India, with its vast and diverse geographic terrain, has much to offer for the hungry adventure traveler. From the snow-capped peaks and glaciers in the north to some valleys that run dark and deep, India is home to a surplus of experiences and is recognized as an adventure travel destination.
Take a Chadar Trek on the Frozen Zanskar River in Leh
Walking on ice is scary. Now imagine walking on a frozen river. The Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River in Leh allows you to do this. With a temperature of about 15-20 degrees Celsius during the day and about minus 25-35 degrees Celsius during the nights, the ideal time to participate in this trek is January and February. One can cover the total distance of this 65-mile tour while treading steadily and carefully.
Skiing in Auli
Skiing in Auli is the answer if you love snow and want to try a sport during the winter. Situated in Uttarakhand, this is one of the finest ski slopes in the Himalayas. The altitude is 2,500-3,050 meters above sea level, and skiing here offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain ranges and Mount Nandadevi.
River Rafting in Rishikesh
Another adrenaline-pumping experience in India is river rafting in Rishikesh. With grades one to five of rafting available, this is one of the most popular activities all travelers to Uttarakhand do not miss. Adventure junkies have a blast here; enthusiasts from across India and the world make it a point to go river rafting in Rishikesh.
Paragliding and Parasailing in Goa, Kerala, and Maharashtra
For those who love to be high up in the skies, there is paragliding and parasailing, available in Goa, Kerala, and Maharashtra. Each of these places offers beautiful views of the shoreline, the foliage, valleys and the hills. Easily managed for children and adults, this activity can be done by families together.
Rock Climbing in Hampi, Karnataka
If you are not one who loves the cold and the blue but are still hungry for adventure, rock climbing in Hampi, Karnataka is an exhilarating experience. Lots of stamina is all you need for this adventurous activity. Hampi is a wonder to all who visit. The boulders and rock mountains defy all laws of gravity and provide a distinct picturesque view.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Andamans and Lakshadweep
There’s no fun if you’re only on the surface of the water and not underwater. Scuba diving and snorkeling in the Andamans and Lakshadweep make for excellent underwater adventure activities. The Andamans are well known for their clear water visibility and marine life. Hiring a trawler on these islands and going fishing in the clear blue waters also makes for an exciting activity if you’re game enough to smell fishy!
By Nicole Figueiredo