What’s your GREAT NEXT?

Wow! Look at you, sitting there, lookin’ sharp, reading this on a shiny device, making a little time in your busy day for the things that interest you. Maybe you’re reading during a coffee break in office. Maybe you’re surfing last thing at night, before you turn over and go to sleep.

Wherever you are, you clicked on this because it’s something that makes you tick. Adventure and travel and pushing yourself – all these things excite you. You’re reading this because, admit it, there’s a fire burning somewhere inside you. A fire to be out there, not just travelling and seeing the world, but actually experiencing it from the driver’s seat.

And yet, you’re relegating it to a distant dream, a ‘some day’ plan. You’re letting your small picture get in the way of the big picture. And that’s no good. If you don’t exercise your adventure muscles, they’ll atrophy and become vestigial memories of the past.

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Interview with an adventurer – Abhishek Iyer, solo long-distance cyclist

When we heard about Abhi Iyer’s odyssey, we were terribly excited. A young adventure-seeker, setting off on his own from his house in Pune with nothing but a cycle to carry him across the 1600 kms from Pune to Kanyakumari, along the coastline of India – how inspiring is that?! We just had to ask him all about it.

Here’s Abhi, telling us his guts and glory story!

TGN: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What kind of adventures do you like? What do you do for fun?
AI: I’m 28, a Marine Engineer and I grew up and live in Pune. I spend a few months out of the year working on board ships and a few months back on land on vacation. I usually lead a physically active lifestyle, due to the nature of my work with it being a blue collar job. When I’m back home though, I love to play basketball and train occasionally for triathlons. Bicycles being my preferred mode of transport, of course :) 1-bA0F_kDgfjkhL5f_xwggCQ

TGN: How often do you manage to get away and travel?
AI: I suppose going a month without heading out gets me feeling restless. Even a weekend get away with a hike or camp helps me reset sometimes. I feel privileged that my lifestyle allows me to up and go anytime if I should want to.

TGN: What is it that makes you want to travel? Did the adventure bug bite you young?
AI: I wouldn’t say I caught the bug early on. It sure has accumulated over the years. I look to head out mainly for mental stimulation and the need to challenge myself each time. I feel I return a wiser me and realize just how insignificant we all and our problems really can be.
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TGN: What made you decide to do this solo cycling trip?
AI: Simply put, I had the time for it and I hadn’t topped my last challenge of a Half-Ironman Triathlon in months. This seemed like an opportune time to execute it and none of my peers had done such a thing before. I guess I also felt like I was at a point in life where I had a point to prove.

TGN: Was this the first time you’ve done a solo cycling trip?
AI: The first solo biking trip over long distance would be 2 years ago. I remember carrying my bicycle via train to Chennai for a Triathlon and post that I biked inter-cities sometimes, exploring the South of India.

TGN: Tell us about the trip. What route did you take?
AI: Pune-Goa is a pretty common route for veteran cyclists and I was looking to do something different with it. A friend recommended I look into going further South and I got down to researching it. To my fortune I read that the coastal highway up to Kanyakumari was supposedly a very beautiful ride. All I had to do was move west, find the coast and just head south. So I decided to figure out basic logistics and felt adamant about doing this entirely on my own. In retrospect, I’m glad I chose to do so.
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TGN: What kind of research goes into a trip like this?
AI: I spent less than a week. I had the idea, spent time reading online and spent time procuring gear for it. That’s the nutshell. I would recommend one to not spend all their time over research and making things fool proof. In my experience, the trip itself usually doesn’t materialise if you contemplate and sweat the small stuff. If you’ve thought about it, just go! That’d be my mantra, if any. Of course I must add that I did feel physically fit to begin with.

TGN: How did you manage your luggage? It looked like you went completely minimal. We’re guessing you didn’t have too many costume changes :)
AI: Glad you noticed :) I feel like a bit of an expert with packing for travel since I’ve taken an umpteen number of solo trips if I’m not just counting bike rides. For this one I picked up a pair of neat looking pannier bags from Decathlon and they were each a 7kg max load/19ltr volume bag, if I remember correctly.

I carried with me 3 sets of riding clothes, 3 sets of casual wear, a minimum required amount of bicycle spares and tools and a few electronics. All of this fit snugly into these bags and they clipped perfectly along the sides of my bike pannier. Total weight was possibly 12kgs. I’d do my laundry once in few days if I got in early and had access to a washing machine.
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TGN: What kind of gear do you use? Do you have any favourite brands?
AI: Most of my bicycle accessories are from Decathlon – lights, handlebar grips, saddle pouch, portable bike pump etc. The bicycle tool kit and puncture related spares were an assortment of brands. I carried 2 new tubes, 1 hand pump, 1 puncture repair kit, 1 Allen-key set and installed a new pair of tyres before the ride. In terms of electronics I carried 1 pair of front and rear lights, a GoPro, 1 Hard drive, 1 power bank and a couple of chargers. Overall I’d always pick Decathlon for gear mainly for the convenience and the value for money factor.
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TGN: Do you have an adventure travel bucket list? What do you plan to do next?
AI: I do have something lined up for the coming month if I don’t sail out already. I should know more post my shipping exams. I know I have to take it up a notch with the next one, but I’d rather keep it hush until I set out on it. I’ll tell you this though – It involves a bicycle, a GoPro and some rivers in the North of India.

TGN: Tell us about your favourite moment from this trip?
AI: I’ve got to say getting to Maravanthe Beach, Karnataka was refreshing and the stunning views there was something I wasn’t anticipating or had looked up. There isn’t much to do there besides a beach that’s located besides a highway with a river to the other side. Yet, it features on the nicest beaches I’ve been to this far. A tiny strip of land between Malpe, near Udupi, going all the way to Kapu was easily the best 30 odd km stretch of my ride, though.
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TGN: What advice do you have for adventurers who might want to do something like this?
AI: Just go. Don’t wait. You’re short changing yourself if you tell yourself you can’t figure it out. You’re missing out on experiencing new layers to yourself if you aren’t changing your environment often enough. I read something corny related to this once but I find that it applies each time – The biggest reason one doesn’t end up travelling is because they begin with “But……………..”1-vS0V4JPSzq3x-eFdvPOmqA

TGN: We HAVE to know more about this trip! Is there anywhere we can read about your trip in detail?
AI: I did finally get around to putting words on to paper from the sound bytes I left myself as journal entries along this ride. It is up on my Medium profile and the link to it is here. You’ll also find my other post on my Half-Ironman experience over there.

