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Family adventure holidays in India

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to put aside your job for a few days, leave your troubles behind, grab the people who mean the most to you and take off into nature for some family adventure?

It is said that travel is the best teacher and adventure – the greatest way to learn. Family adventure vacations will give your children a chance to admire and appreciate environments outside of their little “life bubble” and will give them a broader perspective on life. Every day on a family adventure will present opportunities to see new places, meet new people, be exposed to new cultures and try different food etc.

Family adventure vacations try to cater to the different preferences and interests each family member. You can choose from multi-adventure trips that offer kayaking, rafting, and zip-lining to ones that offer snow-treks or night-treks. There are also more relaxed holidays where you can go camping and fishing and sleep under the stars.

What’s the difference between these family adventures and a regular adventure holiday?
Family adventure vacations are curated to give you a fun, active holiday in the outdoors with safety and adventure being top priorities. You’ll be looked after by experienced instructors and a caring team, all of whom are trained to work with children of all ages. Younger kids will be entertained with nature walks, or lighter activities, while the older kids get to try their hands at different sports with you. Everyone in the family, from young children to grandparents will enjoy the activities and you will have plenty of chances to bond as a family.

Another great advantage is that you might have up to 6 families with children traveling with you on these family adventure holidays and your children will make new friends and you will meet like-minded parents from around India.

Here are some of the top family adventures that you can book today:

Family adventure in Kund, Auli, and Jayalgarh

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand


This family adventure takes you on a wonderful trek through pine forests to Chopta, the Switzerland of India, to visit Tungnath and dip your feet in the cool blue water of the Deoriatal Lake. You’ll sleep in Swiss tents and stay in charming lodges, and get to try rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, and you’ll do one thrilling of whitewater rafting on the Alaknanda.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Chopta and Jayalgarh

On this adventure-centric family holiday, you will visit Chopta, also known as the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. Your family will enjoy easy treks through sprawling meadows of Chopta, camp in tents or stay in cosy mountain lodges, and head to Jayalgarh to battle the rapids of the Alaknanda river. You and your children will try out a range of activities, from rafting, cliff jumping, kayaking, and bridge slithering on the river.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Manali
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This family adventure lets you go wild in Manali. You’ll hike through apricot orchards, cross wooden bridges over bubbling rivers and camp in the gorgeous Chika meadow. You’ll go rafting on the Beas river, hike through Old Manali where the kids can see traditional wooden houses and fruit growing on trees; you’ll drive up to Rohtang Pass to get spectacular views, do rope activities, and you’ll do a short trek to Chika, where you and the children will sleep in alpine tents and see how a campsite is set up.
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Family adventure in Chakrata with Nagtibba trek

This family adventure holiday combines a short easy trek to Nagtibba, a host of exciting adventure activities in Chakrata: a 12-14 kms stretch of whitewater rafting on Grade II to III currents, duckie rides, kayaking and rappelling, as well as hiking, river crossing and bridge slithering. You will stay in charming lodges, and spend two nights in alpine tents on the Nagtibba trek, so the kids can experience setting up and sleeping in tents.
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Family adventure in Tehri, Jayalgarh with Chopta trek

This family adventure trip offers one of India’s most beautiful treks, the Chopta-Deoriatal trek, where you’ll see Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world, and visit the sparkling Deoriatal Lake. You’ll stay in charming lodges and Swiss tents on this trek, and spend evenings around campfires, with the sounds of the forest all around. You’ll also head to Jayalgarh, where you’ll stay in a riverside lodge and go for a fun session of whitewater rafting. This package also includes activities such as kayaking, river crossing, bridge slithering, cliff jumping, body surfing, camping, jungle safari and nature walks.
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Family adventure in Chakrata and Tehri
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This family adventure takes you into the gorgeous environs of Chakrata, where you’ll explore pine forests, try rappelling and rock-climbing, go rafting on tthe Yamuna, and gather around bonfires every evening at your mountain lodges. This package also includes activities such as hiking, duckie rides, jungle safari, kayaking and camping.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Tirthan Valley and Manali
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This family adventure takes you into the alpine meadows and pine forests of the Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Valley. Every day, you’ll set off to try your hand at bird-watching, or go on nature hikes to discover secret waterfalls and dip your feet in sparkling streams. You will stay in charming guesthouse or lodges, and will spend one night in alpine tents in Rolla, where your kids will learn how a campsite is set up. You’ll end with a day of adventure activities and sightseeing in Manali.
View this trip here.

