Adventure Travel Activities Provide Thrills and Chills in India
With a wide range of activities up its sleeve, India is luring adventure enthusiasts and extreme sports lovers with equal aplomb. Himalayas-the crown of the sub-continent provides a scenic backdrop and setting for many adventurous travel activities. Here, we take you through some of the most popular areas of interests of adventurous tourists -of all ages and from all walks of life.
Trekking / Mountaineering
The wilderness and snow capped peaks of north India offers unlimited bounties for mountaineers and trekkers. Easy, difficult, short and long -there is a never ending treasure trove of trekking routes in these parts of the world. The country provides something for everyone-from leisure hikes in the delightful The Valley of Flowers to extreme 22 day walk that takes rugged travelers alongside the frozen and stunning Zanskar River in Ladakh. If you wish to enjoy guided treks and routes of all descriptions, then explore the many alternatives offered by Peak Adventure Tours, Ibex Expeditions, Garhwal Himalayan Explorations, Himalayan Frontiers and the Great Indian Outdoors-you will not be disappointed!(image by Mandala Travel)
White Water Rafting/ Kayaking
Embarking on an enthralling white water rafting expedition in India compiles thrills, spills and picturesque scenery. Get ready to raft down the waters of reputed rivers, like the holy Ganges and camp alongside pristine beaches after sundown -there is a lot to do and see here. There is nothing quite similar to the extra adrenaline rush derived from white water kayaking. The various companies that provide these rafting and kayaking activities include Thunder Bow Expeditions, Aqua Terra Adventures, Mercury Himalayan Explorations and Southern River Adventures. The best regions of these outdoor activities is of course in the Himalaya region and includes Ladakh, Uttarakhand (Rishikesh), Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
If you have ever wanted to soar in the skies like a bird in full flight, then you can live your dreams in India. There are two ways of going about the cat of paragliding in India — learn how to do so yourself, or book yourself a take a tandem joyride in the company of a professional. The agencies offering paragliding joyrides include Wings and Flights, Indus Paragliding, Nirvana Adventures, and Adventure Holidays. If you are an amateur interested in learning the various tricks and tips connected with smooth paragliding, then it is well advised to opt for the services provided by Nirvana Adventures-they are the most reputed and oldest paragliding school in the country. Temple Pilots is highly rated too. The best places to scour the skies are at Kamshet, situated between Mumbai and Pune or in the lush environs of the Kullu Valley of the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh.
India is also home to various traditional water sports like those of windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing, para sailing, and banana boat rides. The newer additions to the long list of aquatic activities here are kite surfing, snorkeling and surf boarding … along with many others. The best place to enjoy water sports is along the Goan beaches : Calangute, Morjim, Candolim and Arambo. (image by Arun Katiyar)
These and many more adventure filled activities make India a haven for those who dare-be there!
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