Watch Abhi’s video here:

If you’d like to try your hand at cycling yourself, you’ll find plenty of options to book here. We also have plenty of long-distance cycling trips if you’re looking for something more than day trips. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you choose the right one.

Looking for more inspiring stories from adventurers? Here’s a bunch you might like:
Interview with Snigdha Bawa, Open Water Diver
Interview with Reena Talawar, Chadar trekker
Interview with Shabbir Chandabhai, Kilimanjaro conqueror
Interview with Shivangi Singh, solo female trekker

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Interview with an adventurer – Snigdha Bawa, Open Water Diver

We didn’t know it at the time, but Snigdha bought her solo trip to the Andamans as a birthday gift to herself! What a wonderful way to celebrate the new year ahead! Snigdha went to Havelock to do her Open Water Diver course, and came back delighted. Well, you know how we love hearing about our solo women travellers; couldn’t help asking her for an interview.

Here’s Snigdha’s scuba story!

TGN: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What kind of adventures do you like? What do you do for fun?
SB: I’m a writer by profession and a happy soul by choice! Well before you get all “oh! That is arty”, I will clarify that I am a Technical Writer. Besides that I am a dancer and a theatre artist. I love to sleep and am a sloth, and when I am not sleeping, I am dancing or eating. And the time that I have in hand after all the dancing and the eating and the sleeping, I like to spend with my family, or hanging out with friends over a coffee or a beer, depending on what time of the day it is. Besides that I swim, kickbox and read books. Oh and I need background music while I do all of the above…

I don’t have a one “kind” for the adventure that I like. As clichéd as it sounds, I take life as an adventure. So right from gate-crashing a wedding to jumping out from a plane, all are my kinds of adventures.

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TGN: How often do you manage to get away and travel?
SB: It is not always possible to take time out, so I have set 7th April (my birthday) as a target, and have promised myself that I will tick one thing off my bucket list before that day every year.

TGN: You chose to do your Open Water Diver course in the Andamans. Have you ever been scuba diving before?
SB: No, although I have always been curious as to what lies beneath the sea, I’ve never taken the dive. But now that I am done with this course, it has gotten me addicted, and I will be planning an Advanced Course sometime soon too. I guess I just needed the taste of it and now there is no stopping.

TGN: We’re guessing you love the ocean. Have you done any other water-related adventure sports before?
SB: I am a water baby; the beach is where I belong, and I am ready to jump into the water at any time of the day. But when it comes to water related adventure sports, I haven’t really done anything as big as scuba, but just fun water rides here and there, like the “Leap of Faith” one in Dubai.

TGN: Some people take to scuba diving like a fish to water, and some people take a little time to adjust to the whole experience. What was it like for you under the water?
SB: Well, it was fun and easy to adapt to, although maintaining the buoyancy was a bit of a challenge, because one deep breath and you go flying up. But I had a great instructor who did not let me drift away, so I had that working for me.

I’ll personally define it as meditation, because you have to control your breathing, it brings you peace, and there is nothing more beautiful that you can experience than this.

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TGN: When you weren’t scuba diving, what did you manage to do and see in Havelock?
I did not have too much of spare time and the dives were exhausting too. I’d just go for a stroll around and try new cafes and food joints every day with a few good friends that I made there (also a big takeaway from this trip).

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TGN: We’ve sent quite a few solo women travellers on amazing adventures, and we love hearing from them after the trip. You chose to travel from Mumbai to the Andaman Islands on your own, and do a scuba course on your own. Tell us what led to this decision. Have you done a lot of solo travel before?
SB: I travelled from Hyderabad to Andaman. Not so long ago (about two years back), I decided to take myself out on a trip every year. The last one that I did was Rishikesh, but that one was with a group (a group of strangers, but still), and then I decided to do this, so, technically it is my first solo trip. I based my decision purely on impulse rather than putting in too much thought, because the more time you give yourself to think, the more sceptical you become about things like these. Sometimes you just have to go for it and that is what I did.

I’ve also been lucky with my family. Being brought up in India, my parents must have found it hard to send their girl out to strange places alone. But they’ve always been supportive. And not just that; they’ve also encouraged me to go out and explore. There’s nothing more empowering than having your parents backing you all the way, so I’d say that my parents make me stronger.

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TGN: Do you have an adventure travel bucket list? What do you plan to do next?
SB: I do… and the places on the list keep increasing. The next is Finland, to witness the Northern Lights.

TGN: What was your favourite moment from this trip?
SB: This is a tough one… I do have plenty but one for sure tops it all.

The second last dive, the water was crystal clear and we were 16 meters under the water. While we were busy looking around, I saw something breathing under the rocks, I tried signalling the rest from the group but they were a little ahead of me, so I descended a little more because something told me that I had someone waiting for me. I saw this beautiful octopus and I am not kidding when I say this, but it seemed like it peeped out of its hiding just to say hi to me, because it was only for a few seconds that we exchanged stares before I swam away to my group and it went back in. I am romanticizing the moment too much maybe, but that image of it royally showing itself off to me just won’t leave my mind.

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TGN: What advice do you have for women travellers who want to try adventure travel?
SB: The only scary part about going for any kind of adventure trip or any trip for that matter is to make up your mind to do so. And, once you are on the way to your journey there is no going back anyway, like literally. But the feeling that remains with you after you make that leap is something you will cherish your entire life. I have bungy jumped, and this was my second adventure trip, and with every trip I only want more. It adds to your life in ways that are unexplainable.

