You’ll be surprised how easy it is to add a dash of thrill to any vacation, no matter where you’re going! Adventure may be the last thing on your mind in the grind of everyday work, but once you’re on the trail, already feeling rejuvenated in your temporary escape, you’ll find yourself looking forward to it. There’s always the lure of camping, a classic adventure-cum-relaxation activity, but to truly get your blood pumping, here’s some other exciting options.
Many of India’s remotest mountains are not accessible via ski lift – you can only fly your way to the top. The way down is the adventurous bit – you use a ski or a snowboard! It sounds incredibly crazy, but from the trip to the launch point, to the guided ski trip down the slope, it is an addictive and enjoyable rush. Heli Skiing slopes, chosen for their great accessibility via chopper include Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chanderkhani Pass near Manali.
Hot Air Ballooning
A slightly less demanding adventure activity, the thrill in hot air ballooning is getting a bird’s eye view of India’s natural beauty, combined with stunning monuments that make for a beautiful vista. Jaipur, with some of the most beautiful palaces in India, combined with a great and varied topography offers a colorful and memorable ballooning experience. Trips start near Jaipur, take you over Pushkar, and you’ll land at Ranthambore National Park – which starts another adventure in itself!
You can rent a free-flying glider navigated by your hands and feet to glide down. It’s a pretty safe activity – children as young as 13 can do it. Manali, Devidhar, Parvati Valley, Rohtang, and Bakhli are popular paragliding destination – the state of Himachal Pradesh even hosted the first paragliding world cup. Or, you can fly down from Mussouri to Dehradun. Pune’s Kamshet district is also popular among adventure seekers in Pune and Mumbai.
Summer holidays are incomplete without cooling off, and there’s no better way to do that than snorkeling in the deep blue sea. Coastal destinations like Pondicherry, Goa and the great Andaman islands have great snorkelling packages that bring you up close to tropical coral reefs and into the marine world of colorful fish and tortoises. While the Andaman Havelock Islands are a famous destination for exploring the deep blue sea, the blue lagoons of Lakshadweep Islands are a hot new snorkeling destination. Closer South is Netrani islands, near Karnataka, great for spotting underwater flora and fauna in December and January. Popular Goa destinations include the Wreck of Suzy’s, Locker of Davy Jones, Grand Island and Reef of Uma Guma.
Skiing is the classic winter holiday destination adventure. It’s great for people of all ages – even as early as 13! From amateur and beginner level slopes, there’s the thrill of steep adventurous slopes famed the world over, many of which are in India. Gulmarg in India ranks as one of the world’s best skiing destinations. The Himalayas are the hub of skiing in India due to their great height and topography. Solang in Himachal Pradesh and Auli in Uttarakhand are popular destinations, and you’ll find modern facilities like ropeways, ski lifts and even heli-skiing options. In the North East, there’s Lachung and Yumthang in Sikkim.