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Reluctant IT Analyst turns into enthusiastic mountain girl!

Richa Joshi booked with us before, and we were all super impressed with how early she planned her trek, and how much research she had done. But when she called us for the second time to book her NEXT trek, a couple of months before departure, we decided that we had to know more about this avid trekker who plans so well in advance.

TGN: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What kind of adventures do you like? What do you do for fun?
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Richa: I am a 27 year old IT analyst working in Hyderabad. The tag of IT Engineer was a choice I had to make, under the painful circumstances of not being happily allowed to go for Aeronautical engineering or Aviation school.

I was brought up in a small city called Haldwani near Nainital. My hometown is surrounded by the hills, and all my weekend getaways with my family were in Nainital and all the other nearby lakes and hills. I remember those weekends as the most blissful memoirs of happiness that I couldn’t find anywhere else till I started travelling again. When I moved out of my hometown to pursue higher studies, I wanted to travel as much as I could but it was difficult to do so in the monthly allowance that was provided strictly to meet the needs and requirements, not the wants. I would save some money every month for my travel goals.

It took 6 years of struggle through B.C.A. and then M.C.A. to get to where I am now. Part of me enjoys the work I do, but the life of an IT analyst is not adventurous. I’m working in a cubicle every day, and that’s where travel becomes my saviour and keeper.

Breaking the monotony of a metropolis life with the rush of adrenaline and anticipation amidst the mountains is my favourite adventure. There is something strangely comforting and refreshing in scaling mountains and going on road trips. It’s as if I belong there.

When I am not travelling, I pick up my bike and camera, and through the lens I see all that I missed out around me. My books are another one of my mates; reading about places, people, and their adventures puts all the more sense in seeking my own adventure.

TGN: How often do you manage to get away and travel? You always make your enquiries a couple of months (or more) before your actual trip. How early does your planning process start?
Richa: In a job where there is no limit to working hours, planning in time is the key to chalk out your travel. The holiday calendars come in very handy in planning a vacation. My New Year resolution list is a travel list; I plan and book my travel 6 months in advance, this helps me go on a trek twice a year. Every 3 to 4 months I go for smaller travel plans and they don’t require so much planning. All of this is great, but it’s never enough.

TGN: A lot of travellers tend to make last-minute bookings for adventure travel. You’re one of the few who plans ahead, and we love it because it lets us find you the best trips and operator for you, and book you for the dates you want! Why is it important to you to plan in advance?
Richa: I can’t say what it means for others, but for me, travel gives me time to find myself. With the strictly limited time that I get for something that gives me the joy of living, I want to make sure there are no last-minute hiccups. I am also a well-organised person, so maybe that also adds to the need of planning in advance.

TGN: How do you decide on your next adventure?
Richa: Sometimes it happens when I read about the adventures of other trekkers. Sometimes it just clicks. There’s no particular answer that I can pin onto.

TGN: What kind of adventure equipment do you use? Do you have a favourite brand?
Richa: Decathlon is my one-stop store. There are not a lot of options in our country for adventure equipment. One of my favourite brands is Keen.

TGN: Do you travel solo for adventure?
Richa: Sometimes, yes.

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TGN: We love seeing women heading out on solo adventures. What advice do you have for women travellers who want to travel on their own?
Richa: You deserve it as much as anyone else out there. Go for it!

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TGN: Do you have an adventure travel bucket list? What do you plan to do next?
Richa: I do have an adventure travel bucket list and it gets improvised every year. A road trip to Ladakh is next in line.

TGN: Do you have a favourite moment from your adventure travel? One moment when you’ve stood in wonder and realized you’d never forget that precious experience.
Richa: There is actually one such moment. Gazing at the breathtaking panorama of the view of Hampta Pass at the altitude of 14,000 ft. I felt no camera lens could do justice to what I saw. It was a view reserved for the Gods. My heart was in my mouth, awestruck with the majestic serenity of this landscape. The aura of this scenic beauty I beheld can’t be put down in words. I was consumed by the scene before my eyes.

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But there was more to learn in this journey. We were trekking down towards Shia Goru from Hampta Pass when some loose rocks started falling from above us and my guide pulled me under a huge rock and we were saved by an inch. That’s when I thought for the first time how lucky I was to be alive. Living in a city you tend to take for granted the life you have and whine about what you do not have but it is good fortune alone to be alive.

