If your work takes you places around India, then there must be moment, that you are stuck in the unknown town with no company at all. Towns may lack the excitement of the city but for the curious mind, has a lot to offer. If you run out of ideas, here are my suggestions to make most of the Indian Towns.
1. Seek Spirituality
Every town in India has that Old temple, little monastery, decorated dargah or celebrated Church. After you are done with your work, find out from the locals and make a trip there. You will find that the town revolves around these temples, stupas, dargahs and Church. Its a meeting point, social center and town center
You can find a place to pray or find peace in your busy schedule.
2. Street Food
From Badiyan of Agra, Firni of Amritsar, Momos of Gangtok, Jalebi of Kanpur, Wada Pav of Shirdi to home made chocolates of Ooty, step out of your hotel and gulp the best of India in the streets of these towns. Every city have these treats reserved as their specialty. Keep enough room for Kulfi and kulard (Clay pot) Chai.
Time to pamper yourself in desi style. Oil Head Massage aka Champi will help you relive stress and feel free again. You can choose from different variety of oils (Coconut, almond, menthol). Find yourself a neighborhood barbershop and ask him to do champi and then see the magic. It may appear violent in the beginning but slowly you will grow into it. Hindi songs in the background is compulsory for maximum effect.
Indian towns can be a delight for your camera lenses. Since you already discovered the spiritual places and street food, your next move should be to find other places to click. Do not forget the Railway stations as it is the heart of these towns in India. Chai walas (Tea shops), Wheelers Book deport is in all the stations. The bazaar, the highways and the old buildings will never disappoint you. You may also find a piece of history in these towns in form of old building, monument or park.
5. Rikshaw/ Tonga Ride
Tonga ride (Baggi) from Marine Drive to Colaba in Mumbai may cost you Rs 2500 whereas a Tonga ride from Ambala Station to market will only cost you Rs 30!! Jump in and take the city tour in Tongas and Rikshaws. Discover the narrow Gullies, old street and let the day travel in its own pace.