Snigdha also writes poetry (what a mix of talent!) and she was nice enough to send her scuba poem to us to put up here:

Here i stand by the sea shore
Thinking of beautiful things I know
With the sound of waves resonating through my soul
Giving me this strange feeling, making me feel whole
What amazes me is how simply the sea teaches you to fall and rise, and dance and flow freely
Isn’t that after all the purpose of life, the sole key?

If you’d like to go scuba diving yourself, you’ll find plenty of options to book here. Or get in touch with us and we’ll help you choose the right one.

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Amazing adventures to do with kids aged 9-14 years old

When you’ve got tweens aged 9-14, the options for an active holiday are so much higher. After 10 years, your kids can start snorkelling and learning scuba, will manage multi-day treks, and can enjoy a camping experience in their own tents.

Here’s our list of top adventures for families with kids between 9 and 14 years.

Rafting in Rishikesh
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This easy intensity rafting trip is suitable for families with teenagers. You’ll navigate down a stretch of 9 kms from Brahmapuri to Ram Jhula, for one and a half hours of rafting fun. This is a safe stretch, with Grade II rapids that will give you enough fun and laughter, without being challenging. The green waters of the Ganges provide one of the best rafting experiences in India. This itinerary takes you through calmer waters, giving you the excitement of Grade II rapids. At the end, you’ll stop at a scenic spot with cliffs to jump off from, and a chance to swim in the tranquil water.
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White sand beach camping (near Kathgodam)
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Camp Ramganga is located at Nachani village on the banks of the river Ramganga. The river has clear, sparkling water and white sand beaches dotted with banana trees. You can spend the day kayaking on the river, to be rewarded with a white sand beach to lay on. You can hike to a emerald-green lagoon surrounded by forest, and go on a peaceful swim. In the evening, you’ll light a campfire and dine by its warmth. Fall asleep to the rhythm of the river and wake up to the sounds of birds.
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Scuba diving in Andamans (10 years and above)
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Experience the best of an island lifestyle with this delightful package trip. You’ll get two nights accommodation, a half-day introduction to scuba diving (includes 1 dive), as well as 1 private beach dinner, and one sunset picnic trip to Radhanagar beach. You’ll be only about 20 steps from the beach, in the midst of a coconut grove. Add all this to the peace and tranquility of Havelock, the swaying palms, the white sand and the blue ocean, and you have an experience that you’ll never forget.
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PADI Bubblemaker in Goa (10 years and above)
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Introduce your kids to the joy of diving with the PADI Bubblemaker program, which is as fun as it sounds. In this underwater adventure, children, aged 8 years and above, are taught to use scuba gear to breathe underwater, swim in shallow pools, and as a bonus, blow bubbles while scuba diving.
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Valley of Flowers trekking
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The Valley of Flowers is a world heritage site and is part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere. Peak blooming season is from mid July to mid August, with a carpet of almost 300 species covering the valley floor. En route, you’ll cross waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages.
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Trek to Chopta-Chandrashila
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This adventure combines a trek through the alpine environs of Chopta, as well as a visit to the lakeside paradise of Deoriatal, all the fun of climbing a smaller peak in the Garhwal Himalayas, and a visit to Tungnath. Younger kids might not be able to handle the climb to Chandrashila Peak, but if your teens are 12-14, they’ll be able to make it.
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Camp+Raft in Rishikesh
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You’ll spend time at a delightful campsite for the first day, trying your hand at kayaking, rock-climbing and rappelling, or relaxing and taking in nature, depending on what you’re looking for. Your campsite is located near Beasi or Byasi. Here, the river is clean and refreshingly cool, and the white sand beach is the perfect place to spend the day. You’ll be camping on the beach, with the sound of the Ganges gurgling just outside. There is a placid stretch of the river near the campsite, perfect for swimming, kayaking or paddling.
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Multi-adventure in Ranikhet
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You can go cycling along the winding paths of the valley, explore the narrow trails around, try your hand at organic farming, go on a night hike, or if you’re in the mood for something more active, go paragliding (not included in package). For those who love nature, you can go leopard tracking and bird watching. Every evening, you’ll return to this sturdy stone-hewn house, with wood carvings and traditional paintings, and warm yourself by a bonfire. And in the mornings, you’ll awake under a patchwork quilt, with wide open windows gazing out upon gorgeous mountain views.
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Know someone with younger kids? Here’s our top adventures for families with kids aged 1-3 years old, and here’s a list of cool stuff to do with kids between 4-8 years.

If you have something else in mind or are looking for a specific destination, check out our website here, or get in touch with us here on Facebook. We’ll do the rest.

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Amazing adventures to do with kids aged 4-8 years old

Start them off adventuring early, and you’ll do a world of good for your kids. They’ll learn to love nature; they’ll be comfortable in the outdoors, and they’ll learn how to believe in themselves. When your kids are between the ages of 4-8, it’s a great age to take them on more active holidays. You know they never tire, so all you need to worry about is making it through an active day yourself!

For kids between 4-8, you can begin visiting places where they can do some walking themselves. Kids at this age get bored quickly when they’re stuck in vehicles, but they’ll walk happily for a few hours if there’s enough to look at. In this age group, they’re free of the nappies, have developed mostly adult eating and sleeping schedules, and are able to make observations of their own.

Here’s our top adventures for families with kids between 4 to 8 years.

