10 Adventure Sports to indulge in Incredible India!

10 Adventure Sports to indulge in Incredible India!

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White water river rafting in India

World-famous for its mystical beauty, what most travellers don’t know about India is that it’s the perfect destination for adventure sports, thanks to its diverse geography!

India’s mountainous north is home to beautiful skiing resorts, alpine passes that are a trekker’s dream, and plenty of challenging mountaineering expeditions. Down south, the Indian peninsula boasts of scenic beaches and islands that are perfect for sea diving, and water sports. The Thar Desert in western India offers desert safaris and camping under the stars, while the jungles of India’s hinterland continue to fascinate botanists, zoologists, and wildlife enthusiasts. The lesser-known North-east India is blessed with misty mountains, waterfalls, deep caves and quaint villages. 

Adventure sports in India
Paragliding in India

It’s almost as if the country is tailor-made for adventure seekers! Let’s take a look at the wide array of adventure sports that India has to offer.

Check out top 10 adventures sports to enjoy in Incredible India!

1. Mountaineering in India

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Mountaineering in India

When it comes to mountaineering, India’s mighty Himalayas are the base for some of the most challenging mountaineering expeditions. Even though Nepal is more famous for its mountaineering, India is ideal for beginners willing to learn the ropes of mountaineering.

Some of the best mountain peaks for mountaineering in India are

  • Stok Kangri, Mentok Kangri, Nun Kun, Kang Yatze (Ladakh)
  • Hanuman Tibba, Dharamsura (Himachal)
  • Kamet, Trishul, Nanda Devi East (Uttrakhand)

2. High-altitude trekking in India

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High altitude trekking in India

India’s mountainous regions are a trekker’s delight. The high altitude treks of India offer unmatched scenic views of the mighty Himalayas, picture-perfect valleys filled with lush green meadows, unspoilt jungles, alpine lakes, permafrost glaciers, tough mountain passes, and mighty rivers.

Some of the best treks to enjoy in India are 

  • Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River, Stok Kangri Trek, and Great Lakes Trek (Kashmir)
  • Roopkund Trek, Valley of Flower Trek, Gomukh Tapovan Trek, and Nanda Devi East Base Camp (Uttrakhand)
  • Pin Parvati Pass Trek, and Hampta Pass Trek (Himachal)
  • Goecha-La Trek (Sikkim)

3. Skiing and winter sports in India

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Skiing in India

Skiing and winter sports enthusiasts will have an incredible time in India’s mountainous north. One can also try winter sports like heli-skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, ice climbing, snow sledging, and glacier exploration in India

Some of the premier skiing destinations in India are 

  • Auli (Uttarakhand),
  • Gulmarg and Sonamarg (Kashmir)
  • Manali, Rohtang Pass (Himachal) 
  • Yumthang Valley (Sikkim) 

4. White water river rafting in India

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River Rafting in India

India’s mighty rivers originate and tumble down with huge force from the Himalayas, moving through the fertile plains to finally spill into the seas. These mighty mountainous rivers provide exhilarating river rafting adventures featuring Grade I to Grade V rapids.

Some of the best and challenging river rafting in India are

  • Indus River Rafting (Ladakh)
  • Beas and Spiti River (Himachal)
  • Ganga, Yamuna, and Bhagirat (Uttrakhand)
  • Lohit and Kameng Rivers (Arunachal) 
  • Teesta River (Sikkim) 

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5. Paragliding in India

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Paragliding in India

Paragliding in India is a highly rewarding experience. Soaring and gliding above the valleys and getting a bird’s eye views of the sprawling scenic beauty that India has to offer, makes it worthwhile! Bir Billing, a small village in Himachal Pradesh, is already world famous for its paragliding and has also hosted the first ever world cup for paragliding.

Some of the best paragliding spots in India are

  • Bir Billing, Manali and Rohtang Pass (Himachal)
  • Nainital and Ranikhet (Uttrakhand) 
  • Shillong (Meghalaya)
  • Gangtok (Sikkim)
  • Bangalore (Karnataka) 
  • Arambol Beach (Goa)

6. Skydiving in India

 

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Skydiving in India is steadily gaining prominence among the adventure sports enthusiasts of both India and abroad. India’s skydiving adventure sports facilities are still in the nascent stage but the country has no shortage of skydiving options.

Top-5 places to indulge in Tandem skydiving, static skydiving or solo skydiving in India are

  • Mysore (Karnataka)
  • Dhana (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Deesa (Gujrat)
  • Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu) 
  • Hyderabad (Telangana)

7. Scuba Diving in India

 

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India is blessed with a long coastline comprising fine sand beaches, rocky coast, mudflats and marshlands. This vast coastline and its beautiful islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep are blessed with unspoilt coral reefs, abundant marine ecology, shipwrecks and world class diving spots. Goa, the highly popular beach & party destination is also popular for scuba diving and snorkelling in India.

Some of the best scuba diving adventures in India are

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Lakshadweep Islands
  • Pondicherry
  • Kerala
  • Vishakhapatnam 
  • Netrani Island (Karnataka) 
  • Tarkali (Maharashtra) 

8. Water sports in India

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Parasailing in India

India offers plenty of water sports throughout its long coastline. Goa is the main hub watersports destination where once can enjoy para-sailing, jet skiing, yachting, kite surfing, sea surfing, wakeboarding, etc. Kayaking and Canoeing are also quite popular in India.

The best places to enjoy watersports in India are

  • Kerala
  • Karnataka
  • Kashmir
  • Uttrakhand
  • West Bengal
  • Lakshadweep
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands 

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9. Bungee jumping in India

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Enjoy the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping in India and be part of amazing exhilarating adventure sports. Bungee jumping in India is gaining increasing popularity among domestic and international tourist. In India, you can enjoy different bungee jumping experiences like soaring above a mighty river in Rishikesh or jumping from a 40-meter-high platform at a popular beach of Goa

Enjoy some of the best thrilling bungee jumping adventures in India at these places

  • Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh (Uttrakhand)
  • Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Anjuna Beach (Goa)
  • Lonavala (Maharashtra)
  • Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh)

10. Spelunking in India

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Spelunking in India

Spelunking or caving is increasingly gaining popularity in India and has emerged as a new avenue of adventure sports in India. Spelunking in India is mostly concentrated in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Over 1000 unexplored caves are available for caving adventures and some of them remain unexplored and unreachable due to their locations. 

The best places for caves exploring and spelunking in India are 

  • Krem Liat Prah (Meghalaya)
  • Krem Kotsati (Meghalaya)
  • Krem Puri (Meghalaya)
  • Siju Cave (Meghalaya)
  • Belum Cave (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Borra Cave (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Kailash Cave (Chhattisgarh)
  • Kotumsar Cave (Chhattisgarh)

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