Spirit of Adventure/ Allure of AdventureScale the heights of thrill, or plummet to the depths of excitement or if you're truly daring, survey gorgeous lands and waters, while suspended in the sky. All this and more awaits you as you explore land, water and sky adventures in the country. From trekking, mountain biking and mountaineering in the secluded snow-capped Himalayas to surfing, rafting, scuba diving and snorkelling, there are a multitude of options for thrill seekers.India’s diverse terrain ensures optimum adrenaline-pumping for those looking to tread on the exhilarating side of a holiday. The north beckons adventure seekers with the gregarious spirit of the Himalayas that offer visitors thrilling experiences in destinations like Manali, Dharamsala, Ladakh, Srinagar, and Kedarnath. In south, you can visit Ootacamund and Yercaud, while Goa, in the western part of the country, is a delight for water-sport enthusiasts. In the east and northeast, you can head to Kurseong (West Bengal), Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), Sikkim, Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh), and Bhalukpong (Arunachal Pradesh) for a tryst with adrenaline. Rest assured that trained professionals make sure everything on your adventure-filled itinerary follows the strictest standards of safety. All you have to do is sign up and enjoy all the activities on offer!Adventure On Land
Mountaineering is one of the major land-based activities in India that can be explored in several destinations in the country. There’s the Beas Kund trail near Manali which begins at Solang Nallah and moves on to a pristine alpine lake, passing through meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach. The Beas Kund lake is said to be where sage Vyas bathed during prayers and this journey is so celestial that locals say that even the trek is like a form of meditation! Then, there is the Gaumukh Tapovan trek, which takes about seven days to complete and covers the Gangotri glacier to the point that is said to be the mouth of the holy River Ganges. One of the best winter expeditions is the Har-ki-Doon trek in Uttarakhand. Meadows and pine forests abound with amazing views of the Swargarohini peaks as you climb your way up this trail on the western side of the Garhwal region. For lovers of nature, there is no better option than the Valley of Flowers for a trek amidst the colourful beauty of posies. Mid-July to August is when the flowers are in full bloom, making this approximately 38-km trek in Uttarakhand worth every step. Ladakh’s Markha Valley trek traverses along the mighty River Indus for about eight days and passes through part lush and part barren landscape that is typical of the region. It is also a great journey for this who wish to bask in the Buddhist flavour of this land. There’s also the trek up the mighty Kanchenjunga for those wishing for the ultimate adventure in the northeast Indian state of Sikkim!In winter, the mountainscapes of India are draped with a blanket of snow, which is so thick in some spots that tourists use them as a makeshift ice rink, an ideal venue for snowy escapades. Auli, Gulmarg, Kufri, and Solang in north India and the Yumthang Valley in northeast India offer you the chance to swish about on your skis in the snow! Some of these places have additional facilities for snowboarding and gondolas.
Another adventure activity is rock climbing. This can be enjoyed in north, west, and south India. In Karnataka’s Hampi, you can go rock climbing while taking in the sights of an ancient UNESCO-listed rock and temple complex. Even Badami, in Karnataka, features ancient red sandstone rock cliffs that overlook the Agastya Tirtha water reservoir. Granite rocks in Ramnagaram also offer you the chance to climb their unique fissures and eroded topography. In western India, on the outskirts of Pune, are located various pitch climb locations that are made of basalt. It is best to climb here in winter. Spiti Valley in north India is another paradise on earth that provides intrepid rock climbers with the chance to climb its unique terrain that’s often termed as the Middle Land, meaning the land between Tibet and India.
