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Adventure Tourism in India

India has always been one of the most well known tourist destinations in the world when it comes to cultural and historical tourism. For decades, it has been attracting millions of global tourists to its numerous wonderful places to get indulged in both natural and man made marvels. But for the few last years, the tourism industry of India has changed drastically and some new dimensions were developed.

The geographical diversities played a major role in shaping up these dimensions. The mighty mountains, the sapphire seas and plenty of other water bodies, the vast variety of wildlife and the defying deserts - India has everything in her to pull the thrill loving crowd. And the country has now emerged as a prominent face of adventure tourism globally. Every year, thousands of enthusiastic tourists visit the country in search of exhilarating adventure.

Some popular adventure sports have grown into major tourism platforms in India. These are: Mountaineering, Trekking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, River/ White Water Rafting, Skateboarding/Water Skiing, Para Gliding, Bungee Jumping etc. The Himalayan regions of North and North-Eastern parts, the Western and the Eastern Ghats of South, South West and South-Eastern parts of the country offer the best destinations for mountaineering, trekking, skiing and rock climbing whereas the water sports such as rafting and water skiing etc. are popular in the mountain rivers of north and western, southern and the eastern coastal areas. In one word, the whole India serves almost every type of adventure sports in some extreme levels that satiates the thirst for adventure in the fancier’s soul.

Mountaineering in India

The Northern and the North-Eastern India is dotted with various mountain ranges. The mountain enthusiasts from all over the world flock together in India throughout the year just to get submerged in the intimidating beauty of mountains. And to make the trips more satisfactory and pleasant, numerous travel agencies both private and government are there to help tourists with proper travel guidance. The mountaineering expeditions take place throughout the year especially during the most favourable times of the year with the help of various professional supervision for both the amateurs and skilled mountaineers.

There are many places mainly in the north India which provides wonderful opportunity for some good mountaineering expeditions. The Garhwal Himalayan range, Ladakh range and the Kashmir Valley of the northern India and Kangchenjunga, Sikkim Himalayan range and some other parts of the eastern and north-eastern parts of India are the most popular places for mountaineering and trekking.

The most significant destinations for mountaineering in India are given below:


Nanda Devi

Mountaineering in Nanda Devi
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Nanda Devi, the highest peak of the Indian Garhwal Himalaya has two summits - Nanda Devi summit (7816 m) and the Nanda Devi East summit (7434 m). These peaks are two of the most difficult peaks of the entire Himalayan mountain range to access as they are surrounded by several high altitude peaks. But the difficulties never cease the determination of the enthusiastic mountaineers to reach the summits and eventually the Nanda Devi became a favourite mountaineering point for the adventure tourists since the third decade of the twentieth century.

Mountaineer Tilman and Odell pursued the first ever successful ascent to the main summit of Nanda Devi in 1936 via south ridge. Wonderfully it was the highest mountain climbed by a human being at that time until the Annapurna peak was ascended in 1950. The second expedition was set forth in 1951 by an eight-member group of French mountaineers. But two members of the group including the team leader were lost during the ascent. And during the search mission for them the East Summit of Nanda Devi was climbed by Luis Dubost and Tenzing Norgay.

After a considerably long gap, in 1976 an all new out to reach the main summit was discovered by three American mountaineers, James States, Lou Reichardt and John Roskelley. But this expedition through the new North ridge ended in a tragedy as Nanda Devi Unsoeld, an important member of the group died just near the main summit. Since then, there have been many expeditions at the Nanda Devi, but a few were successfully finished. Nanda Devi is one of the most dangerous mountaineering points in Indian subcontinents and probably for the same reason it is also one of the most favourite peaks for the true adventurous souls.

Did You Know? The Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand is famous for its dangerous yet delightful trekking compatibility. The massive mountain is standing proudly surrounded by a series of hills with high peaks. The average height of the region is around 17000 ft. The beautiful River Rishi Ganga is flowing in between which has been draining the entire mountain basin since eon creating world’s one of the most stunning gorges.







Things to Remember:
  • The total duration of the trekking trip would take somewhat 25 days and the journey is generically severe and strenuous.
  • The best time to go for trekking at the Nanda Devi Sanctuary is between the months of March to November.
  • The route to ascent the Nanda Devi is difficult and starts from Lata and goes like Lata Kharak, all around the Dharanshi Alp, around Malathuni Pass to Dibrugheta Alp, alongside the river to Deodi, Ramni, Bhujgara halfway through the gorge and Patalkhan. Patalkhan is the first halt in the trek trip from where the route takes a north turn crossing the river Rishi Ganga.
  • The giant and slopping rocky slabs are the first difficult challenge for the trekkers. Just a wrong would cost one to plummet down the thousands of feet.
  • The slabs are locally known as the Vaikunth Seedi or the staircase to heaven through which the trekkers reach the true heaven of Nanda Devi.

Kamet

Mountain climbing in Kamet
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The second highest mountain of the Garhwal region is Kamet. The mountain stands in the state of Uttarakhand near the border with Tibet. Kamet is the third highest mountain in Indian soil and the 29th highest peak in the world. Kamet is situated on the Tibetan plateau and therefore not that easily accessible. The first ever attempt to climb Kamet was started in 1855.

But due to some unavoidable negative circumstances the ascent was postponed till 1931. The first ascent was made by Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, R. L. Holdsworth and Lewa Sherpa and the trip was a part of a British Expedition. It was the highest mountain to be climbed at that time until Nanda Devi was ascended in 1936. Three major peaks lie around Kamet which are Mukut Parbat (altitude: 7242 m, northwest bound), Abi Gamin (altitude: 7355 m, north-northeast bound) and Mana (altitude: 7272 m, south-southeast bound).

Things to Remember:
  • Mountaineering at the Kamet is not an easy task even for today. The trip is likely to take around 25-27 days.
  • The mountain is accessible through Ranikhet and the mountaineers then take a long strenuous course of winding route among the thick valley of mountains and forests.
  • The Kamet summit has an approachable route from the East Kamet glacier going to the higher plates of Meade’s Col. This way to the mountain peak is dangerous yet delightfully adventurous for the seekers.

Hanuman Tibba

Trekking at Hanuman Tibba
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Hanuman Tibba is situated at the Beas Kund Glacier of Dhauladhar Range. This magnificent mountain has a height of 5892 mts. It is the highest peak of the five mountains of the Beas Kund mountain-crown. The peak provides with a stunning path of approaching route. Mountaineers need to start from Manali-Solang Nalla through the beautiful Birch forests and then enter the green grassland of Beas Kund which is located at the height of 3540 mts and then they pass through the infamous and unforgiving Tentu Pass.

Things to Remember:
  • Beas Kund is undoubtedly one of the most famous base-camp site for mountaineering in India. Hanuman Tibba expedition take around 12-16 days.
  • The expedition needs mountaineers with prior experience of rigorous climbing.
  • The best season to go climbing the Hanuman Tibba is the months from May to October.


Dunagiri

Another high peaks of the Garhwal Himalayan range is Dunagiri (7066 mts). It lies in the northwest of the Nanda Devi peak surrounding and enclosing the sanctuary. Dunagiri is also a very famous Like Nanda Devi, Dunagiri also has a moderately difficult accessible route. The summit was first ascended in 1939 by Andre Roch, D. Zogg and F. Steuri- all of them were Swiss nationals. But the first ever success came only in 1976 by Joe Tasker and Dick Renshaw. The Dunagiri is particularly popular among the Alpine-style mountaineers. Dunagiri gives the longest view of the Himalayan region of the entire Kumaun and Garhwal.

