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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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Top trekking tips that beginners don’t know about, but should!

If you’re a beginner to the world of trekking, you won’t know this stuff, but that’s what we’re here for.

1. You’re only as good as your gear.
Your gear is what will make or break your trek. Invest in a good pair of trekking boots or shoes, and plan to break them in before you start your trek. It’s always advisable to buy your gear from an adventure brand in your country, because you’ll have the benefits of warranties and free repairs. The right shoes will equip you for any type of terrain, and should last a few years.

Just as important as your shoes is your bag. Buy a sturdy rucksack and check that it has the features you need. Everyone needs a strong set of adjustable shoulder straps, a rain-cover that folds away inside, and a set of pockets and pouches on the outside to store essentials.

2. You’re going to be peeing (if not doing more) in the great outdoors.
Most Himalayan adventure operators will arrange a toilet tent with dry pit toilets for your trek. Some operators even have separate toilet tents for men and women. They’ll set them up a good distance away from your campsite and from water sources. But all that is only set up when you get to camp. During trekking hours, you’ll be ducking behind the nearest bush or boulder if you have to go. Make sure you have hand sanitiser and wet wipes on hand at all times.

3. You’re going to overeat.
All that fresh air and exercise means you’re going to have a roaring appetite. The food will always taste great. When you’re on a trek in the Himalayas, you’ll be fed all the time. Apart from your main meals, you’ll also get hot chocolate, soup, or lemon tea. Most operators will carry snacks for your trekking hours too, but keep a few energy bars, baggies of dry fruit or trail mix, or chocolate bars in your day pack too.

4. You don’t have to do anything apart from trekking.
On a Himalayan trek, you’re going to be spoiled silly. All you have to do is wake up and trek. When you get to your campsite, the crew sets up your tents, rolls out your sleeping bag, and cooks for you. Once you’re done with the day’s trekking, all you have to do is sit around a fire and chat, or read, or walk about and explore the campsite.

5. You’ll go back to childhood sleeping patterns.
Up in the mountains, you’ll find your body clock reverting to your days of early-to-bed, early-to-rise. You’ll be tired by the end of the day, and those sleeping bags look mighty tempting. You’ll probably be going to sleep by 10 p.m, and you’ll start waking up early every morning.

6. Your grooming is going to suffer a bit.
You never really wear all those extra tees or tops, unless it’s cold. Just make sure you carry enough underwear and socks, and of course, wet wipes. All you need is a quick swipe of the underarms, groin, and feet before you go to sleep. You’re not going to take showers, and you’re in the mountains, so you might as well just jam a woolly hat or a buff over a bad hair day and consider yourself groomed. And hey, what happens in the mountains stays in the mountains!

7. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold. You still need sunscreen.
Sunburn isn’t the only concern for your skin on a trek; you need to be protected against windburn and snowburn too. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 40 and above, but you should also keep your skin moisturised and your body covered. Get a pair of polarized sunglasses for days when you’re trekking through snow, because the light reflected off the white surface can be intensely bright. Keeping your face covered will really help prevent chapped lips and cheeks, but keep your lip balm handy.

8. You’ll have new best friends.
Your lip balm, scarf, wet wipes, and energy/chocolate bars will get you through the day. Skip lip balms with menthol (too drying) and choose a balm with an SPF. Your scarf will double up as many things on the trek: wet it in a cool stream and lay across your neck during a summer trek; wrap it around your neck and pull up over your face during a winter trek; use as a pillow cover, light sheet, or face shield when you’re sleeping or taking a nap…the list goes on.

9. Wet wipes. Wet wipes. Wet wipes.
Some trekkers choose not to use wet wipes, and some swear by them. We say, carry a pack anyway; choose something soothing and not too heavily scented, because you’ll be using them on very sensitive skin. At night, before you slip into your sleeping bag, wipe down armpits, groin, and feet, and any other parts that are sweaty. Store the used wipes in the ziploc bag, and carry them home to dispose of them.

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Best campsites in India

Why camp when you can stay in a hotel, you might ask. The question you should be asking yourself is: why not camp instead of staying in a hotel? We live in a country with spectacular natural beauty, and there are few accommodation options that let you get as close to nature as camping does.

From the great Himalayas, where you can set up camp in the snow or in a fragrant pine forest, beside a clear mountain lake or with a view of a glacier; to the sand dunes of Rajasthan, where you’ll camp under the desert stars; to the rolling hills in Maharashtra where you’ll camp in the green Sahyadris, India has it all. So where do you start?

Here’s a list of the best campsites we’ve found:

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala, Maharashtra

Camp Water's Edge, Lonavala

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala


This camp is not far from Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala, but it nestles deep in the hills and away from the crowds. You’ll be surrounded by nature, on the banks of a large lake, with plenty of greenery to explore. You’ll spend the day on a sprawling 18-acre property, enjoying swimming, kayaking, river crossing and nature walks. There are also charming gazebos to while away a few hours, and a plant nursery and well-manicured gardens for you to spend some quiet time at. There are clean and large restrooms and changing rooms, with separate blocks for men and women for your use. A large dining hall provides a comfortable place to eat your meals, which a team of chefs conjures up for you.
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Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand


Located in Mukteshwar, high in the Kumaon hills, this camp is an idyllic getaway. Camp Purple is a dreamer’s paradise, named after the colour of the clouds at sunset. In the spring months, the orchards around the campsite blossom with gorgeous flowers, turning to luscious peaches and plums as the summer months come along. During winter, the morning mists lie low on the mountains, turning all shades from baby pink to blazing reds and purple. You’ll be staying in American safari tents, equipped with cots, mattresses, blankets/sleeping bags, and lamps.
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Bull’s River Camp, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Bull's Riverside Camp, Rishikesh

Bull’s Riverside Camp, Rishikesh


This riverside campsite is located in the midst of nature, with the Tons river flowing by right outside. At 4500 ft, the campsite also allows you stunning views of the valley and forests around. You can take kayaks out to battle the rapids, race mountain bikes over the hilly terrain, or go swimming in clear freshwater pools and waterfalls. It’s your own little paradise, with mist floating in in the morning, boulders to sit on and admire the river, and forest trails to explore. Every evening, you’ll gather around a campfire, enjoy a few snacks, and wish this trip would never end.

You’ll stay in cosy tents with cots, mattresses, thick blankets and a carpeted floor. For your comfort, there are separate toilet tents and shower tents. This campsite is only open for three months of the year, from April to June, so don’t leave it till too late.
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Letscampout, Pavna lake, Maharashtra

Pavna Lake Camping, Maharashtra

Pavna Lake Camping, Maharashtra


Camping by Pavna lake offers you the chance to get away from the city with just a short drive. The campsite has a perennial lake on three sides, giving you beautiful views at any time of the day. While the campsite turns lush green during the monsoon, it is also gorgeous during the winter months, when mist descends on the lake in the early morning and there’s a nip in the air at night.

