Rishikesh – the best place for white water rafting in India

India has so many adventure sports on offer that you would not need to travel to anywhere else to enjoy a certain kind of adventure sport. There is bungee jumping, white water rafting, skiing, trekking, parasailing, paragliding, snorkeling and deep sea diving to name a few of the adventure sport activity offered in India. Adventure tourism in India is not only popular amongst tourists from all over India but tourists from all over the world visit the country to experience and enjoy these activities.

rafting in Rishikesh is an exotic experience

rafting in Rishikesh is an exotic experience

India, being a vast country, the different kinds of adventure activities is offered in different places. Hence choose a place depending on the kind of adventure activity you would like to try. For instance the best place to go for white water river rafting is Rishikesh. Located in the state of Uttarakhand, in the northern part of India, Rishikesh River rafting is so popular that each year numerous tourists from all around the globe and from India as well come to this place for enjoying this adventure activity sport.

The best time for enjoying this adventure activity is the winters since monsoon season makes the rivers extremely dangerous and the summers can be extremely hot. Thus the winter sees the river banks of Rishikesh filled with camps of tourists waiting to enjoy this adventure sport that offers high amount of adrenaline rush. You can choose to visit alone and join a local river rafting camp or you can also choose to travel with a reputed tour and travel company of India offering a rafting camp tour to Rishikesh.

Rishikesh river rafting camps on the banks of the river

Rishikesh river rafting camps on the banks of the river

There are advantages as well as disadvantages to both the options. If you choose to travel alone you can plan your own itinerary as per your liking and change it anytime during the tour as well. But if you choose to travel with a tour company you would not have to worry about transport or accommodation or any other such issues as everything would be taken care of. Depending on your requirements, you should make your choice. Nevertheless, either way you would be able to enjoy this exotic adventure sport completely.

When traveling to Rishikesh for river rafting camp, you can also visit Hardwar which is very near to this lovely town. There are also stunning hill stations like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Chopta and Auli in Uttarakhand that you can visit as well depending on the time you have.

The various adventure activities in India

There are such varied tourist destinations in India that you would not only be spoilt for vacation spots but would be overwhelmed by the choices. There are places that are astoundingly beautiful and then there are places that are well known for the varied adventure sports offered. The differing cultures, languages, attires and cuisines of India are fascinating in itself as well. Hence you can say that India is one country that has something to offer for every kind of tourist with different kinds of interests. For instance, if seaside is what attract you there are beautiful scenic locales like Goa, Chennai and so on.

Similarly if you are into adventure sports and prefer trekking over the other kinds, the best place for you to travel to in India would be Himachal Pradesh. This is one state that offers stunningly picturesque natural beauty along with several different kinds of adventure activities. There are places around Manali like Solang valley where you can avail the adventure activities like paragliding, zorbing as well as trekking. Since there is no dearth of travel places in India, you can also choose to travel to other locations for similar adventure activities. But what is unique about India is that the same Himalayan mountain range would look different from different parts and each sight is equally mesmerizing.

trekking in Manali is a popular adventure activity in India

trekking in Manali is a popular adventure activity in India

If you are looking to enjoy water sports like parasailing, you should visit Goa and for activities like snorkeling as well as deep sea diving, pack your bags to leave for the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Bungee jumping is another popular adventure activity in India pursued by youngsters mostly. This popular adventure sport is offered in many places, including Himachal Pradesh. One of the most fascinating adventure activities that is extremely famous in India and attracts tourists from all over the world as well as all over India is white water rafting. The best place to travel to for a great fun river rafting experience is Rishikesh.

bungee jumping is another popular adventure activity in India

bungee jumping is another popular adventure activity in India

Hence you see that India is a country that has so many adventure activities on offer. Just decide on the kind of adventure activity you would like to try or enjoy and find the best place in India offering it. Traveling to that particular place or accommodation will not be a hindrance since tourism is well promoted in India and hence the transport system as well as accommodation facilities in all popular tourist spots are great.

Enjoy great adventure activities in India

There are many places in India that are most famous for adventure tourism more than anything else. Of course natural beauty is always a bonus when you are traveling in India. India is a country that is particularly blessed and carefully adorned by nature, with the government going the extra mile to promote tourism with the introduction of adventure sports and activities in different parts of the country; India has become even more attractive to tourists from all around the globe. Since India is such a vast country with so many different kinds of locations, the options for adventures sports are varied as well.