Kanchenjunga

Trekking in Kachenjunga
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The third highest mountain peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586 mts) which literally dominates Darjeeling’s skyline is a popular destination for the hardcore adventure seekers, or say the professional mountaineers. Though it never had an easy access, Kanchenjunga has ever been attracting the brave-heart mountaineers for its sheer mysterious beauty. The mountain is situated at the border of Nepal and Sikkim in India.

Though the attempt to access Kanchenjunga in the mid nineteenth century, the first official attempt was made in 1905 headed by Aleister Crowley and the team reached almost 7600 mts but sadly could not make any further and retreated back. The peak was first climbed successfully in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band and interestingly by using the same route used by Aleister Crowley in 1905. From then on, there have been several successful ascents; one of the major one was in 1979 when the peak was ascended by Doug Scott, Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker without having any Oxygen support. They also found a route on the Northern Ridge.

Things to Remember:
  • Kangchenjunga is a sacred mountain for the Nepalese, Sikkimese or even for the locals of Dajeeling; so the permission for climbing the mountain is not given very often by both the Indian and Nepalese Governments. Hence, the mountain is still not much explored and has several virgin points preserving its pristine beauty.
  • The expedition to Kangchenjunga takes a vast amount of time containing 45-48 days or more. Climbing Kangchenjunga is somewhat harder than climbing Mt. Everest and therefore needs highly expertise professional mountaineers.
  • Most expeditions start from Biratnagar, Nepal having the base camp at an altitude of 4500 mts.
  • The trek from Taplejung is particularly full off avalanche prone rocky terrains including some of the most extreme weather conditions hindering the path ahead. The best time to climb world’s third highest mountain is both the spring (March to May) and the autumn (September to November).

Rathong

Rathong

If Kangchenjunga is somewhat restricted among the professional mountaineers to climb on, there are several other places in the eastern India which would surely satiate the thirst for adventure of some enthusiasts. Rathong is the beautiful peak of 6678 mt mainly praised for the icy glacier which is located at the western part of the state of Sikkim. It lies on the border of India and Nepal. The first climbing on the Rathong peak was done in 1963 by the Indian Army and two Indian civilian in an initiative of Indian pre-Everest climbing team.

Things to remember:
  • The region has a direct effect of the global warming as the soared heat has changed the geographical feature of the entire region.
  • Rathong has become more risky ever since. And this occurrence has in turn affected many mountaineering initiatives in recent past.
  • Most of the expeditions are conducted by Darjeeling based Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and operates mainly from their permanent base came at the Chowrikian Valley at Sikkim.
  • Rathong provides with delightful climbing to both the professional and naive climbers.

Trekking and Rock Climbing in India

There are several great places for rock climbing in India. Northern India gives the maximum numbers of option but the other parts of India also offers many places to go for a climbing.

Trekking in North India

Being the home for the maximum numbers of hills of India, the northern part of the country provides with numerous for rock climbing for both the professional and the amateurs. Himalayan rocks are the most popular among the climbers. Hence, Manali, Kufri, Bharmour, Dharamshala, Narkanda and Jispa in the state of Himachal Pradesh have several rock climbing regions which are probably some of the toughest of this sort

Delhi also has its own places called Lado Sarai, Dhauj (outskirt of the main city) and Dam Dama Lake are some of the most famous rock-climbing destinations in India. The Gangotri in the Garhwal Himalayan regions of the state of Uttaranchal is another natural rock climbing spot which is full of difficulties and risks. But the risk being the part of adventure actually pulls enthusiastic crowd towards it.

Trekking in East India

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which is based in Darjeeling, West Bengal offers great rock climbing trips to the adjacent areas including Dajeeling and Sikkim. Besides the northern part of Bengal, there are several other places for the rock climbers to get adventurous. Purulia, Susunia, Jai Chandi, Matha Bura etc are very popular among the expert and novice rock climbers as these areas provide with natural rocks and hillocks.

Trekking in Sikkim

Sikkim offers some of the best places for the true trekking enthusiasts. The best trekking destinations of this hilly state of eastern India are given below:

1. Goecha La Trek

yuksom goecha la

Goecha La trek is undoubtedly the most famous trekking destination in Sikkim. This trek offers the most stunning view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from a very close reference. Goecha La trek is an extended version of another popular Trek, the Dzongri Trek. The amazing trails through the Dzongri meadows reflect the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayan range at this area. The trek takes around 8-9 days to finish.


2. Dzongri Trek

Dzongri

The Yuksom Dzongri Trek is the second most popular high altitude short trekking destination in the state of Sikkim. This trek actually leads to the other famous point of Goecha La and is considered the shorter version of the longer trek. The Dzongri Trek takes place from Yuksam and takes around five days to finish the trek.

The breathtaking view of the surroundings and the Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga would enthrall the trekkers for sure. The otherwise easy trail becomes dangerously steep down to the Thangsing River once it reaches Phedang. The trekking altitude is at 4020 m and due to some unavoidable weather circumstances the trip takes five to nine days at a stretch. The best time to trek at Dzongri is from March to June and from August to November.


3. North Sikkim High Altitude Trek

North SIkkim

The best and the most intense trekking trip in Sikkim is the North Sikkim High Altitude Trek which is strictly advised to the highly trained professional mountain trekkers as this one is a strenuous one which needs professional expertise. The average altitude of the trekking trail remains at around 4340 m and takes typically 15-17 days if the weather circumstances remain normal.  Months from May to November are the best time to go for this trek.


4. Yuksam Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek

The northern Sikkim offers several other trekking destinations for the adventure buffs. Tholung Trek is an extremely popular trekking spot which starts from Bagdora region and ends at Lingsha. The beautiful trail of an average 2400 mt altitude is nestled among the stunning valley filled with greeneries and is accompanied by the dazzling Ring Pi Chi. The Tholung Trek takes around nine days to cover.


5. Varsey Trek

Varsey

One of the popular soft treks at Sikkim is the Versary Trek which lies at the border of India and Nepal and provides with a beautiful hilly terrain covered with attractive Rhododendrons. One of the interesting facts of this trekking trip is the availability of Camping facility on the way to the top. Nature lovers have the option to watch for a good range of birds. The average altitude of this route is above 3000 mt and the trek takes around nine to ten days to complete. The best time to go for a trek at Versay is from December to March.

6. Sikkim- Darjeeling- Kanchenjunga Trek

Sikkim Trekking

Sikkim- Darjeeling- Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the popular high altitude long trekking trips and includes a long trail of the eastern Himalayan range. This trek provides with the Goechala and Sandakphu trek together as one. The lucky trekkers get the rare chance to see the Mt. Everest and the Kanchenjunga peak in a same frame from Sandakphu. The main trekking starts from Bhanjang nea Darjeeling and normally takes 14-15 days to complete the whole trip.

Trekking in South India

The southern part of India is bestowed with numerable natural marvels thanks to the Western Ghats and the Deccan Plateau for creating a distinct ecology and the geographical features those define these parts. Gifted with mountains and relatively flat highlands, south India possesses several wonderful places ideal for trekking and rock climbing. The Adventure Tourism has enabled many unknown places to get explored.

Trekking in Karnataka
Karnataka
probably has the maximum number of places suitable for both professional and amateur trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Bangalore, the state capital itself is a hot-spot in terms of mostly rock climbing destinations in the southern part of the country. Turahalli, Savandurga, Ramanagar are very popular as the climbing places. But there are many other places for climbing around the city.

