Top 12 Adventure Activities In India.

Top 12 Adventure Activities In India.

Adventure travel is very popular in India, as there is such a wide range of things to do. Starting from the great Himalayan region in north to the vast expanse in the South, from the Rann of Kutch in the west to the Eastern India there are plenty of options for adventure travel.

From the Snow capped mountains to the vast oceans, from deserts to wildlife, the Indian sub-continent provides a lot of options for the adventure lovers.

In this series we bring you Top 12 adventure activities in India.

Mountain Biking.

If you love adventure and biking then a bike trip to Ladakh is ultimate fun. Riding a bike amidst the peaceful surroundings of nature provides a special kind of pleasure for adventure lovers. The vastly varied topography of India ensures that there’s wide scope for mountain biking, including plenty of tricky terrain. Ride individually or on a tour, an assault on your senses is guaranteed. You start the adventure ride from Manali and make your way through the stunning Rohtang Pass, beautiful Lahaul and Spiti Valley, and cross several high mountain passes before entering Ladakh. While in Ladakh, one should go on a bike trip to Khardung La Pass (the highest motorable pass in the world). You can take this biking trip to Ladakh only between June to December, as Rohtang Pass remains closed for six months, starting from December.

 

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Drive on Zuluk Loops

One of the most exciting road trips in India is a drive on the Zuluk loops. Zuluk Loops are the meandering roads amidst the winding hills located in the Eastern Sikkim region. Absorb in the scenery which surrounds you, the adventure which enthralls you and experience the wind in your face as you make your way through the hills.

 

Trekking & Mountaineering

India’s snow capped peaks and wilderness in the north make it a delight for trekkers and mountaineers. With endless options of easy treks, difficult treks, long treks, short treks, there’s something in store for everyone. One of the most enthralling and difficult treks in India is Chadar Trek in Ladakh. The trek can be taken in the months of January and February, and you get to trek over the frozen Zanskar River. There are beautiful valleys and some remote villages to be crossed on the way too. This takes adventure to a higher level.

 

Water Rafting and Kayaking

Going on a water rafting expedition in India combines picturesque scenery with exciting thrills and spills. Raft down the renowned river, called Ganges by day and camp at pristine beaches by night. If you have real adventure on your mind, there’s nothing like the extra adrenaline rush from white water kayaking.

 

Paragliding

Ever wondered what would it be to fly like a bird, the answer is paragliding. There are two options for it either learn how to do it yourself, or take a joyride with a professional. Kamshet (Maharashtra) & Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) are two such places famous for Paragliding. Next time when you have adventure on your mind and you want to fly high like a bird do visit these places and try out Paragliding.

 

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is a relatively new adventure activity in India, but is rapidly gaining popularity. It’s a thrilling way to experience India with a bird’s eye view and get a different perspective of the scenic beauty of the country. Imagine a calm and peaceful moment to view India’s breathtaking scenery from a quiet place high above the crowds. Hot Air Ballooning is majorly popular in places like Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Delhi & Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Dune Bashing

During the days when we were young, we all loved playing with sand and build castles in sand. Dune bashing in Rajasthan will let you relive that childhood adventure on a much larger scale. As the name implies you get on board of an SUV and go on exploring the sand dunes of the deserts of Rajasthan. Travelling through the vast expanses of barren lands as you go from one dune to the other, will make you feel the adrenaline rush that you were looking for.

 

Experience the Wild

With the diverse flora & fauna in the country, there are lot of options for the wildlife lovers. Experience the thrilling rendezvous with the wildlife in places like: Corbett National park, Sunderbans, Kaziranga National park and lot more.

Corbett National park is one of the oldest national parks of the country, and certainly one of the most popular. Embark on a wildlife safari here, either in a jeep or on an elephant. Wildlife safari packages range from a short 3 day tour to an extensive 11 day tour. You can spot several wild animals here including tigers, leopards, and many more.

The Sunderbans delta is houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Sunderbans National Park is spread across parts of India and Bangladesh, and is home to the white tiger and other species of wildlife and birds. Take a wildlife safari through Sunderbans National Park and try spotting the white tiger amidst the dense foliage. Adventure cannot get wilder than this.

