Explore the vibrant country of India and its rich culture and history. From bustling city centers to vast landscapes, it is the perfect place to find exceptional experiences that will quench your thirst for adventure and enrich your spirit. There are numerous amazing bucket list activities to experience in India. Stand on the banks of the Ganges as Hindu pilgrims perform their daily rituals, explore religious monuments and elaborate palaces, and learn the 500-year-old traditional dance of Kerala Kathakali. Be sure to include a visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal—one of the most famous landmarks in the world.
Enhancing your visit to the Taj Mahal with a few nights at the breathtaking Oberoi Amarvilas resort takes this bucket list idea to the next level. Set on ten acres of landscaped gardens, the Oberoi Amarvilas is a five-star luxury resort where each of its rooms and suites offers uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from their private balconies. Additionally, every room has a telescope so you can get an up-close look at the marble mausoleum. The hotel has been fashioned in the style of a Mughal palace and is decorated with frescoes, mosaics and precious stones.
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Sit alongside Andean weavers in Chinchero village outside of Cusco as they craft their renowned textiles. Experience the intertwined Inca and Spanish cultures as you explore the monumental fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Plaza de Armas. Board a private chartered train to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. A quintessential stop on any life bucket list, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site that was built as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti, and it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed, giving tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored and restoration continues today.
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3. Caribbean Islands
With over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean Sea, ranging from tiny isles to expansive metropolises, there are multiple islands worth adding to every couples bucket list or best friend bucket list. Each island has its own unique culture, history, food and attractions that will make your vacation one-of-a-kind. Take to the crystal-clear blue waters of Antigua to swim with wild stingrays or spend the day on the ultimate off-road buggy adventure through the rainforest to a remote beach. Unwind with a private local rum tasting at a Provençal-style French café at Pigeon beach. Dive down to the famous Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada. Our private custom travel team can arrange private jet travel for you so you can make the most of your island-hopping. Spend more time relaxing in beautiful places like St. Barts and St. Lucia and less time dealing with the restrictive schedules of commercial flights.
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What is a bucket list vacation without a dive in the Great Barrier Reef? Immerse yourself in the wonder of the world’s largest coral reef, which is home to some of the most diverse marine life on earth. Get up close with humpback whales during their annual migration through Australia’s waters between mid-June and early November or spend a day snorkeling or scuba diving to admire its underwater beauty. From the oldest living rainforest to the expansive beaches, Australia has a plethora of spectacular bucket list places to visit. Explore the lush green Barossa Valley in Adelaide and sample its delectable variety of wines. Spend the night with unobstructed views of the stars in luxury tented camps in the magnificent Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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5. Rwanda & Uganda
Trek through bamboo forests to find a family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the best places in the world to observe the endangered gentle giants. Gorillas share 93% of their DNA with humans, and a visit to Bwindi is a profoundly moving encounter. Adding a stop like this gives your bucket list meaning beyond the average travel experience. Located at an altitude of 5,000 feet on the border with Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to half of all remaining mountain gorillas. Each day only eight visitors are allowed per trekking group. When you finally encounter these majestic creatures face-to-face, it will be worth every minute spent hiking through the dense foliage searching for them.
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