Below are some of the hottest destinations for trekking in and around Bangalore:

1. Ramadevara Betta Trek

Ramadevara Batta

About 60 km far from the main city, Ramadevara Betta is one of the most popular trekking destinations around Bangalore near the Ramanagara Town. The uneven hilly area is located 3066 feet above sea level and provides great trekking and rock climbing prospects to the enthusiasts.


2. Kunti Betta Trek

Kunti Betta

Another popular trekking destination near Bangalore is Kunti Betta. Kunti Betta is located 123 km away from the city and provides a terrain full of trekking and climbing opportunities to the climbers. Kunti Betta is situated 950 mt above the sea level. Trekking at this place is somewhat tricky and needs expert experience. The best time to arrange for a trekking is from November to February.It is located in the town called Pandavapura which got its name after the Pandavas of the great Indian epic of Mahabharata and is believed to be one of the places the Pandavas visited during their period of exile.


3. Savandurga Trek

savandurga

Around 60 km away from Bangalore, Savandurga hilly range is a great place for trekking. The peaks of Billigudda and Karigudda are two of the most famous and popular trekking spots in the Karnataka state. The entire range lies about 1226 mt above the sea level and the hill-tops are particularly ideal for climbing and trekking. Savanadurga hill is one of the most fascinating and highest monoliths in Asia. The hilly range is covered in forest and needs expert guidance to go ahead with the correct routes. The best time for climbing and trekking at this place is from November to February.


4. Ramanagara Trek

Ramnagar

“Kitney Admi the?” If those words take you to a land of dry uneven terrain of rusticity, Ramanagara is the place for you. That ultimate land of dacoits, Ramgarh of Sholay fame is none other than a beautiful hilly place near Bangalore city called Ramanagara.  Located at around 50 km away from Bangalore, Ramanagara has a beautiful six kilometers of trekking path with the facilities of rope traversing, climbing, rappelling etc. The terrain is made up of pure granite and the steep slopes here and there present a good challenge for the trekkers and climbers. Ramanagara is one of the most crowded trekking spots in the state of Karnataka. Like many other places the best time to visit Ramanagara for trekking is the months from November to February.


5. Mekedatu Trek
98 km from Bangalore city, Mekedatu makes a very good choice for climbing and trekking. It is located on the Mysore Road in Srirangapatna. The trekking point at the Karingatta Hill (2697 feet above sea level) also has a nice walking besides the Kaveri River.


6. Anthargange Trek
Another popular trekking destination around Bangalore is Anthargange. It is located around 68 km away from the city. Anthargange (1226 mt above the sea level) is formed of the volcanic rocks and has a terrain typically ideal for trekking and hiking. The series of caves and hillocks take the tourists to an ancient time during the enjoyable trekking session. Anthargange is popular among the naïve trekkers also as the place needs minimum expertise. The ideal time for trekking, climbing and hiking is from November to February.


7. Skandagiri Trek
70 km away from Bangalore city there lies another gorgeous place which lures the adventure tourists with its open hands and the place is called Skandagiri. Skandagiri also known as Kalavara Durga is a hilltop which is covered by the lush dense forests and overlooks the Nandi Hills. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations situated just outside Bangalore. The tourists follow the eight kilometers long trek passing through the walls of Tipu Sultan’s fort. Reaching the top of the hills needs no special training but the watchful eyes while stepping through the hilly slopes would definitely help shunning the unexpected accidents.


8. Madhugiri
The second largest monolith in Asia, Madhugii is a hilltop with a magnificent height of 3030 ft. Madhugiri is a popular trekking place located 100 km far from the Bangalore city. It provides a challenging yet enjoyable trekking trail towards the peak. There are ruins of the Gopalakrishna Temple at the peak. The surrounding areas look astonishing from the peak. The total length of the trek is about three kilometers and is of easy by nature.


9. Antara Gange
Located about 65 km away from Bangalore, Antara Gange is a mountain in the Kolar district which offers several good trekking spots around it. The range with the length of three kilometers provides options for rock climbers as well. The surrounding forests make the trekking a bit more challenging.


10. Kanakpura Trek
The very beautiful Kanakpura hill range offers many popular trekking destinations very near to Bangalore. Kanakpura trail is located about 55 kilometers far from the city and is situated on the bank of Arkavathi River at 2090 feet above the sea level. The scenic beauty of the range makes the trekking more enjoyable. The place is ideal for all types of trekkers especially the younger ones. The total length of the trekking trail is four kilometers. 


11. Shivaganga

Shivaganga Peak

Resembling the shape of a Shivalinga, the Shivaganga hill is considered as one of the most frequently visited trekking places near Bangalore city. Situating 54 kms far from the city the Shivaganga peak rises 1350 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by a flowing stream locally called as Ganga. The terrain is an ideal one for the trekkers and rock climbers which offers multiple challenges towards the peak. The slopes are steep and making to the top leads a tiresome journey. But the natural beauty of the hilly range erases all the weariness. The total length of the trail is four kilometers. The months from November to February are the most suitable ones for trekking and climbing.

Other popular trekking and climbing destinations in Karnataka are:

1. Tadiyandamol, Coorg
Coorg is hilly queen of the state of Karnataka which offers numerous beautiful and challenging trekking destinations. Tandiyandamol is one of the most amazing trekking places in Coorg which is situated 250 km far from Bangalore city. It is the highest peak in Kodagu and has a beautiful and serene atmosphere with a comfortable weather for the trekkers. During the winter season the range becomes more gorgeous. The lush greenery, flowing streams, and the comforting breeze- all these make the eight kilometers of trekking trail a great trip altogether.


2. Kumara Parvata, Coorg
Situated1712 meters above the sea level, Kumara Parvata provides a great trekking destination full of beauty as well as challenges. The wearisome, physically strenuous trek would likely to lead the trekkers to one of the most beautiful places the state of Karnataka can offer.  Kumara Parvata is the third highest peak in the state. The 16 km trekking trail comprises of lush forests, narrow waterfalls, and uneven rocky paths. Trekking at the Kumara Parvata needs two-three days to complete and for this the professional training is a must.


3. Bheemeshwari

Trekking in Karnataka

Karnataka is a state full of wonderful options for the adventure seeking tourists. Among the several great trekking destinations, the Bheemeshwari is a very popular spot in the state. Bheemeshwari is located between the rive Cauvery and three beautiful waterfalls and thus makes a stunning looking place. Trekking at Bheemeshwari is an easy one and can be taken by any enthusiastic soul who wants to rejuvenate the mind-body on the natures lap by walking through a very comforting pathway. Bheemeshwari has a trekking-path of five kilometers and is also a nice place for camping out, kayaking and river rafting.  


4. Siddara Betta
Mainly a bird-watching place Siddara Betta is also popular as a trekking point in Tumkur, Karnataka. This rocky terrain is covered by greenery where several plants with medicinal value are available. The gorgeous scenery and a beautiful fountain on the way to top would mesmerize the trekkers. The ride gets more interesting as there are plenty of natural caves and an ancient temple of Lord Siddeswara. The temple pulls thousands of devotees every year. The four km long trail is easy and can be taken by any trekking enthusiast. The place is around 100 km away from Bangalore city.   


5. Baba Budangiri
Baba Budangiri is a great trekking destination located at 6217 ft above the sea level. The hilltop which is a part of Dattagiri range of the Western Ghats offers an easy trekking time through a beautiful hilly trail filled with greeneries and stunning waterfalls. Manikyadhara is such a gorgeous fall to look for. The total length of the trek is 10 kilometers and makes a wonderful journey.