The north-eastern part of India is home to plenty of wildlife species. Kaziranga National park in Assam is no different. The national park is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, apart from other wildlife species such as tigers, elephants, swamp deer etc. This World Heritage Site can give you goose-bumps- the kind that you will love.

 

Witness history on a Bike

Rann of Kutch is a desolate land holding several mysteries. It was once home to the Harappan Civilization, one of the oldest civilizations known to man, and one can visit the ruins of the civilization at Dholavira. Royal Enfield conducts a tour of Rann of Kutch every year, where you get to experience mesmerizing sunsets and get to pay tribute to the martyrs who have gone down fighting for the country.

 

Camel Safari

Talking of having fun in the desert, you can’t leave camel safari out of the picture. Jaisalmer is one of the best places to go on a camel safari in Rajasthan. There are camel safari’s available for different duration, and longer the duration, the better the experience. For the ultimate experience though, consider taking a night camel safari. Watching the beautiful sunset, while riding a camel takes you back to the days of Raja-Maharajas.

 

Scuba Diving

Havelock Islands in the Andaman are one of the best places to go for scuba diving in India.  There are plenty of dive sites in Havelock Islands, which bring you face to face with the most beautiful corals and aquatic life of the region. Some of the most popular diving sites in Havelock Sites include Dixon Pinnacle, South Pilot Reef, Dungong Dungeon and Elephant Beach.

 

Water Sports

Traditional water sports such para sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, and banana boat rides have been popular for many years in India. As part of evolution of the water sports in India new activities, such as kite surfing, are now catching up as well. Imagine the rush from surfing while hanging onto a kite high up in the sky! You can enjoy this in Goa’s beaches. In north Goa, particularly around Candolim, Calangute, Morjim, and Arambol beaches. Also selected beaches in south Goa, such as Benaulim.

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Haridwar, One of the Seven Holy Places of Hindus

Haridwar, One of the Seven Holy Places of Hindus

Introduction

In Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu is known as Hari & Shiva as Har. Dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as Hardwar or Haridwar, as the gateway to the Four Shrines /Dhams of Uttaranchal. Haridwar, One of the Seven Holiest Places of Hindus. Mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokhsadawar in the ancient scriptures & epic, Haridwar always remained as a major Shaktipeeth for the devotees.

 

  • Har-Ki-Pauri

The sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges in Haridwar is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat in the evening. It is said that taking a dip in the Ganga here makes you pure and removes your sins.

  • MAA Chandi Devi Haridwar

Located on top of Neel Parvat, Chandidevi temple is one of the most ancient temples of North India. The main deity is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adishankaracharya. According to the legends, in ancient times, demon kings Shumb and Nishumb had captured the kingdom of Lord Indra and thrown out gods from heaven. After intense prayers by the gods, incarnation of power and strength, Chandi Devi appeared from the body cells of Goddess Parvati and killed Shumb and Nishumb. There after Chandi Devi is said to have rested for a while at the temple location. 200 mtrs away from the Maa Chandi Devi temple, the Temple of Anjani Devi, mother of God Hanuman is located.

Maa Chandi Devi has been fulfilling wishes of its devotees for thousand of years. For the comfortable ‘darshan’ of Maa Chandi Devi Sidhpeeth Maa Chandi Devi Udan Khotala operational since 1997 at Najibabad Road in Haridwar and is at a distance of only 4 km from the bus stand and Railway Station. By Udan Khotala it takes apporximately 5 minutes to reach the temple at the Hill top whereas the steep climb takes more than an hour. For the comfort of pilgrims amenities like Pure cold drinking water, Toilets, Refreshment Counters, Landscaped gardens, First aid facilities, Resting areas, Car parking, CCTV etc. are available.

  • MAA Mansa Devi 

MAA Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most important temples of the North India and is the most important destination along with Har Ki Pauri in Hardwar. Goddess Mansa Devi is the daughter of Saint Kashyap. She was born from his mind and therefore become famous by the name ‘Mansa Devi’. ‘Mansa’ also means wishes. Mansa Devi therefore is known as the wish fulfilling goddess. Devotees visiting the temple tie threads on a sacred tree near the temple seeking blessings of the goddess for fullfillment of their wishes. They return to untie a thread from the same free once their wishes are fulfilled.