River camping by the Ganges
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You’ll be camping in luxurious tents along a tributary of the mighty Ganges, in the middle of a national forest. The skies are clear, the birds chirp happily, and the blue river gurgles all day. The river is just right for a little paddling and collecting smooth stones, and you can go for nature walks nearby. You’ll be staying in Swiss tents with attached washrooms and electricity, and will have bonfires every night.
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Nagtibba trek

Photo: Vinay Gupta

Photo: Vinay Gupta


This is a great age to begin trekking or hiking. They’re young enough to be enthralled with the idea of sleeping in a tent, and old enough to do their own walking for a few hours each day. This trek is a perfect way to get them into the groove. You can take a train ride to Dehradun (another exciting experience for them), and the operator will pick you up from the railway station. After that, you’ll be completely looked after while you camp for the next two nights. Every day, you’ll trek for about 4-5 hours. As a precaution (and an additional thrill), you can hire a mule to accompany you, so that it can carry your child when he/she is too tired to walk any farther.
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Apple orchard stay in Manali
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Set in the middle of an apple orchard, on the road to Naggar, about 15 minutes from Manali, this ldoge lets you experience the fun of this popular mountain getaway without the crowds. From the lodge, you can set out for walks through pine-scented forests, head to charming Naggar for a day of sightseeing, or visit historic temples and hot springs.
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Lakeside camping near Lonavala
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This beautifully landscaped campsite is about 25 kms from Lonavala, and lies alongside a lake. You’ll stay in Swiss tents with a sprawling 18-acre property to play on. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, river crossing and nature walks in this package. You’ll be surrounded by nature, and will wake up to the sounds of birds. At night, the starry skies are the perfect backdrop for a blazing campfire. This large campsite has cosy corners, charming gazebos, a plant nursery and well-manicured gardens for you to spend some quiet time in.
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Monsoon camping on top of a hill
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Your campsite lies in the midst of nature, just 8 kms away from Lonavala, but far enough to give you peace and quiet. During the monsoon, this campsite is a lush paradise with waterfalls, streams, natural ponds, and views of rolling clouds all around. Your camping experience includes all the fun of being in the outdoors, with basic conveniences like sealed tents to keep insects out, sleeping mattresses, clean dry toilet tents, delicious meals, and a bonfire and barbecue at night. The best time for this trip is during the monsoon or in the winter months.
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Stay in a tree-house
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This 2 night-3 day adventure getaway takes you into the green environs of Wada, where you have a huge 35-acre property to explore. The property has a swimming pool, an artificial waterfall, a vegetable garden, jungle cooking, and a campfire to keep you entertained. But the highlight of this trip will be your air-conditioned tree-house homes. The kids are gonna love this!
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Rishikesh adventure lodge
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This peaceful lodge is about 30 minutes from the crowds of Rishikesh, in the middle of a flower garden, and fringed with pine forests to explore. The river here runs clear and slow, and is perfect for a paddle. The cafe has a French press coffee-maker (just what Mum and Dad need), and plenty to do. There are also plenty of adventure activities for kids to do.
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Hilltop camping in Saatal
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Camp Suryagaon perches on a hilltop about 22 kms from Nainital, at an altitude of 4500 feet. This campsite allows you to explore fragrant pine forests, swim in a beautiful lake fringed with greenery, and splash at the base of a waterfall. During the day, you can hike through oak and pine forests, go rock-climbing, or head for a spot of kayaking or fishing. At night, you can go on a moonlight trek to a haunted lake, or you can stay safely tucked in your sleeping bags in a tent.
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Trek and tandem paragliding in Bir Billing
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You’ll trek along an easy trail through quaint Himachali villages, camp overnight in tents, with the sounds of nature outside, and then head out for a paragliding session. Billing, which is your take-off point, lies at an elevation of over 9000 feet, and is considered to be one of the highest take-off spots in the world. Note: The minimum age for paragliding is usually 6 years.

If you can’t go to Bir Billing, you can go paragliding in Kamshet (near Mumbai or Pune) too.
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Hot air ballooning
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From the minute you clamber into the spacious basket below, and settle into your own private compartments, you’ll feel the excitement mounting. The balloon begins to rise and tug at the basket as it fills, and in no time, the ground drops away from under you. It’s the flight of your life!

You can go hot-air ballooning over Jaipur, Lonavala, Neemrana fort, Pushkar, Ranthambore National Park, or Udaipur.

Know someone with younger or older kids? Here’s our top adventures for families with kids aged 1-3 years old, and here’s a list of cool stuff to do with kids between 9-14 years.

If you have something else in mind or are looking for a specific destination, check out our website here, or get in touch with us here on Facebook. We’ll do the rest.

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Amazing adventures to do with kids aged 1-3 years old

Things change a bit when you have kids. It’s not as easy as it used to be to pick up and head out camping for the weekend. Now you’re thinking about the drinking water, the food, the bears that might show up, the possible illnesses you need to be prepared for. You’re suddenly responsible for the feeding and clothing and well-being of a little person (or two or three), and you’re not as footloose as you used to be. But all this doesn’t mean you can’t travel or go on adventures. It’s about making a few adjustments and preparations, and then just blazing forth to conquer. Kids are tough; it’s the parents who need to be trained.

Here’s our top adventures for families with kids aged 1-3 years.

For parents with toddlers, we recommend staying in eco-lodges or nature getaways. Here, you have the comforts of a room with walls, air-conditioning in the summer to keep them cool, and a private bathroom and toilet. This way, you can introduce your kids to the outdoors, show them how things work when they’re not in the city, and give those short fat legs some room to run about. If there are adventure activities, maybe Dad can look after Baby while Mum goes for a rafting ride, and vice-versa when it’s time for cycling.

P.S: Kids under 3 stay free in most hotels and travel free on most airlines. Might as well make the most of it!

