Famed for its rich culture, colourful festivals and intriguing history, India is also an adventure lovers’ paradise, boasting a diverse terrain throughout. From terrestrial to water-based, you can partake in varied adventure activities in this South Asian country. In case you are a thrill-seeker at heart, you will never run out of options to get the adrenaline rushing in your body. Here’s a list of bucket-list-worthy adventure activities you must try.
Bucket List Activities for Adventure Travellers in India
Skiing in Auli
Perched at an altitude of about 2800 metres, Auli is revered for its glistening, snowy slopes. Hordes of people flock to this small ski resort in Uttarakhand every year to quench their thirst for adrenaline and partake in skiing and snowboarding. Auli is also famed for its awe-inspiring scenery of towering snow-clad mountains and sprawling coniferous forests, beckoning nature lovers from near and far. Whether you are an expert snowboarder or skier seeking a challenge or novice at the sport looking to hone your skills, you are sure to find slopes suitable for your skillset.
Best Time for the Activity: January and February
Scuba Diving in Andaman and Nicobar
Think of the best beaches in India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands instantly come to mind. Its white and golden stretches of sand fringed by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean are an absolute feast for the senses. But the Andaman and Nicobar Islands aren’t just a place to spend a few languid days away from the cacophony of the metropolises; it is also a magnificent adventure destination. Explore the underwater world with scuba diving to come across vivid fish and coral reefs. A host of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified operators give locals and tourists a chance to enter into the realms of marine creatures and enjoy the activity safely.
Best Time for the Activity: January to May
White-water Rafting in Rishikesh
Over the past several years, Rishikesh has become synonymous with white-water rafting in the northern part of the country. The holy Ganga River navigating along the city transforms Rishikesh into a river rafters’ heaven. From rapids that are suitable for people trying the sport for the first time to high-grade ones that challenge even the most experienced river rafters, you can find them all.
Best Time for the Activity: February to May, September and October
Road Trip to Ladakh
The coveted Delhi to Leh road trip finds a place on almost every thrill seeker’s bucket list and the position is well deserved. This journey will take you on an unforgettable ride through the picture-perfect landscapes of North India and bring you across some of the vistas the region has to offer. Drive to the establishments of Hunder and Diskit and you will also get the chance to drive on the famed Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world.
Best Time for the Activity: June to September
Paragliding in Bir Billing
Think of Bir Billing and suddenly the images of people paragliding conjure up. That’s how prominent this activity is in this area. So, if you are headed to a pristine hill station in Himachal Pradesh any time soon, then do consider partaking in this activity as a part of your itinerary. Just imagine gliding tens or hundreds of feet above a picturesque landscape with the crisp mountain air playing with your hair and you should be coaxed to head over to Bir Billing on your next outing.
Best Time for the Activity: April to June
Trekking in the Himalayas
The Himalayas, running uninterruptedly for about 2,500 kilometres across Pakistan, China, Nepal, India and Bhutan, are nothing short of a natural marvel. The mountain range is also a dream destination for trekkers and mountaineers, offering them umpteen opportunities to enjoy their favourite sport. There are dozens of Himalayan treks, ranging from easy to strenuous, you can go for. Just pick one, and go for it.
Best Time for the Activity: Varies with the Trek
Wildlife Safari at Kaziranga National Park
Skydiving in Pondicherry
While most people come to Pondicherry for a relaxing vacation, the small town has some incredible opportunities for those who seek thrill and adventure. You can opt for a skydiving session and let the adrenaline course through your veins. This will also give you a chance to capture a bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous landscape of Pondicherry.
Best Time for the Activity: Any time except the monsoon season
Snorkelling in Goa
Goa is the land of beach parties, colonial-era churches, buzzing nightclubs and flea markets. When you plan a trip to this party destination, do not miss out on exploring the Indian Ocean during a snorkelling session. The corals found in the water near the coast of Goa make it a majestic experience. Bat Island is a great snorkelling spot if you hope to come across the aquatic wildlife.
Best Time for the Activity: Any time except the monsoon seasonRead more: Top Places to Skydive in India.
Well, how many have you ticked off your bucket list already and which one do you wish to tick off next?