6. Mullayangiri, Chikmagalur

Trekking spots in Karnataka

Another wonderful trekking spot in the state of Karnataka is Mullayangiri of Chikmagalur. Mullayangiri is the highest peak of the Nilgiri range of the Western Ghats and thus provides a great experience of trekking, climbing and hiking. During the months of November to February the weather becomes really amazing and the trekking is very suitable in this phase. It takes minimum of two days to reach the peak of which the total seven kilometers could be covered with ten-hours of moderate trekking. The tourists come across many natural caves and a beauty statue of Nandi on the path.


7. Narasimha Parvata
Narasimha Parvata is situated 350 kilometers away from Bangalore and is another popular destination for the trekking enthusiasts. This peak is the highest peak of the Agumbe range of the Western Ghats. It needs two days to cover the entire trail and also needs around 10 hours of moderately strenuous trekking to reach the top of the hill. The trekking path of Narasimha Parvat consists of nice green forests and uneven land dappled with grass. The sun rise and the sun set are something to watch out from this hilltop.


8. Kodachadri
Kodachadri is a hill situated in Shimoga locality and is of over a thousand meters high covered with a dense green forest and offers a stunning trail for trekking. Kodachadri is famous both as a trekking destination and housing the well known Mookambika Temple. The trekking trail of this hill is a difficult one and especially popular among the professional trekkers. This long terrain features a plethora of wildlife variations as well as some delightful waterfalls and a striking Nagara Fort. The adventure raises another high level if the tourists plan for a monsoon trekking equipped with proper guidance.   


9. Kudremukh

Best trekking spots in Karnataka

Chikmagalur
is a hotspot for housing several beautiful trekking spots in the state of Karnataka. The Kudremukh hilltop is such an extraordinarily beautiful hilly stretch situated at Chikmagalur which provides wonderful trekking trails. The peak is situated at a massive height of 6214 feet. Kudremukh peak resembles a horse-mouth and thus got its name from this. This is one of the most beautiful ranges located at this state and pulls several trekking professionals and enthusiasts towards it every year. The trekking trail is almost 20 kilometers long and is difficult in nature.


10. Kampa Bhupa
And this one is for both the nature lovers and the history enthusiasts. Kampa Bhupa or popularly known as the Kampa Bhupa’s Path is situated at Hampi of northern Karnataka. Hampi itself has a worldwide recognition as India’s one of the most amazing historical heritage sites and the beautiful trekking trail in Hampi also provides a rocky terrain of around two kilometers long which starts from the Hampi Bazaar and ends near the legendary Vittala Temple.

The trail includes many incredible monuments and structures from the Vijaynagara Empire of the historical place. Walking along this rocky route for about 45 minutes among the 500 years old ruins would definitely mark a grave impact on the visitors’ minds. This bumpy trek does not include any major climbing or hiking; one can even take a bicycle ride to cover the distance. The whole trail runs parallel to the great Tungabhadra River banks.

Trekking in Tamil Nadu

South Indian states of India have the majestic display of the natural beauties of both Sea and the Hills. Though Karnataka houses the maximum numbers of natural adventure places, state of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala also offer places for some great escapades. These are some popular destinations for Trekking in Tamil Nadu:

1. Udhagamandalam (Ooty)

Trekking in Tamil Nadu


Nilgiri is often considered as the heaven for the adventure seekers. This mountain range houses a large number of trekking and climbing spots scattered in three southern states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Udhagamandalam has many trekking routes among various challenging hilly terrains and dense forests at different altitudes.


2. Siruvani Waterfalls
Siruvani or Kovai Kutralam Waterfall is located 535 kms away from Chennai and around 36 Kms far from Coimbatore Railway Station. The falls are the parts of the Siruvani Hills. The hills are mostly covered by dense forests. A four kilometer trek starting from the crossing of the Siruvani Dam and Madavarayapuram needs to be taken to reach the waterfalls. The trekking terrain offers a moderately challenging trail. Especially the upper parts of the falls become dangerously slippery during the monsoon season when the falls are at their own beautiful avatar.


3. Perumal Peak
Nilgiri range offers some of the best places for adventure trips such as trekking. Perumal Peak one such place which is one of the most popular trekking destinations of the state of Tamil Nadu. Perumal Peak or the Perumal Malai Peak is situated at Kodaikanal and 11 kms far from Coimbatore city. It has an elevation of 2440 mt. Trekking at Perumal Peak is moderately challenging and needs expertise. The trekkers can take time to visit the beautiful Pannaikadu village nearby.


4. Dolphin’s Nose
Dolphin’s Nose is one of the easiest yet popular trekking destinations in Tamil Nadu. It is also situated at Kodaikanal and has an eight kms long trekking trail going among the green forest and by the side of a beautiful river.


5. Thalaiyar Falls or the Rat Trail Falls

Trekking spots in Tamil Nadu

Thalaiyar or the Rat Trail Fall is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu. Thalaiyar Falls is located near Kodaikanal (40 kms) and has a height of 297 mt. Normally there is no other mean to reach the falls but to have a six kilometers of trekking journey from the mountain-feet. The trekking takes around two hours to finish. The way to the falls is scenically beautiful yet a little difficult. 


6. Elagiri Hills
Elagiri Hills provide with some interesting trekking trips to the trekking enthusiasts. It is located around 25 kms off the Jolarpet Junction, on the Chennai-Coimbatore rail track. A beautiful hill and a serene lake make a wonderful destination for any nature lover. An easy trek of a couple of hours from the Elagiri Hills to the Jalagambarai Water Falls is a delightful trip for the novice trekkers.

Trekking in Andhra Pradesh

Situated at the southern region of Indian soil, the state of Andhra Pradesh also has some great trekking destinations to lure the adventure seekers.  Some important places in the state are mentioned below:
 
1. Ahobilam

Trekking in Andhra Pradesh

Famous mainly for housing two sacred temples, Ahobilam or Ahobalam offers a popular trekking spot also. Ahobilam is situated in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. The hilltop has a height of 327 meters. The legend says that this is place where Lord Vishnu’s Narasimga avatar killed Hiranyakasipu to save Prahlada. The temples wee built in the 16th century though there were several inscriptions found which belonged to the Chalukyas of 8th century. The hill is covered by a dense forest of Nallamala. And to access the main gates of these temples one needs to take a trekking path of an uneven rocky trail. The total number of nine shrines of the two temples can be visited in two consecutive days. The best trekking base is Lower Ahobilam.
   
 
2. Kadalivanam Caves
Kadalivanam Caves are natural caves situated 12 Kms away from Akka Mahadevi Caves and 22 Kms from Srisailam. The trekking route from Mahadevi Cves to the caves of Kadalivanam through multiple hills offers a great escapade for the trekking enthusiasts. The huge cave under a natural rock shelter can easily put up around 500 people. Several manmade and used stone-tools were found at this site which proves the existence of stone-age human population here at this part. A beautiful river flowing just beside the caves makes the place visually more appealing. The trekking trail is easy and can be taken by anyone trying to experience the historical value of a natural place through an adventurous way.


3. Tyda Nature Camp
The nature-loving, adventure seeking soul in you can easily get indulged in a great way at the Tyda Nature Camp which is located at 40 Kms away from Araku and 70 Kms away from Vizag city. This tiny tribal village is situated on the hills of Eastern Ghats nestling between Vizag and Araku. The nature cam which is also known as the Jungle Bells offers trekking, rock climbing and bird watching etc. The Nature Camp helps us get acknowledged about the eco system, biodiversity of this area as well as lets us know the lifestyle and culture of the tribal community of the hills. Walking through the hilly terrain can be a life time experience for the visitors. The whole trip can take up to two days.


