After a bustle-filled routine of work that at certain extent causes apathy, a vacation is no less than the rapture! For adventure junkies, the Indian topography renders a plethora of adventure activities to choose from. Across the length and breadth of the country, you can find multiple opportunities to plunge into the activities with colleagues that not only instigate adrenaline rush but also transcend one to the world of fearlessness. There are some activities in few places that fit like a glove, which means when a right adventure sport is attempted at a right destination, the fun and thrill multiplies. Among oodles of options, here is a concise list of the best adventure activities that an adventure buff can carry out to enjoy a tour filled with thrills and spills:
Paragliding: Blissful chattering with air
If you've wondered what it's like to fly like a bird, paragliding is the definite answer! The hair-raising adventure of paragliding evokes a feeling of flying like a bird in the open sky. It is a suitable adventure activity for all those who want to unfurl themselves from the boundaries and unwind themselves in the open. Sikkim, Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, Nandi Hills in Bangalore, Satpuras Range in Gujarat, Arambol Beach in Goa, and Bedni Bugyal in Uttarakhand are the best destinations for this adventure. To enjoying paragliding in India, the period from March to June and then from September to November remains most suitable.
Heli-Skiing: Exploring the undefiled sites
You can take skiing to a whole new level and explore pristine which is an inaccessible terrain. You'll be airlifted by helicopter to slopes and mountain tops that are otherwise impossible to reach. Exploring the immaculate and almost inaccessible regions through a helicopter takes the adventure to the next level. The adventure of heli-skiing offers the experience of visiting tracks in Kashmir and Manali that are never scouted before. The most suitable session for Heli-skiing is from January to April.
Mountain Biking: Sprinting in the paradise through a bike
The Indian topography which is blessed with mystifying mountains offers a plentiful of opportunities for the biking aficionados to test their skills. Be it the bewildering valleys of Leh or the pristine slopes of mountains in East India, Indian mountains have everything that a fervent biker quests for. Major destinations for mountain biking in India are Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Garhwal, and Kumaon.
Rafting and Kayaking: Sculling through the rapid streams
Indulging in water adventures in the gushing streams and relishing the picturesque landscapes is an exciting way to enjoy the thrills and spills of the sport. Rafting in India is an ideal way for adventure enthusiasts to experience an unforgettable vacation. For adding extra adrenaline rush, kayaking is also an adventure that can be enjoyed with rafting. The best time for whitewater rafting and kayaking in India is from September to November and from April to May. The best destinations for rafting in India are the Himalayan regions such as Ladakh, Rishikesh, and Sikkim. Rafting can also be enjoyed in Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra.
Mountaineering: Conquering the peerless giants
Being home to the mighty Himalayas, India is considered as an ideal haven for mountaineering enthusiasts from all around the world. Conquering the high altitudes blessed with imposing landscape, exclusive culture and exotic wildlife is a frisson that is second to none. Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal, Kumaon, and Sikkim are the best places and April to October is the best period for mountaineering in India.
Trekking: Measuring the enchanting trails
The numerous and inimitable backdrops of India call for an entrancing trekking experience. All the parts of the country from north to south and from east to west, offer riveting and distinct treks that exhilarate the wits of every trekking freak. In India, there are myriad treks which make the adventurers ramble through captivating grasslands, verdant woodlands, pristine local villages, and breathtaking landscapes that unfurl the nature's exquisiteness. The best season depends upon the nature of the trek. For example, Chadar Trek can be carried out in winters while monsoon is the ideal time for Valley of Flower Trek. However, for the other preeminent treks, June to October is considered as the best time. Major destinations for trekking in India are Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Zanskar, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and the Western Ghats.
Camel Safari: A peculiar way of excursion
One of the most unforgettable and enchanting experiences you can have in India is to ride through the rippling, windswept desert on camelback and camp out under the stars. Taking a camel safari will give you the opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India. The best place for this adventure is Jaisalmer and Bikaner in Rajasthan. It's also possible to go on a camel safari in the alpine desert around Leh Ladakh, mainly in the Nubra Valley from Hundar to Diskit.
Hot Air Ballooning: Rising up above the crowds
Hot air ballooning is a thrilling way to experience Indian landscape and get a different perspective of the country. Imagine having a calm and peaceful view of India's breathtaking scenery from a quiet place high above the crowds. The best place for this adventure is Goa, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Lonavala in Maharashtra, Hampi in Karnataka, and Neemrana near Delhi.