India with its earthy charm and the vast geographical diversity is home to many thrilling adventures. The rich history and culture, vivid festivals and the architectural marvels add to the beauty of the Incredible India. The endless stretch of the exotic golden beaches, the great Indian Himalayan regions, and the misty mountain retreats, make India a popular tourist spot. As India has varied climatic conditions, the tourists can enjoy a variety of sports throughout the year. Some of the thrilling adventure sports in India are:
- Scuba diving
- Desert trekking
- Land trekking
- Wildlife safari
- White water rafting
- Bungee jumping
India offers spectacular diving opportunities that attract diving enthusiasts from all over the world. The vast coastline of India has a rich collection of stunning marine life, exotic creatures and sea anemones. The vibrant colors and textures of the water, the coral reefs, the wide spectrum of fishes and the untouched scenic beauty make India one the best diving spot of the world. India has a varied climate. Other than the monsoon, any time of the year is suited for scuba diving. Andaman and Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep islands, Goa and Karnataka are the well-known scuba diving spots in India.
In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the best sites include the Cinque Island and Fish Rock. The other spots in the island include Bala Reef, and Havelock Island. Dive into the deep green and blue waters of Arabian Sea in Goa and enjoy its best sites like Suzy’s Wreck, and Davy Jones Locker. The other spots of scuba diving in the island are Bounty Bay and The Jetty. Diving in the islands of Kadmat and Bangaram in Lakshadweep and Island of Netrani in Karnataka will fetch an amazing experience.
The months from November to April in Goa and October to May in Lakshadweep are the best time for scuba diving. Thus India offers wonderful experience of scuba diving throughout the year.
Desert trekking in India is limited, as India has very few portions of desert. The world’s seventh largest desert, the Thar desert is perhaps the only known desert in India. It is located in the state of Rajasthan.
Best sites and time
To enjoy the camel safari or desert trekking in India one can visit the Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The desert trekking begins from Bikaner to Jodhpur through Jaisalmer. Desert trekking can be enjoyed any time other than hot and humid conditions.
India is home to some of the amazing valleys. The beautiful woodland, the scenic beauty and the flora and fauna make trekking easy and delightful in these valleys. So, trekking in India will be a wonderful experience. Some of the best known spots of trekking are located in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Nubra Valley in north Leh is one of the known trekking spot of India. The place can be visited in the months from July to September. Dzukou Valley in Nagaland with numerous natural caves is yet another trekking spot in India. November to March is the best suited period to visit this valley. Saraswati Valley in Uttarakhand and the snow-covered mountains and peaks of the Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh are other best sites to visit.
These spots can be visited in the months of August to September and April to October, respectively.
India has several skiing spots. Some of the best known ski resorts in India are located in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the north eastern parts of the country. Tourists from all over the world visit these ski resorts in India.
Best sites and time
Gulmarg in Kashmir is the best known skiing spot of India. It is rated as the top 5 skiing spots of the world. It is also well known for having the world’s highest cable cars. Mid-December till mid-March is the best period for skiing in Gulmarg. Auli in Uttranchal can be visited from January to March for a good skiing experience. Solang Valley in Himachal Pradesh is another skiing spot where skiing can be performed from January till February.
India offers a wide range of mountaineering spots. The mountain ranges of Indian Himalayan regions and the hills of Manali and Uttranchal are the best known mountaineering spots in the country. Ladakh, the Nun-Kun Massif, Jammu and Kashmir are destinations for adventure. The alpine vales and the river streams add to the charm of these valleys. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh ,Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland are the few other mountaineering spots that attract mountaineers from all over the world.
The Kanchenjunga peak in the Himalayan region is the best known site. In the Northern part of India is the snow-capped mountains of Jammu & Kashmir. The high altitude peaks of Ladakh are enriched with scenic beauty. Mountaineering on the hills of Darjeeling is also a good option.
Mountaineering can be done in any season other than the heavy rainy seasons.
India has many exceptional destinations for snorkeling. The coastline of India with clean blue green turquoise waters and the coral reefs adds to the charm of the snorkeling experience. The Islands of Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the best spots for snorkeling in India. Goa also provides a lot of facilities for snorkeling.
Bat Island and Navy Island in Goa are the best known snorkeling spot in India. Some other spots are Grande Island, Davy jones, Suzy’s Wreck, Tunnel Shelter Cove, and Locker Sail Rock. The Bangaram Island and the Kadmat Island of the Lakshadweep are the other best sites.
Snorkeling is best done in any time of the year except monsoons.
Wild life safari in India can be amazing experience. For safari, horses, elephants and camels are commonly used in India. To visit the wild life sanctuaries, horses and elephants are used. Safari on camels can be enjoyed in deserts.
Elephant safari is used to visit the wild life sanctuaries in India. This enables the tourist to have a closer look of the forest’s treasure, the amazing animals. Jim Corbett National Park, Kaziranga National Park and the Periar sanctuary are the best spots in India for a mesmerizing elephant safari. In India, camel safari is usually enjoyed in the deserts of Rajasthan. The best known spot in Rajasthan being the Jaisalmer to Jodhpur area. To enjoy the horse safari in India, Srirangapattam in Karnataka is the best known spot. Other spots include Mysore and Ooty.
Wild life safari can be done in all the seasons in India.
India also has many paragliding sites. Paragliding in India offers a unforgettable experience. The paragliding spots in India offer not just flying but flying by enjoying the scenic beauty around. Some of the popular paragliding spots in India are in Maharashtra, Himalayas and Tamil Nadu.
Kamshet located in off the old Mumbai-Pune highway is one of the best sites in India for paragliding. The spot has a reliable climate so paragliding can be practiced here with ease. Bir Billing in Himalayas has been rated as one of the top ten paragliding spots off the world. Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu is yet another flying sites in India.
The months of October to February and March to June are best suited for paragliding in Kamshet.
White water rafting
With numerous water bodies in the country, India is emerging as a good site for water sports. The most popular sport being White water rafting. Himalayas is home to many rivers. So rafting has become one of the top sports of Himalayas. Other spots in India offering rafting include Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and also Arunachal Pradesh.
Ganga river in Himalayas is one of the best known site for rafting in India. The river Indus and Zanskar river of Jammu & Kashmir are another popular sites. The Beas‚ and the Sutlej rivers in Himachal Pradesh provide a wonderful rafting experience. The Ganga in Rishikesh of Uttar Pradesh and the Teesta and Rangit rivers in Sikkim are the other best sites for white river rafting.
The months of July till end of September are the best time for rafting in these spots. The months of May and June are considered the best time for rafting in the Beas and the Sutlej rivers.
Bungee jumping or falling/jumping from a height is gaining more popularity. Lots of people are doing bungee jumping for a thrilling experience. Falling from a height of about 150 to 700 feet is a very risky sport needing lots and lots of courage. India offers many such bungee jumping sites. Most of the metros in India has bungee jumping sites.
Shivpuri and Rishikesh in India are the best known sites for bungee jumping . Rishikesh in India offers a height of 83 miters. Minimum age limit for bungee jumping in India is 12 and minimum weight of the jumper should be 35 kg.