning a trip to India in 2018 so I am so grateful I’ve stumbled across your list. I’ve bookmarked the page and I will share it with my fiancée tonight! Based on your images and your other posts, there seems to be so much culture! (We probably won’t visit the sex ashram though! 😉

    Do you have any preparation posts for India? What to pack? Vaccinations etc.?

    I’m really looking forward to reading about more of your adventures! 🙂 x

  5. The story about Rainwear is quite interesting, this list of yours is a great help, I haven’t heard of this places, but I would love to visit hopefully in the near future

  6. The story about Rajneesh is quite interesting, this list of yours is a great help, I haven’t heard of this places, but I would love to visit hopefully in the near future

  7. I’ve always known India as such a very beautiful place. I really hope I could go there soon. I’ll make sure to go to these places if given the chance 🙂

  8. This is really helpful and interesting. I would really love to visit India one day. I’ll definitely consider contacting you soon. Well, if only I can travel abroad in instant, I’d have done it! hahaha anyhow, I really find your list here really helpful. I’ll bookmark your blog for me to check more details about India! 🙂

  9. Incredible India indeed. Such a diverse list of activities / attractions. Since I haven’t been to India, will save this post for my to-do/ to-go when in India. Also to find a matching Emerald earrings for my Emerald eyed owl pendant from my Uncle who were in India for a while. 🙂

  10. I am surprised that Spices Shopping is not included in the list. I have always associated India with such wide array of spices! Anyway, do you have any favorite spices from them?

  11. Osho Ashram Pune definitely intrigued me, do people really have sex in there? The structure too, it looks modern and cool! I’ll probably just take pictures from the outside hehe. The Palace of the Dead looks sooo charming!

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