India is a storehouse of many adventurous destinations, which attract a number of adventure loving people throughout the year. Here, you can get the taste of both high altitudes in North as well as deep blue sea in the South. You can enjoy various activities like trekking, river rafting, scuba diving, mountaineering, etc. This article is an attempt to give you a description of some travel destinations in India which the adventure lovers will love to visit.
Darjeeling, a city located in West Bengal, was originally a group of several villages. The salubrious climate of the city makes it a very popular destination to visit.
The main tourist spots of the place are Buddhist monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Rock Garden, Nightingale Park, etc. There are a number of trekking options available at this place near the Indo-Nepal border. One can also go for mountain biking, which is the best way to explore this place. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the “Toy Train”, is another attraction of this place.
Auli is a small place lying in the lap of the snow-covered peaks of the Garhwal Ranges of the Himalayas. It lies in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand near Badrinath. Its beautiful snow-capped peaks and coniferous and oak forests offer a scenic view of the mountains.
Auli has the Asia’s biggest cable car service (4.15 km) that provides a breathtaking view of this place. The resorts provide the facilities for skiing. They also give you training in a module of 7 to 14 days and the training is provided by qualified persons. It is surely one of the best places for skiing enthusiasts.
Surrounded by the mountains, Biling is a small meadow on the Dhauladhar Ranges of the Himalayas. Biling is situated roughly between Mandi and Dharamshala. This place, with its beautiful scenic beauty, is also a perfect launching destination for the hang- and paragliders.
This place is one of the ideal locations for paragliding. The place offers “up and down” and “cross country” flying for about 200 km. There is about a kilometer fall from the meadow and an average top to bottom flight can last for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Gulmarg, located in Kashmir, has one of the highest cable cars. It can be reached from Srinagar by prepaid taxis. The nearest airport is Srinagar. The Gondola (cable car) is the main attraction of this place. With snow covered mountains and coniferous trees, the view from the cable car is breathtaking.
Besides the cable car, adventure lovers can enjoy skiing at this place. Skiing facility is provided at two places, the high mountain areas near the Gondola and a beginner’s area near the Gulmarg golf course.
Leh is situated in the Indus River valley in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Though it is a small place, there are many places for you to visit like Palace of the King of Ladakh, Buddhist temples, a small mosque, Shanti Stupa, monasteries, etc.
There are a large number of trekking routes for the trekking lovers. The Baby Trek through Ladakh is the most notable one. The place also provides options for rafting on the Zanskar and Indus rivers.
Zanksar in Ladakh is a notable place for its beautiful scenic location and Buddhist monasteries. Zanskar lies on the Srinagar–Leh highway and can be reached by car or jeep. Zangla and Zongkhul are situated near Zanskar and are famous for their monasteries. Stongdey monastery is yet another tourist spot.
The most adventurous thing to do here is trekking and rafting. This place boasts of few of the highest mountain passes and trekking through them is amazing. Rafting route at this place is marked by one of the most enthralling and challenging gorges of the world.
Sonamarg is a small town located in Jammu and Kashmir. This place is best known for trekking. Its beautiful frozen lakes and green waters are captivating. The Thajiwas Glacier nearby is a beautiful place to visit. One can take pony ride up to the glacier. There are some ruins of Buddhist temples nearby, which too can be visited.
Trekking and fishing are two main activities for adventure lovers. The Sonamarg Gangalbal Trek is roughly 15 km long trek marked with two lakes. Fishing can be done at the Krishnasar Lake. Situated few kilometers from Sonamarg, you can enjoy trout fishing here.
A freshwater lake, Dodital, is situated in Uttarakhand. It is located in the Gharwal region of the Himalayas. The rare species of Himalayan golden trout fishes can easily be traced in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. The Lake is surrounded by dense oak wood and pine trees.
The place has a lot to offer to the adventure lovers. They can spend their time fishing at this place. They can also enjoy trekking through the oak woods to the Dodital Lake or can trek on the more adventurous Hanuman Chatii region. There are options of boating as well.
This small town of Rishikesh is situated in the state of Uttarakhand at a place where the Ganges River flows down the Himalayas. There are a number of places to visit like Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandi, Lakshman Jhoola, Gita Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, etc.
Rishikesh is like a heaven for adventure lovers. There are a number of activities that can be done here like white water rafting in the Ganges, camping, rappelling or climbing down a rope, rock climbing, cliff jumping, kayaking, trekking or bungee jumping.
Situated near the source of Beas River, Manali is an important tourist destination during summers as well as winters. It lies in the Kulu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh. The main attractions of this place are the Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund (an igloo shaped temple), temples of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages, the Manali Gompa (famous for Buddhist statue), and the Kothi.
Adventure lovers would definitely love this place for it offers them paragliding (located in the Solang Valley), rock climbing, and trekking (provided by the Himalayan Caravan Adventure).