From bungee jumping to water sports, from trekking to skiing, from paragliding to parasailing and from deep sea diving to snorkeling, India has the complete range of adventure activities that any place can possibly offer. All you would need to do is decide on the kind of adventure sport that you want to experience or enjoy, find the place that offers that particular adventure sport and just travel to that place. For instance you should travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands if you want to really enjoy snorkeling, the best place for great white water rafting experience is Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and so on.

snorkeling in Andaman is a popular adventure activity in India

snorkeling in Andaman is a popular adventure activity in India

Adventure tourism in India is popular all around the world as well as in India too, especially with the young and the young at heart. There is no age for enjoying the adventure activities in India, even if you are not too keen on the adventure sport activities like bungee jumping or white water rafting, you can try angling or zorbing which are equally great but without the risks. The adventure activities like paragliding, parasailing and deep sea diving are done for the accompanying adrenaline rush but angling and zorbing are completely safe yet equally enjoyable. Although the apparent risky adventure sports like bungee jumping too are completely safe in India.

opt for bunjee jumping as an adventure activity in India

opt for bunjee jumping as an adventure activity in India

Every single location that offer adventure activities have great accommodations and are well connected to the major cities of India as well as the world. Hence traveling to the place of your choice will not be an issue and neither would be finding a proper accommodation. Just make sure that if your chosen location is a well known tourist spot like Goa which is famous for water sports, book your accommodation in advance. Once all these are set, enjoy your trip.

Enjoy an exciting adventure trip in north India

The northern part of India is most famous among tourists for the presence of the Himalayan mountain range but north India has to offer is so much more than that. North India also has a number of wonders in terms of historical architectures, a famous large desert as well as national reserve parks. In fact the best tourist places in north India does not only include the mountainous places and hill stations like Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh but is also home to one of the wonders of the world Taj Mahal in Agra, the desert area in Rajasthan and national parks like Corbett National Park in Nainital.

the beautiful hill stations of north India

the beautiful hill stations of north India

North India is the place to go if you are especially looking for adventure trips India apart from and along with the beautiful historical places as well as the stunning natural locales. And adventure trips include, desert safari, national park safari, trekking tours, skiing, white water rafting and paragliding. All these and more are possible when you go on an adventure trip to the north of India. All you would need to do is as per your liking; you would have to choose the place for your trip. For instance the best place for trekking, skiing and paragliding is Himachal Pradesh as well as Kashmir.

white water rafting in Rishikesh

white water rafting in Rishikesh

If you are keener on white water rafting though, Himachal Pradesh has places where you can enjoy the adrenaline rush with this adventure sports, but the best place would possibly be Rishikesh in the state of Uttarakhand. For desert safaris, you would of course have to visit the largest desert area in India, the Thar Desert. And for national park safaris there are many options to choose from. Hence just decide on the kind of adventure trip you would like to have and north India has it all for you. You can choose to travel on your own or can also book your tour with a reputed tour and travel company in India.

Regardless of the way you wish to travel or where you opt to go on an adventure trip in north India. Just make sure you have your accommodation booked in advance. Especially if you are traveling during the peak tourist season of that particular place, you would have a hard time getting proper accommodation, if you do not book in advance. The transport system of India is great and hence traveling will surely not be a problem.

Explore the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh

India is a country that is especially blessed by nature. There are such beautiful places in India that people from all parts of the world visit this amazing country but can never get enough of it. A lifetime is not enough to see all that India has in store for tourists. Every part of this country has something to offer, from the majestic Himalayan mountain range on the north to the vast Indian ocean on the south and in between there are sprawling deserts, lush green forests as well as wonders created by man, like the Taj Mahal. One such great place to visit in India is the state of Himachal Pradesh.

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

There are numerous tourist places in Himachal Pradesh since for one thing this state as a whole is stunningly beautiful due to the presence of the snow covered towering Himalayan range. Located at the foot of the Himalayas, this north Indian state receives a large number of tourists every year, both Indians and foreigners alike. Apart from being breathtakingly beautiful, another attraction of Himachal Pradesh is the adventure sports offered here. You can enjoy the adrenaline rush with white water rafting or paragliding or the best of all trekking. There are many trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh that you can enjoy during your trip to this charming hill state.

Skiing and zorbing are also extremely enjoyable adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh but there are only certain places where you can enjoy these adventure activities. On the other hand, trekking can be taken up from any part of Himachal Pradesh since the excellent mountainous terrains provide for the best trekking experiences. You would feel refreshed with a trekking expedition in the Himachal Pradesh due to the pleasant weather, fresh crisp air and the natural beauty slowly unfolding in front of your eyes as you continue your trek. Apart from being an adventure sport, trekking is the best way to explore the surroundings of a mountainous terrain like Himachal Pradesh.

trekking at Himachal Pradesh

trekking at Himachal Pradesh

There are many tour operators in India offering trekking tours to Himachal Pradesh. The best thing about traveling with a tour operator is that for one thing you would not have to worry about anything, from accommodation to transport and another benefit is that you can be a part of an organized trekking expedition. It is a much more fun experience trekking with company to enjoy the beauty than trekking alone.