Luxury adventure by the Ganges
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Book a luxury stay in mountain-top rooms, your own private deck, plenty of adventure and activities for kids, and a gorgeous property. These hillside cottages are surrounded by the reserved forests around, and provide you with views that stretch into the horizon, and an adventure playground like no other.
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Rishikesh adventure lodge
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This peaceful lodge is about 30 minutes from the crowds of Rishikesh, in the middle of a flower garden, and fringed with pine forests to explore. The river here runs clear and slow, and is perfect for a paddle. The cafe has a French press coffee-maker (just what Mum and Dad need), and plenty to do.
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Riverside lodge
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This delightful lodge lies about 90 kms from Rishikesh, along the banks of the Alaknanda. The emerald waters with their white sand beaches contrast perfectly against the greenery around. And you’ll be right in the midst of all this beauty, enjoying bonfires and falling asleep to the sounds of nature outside.
If you’re not keen on this one, you can also book a mountain lodge stay in Manali or Kund, this valley-view lodge or this lake-view lodge near Dehradun, or this cosy lodge in Auli.
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Kundalika cottages
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The picturesque campsite is spread across 50 acres of land with quick access to a high hill and a beautiful lake. You’ll stay in a clean, comfortable A/C cottage, with your own bathroom. You’ll be close to the Kundalika river, where Mum or Dad can go rafting if they want, but once the morning rafting is done, the river settles down to a slower pace that won’t frighten Baby when he/she wants to dip their toes in the water.
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Know someone with older kids? Here’s our top adventures for families with kids aged 4-8 years old, and here’s a list of cool stuff to do with kids between 9-14 years.

If you have something else in mind or are looking for a specific destination, check out our website here, or get in touch with us here on Facebook. We’ll do the rest.

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Interview with an adventurer – Reena Talawar, Chadar trekker

Reena Talawar got in touch with us one day in December, asking about a Chadar trek booking. We loved her curiosity and her enthusiasm, and she seemed to have made up her mind. Within no time, she was on her way to Leh.

Now the Chadar trek is no ordinary trek. In the winter, the Zanskar river in Leh freezes over, turning into a blanket of ice. Trekkers and adventurers from around the world have been flocking here for years, all for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking on ice. The temperatures drop to 15-30 below zero, you camp in caves, huddle around fires in the evening, and sleep in tents, listening to the ice groaning and screaming as it cracks and reforms during the night.

But here’s Reena, making it sound as easy as pie.

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TGN: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What kind of adventures do you like? Have you always been a traveller?
RT: This is the most arduous question. Well I am happy-go-lucky, jolly person and kinda bindass girl. I love to challenge myself and take risks. I am not a slogging 9-to-6 person – I lead my life on my own terms and conditions. To be honest, currently I am just chilling and hanging out with my family and wandering around. Apart from that, I do yoga, bake and cook occasionally [cheat on my diet ;)], meet new people, learn new things, etc. I feel that taking a break from the normal routine is a blessing, and helps you discover yourself. During my time off, I discovered that I love travelling and started exploring new places.

For me, everything is an adventure, whether it’s meeting someone, playing with my pets, learning new things, or working on new hobbies. “A new learning is the start of adventure” – I read this somewhere, and I believe in it quite strongly.

Not sure about always being a traveller. My father works with the Central Govt, and was transferred around quite a bit. We never shifted with him, but every summer, he’d take us to his new post location. So we managed to see a lot of new places, and stay away from the cities, in the midst of nature. This helped build my love for nature and made me a traveller, I think.

TGN: What made you pick the Chadar trek?
RT: The Chadar Trek was never in my mind; it just happened. I was planning to go to Bir, Spiti, but due to weather conditions the trek was cancelled and so were my plans. After New Year 2017, I started looking for Bir treks again, but was not sure about the outcome. Meanwhile many treks came to mind: Kuari Pass, Chopta, etc but nothing interested me. One day while browsing, I came across Chadar trek. I guess you could say I heard the call of the Chadar trek! I started researching it, and finally I went ahead and booked without any second thought, with you guys.

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TGN: Did you do any special training for the Chadar trek? Tell us how you prepared.
RT: This one is quite tricky as I had only 15 days before the trek to be prepared. Mentally I was preparing myself that I’d have to be fit enough to manage the tricky terrain of the Chadar. I’d go to bed planning to wake up early and go jogging for 30 minutes, but I’d end up walking like a tortoise for 30 minutes instead. It worked for me, but I’d suggest to others to eat healthy and jog to get fit and increase stamina. While you’re trekking, the most important things are focus and determination.

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TGN: What kind of gear did you use?
RT: I am not really a gear or gadgets person; I believe in walking free, away from gadgets and enjoying every bit of nature. Sometimes I get lost so much in the breath-taking essence of Mother Earth that I even forget to click pictures and enjoy every bit of it.

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TGN: On a scale of ‘I’m freeeezzinnnngg’ to ‘God please take me home’, how cold was it? How did you deal with the super low temperatures?
RT: Cold is an understatement for Chadar. I was prepared for -20 degrees, but the temperatures dropped to -26 to -30 degrees, with heavy snowfall. I was shivering, and my teeth were chattering. While trekking I did not feel the cold much, but the evenings and nights were cold as hell. I just layered my clothes, drank hot cups of black tea after the trek, filled up with hot supper at night, and went to sleep inside the sleeping bag. All those tricks made it easier.

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TGN: Do you always go trekking alone? Do you find that it makes the experience better?
RT: Yes, I have been trekking solo. I usually go solo, but end up meeting like-minded people with many different experiences, lots of memories, stories shared, inspirations, etc. I would like to share a story of a friend whom I met in Chadar trek. He had planned his trek with 2 of his friends, but they unfortunately ditched him at the last minute. He was left with no one to accompany him, but he stuck to his plan. He was nervous to be trekking solo for the first time, but he gathered his guts and travelled to Leh. We all met, shopped, played, and trekked together. At the end of the trek, he said this line that I won’t forget: “I came solo but am ending this trek with a family”. That’s what the best experience of travelling solo is.

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TGN: If you had to pick one, what was the best moment on your Chadar trek?
RT: Ah! There were lot of “best moments”, but this one is worth sharing, It was the games that we played as a group after our trek, be it volleyball, football, porter pulling, antakshari, storytelling, etc. Our inner child was awakened in those 6 days. Those moments are nostalgic.

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TGN: We hear from a lot of young girls or solo women travellers who are nervous about travelling alone. What message would you send to them?
RT: Travelling is a blessing in itself. Not everyone gets a chance to do so and travelling alone/solo is heavenly. You just don’t see or visit the place but you feel it. So girls, don’t be scared! Just pick up your backpack and leave. Staying in the midst of mountains, sleeping below millions of stars is a supreme bliss. Yes, take precautions, but the world is not as wild as we think. Humanity still exists in each one of us. Just the right approach and presence of mind makes life easy.

