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7 Inspirational Ideas if Your Friends Are Anything But Mainstream!

There are friends you drink with, friends you go for movies with and then there are friends who are always pushing the limits. If you are a group who likes to try new things and really go out and live life, we have some great ideas for you! 

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The majestic Himalayas are every mountaineer’s ultimate dream. If you want to try something really daring with your friends, you must visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) at Darjeeling. HMI hosts star-studded faculty like Tenzing Norgay and winners of the nation’s highest adventure award winners. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Sidharthan says, "The HMI as it's popularly known is a repository for India's great mountaineering history. Complete with facts and figures, it showcases mountaineering both as a sport and hobby. It has an awesome display of gears worn by famous mountaineers including those of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary along with pictures."

Gulmarg: Gondola Lift and a stunning backdrop
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Located amidst the backdrop of the beautiful Himalayas in the Gondola Village of Gulmarg, Gondola Lift is the only cable car system in Asia that travels up an elevation of 13,500 ft above sea level. Having your friends with you while experiencing this will lift your excitement one notch higher. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Shaikh Md. Ullah says, "I went to Gulmarg with 3 of my friends. Next morning we went to Gondola by cable car. The views are wonderful from the cable car. Then we did skiing there in Gondola which is an awesome experience. We drank Kashmiri Kahwa in snowy Gondola and had lunch there."

Jaisalmer: Feel the surge of adrenaline at Sam Sand Dunes
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HolidayIQ suggestion, stay with your pals at the dunes. HolidayIQ reviewer Abhinav Kumar says, "Staying in Dunes is a unique experience one can have. In the evening you can enjoy traditional dance and music. So if you are going with your family and friends, definitely this is going to be your lifetime experience."

HolidayIQ reviewer Farooq says, "Stayed there for two days and enjoyed some beautiful moments like camel ride, jeep safari in the desert, Rajasthani culture dance, Live DJ music, historical Longewala with some exclusive food and amazing services of the camp."

Take a ferry to Ross Islands. The erstwhile land of the affluent has a lot to offer. HolidayIQ reviewer Arunav says, "Epic scenery, the play of shade and sun at the right spots. There are the ruins of a Presbyterian Church, Japanese Bunkers when the Japanese had control of the island. You can see all sorts of animals, like peacocks, deer, starfishes, hermit crabs etc."

HolidayIQ reviewer Manojkumar talks about the activities, "In North Bay beach you can perform water sports such as snorkelling, scuba, glass boat journey, etc."

Wayanad: How about some cave exploration?
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You need to trek through Ambukuthi Hills to travel to Edakkal Caves. The route is covered with coffee plantations and takes around 45 minutes to climb up. HolidayIQ reviewer Joji Joseph talks about his experience, "Well-maintained, guides to explain about the stone carvings and the history of the caves, the neat and clean surroundings. I appreciate the authorities. Not only the caves, the panoramic view from the height is also amazing."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rubal Arora says, "Trust me, go to the caves early and look at the amazing carvings when no one is there. One is left speechless looking at the greatness of the primitive man."

Pondicherry: Soul-searching with buddies at Auroville
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Auroville City is considered to be a ‘City of Dawn’, around 8 km from Pondicherry. Visit the Auroville Information Centre and Matrimandir. Meditate in the belly of a unique architectural wonder, which was conceived by Alfassa, resembling ‘a symbol of universal mother’. HolidayIQ reviewer Suman Mitra lists out some places, "perfumery, embroidery, dispensary, harpagons, cottage industries, dhoop making unit etc."

HolidayIQ reviewer VRV says, "It's a must to experience the beautiful gardens and the inner parts of a unique spherical shaped Matrumandir, where you can meditate in an absolutely fantastic circular hall where a beam of sunlight falls on a clear crystal ball creating a unique environ for meditation."

Manali: Explore the royal castle
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Located in Naggar of the Manali region, this quaint little castle is an architectural blend of western and Himalayan style, made of stone and wood. Oh and don't miss out the temple located in the courtyard. HolidayIQ reviewer Kartika says, "Manali Castle is an awesome place to visit. Nice view and the best place to click a lot of photos. Many movies are shot here like Jab We Met etc."

HolidayIQ reviewer Jay shares, "The speciality of this place is that the village is aloof, calm and away from chaos. So it's not a bad idea to stay here for around 2 days as the Castle is also an HPTDC hotel. Another thing is the view of beautiful valley one can see down from the castle."

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