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15 Breathtaking Destination in India for Your Inner Adventure Devil

Craving for a head rush? Want to feel the blood pumping through your veins? Then, let me tell you, my fellow travellers, 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. From water sports activities like river rafting, kayaking, surfing and scuba diving to hard-core adventurous activities like trekking, bungee jumping, hot air balloon riding, skydiving and some exceptional activities like wildlife spotting, dune bashing, skiing and many more, India’s diverse sources of adventure tourism makes it a hotspot for years. 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 to the following aesthetic destinations in India.

List of top 15 Adventure Destinations of India-

Activities/Destination Best Time to Experience
Scuba Diving in Andaman Island October to April
River Rafting in Rishikesh October to April
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Jaipur April to June
Frozen River Trek in Leh January to February
Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh March to April and September to November
Dune Bashing in Jaisalmer November to February
Skydiving in Mysore October to February
Biking on Manali-Leh Highway June to September
Skiing in Gulmarg January to February
Caving in Meghalaya November to February
Tiger Safari in Madhya Pradesh March to June
Trekking to Sandakphu November to February
Camping in Coorg October to February
Spotting Asian Lions in Gir March to June
Surfing in Goa October to March

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It’s Time to be a Fish at Andaman

Andaman- Scuba Diving in 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).

Also Read: 15 Best Places to Visit in Andaman

Beat the High Rapids at Uttarakhand

River Rafting in Rishikesh

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.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

Have a Bird’s-Eye View at Jaipur

Jaipur - Hot Air Balloon Safari

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.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Jaipur

Walk Over a Frozen Lake at Ladakh

Ladakh - Chadar Trek

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.

Also Read: Adventure Tourism in Ladakh

Hang Upside Down at Rishikesh

Bungee Jumping 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.

Also Read: Must Visit Places in Rishikesh

Experience Dune Bashing at Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes, Thar Desert 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.

Also Read: Top Tourist Places in Jaisalmer

Fly Like an Eagle at Mysore

Mysore - Skydiving in 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.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Mysore

Let Loose Your Inner Biker

Ladakh Biking

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.

Also Read: Road Trip from Delhi to Ladakh Via Srinagar & Kargil

Skiing at Gulmarg

Gulmarg- Skiing in 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.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Gulmarg

Experience Caving at Meghalaya

Meghalaya Caves

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.

Also Read: Best Places to Explore in Meghalaya

Experience a Thrilling Tiger Safari at Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh Tiger

Experiencing a tiger safari in the forests of Madhya Pradesh is undeniably counted as one of the most memorable adventure activities to do in India. Sounds thrilling right? Madhya Pradesh is a state in Central India, which is blessed with innumerable verdant forests along with an opulent collection of wildlife. The thrill of spotting them, especially Royal Bengal tigers, white tigers, leopards, sambar, sloth bear and many more wonderful birds in national parks like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench etc. will definitely make you fall in love with Indian wildlife. The safari trips can be easily booked online in advance and if you get special permission, you can explore the forests for the whole day.

Also Read: Adventure Tourism in Madhya Pradesh

Trek to Sandakphu at West Bengal

Sandakphu - Kanchenjunga Mountain View

Do you want to see the magical views of the four highest peaks of the world altogether from the same place? And, that too from the highest peak of West Bengal? Make a plan for the Sandakphu trek. To let you know about this action-packed trek to the peak, Sandakphu is the highest peak of Singalila ridge, located in Darjeeling, West Bengal and the trail of this trek passes through Singalila National Park, small hamlets of the Himalayas in India and Nepal. When you reach the peak at a height of 3,636 metres after hiking against all the steep trails and picturesque landscapes, the magical views of Sleeping Buddha, the whole range of Mt. Kangchenjunga will make you speechless. If you get lucky, you might see the other three highest peaks in the world such as Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from Sandakphu.

Also Read: West Bengal Tourism Guide

Stay in a Camp at Coorg

Coorg- Dubare Elephant Camp Boat Ride

You wake up in the morning by listening to the chirping of birds, come out of your tent and see green everywhere around you! Welcome, you are in Coorg, Karnataka. Known as the ‘Scotland of India,’ Coorg is a quaint hill station offering a number of adventure activities and camping in places like Madikeri, Kushalnagar and Dubare Elephant Camp will relax your soul in the lap of nature. Moreover, the trails along the marvels of nature and the stargazing experience at night will make your heart content for sure.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Spot Asiatic Lions at Gir

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

A unique lifetime wildlife experience – spotting the Asiatic lions in Gir National Park, Gujarat. Only home to the Asiatic lion in India, Gir National Park spreads across an area of 1,412 square kilometres. The sanctuary was set up in 1965 and since the 1960s, the population of the species has been increasing. Along with lion sightings at the Devalia Safari Park, you will also meet some of the wonderful animals among Gir’s 37 mammal species and myriad birds. As the place attracts throngs of wildlife enthusiasts throughout the year, you have to book your safari way in advance.

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Gir

Experience Surfing at Goa

Surfing at Goa Beaches

You have visited Goa many times to celebrate Christmas or New Year or to enjoy the party vibes the place offers all through the year. But, this time you want to experience adventure in Goa. So, make a plan to go to Goa to learn to surf. Goa is home to a number of surfing schools and some of the beaches are perfect for beginners to get an adrenaline rush going against the waves. To mention, you will find several surfing schools with the best packages on beaches like Ashwem Beach, Arambol Beach and Agonda. However, the surfing season is from October to May and the schools remain closed for the rest of the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are popular adventure getaways to explore in India?

Some of the popular adventure getaways to explore in India are Leh, Gulmarg, Goa, Rishikesh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Gujarat, Mysore and more.

What kind of adventure activities can be done on these getaways?

From water sports activities such as surfing and river rafting to snow activities like skiing and special kinds of activities like wildlife spotting and dune bashing, there is no dearth of adventure activities to do in these getaways.

What is the best time to visit these getaways for adventure activities?

Winter in India is definitely the best time to visit these getaways for adventure activities. However, some of them might require a plan to be made in summer or monsoon.

What are the popular places for white water river adventure in India?

Some of the popular places for white water river adventure in India are Rishikesh, Kullu, Leh-Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Coorg and Maharashtra.

Published: 10 Jan, 2023

About the author

Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.