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TGN: You’re a real inspiration to adventurers everywhere. Tell us what’s next on your travel bucket list.
RT: I don’t have a bucket list. I make a spontaneous decision about to my next travel/trek. It’s like a big mind game. Whatever comes to mind first is my next travel plan. As of now, I’m planning to go to Mt Abu with my partner-in-crime and my travel inspiration, my mom. She is the true inspiration for all my travels.

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TGN: Are there any Chadar tips that you’d like to give to people thinking about going?
RT: Yes, I’d like to share something. Chadar is a divine place, but it’s large and hard for one team or group to keep clean. Please do your bit and don’t throw litter around. Make a pledge to yourself that you’ll carry an extra bag to store your own trash, or try to pick up the trash around if you see any and keep the surroundings clean and tidy.

For women travellers, please carry a small pack of sanitary napkins/ tampons. Even if you don’t end up needing it, you might be able to help out another female traveller if she’s forgotten or run out. It will be a helping hand for someone else. And please, please, please, do not litter. Roll up your personal waste items really small, wrap it up in a zip pouch and carry it back along with you. You can always throw it away in the garbage once you reach your hotel/homestay/resort where it will be disposed of properly. I thank each one of you personally for reading this, and even more if you decide to help keep the Chadar trek clean.

If you’d like to check out our Chadar trip options, you’ll find plenty here. The season is only for a couple of months each year, in Jan and Feb, when winter is at its peak. That means you have enough time to train for it if you start now :)

Romantic Adventures for Couples

Does your partner makes your heart pound and your pulse soar? These trips will too! Here are our top picks for adventure trips that couples will love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Snow Escape in Auli
Spend a few blissful days in a cosy ski lodge in Auli. You’ll have time to read, go for romantic walks, admire the views, make a snowman, throw snowballs at each other, race down the slopes on tyre tubes, or make snow angels or snow castles! After all that fun, your cosy lodge beckons to you, to come and warm your frozen toes and fingers by the fire.

Book now:
Ski and Stay package in Auli
Snow Escape (3 nights/4 days)
Snow Escape (2 nights/3 days)

Snow trek to Kedarkantha
Kedarkantha is one of the easiest treks to take you into thick snow, and it’s great fun in the winters. You’ll get to cuddle up in cosy tents together, trek through gorgeous pine forests with snow-laden trees, camp beside a frozen lake, and get beautiful views of mountains. On your second day of the trek, you’ll wake up at dawn to watch the sun drench the snow-capped peaks in golden light together. Can you imagine anything more romantic!

Book now:
Snow trek to Kedarkantha

Trek to Har ki Dun
Har-Ki-Dun, which translates to Valley of Gods, is one of the least explored places in the Garhwal region. This moderate level trek is an absolute treat for every nature lover. There are apple orchards, green valleys, pine forests, and streams everywhere, and you’ll be camping in open meadows with sweet grass under you.

Book now:
Trek to Har ki Dun

Moonlight kayaking in Goa
As you kayak out into the sea, the moonlight casts a silvery glow over the landscape, turning the beach white and making the water glow. You’ll be spending time on the water, seeing the beach from a new angle, away from the lights and music of the shacks on the shore. It ends with a beer at one of the shacks before you head home for the night. This will be an unforgettable memory.
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Book now:
Moonlight kayaking in Goa

Rishikesh Riverside Camping
Stay along the banks of the Alaknanda, with the sound of the river in the background. The days are filled with adventure activities and outdoor scenery, and in the evenings, when the night grows cold, a crackling bonfire sets the mood for a singsong session or a barbeque. You’ll stay in Swiss tents, with a permanent roof and ensuite washrooms to shelter you from the elements. Inside your tent, you have queen size beds, luggage racks, side tables, and a coffee table and chairs. However, you’ll probably spend most of your time on the delightful private sit-out that looks over the river.

Book now:
Rishikesh Riverside Camping (2 nights/3 days)

And if you don’t have the time to take off on a holiday, here’s a list of presents you can buy for an adventure-loving significant other.

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Five offbeat adventure stays you can book right NOW!

If you’re not up for a strenuous adventure right now, but you’re craving an escape from the concrete jungle, here are your best options. Head out on a weekend getaway and make the most of the chilly weather.

Camp by the river in Jayalgarh, near Rishikesh
2 nights, 3 days for INR 3700 per person.
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Live along the banks of the Alaknanda, with the sound of the river in the background. You’ll have plenty to do, from chilling on the banks of the river to exploring the forests that fringe it. The days are filled with adventure activities and outdoor scenery, and in the evenings, when the night grows cold, a crackling bonfire sets the mood for a singsong session or a barbeque.

This package does not include the cost of your adventure activities. Instead, you can decide what you want to do and pay on location. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rafting, rappelling, kayaking, local walks, village explorations, or just decide to spend time in the lap of nature.
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Wilderness Adventure in Dandeli, Karnataka
2 nights, 3 days for INR 6600 per person
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This wild multi-adventure trip takes you into wild boar territory, where you’ll live in a cosy forest lodge, and head out every day to try your hand at different adventure activities. Your package includes rappelling, zip-lining, kayaking, a coracle cruise in the river, and nature walks, as well as one thrilling jungle safari. You can expect to see wild boar, crocodiles, jackals, giant squirrels, flying squirrels, and if you’re very lucky, tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, sloth bears, or civet cats. In the evenings, you’ll retire to your lodge, where you can relax by the bonfire or riverside, and discuss all the events of the day.
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Lakeview lodge stay at Tehri Lake, Uttarakhand
2 nights, 3 days for INR 6000 per person
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Make this delightful lodge your base for three days while you explore the many adventure options around. The lodge nestles in the midst of a fragrant pine forest, with views of the emerald waters of Tehri Lake and the snowy slopes of Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rock-climbing, rappelling, jhumarring, or you can go for treks, cycle rides, or a rafting trip.

