India is a varied country with each region having a completely different vibe. Adventure tourism in India has reached a new kind of peak. The Indian subcontinent is truly blessed with a unique topography to delight the brave and the fearless. From skiing on snow-capped mountains of Himalayas, trekking in the Western Ghats to scuba diving and snorkeling in the shallow sea waters around Andaman- you can have it all! Here is a list of places you should be visiting this summer to break free from the humdrum of life and satiate the adrenaline junkie in you –
1. Scuba Diving in Goa
Swimming across colorful corals, beautifully patterned fishes, and seabed gardens in silent-as-night waters – that’s scuba diving in Goa for you. Goa is all about sandy shores, playful waves and turquoise water. It offers one of the best underwater experiences, affording rare glimpses into rich marine life and colorful hidden coral reefs. Goa also boasts of beautiful resorts and hotels so you can relax after a hard day of swimming and diving. One can also consider scuba diving in the Andamans or the not-so-famous alternative Tarkarl scuba diving. Visit Goa by getting a cab booked from Savaari.
2. Flying Fox in Neemrana
Only 1.5 hours from Gurgaon, Neemrana is quite popular for the flying fox adventure in India. 1250m of flight over 5 zip lines fly you high over the spectacular Neermana Fort-Palace. With highly trained instructors, you get a bird’s eye view of Rajasthan’s countryside. Another place to try flying fox adventure is in Kerala. Soar above mountains, valleys and rivers like a bird in flight. You are tied to a high-lying rope that takes you from the top of one mountain to another in a jiffy! Rishikesh is also a favorable stop for trying flying fox.
3. Skydiving in Pondicherry
There is nothing that quite compares to the feeling of soaring high above the ground under the vast blue sky. If skydiving was always on your bucket-list, Pondicherry is the best place for this. All you have to do now is gather enough courage and board the plane, the experts will take care of the rest! One could also try skydiving in Mysore, Amby Valley and Deesa in Gujarat.
4. Parasailing in Kerala
If jumping off a plane is too scary for you, you can head straight to Payyambalam beach in Kerala and enjoy parasailing there. Soak in the beauty of the blue Arabian Sea whilst you sail over it. Some of the other destinations in India for parasailing are Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Goa. For a smooth and hassle-free experience, get a cab booked from Bangalore to Kerala
5. Flyboarding in Goa
With the introduction of flyboarding on the beaches of Goa, the overly enthusiastic souls have found another reason to visit the Baina beach just to try stunts performed by Hrithik Roshan in the movie Bang Bang. The flyboard lets you swiftly cut through the pleasant waves and enjoy feeling like an action movie hero (or villain)! As of now, flyboarding has only been introduced in Goa, but with time this too will get popular in other parts of the country.
6. Paragliding in Bir Billing
When talking of adventure, you cannot miss out on Bir Billing. It is one of the most popular destinations in India for paragliding- only for the brave and the fearless. Located near Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing provides an exciting opportunity for paragliding. Not for the weak of heart, Bir Billing is the second highest paragliding spot in the world after Chamonix in Europe. Enjoy the stunning landscape from the sky and an equally stunning landing site. Other places for paragliding are Manali, Solang Valley and Kamshet.
7. Mountain Biking
If you are an avid cyclist, you would be familiar with the adrenaline rush that one experiences while mountain biking. India has a number of trails that you could choose from depending on your skill level and the kind of views you would like to enjoy. The hills of Sikkim, Ladakh, and West Bengal offer numerous exciting trails for you to raid.
8. River rafting in Rishikesh
Known as the adventure capital of India, Rishikesh is a perfect blend of piety and spine-chilling adventure. The fast flowing waters from the Ganges, the chants of the Vedic hymns and the astounding beauty of the landscape breathe fresh life into you. Rishikesh and river rafting are like two sides of the same coin. Each derives meaning from the other! Flow along the gushing rivers of the Himalayas, let the rapids test your skills, and feel the thrill of maneuvering the frothy, foamy, waters in Rishikesh with your friends and family this summer. River rafting is quite famous in Kolad as well as Coorg.
9. Surfing in Kovalam
Surfing is still regarded as one of the coolest adventure sports in India. And there is no better place to try surfing other than Kovalam. This is because Kovalam has a surf school where you get the basics right before taking the surfboard out on the beach. The pleasant waves in the sea let you skillfully cut through the water and master the art of surfing and that too for cheap! Other places to try surfing in India are Goa, Gokarna and Pondicherry.
10. Skiing in Gulmarg
The thrill and joy of speeding downhill on snow-covered peaks and meadow cannot be described in words. This is the closest you come to flying without wings. Gulmarg has metamorphosed into the favorite ski destination of people from all over the world. The ski season starts right after Christmas and lasts till the end of March, depending upon snow conditions. The scenic landscape of Gulmarg will be imprinted on your mind for a lifetime. Other places to try your hands on skiing are Auli and Manali, and Kufri. Explore Kashmir by getting a cab booked from Savaari.
11. Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
Bungee jumping in India is quite popular. Only for the brave hearted and the adrenaline junkies who know the thrill of jumping from a height of 83 meters which is roughly 273 feet and hanging in the middle of the sky and ground. A tall structure lets you jump off from its highest point with a large elastic cord attached on your hips. While one is securely held by the rope, the thrill of falling freely and feeling the lightest in those 10 seconds of spine chilling adventure is unbeatable. One could also try bungee jumping in Goa and Rishikesh.
With summer around the corner, get your bags packed and head to the nearest adventure tourism destination in India. Give yourself the much-needed adrenaline rush to break away from the mundane lifestyle of the cities. Tell us what is on your bucket list this summer!