This is one of the best campsites in India and when the temperature drops (Nov-Mar), the chilly nights make the bonfire even more fun. You’ll camp in weather-proof tents with foam mats to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, with comfort facilities like dry toilet tents with Western commodes.
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Camp Suryagaon, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Camp Suryagaon, Sattal, Nainital

Camp Suryagaon, Sattal, Nainital


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 with water so pure that it leaves your hair and skin silky soft. The views from the campsite are spectacular, with the seven lakes that Saat-taal is named after.

At the campsite, you’ll spend evenings around a bonfire and sleep in cosy American safari tents. 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 tucked in your sleeping bags in a tent.
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Aspen Camp, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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This campsite is nestled at a peaceful location along a tributary of the mighty Ganges, away from the city and the crowds. You’ll love the freedom and peace at this beautiful riverside forest campsite, in the middle of a national forest. Every morning, you’ll wake up wishing you could just live here forever. The skies are clear, the birds chirp happily, and the blue river gurgles all day. You can choose to head to the river for swimming, or try your hand at high-adrenaline sports like rock climbing and rappelling, or you could maximise your time in nature with a waterfall trek, nature walk, or bird watching.

You’ll be staying in Swiss tents with attached washrooms and electricity. Each tent is equipped with carpeted flooring, towels, personal utility kits, electric heating bags, fans and lights. The beds have thick mattresses, and pillows and blankets. Apart from this, your campsite has delicious buffet meals in a variety of cuisines. There are barbeques every night, bonfires, and lots more.
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Riverside Camp, Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand


This delightful lodge lies about 90 kms from Rishikesh, along the banks of the Alaknanda. The emerald waters contrasts perfectly against the white sand beaches, with the greenery all around and blue skies above. And you’ll be right in the midst of all this beauty, enjoying bonfires and falling asleep to the sounds of nature outside. The location offers you temples, forest trails, local village walks and more, but the highlight is the adventure activities available. The river has stretches of tumbling rapids on which you can go whitewater rafting, but there are calmer stretches where you can try kayaking, body surfing or swimming.

You’ll live 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.
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Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Uttarakhand

Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Uttarakhand


Camp Kyari is located in the foothills above Kotabagh, on the periphery of Jim Corbett National Park. It lies at an altitude of 2800 feet, with spectacular views of the Baur river and the Kotabagh valley. This wild campsite is one of the best campsites in India and distant call of the leopard often punctures the peace and quiet, and the rustling of wind in the leaves. It’s Corbett country, and your campsite brings to mind all the books you’ve ever read as a kid. You can climb into machaans, ramble through thickly forested lanes, go on bicycle rides through charming villages, or take a dip in the stream nearby. You’ll be staying in American safari tents, equipped with cots, mattresses, blankets/sleeping bags, and lamps.
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Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand


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. From the campsite, you can go mountain-biking to small villages, or hike out to secret caves, swim in hidden natural pools, and go on forest walks. Munsiyari is a short 30 kms away from the camp site. The camp offers accommodation in alpine tents, as well as a host of activities like kayaking, trekking, fishing, swimming and more.

You can hike to an 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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CAMPING DURING TREKKING
All of the above are permanent campsites, set up to cater to those looking for a stay in the wild. But if you’re looking for a stay that is truly close to nature, you can’t beat the cosy alpine tents set up in the middle of the wild when you’re on a trek. These are some of the best campsites in India, and you can only get to them by doing these spectacular Himalayan treks.

Juda ka Talab, Kedarkantha trek, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha campsite, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha campsite, Uttarakhand


On the Kedarkantha trek, each trek is prettier than the last. You’ll camp at Juda ka Talab on your first night, a small pond amidst oak and pine forests that is frozen in winter. After that, you’ll be camping at the base camp of the Kedarkantha peak. This campsite is one of the best campsites in India, and offers stunning vantage points of snow-capped peaks all around.
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Nagtibba top camp, Nagtibba trek, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand


At the top of Nagtibba, your campsite will be set up for a complete outdoors experience, with basic comforts like tents, sleeping bags, toilet tents, all led by a friendly team of guides and porters. The ground is covered with wild mint, which the cook will pluck to make you a deliciously refreshing cup of tea. You’ll eat meals with views of the mountains around. Then you can explore the campsite, and fall asleep in a tent under the stars.
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Triund camp, Triund trek, Uttarakhand

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons


The Triund trek has one of the best campsites in India. Set in the midst of an alpine meadow at Triund summit, it rewards you with absolutely breath-taking, 180-degree views of the mountains and the gorgeous Kangra valley. Just the view of the evening sky from Triund is a reason enough to pitch a tent here for the night.
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Bakarthach campsite, Beaskund trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bakarthach, Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh

Bakarthach, Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh


The trek to Beaskund is one of the best treks for beginners: it starts from Manali (so it’s easy to get to), it’s not too steep, and it takes you into some of most gorgeous terrain you’ll see. You’ll be camping in the midst of a wide open valley, so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. You’ll also camp in Bakarthach, a high altitude meadow with shepherds guarding their flocks. All around you, small streams of glacial water criss-cross the land, avalanches rumble in the distance, and you’ll be able to see glaciers and famous peaks.
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Dodital lakeside camping, Dodital trek, Himachal Pradesh

Dodital Lake | Image credit: Seekpeak.in

Dodital Lake | Image credit: Seekpeak.in


Dodital is a freshwater lake that is home to the rare Himalayan trout called Dodi, after which it is named. It’s one of the most picturesque lakes in the Western Garhwal Himalayas, and is surrounded by oak and rhododendron trees. You’ll be camping beside this lake, nestled amidst an amphitheatre of mountains.
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Kareri lakeside camping, Kareri lake trek, Himachal Pradesh
Image by ENVIS Centre, HP
Situated at an altitude of 10,500 ft, Kareri Lake is fed by the melting snow from the Dhauladhar Mountains. The campsite at Kareri Lake offers captivating views of alpine forests, sparkling streams and mountains all around.
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Deoriatal lakeside camping, Chopta trek, Uttarakhand
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Deoriatal is a small lake but what it lacks for in size, it makes up for in sheer beauty. It is surrounded by mountain peaks that reflect in the still waters, adding to the splendour. You will love camping here and just soaking in the natural beauty before you head into your tents for the night.
Meadow camping on the Dayara Bugyal trek – This trek is considered to be one of the most scenic Uttarakhand, and you must stop for a night of meadow camping here. From this high altitude meadow, you’ll see beautiful valleys dotted with wildflowers, sparkling streams running past, and woolly sheep grazing in grassy highlands.
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Sarchu camping
Sarchu Campsite
At a soaring altitude of over 14,000 feet, Sarchu stands at the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It is 222 kilometers away from Manali on the Leh highway and is a popular stop over for those travelling on this route. Sarchu offers spectacular views of stark landscape with some small oasis-like spots around water bodies, the shimmering Tsarap Chu river in the distance, and a chance to escape the crowds of Manali or Leh during season time. During the summer and monsoons months, this is a popular stop for motorbiking trips between Manali and Leh, but it shuts in winter due to heavy snowfall.
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If you’re looking for something else, or want to talk to someone, get in touch with us, and we’ll help you decide.