A short walk from the lodge offers you views of the lakes, the mountains, and the pine forests. You’ll be able to choose from trying your hand at a range of adventures both on and off the lodge grounds, or if you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday, plop down into one of the many cosy nooks around the lodge and play a board game, practise some yoga, read a book or take a nap. There are walking trails through the forests, short drives taking you to scenic spots like Kanatal or Dhanaulti, or visit some of the local sites.
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Snow lodge stay in Auli, Uttarakhand
2 nights, 3 days for INR 7300 per person
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This 2 night, 3 day adventure is a perfect escape to a wintery wonderland. You’ll stay at this charming little lodge, located on the snow-covered slopes of Auli, with mesmerising views all around, and lots of snow activities to choose from. Auli is a large meadow, or bugyal, which means that it is blanketed with thick snow during the snow months. From here, you can see peaks like Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and more. Spend your days on the slopes of Auli: you can make a snowman, throw snowballs at each other, race down the slopes on tyre tubes, or make snow angels or snow castles! After all that fun, your cosy lodge beckons to you, to come and warm your frozen toes and fingers by the fire.
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Apple orchard lodge in Prini, Manali
2 nights, 3 days for INR 7000 per person
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Set in the middle of the apple orchards of Prini, this lodge is 3 kms away from Manali, and lets you experience the fun of a popular mountain getaway without the crowds. With natural hot springs, charming temples for local deities, apple orchards, winding walking trails through pine forests, this location has plenty to offer. From the lodge, you can walk out into thick snow, where you can build snowmen, have a snowball fight, or build castles in the snow. You’ll be provided with snow tubes to try snow-tubing down the snowy slopes. You’ll also be driven to Hampta Valley or Solang Valley to explore the iconic snow vistas there.

Apart from all this, you can visit Manali or Naggar for sightseeing, to visit the famous hot springs, or to do some shopping and try out the Israeli and Tibetan cuisine in central Manali. If you’re in the mood for extreme adventure, there are activities like rafting, paragliding, river crossing, rappelling and rock climbing, all payable on the spot.
Click here to view trip

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Holiday gift list for adventurers

The gifting season is almost upon us, and if you know an adventurer or outdoorsy person, here’s a list of presents that will make their day! There are no clothes on the list, because sizes are tricky, and personal preferences are even more tricky. All these presents are easy to buy, and they’re gifts that will keep giving. And we’ve divided it up based on price, so you really have no excuse not to shop right now!

Stocking Stuffers:
If you know someone who loves the outdoors, but you don’t know them well enough for a big spend, these budget gifts are perfect.

Firestarter
INR 450 | View here
There’s nothing more uncomfortable for an adventurer than being stuck without a fire at night. Originally built for the Swedish Ministry of Defence, this Fire Steel tool is made to generate a shower of sparks that can help light a warm fire. Just strike the sawtooth against the fire steel, holding it above kindling like dry grass, wood chips, or dry leaves. This tool also comes with a bottle opener and is attached to a para cord to keep it handy.
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Gaiters
INR 860 | View here
These gaiters will keep leeches and other creepy-crawlies out of the boots of your adventurer. They’ll also be ideal for trekking through snow, sand and swamps. With adjustable ropes, hooks and velcro fastenings, as well as zippers, they’re fairly sturdy and adaptable.

Waterproof Dry Bag:
INR 455 | View here
You don’t need to be an adventurer to appreciate this one. These bags are waterproof (when closed properly), and will save you the trouble of wrapping things in plastic. If you’re going on a rafting or kayaking trip, if you’re heading out for a day on the beach, or if you’re expecting rain on a hike, the Dry Bag will keep your essentials dry.

Yoga Bars:
INR 330 | View here
Pick up these all-natural, yummy bars for meals on the go. Any adventurer knows the value of an easy-to-pack snack that won’t smash, crumble or melt. These quick snacks are made with healthy ingredients like oats, dates and chia seeds, and will give anyone a boost of long-lasting energy.
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Sports Gel:
INR 480 | View here
Trending all around the world right now, these sports gels are great for runners, trekkers, and anyone who’ll need sustenance during their adventure activity. It replenishes depleted electrolytes, boosts energy, and is easy to slip into a backpack or a running belt.
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Waist Pouch:
INR 529 | View here
It’s vital to keep your hands free on a run, on a trek, or on a day adventure. All your essentials are close at hand without needing to stop and swing your day pack or backpack around, or unzip all those pockets.
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Mid Budget Gifts:
These handy gifts are a little more expensive, but so worth it.

Headlamps:
Anyone who spends time out of the city, whether on a trek or camping, needs this. A headlamp is more convenient than a flashlight, because it leaves your hands free to cook, set up tents, build fires, or keep an eye on the bushes around.
View budget headlamp for INR 222: Grab this high intensity LED headlamp for a song.
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View premium headlamp for INR 1680: This PETZL headlamp offers different lighting modes and a long battery life.
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San-Disk Micro SD and Adapter:
INR 1289 | View here
It’s small, but oh so handy. This memory card is compatible with any Android device, and can be slipped into a phone on any trip. The adapter makes it easy to use on full-size SD devices. No more running out of memory when there’s a beautiful view of a valley or a sunset right in front of you.
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Tarkan Solar Charger:
INR 999 | View here
A solar charger is handy on multi-day treks or hikes. With a drizzle-proof and shock proof design, this charger can be strapped onto a backpack and charges all day.
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LUCI Inflatable Solar Lantern:
INR 1019 | View here
This award-winning design is lightweight, waterproof, and can be slipped into a daypack or a pocket. It needs to be left in the sunlight (or any incandescent light) for a day, to provide light for 6-12 hours. Strap it to your bag and take off for a hike, knowing that when you set up camp at night, you’ll have this right there.
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Lifestraw Purifier
INR 1745 | View here
Built for the adventurer who goes into the wild and might have to drink water from natural ponds or rivers, the Lifestraw bottle offers a small, compact and economical way to stay safe from 99.99 per cent of waterborne bacteria.
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Big Budget Gifts:
If the adventurer in question is a loved one, a partner, a dear friend, or a relative, then these are the gifts that will earn the sunniest smiles.