Backpacking trips in India

These backpacking adventures in India introduce you to the world of travelling to experience a new place, but give you the ease of a guide and instructor so you don’t have to plan it. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful locations in India, enjoy laidback itineraries that give you time to soak in the atmosphere; you’ll dig into flavourful local cuisine, and roam freely through the country. On these backpacking adventures, you won’t find cookie-cutter hotels and packed schedules, but you’ll end up doing and seeing plenty of fun, new stuff.

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When you go backpacking in India, you’re travelling light, always ready to head out to the next unusual location you heard of at the last coffee shop. These backpacking adventures take you deep into the most stunning locales and world heritage sites in India. Imagine exploring dreamy riverside towns and ancient temples inhabited by monkeys, or feeling just like Indiana Jones as you walk through red sandstone canyons and caves that stretch for miles, leading you to an underground waterfall. All these backpacking trips in India are yours for the taking.

Beach backpacking trips in India
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When you’re a hippie at heart, it’s either the sea or the mountains that call to you. If you’re the type that feels the pull of the ocean, you should consider skipping the crowded beaches of Goa and heading instead to the pristine beauty of Gokarna or Malpe in Karnataka. You’ll spend days with the sea breeze in your hair, exploring deserted islands, trekking across white sand beaches sipping coconut water, and swimming in the clear blue ocean, and you’ll end your evenings with bonfires and spectacular sunsets.

Mountain backpacking trips in India

Regions like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are perfect for backpacking tours in India and are beautiful any time of the year. What better way to spend your day than wandering through verdant green forests, or crossing rickety wooden bridges that go over sparkling streams? Head to the mountains for that pine-scented fresh air. These easy backpacking adventures in India are perfect for beginners who want a taste of mountain life. You’ll trek for a few hours each day, spend cold nights gathered around a crackling bonfire, and retire to your tents at night.

Other backpacking trips in India
With a country as vast as India, there are plenty of places where time slows down too. Take a short break from the world of laptops and deadlines and sign up for one of many laidback backpacking tours in India where you will join other like-minded travellers with wanderlust in their hearts.

Backpacking in Hampi

You’ll love the backpacking adventures in Hampi, one of the hidden gems of Karnataka, and a big draw for wanderers and truth-seekers. Here you’ll find the most fascinating landscape: giant rock formations that lie in the midst of paddy fields alongside a river. You’ll be able to trek to the top of craggy cliffs, cycle through the swaying paddy, and go on a coracle ride in the river. And on top of all that, there are ancient temples to peer into and hippie cafes in which to while away a couple of hours.
View this trip here.

Nature backpacking adventures across India
If you’re a nature lover (and who isn’t, really?), you’ll love these backpacking trips in India that take you to some of the most magnificent destinations.

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Visit the Grand Canyon of India, a spectacular red stone gorge in Andhra Pradesh. You’ll stand on the edge and peer down into the bowels of the earth, over landscape so rugged and primitive, you can almost imagine dinosaurs ambling about. You’ll also descend 150 feet into the earth to visit the Belum cave formation, where you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites, as well as an underground stream.
View this trip here.

With dozens of backpacking trips in India to choose from, you could be stuffing your backpack this very weekend, and heading out for a fun, relaxed trip to somewhere interesting.

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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, Himachal Pradesh

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, Uttarakhand

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
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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.

Group adventure packages

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.

Go on a trek!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Nagtibba, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, 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 eat your meals 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

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons


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
See treks to Triund.

Trek to Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh
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
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)
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Trek to Korigad, Maharashtra
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Korigad fort stands at about 3000 feet high, and is an easy trek that takes you just 3 hours to complete. Your trail is lined with stone cut steps through most parts and takes you into the rain-drenched Sahyadri forest. It was constructed around 1500 AD and you’ll have fun exploring the vast top, with natural pools, ancient cannons, and crumbling arches. A relaxed trek, it is perfect for families and corporates looking for a single day getaway.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
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Andharban Trek
This is a unique trek because it has one of the few full-descent routes in Maharashtra. The trail takes you down into the tropical Sahyadri forests, with such dense vegetation that the sunlight barely gets through. The trek is moderate, but can be difficult in the monsoon because it gets slippery and the water gushes down under your feet as you walk. But it’s a beautiful ecosystem on its own, and you’ll see streams and waterfalls, and spot rare butterflies and birds. This day trip is a thrilling getaway, and is a good idea for corporate groups, families and groups of friends.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
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Kaas Plateau Trek
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Kaas Plateau is Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers. For a few short weeks each year, just after the monsoon, the plateau springs to life, and the floor is carpeted with colourful wildflowers. During this time, these nectar-filled blooms attract beautiful tiny birds and iridescent insects. You can trek down to the lake, or visit the nearby Thoseghar waterfalls, but you’ll probably spend most time amidst the flowers. This trek is fit for a family, because it’s not difficult at all. It is also a great weekend getaway for corporate groups looking for a picturesque retreat not far from the city.
Best season to go: Post monsoon (Early Sept)
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Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek
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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.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
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Lonavala Hill Top Camping
Camping in Lonavala
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.
Best time to go: Monsoon (Aug) and winter (Dec-Jan)
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Group adventures that are perfect for family reunions or corporate groups
When you go travelling with a lot of people, you need to make sure that you’re staying at a place that can cater to a group of your size. Here’s a list of adventure trips you can book for large getaways.