Top Sikkim Getaways

Sikkim is home to vast lakes, hot springs, mountain peaks and many glaciers, making it a perfect destination for Sikkim getaways of all kinds. The landscape, the people and the culture here are unique. One of the best places to visit in Sikkim is Kanchenjunga, which until the discovery of the Mt. Everest, was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. It is now at Number 3 after Mt. Everest and K2.
Darjeeling is considered to be the doorway to Sikkim and from here one can opt for fabulous adventures and undertake some of the best treks in India. Trekking in Sikkim is a totally different experience from trekking in the northern Himalayas. Sikkim is the cleanest and prettiest of the seven states in the North East and boasts of a climate that ranges from subtropical to high alpine. The Lepcha people call Sikkim paradise in their local language and therefore one of the top things to do in Sikkim is some trekking.
One of the top things to do in Sikkim is the Dzongri Goechala trek – Nestled amidst vibrant flora and fauna, this Goechala Pass trail is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park. The Kanchenjunga is considered sacred by the people of the North East. Covered in mist most of the time, the peak plays hide and seek with anyone wishing to see it.
This trek which is moderate to difficult is a mix of treacherous and easy stretches with spectacular rewards on all days of the trek. It is a thrilling journey for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. This popular dzongri goechala trek in Sikkim is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to the dizzyingly high pass of Goecha La at 16000 feet. On this Sikkim getaway, trekkers travel through flourishing verdant valleys, beautiful orchards and rich forests to Goechala summit, a place where few have gone before. Along the way you’ll also visit the scenic village of Tsokha, a Tibetan settlement.
From camping in the gorgeous meadows of Dzongri, soaking in the serenity at Lake Samiti, crossing beautiful dense rhododendron forests to witnessing the glory of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga mountain ranges, this is a complete experience and definitely one of the best places to see in Sikkim.
The best season to hit the hiking trails of Goechala is in the summer from April to June and even in September –October when temperatures range from 15C to 22C during the day and drops at night between 7C to -1C. This Sikkim getaway is best avoided during the monsoon as the trail becomes treacherous and slippery. Since this is a high altitude trek the temperature in Goechala region remains quite low at -20C in the winter.

Sandakphu Trek
The mountains and trekking trails in Sikkim are gorgeous and offer you some wonderful adventure activities. One of the best things to do in Sikkim and also the most sought after, is the Sandakphu trek. It has the unique benefits of offering you majestic views of the 4 tallest mountains of the world: Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. It’s a thrilling experience, and you’ll also get views of the Three Sisters range. The Sandakphu trek is a moderately challenging one, and involves some long days of trekking. However, fit first-timers can attempt this if they have good stamina and endurance.
This Sikkim getaway is best in summer from April to May. The Sandakphu weather is cool and the skies are clear, especially if you choose to go in April. The flowers are in full bloom during this time, so you’ll see rhododendron flowers carpeting the trails, as well as orchids and primula flowers dotting the landscape. You can also choose to go in the months of October to November if you want a more stark landscape. During this time, there is excellent visibility for views that stretch into the horizon, and glorious sunsets and sunrises. It’s very cold and there might be occasional snowfall, so do carry the right clothing and gear.
Barsey Rhododendron Trek – This is easily one of the best places to see in Sikkim as the trek is a riot of colour. It is set among blooming rhododendrons and grand panoramas of the Khangchendzonga range. This trek is an easy one, perfect for a relaxed Sikkim getaway and for trekking newbies. The trek goes through higher sections of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in west Sikkim, which is home to 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. Bird-lovers can spot many rare birds like the Black-breasted Parrotbill, Blood Pheasant and many varieties of flycatchers.
The slopes of the Sikkim Himalayas are peppered with the bright hues and warm fragrance of thousands of blooming rhododendrons making this one of the best places to see in Sikkim. The flowering season also means an area rife in bird and insect species, and is a nature-lover’s delight.
On this trek you will traverse conifer forests and soft green meadows, set against flowing rivers, and enjoy magnificent views of the many snow-capped mountains of the Khangchendzonga range.

Top Group Adventures for Gangs of Friends

If you’re thinking of travelling in a group, whether it’s with a gang of friends, a family outing, or with your team from work, doing a bit of adventure travel will make for an unforgettable experience. Adventure can be customized to suit all ages, stamina levels, and enthusiasm, and we’ve got a whole list for you.

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These moderate treks are great to get a group of friends or colleagues out and into the mountains. They’re not too difficult, and can be done by families with older kids too. Please note: if anyone in the group has knee or spine problems, or asthma or heart problems, do get a doctor’s opinion before booking the trek.

The Valley of Flowers trek, Uttarakhand
The gorgeous Valley of Flowers is a must-see world heritage site nestled deep in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. When the snow melts and the rainy season arrives, the valley bursts into a riot of colours, covering the entire valley with wildflowers. You will get spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks on this trek. It is a perfect adventure travel group trek for nature lovers, trekking enthusiasts and photographers alike. Most itineraries also include a trek to the emerald-green Hemkund lake and Hemkund Sahib, the highest Gurudwara in the world.
Best time to go: Mid-July to mid-Sept
See treks to Valley of Flowers.

Trek to Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
This trek takes you up along an easy trail to an altitude of 10,000 feet to the gorgeous alpine meadows of Dayara Bugyal. You’ll trek through some of the most scenic locations, with the landscape filled with wildflowers, gurgling streams and fluffy sheep dotting the highlands. You’ll camp at beautiful campsites, and will have nature all to yourself.
Best time to go: Summer months like Apr-June (for lush greenery and flowers) and winter months like Dec-Jan (for snow trekking and skiing).
See treks to Dayara Bugyal.

Trek to Chopta Chandrashila, Uttarakhand
The trek to Chopta, Chandrashila takes you to the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, and is one of the prettiest treks in the country. It’s a moderately easy trek, with a challenging climb on one day to Chandrashila peak. This peak is 13,000 feet high, and has a good steep climb to get to Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple of the world. You’ll be camping along the banks of the pristine Deoriatal Lake, and you’ll get stunning views of magnificent Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Trishul.
Best time to go: April-November for greenery and pleasant weather, Dec-Jan for snow trekking
See treks to Chopta Chandrashila.

Trek to Sham Valley, Leh
If you really want to do something epic, head to Leh. This easy trek takes you from Leh, through apricot orchards and past ancient villages that time has left behind. You will also visit the famous monasteries of Lamayuru, Spituk, Likir and Alchi. It is a perfect option for families and corporate travel groups looking to break away from urban civilization.
Best time to go: May-July
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Trek to Nagtibb, Uttarakhand
This short trek in the Garhwal Himalayas is the perfect introduction to trekking, and can comfortably be done over 2-3 days. You’ll trek to an altitude of 10,000 feet, to the top of a ridge peak in the Nagtibba range of the lower Himalayas. The trail is a pleasant and easy one, and will take you through pine woods and over bubbling streams. You’ll camp with views of spectacular snow-capped Himalayan peaks, surrounded by the sharp fragrance of wild mint that grows underfoot.
Best time to go: Year-round
See treks to Nagtibba.

