Want to go on an adventure vacation but don’t know where? Here are seven places you must put on your bucket list. From trekking in Ladakh to scuba diving in the Andamans, there is a lot that you can explore in India.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
With a diverse topography including verdant woods, snow-laden mountains, azure waters and much more, India serves as an epicenter for adventure activities. To get drenched into an utter feeling of excitement and explore nature’s pulchritude, adventure buffs from all around the blue planet visit this country. With various adventure options like trekking, rafting, sky-diving, motor-biking, etc., India is one-stop destination for all adrenaline junkies. If you also want to conquer your stress and plunge into rejuvenation and exhilaration, here are the top seven ideas for active and adventurous vacations in India:
1. River Rafting in Rishikesh
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One of the most popular adventure activities in India, river rafting is all about tingling the nerves in the midst of nature’s exquisiteness. Rishikesh serves as the river rafting capital of India. The turquoise waters of Rishikesh call the hardcore adventurers and family vacationers from all round the globe to soak in the nature’s bounty. The imposing sight of the Garhwal Himalaya while paddling in the gushing streams is simply spellbinding. With a variety of rapid grades ranging from easy to strenuous, Rishikesh is an ideal spot for novice and veteran rafters.
Related reading: A complete guide to River Rafting in Rishikesh
Best time: From March to April and then from late September to Mid-November
2. Trekking in Ladakh
Ladakh is considered a heaven for the travelers in quest of thrill. It is one of the most famous trekking regions in India. The region is endowed with stunning topography incorporating hilly terrains, verdant meadows, rocky cliffs and snow covered soaring peaks. Ladakh offers numerous trekking routes such as Lamayuru Darcha Trek, Frozen River Trek, Padum Darcha Trek, Ripchar Valley Trek, Lamayuru to Alchi Trek, etc. These less trodden trails attract trekkers from all around the world to discover the undulated beauty of nature.
Best time: Depends upon the trek you choose. For instance, Chadar Trek is carried out in winters while summer is the best time for the general treks.
3. Jeep Safari in Corbett
An abode to an assortment of exotic flora and fauna species, the Jim Corbett National Park is no less than an empyrean for the wildlife lovers. The park also boasts an incredible population of tigers. Corbett Jeep Safari is the best and safest way to explore this park in minimum time. Jeep Safari in Corbett also allows more flexibility in planning an itinerary. Tracking the wild animals in the trail blessed with verdant woods takes the thrill to a different level.
Best time: The months of November through June
4. Motor biking in Himachal Pradesh
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Bequeathed with magnificent panoramas making quixotic surroundings, Himachal Pradesh offers thrilling options for adventure activities. Mountain Biking is considered one of the most preferred adventure activities to carry out in HP. With snow-laden mountains, luminous streams and mesmerizing valleys, this stunning state is no less than a delight for adventurous bikers. Adventurers can relish the excitement of biking on the secluded valleys and explore the grandeur of nature.
Best time: From Mid-April to October
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5. Skiing in Gulmarg
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Positioned at the periphery of the world’s highest mountains, Gulmarg is an intact and breathtakingly beautiful region in Jammu and Kashmir. Skiing in Gulmarg is a real retreat of the winter snow. During the winter months, a horde of adventure enthusiasts swarms at Gulmarg to enjoy the enthralling adventure of skiing in the midst of fascinating panorama. The varied slopes for skiing in Gulmarg makes it a perfect skiing destination for novice and veteran adventurers alike.
Best time: During the months of December to February
6. Scuba Diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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Diving is undoubtedly an invigorating adventure filled with thrills and spills. No matter if an adventurer is a novice or an expert, scuba diving has the scope for memorable vacations for everyone. Every time the adventurers visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands for carrying out Scuba Diving, he is welcomed by a unique and unmatched sense of excitement. The azure waters around Andaman and Nicobar Islands mesmerize the adventurers with the clouds of hued fishes. The remains of sunken ships evoke curiosity while breathtaking panorama underwater makes an adventurer rejuvenated. Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar is once in a lifetime experience. The water surrounding theses islands is the house of one of the most affluent coral reef ecosystem around the world. The reefs are intact from the human activities.
Best Time: From December to April
More about the Andamans: 5 Days In Andamans That Showed Me Why It Is Truly The Jewel Of The Sea
7. Dune bashing in Rajasthan
Also known as desert safari in India, dune bashing refers to exploring the sand dunes in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer, in particular, is the ideal place to find the sand dunes. Bashing the dunes gives a sheer excitement to the adventure junkies. The barren beauty of the desert mesmerizes the travelers along with rendering a unique sense of adrenaline rush. In addition to this, dune bashing also lets the adventurers come close to the desert life. One can enjoy dune bashing with the family as well.
Best time: Winter months of October to February
So what are you waiting for? Pack you rucksack and put your steps towards experiencing a thrilling and never-to-be-forgotten sabbatical in nature’s lap.