10 ‘Must Do’ adventure activities in India!
India is a country where sports means only Cricket and holidays mean lazing around on a beach or a mountain top resort. But, if you have the appetite for adventure sports and want to let yourself loose. If you want to fly through the sky or dive deep into the blue ocean – Take a look at these 10 adventure sports and their destinations around the country that will give an adrenaline rush!
1. Rock Climbing:
In India, with the great Himalayas in the north, a volcanic plateau in the south and several mountain ranges along the coasts – there are many rock climbing spots you can explore – such as: Miyar Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra, Shey Rock in Kashmir, Hampi and badami in Karnataka to name a few.
2. River rafting:
White water rafting in India is almost exclusively confined to the northern rivers which are flowing from the Himalayas, River Ganga in Rishikesh is considered to be the best place for white water rafting, few other places where you can experience the thrill of an untamed river are – Zanskar River in Ladakh, Kali/Sharda River Rafting in Kumaon, Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh, River Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand , Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling.
3. Scuba diving:
Dive into the beautiful world hidden in the deep blue sea and explore the mesmerizing coral reefs and stunning marine life. India’s vast coastline stretching thousands of kilometers offers many scuba diving opportunities. The best place to scuba dive and experience the underwater life is at Andaman Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep Island. There are various places in goa that offers underwater diving. Also, the Islands of Netrani near Karnataka coast offers scuba diving.
4. Sky Diving:
It’s one of the most extreme adventure sport. Although sky diving is in a very nascent stage in India and is very fast growing, few places like Dhana in Madhya Pradesh, Mysore in Karnataka, Deesa in Gujarat and Aamby Valley in Maharashtra offers sky diving. So, Jump off and fly… and experience an amazing aerial view of the land beneath.
The finest slopes and the vast open spaces in the Himalayan terrain is the hot spot of the stunning skiing destinations in India. Some of the places that can be your next ski destination are Auli, mundali and munsiyari in Uttarakhand; Manali, kufri and narkanda in Himachal Pradesh; Pahalgam and Gul marg in Jammu – Kashmir!
6. Waterfall rappelling:
Rappel Down a waterfall and feel the cold water hitting on your face, have an enthralling experience. The Vihigaon Waterfall, Vardayini Waterfall, Kundalika River are few of the water falls in Maharashtra that can used for water rappelling.
Caving gives you the thrill of discovering the unknown, so crawl through and experience murky world of mysterious caves. In India, Meghalaya is the ultimate caving destination, there are more than 1000 caves are waiting to be explored. Most popular among them is the Mawsmai cave near Cherrapunji. Other more challenging caves are Siju, Mawmluh, Mawsynram, and Liat Prah, which is the longest cave in India.
Fly like a bird, feel the wind in your face and experience the breathtaking view – Go paragliding. The most famous locations for paragliding are Billing, Solang, kullu in Uttarakhand and Nainital, Garhwal in Himachal Pradesh. Also a few places in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and tamil Nadu offer Paragliding.
9. Dune Bashing:
Dune Bashing is a form of off-roading in the sand dune of barren Desserts. To experience Dune Bashing reach Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Get an off-road vehicle, tighten you seat belts and ride through the Sand dunes of Rajasthan.
10. Hot air ballooning:
Last on my list is Hot air ballooning that also offers soaring up in the sky and a serene bird’s eye view of the ground under, but, unlike paragliding and sky diving it is a lot less risky. Yet, you can experience an amazing memorable ride. Places like Ranthambore, Udaipur, Jaipur in Rajasthan offers some of the magnificent rides. Other places such as Hampi in Karnataka and Darjeeling in West Bengal also offers hot air balloon rides.