Trek to Triund, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled in the heart of the Kangra Valley, Triund is an adventurous weekend getaway into the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. It is an easy trek that starts from the town of McLeodganj, and takes you through rhododendron forests and over rocky terrain to the summit. From the top, you’ll get a magnificent 180-degree view of the mighty Dhauladhar range, the southern boundary of the Himalayas. You can choose to camp here for the night and experience the magical view of twinkling stars over the gorgeous snow-capped peaks.
Best time to go: Year-round
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Trek to Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh
An ideal trek for first-timers, Beaskund is a delightful option for families and groups looking for a taste of the Himalayas. You’ll start the trek from a village that is a few hours away from Manali. The trail goes along the banks of a river and through a boulder-strewn valley. You’ll camp at beautiful locations, and will be able to hear avalanches rumbling in the distance. The emerald-green Beaskund is the highlight of this trek, however, and lies in the middle of a spectacular high altitude grazing meadow dotted with woolly mountain sheep.
Best time to go: May-Oct for pleasant weather, Dec-Jan for snow trekking
See treks to Beaskund.

Trek to Lohagad, Maharashtra
The trek to Lohagad fort is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra, especially in the monsoon and in the winter. It is an easy trek up to the summit, at an altitude of 3,400 feet and is quite popular for families and groups of friends. The Western Ghats are lush green during the monsoon, and this trek lets you get muddy, scramble over slippery rocks, and climb through the mist to the fort at the top. The highlight of the Lohagad fort is the famed Vinchu Kata, a rampart of the fort that is shaped like the tail of a scorpion.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
See treks to Lohagad.

Trek to Korigad, Maharashtra
Korigad fort stands at about 3000 feet high, and esting at an elevation of 3000 feet, the Korigad fort is an easy trek that takes you just 3 hours to complete and An easy 6 km trek, you will reach the top in 3 hours. Your trail is lined with stone cut steps through most parts and into the rain drenched Sahyadri forest. It was constructed around 1500 AD and one can explore the fortifications and ramparts that are still intact. You will also find 6 ancient cannons near the Koraidevi temple and you can take a dip in the pool at the top. A relaxed trek, it is perfect for families and corporates looking for a single day getaway.

Andharban Trek
On this one-day adventure, trek through the dense dark forests of Maharashtra. The Andharbans are known for the dusky trail through thick forests that let little or no sunlight seep in. A moderate down-hill trek, you will experience the thrill of trekking through a dimly lit forest, drenched in rain during the monsoons. The rain will trickle from under your feet and you will cross gurgling streams and infant waterfalls on this adventure travel tour. A thrilling getaway, it is an ideal adventure for corporate groups, families and a group of friends.

Kaas Plateau Trek
Kaas Plateau is the Sahyadris very own Valley of Flowers. Nestled away in the munificent valleys of the Sahyadri ranges, the Kaas Plateau is carpeted with colourful wildflowers. The green foliage and plenty of nectar-filled flowers attract beautiful tiny birds and lustrous insects. You can visit the Bamnoli Lake, or even hike up to the cascading Thoseghar waterfalls. An ideal family getaway, it is fit for the elderly and young trekkers. It is also a great weekend getaway for corporate groups looking for a picturesque retreat not far from the city.

Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek
Dudhsagar Waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in India, cascading down from a height of 1015 feet. It is a relaxed train with no steep ascents or descents and you will trek through dense forests. You will trek along railway tracks and through dusky tunnels to get to the base of the Dudhsagar waterfalls. You can take a dip in the milky-water pools at the base of the waterfall before heading back. It is an ideal weekend trip for corporates and families looking to get drenched in the cascading waters of the milky waterfalls.

Lonavala Hill Top Camping
Your campsite is set up amidst lush green environs surrounded by hills, 8 kms away from Lonavala. It is located halfway up the Rajmachi fort, with views of towering hills and scenic valleys. While it is easily accessible from the city, you will leave behind the noise and crowd. In the monsoons, the campsite is a paradise with sprouting waterfalls, bubbling streams, natural ponds and fluffy clouds all around. The winters are chilly with delightful barbeque-bonfires and fog covered environs. You can choose to trek nearby and explore viewpoints close to the camp. You will be camping in waterproof tents with facilities of dry toilet tents, sleeping mats and bonfires, to make your stay comfortable. It is an ideal weekend getaway for a corporate group that wants to sleep under the stars.

Family adventure packages and corporate travel tours
Kolad rafting
You will be screaming with joy as you paddle on the raging rapids of the Kundalika river. As you bounce over the torrents and advance forward, you will be surrounded with lush green foliage in the fishing village of Kolad. You can also choose to try your hands on the on-ground adventure activities such as Burma rope bridge, Kayaking, Tarzan swing and ziplining. You can also enjoy a delicious Maharashtrian lunch at the campsite. It is an ideal adventure getaway with multiple icebreaking activities to choose from for corporate groups and families.

Rishikesh camping
In the midst of a national forest, on the banks of a tributary of the mighty Ganges, you will love the resounding silence at this riverside forest campsite. With clear skies and chirpy birds, you will wake up to the gurgling sounds of the river. Go for a swim in the cool waters of the Ganges or try your hand at more thrilling activities like rock-climbing, rappelling. You can take hikes in the forest, trek to a waterfall or wake up early to spot rare Himalayan birds. You will relish scrumptious buffet meals at the campsite and enjoy bonfires and barbeques in the night. It is a relaxed adventurous getaway for corporates and families looking to relax in nature’s lap.

Ton’s River Camping
Imagine waking up to the sounds of the gushing currents of a river, isn’t it perfect? Your campsite is set at the banks of the Ton’s river with stunning views of the surrounding valleys and forests. There is plenty to do at the campsite, with the gurgling river and forests to host thrilling adventure activities. You can take a dip in the fresh water pools and waterfalls, kayak into the horizon, drift mountain bikes over hilly terrain or take a hike in the dense forests. You will enjoy the warmth of the bonfire under a star-studded sky. You will stay in warm and cozy tents, equipped with cots, mattresses, blankets. The Ton’s river side camping is as close as it gets to a retreat in paradise.

Rishikesh Bull’s retreat
A stop destination for adventure activities in Rishikesh, it is your ticket to a thrilling ride. You will battle grade 3 rapids on the Ganges, not once but two times! When you aren’t splashing in the currents, you can try your hand on the rope courses or take a hike in the nearby forests. On a lazy day, stretch out your muscles on the open lawn or simply read a book perched on the river-facing boulders. After dusk, when the temperatures begin to drop, enjoy the warmth around a bonfire and dig into a hot dinner. Your stay is comfortable in air-conditioned rooms, well equipped with satellite Tv, Wifi, tea-coffee machine and an attached bathroom for hot water showers. This is a good family adventure package or even a corporate travel tour for a relaxed retreat with the right doze of adventure.