Bungee Jumping in India

Bungee Jumping has been evolving as one of the most craved adventure sports in India for the past few years and the idea of jumping from great heights with a rope as assurance that you’re not gonna die gives great thrill. Just for few seconds, one can experience the might of gravity and completely give in only to take home one of the greatest gifts of their life-the guts to go for the jump.  While the jump can be done by anybody, only those with guts can return with glory for the cord stretches and rebounds until all the force is exhausted. Those few freaky moments which make your hair on the back of neck stand and give you goosebumps are the defining moments of your life. It can be counted a near death experience when all your hope lies on the tautness of the rope holding you back.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

Although it seems freakingly cool, there are many safety measures that should be taken before performing this act. A professional guide at this jump would definitely ask you to get a medical clearance from your doctor and people who fear heights or having high BP should not undertake this sport. Needless to mention pregnant women and old people.

That said, the seriousness and awesomeness of this adventure is projected duly.

Now comes the question of those adventure spots where you can take up this act. The most famous bungee jumping spot in India is in Rishikesh(Shivpuri) in Uttarakhand where its an 83 metres high bungy, and after the jump, the jumper is lowered to a drop zone in the river of depth just 2 ft.

Another location is in Bangalore at Palace Grounds set up in 2009 by skilled professionals from Australia, NewZealand with a huge crane at a height of 150 metres, and another location is at Kanteerva Stadium, Bangalore which is 80 feet high set up by an adventure sports club called Ozone.

There are also bungee jumping  in Goa which has first been setup in 1999 in Anjuna village which is just 10km away from the Calagunte beach,North Goa. This bungee is 80 feet tall and there’ s an inflated airbag in the drop zone.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping in Anjuna Village,Goa

Another such adventure spot can be found in Delhi; i.e. 40km away from Delhi at Damdama Lake which is at a height of 43 meters. Trained officials from Germany and military cords are used in there to ensure safety of the jumper.

All in all, bungee jumping is an exhilarating experience, but not for weak hearts.

Trekking in the Heart of India

The heart of the country, Madhya Pradesh is known for its culture and breathtakingly beautiful historical places of visit. Located in the central part of the country and the Satpura, Vindhya ranges running through west of the state, it makes up a perfect adventure spot for the adrenaline filled adventurers.  Although the tourism industry of this state is not well-developed, there are many facilities available to go and enjoy the trip hassle free. There are many trekking locations in this state.

Firstly, if you are looking for a short trek trip, there’s always Sanchi Bike Trek and Raisen Bike Trek, for which you would be roaming all around Bhopal and Sanchi, Raisen Fort.

There’s also another option of going to Bandhavgarh National Park. This forest is a small one, but the wildlife, flora and fauna here gives you the best wildlife experience ever. And trekking through the jungle is a fun-filled activity especially when you are in a group. Kanha  National Park Treks are also noteworthy in this context provided you can spare a good 5-7 days for the activity. You would be coming back with a lot of first-hand adventure filled experiences.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

When there’s ample of time, you can always try the most adventurous Pachmarhi & Satpura Wildlife Trek. Pachmarhi is the one and only hill station of the state which is also called as “Satpura ki Rani”is at an altitude of 1000 m, and the highest point in the central region of India and the paradise for trekkers of Pachmarhi is Dhupgarh, which is at an altitude of 1100 m.

Panchmarhi Valley

Panchmarhi Valley

Pachmarhi is not a big happening area, but tourists can find decent accommodations in the civil area throughout the year. Due to forests of Satpuras and the rivers, this place is an abode for various kinds of rare flora and fauna.  The trekkers can start from the famed Pandava caves, which are named after the five Pandava kings, and these caves consist of ancient paintings dating back to 10,000 years. From Pandava Caves to Dhupgarh, stopping near the Big Falls waterfalls to get the panoramic view of the hills, one would never forget the trek once they reach the highest point.

Amarkantak is another place where you can test your mountaineering skills and give fodder to those adventure-filled bones. Its picturesque and scenic beauty has made many travelers fall in love. This is a pilgrim town and is soon being developed as a hill-station owing to the mountains and scenic beauty.

Amarkantak Forests

Amarkantak Forests

 

Sikkim: A True Paradise for Trekking Enthusiasts!