TGN: You’ve travelled with The Great Next a couple of times now. What makes you come back?
Richa: I keep coming back to The Great Next for the exemplary support you guys provide. There are people like Venkat, who are extremely polite when explaining the options, even when I raise a doubt again and again. He’s helped me to plan my last two treks. Your operational customer support is commendable too. Your work ethics, your people represent an image of a passionate travel agency helping people live their adventures.

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Richa shares pics of her travel on Instagram here, and it’s a beautiful feed full of travel inspiration!

If you’d like to book an adventure, we’ve got something for everyone: scuba diving, cycling, trekking, rafting, rock-climbing, kayaking, and lots more. Get in touch if you need help finding something that suits you.

Want to read about other adventurers? Here are some you might like:
Interview with an adventurer – Snigdha Bawa, Open Water Diver
Interview with an adventurer – Abhishek Iyer, solo long distance cyclist
Interview with an adventurer – Reena Talawar, solo female Chadar trekker

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.
View this trip here.

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.
View this trip here.

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.
View this trip here.

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.

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.
Check out our gear list here.

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.
If you’re thinking about carrying your own snacks, check out this Dummies Guide to Adventure Eats.

4. You don’t really 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 personal hygiene and 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 bandana 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/bandana, 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 bandana 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.

10. Trekking becomes therapy (if you do it right).
You’ll find that trekking can really help you work out the knots in your mind. There’s something about being out in the mountains, without your daily lives and routines to distract you, that really puts you in an introspective mood. Over the 4-5 hours of trekking that you do, you’ll alternate between admiring the views, turning your thoughts over, and enjoying the physical experience of the trek. We see quite a few trekkers carrying speakers and playing music while they walk, and we’re not big fans of that. Instead, while you’re here, listen to the wind whistling, the tinkkling bells around the necks of cows grazing on the slopes, and the birds chirping around you.

Trekking is a big favourite here at The Great Next. If you’re a beginner looking for a trek that suits you, we can help you find a short or long trip, with a really easy trek or a slightly tougher one if you want to challenge yourself. Get in touch with us at www.thegreatnext.com and we’ll hook you up.

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Looking for India’s top paragliding adventures? Here you go!

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 Himalayas, 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 exactly is paragliding?
When you go paragliding, the pilot/flier takes off from the ground in a lightweight, free-flying glider aircraft that is lifted by the wind. The glider has a harness beneath it, and the pilot is safely strapped in, with the controls in hand. The pilot does a short running start and then is lifted off the ground, and can gain altitude by using air currrents. If you want to fly solo, you’ll need to be certified, but if you’re looking for a joyride, you can go tandem paragliding.

What is tandem paragliding?
For an unlicensed, inexperienced adventurer, tandem paragliding is a fun ride with no responsibility. The glider has two harnesses beneath, and you’ll be seated in the one in front. A certified instructor is strapped in behind, and will take you up and control the glider. All you need to do is 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.
Find paragliding trips in Bir Billing.

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.
Find paragliding trips in Solang.

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.

Paragliding can also be done in Bedni Bugyal, one of the prettiest alpine meadows in Uttarakhand. This take-off spot offers you spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows around, 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 and lakes, and the railway tracks running across. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view of the Western Ghats, which is quite a sight just after the monsoon when it’s lush green.
Find paragliding trips in Maharashtra.

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 sparkling 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.

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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 Himalayas, 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 exactly is paragliding?
When you go paragliding, the pilot/flier takes off from the ground in a lightweight, free-flying glider aircraft that is lifted by the wind. The glider has a harness beneath it, and the pilot is safely strapped in, with the controls in hand. The pilot does a short running start and then is lifted off the ground, and can gain altitude by using air currrents. If you want to fly solo, you’ll need to be certified, but if you’re looking for a joyride, you can go tandem paragliding.

What is tandem paragliding?
For an unlicensed, inexperienced adventurer, tandem paragliding is a fun ride with no responsibility. The glider has two harnesses beneath, and you’ll be seated in the one in front. A certified instructor is strapped in behind, and will take you up and control the glider. All you need to do is 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.
Find paragliding trips in Bir Billing.

