Summer holidays are round the corner. So are you planning for yet another random trip to some hill station this time as well? Why not add some fun and a rush of adrenaline this year to your travels? Imagine snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Andamans or skiing on the snow- capped peaks in Auli? Even the thought of this is thrilling.
When you talk about adventure sports there’s no need to look beyond our own country as India is a warehouse of adventure destinations all thanks to a huge diversity in the landscape. This is complemented by immense natural beauty and exotic flaura and fauna which make the adventure even more spectacular. Below we make an attempt to discover five awesome adventure tourism destinations in India which are sure to get you high on adrenaline:
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir: Ladakh scores really high in the books of adventure lovers. The very landscape of the place is so hauntingly beautiful that you can’t resist doing something adventurous. Ladakh is an ideal spot for trekking and mountaineering. Some popular trekking areas include Ladakh Zanskar trek, Indus Valley and Markha Valley. You can also undertake some exciting rafting journeys in the Zanskar river.
Auli, Uttarakhand: If skiing excites you, Auli is the place to be. Skiing enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Auli in their pursuit of a perfect ski adventure. Nestled in the rugged Chamoli district of the Garhwal region, Auli also offers other adventure sports like trekking, hand gliding and rafting. The mammoth stretches of 10-20 km of snow-covered slopes make it a perfect place for skiing. Late Novermber to March is the ideal time for skiing in Auli. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL) conducts courses for beginners and professionals at Auli, which are held for 7 to 14 days from December to March.
Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar: The Andaman Islands offer a wonderful retreat away from the din and bustle of the city life. The place is your gateway to an exotic under-water world which is bound to take your breath away. Beautiful beaches with golden sands and crystal blue waters define the Andaman Isnalns. All those who love water sports should look no further than the Andamans. Scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, para sailing, water skiing — you have it all here!
Coorg, Karnataka: Coorg is a very beautiful hill station located in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It’s a nature-lover’s delight. The jungles and hills in Coorg are ideal destinations for trekking and nature walks. Rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in Rivers Kaveri and Barapole are sure to give your adrenaline a real surge. This is not all. Coorg is also known for its awe-inspiring wildlife. A lot of wildlife tours and wildlife safaris are organised in the area.
Kamshet, Maharashtra: Situated near Lonavala in Maharashtra, Kamshet is a popular destination for paragliding owing to its crescent-shaped hills and flat fields which provide ultimate flying conditions. The world-class paragliding facilities attract a great number of flying sport aficionados to the place. The pleasant weather and serene lakes add to the immensely beautiful imagery and make the adventure even more delightful.
So this summer unleash your adventurous side. Pack your bags and head out to explore these brilliant adventure destinations.