Lake Andra Camping
Nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats, camp out in the lush green environs on the banks of Lake Andra. A stone’s throw away from Mumbai and Pune, you will leave the chaos of the city far behind. The spacious 18-acres property accommodates comfortable swiss tents with a private sit out and a vast play area. For those seeking adventure, you can go swimming or kayaking in the pristine waters of Lake Andra or try the activities on camp such as river crossing, Burma bridge, rappelling, rock climbing, archery and rifle shooting. At night, you can draw constellations in the starlit sky from your private sit-out or enjoy the campfire. The campsite’s proximity to the nearest cities makes it a hotspot for families and corporate getaways.

Paragliding
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly like a bird? Here’s your chance to run off a mountain and free fly in the open skies. Paragliding is a thrilling adventure sport, not quite for the faint hearted. You will lock on to a harness, and run off the slope. The paraglide spreads out above your head and believe it or not, you’re flying! Feel the wind brush your face as you see the marvellous views of the surrounding valley. You will land on a flat surface and wish to do it all over again. India has some amazing paragliding spots with spectacular views. Surrounded by the Sahyadri ghats, Kamshet is a scenic paragliding destination in Maharashtra. Paragliding enthusiasts from world over flock to Bir Billing for the most enthralling experience. You will get spectacular views of the tiny villages in Dharamshala as you fly in the blue skies with the Dhauladhar range towering behind you. It is a corporate travel tour for the adrenaline seekers. What better than a day spent flying in the blue skies!

Cycling in Mumbai
Ride into the blinking city lights of Mumbai as you coast along on a cycle. The heritage buildings are beautifully lit up in the dusky hours and you can also ride along the sea face of the city. The everyday views of the city unfold gorgeously as you cycle through the by-lanes. If you’re up for a longer ride around Mumbai, there are day-long cycle rides in Alibag. You will take a ferry ride in the cool morning hours to the coastal town, after which you ride along the charming roads of Alibag, lined with swaying coconut trees. You will explore the secluded beaches and scenic spots around the coastline as you ride through the salt-kissed breeze. It is a perfect weekend away from the mundane routine for corporates and family groups alike.

Cycling in Kerala
Experience the beauty of God’s own country as you cycle through the lanes within Fort Cochin. You will explore palaces, synagogues, churches and cathedrals redolent of the colonial era, now merged with Kerala’s modern architecture. To say, you will literally cycle through a history lesson as you cross numerous historical buildings and fishing villages. You can also pick the road less cycled and ride through coconut and coffee plantations in the backwaters of Kerala. You will experience the culture and heritage of Kerala and taste the local flavours on this cycling trip. This cycling trip is a great opportunity to break the ice and explore something new together. It is a quick getaway from the city for corporate groups and makes for a fun family outing as well.

Cycling in Delhi
Cycling in Delhi takes you through the bygone centuries and into the modern facades of the capital. You will ride through the busy lanes of Old Delhi, onto open roads crossing famous landmarks, and into the vibrant markets to India Gate. You could also choose to experience the uniqueness of Delhi with the mouth-watering street food and magnificent monuments as you cycle along the Yamuna river. It is an ideal getaway for corporates and a weekend family outing, perfect for those looking for an adventure next door.

Della
If you’re up for a day of high-adrenaline activities, what better than an extreme adventure park? With over 50 thrilling activities to choose from, we bet you’re wondering which one to try first! A 100-foot swoop swing and the longest flying fox in India, you can also choose to go rock climbing, rappelling, and zorbing. Try a hand at archery or at the golf putting range. The adventure park has 5 restaurants, 3 bars, ATM machines, a baggage counter and medical centre. It would make a thrilling ice-breaker for corporate groups and an extreme adventure family package.

Atali Ganga
Camp in a luxurious retreat in the Ganges valley and quench off your thirst for adventure with a range of high-adrenaline activities. You can choose from multiple adventures like white-water rafting, wall climbing, giant swing, kayaking, giant ladder and mountain biking. You will stay in luxury cottages that dot the hillside. Enjoy a warm cuppa in your private balcony as the sun sets over the valley. Your cottages are equipped with luxury linen, eco bath products, Wifi, tea-coffee machine and a yoga mat to stretch your muscles. On a sunny day, you can take short hikes around the forests or read a book in the library. It is one of the best options for a corporate travel tour with something to look forward to for everyone.

Flying fox Rishikesh
Enjoy a bird’s view as you fly over the gorgeous landscapes of Rishikesh. From a height of 400 feet, you will see the treetops dotting the hills as the wind brushes your hair. It is an unforgettable thrilling adventure as you fly across the valleys on Asia’s longest flying fox in Rishikesh. Hold on to your racing heart as you soar across the sky. You will be strapped on to a harness, lying down for the 1 kilometre long ride. You will see the trickling streams below you as you fly suspended 20 feet above water. The safety mechanism will pull you back on to the platform, after which you will be released from the harness. It will be an extraordinary getaway for a corporate group or simply with a gang of friends.

Snorkelling
If you’re seeking an out worldly experience, snorkelling in the pristine waters could be the best answer. With splendid coastlines and a tropical climate, you will see colourful fish and swaying corals. Without needing to dive completely, you will explore the beauty of the oceans as fish swim a few feet below you. Given the lovely tropical weather of India, there are many snorkelling sites to delve into. The beach state of Maharashtra – Goa hosts some popular snorkelling sights. Further south, the clear blue waters of Tarkarli on the Konkan coast provide some spectacular fish sightings. The Andaman Islands take the prize away. With the ever-so blue waters, they are home to a variety of tropical fish and lovely corals. There are ample opportunities to snorkel in these waters and is a hotspot for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. It could be a perfect summer outing for a family when the waters are warm and the fish swim in plenty. It is also a great option for a corporate travel tour.

Keeping in mind the likes and needs of every member, these family adventure packages and group travel trips can be customised. All the trips listed above have something in store for everyone and can be a perfect ice breaker for a corporate travel tour. The outdoors are calling, are you going?

It’s easier to cater to one group with approximately the same age level, like friends or colleagues. But family adventure trips, with grandparents and grandchildren are involved is possible too. Not all groups are the same, with variations in age, stamina and eagerness, but While some may choose to take bigger leaps, the others would prefer a relaxed retreat. You can customise your trips based on the likes and needs of your group. Here are some of the most sought-after group travel trips for family adventure groups and corporate travel tours.

