Here we have the top 7 adventure sports & destinations in India.
The vastness and variety of terrains in India make it a hot spot for various adventure activities & sports, with the potential to make all the adrenaline-seekers out there fall in love with adventure all over again! There are numerous adventure activities practiced here, which makes it vital to make a list of the top 7 adventure sports, destinations, places in India.
1. Heli-Skiing or Helicopter Skiing
Heli-Skiing is a fascinating winter sport practiced in India. This adventure sport is popular among experienced and advanced skiers, and may not necessarily be a good choice for amateur skiers, due to the lack of advanced skiing skills.
Heli-skiing in India introduces you to the beauty of the majestic snow-clad hills of the Himalayas.
Destinations for Heli-Skiing in India: Gulmarg (Kashmir), Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
2. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Snorkeling helps you explore the beautiful and exotic life underwater. Snorkeling is done from the surface of the water and requires a special diving mask, a breathing tube, and fins.
Scuba Diving, on the other hand, requires a little bit of training or skill, and an awareness of the existence of certain risks – some hidden and some obvious. This is an amazing and a very popular sport among novices as well as professionals, who want to experience the magic of the colourful marine life and coral reefs.
India has a number of islands that offer the opportunity to experience snorkeling as well as scuba diving.
Destinations for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in India: Andaman Islands, Goa, Netrani (Karnataka), Barracuda Islands of Netrani, Lakshwadeep Islands
Paragliding is an extremely popular aero-sport across the globe. This adventure air sport involves a free-foot launched aircraft, where the pilot sits on a harness suspended from a glider. The fabric glider form and shape in the air depends on the suspension lines hanging down the glider, and the air pressure. Along with the thrill, the beautiful valleys below and the hills around offer a spectacular view when paragliding through the sky.
Destinations for Paragliding in India: Bir (Himachal Pradesh), Stok Kangri (Ladakh), Kamshet (Maharashtra), Darjeeling, Solang, Goa
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4. Hot Air Ballooning
Hot Air Ballooning is the best way to experience the vastness of the sky and enjoy the view of the land below. This adventure activity helps you explore the unknown and unexplored corners with the breathtaking view of the sky. A hot air balloon ride is also a great activity for some bonding time with the special people in your life.
Destinations for Hot Air Ballooning in India: Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore National Park
5. White Water Rafting or River Rafting
River rafting or white water rafting is one of the most popular water sports in India. This heart-pumping adventure-filled activity lets you take a plunge in the wild waters, and fill yourself up with thrill and adventure.
Destinations for River Rafting in India: Zanskar, Manali, Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), Coorg, Brahmaputra
6. Mountain Biking or Cycle Trekking
The mountainous regions in India offer exactly what an adventure lover looks for. Whether you want to go solo or in a group, when it comes to mountain biking in India, there is something for everyone.
The stunning bike treks surrounded by beautiful flora-fauna, valleys, and hills, add to the excitement of mountain biking.
Destinations for Mountain Biking in India: Pang to Rumtse (Ladakh), Mountainous regions of Kerala, Singalila Range (West Bengal), Trails of Sikkim
The panoramic view of the mountains, the waterfalls, and the rivers is enough to make trekking in India are great for the body, the mind, and the soul. The rugged terrains and the beauty of nature surrounding it, are perfect for nature-lovers and adventure-enthusiasts.
Destinations for Trekking in India: Dodital (Uttarakhand), Chadar Trek, Roopkund Trek, Kudremukh Trek, Araku Valley Trek, Siang Valley Trek, Rajmachi Trek, Shepherds Trail, Zanskar (J&K)
With this list of top 7 adventure sports, destinations, places in India, you now know which adventure sports are a must for your bucket list! Get that adrenaline pumping!