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.
Find paragliding trips in Solang.

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.

Paragliding can also be done in Bedni Bugyal, one of the prettiest alpine meadows in Uttarakhand. This take-off spot offers you spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows around, 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 and lakes, and the railway tracks running across. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view of the Western Ghats, which is quite a sight just after the monsoon when it’s lush green.
Find paragliding trips in Maharashtra.

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 sparkling 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.

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Adventure sports in India

India has some of the most massive and diverse geographical features, which makes it ideal for a wide range of adventure sports. It is home to the world’s highest mountain and the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. There are mighty rivers, dense forests, sprawling deserts, verdant valleys, emerald high altitude lakes and much more on offer. The best adventure sports in India include trekking, motor biking, bungee jumping, paragliding, skiing, scuba diving, rafting, cycling tours and many more.

Trekking in India
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A heady mix of majestic mountains, lush valleys, frozen lakes, ancient forts, melting glaciers, trekking in India gives you a lot of options. Some of the best treks in India take place in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Ladakh, but there are also spectacular treks in the Sahyadris in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
See the best treks in Uttarakhand.
See the best treks in Himachal Pradesh.

Hot air ballooning in India
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Hot air ballooning in India is a relatively new sport and the excitement of floating over the land, about 2000-4000 feet up in the air is enough to motivation to book the trip. However, all the hot air ballooning trips in India take you up at dawn, giving you spectacular views of the sun rising over the landscape, and plenty of photo opps. In addition, the locations for hot air ballooning in India are well chosen to offer the best views. You can go hot air ballooning in India over the coconut palms and backwaters of Goa, or over palaces, colourful festivals, deserts and national parks of Rajasthan. You can also book a hot air ballooning ride over Lonavala, from where you can see the rolling Sahyadris, gleaming water bodies, and train tracks below.
See hot air ballooning trips in India.

Motorbiking in India
One of the best ways to experience the real India is on a motorbike. Depending on the route you choose, you’ll be riding through gorgeous high altitude deserts, pine forests, desolate desert trails, verdant coastlines, or spice or coffee plantations. These routes are all filled with diverse sights and smells, and thanks to your trusty bikes, you’ll get to experience them all first-hand. Many travelers prefer motorbiking for long road-trips, as the experience is one like no other. Some of the most iconic motorbiking routes in India are the Leh-Ladakh route, the Shimla-Manali circuit, the Mumbai-Goa circuit, and the Leh-Srinagar route.
See all motorbiking trips in India.

Bungee jumping in India
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Bungee jumping in Rishikesh will be one of the bravest and most fun decisions in your life. It’s the best bungee jumping location in India, with the highest fixed platform in the country. You’ll be jumping off from the height of a 22-story building, with the mountains all around. If you’re not sure about bungee jumping in Rishikesh, or have done it before, you can always choose the other activities arranged here: India’s first Giant Swing (some say it’s scarier than the bungee!), Asia’s longest Flying Fox, whitewater rafting, kayaking, camping, or trekking.
Here’s all you need to know about bungee jumping in India.

Paragliding in India
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Paragliding in India takes place at quite a few locations: the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, Nandi Hills in Bangalore, and Kamshet in Maharashtra. It’s hard to decide whether paragliding is exciting or soothing, but you’ll have your time to decide when you soar up into the sky, esconced in your harness, with stunning views of the landscape below. You can choose from doing a fun tandem paragliding trip in India, or go all the way with a paragliding course.
See all paragliding trips in India.
Read more about paragliding in India.

Skiing in India
There are a couple of skiing locations in India that attract ski enthusiasts from around the world. Gulmarg in Kashmir is one of the top places for ski holidays, and it has quite a few other snow sports too. Kufri in Shimla and Auli in Uttarakhand are the other top destinations for skiing in India. Some of the best powder skiing happens in these locations. Ski equipment is provided and there are skiing courses on offer for novices. Aulil has a 3 kilometre long slope and a 500 metre long ski lift, and offers a variety of gradients for all levels of skiers.
Call us for skiing trips or courses.

Scuba diving in India
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One of the best sites for scuba diving in India is the Andaman Islands. The Andamans offer one of the highest counts of fish and coral species on the planet. You’ll be able to swim alongside a mind-boggling array of fish and a profusion of healthy, colourful coral. Havelock Island itself is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility, suitable for a perfect beach holiday when you’re not underwater.