Paragliding Adventure

Paragliding as an adventure sport was introduced in India in 1991-92, when a team of foreign pilots decided to explore flying possibilities in the Kullu Valley. Since then paragliding has seen a tremendous increase in popularity and in the last few years, paragliding places in India have mushroomed all over. From the mountains in the north to paragliding over the Rajasthan desert, and from the hills of Karnataka to the coastal regions and hill stations of Maharashtra, there are plenty of great paragliding places in India for you to kit up and fly like a bird.
What is paragliding?

Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders, using lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. Paragliding is the closest you can get to the feeling of flying like a bird. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Once in the air, a pilot is able to maintain and even gain altitude using lifting air currents and thermals. If you’re not trained or licensed, you can still go tandem paragliding.
What is tandem paragliding?
For an unlicensed, inexperienced adventurer, a certified instructor will take you up. The paraglider is equipped with two harnesses, so the instructor is strapped in behind, and controls the aircraft. You’ll be seated in front, in your own harness, and have to do nothing except sit back and enjoy the ride.
Paragliding in India: Paragliding in the Himalayas
The Himalayas are rife with ideal paragliding places, thanks to the high hills and mountains, and the long valleys that direct the winds upwards. The best and most popular paragliding place in India is Bir Billing in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing has an altitude of 2600m and is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens. Solang Valley and Marhi are two of the other most prominent spots for paragliding in Manali. Here you can do tandem paragliding, expedition paragliding and trans-Himalayan paragliding flights. Paragliding is available throughout the year except during the monsoon.
Another great place is Nainital as paragliders take off from 2000 meters up and fly over Nainital’s famous lakes, Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal. You can soak in the crisp mountain air as it gently caresses you, and get views of the spectacular landscape below. Bedni Bugyal is a Himalayan alpine meadow in Uttarakhand, and is pretty as a postcard. From here, you’ll get breath-taking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows, which makes it a dream destination for high flyers.
Paragliding in India: Paragliding in Maharashtra
Paragliding over the rolling landscape of Kamshet is an unforgettable experience. The weather and wind conditions here are favourable almost all year round, and there’s plenty to look at below: the green landscape dotted with hills, lakes, and with railway tracks running across. Let the pilot do the work while you enjoy the ride, without worrying about anything.
Other places for paragliding, India
Kerala, or God’s own country as it is better known, is legendary for its natural beauty. Criss-crossed with sparking rivulets, the land also features dense forests with high waterfalls and emerald green fields. At nearly 6,000 ft above sea level lies Vagamon, a hill station that is ideal for paragliding. The paragliding Grand Prix is held here during September and it brings together paragliders from across the world. Nandi Hills, 65 kms is outside Bangalore is the perfect terrain for paragliding. These hills attract a lot of adventure enthusiasts from the Silicon Valley, especially those interested in light aviation.

Top Paragliding Spots in India

Paragliding as an adventure sport was introduced in India in 1991-92, when a team of foreign pilots decided to explore flying possibilities in the Kullu Valley. Since then paragliding has seen a tremendous increase in popularity and in the last few years, paragliding places in India have mushroomed all over. From the mountains in the north to paragliding over the Rajasthan desert, and from the hills of Karnataka to the coastal regions and hill stations of Maharashtra, there are plenty of great paragliding places in India for you to kit up and fly like a bird.
What is paragliding?
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders, using lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. Paragliding is the closest you can get to the feeling of flying like a bird. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Once in the air, a pilot is able to maintain and even gain altitude using lifting air currents and thermals. If you’re not trained or licensed, you can still go tandem paragliding.
What is tandem paragliding?
For an unlicensed, inexperienced adventurer, a certified instructor will take you up. The paraglider is equipped with two harnesses, so the instructor is strapped in behind, and controls the aircraft. You’ll be seated in front, in your own harness, and have to do nothing except sit back and enjoy the ride.
Paragliding in India: Paragliding in the Himalayas
The Himalayas are rife with ideal paragliding places, thanks to the high hills and mountains, and the long valleys that direct the winds upwards. The best and most popular paragliding place in India is Bir Billing in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing has an altitude of 2600m and is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens. Solang Valley and Marhi are two of the other most prominent spots for paragliding in Manali. Here you can do tandem paragliding, expedition paragliding and trans-Himalayan paragliding flights. Paragliding is available throughout the year except during the monsoon.
Another great place is Nainital as paragliders take off from 2000 meters up and fly over Nainital’s famous lakes, Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal. You can soak in the crisp mountain air as it gently caresses you, and get views of the spectacular landscape below. Bedni Bugyal is a Himalayan alpine meadow in Uttarakhand, and is pretty as a postcard. From here, you’ll get breath-taking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows, which makes it a dream destination for high flyers.
Paragliding in India: Paragliding in Maharashtra
Paragliding over the rolling landscape of Kamshet is an unforgettable experience. The weather and wind conditions here are favourable almost all year round, and there’s plenty to look at below: the green landscape dotted with hills, lakes, and with railway tracks running across. Let the pilot do the work while you enjoy the ride, without worrying about anything.
Other places for paragliding, India
Kerala, or God’s own country as it is better known, is legendary for its natural beauty. Criss-crossed with sparking rivulets, the land also features dense forests with high waterfalls and emerald green fields. At nearly 6,000 ft above sea level lies Vagamon, a hill station that is ideal for paragliding. The paragliding Grand Prix is held here during September and it brings together paragliders from across the world. Nandi Hills, 65 kms is outside Bangalore is the perfect terrain for paragliding. These hills attract a lot of adventure enthusiasts from the Silicon Valley, especially those interested in light aviation.

Maharashtra Getaways

If you know where to look (er, book), Maharashtra has a rich and wild adventure life. Thanks to the natural features of the state, like the Western Ghats, the wide and full rivers, and the winding coastline, there are plenty of thrilling adventure places near Mumbai.
Adventure places near Mumbai: Trekking in Maharashtra
There is a multitude of options for trekkers around Maharashtra. Whether you’re a complete beginner, a novice, or an experienced trekker looking for your next adrenaline buzz, there are treks around Maharashtra to suit your preference. The Maharashtra trekking region is abundant with forts, hills, and rough terrain to challenge experienced trekkers or gentle slopes for beginners.
Choose from treks to ancient forts, valley exploration, rock-climbing or rappelling treks, or overnight treks in Maharashtra. During the monsoon, you’ll also have a chance to try your hand at waterfall rappelling. Some of the most popular destinations for Maharashtra treks include the Sandhan Valley, Harishchandragadh, Lohagad Fort, and Rajmachi.
Adventure places near Mumbai: Kolad river rafting
Kolad is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra along the Kundalika river. In the morning, the Bhira Dam opens its gates, releasing a fierce flow of excess water into the river. This force turns the river into a seething, churning force of nature, and this is where you’ll be rafting.
When you go Kolad river rafting, you can also choose from activities like a kayaking, banana boat rides, bumper rides or a jet ski rides. All along the river, you’ll find campsites with plenty of adventure activities to do apart from river rafting, so you’ll have a day full of adventure. Try your hand at river-crossing, Tarzan Swing, Commando Net, Burma Bridge or ziplining.
Camping near Mumbai
With all this natural beauty, there’s bound to be plenty to do in terms of camping. You’ll be able to choose from camping in the hills of the Sahyadris, amidst the ruins of ancient forts, along the banks of rivers or lakes, or in the middle of meadows. There are some large campsites that have set up large adventure activity areas as well.
Best season for adventure places near Mumbai:
Maharashtra has long, hot summers, short winters, and long monsoons. If you’re going camping, the winter months are the best time to visit. The day is pleasant and the nights are chilly and perfect for bonfires. Trekking in Maharashtra is best during the monsoon, when the whole region blossoms into a rain-soaked paradise. For Kolad river rafting, you can go at any time of the year. Kolad looks best during the monsoon, but a summer rafting session is mighty refreshing.
What to carry when visiting adventure places near Mumbai
Whether you’re going for rafting or trekking in Maharashtra, do ensure you always have sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottles, and some light snacks or energy bars. Dress in layered clothing, and wear comfortable shoes.

