Best Places in India for Adventure
Looking for adrenaline rush? If its the adventure that is your calling and if you are planning a holiday in India then we could suggest you some of the best places in India for adventure sports.
India is one of those few countries which offer something for all sorts of adventure seekers. India invites all kinds of adrenaline junkies for thrilling adventure sports such as trekking, hiking, hang-gliding, scuba diving, hot-air ballooning, white water rafting, water skiing and snow skiing.
From the mighty Himlayas, great Thar desert, Rann of Kutch to the tropical Islands of Andaman and Lakshadweeep., there’s something for everyone when it comes to adventure sports in India..
So if its activities such as mountaineering, trekking, rafting, rock climbing and water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking that you are looking for here’s the list of best places in India for adventure sports.
Leh & Manali – Motorcycle Trip to Ladakh
A motorbike trip to Ladakh is the ultimate challenge for adventurous bikers. The high altitude, the harsh climate, the rough terrains, and the narrow roads make it difficult to travel in Ladakh. Home to the world’s highest motorable road, Ladakh is the ultimate travel destination for adventurous motorcyclists.
The best motorbike to travel on the rough roads of Ladakh is the famous Royal Enfield. It is a powerful cruiser bike, and it works perfectly on the rough roads and harsh climate of Ladakh. The popularity has led to the development of a number of strong biking communities that organize trips to Leh-Ladakh every year. Every year a number of tour operators organize motorbike tours to Ladakh and usually involve travelling 2400 kilometers in 15 days.
Khardung La – Mountain Biking
Khardungla Pass is the most famous pass among the tourist circuit. This pass has the highest motorable road in the world. It is situated at a height of 18,380 feet, on an earlier silk trade route which connects Leh to Nubra Valley.
Today, this highest mountain pass has immense military importance to India as it connects Siachen Glacier to Leh. Biking Tours in Ladakh generally involve a 12 to 13-day bike ride, which takes you to the steep hills, astounding glaciers and snow-capped Himalayan glaciers. Even if you are a regular and an experienced driver, you have to be physically fit to try hands at biking on the rough and rugged Indian terrains.
Besides, you also need to have a control over the speed. While riding on the Indian mountainous region, going uphill seems to be more challenging.
Alchi Indus River Rafting
River-rafting in Leh Ladakh is a fun-filled and wonderful experience. Floating in the roaring & rapid river streams, enriching & exciting experience and riverside views of heavenly landscapes, all these factors complete the enriching experiences of White Water Rafting.
Perfect camp-sites could also be seen and decided during river rafting.The White Water in Indus river has rapids generally of I & II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids.
The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo, from Upshi to Kharu and from Upshi to Nimo. The river, which originates in Tibet, tumbles down through Ladakh, past Leh, and then passes into Pakistan.
River Rafting in Ladakh takes you through its picturesque landscape, consisting of deep canyons, towering snow-covered peaks, hilltop monasteries, hillside villages and unique wildlife.
Angling in Lidder River, Pahalgam
Pahalgam also known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, Angling is famous for its cold climate and green meadows with stream of water flowing through the middle of the valleys. It is an angler’s paradise where even amateurs can manage a fair catch of trout from silvery streams. Trout Fishing in Lidder River is quite popular sport in Pahalgam.
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The department of fisheries supervises the angling to maintain the ecological balance of the species. Anglers must buy or hire the angling equipment such as rod, reel, flies, net basket and long boots from the shop.
Ladakh – Markha Valley Trek
Markha Valley is usually covered with a thick layer of snow and has become the first choice for all the trekkers in India. Even the tourists coming from other countries, love to go alongside the wild roses and Tibetan Prayer Flags.
The place is inhabited by a few nomadic people. When it comes to trekking, the renowned Markha is well-connected to other trekking trails such as Zanskar River, Stok Kangri, Ganda La, Gongmaru La, Hemis and other small Ladakhi villages. These trails lead one to the gorges, barley and mustard fields. The high altitude places of Markha Valley offer spectacular views of the Karakoram Range.
Bir & Billing – Hot Favorite for Paragliding
One of the easiest ways in India to fly like a bird, Paragliding is the most adventurous sports in the world and becoming popular day by day. The level of interest, the heart for adventure and the level of interest adventure that one has for Paragliding decides whether you are fit for this sport or not.
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Touted as Paragliding country, Bir Billing are the best places to visit for hand gliding & paragliding. Every year the World Paragliding Championship is organized in Bir Billing which attracts adventure lovers from all over the world.
Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh is a perfect synonym for adventure. It involves falling from a height of around 120 to 700 feet and bunging up & down. It is a definite act for those who dare to live on the edge of thrill and excitement. In Bungee Jumping, you are tied on ankles with a long elastic cordis and are asked to jump off a huge height. The adrenaline rush that you get while falling down until the elastic and snaps back up will surely remain etched in your memories.
White Water Rafting in River Ganges
Depending upon your ability and energy level, White Water Rafting allows you to challenge the adventure streak in you. Roaring river Ganges pass through the town and offer superb rafting opportunities. It would not be an overstatement to say that Rishikesh is a Mecca for all water sports fans who come here to pursue their passion for river rafting.
Several private companies provide safety features and other facilities for river rafting in Rishikesh. The water current in the region ranges from slow to mild, which makes it more exciting and thrilling.
Valley of Flowers with Hemkund Sahib – Trekking
One of the best places in India for adventure could never be complete without the mention of the awe inspiring Valley of Flower in Uttarakhand.It is also a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site in India.
Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib are two different places in the Garhwal Himalayas. Valley of Flowers is an exotic valley spread over 87.5 square kilometers and the most happening trekking destination for the adventure enthusiast. Here one can indulge in various adventure activities such as short walks, rock climbing and mountaineering.
This place has got all the ingredients to be called the best trekking destination in India. While Valley of Flowers is the paradise of nature lovers, Hemkund Sahib is an important pilgrimage of Sikhs and Hindus.
It is located near the ‘Valley of Flowers’ at an altitude of 3050 meters. The beautifully shaped holy Gurudwara near the lake’s edge is visited by large number of pilgrims from all over the world. It is believed that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs meditated and united with God at this place.
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Shillong – Waterfall Rappelling at Elephant Falls
Located just 10 kilometers away, outside the Shillong City, The Elephant Falls offer a unique sight wherein the water column carves out its way. The city is bestowed with some quintessential facilities for sightseeing such as the Ward Lake and the Botanical Garden.
The beauty of Meghalaya Elephant Falls is increased manifold by the two falls- the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. The Elephant Falls at Meghalaya solely holds the attraction of Upper Shillong.