India is one of the best destinations in the world for adventure sports and offers a wide range of activities from adventure weekends to challenging expeditions. Although every state in India has numerous adventure to offer, here are a collection of our favorite, top 10 destinations!
10. Trekking in Zanskar
One of the many stunning places located in the interior Ladakh region, Zanskar is famous for its scenery and Buddhist monasteries. If you are in for mountaineering, rafting and trekking, it is the ideal destination for you. Some of the treks along the snow-capped peaks are very challenging and attract thousands of adventure sport lovers every year. Rafting on the Zanskar River is another great local pastime: Karsha Gompa and Remala offer some excellent gorges.
9. Amazing Wildlife in Jim Corbett National Park
If you are attracted to wildlife, Jim Corbett National Park is the ideal place for you. Located in the state of Uttaranchal, it is full of stunning wildlife and thick woods for those who love to observe and photograph wildlife. The park also offers stunning surroundings, with rivers cris-crossing the whole region, making it an ideal place for jungle camps and safaris. Most of the safaris are navigated on elephant-back!
8. Scuba Diving in Andaman
No tour is complete without a dive in the sea. Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer an excellent opportunity for scuba diving in one of the best places in the world for scuba. Some of the great attractions include fascinating coral reefs, amazing marine life and ghostly, sunken ships. Anglis Island, Havelock Island, Neil Island and Wandoor are the major spots for scuba diving. These islands also have very good diving centers and schools which offer certification courses by professionals.
7. Hang-Gliding in Billing
A beautiful place situated in Himachal Pradesh, Billing is one of the major destinations in the world for hang gliding and paragliding. With 9000 feet-high mountains serving as the perfect launching pad, it is ideal for high gliding which offers cross country flights of up to 100 kms. The best period to visit is between September-November. Another interesting place to visit while you are in Billing is “the temple of Baijnath” of Lord Shiva and the water there, which locals claim have amazing, digestive properties.
6. Skiing in Auli
Located in Uttaranchal, Auli is the perfect place for numerous adventure sports, but skiing is definitely the highlight: the snow-covered mountains, dotted with oak and coniferous trees make a dream come true for skiers. These slopes offer down-hill, slalom and cross-country skiing events. There is nothing better than skiing on a 10-20 km of stretch down the snowy mountains and feeling the rush of the wind. The place also offers stunning views for those who love to observe nature. Apart from skiing, one can go hang-gliding, trekking and white river rafting.
5. Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
A religious haven situated in Uttaranchal, Rishikesh is surprisingly also a paradise for adventure sports lovers. It has the perfect climate, especially in the months from April-October. Among the plethora of activities, one can go white water rafting on the holy River Ganga which has 5 difficulty levels, camping along the Ganga beach, rapelling down the mountains, rock climbing, trekking, cliff jumping into the freezing Ganga waters and bungee jumping.
4. Trekking in Gulmarg
Literally meaning “the meadow of flowers”, Gulmarg, located in Kashmir, is one of the best hill stations in India. One can enjoy an amazing downhill mountain biking experience, especially from June-September. The high mountain slopes offer an opportunity for skiing from November-February. Visitors also love trekking through the woods and green hills of the regions of Nanga Parbat and Haramukh. Gulmarg is also famous for having the highest cable car in the world.
3. Paragliding in Manali
Situated in the north of the Kullu Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a beautiful city and an adventure Mecca. Enjoy a hot sulphur water bath in the villages of Kalath, Vashisht and Manikaran, then do a thirty-minute ultimate paraglide in the Solang Valley. Trekking, rafting, hiking–you name it, you can do it in Manali.
2. Trekking and Rafting in Leh
One of the most beautiful places in the country, Leh is situated in the valley of Ladakh. Some of the best trekking routes stretch from Lamayuru gompa to Chilling, from Likir to Temisgam and from Spituk to the Markha Valley. The Markha Valley trek is the most popular because of its variety of landscapes, including a clear view of Kangyatse Mountain. Go white water rafting on the Indus and Zaskar rivers or visit the Nubra Valley which has the highest motorable pass in the world, crossing through magnificent sand dunes.
1. Versatile Darjeeling
Darjeeling, the best hill-station in the country, offers a plethora of adventure sports. The Singalila range offers the best trekking route, with breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan Mountains. Other trekking routes include Neora, Pankhasari, Relli and Rochella. Darjeeling also offers ballooning and hang-gliding along the cliffs, hills and valleys and facilities for river rafting at River Teesta, canoeing in Mirik, mountain biking from Martam to Gangtok and elephant rides in Jaldapara.
In short, India has a lot to offer. Ranging from diving deep into the sea to trekking through valleys and forests, rafting in fierce rivers or climbing rocky terrainin the mighty Himalayas, India is the ultimate adventure sports destination.