Best season to visit Maharashtra

Trekking in Maharashtra offers city-dwellers in Mumbai, Pune and surrounding cities a quick and easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. It only takes a short drive to enter the rolling green Sahyadris, a hotspot for nature-lovers, bird-watchers, and trekkers. The Maharashtra trekking region is abundant with forts, hills, rock-climbing areas, rough terrain to challenge experienced trekkers and gentle slopes for beginners. Some of the most popular destinations for Maharashtra treks include the Sandhan Valley, Harishchandragadh, Lohagad Fort, and Rajmachi.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Sandhan Valley
Also known as the Valley of Shadows, the Sandhan Valley is a canyon in the Sahyadris. Out of all Maharashtra treks, this one is a spectacular experience. You’ll go deep into a valley carved by ancient rivers, walking through rock walls that are 200 feet tall in some places. The walls keep the sunshine out, making this a cool, sometimes chilly trek even during the day. You’ll trek past naturally formed rock ponds, rope up for some rappelling sections, and camp in the valley at night.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Harishchandragadh
Bump up the level of difficulty with this Maharashtra trek. If you’re looking for a challenging climb, the Harishchandragadh trek will not disappoint. Known to be one of the toughest trails for trekking in Maharashtra, this trail goes over rocky patches, steep inclines, and some scary drops. There are boulders of all sizes along your route, and you’ll be clambering over them all the way up. You’ll also find spectacular views of Konkankada, which you can admire on your many breaks. This spot attracts many adventure lovers looking to explore trekking in Maharashtra.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Lohagad Fort
Another challenging yet worthwhile climb is up the Lohagad Fort, situated near Lonavala. This trek offers some of the most spectacular views in the Maharashtra trekking region, especially during the monsoon. The experience is magical with rain clouds descending on the mountains and enveloping them in the mist. One of the numerous reasons why Lohagad is a popular choice while trekking in Maharashtra is also because of the main attraction of Vinchu Kata, which resembles the tail of a scorpion.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Weekend trek to Rajmachi
This Maharashtra trek is one to definitely test your endurance, but also works perfectly for a weekend getaway from the city of Mumbai. The Rajmachi trek rewards you with magnificent views, especially during the monsoons. Trekking in Maharashtra never got more fantastic as one can revel in streams, waterfalls, and lush green paddy fields. You’ll also get to camp 3000 feet above sea level, making this Maharashtra trekking experience one of a kind.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Andharban Trek
When it comes to trekking in Maharashtra, the Andharban trek is a unique experience because it descends into the evergreen forest instead of going up, and it has a rock-hewn path most of the way. This day trek in Maharashtra takes you downhill for almost 4 hours, and you will be walking along a ridge, past waterfalls, and amidst butterflies, birds and flowers. Since it is a downhill trek, it is easy on the knees but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an easy trek. The path can be slippery, and there are spots that you’ll have to climb over very carefully.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Bhimashankar trek
The Bhimashankar trek is one of the most popular spots for day trekking in Maharashtra. You can choose between two different routes: The Ganesh Ghat route (easier route, takes about 5 hours) or the Shidi Ghat route (tougher route, involves some basic rock- and ladder-climbing, takes about 4 hours). While this is a popular day trek in Maharashtra during winters, it really comes to life in the monsoon. There are waterfalls raging down the sides of the rocks, water gushing under your feet, and strong winds blowing around you.
Trekking in Maharashtra: Kalavantin trek
The twin forts of Prabalgad and Kalavantin stand next to each other, offering adventurers some very tempting day trekking in Maharashtra. Kalavantin has the added thrill of a steep rock pinnacle at the top. The trek up to Kalavantin is moderate, but the pinnacle is a tricky climb. The steep trail goes around the pinnacle, offering some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. You’re fully exposed to the winds and the rain, and the rock-cut steps are often slippery. But this trek is one of the most exciting treks in Maharashtra.

Trekking in Maharashtra: Kalsubai trek
Kalsubai Peak, with an elevation of 5400 feet, is the highest peak in the Sahyadris, and one of the best day treks in Maharashtra, especially in the monsoon. The view from the top of this ‘Everest of Maharashtra’ is stunning and offers great photography opportunities, but the real reward is the thrill of conquering this peak. There are some rocky sections that can get very slippery in the rains, and some slopes that are quite steep, making the Kalsubai trek on of the most challenging day treks in Maharashtra. En route to the Kalsubai peak, you’ll find beautiful streams and pools that invite you to take a break and enjoy your surroundings.

Best season for trekking in Maharashtra: The monsoon is the best time for treks in Maharashtra. It is during this season that the entire Maharashtra trekking region is showered by rain, and waterfalls and pools abound. All the highest points of the hills have streams and rivulets gushing down, and you’ll be drenched by the time you get back. The views are spectacular, with clouds rolling in as you trek, and sudden showers to cool you off. Carry a raincoat and a raincover for your bag, dress in comfortable, quick-dry clothes, and head out to get muddy and wet. It’s a terrific outing for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Best time to visit Andamans

