Gone are the days when we had to search for a foreign destination and book expensive tours, in search of real adventure activities. In the recent times, India has become one of the leading hot spot for the adventure travel, offering quite a number of options to every adventure seeker. From mighty Himalayan peaks to serene beaches, an adventure junkie will find a lot of destinations and opportunities in India to try out their strength. The natural landscapes and scenic beauty of India is enough to mesmerize any adventure lover, which is precisely the reason why India counts on every global adventure enthusiasts list. They hit Indian roads to experience the unadulterated thrill amidst audacious landscapes.
Let us look at some of exhilarating adventure activities, where you can unleash your most daring side while having fun:
White Water Rafting
White water rafting is probably the best activity to mix adventure and thrill with fun. It gives you an adrenaline rush and washes your fear. Best part of this adventure activity is that anyone can opt for it and you don’t necessarily need to know swimming. Generally the travel agencies or agents specify the level of difficulty of rafting depending upon the age and fitness level of the person. White water rafting in India is almost exclusively confined to the northern rivers which flow southwards from the Himalayas. Rivers like Ganga, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Indus, Zanskar are known to host best rafting expeditions and it is probably the best way to explore the serenity of the countryside.
The best time for white water rafting in India is between September to November and April to May. Prices are generally reasonable ranging anything between Rs. 700- Rs. 1400. This will include food, equipment, lifejackets, helmets, an expert guide, and accommodation. Check on what you’re paying and if any additional charges are likely to be levied.
- Tons River in Uttarakhand
Besides White water rafting, adventure enthusiast looking for more thrill factor can ponder upon another option available which is called Kayaking. Also known as Paddling, Kayaking involves travelling on calm or gushing water using a kayak, a narrow boat maneuvered by a double-blade paddle. There are two types of Kayaking – white water kayaking, where the paddler negotiates rapids and waterfalls, and ocean kayaking, where the kayak is navigated in open water. White water kayaking requires a great degree of training and skill (and is a lot more thrilling than white water rafting). There are numerous training centers in Uttaranchal to learn Kayaking. The approximate cost varies anything between Rs. 2000-Rs. 4000, depending on the location and season
Mountain biking as a practice is quite popular among the foreign travellers. Traveller on sojourns in Himalayas often consider Biking as the best option to explore the destination as this adds the extra inch of adventure in their slow travels. It is also considered effective for a healthy body. But consider opting for Mountain Biking only if your fitness level allows as it requires strength, endurance, maneuver and balance. Mountain Biking challenges riders on difficulties that require stamina and perseverance to negotiate. One can ride a mountain bike on off-road trails, slosh through mud, move through ice, in all weather conditions.
Mountain Bikes are generally available on rent at prominent Hill stations and can be picked up for travels on a per day basis rent. The rent varies anything between Rs. 700-Rs. 1000.
- Spiti Valley
- Zanskar Valley
If you dream of soaring above the hills, Paragliding is the best way to make you feel like a Flying Bird. Many people who have not tried Paragliding are under the impression that Paragliding means jumping off mountains with a parachute, wherein the truth is that Paraglider pilots fly off mountains, they never jump. Generally, Paragliding is taken in pairs, in which a trained pilot takes control of the parachute to help the other person fly. You can opt to take Paragliding Solo, which requires extensive training and a qualification certificate from certified training school. There are numerous paragliding schools that you can join in Himachal and Uttaranchal to learn this sport. Time varies between 30 min-45 min depending on the distance and air pressure. A paragliding of minimum 30 minutes generally cost around Rs. 1000/-
- Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh
- Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Trekking and Hiking
A trek for most people is a perfect chance to break away from the routine, get away from the concrete jungle and do something that challenges their spirit and frees their soul. It is an opportunity to tread off the beaten track, onto something wild and inspiring. Trekking adventure in India can be a mind-numbing experience as it not only lets you to experience nature at its glorious best, but also brings the trekker closer to the natural world and admire it for all that it is.