Rafting in Kolad
Battling the raging rapids in Kolad
Your group will clamber into inflatable rafts, and set off down the Kundalika river. You’ll get to practise your technique on peaceful water, and then the rapids begin! The rivers froths and churns beneath you, and you’ll have to paddle with all your might to get through. Your group can also try out adventure activities such as Burma Bridge, kayaking, Tarzan Swing and ziplining.

As far as accommodation goes, you can choose from Swiss tents, rustic huts, cabins, dorms, caravans, bungalows, and air-conditioned tents. It’s an ideal adventure getaway with multiple activities for all ages, so families and corporate groups will love this.
Best time to go: Year-round.
See all Kolad rafting trips here.

Camping and rafting in Rishikesh
Camping in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is one of the best places for large groups to go, with sprawling campsites and plenty of accommodation options, from Swiss tents to bamboo huts to cottages. You’ll stay at idyllic campsites sheltered by amphitheatres of mountains, not too far from the river or its tributaries. A camping package here usually involves all meals, a campfire in the evening, and a session of white water rafting the next day. Apart from that, you can also try bungee jumping or Asia’s longest flying fox ride, or go mountain biking.
Best time to go: Year-round, except for the monsoon months of June-Aug.
See all rafting and camping trips in Rishikesh.

Tons River Camping
Tons River Camping
This 2N/3D camping adventure gives you an easy escape from the city, and gives you a chance to rediscover your childlike wonder. You’ll camp in comfortable tents beside the Tons river, 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.
Best time to go: April-June
See more about camping in Tons River Camp.

Rishikesh Bull’s retreat
Camping at Bull's Retreat
Head to this idyllic adventure resort, for a short taste of a mountain paradise, and TWO thrilling rafting sessions on the Ganges. Surrounded by blooming landscaped gardens and forests scented of pine, this retreat is 30 minutes away from the crowds of Rishikesh, and just a 10 minute walk from the Ganges. This is the section of the river where the water runs clear and cool, and you’ll be tempted to go for a paddle. The resort has a fun ropes course, plenty of trails for solo rambles through nature, and the mountains in the distance.
Best time to go: Year-round except the monsoon (June-Aug)
See more about camping here.

Lake Andra Camping

Camp Water's Edge, Lonavala

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala


Head out to this green campsite that lies along the banks of the Andra lake, in the middle of the Western Ghats. The campsite is about 2 hours from Mumbai, 1 hour from Pune, and 1 hour from Kamshet. It’s also about 25 kms from Lonavala. 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 can also choose to pay for and participate in activities like Burma Bridge, rock climbing, rappelling, archery and rifle shooting. In the night, when it grows cold, bundle up in warm clothes and sit on your private sit-out and admire the views, or get together around a campfire.

Best time to go: Year-round except the monsoon (June-Aug)
See more about camping here.

A day at Della Adventure Park near Mumbai/Pune
Della Adventure Park
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! Are you going to do the 100-foot swoop swing or the longest flying fox in India, or you can also choose to go rock climbing, rappelling, and zorbing? 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.
Best time to go: Year-round.
See more about this adventure park.

Atali Ganga, Uttarakhand
Atali Ganga, Uttarakhand
Combine the best of adventure with a luxury stay in independent cottages in the valley of the Ganges. 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. Your package includes one session of white water rafting, as well as two activities per night of stay, so you can choose from wall climbing, river kayaking, hiking, kids’ pool, Giant Swing, or Giant Ladder.