Although India has a long coastline that stretches for thousands of kilometres, it does not have a plethora of scuba diving options. There are scuba diving locations in Goa, Pondicherry, and Murudeshwar, but while the water is tropical and the marine life is healthy, the visibility is not always as clear as the Andamans. However, these locations are great for those looking for a quick fun dive or a try dive in India.
When is the best time to visit the Andamans?
Top things to do in the Andamans
See all scuba diving trips in India.

White water rafting in India
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River rafting in India is one of the most popular adventure sports in the country. There are several places in the north of India such as in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Sikkim that are great for water rafting. The rivers here are fed by melting snow from the mighty Himalayas and this, coupled with breath-taking views of mountains on either side, makes the rafting experience in India some of the most enjoyable in the world. In central and south India, adventure enthusiasts head to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Coorg for white water rafting or river rafting in India.
See whitewater rafting trips in India.

If you’re looking for other adventures in India, here’s some related reading:
Top campsites in India
Best adventures for groups of friends

Can’t find what you’re looking for. Call us or mail us. We’ve got plenty of adventure trips up our sleeves!

Top adventure getaways in Kashmir

Kashmir’s beauty is unparalleled and it is a dream destination for every nature lover. Poets have written about Kashmir, photographers declare that they’ve never seen anything so beautiful and for every traveller, the first time they visit Kashmir, its love at first sight. From the bright wildflowers to the snow-capped mountains, from the sparkling streams and crystalline lakes to the wide blue skies, Kashmir is a true paradise on earth.

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The best time to visit Kashmir is during summer from March until August. Kashmir is covered with spring blossoms and the weather is pleasant. There are a number of stunning Kashmir getaways and something for everyone to do during these months.

Top destinations in Kashmir: The Kashmir Great Lakes trek

This Great Lakes of Kashmir trek is suitable for fit beginners, but involves long hours of walking. You’ll be walking for anywhere between 9-15 kms per day, and will experience altitudes of 13,000 ft. While the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek sounds challenging, it can be completed easily by first-time trekkers too, making it a top destination in Kashmir for adventurers, photographers and nature lovers alike.

You’ll pass through high altitude meadows, pine and maple forests, have a chance to go trout fishing and camp beside lakes at night. On this trek, you’ll cover some of the top destinations in Kashmir, the Great Lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, the cascading lakes of Satsar, and the twin lakes of Gangabal.
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Top destinations in Kashmir: Chadar Trek
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Located in the surreal Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chadar trek involves walking over ice with the river flowing underneath and is extremely famous across the world. The Zanskar river is one of the top destinations in Kashmir. Ladakh is a magnificently stark high-altitude desert kingdom in the Indian Himalayas and is the perfect setting for a winter trek. It is famed for its high passes, brackish water lakes, deep blue skies and a landscape that is larger than life.

The Zanskar river flows through steep rock gorges that can go up to 2000 feet high. During the summer, the river is a perfect location for rafting, and during the winters it transforms into a sheet of ice. The best time to visit Kashmir for this legendary trek is January to February. Participants walk on a frozen river bed, camp in caves and in tents on the ice and trek past towering waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow. The trek is intense and a great test of your endurance and will, and offers the reward of an unforgettable experience. As you trek you’ll witness breath-taking views of the majestic snow-clad peaks, hanging icicles, surreal landscapes, rock faces, and weather-blackened trees.
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Top destinations in Kashmir: Sham Valley Trek

