Why waste time sitting and watching Netflix at home when you can go out, And Make Unforgettable Memories by checking out some adventure junkies.
Be it river rafting in Ganga, Rishikesh or trekking in Dodital, India has some best places to experience adventure sports. The beaches, mountains, rivers, desert, oceans, offers a great opportunity for adventure sports.
Instead of planning the same old trip, I and my friends decided this holiday, to seek adventures that brought us closer to the mother nature. Nature indeed is a healer!
So, this holiday pull your socks up and get ready to experience the adrenaline rush to explore some of these adventure sports in India, if you are an adventure junkie like me.
a. BIR BILLING, HIMACHAL PRADESH
They say that destination doesn’t matter, it’s the journey that matters but what if your destination is the sky! With a phenomenal view of the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas and green valley, Bir billing is the paragliding capital of India, located near Kangra valley. Bir is the landing point and Billing is the take-off point which is the highest paragliding point in Asia.
Adrenaline rushing in my body, standing meters from the edge of a steep fall, I ran with all my might and it was that moment finally when I was gliding in the clear blue sky. The dream to fly high, I was finally living. Someone said, “If you want to fly high give up everything that weighs you down” and that’s what I did.
b. SOLANG VALLEY, MANALI
Some fear water, some fear heights! But overcoming your fear is what makes you try new things. Best known for paragliding and other adventurous activities, Solan Valley is located around 14 km from Manali.
Lush greenery, apple orchards, and snow-capped peaks attracted me towards this place. I took the 15-minutes flight and it was a thrilling experience as it was early morning and the view of the valley was captivating. The 1-minute flight didn’t cost much but I would have not been able to enjoy much.
You can choose the duration of the flight which suits your budget and the operators provide you with gears and trainers.
a. CHADAR TREK, LADAKH
The pure transcendence of Chadar fascinated an Adventure Junkie like me to go on this trek and test my limits. Chadar Trek, the frozen river trek requires lots of guts and courage. From the city of Leh, we started the 9-day route of the Chadar trek.
The confluence of Zanskar and Indus is one of the highlights of the trip. Your acclimatization starts in Leh city, if you can survive the bone-chilling cold here, the trek would become a lot easier for you. You might have to walk through the different kinds of surfaces during the trek. Gazing at the night sky was the most mesmerizing sight, milky way galaxy had never been so clear and bewitching.
b. HAMPTA PASS TREK, KULLU VALLEY
If you are Adventure Junkies and looking for the mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains, different landscapes, and grassland around your campsite then, Hampta Pass Trek is your answer. The Hampta Pass Trek offers breathtaking views of lush green Kullu valley and opposite to it the view of the barren desert landscape of Spiti making it one of the most alluring treks in the Himalayas.
The trip was of 5-6 days in the lap of the Himalayas, which left me completely amazed. The trail comprised of dense pine forests, unsullied glacial valleys and the valley of flowers. “Balu ka Gera” one of the campsites came with a total surprise package because the weather here kept changing frequently.
a. RIVER RAFTING IN RISHIKESH, UTTARAKHAND
The gushing water down the rocky ridge is spectacular scenery to behold. Isn’t it? Well, Rishikesh offered us to live such thrilling moments. White water rafting on the river Ganga was a lifetime experience. It is 16 kilometer stretch from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula having rapids of all grades. Rafting is a daring yet super fun to do for adults as well as teenagers.
Non-swimmer or a person with no skill can also try their hands on the rafting because experts take care of the safety. Also, hot Maggi was absolute bliss after rafting. Do give it a try It is specially Made for Adventure Junkies.
b. KAYAKING IN TEESTA RIVER, SIKKIM
Kayaking was a whole new experience for me. Imagine sleeping in the heart of nature, isn’t it spectacular! Hoping into our kayaks and discovering the beauty of mother nature closely was quite exciting to experience.
The lifeline of the state of Sikkim, river Teesta is presently graded at four. River Teesta attracts travelers craving to glide upon the untamed rivers, having a winding course down the Himalayan valley. Kayaks are small and narrower than the rafts, accommodating a maximum number of 2 people in it.
Kayaking allowed us to test our limits and explore the rich habitat of the place closely, which was not possible with large boats.
4. MOUNTAIN BIKING
a. MUNNAR, KERALA
Want to try off-road cycling, Munnar provides perfect trails to Adventure Junkies for exploring a lot about Munnar.
What a better way to explore the beauty of Munnar than by pedaling along its serpentine roads! Hope on the bicycle and get ready to pedal through the forest patches, zigzag estate roads, tea gardens and enjoy the breathtaking view of Bison Valley.
Once we reached Munnar, our trail guide debriefed us about routes and bicycle mechanics. The experience to pedal through tea gardens, cardamom estates and shola forests offered us the best of Munnar. The trails were winding, crooked but led to the most amazing views I have ever experienced.
b. CYCLING TRIP IN COORG, KARNATAKA
On my visit to Karnataka, I went on a cycling trip to Coorg with my friends. Our route was from the lush green Kodava land, through some tiny villages, and between dense forests. Small streams and brooks were overflowing to the brim under the spell of bounteous monsoon. The ride was beautiful but quite hazy.
The vast grasslands of this place are irresistible for so many reasons. Insane amount of greenery and lush green fields looking beautiful under the monsoon sky making it a beautiful countryside bicycling route.
It will be best to carry rainwear with you as it rains on and off there.
5. SCUBA DIVING
a. HAVELOCK ISLANDS, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
Andaman situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal has several stunningly eye capturing beaches and scuba diving spots, Havelock Islands is the most popular scuba diving spot. Scuba diving is a highly commercialized adventure sport in Havelock for Adventure Junkies.
For all the water babies, this place has dive centers every 50 meters offering exciting diving opportunities. Along with small and large fishes, I got the rare opportunity to see a small octopus. On reaching the dive site, proper equipment for scuba diving was provided to us. The instructor accompanied us through the entire process. Scuba diving was surely the mesmerizing event of my life.
b. GRAND ISLAND, GOA
Located few kilometers westwards of the Mormugao peninsula, this place is a haven for scuba divers and a popular destination for Adventure Junkies. There’s a whole different world underneath still waiting to be explored and to see and experience that world was the thing I was going to do. Water and the ambiance of Goa is a paradise for the young.
As it contains a lot of shipwrecks, the Grand Island is a great place for treasure hunting at places like Suzy’s wreck, Davy Lockers Jones, Uma Gumma Reef, etc. For beginners, Uma Gumma Reef will be a great place to start their scuba diving experience. The only means to reach there is by boat or ferry.
Every adventure requires a first step, a step to leave your comfort zone and forget your limitations. Well, life happens only once and so does the opportunity to explore more. So, go out, take the paths which take you to unexpected yet beautiful places. Get out of your comfort zone, cross your limits, be free because life happens only once.