4. Talakona Waterfalls Trekking

Talakona is one of the highest waterfalls in the state of Andhra Pradesh which has a height of 270 feet. This waterfall is located inside the Sri Venkateswara National Park in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is 49 Kms far from Tirupati and 23 Kms from the Bakarapeta town. To reach the falls one needs to take a trek of two kilometers from the Siddeswara Swamy Temple through a vast and dense forest and a rocky terrain. The trek would likely to take 30 minutes to an hour for one way. The best season to get a trek here at Talakona falls is from November to January.


5. Katiki Waterfalls
A short but adventurous trek through a dense green forest and a narrow uneven and slippery terrain would lead you to a stunning place of natural beauty- the Katiki Waterfall. Katiki waterfall is situated 38 Kms far from Araku near the famous Limestone caves of Borra. This 120 feet high fall is a popular destination in Andhra Pradesh as a moderate trekking point. The trekking would take around 2-3 hours.  

Skiing in India

Skiing is definitely a one-of-the-kind adventure experience for the thrill-loving people. The white snow wrapped slopes of Northern India pull the adventure junkies from all over the world. The mighty Himalayan range has been the hot-spot for several kinds of adventure sports and skiing is another nerve wrenching activity that a certain kind of people enjoy most. There are several places are in North India where doing a ski would be a classic experience. Here are the most amazing places in India to get your feet in a pair of ski boards.

1. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Skiing in India

The beautiful small town in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir is probably the most popular name while talking about skiing in India. The snow clad valleys become the obvious place for the thousands of ski enthusiasts. The stunning views of the surrounding areas would certainly mesmerize the breathtaking experience. The best time for skiing here at Pahalgam is between December and March when the snow remains thick and firm. Being an otherwise popular tourist destination, Pahalgam offers numerous staying options.

2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

The Solang Valley, merely a 12 km away from Manali is the next most popular skiing destination in India. Solang valley is also known as Solang Nala has some extraordinary slopes which can give you the most exhilarating skiing experience. The natural beauty around the valley is also incredibly beautiful which makes the ride even more special. The thick layers of snow in the winter season provides with an amazing adventure filled experience.
 

3. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

This small town in Baramulla Distic of Jammu and Kahmir offers a wonderful skiing opportunity to the adventure enthusiasts. Gulmarg proudly represents India as one of the seven best skiing destinations in India. Every year thus place attracts thousands of tourists from all over the globe to experience both the beauty of Gulmarg and its famous ski arrangements. From December to March would be the ideal season to visit Gulmarg especially for Skiing.

4. Auli, Uttarakhand

India’s one of the most popular and beautiful skiing destinations happens to be Auli. As much as 250 km far from Rishikesh, Auli has a beautiful landscape perfectly ideal for skiing. Auli is preferred by many for the simple reason that the enchanting natural purity is not spoiled yet. Auli has also been the proud host of the first SAF Winter Games in India in 2011 and since then the snow clad mountain valley has become a hot spot for many winter sports.

There are a few skiing institutes are in Auli which provides with necessity learning and equipments for a better and safer skiing experience. The best time to go for a snow-ride at Auli is in the months from December to February or till the snow remains thick.

5. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Skiing in Kufri

Another popular destination for skiing in India is Kufri. Situated very near to the famous hill station Shimla, Kufri is easily accessible to the tourists of all types. But during the winter season, when the slopes are covered in thick mass of snow, Kufri becomes essentially the play ground for the adventure sports lovers. Kufri is a very popular name among the amateur skiing enthusiasts as the slopes here are very gentle and offers limited but enjoyable rides with some exciting turns throughout the range. The annual winter sports festival organized by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Board draws a heavy crowd.

6. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Around 65 km away from Shimla, there is another interesting place just ideal for skiing called Narkanda. The place offers various ranges of slopes thus providing different types of tourists many different levels of skiing experiences. As the smaller and even slopes give the beginners the best platforms to start with, the larger and the more difficult slopes offer the professional and experienced skiers some challenging and thrilling rides. The tourism board of Himachal Pradesh also arranges various skiing courses here in Narkanda every year during the winter season to promote the sport and tourism in the state in a fun-filled way.

7. Dayara Bughal, Uttarakhand

Besides the famous Auli, Uttarakhand also has some other great skiing destinations. Dayara Bughyal is a well-known place for skiing and popular among the adventure seekers. The various types of slopes filled with heavy snow offers all types of skiers to have fun with challenges.

8. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Another popular name among the skiing destinations located in beautiful Uttarakhand is Munsiyari. The thrill lovers and the adventure buffs find Munsiyari is a must visit as this beautiful small town offers excellent skiing experience. The snow covered steep slopes make an unforgettable and stunning skiing expedition for the trained skiers.

9. Yumthang, Sikkim

Skiing in Sikkim

Sikkim is an ideal place to have all kinds of mountain extravaganzas suited for all kinds of tourists. The adventure loving tourists obviously opt for the hardcore thrilling adventurous activities here in Sikkim. If Skiing is your thing, Yumthang is the place for you in this beautiful state situated on the lap of Himalaya. The valley gets completely wrapped up in snow during winter and becomes perfect field for skiing. Yumthang valley offers great skiing opportunity for both the naïve and the pro in skiing field.  

10. Phuni, Lachung, Sikkim

Among the places in India which have recently become extremely popular as skiing grounds, Phuni Valley near Lachung is placed on the top of the list for sure. Located at over 11000 ft high, this beautiful place in Sikkim provides with some of the best skiing experiences to the avid skiers. The long slopes adorning silvery snow takes the gliders to a stunning world of adventure and thrill.

11. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

If you look for a different place to quench your thirst for adventure apart from all those common names, then Tawang is the place for you. This beautiful valley at the northern part of Arunachal Pradesh offers very good skiing arrangements. Though visiting the city needs proper permission from the Government of India as the state itself remains under political scanner regarding the border dispute between India and China, the trip to Tawang would definitely be a memorable one. The adventure spots like skiing etc. is now being promoted to pull tourists. 


White Water Rafting in India

White water rafting in India

The adventure gets on to another level when it comes to river rafting or the white water rafting. The white water rafting takes place mostly on the rough water bodies known as white water which is an amalgamation of hardcore sport, thrill and adventure wrapped in a recreational module. There are several places are in India which offers great opportunity for the white water rafting. The rough water bodies of North India provides the most challenging and thrilling rafting experiences where as the southern parts of India offers some moderately tough rafting occasions.  All in all, India has numerous raft-worthy places which keep the adventure- tourists from all over the world visit the country again and again.

1. Rishikesh

The best rafting experience one could ever have is in Rishikesh. The rough flows of the river Ganges offer some massive experiences if adventure runs in you veins. The beautiful 16 km long stretch from Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula has different grades of rapids among which 13 rapids are very popular. The Rolle Coaster, Double Trouble, Golf Course, Return to Sender, Tee Off, Three Blind Mice etc are to name a few. The river in Rishikesh gives various grades of rafting options starting from grade 1 to 4. The best time to go for a rafting in Rishikesh is from September to June.

3. River Indus (through Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir) & Zanksar

The hardcore adventurers love the place. The deep gorges, beautiful mountains, villages on hills, Ladakh and the Kashmir valley offer some of the most extreme adventure sports for the enthusiasts. The ancient rive of Indus still feed the valley and provides with a great opportunity for the white water rafting. The water level increases during the rainy months of June, July and August. The Indus rafting takes place between Spitok to Nimmu, the Indus-Zanksar confluence and again from there to the ancient temple at Alchi.