For the uninitiated, the Sham Valley trek is a perfect trekking option. This is an easy trek in Leh that will lead you through some beautiful villages and to famous Tibetan monasteries like Lamayuru, Spituk, Likir and Alchi. The best time to visit Kashmir for this Sham Valley trek is from May to October when the weather is at its most pleasant. Sham Valley is also known as the Apricot Valley because of the Apricot orchards dotting this region.
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Top destinations in Kashmir: Stok Kangri trek
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Trekking in Kashmir is a fabulous adventure, and Stok Kangri is one of the top destinations in Kashmir for a thrilling trek. This trek involves rope climbing, mountain trekking, trekking through rough snow patches and using crampons. Yet with all this, you don’t need to have any technical mountaineering skills to get to an altitude of over 20,000 feet, which makes it one of the top destinations in Kashmir for adventure buffs. As you trek to the peak you may be able to see snow leopard and have wolf-sightings. You can enjoy views of the great Indus Valley and the warmth of local village residents.
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Top destinations in Kashmir: Rafting in Kashmir
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For those looking for a shorter Kashmir getaway, rafting is just one of the many adventure sports that Kashmir has to offer. The best time to visit Kashmir for rafting in the Zanskar River is during the summer, when the icy river thaws after a long, freezing winter. The fierce rapids on the river attract people from all over the world, and it’s a thrilling ride. The route goes through many deep gorges and is dominated by the views of towering snow clad mountain peaks. You get to see hilltop monasteries, lovely villages and much more.
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Top destinations in Kashmir: Motorbiking trips in Ladakh

One of the best ways to see a new place is on a motorbike ride through it. You’re not as closed off as you would be in a vehicle, and until you’ve swallowed some of the dust of this new place, it’s not really a part of you! A short biking trip in Leh is a top Kashmir getaway that offers adventure, scenic landscapes, and glorious views. You’ll have to arrive a day or two early to ensure that you are fully acclimatized. On your first day, take it easy and drink plenty of fluids.

After that, you’ll set off to explore ancient monasteries guarded by towering statues of Buddha, ride through Lamayuru, the moonland of Leh, with craggy peaks and colours of grey and ochre; and the spectacular landscape of Nubra Valley, with the double-humped Bactrian camels. You’ll also be able to combine this Kashmir getaway with a visit to the gloriously blue Pangong Lake. You’ll ride across long stretches of bare landscape, and see raging rivers that cut across it. You’ll meet reclusive locals and maybe try a cup of hot butter tea with them.
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Top adventure getaways in Himachal Pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure getaways. You’ll find plenty of choice, between the lush and green Kullu region, and the much drier northern region of Lahaul and Spiti. There are glorious treks and peaks that are suitable for beginners or for experienced trekkers. These destinations are perfect for quick weekend getaways in Himachal Pradesh.

Here’s a line-up of the top adventure getaways in Himachal Pradesh:

Kheerganga trek
The Kheerganga trek is one of the most iconic treks in Himachal Pradesh. It takes you through Parvati Valley, a paradise-like region that attracts backpackers from around the world. You’ll be heading up to Barshaini and Kheerganga, past charming Himachali villages, through pine-scented trails, across rickety wooden bridges and along clear streams. You’ll also get a chance to visit the hot springs nearby for a soothing dip in the therapeutic water.
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Kasol trek
Located in the Parvati Valley, the Kasol trek is one of the most popular short treks in India, thanks to its location and many attractions. You’ll find yourself in some of the prettiest campsites, with views of pine forests and oak stretching out all around. There are clear rivers to sit by, rocky patches to scramble over, and therapeutic hot springs to take dips in. Kasol attracts backpackers from around the world, and you’ll find delicious food and plenty to see and do here, making this one of the top short Himalayan treks in India.
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Triund trek
Located about ten kilometres from the bustling city centre of McLeodganj, this short trek in Kangra Valley is an easy but gorgeous adventure and is one of the top treks in India for beginners. You will see McLeodganj, also known as ‘Little Lhasa’ which is unlike any other place in India. This small town is home to a local population as well as Tibetan refugees, which provides a great opportunity to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture as well as some great food options! There are rocks to scramble over, peaks swathed in mist, and cold air all around. Trekkers visit sacred mountains, ancient temples and quaint ‘pahadi’ villages hidden in valleys. This adventure gives you breath-taking, 180-degree views of some of the most famous peaks in India. The short trek to Triund takes about four hours to complete and the view of the evening sky from Triund is a good enough reason to pitch a tent here for the night. The best time to enjoy this adventurous trek is May to October.
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek
This is one of the best places to see in Himachal Pradesh. The Hampta trek is a short and easy trek that takes you trekking through lush green valleys, wild flowers and mixed forests of spruce, pine, maple and oak. As the Hampta trek progresses, the ground changes underfoot, to the strikingly bare environs of the Lahaul region, known for its pristine beauty.

