Adventure sports refer to activities that involve a certain thrill and a certain danger. Skiing, mountaineering, bungee jumping have attracted a large number of followers and are practiced all over the world. Here is a list of the 10 best places in India for adventure sports:
1. Rishikesh (white water rafting)
The ancient city of Rishikesh is perfect for whitewater rafting. Known as the Gateway to the Himalayas, the city is best known for being a famous pilgrimage site and for its various yoga and spiritual centers. It is considered the best place to start a alluring slide on the Ganges, especially between September to December and March to June. Across the towns, there are various rafting camps that offer training and rafting facilities.
2. Auli (skiing)
Located in the state of Uttrakhand in northern India, Auli is one of the main ski destinations in the Himalayas. With its monolithic slopes reaching an altitude of 3,049 meters, it attracts adventure skiers from all over the world. Between December and March is the best time to visit the place.
3. Kasauli (hang gliding)
The town of Kasauli is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, at 1,927 meters above sea level. Although the region is not densely populated, it is one of India’s top tourist attractions and offers some of the best hang-gliding spots in the country.
4. Ladakh (hiking)
Located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is one of India’s top destinations. Some of the most amazing trekking hot spots are given to Laddakh by the various Himalayan mountain ranges and Kunlun mountain ranges that surround the region.
5. Gulmarg (ice climbing)
A popular hill station in India is Gulmarg located in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is located in the middle of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2690 meters above sea level. In winter, the temperature can easily drop below 0 degrees Celsius and ice climbing on the various frozen waterfalls can be practiced here.
6. Andamans (scuba diving)
Territory of the union of India, the group of Andaman and Nicobar islands is considered one of the main seaside destinations in Asia. The beaches are characterized by their white sandy shores and crystal blue waters. Across the islands, various sites facilitate scuba diving and snorkeling. The islands are also famous for the breathtaking view of the coral reefs.
7. Mysore (skydiving)
Skydiving is not a very popular sport in India due to the conservative mindset of the people and the level of risk involved. Mysore, located in the Indian state of Karnataka, is famous as a historic city with various forts and monuments and also for offering a chance to thrill seekers to experience accelerated free falls, skydiving and water jumps.
8. Rishikesh (bungee jumping)
The holy city of Rishikesh is also well known for the various adventure sports it offers. Travelers here can try their luck at bungee jumping, flying foxes, and giant swings.
9. Goa (water sports)
The State of Goa is known around the world to be the seaside capital of India with its various exotic beaches. The sport of water skiing is available at various sites and beaches across the state, as well as training camps to attract new adventurers.
10. Pushkar (hot air balloon)
Pushkar is known as the holiest of all pilgrimage sites in India and is also home to the illustrious Pushkar Camel Fair which attracts a large number of visitors from all over the country and abroad. During the fair, hot air ballooning is also offered and it is perhaps the best way to see the exotic colors of the fair.
India is not very familiar with adventure sports. Surprisingly, extreme adventure sports are usually offered in various cities that are popular as pilgrimage sites. This is a unique combination because it can offer the visitor both a spiritual and exciting experience.