Adventure activities in India, Safe adventure, Price of Adventure activities, the Best time to go for the adventure
For adventure junkies, there are many adventure activities in India. From mountain biking in the Himalayas to parasailing in the Arabian Sea, India has many adventure travel destinations where you can get your much-needed adrenaline rush. Each season holds its specific adventure activities in India. Being such a huge and diverse country you can indulge in all kinds of adventure activities in the valleys or rivers or in the sea.
Here are the top 11 adventure activities in India
Bungee jumping in India
There are many places in India where you can go for Bungee jumping. It has just gotten into the trend in India just a few years back. One must fulfil the basic requirements for doing this adventure sport like you are at least 12 years old and your minimum weight is 40 kg.
The best spot for bungee jumping in India is Rishikesh. It is located just 20 km away from the main town. You can be assured that they are the best in India and follow all safety precautions. It is one of the highest platforms to dive from, the height is approximately 83 meters. It is even more exciting as the jump point is over a rocky cliff. It costs around Rs 3500. It may seem costly but it’s totally worth the experience. They also give you a certificate congratulating you for the jump. You can do the online booking from Klook for Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
Other places where you can go for bungee jumping in India are Lonavala, Bangalore, Goa, and New Delhi. The height in these places is less starting from 80 to 130 ft. The price varies from Rs 500 to Rs 2000. To know the details you can refer to this website.
Mountain biking in India
Mountain biking in India is one of the best ways to explore the rough terrain of the hills and valleys. There are many destinations in India where you can have the best offbeat biking experience, like riding through the snow-capped mountains beside the rivers, sometimes through small water streams and down the valley cutting through the stones.
Munnar has the best cycling trails in south India. You pass through spice and tea plantations and get to enjoy the greenery. You can ride through Bison Valley and Lockhart Gap along with Shola forests and Cardamon Estates. You can do online booking of cycling tours in Munnar here.
In North India, you can find many trails to go for mountain biking. The Himalayas challenge you to your best and also make the experience memorable. Manali to Leh is one of the most sort options but for doing this you should be well experienced and prepare to face the worst kinds of roads and terrain. Manali to Leh route is divided into ranges of 30 to 50 km. The ride starts from Manali to Marhi, Marhi to Keylong, Kelong to Patseo, Patseo to Sarchu, Sarchu to Whiskey Nallah, Molay Plains to Debring, Debring to Rumpste and ends at Leh. You can go find many group cycling tours like Bikat Adventures, Explore the Himalayas and Himalaya destination
Other famous destinations for mountain biking are Sikkim, Kumaon Region, Spiti Valley, Kangra Valley and Leh to Zanskar.
River Rafting and Kayaking
River rafting is an adventurous journey while gushing through water, drenching in splashes and rising up taming the wild waters. It is of four types depending on the level of difficulty. Grade 1 is the basic level, Garde 2 is the easy level, Grade 3 is the medium level, Grade 4 is highly challenging.
Rishikesh is no doubt the most spectacular spot for white water rafting in India. The mighty Ganges is definitely the most challenging stretch to cover. There are 4 stretches. The Brahmapuri to Rishikesh stretch (9 km), the Shivpuri to Rishikesh stretch (16 km), the Marine Drive to Rishikesh stretch (24 km) and the Kaudiyala to Rishikesh stretch (36 km). These stretches cover difficulty level from Grade 1 to Grade 4. There are 13 rapids having names like the wall and roller coaster. You can book a river rafting for Rishikesh at Thrillophilia.
Other popular destinations for river rafting in India include the Teesta river in Darjeeling and Sikkim, Indus liver in Ladakh, Barapole River in Coorg, Yamuna river in Uttarakhand, etc.
Kayaking is a fun adventure activity to explore water areas like a river, lake or pond. Backwaters of Kerala are an excellent place to go for Kayaking. It is one of a kind experience, the surrounding is so calm and serene yet you get to feel the rush of adrenaline. You paddle through narrow channels in the shadow of palm trees and enjoy seeing the farmers working in the paddy fields and children going to school. You can see the fishermen calmly waiting to catch fishes.
Other destinations popular for Kayaking in India are Goa, Kali River, Brahmaputra River, Andamans, Rishikesh, etc.
If you always wanted to fly like the birds, then paragliding is your way of soaring high in the sky like an eagle. India’s highest paragliding centre is at Bir Billing and the best adventure activity in India. To reach Bir, you can board a direct bus from Delhi. It will take around 12 hours. April to June is the best time to do paragliding. The weather in the summer is pleasant. The cost of paragliding is Rs 2500 along with a video by Go Pro. It lasts around 15 to 20 minutes. You can also take a picture by paying an extra Rs 200.
To be eligible for paragliding the maximum weight is 120kgs and you should be at least 18 years. Tandem flights with a trained pilot are only allowed to the novice/amateur. Only seasoned paragliders are allowed to fly solo. The place has one of the best take-off and landing sites combined with the suitable air currents plus the ideal cloud base. You can do online booking of Bir Billing at Thrillophilia.