In the northern region of India lies an undisclosed land nestled in the lap of Himalayas-Sikkim! Bestowed with sublime natural beauty and rejuvenating climate, Sikkim is among the most-sought after destinations among travelers from all corners of the world. Besides being a hot-spot for nature lovers, the state is one of the favorite spots for trekkers, India. As you pass through the gorges and valleys, the magnetic beauty of the marvelous mountains unfolds before your eyes. The sense of crisp and fresh air lingering in the surroundings of Sikkim while trekking is just fabulous.

alluring view of Sikkim Himalayas

The place is endowed with many trekking routes and trek to Kangcendzonga is known to be the most challenging of all, but provides an excellent opportunity to explore the amazing vistas of nature in its best form. Namchi, also the district headquarters of the state offers brilliant views of majestic Kangchendzonga Mountain and is the perfect base for short treks. Another easy yet short trek in Sikkim is the Barsai Rhododendron Sanctuary, which is also home to hemlock, silver fir, rhododendron and magnolia. The trekking trail from Dzongri to Goecha La will offer you with the most spectacular vistas of nature along with the reflection of Kanchendzonga in the stunning glacial lakes.

trekker taking rest at Sikkim's trails

Each trekking route in Sikkim will unveil different natural wonders bestowed upon this magical land. Trekking enthusiasts can plan their trip in the months of March to May and September to December. Trekking amidst the splendid mountains, gorgeous orchids and colorful birds and butterflies will surely make you go head over heels for this beautiful jewel of north east India. These trekking routes pass through the captivating gompas, interesting alpine forests and colorful hamlets, giving numerous opportunities to explore the sights and sounds of the region. So, next time when you ponder over spots for trekking, India, do give a though to the spectacular Sikkim!

French Trekkers Go Missing Even After 11 Days

Despite of all the efforts, the rescue teams have failed in finding out traces of the two French trekkers who have been missing from Triund near Dharamshala during their trekking expedition since past 11 days. Besides sending the rescue and ground search teams, Kangra administration has even launched an air rescue operation, but due to the hostile weather conditions the search is getting hampered. Now, they have come up with a plan of rewarding money to the people who can help them in finding out hints about the trekkers.

trekkers on their way

Owing to the challenging terrain and hostile weather condition, the survival chances become less with the each passing day. As the area is experiencing bad weather conditions from past three days, the air search as well as ground search operations could not be conducted in an effective way.

Two French nationals, Francois Xavier Camille (20) and Marcel Gorges (21) went missing from the Trinud trek area, which is the place from where both of them had left for trekking heading to the Dhauladhar ranges while their other colleagues had returned. The trekkers were a part of a field service inter-cultural learning team comprising of 32 members and had been on a visit to the school located at Naddi village close to McLeodganj. The trek commenced on August 19 and was supposed to return on August 21, but two of them went missing since the same day.

Trekkers on the routes of Nepal

As no tracing effort has been successful, reward money would be announced to anyone giving information about the missing French trekkers. Also, the French Embassy officials will meet the Kangra police officials at Dharamshala on Monday. As per Kangra ASP Mohit Chawala, three different routes have been identified in for finding them out and two teams; one team comprising of 12 members including police officials and another team of 10 trekkers hired by the French Embassy, are patrolling for the French trekkers. He further said that the bad weather conditions on Saturday kept the two Army choppers grounded whereas the air search was conducted on Sunday till noon as the weather conditions became unfavorable after that.

Mountain Biking in India: Adventure at its Best!!

If you are also bitten by the bug of adventure sports, mountain biking is definitely your cup of tea! Catching up trend in India, it is one of the exciting adventure activities offering great challenges to even the fittest of adventure junkies. Driving bicycle on the rugged and unbeaten tracks of high altitude mountains is completely an out-of-the-world experience! Though cycling on the hillocks and foothills is a thrilling experience, one should be really careful with the increasing level of altitudes.

Biker passing through the rugged terrains

Bestowed with numerous rugged trails, India is among the favorite destinations for adventure sports. Mountain biking in the regions of Himalayas is a dream and passion for cycling enthusiasts. Adventure, thrill and fun are guaranteed here! The rugged tracks along with the unadulterated natural surroundings and less trafficked roads would leave you with lifetime memories. Besides riding in the Himalayan regions, Himachal Pradesh is yet another fascinating destination to get indulged in mountain biking. This Indian state is widely acclaimed for offering scenic vistas of stunning natural beauty and picture-perfect locations. Cyclists can taste the real thrill of this adventure sport by covering the remote valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in the state. Nalagarh-Manali is one of the popular mountain biking routes in Himachal.

bikers passing across the mountainous routes

The northeastern part of India is a true haven for trekkers, campers, cyclists and hikers. Sikkim, the shining star of the northern region of the country is known for offering several challenging tracks to the mountain biking enthusiasts. It is among the popular adventure sports in Sikkim and adventurers from all across the world flock here for riding along the rugged terrains. Apart from north India, South India is also a paradise for adventure freaks! The mountainous terrains of Kerala offer enough of opportunities to enjoy this adventure sport. Riding over the unfamiliar paths while exploring the unspoiled beauty of nature is bliss for cycling lovers!