The more challenging rafting is done on the river gorge of Zanksar. The stretch between Padum and Zimo regions is considered one of the toughest rafting routes in India. The gorge is located at the height of 12000 ft from the sea level; both sides of the gorge are surrounded by the mighty mountains of thousands of feet providing with some of the most extreme terrains and weather conditions. Rafting on this river is completely a professional’s game. The best time to go for the sport on Zanksar is from July to August or before the winter freezes the river.

4. River Teesta, Sikkim and Darjeeling

Another hot spot for the river rafters is the Teesta River which is the chief and the most well-known river of both Sikkim and Darjeeling region of north-eastern India. This craggy river has several intensity levels and rapids and it is a Grade IV river. The rafting route on the Teesta offers both challenges and thrills. The beautiful confluence of Teesta and its tributary Rangit is the most memorable experience for the rafters. The rafting season starts in the April and goes on till the first week of June.

5. Tons, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Located in the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the River Tons is very popular among the rafting professionals and enthusiasts. Tons is the biggest tributary of River Yamuna and believed to have more water than the Yamuna itself and it has been graded to III to IV on a rafting scale. The tumultuous water and an uneven rocky terrain providing with multiple levels of rapids therefore the Tons offers a challenging rafting experience.  

6. Barapole, Coorg, Karnataka

Barapole River in Coorg is the most popular rafting destinations among the southern parts of India. The upper part of Barapole is best suited for a thrilling white water rafting expedition. The river flows among the Western Ghats along the Deccan Plateau and has gradations between II and IV. Several levels of rapids are there on both the upper and the lower parts of Barapole. A long stretch of months between June and October are the best time to experience a nerve-wrenching adventure-filled river rafting as the monsoon season lasts very long in the southern parts of our country.

7. Brahmaputra, Upper Himalayan Region

Best Rafting spots in India

One of the most challenging rivers in India, the Brahmaputra flows through mainly the Tibetan region and through some parts of the upper Himalayan region of Arunachal Pradesh as well. The rafting expedition on Brahmaputra starts from Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh and finishes at Pasighat. The rafting scale measures the river as a level IV graded one which ensures a superbly thrilling experience. The 180 kms of rafting expedition offers spectacular views of the natural beauty of that long stretch of the north-eastern region of India. 

8. Kali River, Uttarakhand

Kali is the river which draws a natural border between India and Nepal. It originates from Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand and flows through a vast range of beautiful terrains of mountains and jungles. It also offers a great escapade of white water rafting from the Jauljibi, Jhauaghat or the Pancheswar regions. 

9. Kundalika River, Kolad, Maharashtra

Maharashtra is home to several magnificent mountains and rivers. Kundalika River at Kolad is the fastest flowing river in the entire south Indian region. The mighty Sahyadris are the place of origin of this river and hence the river has abundant different levels of rapids. Kundalika is a very popular rafting destination in South-Western India.

10. Alakananda River

Alakananda is the second largest tributary of the River Ganga and offers one of the most intimidating and challenging rafting experiences in India. The rafting expedition takes place at Chamoli and ends at Rudraprayag. This long stretch of massive ride ensures one of the most thrilling adventures one can experience in a lifetime.


Water Skiing in India

Water Skiing in India

The numerous swift flowing rivers and the vast coastline around the west-south and eastern parts of it, India offers some great water escapades for the trill seeking people. With amazing opportunities for water skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, angling, yachting etc. the water sports are fast gaining platforms in the adventure tourism sector in India. Below are the most popular destinations for water skiing in India.

Dal and Nagin Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
Dal Lake is situated around 32 Kms away from the summer capital of the state, Srinagar and is one of the most famous lakes in India. This beautiful lake offers great facilities for water skiing. There are many privately owned Bathing Boats are available which provides with all the necessity equipments for this sport including the guidance of professional instructors. The tourists would get a wonderful chance to observe the pristine beauty of the lake and its surrounding while enjoying the thrill of skiing on the water.

Nagin Lake is just a part of Dal Lake divided from the latter by a causeway. Nagin Lake also offers proper skiing facilities and is also a very popular spot among the skiers. In the summer season both the Dal and Nagin Lake become exquisite places for water ski.

Asan Barrage, Uttarakhand
The Asan Barrage is located 43 Kms far from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and offers one of the best experiences of water sports especially the water skiing. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam developed a water sports resort here at the barrage in 1994 and since then the water sports have been tremendously nurtured. The skiers enjoy skiing through the beautiful lake which is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake.

Manasbal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
Another wonderful water skiing place in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is the Lake Manasbal. The heaven for birdwatchers, Manasbal Lake becomes very beautiful during May and August and also gets explored by the water sports buffs. Water Skiing at this lake has been encouraged by the tourism board of the state to fetch global tourists. The vast area of Manasbal Lake and its sheeny water surface help the sport to get popular. 

Goa

India’s most famous and crowd pulling beach destination Goa offers all kinds of water sports. The adventurer in you can opt for water skiing as several facilities are available on the beaches across the shoreline. The wonderful beaches, calm- blue water and a suitable weather- Goa in October to April is the perfect destination for water sports buffs. Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Bogmallo Beach, Cidade de Goa and Taj Hotels are the few popular names for water skiing.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer some great experiences of water skiing. The numerable beaches of these Indian islands have two big Water Sports Complexes one at Diglipur and the other one at Port Blair which provide with many kinds of water sports. The tourists can explore the sea surface by taking a ski ride at the back of a speed boat.


Water Surfing in India

Water surfing in India

Surfing is another water sport which accelerates the adrenaline rush. There are several sea beaches in India which offer wonderful opportunity of Water Surfing to challenge your adventurous spirit. Here are some popular names given below:

Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The waves on the beaches of these tropical islands on the lap of Bay of Bengal do mostly break over the shallow yet sharp reefs. Therefore this region is very much suitable for all kinds of surfing. There are various points which particularly offer the best surfing experiences. Some of the points are Kumari Point, Jarawa Point, Jackson Creek, Muddys etc. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are some of the most favourite surfing spots in India. The best season to venture out in Andamans is from March to May.

Covelong, Tamil Nadu
The Indian East Coast does not have that much of popular surfing sites as compared to the west coast. Covelong in Tamil Nadu is among those few ones which has developed a global appeal as a beautiful surfing destination of the east coast. The gentle waves and the calm beaches have helped Covelong to become a natural choice for those surfers who seek a little privacy and a cleaner surrounding. Covelong is mostly popular among the foreign surfers. There are also various organizations available at Covelong which help people with proper equipments and other guidance to the surfers.

Mulki, Mangalore, Karnataka
The west coast of Indian coastline offers several surfing spots. Mulki near Mangalore is a popular one lying in the state of Karnataka. There is a dedicated organization naming the Ashram Surf Retreat which mainly monitors all sorts of surfing with various other facilities for the tourists like providing accommodation and food facility along with surf lessons and water safety training etc. Mulki is now a very popular name among the international adventure tourists.

Also see: the Mantra Surf Club in Mangalore

Manapad, Tutikorin
After Covelong the next most sought after surfing destination in Tamil Nadu today is Manapad. Recently this serene beach got a facelift and a Sea Surfing Resort was established here to provide the thrill seeking tourists a great chance of surfing on the gentle waves. Mostly liked by the foreign tourists, Manapad has grown a world class surfing atmosphere by offering all sorts of modern equipments needed for a good surfing which has become an impetus to the state tourism industry.