Other places where you can go for paragliding are at Solang Valley in Manali, Panchgani, Nainital, Ranikhet, Kamshet etc.
Goa is the water sports adventure hub in India. From Jet skiing to Parasailing you can get the thrill of water sports on the beaches of Goa. The best time to do water sports in Goa is from October to February. The top beaches for water sports in Goa are Calangute, Baga, Dona Anjuna, and Sinquerim. You should always wear a life jacket and do water sports from legitimate operators who follow all security precautions. The major water sports include Jet skiing, Banana tube boat ride, Parasailing, Flyboarding, Water skiing, Paddleboarding, Speed boating, water zorbing, and Ringo ride. The most popular water sports package is Rs 2000 and includes Jet skiing, Banana tube boat ride, Bumper ride, Speedboat ride, and Parasailing.
You can also go for the Dudhsagar Waterfall trip, enjoy the bumpy jeep ride to the waterfall and also visit the spice plantations.
Other places where you can enjoy water sports are Gokarna, Andaman Islands, Kerala, Nanital and Bhimtal, etc.
For scuba diving, Havelock and Neil islands are the best. Havelock Island is around 50 km from Port Blair. You can take either government or private cruises to reach Havelock Island. There are two types of Scuba Diving available in Havelock shore and boat diving. It will cost you from Rs 3500 to Rs 5000. You need a complete half-day to get a good experience of scuba diving. Online booking of Scuba diving can be done here. You get to witness colourful corals, humpback parrotfish, lionfish, etc. Make sure to carry sunscreen, lotion and a medical certificate showing you are fit to do scuba diving.
Neil Island is 40 km away from Port Blair. You can get both the government and private ferry to Neil Island from Port Blair. The whole island is just 5 km long and it has a lot of unexplored beaches and great diving spots. Being untouched by the activities of humans, you can see marine life in its raw form. There are a lot of colourful fishes and beautiful corals. The approximate cost of scuba diving would be from Rs 4000 to Rs 6000. You can find packages in Dive India that provide accommodation plus scuba diving experiences.
Other places best for scuba diving are Grand island in Goa, Netrani Island in Karanataka, Kovalam in Kerala, Bangaram, Kadmat Islands in Lakshadweep.
For caving Meghalaya is the best option. The caves are located in Jaintia, Kashi hills and Garo hill districts. These caves are among the longest caves in the world. You get to explore beautiful limestone caves. The caves sometimes have water so be careful. The four major caves are Krem Tynghen, Krem Umthloo, Krem Chympe, and Krem Sim Thabbalong. You can book caving tours from here.
Hot air ballooning
Hot air balloon is yet to catch up in India. It is one of the costliest adventure activities. For a ride of half an hour, it will cost around 20k. The best place in India for hot air balloon experience in Jaipur. Flying over breathtaking Havelis, old forts and buildings is an amazing experience. You get to see a very different side of the Pink city. You can do online booking here.
Other places where you can go for a hot air balloon are Pushkar, Manali, Delhi, Lonavala, Bhopal, Goa, Darjeeling, etc.
Skyfall adventure quest of Bhopal is the longest twin zip line of South East Asia. You will literally get thrilled with the hanging and flying at the full speed. The most beautiful part of zipping is flying over blue waters of Kerwa Lake. If you visit this place you should plan a day out for Kerwa for Twin Zip and Rappelling and then you can move towards Ratibad to enjoy Go Karting and ATV Biking and Paintballing. It costs Rs 2000. You can do online booking here.
Other places where you can go for zip lining in India are Rishikesh, Neemrana Fort in Rajasthan, Mussorie, Kolad, Munnar, Jodhpur, Dwaki. Follow the safety instructions like wearing comfortable clothes and tight shoes.
Canada and British Colombia are famous for Heli-Skiing. Likewise, the Himalayas are pristine locations for Heli-Skiing in India. The best location for Heli-Skiing in India is Gulmarg. To reach Gulmarg you need to fly to Srinagar and then rent a taxi to take you to Gulmarg. Heli-Skiing is a completely different experience, first you fly over the snow-capped peaks in a Helicopter then you ride through the valleys feeling the fresh snow. Mount Apharwat is the best place for the heli-skiers with its perfect slopes and snow. You can check out Kashmir Heliski to know more details about the packages and the cost.
Other places where you can go for Heli-Skiing are Auli and Manali. Always check if the operator has safety arrangements in place or not.
This is for the people who want adventure but in the safest way possible. For Camel safari, the deserts of Jaisalmer are the best. Along with camel safari, you can go for desert camping, jeep safari, and cultural folk dances. Remember to enjoy the sunset in the desert.
Also, watching the full moon at Rann of Kutch will be a great experience.
Adventure can be addictive and thrilling but always make sure to follow the safety instructions. Life is the biggest adventure.