In addition to this, you’ll have a yoga centre, plenty of routes for a nature ramble, mountain biking, astronomy, and other activities. In the evenings, you’ll watch the sun setting over the valley from your private deck before heading to the campfire for pre-dinner snacks.
Best time to go: Year-round (Some activity options might be limited during the monsoon.)
See more about staying here.

Group adventure trips can be customised to suit your specific requirements. If you’re planning a family reunion with members from infants to grandparents, we can find something that suits everyone. If you’re looking for corporate group holidays, we’ll help you plan an adventure trip with time for team-building activities and some time off in the evening for everyone to bond and have some fun.

If you’re looking for help planning your next group adventure, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Adventure getaways in Maharashtra

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
Maharashtra trekking
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.
See all treks in Maharashtra.

Adventure places near Mumbai: Kolad river rafting
Battling the raging rapids in Kolad
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.
See all rafting trips in Kolad.

Camping near Mumbai
Camping in Maharashtra
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.
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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.
Check out our adventure gear list.

If you’re looking for quick getaways in Maharashtra, weekend trips around Mumbai or Pune, or something fun for a day trip, get in touch with www.thegreatnext.com and we’ll hook you up.

What’s the best season to visit the Valley of Flowers?

It’s very unfair that one of most beautiful treks in India has such a tiny window in the whole year for prime blooming season. But maybe this is what makes it so special. The Valley of Flowers is located within the Nanda Devi National Park in the Garhwal Himalayas, at a height of about 11,980 feet. It covers about 80 sq kms, and is filled with waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, and of course, flowers. In peak season, there are almost 300 species of flowers that bloom here, including fragrant roses and wild strawberries. Every day, dozens of new species blossom, turning the floor of the valley a different colour every day. Besides this, the Valley of Flowers is also home to animals such as the snow leopard and the endangered Asiatic black bear amongst others.

The climate in the Valley of Flowers is what makes it so special. The valley is snowbound for at least six months of the year, but by late June, the snow begins to melt. The frozen ground thaws, and when the monsoon begins in July, the ground receives heavy rainfall. This, compared with the low-hanging clouds, causes the flowers to burst forth in successive stages, covering the valley and the slopes around it in a riot of gorgeous colours.

Rich in biodiversity, this high altitude Himalayan valley attracts botanists, nature-lovers, and trekkers by the horde. Thanks to the Valley of Flowers being declared a national park in 1980, the influx of day trekkers is limited. Every trekker needs a permit to enter and nobody is allowed to camp inside the park. This allows nature to take over without being disturbed.

Best season to visit Valley of Flowers
If you’re coming to see the flowers, you should plan to visit is from mid-July to mid-August. This is peak time, and you’re sure to have a gorgeous trek. However, trekking in the Valley of Flowers is beautiful all year round, and there are different attractions. If you go in late May or June, you’ll see the glaciers that fill the valley, creating great opportunities for photography. Botanists will advise you to go shortly after peak season, in August and September, when the valley quiets down. This is when the rare Brahmakamal flower blooms. Trekking in the Valley of Flowers during this time takes you through a lush green paradise dotted with flowers too.

Trekking in the Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers trek is a fairly easy trek, except for a few steep inclines. The trail to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, if your itinerary covers it, can be quite a climb too. You should definitely consider combining the trek to the Valley of Flowers with a visit to Hemkund Sahib, a gurudwara and pilgrimage spot that lies alongside a glacial lake. At the gurudwara, you’ll see pilgrims (many of them senior citizens) taking dips in the freezing water of the holy lake. Some itineraries add a visit to the famous temple of Badrinath as well, on the way back.

Your trek to the Valley of Flowers begins from Govindghat, and you’ll trek from here to Ghangaria, which is about 7-8 hours one way. After this, you’ll be staying at the same hotel for the next two nights, so you can leave your bags in your room and just carry a day pack. From Ghangaria, the route splits into two: one trail leading off to the Valley of Flowers, and one towards Hemkund Sahib. The next morning, you’ll set off, entering the Valley of Flowers almost immediately. It’s about 3 hours (one-way) to the main sections of the Valley of Flowers, and it’s a wonderful trek with plenty to see. You’ll have time to explore the valley, and then head back for the night.

The next day, depending on your itinerary, you’ll go back into the Valley of Flowers, or you’ll set off towards Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. This is also a 3 hour trek one-way. You’ll return to Ghangaria for the night. Most people trek back to Govindghat the next day.
Book your trek to Valley of Flowers here.