The Andaman Islands are India’s best-kept secret. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a diver’s delight, with gorgeous corals and abundant marine life. These pristine islands, with their unique volcanic topography and thriving coral gardens attract an abundance of marine life, providing some of the most spectacular diving destinations in the world, with one of the highest counts of marine life in the world.
The islands experience a wonderful tropical climate all year round and the best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Island is from November to July. Most tourists visit during summer from March to July when all water sports are open. The monsoon months are best avoided: it rains quite incessantly, and the sea becomes grey and rough.
Top things to do in Andamans: Scuba diving in Havelock Islands
The blue, blue water of the Indian Ocean and beautiful marine life makes the Andaman Islands one of the top destinations for scuba diving in India. There are plenty of good dive sites in the Andamans, ranging from shallower sites for beginners to thrilling walls and basalt formations (and even a shipwreck!) for experienced divers to discover. You’ll see the scorpion fish, octopus, angler fish, and even the harmless black-tip reef shark. If you’re really lucky (and this happens often), you’ll be able to spot a turtle or a dugong or a manta as well.
Havelock Island is one of the best places to see in Andamans and one of the most sought-after destinations here. There are white sand beach fringed by deep green forests, clear blue water, and stunning coral reefs teeming with iridescent marine life. The underwater world around Havelock has plenty to offer divers of all skill levels. Newer and deeper sites are being discovered, and some of these locations are highly recommended, with most offering a great topography and fish life. Most dive centres are situated on Beach no. 3, and offer access to most dive sites here.
Top things to do in Andamans: Scuba diving courses in the Andaman Islands
If you’re in one of the prettiest islands in the world, one of the top things to do in the Andamans is a scuba diving course. There are multiple scuba courses of different durations and friendly instructors that will teach you everything you need to know about scuba diving. You’ll learn underwater sign language, how to breathe underwater, and how the scuba equipment functions. You’ll spend some time practising, so that you can adjust to your equipment and get comfortable in the water. When you’re ready, you’ll head out to deeper waters for your dive. You’ll spend a considerable amount of time floating through the blue waters, admiring the fish. By the afternoon, you’ll head back to enjoy a relaxed evening in your hotel.
Choose to stay in a beautiful resort located right on the white sands of the beach, in a hut in the midst of a coconut grove, just a few steps from the beach.
Top things to do in the Andaman Islands for experienced divers
One of the definitive best places to see in the Andamans is the Barren and Narcondam islands. They are remote ancient volcanic islands with legendary diving opportunities in the surrounding waters. Barren Island hosts the only active volcano in South Asia and the diving here is unique with underwater mountains, stunning dive sites, soft purple coral.
If you’re an experienced diver, one of the top things to do in the Andaman Islands is to take a luxury yacht out into the pristine blue ocean and dive at spectacular sites like Johnny’s Gorge and Broken Ledge, Grotto, Auditorium, Coral Paradise, Manta Bay, Manta Point, Coral Garden, and Washing Machine.
Top things to do in the Andaman Islands: Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu is south of Port Blair, on the main land mass, and has only recently been opened to visitors. This magnificent location is one of the best places to see in the Andamans, and features a lush and pristine heritage of natural wonders. Thanks to its newly-opened status, this secluded spot gives you a chance to get away from the crowds, and you’ll rarely see other dive boats. This is one of the top things to do in the Andamans and guests are given a highly personalized experience, where instead of a multitude of divers crowding the boat, each diver’s individual comfort is paramount.
Top things to do in the Andaman Islands: Turtle watching
On the list of top things to do in Andamans is turtle watching. Kalipur Beach on Diglipur Island is home to four different kinds of turtles that come here annually to lay eggs. During the months of October to March, you will be able to witness baby Olive Ridley turtles being born and see Green Turtles, Hawk Bill turtles and Leatherback turtles waddling towards the water.
Top things to do in the Andaman Islands: Snorkelling
If you’re not up for scuba diving yet, get a taste of the underwater world with a snorkelling trip. You’ll be able to do snorkelling at most beaches here, but the real fun begins when you book a snorkelling trip. A boat will take you take you out into deeper waters, and you’ll be able to snorkel over incredible coral formations and see all kinds of marine life.
Top things to do in the Andaman Islands: Sightseeing
While you’re in the Andamans, don’t miss a visit to the many lighthouses here. The lighthouse on Little Andamand island stands tall at 134 feet, and you can climb all the way to the top to get views of the coastline and the sea around. You should also try to make time to see the Munda Pahad beach, a secluded beach with trees in the water, where you can swim, do a short trek, and visit the lighthouse.

Best Bungee Jumping Spots in India

Bungee jumping – Bungee jumping is the fastest growing adventure sport in India and is a dream come true for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. There are a few good spots for bungee jumping in India but first lets run through some safety measures.
1. Choose a professional company to bungee jump with. The staff should be well trained and experienced and the equipment should be in good condition. Make sure the harness is strong and the ankle grip is soft around your ankles but firm. Also make sure that the rope is being tied to a sturdy place. You may find cheaper options but when your life is at stake it is better to spend a bit more and be in the best hands possible.
2. The bungee jump podium or platform should be clear of rocks and trees plus it should be really high so you don’t hurt yourself
3. If you suffer from any heart conditions or health problems please do not attempt a Bungee Jump
4. Do not attempt a jump if you have alcohol in your system.
5. Wear the appropriate sports gear.

Places in India that are good for Bungee Jumping

1. Rishikesh

Rishikesh has moved from being a spiritual destination to being an adventure hotspot for years now. Lying on the banks of the river Ganges, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the gateway to iconic Himalayan treks and the location for some of the best white water rafting in the country. With the popularity of daredevil sports like bungee jumping, flying fox, and the giant swing, Rishikesh is now the centre for high-adrenaline adventure too.
Climb up to India’s highest fixed platform bungee jump, and take a deep breath. Look around at the mountains and the treetops, take in the silence… and then JUMP! You’ll plummet through the air, freefalling from the height of a 22 storey building, while the river below rushes towards you. And then, in slow motion, the thick cord around your ankles bounces you back gently. Once you’ve caught your breath, you’ll be lowered into the river below, into 2 feet of water where you’ll be grateful to touch land again.
You’ll also get your Dare to Jump certificate.

2. Lonavala

Located in Lonavala and a convenient two hours drive from Mumbai and one hour from Pune is Della Adventures, India’s first extreme adventure park for high-adrenaline activities and fun! This park can host over 2000 people every day and its the perfect way to do something new with family or friends.

It’s a beautiful place and a perfect one for Bungee Jumping. You jump from a height of 150 ft and lasts for about 7-10 minutes. The experts explain all safety measures before the jump and you even receive a certificate saying you have successfully overcome your fears. People above the age of 10, with a body weight of above 35 kgs are allowed to take the jump.

3. Delhi

Wanderlust Operators in Delhi conducts Bungee Jumping from a crane at the height of 130ft high. They claim to be the “only official bungee operators in India” and have been offering bungee jumping in India since 1999. The staff has been trained in Germany and the equipment is imported from Japan so it is very professional and safe. They specialise in crane, bridge and tower jumps. After you jump, you get a certificate saying that you have overcome your fear along with a T-shirt and cap.

4. Goa

For first timers, there is a bungee jumping platform at a height of 80ft on the gorgeous Anjuna Beach that is much less daunting than the ones in Rishikesh and Lonavla. Gravity Adventure Zone, conducts the jump and it is said to be the most scenic and possibly the most thrilling bungee jump in India.
Although very safe and professional, the jump here should be avoided during monsoon.

It has been installed by a US based company- Sports tower Inc.

5. Bangalore

Bangalore is one of the cities where adventure sports are popular. Ozone in Bangalore was the first to introduce Bungee Jumping in Bangalore and they provide all the services and equipment needed. Head to Kanteerava Stadium where you jump from a crane at the height of 80 ft.

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