Last Updated: August 23, 2019 Nidhi Singh
Craving for a head rush? Want to feel the blood pumping through your veins? Then, let me tell you, my fellow travelers, India is the place where you need to be right now. Endowed with aesthetic destinations, India is on the verge of becoming the capital of adventure tourism. The global adventure tourism market contributes to around $1.34 trillion and India holds a significant amount of share. If you have been longing to cross a few things off your bucket list, India has a lot more to offer than you know. Under the tagline of “Atithi Devo Bhava” that compares guests to God, Indian folks really make your visit worthwhile. So, without further ado, let’s plan your next adventure trip in these following aesthetic destinations in India.
1. It’s time to be a fish at Andaman
The deep crystal-clear blue waters of Andaman are a truly magical place for scuba diving. The diverse marine life of Andaman gives you a lifetime experience of exploring the unknown worlds of the sea. From colorful coral reefs to scorpion fish and from sharks to octopus, you’ll get to swim around the most fascinating creatures of the Mother Earth. The major diving sites in Andaman include The Wall (Havelock Island), Fish Rock (Passage Island), and Cinque Island (Port Blair).
2. Beat the high rapids at Uttarakhand
If river rafting has been on your bucket list, head straight to Rishikesh, which is the river rafting capital of India. The holy waters of Ganga splashing on your face give you the ultimate experience of rebirth that one must encounter before dying. The Ganga river offers the speed of grade IV, making the ride more adventurous. While rafting the river, you can have the glittering view of Himalayas. If you’re concerned with your safety, no worries, you will be accompanied by professional rafters, who would guide your raft and are prepared for any worst-case scenario.
3. Have a bird’s-eye view at Jaipur
Jaipur could be a paradise for an adventure junkie. With the bewitching view of sunset sky above and the bird’s-eye view of the Pink City below, you can safely enjoy the adventure of a hot air balloon. Once you enter into the balloon, you’ll get immersed into the colors of the city and truly live the life of a free bird. The enormous palaces and historical places that you can view from a top angle is one of the most mesmerizing experiences that Jaipur gladly offers. The rides are usually arranged for two hours prior to sunrise or two hours after sunset, giving you a perfect background for your #nofilter Instagram posts.
4. Walk over a frozen lake at Ladakh
What would be better than walking over a frozen lake to give yourself the adrenaline rush? The Chadar trek is now recognized as the best trek in India. Frozen Chadar trek gives the unprecedented view, the cold temperature, ancient caves, and thrill of walking over the everchanging frozen lake. The trek is during the period when the temperature across Ladakh drops down below zero, making it “must-do-before-you-die” trip. However, global warming has made its mark on the lake. So, it is advisable to check the forecast before you set out for the trek.
5. Hang upside down at Rishikesh
Safety? Check! Awesome view? Check! Shot of adrenaline? Double check!
Just imagine, you are standing on a platform that is 83 meters high and then you’ll take the plunge toward the ground and then hang in between the sky and the earth. If this doesn’t come under your list of adventures, I don’t know what will! At Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh, you can experience bungee jumping from the highest platform in India. Sadly, you have to be at least 12 years old and weigh more than 35 kg and less than 120 kg. You can book your adventure online to avoid any probable delay.
6. Experience dune bashing at Jaisalmer
If you’re green with envy seeing the people in Dubai experience dune bashing, you’ll be thrilled to know that there is a place in India, where you can let loose your adventure devil. If you’re not familiar with the concept, just imagine you’re sitting inside an SUV that is led in the desert so that you can enjoy the adventure of experience the dashing of sand coming your way. You can enjoy dune bashing at Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer and live as if you’re on a stunt show.
7. Fly like an eagle at Mysore
No bucket list is complete without the addition of skydiving. At Mysore, you can live the life of an eagle and look at the earth with the most unadulterated height from the sky. However, before you jump off an airplane, you’ll get trained and get acquainted with the safety procedures. There are three jump types, including Tandem, Solo, and License. The Tandem jump is the most popular training for the newbie adventurers and its height is from 6,000 ft to 10,000 ft. Moreover, it requires minimal instructions to the diver. On the other hand, other jumps need professional training to ensure safety.
8. Let loose your inner biker
If you’re tired of riding your bike through the unending traffic of your city, try the roads that join Manali and Leh. A bike trip to Himalayan regions offers you the most majestic view of snow-covered mountains and sapphire lakes. The bike trek starts from Manali, the town situated at the banks of Beas river and the road to Leh would include the most hypnotic route including Khardungla pass, which is regarded as the world’s elevated motorbike street that guarantees head rush for any enthusiastic bike rider.
9. Skiing at Gulmarg
For adrenaline junkies, skiing is the most thrilling adventure there is. The high peaks and glittering snow at Gulmarg are an ideal place for skiing and other fun activities. The ski hill in Gulmarg is serviced by Gondola where the lift tip is around 4,000 meters with the view of the summit of Mt. Apharwat. The necessary equipment is provided at the local shops of Gulmarg. However, beginners must undergo training under the guidance of experts. Moreover, Pahalgam is another mesmerizing destination for skiing. The increasing popularity of skiing and a rise in tourism has opened many adventure sports in Gulmarg, including Heli-skiing.
10. Experience caving at Meghalaya
North-Eastern region of India holds the most aesthetic places for explorers. At Meghalaya, you can travel back to time while exploring the ancient caves and beautiful waterfalls. Caving in Meghalaya is the most majestic adventure one can have. The Jaintia Hills and the Khasi Hills are the most favorite tourists’ spots that offer you the most thrilling caving experience. The best time to visit Meghalaya is from December to March. Additionally, you can stay at Mawphlang for the most beautiful view and travel by buses and tourist coaches to various caves.
Published: 17 May, 2019