Variations to trekking in the Valley of Flowers
There are a wide range of options for the Valley of Flowers trek. Depending on the price, you can be picked up from Haridwar or you can arrive at Govindghat on your own. Some packages include a stay at Auli or Joshimath, which are a 45 minute drive away from the entry of the Valley of Flowers. If you’re not up for trekking, take a helicopter instead! In the last few years, there are helicopter rides that cover the 8 hour trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria (in just 15-20 minutes), but you’ll still have to trek into the Valley of Flowers from here.

It is advisable to book a trek through a reputed operator. This operator will arrange your permits, as well as accommodation in the small town of Ghangaria, right outside the park. There are plenty of viewpoints and hidden beauties to be discovered while you’re trekking in the Valley of Flowers, and a guide will help you make the best of your time here.

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Top adventures in Kashmir
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Hot air ballooning in India

There’s a whole new thrill to soaring through the skies in a giant air balloon. From the minute you clamber into the spacious basket below the balloon 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. The burners gurgle softly overhead, and your view expands ever so quickly, till you are as high in the sky as the birds flying beside you. It’s the flight of your life! And it happens right here, in India.

Hot air ballooning in India is a relatively new sport and it’s quite expensive. However, the excitement of riding in a balloon just like we’ve read about or seen in the movies has created a lot of excitement and curiosity, and it is gaining popularity.

Hot air ballooning in India takes you to a height of about 2000-4000 feet, depending on the weather. It takes about 4-5 hours for the entire adventure. This allows time for your briefing, to help inflate the balloon (if you want), and to enjoy your trip. The hot air balloon sessions are available only in the early morning and late afternoon, when the skies are changing colour, and when the wind and temperatures are at their best.

Here’s your quick guide to hot air ballooning spots in India:

Hot air ballooning in India: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Rajasthan has a few great options when it comes to hot air ballooning spots in India and one of them is Pushkar. Gear up for the flight of your life, in a large hot air balloon over the holiest city of Rajasthan, Pushkar! You’ll float over the lake of Pushkar, with bathing devotees and crowded ghats, as well as shifting sand dunes. One of the best times for hot air ballooning in India is during the famous Pushkar Camel fair. During your flight, you’ll pass over the desert-like beauty of the region around the city, as well as the heritage buildings below and see thousands of camels and a riot of colour on the ground.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan here.

Hot air ballooning in India: Jaipur, Rajasthan
One of the best hot air ballooning spots in India is Jaipur. There are few other settings to fly over as gorgeous as Jaipur. Jaipur is a world famous tourist destination, known for its history of Maharajas and their royal lives. Filled with opulent forts and palaces, as well as scenic lakes and outdoor settings, Jaipur is a wonderful location for a balloon ride.

This hot air ballooning safari in India will take you floating peacefully past the spectacular Amber Fort from above. Your balloon ride gives you a unique view of the lakes, heritage forts and palaces of the royals. From the skies, especially during the dusk hours when the setting sun turns the rocks and structures into a delightful blush-coloured paradise, you’ll see why Jaipur is also called the Pink City of India.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan here.

Hot air ballooning in India: Neemrana, Rajasthan
Located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, Neemrana is a small town which is famous for the Neemrana Fort and Palace. This fort was once home to Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan, and is now turned into a five star hotel. This multi-tier fort hotel has plenty to see from above and is a good hot air ballooning spot in India.

The fort is stunning in the early hours of the morning, and during dusk, when the setting sun makes the stones glow. It is surrounded by forests, and has hanging gardens, two swimming pools, and a fascinating tiered structure. You’ll be flying over all this, getting a bird’s eye view of it all.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan here.

Hot air ballooning in India: Ranthambore, Rajasthan
Ranthambore is a world famous wildlife National Park located about 120 kms from Jaipur. It lies in the middle of the Aravalli hills, so you when you fly, you can expect stunning views. Take this hot air balloon ride over Ranthambore to really experience the expanse of untamed landscape, almost as majestic as its celebrity resident, the Bengal tiger. This is one of the top hot air ballooning spots in India and it starts from the outside of the National Park, and takes you over the forests. While the forest is known to have the largest population of Bengal Tigers, it is also home to leopards, deer, jungle cats, flying foxes, and crocodiles.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan here.

Hot air ballooning in India: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur is known to be one of the most romantic spots in India, with beautiful white palaces with sprawling courtyards, lakes, and winding lanes and is therefore one of the best places for hot air ballooning in India. Udaipur, the royal city of Rajasthan was found by Raja Udai Singh in 1553. It is one of the most beautiful cities of India, with forts and palaces in abundance. Also known as the lake city of India, Udaipur has over 10 artificial lakes, and lavish royal residences that look like tiered cakes.