Located on top of the Shivalik hills, Mansadevi temple is one of the most ancient and Famous Sidhpeeths (holy places were one’s wishes gets fulfilled). In the temple one idol of the goddess has three faces and five arms while the other has eight arms.

For the comfortable ‘darshan’ of Maa Mansa Devi, Maa Mansa Devi Udan Khatota operational since 1981 and is situated on the upper road in Haridwar at a distance of 2 Kms from the Bustand and Railway Station. By Udan Khatola it takes apporximately 4 minutes to reach the temple at the Hill top while by steps takes about 45 minutes. The Vaishno Devi temple here is newly constructed and a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu & Kashmir.

  • Daksha Mahadev Temple

Four kms from Haridwar is a town called Kankhal. Mythology says that the king of this place King Daksha Prajapati performed a yagya. His daughter, Sati was married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was not happy with this marriage and did not invite Shiva-Sati in the Yagya. But Sati came and was insulted by her father. She could not take the insult and burnt herself in the yagya kund. On hearing this the followers of Shiva killed Daksha. But later Mahadeo (Shiva) brought Daksha to life. The Daksha temple is an attribute to this legend. This place is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar.

  • Maya Devi

It is one of the Shaktipeeths in India. This ancient temple of Maya Devi is also the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is said that when Lord Shiva was carrying his wife Sati, who had burnt her self to keep the honour of her husband, then the heart and navel of Sati had fallen at this place.

  • Sapt Rishi

At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight.

  • Gurukul Kangri University

This university is known for its unique system of education. It is located on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road. This old institution follows the ancient tradition of Guru-Sishya pattern of education. The institution also has the Ved Mandir Museum which is has a very good collection of archaeological exhibits and displays artifacts which are of historical value.

  • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar

This place is an enchanting bird watching point particularly during the winters. There are various species of birds which can be spotted here. Around Laljiwala on the banks of river Ganges one can expect the Siberian Cranes, which are one of the prized visitor to this Pakshi Vihar.

  • Beauty Point

On the Mansa Devi temple road, about two kilometer from Haridwar is a point which provides an excellent view of Haridwar and the near by greenery. This place is called the beauty point as the sight from here of the surrounding is very exciting and enthralling.

 

 

Legend has placed Gods footprints on the bank of holy river giving the town its sanctity and has left an indelible mark on the spiritual ethos of every Hindu. Haridwar is the point where the Gangas emerges from the Himalayas to begin its progress across the plains. The foot prints of Lord Vishnu are present on a slab of stone and it is said that Lord Vishnu blessed the gods with darshan at this place.

This place continues to be the mystic venue for the purification of mind, body & soul. The scenic beauty and the lush greenery, a unique Gurukul School of traditional education, the temples & the ghats, a number of Dharamshalas (pilgrims’ shelters) all give the city a unique flavour and charm. An ideal destination for wildlife & adventure lovers; RajaJi National Park is Just 10 km from Haridwar.

In the evening the ghats look breathtakingly beautiful, as thousands of diyas & marigold flowers float & illuminate the holy waters of the Mother Ganga. At the south west and on the railway road is the main bus stand & on the opposite is the railway station. About 2.5km to the north east is Har ki Pauri on this road running parallel to the Ganges canal.

By Air
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun.

By Train
There are many express trains from major cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata) which are well-connected to Haridwar.

By Road
Haridwar on the national highway no. 45 is well connected to Delhi (214 km) and other parts of the state and towns in North India. Dehradun about 52 km is about a two hours drive &: Delhi is about 5 hours drive away. Rishikesh is only 22 km. There are ordinary & A/c express bus services at very regular intervals (30 mins) from Delhi, Rishikesh & Dehradun. Deluxe coaches operate to & from Delhi, Jaipur in Rajasthan & Chandigarh.

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