Traveling is a wonderful mixture of fun, recreation and self-exploration. When travelling combines with adventure, the result is a magical combination of the two. When it comes to adventure travel, India’s geographical location makes it a fulfilling destination for travellers. Along with some natural adventure destinations like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, India is also well equipped with artificial adventure spots like Goa and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
For those looking for a hot-shot adventure travel destination in India, I have compiled a fresh account of some destinations that you just cannot afford to miss during your vacations. Are you one of those who get an adrenaline rush when they think about adventure sports? If your answer to this question is yes, you are going to love this read.
Uttarakhand is known to be the most ‘unspoilt’ travel destination in India. Marked with majestic rivers finding their way through the Himalayas, this place is a treat for the adventure sport lovers. Mountaineering and River Rafting are among the most popular adventure sports in Uttarakhand. Snow covered mountains and rocky hills in Uttarakhand make this place highly appropriate for mountaineering and climbing activities.
Rishikesh, a district in Uttarakhand, is widely popular for river rafting and attracts a huge number of visitors on a regular basis. Among other sports, ski rafting [ie skiing then rafting in a single package], hiking, and rock climbing are offered in the Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. In the Auli region of this state, national and international skiing competitions are also held during the summer season.
This Union Territory of India has recently become one of the most exotic places for adventure sport lovers. Famous for its virgin beaches, Andaman Island offers some irresistible scuba diving options. Havelock Island in Andaman is popularly known as the ‘paradise for scuba divers’. Pollution free air, untouched marine life with a wide range of fishes and crystal clear blue water are some of the noted characteristics that add to the beauty of this place.
Arunachal Pradesh: Treks That You Cannot Miss
Arunachal Pradesh offers a rare and wild experience of trekking and adventure caving. Bomdila Dirang Trek, Twang Mago Trek and Se La Nuranang Trek are the most popular trekking spots in Arunachal Pradesh. What enhances the trekking experience in this north-eastern state is the exotic presence of flora and fauna all around. Twang Monastery is another superb tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh. It is perched at 10,000 feet above the sea level.
If you are someone who loves river rafting, Arunachal Pradesh will not disappoint you at all. The stretch along the Kameng Pass through Kameng George offers White Water River rafting in Arunachal Pradesh.
Goa: Water Sports Hub
Are you looking for water sports in India?
If yes, then Goa is the perfect destination for you. There are over 100 adventure sports operators in Goa and they can offer you almost every water sport available in India.
Adventure sports like Jet skiing, scuba diving; parasailing, snorkelling, fishing and hiking are readily available for tourists on the beaches of Goa. The Goa Hiking Association also organizes a National Trekking Expedition during the months of October-November. Baga Beach in Goa is also known for its exotic night life and is a must visit spot in Goa.
Himachal Pradesh: Where adventure combines with serenity
Himachal Pradesh is home to some of the best known rivers in the Himalayas, namely Chandrabhaga, Bhagirathi, Sutlej and Ravi. These rivers make white water rafting a wonderful experience in Himachal Pradesh. In fact, it is believed that white water rafting in these mighty rivers is a challenging task and usually attracts professionals. Among other places, Manali and Kullu are also popular for various water sport and kayaking options in the Himalayas.
For those who are passionate about rock climbing, Dharamshala and Manali are the ultimate destinations for them. Himachal Pradesh is also a better option because of its proximity to the national capital as it is just 14 hours away from Delhi.
The above mentioned are the best adventure travel destinations in India. These places can promise you an experience that you might have never had in your life before. One can blindly choose any of these destinations as all of them are well connected through railways, buses and flights. However, there are a few precautions that one should keep in mind before moving ahead. I suggest you to be careful of clothes while packing as temperature drops drastically at night in places like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. So, go prepared and make the best out of your adventure trip.
Rohit is a traveller by interest and a writer by profession at TransIndia Travels. He is extremely fond of adventure sports and looks for them wherever he goes. He believes that travelling is a very important part of human development and everyone should pursue it.