Places that offer more than just a holiday
It can undoubtedly be said that India is one of those countries that have a lot to offer to all kinds of tourists, from all over the world. India offers marvelous opportunities to people who want to explore tourism in its different colors. Whether it is a pilgrimage, heritage, adventure or scenic Himalaya tour, India caters to tourists of all ages, interests, economic backgrounds and descents.
Further, the variety in India geographical landscaping, climatic variation, and rich biodiversity enables it to be an excellent adventure destination with varieties of adrenaline pumping options available. From the Himalayan mountains to vast seashores, from its wildlife sanctuaries to desert safaris the options are hard to choose from.
So if you are bored with the usual daily grind of life and wish to head for a much-deserved vacation, here are some of the coolest adventure destinations across India for you:-
Paragliding in Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh
The recent years have seen a tremendous increase in public interest towards Paragliding in India. Bir-Billing, two small, adjacent villages in Himachal Pradesh is not only one of the best sites in India but are also famed worldwide for hosting the first ever world cup of paragliding.
Slant, high peaks and the climatic conditions of Bir-Billing make this destination an extremely suitable place for any air sport. The takeoff site here has got incredibly smooth and favorable winds for a perfect and easy takeoff. The landing sites are also equipped with the required safety amenities.
Safari and Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is famous worldwide for its historic monuments, traditional art and craft, heritage and culture. Its sand dunes and calm deserts offer breathtaking sunset views. Further, its unique landscape and topography also make it a favorable site for adventure sports.
The most famous and loved sport here is hot air ballooning. A ride on a hot air balloon in the cities of Rajasthan provides an unforgettable experience. A bird’s eye view of sand dunes, small villages, and massive forts & palaces of Rajasthan is a lifetime experience. Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur and Ranthambore National Park are the sites that offer these rides.
Rajasthan also has other thrilling activities to attract adventure lovers, one of which is safari. You can opt for a desert jeep safari, a camel safari in the sand dunes or wildlife safari that takes you to its various sanctuaries.
Camping and Trekking in Ladakh
Adventure in this Trans-Himalayan region of India has its own unique flavor and meaning. It cannot be denied that for many, it a soul-stirring experience. Endowed with high altitude ranges, gigantic lakes, scenic trails and deep valleys, Ladakh is a perfect platform for a great variety of adrenaline pumping action sports. Ladakh offers activities like mountaineering, cycling and river rafting. However, most of the tourists travel to Ladakh for trekking rugged landscapes and camping under the beautiful blanket of stars.
From backbreaking Stok Kangri Trek to much uncomplicated Sham Valley Trek, Ladakh keeps you longing for more after each adventure.
Ladakh is also loved by people who like to test their limits by camping in extreme weather conditions. It is the ultimate solace for daredevils that want a break from the city bustle and find the inner peace on an altitude of 11500 ft. above sea-level.
Caving in Sikkim
Sikkim is world famous for its natural beauty that is adorned by alpine forests, glaciers, and scenic hills. This is a place that attracts serious adventure lovers and enthusiasts from all over the world. However, the diversity in its adventure opportunities is one thing that makes it different from every other adventure spot.
If you wish to take a plunge into Sikkim’s amazing caves, you will have not one or two but four caves to explore. These caves overlook all four directions and thus hold a special value for the Buddhists and are important pilgrimage spots for them.
You will have Lha-ri-nying phu in the north, Kah-do-sang phu in the south, Pe phu in the east and De-chhen phu in the west to experience the thrill of caving.
Micro Light Flying in Karnataka
Source: India Eve
This is a rather less popular adventure that is slowly gaining popularity among people who are looking for a different adventure activity. Microlight or Ultralight is a lightweight aircraft that looks like hand gliders. The aircraft are attached to giant tricycles with a big motorized fan on the back.
The flight takes you over breathtaking views of crashing waterfalls, idyllic landscapes, and picturesque monuments.
Karnataka is also gifted with several marvelous rock climbing sites like Madhugiri, Savandurga, Ramanagaram, Hampi, Badami, Thuralli and Kabbal.
Heli-skiing in Gulmarg
If you really think that all other adventures are for the faint hearted and you are ready for some hard core thrill then this should be your pick. It requires real guts to face the fast-blowing wind hitting hard on the face while you jump out of a helicopter on the white carpet of snow for skiing. Gulmarg offers the best skiing atmosphere in India with world class trainers and equipment available.
So which spot are you picking first? Do let us know in the comment section below.