Para Gliding in India

Paragliding in India

Adventure reaches to another higher level when one gets to fly like a bird, of course with wings fitted on your back. Paragliding is definitely not for the faint hearted. This sport takes you to the clouds from where you can watch the world of yours just below you feet. Though the adventurers from all over the world have been enjoying this wonderfully thrilling sport from quite sometimes now, Paragliding is comparatively a new gene of adventure sports in India which is gaining popularity very fast. Billing in Himachal Pradesh was the first place in India to venture into Paragliding. Since then, several Paragliding spots were developed throughout the country. Some popular Paragliding destinations in India are:

Himachal Pradesh
Apart from Billing, Solang, Kangra Valley, Kulu, Lahul and, Spiti are the most famous Paragliding venues located in Himachal. The beautiful mountains, the lush green forests behind your feet, the dazzling rivers- flying on the sky of Himachal gives the gliders a great experience.

Uttarakhand
Naukuchiatal, Dayara Bugyal, Dhanolti ridge in Garhwal are some of the best spots in the hilly state of Uttarakhand to go for a fly.

Maharashtra
Matheran is an excellent place for Paragliding. This unspoiled picturesque hill station offers some wonderful opportunities to feed the adventurer in you by providing with great gliding experiences.

Rajasthan
Rajasthan has several paragliding spots in the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. The Paragliding experience in the sky of Jaisalmer above the golden desert is amazing.

Tamil Nadu
The pristine and serene hill station in Tamil Nadu, Yelagiri is a great place for the Para gliders to experience some heavenly scenery while flying. This spot has become one of the most popular Paragliding destinations in south Indian region. Yelagii hosts several paragliding events throughout the year.

Bungee Jumping in India

Bunjee Jumping in India

Another adventure sport which has been gaining attention and popularity in India is the Bungee Jumping. This highly adventurous game lets you feel every bit of thrill of throwing yourself from the edge of a mountain or anything steep; the only thing that would help you not smashing on the ground is a long bungee attached to your legs. Some popular Bungee Jumping destinations in India are given below:

Mohan Chatti Jumping Heights
Jumping Heights, the most popular bungee jumping destination in India is located at Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh. It offers a fixed platform to jump from and this is the only of its kind in the country. An 83 mt high cantilever platform built over a stony cliff provides a very safe and thrilling experience of jumping.

Ozone, Bangalore
Bangalore is a popular adventure destination in India and Ozone Adventurers is one of the most popular bungee jumping venues of the country. The 80 ft height platform is fastened to a 130 ft high mobile crane.

Gravity Adventure Zone
Goa has the best sea beaches in India. Between the various fun and frolics it offers all sorts of water sports. It also offers some other forms of adventure sports which help the tourism get another boost. Bungee Jumping at the Gravity Adventure Zone is a special experience for those who love challenges and thrills. The zone, located near the popular Anjuna Beach has a 25 mt high tower which is an ideal place for the beginners.

Wonderlust
The foreign trained stuffs, a decent place a enthusiastic crowd and a 130 ft high crane- Wonderlust in Delhi gives you everything to experience Bungee Jumping. This one is a very popular jumping station in North India.

Della Adventure
One of the largest adventure parks in India, Della Adventure in Lonavala, Maharashtra is a popular destination in the western India for Bungee Jumping. The 45 mt high platform among the Western Ghats gives a stunning experience of free fall.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling in India

The natural curiosity to get up, close and personal to the mother nature in a more candid and  unplumbed manner makes some people dare the natural fear lying deep within ourselves. The unseen and unknown attract us the most; and this curiosity takes us sometimes to the peak of a mountain, sometimes to a deserted land or sometimes to the deep into the water bodies. The adventure and the thrill reach another higher level in Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling is undoubtedly the best way to explore the amazing underwater world. The diver dives into the sea and moves freely with the help of a breathing apparatus. The vast coastal line throughout the Western, Southern and the Eastern India offer wonderful opportunity to the interested ones the stunning vista of the sea world. The best Places for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in India are listed below:

Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are like two gemstones of India located on the lap of turquoise Bay of Bengal. The tranquil beaches and the clear blue water naturally attract the wandering souls. The islands also offer various ranges of adventure sports. Besides water skiing surfing Andaman and Nicobar Islands is also a great place for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. The bewitching Havelock Islands have some amazing reefs and beautiful marine flora and fauna and those reefs make the water a great spot for diving. The best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling is the months between October and May.

Also see: Water Sports Complex in Port Blair

Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep Islands, the group of 36 small islands are situated 240 km away the Malabar Coast and are gifted with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, dazzling white sands, and a substantial flora and fauna. Diving in the blue water of Arabian Sea and its beautiful marine world would definitely be an experience of lifetime. Months between November and May are the best time to visit the Agatti and the Bangaram Islands which are the only two islands open for public visiting.     

Goa
The most popular beach destination in India, Goa is also an amazing place for the adventure sports lovers. This place offers almost all kinds of water sports including Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. The rich flora and fauna and the stunning marine world lures thousands of adventure seekers to Goa. Some popular dive sites in Goa are Locker of Devy Jones, Wreck of Suzy’s, Reef of Uma Guma, Cove of Shelter, Lobster Avenue etc.

Netrani Islands, Karnataka
Netrani Islands is one of the most sought after scuba diving destinations in India. This heart-shaped island has a beautiful sea shore and crystal clear water which exhibits the wonderful marine life in a stunning way. And exploring this underwater world through snorkeling and scuba diving is something one should by no means let pass. Some amazing diving spots here are Grand Central Station, Jenny’s Aquarium, Dini’s Delight etc.

Important Tips for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
  • Physical fitness is essential for both Scuba Diving a Snorkeling. 
  • The gears and equipments are for your safety, don not ignore the advices given by the guides.
  • Watching marine animals are wonderful as long as you do not get stung by some of them. Beware of unnecessary touching.

Angling and Fishing in India

A land with bountiful of fresh water rivers is undoubtedly a paradise for hobbies like Angling and Fishing. The north Indian recurrent rivers and the seasonal ones of the deccan and the coastal parts offer some of the best destinations for those who find pleasant in this diversion of Angling. The best places for Fishing in India are listed below:

Ramaganga River, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
This famous National Park has more things to offer the thrill seekers than only tigers and the other wild creatures. Those who love Angling and finds terrible pleasure in Fishing, the River Ramaganga is an ideal place for them as this river homes a great range of fishes starting from Mahseer, Trout to Goonch etc. The best time to go for fishing here is the months between October and June.

River Kosi, Uttarkhand
Another popular place for Angling is the bank of river Kosi. This river also offers a good range of various fishes. From October to June the river bank becomes an obvious destination for the fishing lovers.

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular Angling destinations in India. It is particularly famous as a Trout Fishing place. The Rainbow Trout and the Wild Brown Trout are easily found in the river. The state Government declared the valley as an Angling Reserve and made affordable facilities available here. The beautiful localities, the clear water, the peaceful environment- all make the perfect atmosphere for Angling.

Mahakali River, Pancheshwar, Uttarakhand
The Mahakali River is situated at Pancheshwar and hosts an International Fishing Competition every year. The competition takes place in the month of March and is very popular among the Angling and Fishing lovers.

Jammu & Kashmir
The beautiful state has several beautiful rivers and lakes which houses a great variety of fishes. The German Brown and Trouts are the most famous fish here in J & K. The state is famous for being a low budget fishing place as well. The best time to fishing in Jammu and Kashmir is from April to October.

Pabbar Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh offers various types of adventure activities to the tourists. The fishing lovers often feel blessed to be here as the state houses several fresh water rivers which are home to a large variety of fishes. Pabbar Valley is just another popular hub for fishing and angling. The hotspots are mainly Hatkoti and Rohru on the banks of the river Pabbar. The Golden Mahseer is the most popular choice of fish here at the valley. The months between October and April are the most suitable period for fishing at Pabbar.