There are very few adventure activities in the world that compare to the thrill and utter excitement of bungee jumping. Simply the act of stepping off a high cliff followed by complete free fall owing to gravity is enough to set anyone’s heart racing. Fret not, the harness will ensure a smooth ride! The best place to do bungee jumping in India is the north Indian holy town of Rishikesh. Known not just for the holy Ganges that flows through it but also for its adrenaline-pumping activities, Rishikesh hosts India’s highest bungee jump at about 83 m above ground level. It is also home to India’s first giant swing that is similar to the bungee but feels more like a swing than a drop. These can be enjoyed at Bungee Jumping Zone, which also gives you a great view of the gurgling river below!The limestone caves of Shillong, in Meghalaya, are great sites for experiencing caving. Some of the popular caves are Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mamluh, and Krem Umshyrpi. One can explore these to their heart's content and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Adventure In Sky
Feel like a bird as you paraglide over spectacular landscapes and survey nature's bounty laid out in splendour beneath you. Nandi Hills, located about 70 km from the city of Bengaluru, Karnataka, is a great spot for paragliding while enjoying picturesque mountain vistas. Bir Billing, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is probably the best place to paraglide in India. It offers you the opportunity to glide high up in the sky for 15-30 minutes with trained tandems. The best time to do this is between October and June. The popular hill station of Manali also gives visitors a chance to paraglide amidst all the other fun things to do. In western India, paragliding is a popular activity near the Pawana Dam, in Maharashtra.
For thrill seekers, there’s nothing more satisfying than skydiving. Tandem skydiving is a famed adventure sport across the world and there are two places in India where it can be enjoyed. The first one is the city of Deesa, in Gujarat, that was actually the first place to sanction sky diving in the country. The second is the city of Mysore (in the Chamundi Hills) in the state of Karnataka.
Last but not the least is hot air ballooning. With the sheer thrill and romance of gliding smoothly over historical, elegant, and charming cities of India, it invites tourists to holiday at a slower pace. Jaipur, home to regal palaces and forts, offers tourists a chance to explore their opulent riches from the sky. This adventure offers a unique perspective and gives a bird’s eye tour of the famous city.
Adventure In Water
Aquatic adventure reaches new levels of thrill when you embark on river rafting escapades. India is crisscrossed with rivers that run wild and it is a treat for adventure enthusiasts to journey through their rapids and currents aboard a raft. India has scenic and spirited rivers like the Ganges (Rishikesh), Indus, Zanskar (Ladakh) in the north, the Teesta (Darjeeling-Sikkim) and Rangeet (Sikkim) in the northeast, and Dandeli (Karnataka) in the south that all provide penultimate adventure. Each destination has different classes of rapids and some also offer chances to canoe and kayak through their waters.
It’s one thing to be above the water and a totally different ballgame to be submerged in it. For those who are enthralled by the ecosystem underwater and on ocean beds, there is no adventure quite like scuba diving. This activity really gives divers a chance to get one-on-one with nature. Various types of fish, coral, and shipwrecks can be spotted at different points along India’s vast coastline. Several companies organise these trips and some of them require you to go through training lasting from a few hours to a few days in order to head on the underwater adventure. Some of the places where you can enjoy scuba diving include the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (known for its famed corals), Dwarka in Gujarat (for sunken cities, whale sharks, and various coral species), Goa (perfect for beginners given the warm temperatures and absence of major currents. Things to see include fish, shipwrecks and coral), and Lakshadweep (warm waters, turtles, tropical fish, amazing lagoons and corals). In Goa, scuba diving is best done from October to May, in Lakshadweep from May to December, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from November to April, and in Dwarka from October to March.Surfing is an activity that makes you feel like you’re walking, rather running, on water. India is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, both of which have warm water and waves that are good for surfing. Goa, Gokarna (Karnataka) and Varkala (Kerala) are among the best places to head out on a surfing trip. What’s more, after you are done, all of their beaches invite you for rest and relaxation!Topping off all of this watery adventure is the relaxed charm of a river cruise. While the rivers in India can offer up enthralling rapids, they can also be calm and provide soothing waters perfect for idyllic cruises. The backwaters of Kochi (Kerala) with their many houseboats, the mighty Brahmaputra in Guwahati (Assam) with its many small islands, and the wonder of the Ganges in Kolkata (West Bengal) all attest to the fact that lovers of water-based adventures must not miss out on river cruises when it comes to an entertaining Indian itinerary!

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