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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.