While it is a major tourist attraction and can get very crowded and noisy, you’ll only see the best of it during a sunrise or sunset balloon ride. On winter flights, when the mists still hover over the lakes, this balloon ride will be an experience to cherish forever.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan here.

Hot air ballooning in India: Lonavala, Maharashtra
Lonavala is one of the most famous hill stations of India. Known for its rolling hills and forts, it is a popular hub for holidaymakers and adventure-seekers from the surrounding cities. The balloon safari will take you on a flight and give you a view you would not want to miss. It is a good spot for hot air ballooning in India and from the balloon, you’ll be able to see lush fields, mist-covered lakes, waterfalls tumbling down the sides of tall cliffs, and the undulating valleys of the Sahyadris.
Book your hot air balloon ride in Lonavala here.

Best time to visit Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is blessed to have a temperate climate for most of the year, but at different altitudes within the state, you will find different temperatures. The upper reaches in the north experience severe temperatures and heavy snowfall during winters, while the lower regions stay pleasant throughout the year.

The best season to visit Himachal Pradesh really depends on what you would like to do there.

We’ve split up the seasons and listed the adventures for each, so you know the best season to visit Himachal Pradesh based on what your GREAT NEXT is!

Summer in Himachal Pradesh
The summer in Himachal Pradesh begins from mid- to late April and goes on until the end of June. During these months, the snow begins to melt and recede, and the skies clear from the winter grey to a bright blue. While it can get chilly at night, the days are usually pleasant and warm. Temperatures in summer range from 20°C to 37°C. This is peak season and you’ll find tourists at large hill stations like Shimla or Manali.

Summer is the best season to visit Himachal Pradesh if you’re a novice adventurer. The beginner-friendly trails are open, and the comfortable weather means you’ll have a good adventure holiday. You’ll find that the meadows are thick with green grass, the fresh scent of pine fills the air, and the rivers and lakes are overflowing with melting snow and glacial water. It’s warm enough to be comfortable during your trekking hours, but cool enough to enjoy a bonfire at night. As the months tick along to July and August, it warms up a bit, but you’ll begin to see apples and apricots ripening in orchards, and woolly lambs tottering along with their herds.

The summer is the best season to visit Himachal Pradesh if you’re looking for these adventures:

Rafting in Kullu | Paragliding in Bir Billing | Paragliding in Solang Valley | Motorbiking trips | Triund trek | Bhrigu lake trek | Kheerganga trek | Kareri lake trek | Malana trek | Chanderkhani trek | Camping in Manali | Pin Parvati Pass trek | Beaskund trek | Khar Myundari trek | Kasol trek

Monsoon in Himachal Pradesh
After a long summer comes the Indian monsoon, and the entire state of Himachal Pradesh is transformed into a lush green paradise. The monsoon begins in July and lasts till September. It is an incredibly beautiful time in the mountains, with new life blossoming everywhere, and the rivers in full spate. It’s not peak season for Himachal Pradesh, but there are many advantages to travelling here during this time. You’ll find fewer tourists around, and the flights and hotels are cheaper. However, there is a possibility of landslides or roads being washed away with heavy rainfall, so do double-check the weather before you go.

The monsoon is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh if you’re looking for these adventures:

River rafting in Kullu | Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek | Bhrigu lake trek | Triund trek | Pin Parvati Pass trek | Sar Pass trek | Kareri lake trek | Kheerganga trek | Malana trek | Chanderkhani trek | Beaskund trek | Camping in Manali | Motorbiking trips

Winter in Himachal Pradesh
For adventure lovers or those who enjoy the snow, the winter season from November to February is the best season to visit Himachal Pradesh. The upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh are covered in a thick blanket of snow, and the lower region has quite a bit of snow too. The nights are freezing, with temperatures ranging from 0°C-15°C, but this doesn’t discourage travellers who flock from all over to experience the beautiful snowfall that covers the region. Most of the treks in the region are famous for being beautiful snow treks too.

The winter is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh if you’re looking for these adventures:

Snow lodge stays in Manali | Beaskund snow trek | Triund snow trek | Bhrigu lake snow trek | Kheerganga snow trek | Kareri lake snow trek | Khar Myundari snow trek | Sar Pass trek | Manali winter trekking | Snow trek to Hampta Pass and Chandratal | Dalhousie winter trek

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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.

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