Jia Bhorelli River, Assam
The river Jia Bhorelli is situated at the border of Nameri National Park in Assam. The river houses a grand range of various fishes and is considered one of the best places for fishing in the state. A fishing competition and festival is held every year here at Jia Bhorelli. The months between October and April are the most favourable months for angling. 

Bheemeshwari, Karnataka
The river Cauvery is a rich source of a great range of various fishes. Bheemeshwari which lies on the bank of Cauvery is particularly reputed as a hotspot for Fishing and Angling in the state of Karnataka. Mahseer, the endangered fish is found here in abundance. This fish actually tastes your patience and skill of fishing through their fighting nature. The angling experience of Bheemeshwari makes all the fishing enthusiasts very satisfied. The best time to go for fishing at Bheemeshwari is the months from November to February.

Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh
Several Fishing and Angling destinations lie in the North-East part of India. Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most popular Fishing places of the country. The oldest town in the state, Pasighat possesses some of the best spots lying along the bank of Siang River as the river houses numerable variety of fishes. The Trouts and Mahseer are undoubtedly the most popular choice for the anglers. The suitable months for fishing at Pasighat are March, April and November.  

Things to Do Before You Head for Fishing in India
  • Fishing and Angling in India demand Fishing Licenses and Permits from the State Government or the local bodies of a particular fishing spot.
  • It is highly suggested that the interested anglers arrange for the permits and license through proper channel much before getting indulged into the fishing venture.
  • Generally, the monsoon season should be avoided as permissions and licenses are unlikely to be granted during the phase.

Camel Safari in India

India is truly blessed with diversity in almost every sense. The diversities get reflected on its geographical features as well. The northern part of the country is being guarded by the mighty mountains; the eastern part sees both the mountains and numerous water bodies. While the whole southern part is being laved by the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, the western India is mostly deprived of moisture hence the part is blast with Thar, the Great Indian Desert.

Rajasthan is one of the most treasured experiences the tourists can ever have while rambling through India. The desert state has innumerable things to offer the visitors. Roaming through the beautifully rustic desert on the back of the camels is one of the most unforgettable and thrilling rides one can ever have in the land of sand. The Camel Safari in Rajasthan is something no one should afford to miss anyway. The desert state has four big destinations which offer Camel Safari. The details of these destinations are given below:

Jaisalmer Camel Safari
Jaisalmer is undoubtedly the most popular destination as far as the Camel Safari is concerned. The short trips to the Sam and Khuri dunes on camel-back treading the golden sand and watching the sunset from the dunes are something to cherish for a long time.

Bikaner Camel Safari
The Camel City of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a marvelous place in terms of Camel Safari destinations across the state. The short and long range cross-desert trips, sand skiing, desert photography workshops, fashion shows on the desert ramp- Bikaner offers everything one could ever ask for.

Pushkar Camel Safari
One another must-visit place in Rajasthan to experience Camel Safari is the city of Pushkar. Just 11 kms away from the world famous Sufi shrine Ajmer Sharif, Pushkar itself has a tremendous value as pilgrimage spot. This small yet beautiful city offers great desert escapades through various camel safaris. The safaris take the tourists to the nearby Rose Garden, rural villages, or even on a longer distance the camel carts go to Mandawa, Nagaur or Jaisalmer from the city. The amazing ride and experiencing sunsets on the sandy horizon and some delicious local foods- Camel Safari at Pushkar should never be missed anyway.

Jodhpur Camel Safari
Apart from the natural desert trips in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an urban place which offers luxurious and royal safaris for the enthusiasts who crave for the Indian Royal treatments. The most popular camel safari destination in Jodhpur is Osian. This gorgeous village has some of the most plush desert safari camps in Rajasthan. 

Things to keep in mind while going for a Camel Safari in Rajasthan
  • Winter is the most popular season for Camel Safaris at the Thar. November to March is the most ideal time for the desert trips.
  • As the desert becomes very cold after the sunset, the tourists must keep sufficient warm woolen clothing and other necessary stuffs with them. Keeping some bedding arrangement like hot sleeping bag etc. would be rather useful too.
  • Keeping plentiful of water and other liquid stuffs are mandatory to maintain the hydration level while going for a desert trip.

Jungle/Wildlife Safari in India

Apart from beautiful Hill Stations, Skiing on the snow-clad mountains, Trekking on the deccan plateau or surfing the raging oceanic waves, India has some other amazing activities also which can satiate the thirst for adventure of the thrill seeking people. The awesomely diverse eco system of the country provides with numerable destinations with versatile wildlife. So, the trips to the wondrous Jungle sanctuaries across the country would definitely be just another way to tickle out the adventurer in you. Here is the list of the most popular wildlife Sanctuaries in India given below:

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The Jim Corbett National Park is India’s first and the oldest national park and is a must visit place for the adventure seeking tourists in India. The park is famous as a tiger reserve though getting a glance of this endangered national animal is very unlikely. But this should not deter the visitors from having a grand time at this park among a great variety of wild flora and fauna.

Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
The largest delta in the world, Sunderbans is the land of Mangroves and the native place for the Royal Bengal Tigers. It is the largest Bengal Tiger reserve in the country. The distinct eco system of the area provides with an amazing variety of flora and fauna including several reptiles, invertebrate species and numerous birds. The temperamental nature of the tigers may cause a little distress for the visitors by not showing up before them but the ferry ride on the lap of the River Ganges and the staying at the mysterious forest is itself an experience to cherish for.  

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Kanha National Park is another tiger reserve forest located at Mandla in Madhya Pradesh. This deep, vast forest allows the tourists to take Jeep rides across the park and experience the rare sights of Bengal Tigers and so many other wild creatures and plants.

Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat
The only home in the entire world for the Wild Asian Lions, Gir forest is a must visit for the wildlife junkies. The jeep rides throughout the vast park are the wonderful ways to experience the sights of lions, leopards, elephants and other wild vegetation of the Gir. Know more

Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambhore is another important and popular national park in India. This is one of the largest national parks in the whole North India and is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. This sanctuary is also a famous place to spot tigers and other wild creatures like nilgai, leopard, samber, wild boar, hyena, chital, sloth bear and various reptiles. It also houses around 539 species of flowering plants and other variety of floras. The season from November to May is considered the best time for tiger sightings at Ranthambhore. The safari rides on the open top gypsies or canters would be one of a kind thrilling experience.

Kaziranga National Park
The home for the great Indian one horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga is the only national park situated in Assam. This is also one of the oldest national parks in India set up under the British rule by the then viceroy of India Lord Curzon. Kaziranga National Park has vast area where cohabits the other wild animals also like Tigers, Elephants, Swamp Deer, Indian Bison, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Capped Langur, Jackal, Hornbills, Egret, Cormorants, and Goose etc. The best season to visit Kaziranga National Park is November to April.

Some Do’s & Don’ts while on a Jungle Safari
  • Dressing is very important while partaking in a jungle safari, so try to pick clothes which blend with the nature and shun the brighter and louder coloured dresses as these might attract the unnecessary attention of the animals and might even be disturbing for them. 
  • One should not get indulged into feeding the wild animals.
  • Littering the jungle is a big no-no. Remember, these jungles are the home to the wild creatures.
  • Refrain yourself from getting too much up-close and personal with the animals.
  • Any kind of loudness can break the jungle-peace be it a laud talk or loud colours or even the flashes of camera. Get excited, take photographs but try to keep the atmosphere as calm as possible.
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