Coleman Sundome 3-Person Tent
INR 4574 | View here
This tent is great for trekkers who might like to spend the night out in the Sahyadris or in the lower foothills of the Himalayas. It is well-ventilated and will keep campers dry and protected from milder elements.
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Wildcraft Rucksack:
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Most trekkers/travellers use their bags until the threads are falling apart. It’s because they’d rather spend that money on a trip than buy a new bag. That’s where you step in. Buy them something that saves their shoulders and backs.
P.S: If you’re looking for recommendations for more backpacks, check out our Gear Guide article.
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Nikon Coolpix:
INR 16,498 | View here
This Nikon camera is an adventurer’s best friend. It can be taken scuba diving, up to 30 metres deep; it can be taken on snow treks, up in the air on a paraglider, and on treks in the mountains.
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Garmin Forerunner
INR 27,990 | View here
If you’ve got a big budget, this is a perfect person for a serious runner or marathoner. Garmin makes some of the top fitness wearables in the world, and the Forerunner 235 gives you a whole range of cool features. Starting from a heart-rate monitor, audio prompts, smartphone notifications, and more. If you know someone who’s training for Everest or Kilimanjaro in 2017, this will help them create and monitor training plans for themselves.
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GoPro Hero 4 Adventure Edition
INR 30,900 | View here
You’ll see GoPro anywhere there is adventure, whether it’s windsurfing, paragliding, scuba diving, or trekking. Almost every adventure brand out there uses a GoPro, and it makes perfect sense. This tiny device can take a beating in any terrain, and comes back with all the evidence safely stored. The Adventure Edition has improved controls, easier usage, and convenient features. It’s also designed to withstand extreme conditions, and is compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories.
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You know what the best part of this list is? You order all these presents online and get them delivered to your doorstep. No battling the Christmas/New Year crowds at the last minute!

10 great ways to spend New Year’s Eve

Don’t wake up on the 1st of January 2017 with a splitting hangover, the remnants of last night’s party rotting in your kitchen sink, the smell of burnt fire-crackers in the air, and the milkman/bai ringing the doorbell.

Just don’t.

Do something that takes you out of the city instead. You’ll wake up to a dewy morning somewhere, with the misty-fresh world making 2017 look so bright and new. Here are 10 spectacular ways to bring in the new year:

1. Snow treks in the Himalayas
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Get out of the city and head for the sanctuary of the mountains. In the winter, the snow blankets the ground, muffles all sounds, and creates postcard-perfect landscapes just for you. You can play in the snow, build snowmen, have snowball fights, and camp in the snow. Check out our list of treks, and if you don’t see what you like, write to us at [email protected] We’ll find something you can do.

P.S: If camping in the snow is not your thing, we’ve got lodge-based treks like this one that you can do. You’ll spend the day outside, but at night, you’ll have cosy rooms and soft beds to sleep in.

2. Rafting and camping in Rishikesh
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Head to the holy town for a spiritual new year celebration. You’ll battle the rapids of the Ganges, live in cosy tents, spend evenings around a bonfire, and eat good food. You should definitely check out the Ganga Aarti while you’re there. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate how beautiful it is to watch those lamps float down the fast-flowing river.

3. Paragliding in Maharashtra
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If you’re short on time, you don’t have to go far. Take a day trip to Kamshet, sign the forms, and strap up. A skilled instructor manages your glider, leaving you free to scream, sing, and admire the views of the rolling landscape around you. Soaring through the sky gives you a whole new perspective for the new year, and might even encourage you to book a paragliding certification course.

4. Cycling in Kerala
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Head to God’s own country, Kerala, for laid-back cycling trips through the lush cardamom plantations, quaint lanes, tea estates and backwaters.

5. Goa adventures
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If you’re travelling to Goa for the New Year, take some time to browse our adventures in this coastal paradise. We’ve got snorkelling trips, boat cruises, easy 1-day ocean treks that take you up onto the cliffs for better views of the sea, fun dives for those who are looking for scuba, and cycling tours that take you through the lanes of old Goa or through the islands of Goa.

6. Diving in the Andamans
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Why hang about in the cities when you could be in a tropical paradise on New Year’s Eve? You’ll float peacefully in the warm, blue ocean, go on a Try Dive to see what life is like under the surface, and spend the rest of your day in shorts, bikinis, and sunglasses. You could even choose to do a Discover Scuba Dive, which is the first step towards getting your PADI certification!

7. Bungee jumping in Rishikesh
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Start the new year with an adventure like no other! Book a trip to Rishikesh, and jump off the highest bungee platform in India. When you’re standing at 83 metres (270 feet) above the river, your heart will pound like never before.

P.S: If bungee jumping is not your thing, we’ve also got Asia’s longest flying fox, or India’s highest giant swing (from the bungee platform).

8. Camping around Mumbai/Pune
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Get away from the city, and head into the welcoming arms of Mother Nature. You can camp by a lake, sing songs around a bonfire, sleep in tents, and enjoy the nippy air of an outdoorsy New Year’s Eve night, and wake up to a misty morning.
Call for details: 9920250519

9. Treks around Maharashtra
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Sign up for a trek that starts on the 31st of December. When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll be somewhere up in the Western Ghats, enjoying a bonfire and the starry sky above.

10. Multi-adventure camp in Bangalore
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If you live and work in Bangalore, here’s something for you. Take off to an adventure camp for New Year’s Eve. You’ll spend the days trying out kayaking, rock-climbing, rappelling, and other exciting sports. And in the evenings, when it gets cold, huddle around a fire to stay warm.

If there’s something on your bucket list for the New Year, tell us. We’re putting up new adventures all the time, and maybe we’ve got an amazing offer that you can’t refuse.

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