It is one of the ways to visit and explore a destination which offer great panoramic views and pleasant environs. The places which, one can visit only by walking, since there are no roads up to these places. It brings one closer to the nature and brings the best out of an individual. But you require a certain level of fitness to undertake a trek and it involves a lot of precautions, especially in high altitude areas. In the high mountains the level of oxygen goes down and with this digestion of food becomes difficult. The body is constantly losing fluids due to dry environment. Thus one must have lots of water to which sugar and little amount of salt has been added
There are all sought of treks available which can be categorized into Easy, moderate and hard treks. Small treks can be done in the adjoining villages and waterfalls while the longer treks can be taken in Mountains. Duration and cost depends on the kind of Trek you opt for.
A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, a jungle safari is good option to explore. Wildlife safari in the ancient times used to be recognized as big hunting game but with the change in scenario and more prevalent awareness towards conservation of wildlife, Safaris are now meant for spotting animals in their natural habitat. There are various types of safari experiences – starting from guided safaris, jeep safaris to more specialized ones like Elephant safari. A perfect way to study wildlife clubbed with adventure is atop an Elephant. Most of India’s wildlife parks have their fleet of elephants which can be hired, for the areas that are inaccessible to jeeps. Elephant safaris are much less intrusive to wildlife than jeeps.
A normal safari by a jeep ride usually takes 3 to 4 hours and would cost around Rs. 1200-1500 per person.
- Rajaji National Park, Rishikhesh
- Ranthambore National Park
- Corbett National Park
Camel Safari has been really prevalent in Indian culture and has been in existence for ages. Earlier Camels Safari was undertaken by people living in deserts for commuting but with recent times, it has become one of the most sought after adventure activity in India. Camel Safari highlights the culture and tradition of people living in Desert in best possible way. It makes us familiar with their way of living. This activity is quite popular among the Kids, for whom this is the best and simple way to enjoy. A camel Safari in Desert cost anywhere between Rs. 200-Rs. 500/-. The cost can go up during the season time.
- Sam Sandunes, Jaisalmer
- Nubra Valley in Ladakh
Skiing / Snowboarding
Skiing or snowboarding is one of the most popular recreational activity as well as a competitive sport. A prominent fact about skiing is that not everyone who loves adventure can put forward their foot directly into Skiing. It requires certain kind of guidance and training beforehand. There are many premium institutes in India now, which offers professional courses in Skiing. The fee structure depends on the number of days you have opted to do the training. For the one, who do not want to undertake training and want to do Skiing for Fun, the coaches as well required gears are available at the site. It ranges between Rs. 1500- Rs. 3000 depending upon the requirement.
- Auli in Uttarakhand
- Gulmarg in Kashmir
Parasailing Joyrides is one of the fastest growing sports in India. Although recreational parasail have been around for more than 30 years, more efficient modern designs has made it much simpler than taking a joyride in a roller coaster. Parasailing is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail. There are two types of parasailing: aquatic (over water where a motorboat is used) and terrestrial (over land towed by a jeep). With a Paraglider, you can fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air.
A Parasail ride generally starts from Rs. 1000 but the price may vary according to season.
- Sanasar in J&K
- Andaman & Nicobar Island
Scuba stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and describes the breathing gas cylinders that allow divers to breathe underwater. Scuba diving allows you to explore the amazing sights of the underwater world, from ocean creatures and plant life to shipwrecks and underwater caves. It offers a whole new exhilarating experience that snorkeling and free diving just can’t beat. Over the years, scuba diving has grown into a non-competitive but a very exciting adventure sport. India, with its vast coastline offers limitless avenues for scuba-divers. The Andamans and Lakshadweep offer unmatched quality of scuba diving and appeal to domestic as well as foreign tourists. Approximate time taken to complete Scuba Diving is 3 Hours – 5 Hours (Including Sailing Time) and cost around Rs. 4000 – Rs. 7000 (Approx)
- Havelock Island
- Agatti Island