Adventure In India – An Ultimate Thrill Seeker’s Guide
Category : India
Back in time if an opportunity came to leave India and settle down somewhere else in the world, it would have been happily received. Today, I can’t imagine myself leaving this country and live elsewhere. Maybe because I saw it from a different perspective. A positive perspective! India is full of surprises – while it’s – 40 degrees in Ladakh, it will be a perfect time to take a sunbath in Goa. Not only the weather but every fraction of India will amaze you. One possible source of amazement is the endless number of adventure options that India has. I’ve made a list of adventure in India – things I’ve already done or wish to do in the coming years.
I went for it despite having second thoughts about how safe this is going to be in India. The atmosphere at Jumpin Heights is unlike how I pictured in my head. The crew is friendly and will only motivate you to let out your fear. Take the leap of faith from the height of 83 mtrs – approximately 22 stories high. At Jumpin Heights, you can find more adventure options which are equally thrilling like Giant Swing, Flying Fox.
WHERE – Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
The adventure capital of India, Rishikesh, offers plenty of thrilling experiences one could think of. Besides Bungee, people head to this spiritual town for white water river rafting. If you’re planning a trip to Rishikesh, you could even buy a package which would include camping, bungee, rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, and so on. In India, Rishikesh is number one weekend adventure holiday destination for youngsters. From picturesque spot for cliff jumping to swinging between the two ends of the mountains, Rishikesh is full of options.
WHERE – Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
WATER SPORTS – PARASAILING, KAYAKING, WATER SKI, BANANA RIDE
Goa attracts travelers through its serene beaches and raging coastline which makes it a perfect spot for not only peace seekers but adventurers too. Live the entertainment and indulge in these water sports at the same time, same place! Every sport comes along with a guide to teach in case you’re a complete beginner which a lot of us are. I’ve done parasailing, jet ski, and banana ride. If I get a choice right now, I’d straight away go to Palolem Beach for Kayaking. I went there last month but couldn’t do it as I was on a work trip, and seeing people do it made me feel awful. Kayaking at Palolem is not a big deal though because the waves are not that rough. But, since I’m a little hydrophobic, I felt it’s apt for me.
WHERE – Goa
The best way to explore the marine life is scuba diving. The best places in India for an enchanting dive are Pondicherry and Andaman. Since Andaman is off the track and a bit expensive to reach, Pondicherry can be easily ticked off! Temple Adventures provide one hell of a diving experience in Pondicherry. A group of highly trained professionals – extremely friendly and always set to look after your requirements. They have created an artificial reef which is said to be extremely beautiful. You can check out a bunch of diving courses on their website. A major thing I’ll soon strike off my list!
WHERE – Pondicherry
India is home not only to the picturesque beaches but to massive snow-capped mountains which makes it an ideal ski destination. From mid December to mid-April, it’s the best time to enjoy skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Experience the beauty of the mighty Himalayas first-hand! If you’re an amateur like me, you could head to the Ski Club of India and try this activity under the guidance of trained instructors. However, the terrain of Gulmarg is more suitable for advanced riders. Beginners should definitely try this under surveillance of an expert.
WHERE – Gulmarg, Kashmir
ROCK CLIMBING & RAPPELLING
The presence of mountains calls for all sorts of adventure. Rock climbing, rappelling and bouldering are few amongst the list. Since the Himalayas are so widely stretched out, one can possibly climb a rock or descend anywhere in Himachal Pradesh or Uttrakhand both alone or with the help of experts. The good thing is it’s very cheap and extremely safe. Jim Corbett, Tirthan, Manali and Sitlakhet are places where I tried these adventure sports. Rock climbing is fun but requires a lot of body strength. Can you reach the summit without falling? Go try!
WHERE – Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand
One of the finest aero sites in the world is Bir Billing – a small village surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh. A lot of records have been made and broken by paragliders around the world in Bir Billing. It can be reached by bus as well as train. Few direct buses run from Delhi to Baijnath. (around 10kms from Bir Billing) If you somehow don’t get a chance to visit Bir, you can head to Solang Valley for a thrilling ride too. I did paragliding while coming back from Rohtang Pass on my way to Manali. So, yes! You can catch hold of gliders there and enjoy the breathtaking view Manali offers from above.
WHERE – Bir Billing and Solang Valley (14km North-West from Manali)
India can spoil you trek lovers with the list of options. Be it South India or North India, India offers endless number of paths for nature seekers. Even if you spend one year in India, it will be impossible to cover all the paths because believe me the list is endless. The most popular and worth-trying are the Triund trek near Mcleodganj, Kheerganga starting from Kasol, Magic Valley again from Malana, Chadar Lake in Ladakh (Frozen River), Mt Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, Valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand, Kashmir Great Lakes trek, Rupin Pass in Himachal, Hampta Pass in Kullu Valley, Prashar Lake again in Himachal, Chembra Peak in Kerala, and Mullayanagiri in Chickmagalur. These treks are sure to leave you awestruck!
WHERE – Everywhere 😀 😛
BIKE TRIP IN THE MOUNTAINS
If given a chance, I would spend at least one year of my life in the mountains of India. The views they provide, one can only dream of. One of the most adventurous things to do in India is to go on a bike trip in the mountains. Preferably Uttrakhand for the adrenaline seekers as it has treacherous roads marked by frequent landslides but the views it offers are beyond words. Now, I don’t advice you to play with your life. Check the weather always before going, take all the precautions you can. Adventure is fun only if you’re alive to experience the thrill. 😛 Other than Uttrakhand, a Leh-Ladakh bike trip is a must. It is probably every Indian’s dream to travel to Ladakh on a bike. Go, go, gooooo!!!!
WHERE – Ladakh, Uttrakhand
Although India is gifted with tons of beautiful caves, I’d love to try out caving in Meghalaya. This place has magnificent caves in every nook where you can go for thrilling caving expeditions. Caving is considered to be an extreme sport as it involves exploring the caves with no light, patchy paths and often walking half inside water or even swimming. There are professional guides who would help you carry out this extreme adventure. Walk and marvel at the different limestone caves for an ultimate adventure.
WHERE – Meghalaya
I’d love to see your comments below if you ticked off anything from the list above or want me to add something else to my bucketlist. 😀