India offers immense opportunities for adventure seekers who come here from all corners of the world to enjoy the sheer thrill of breathtaking experiences which the country has to offer. Be it trekking in the Himalayas, white water rafting in the mighty rivers of India or camping in remote jungles and desert of Rajasthan, every adventure is bound to create an adrenaline rush in your body as you traverse through the diverse landscape of India.
Below are some of the places in India, which can be explored as adventure sports for the discerning thrill seekers:
Skiing in Auli
Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is known as Switzerland of India as its slopes offer skiing opportunities for both professional skiers and amateurs. Surrounded by oak and coniferous forests, Auli is located at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level with magnificent views of snow capped Himalayas. It has 04 km long cable car with a trekking route and the tourism agencies of the region conduct winter sports carnival at Auli every year during winters to encourage skiing in India.
Trek to Valley of Flowers
Nestled in the western Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand lies the Valley of Flowers which has been awarded the status of Indian National Park as it is home to some of the most exotic floral species. The trek to Valley of Flowers is a magnificent experience and requires quite a bit of stamina as you cross through the forests and a glacial stretch. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, Valley of Flowers offers more than 500 species of flowers of unique shapes and colors.
Paragliding in Solang Valley
Situated amidst lush green mountains of Himachal Pradesh about 14 km from Manali, Solang Valley is a Mecca for adventure seekers who descend here in large numbers to experience thrilling activities like Paragliding, parachuting, skiing, skating and zorbing. Nestled between Solang village and Beas Kund, Solang Valley offers panoramic views of snow covered Himalayas. Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports organizes a winter skiing festival at Solang and offers skiing classes to visiting tourists and children of all ages.
Chadar Trek on Frozen Zanskar River
Chadar Trek on frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh is one of the most fascinating adventure experiences in the Himalayas as you traverse through extreme winter conditions on the frozen river in sub zero temperatures. The trek is meant for strong hearted individuals as it is an endangered activity that requires great amount of skill, courage and stamina. The route connects villages in Zanskar Valley to Chilling on the road to Leh and is used during winter months for trade and transportation.
River Rafting in Rishikesh
Rafting over the Ganges in Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is one of the most thrilling experiences for adventure seekers who come here from all parts of the world to raft upon the fierce rapids of the holy river Ganga which comes flowing through the Himalayan ranges. Numerous camping sites on the banks of the river offer budget accommodation and provide training to amateurs for rafting on the mighty waves of the river.
Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh
Markha Valley trek is an opportunity for adventure lovers to explore the arid landscape of Ladakh and fulfill the ambition of trekking in the tough terrains of Himalayas. Trekkers get majestic views of Zanskar ranges and prominent Himalayan peaks during the trek and as they cross through three high altitude passes; Stok La, Kongmaru La and Gandla. Trekkers also get an opportunity of mingling with the nomadic families of Ladakh during the trek and camping at the base of the Kang Yutze peak on plains of Nimaling is a unique experience.
Scuba Diving in Andamans
Havelock Island is one of the largest islands in the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Situated 41 km northeast of the city of Port Blair, Havelock Island is famous for its marine life and adventure activities which attract visitors from around the world. Scuba diving at Havelock Island in Andamans is an exhilarating experience and attracts adventure lovers from all over the world who are keen to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and witness the exotic coral life of the region.
Cycling in Nilgiris
Nilgiris is a part of the Western Ghats mountain chain stretching from Karnataka, to Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The lush green hills with curvy roads are a perfect setting for cycling through the Nilgiris and the adventure activity has been generating quite a bit of interest amongst the thrill seekers who traverse the beautiful landscape on their sports bikes. Some of the famous biking trails in Nilgiris are Havelock Road Trail,Woodhouse to Doddabetta Trail, Kulishola to Marlimund Lake Trail, Ooty to Coonoor Trail and Kalhatty Ghat to Masingudi Trail.
Wildlife Safari at Corbett National Park
Driving through the thick jungles of Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is a popular adventure activity which attracts thousands of visitors every year from India and overseas. The diverse flora and fauna of the park astounds you as you go on a jeep safari to the pristine areas of the national park. The magnificent landscape of Corbett encourages you to unwind in the lap of nature and explore the wilderness of the region.
Camping in Thar Desert, Rajasthan
Also known as The Great Indian Desert, Thar Desert is the world’s 9th largest sub tropical desert with a vast and arid landscape. It offers numerous camping sites all across Rajasthan where adventure seekers can relax amidst the tranquil environment in rustic tents and enjoy the unbridled views of the magnificent desert. Exploring the fascinating sand dunes of Thar of varying shapes and sizes is an experience of a lifetime.
Manali to Leh Bike Expedition
The tough terrain from Manali to Leh is a popular route for bikers who cover the entire stretch on their bikes passing through some of the difficult stretches of Himalayas making it a challenging experience. The expedition offers panoramic vistas of snow capped mountains and exotic desert landscape of Ladakh. Best time to ride your bike on the Manali-Leh route is during the summer months when the weather is pleasant and the road is clear of landslides and snowfall.