One of the highlights of the trek is camping near the Chandratal or Moon Lake – one of the finest high altitude alpine lakes in the country, and watching it change colour as the sun sets. The best time to visit is May- June and August- September.
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Beaskund trek
Beaskund is one of the most beautiful places in the Dhauladhar range of the mighty Himalayas and one of the best places to see in Himachal Pradesh. Besides being regarded as sacred, Beaskund is where the river Beas originates and it offers spectacular views of the nearby Shitidhar, Ladakhi, Friendship and Hanuman Tibba peaks. You trek past glaciers, up lushly forested slopes, passing the tree line, seeing mountain streams dot the landscape, and up into meadows where shepherds bring their flock to graze on the sweet grass. This is one of the most alluring treks in the Kullu as the trail takes you along the river bank and offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range. This is an easy and short trek that is perfect for a weekend getaway in Himachal Pradesh.
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Rock-climbing near Manali
To add a healthy dose of thrill to your quick weekend getaway in Himachal Pradesh, try your hand at rock-climbing in Manali. With amazing views of high snow-capped peaks and its proximity to the snowline, it’s no wonder that Manali is an adventure lover’s hotspot and there are many gorgeous natural rock formations perfect for rock climbing and rappelling. A one-day rock-climbing session provides participants with an introduction to rock climbing, rappelling, learning about the gear, knots, technique and balance.
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Paragliding in Solang
The Himalayas are rife with paragliding spots but the best place in India is right here in Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing in the Solang Valley lies at a height of 8500 feet, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and meadows. Here you can try out tandem paragliding for most of the year, except the monsoon.
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Snow lodge in Manali
Set in the middle of an apple orchard, this lodge in Manali lets you experience the fun of the mountains without the crowds. In winter, you will wake up to views of a white winter wonderland outside your room window. During the day, you can head into the snow and enjoy building a snowman, or visit Manali for some winter sightseeing. In the evening, you’ll return to your lodge for a quiet, cosy evening.
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River rafting in Kullu
The Beas river runs past Kullu, fed by the melting glaciers and snow in the mountains, and is clear and blue under the sunny Himachal skies. A river rafting trip here takes you along a fun 14 kms stretch and is a great adventure activity near Manali. You’ll begin your rafting adventure in Pirdi, where you’ll get ready to battle rapids ranging from Grade II to III for almost two hours. You can also camp in a picturesque campsite near Kullu, surrounded by greenery and nature.
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Top adventure getaways in Uttarakhand

If you’re in Uttarakhand or nearby, there are plenty of adventure getaways you can find. This gorgeous state in North India is an adventure-seeker’s paradise, and travellers and trekking enthusiasts flock here by the thousands for its incredible scenic beauty and tranquility. Apart from stunning treks that take you past lofty mountains, alpine meadows, frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and mysterious lakes, there are also rafting and bungee jumping adventures to be done.

This state is a fascinating mix of adventure opportunities, ancient temples and villages, different landscapes and rugged mountains. Uttarakhand can be visited all year through but the best time to visit Uttarakhand is in the summer or winter. Here are some of the top adventure getaways in Uttarakhand you can book right now.

Roopkund Lake trek
Roopkund is a glacial lake nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 16,500 feet, the lake is completely uninhabited, desolate and is surrounded by snow clad mountains. The lake offers you a rare chance to see the ancient remains of human skeletons that surround it. It is a fairly challenging trek, and is a great option for those looking for adventure getaways in Uttarakhand. The best season to visit is in summer from May to June and then September to October.
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Nagtibba trek
The Nagtibba trek is a fairly easy one, starting at an elevation of 3500 feet and going up to the top of Nagtibba at 10,000 feet. It is a popular trek as it is open most of the year and is perfect for newbies and participants looking for a short adventure getaway in the Himalayas. This trek gives you a pleasant mountain experience while it takes you through thick Himalayan forest, over streams, and up to pretty campsites filled with wild mint and surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Himalayas.
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Dayara Bugyal trek
Dayara Bugyal means ‘high altitude meadow’ and is at an elevation of 3,408 metres. It is considered to be one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand with visitors describing their experience as nothing short of a fairy tale. This easy trek takes you up to one of India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, and offering you the chance to camp in scenic locations at every stop. The adventure getaway is recommended for everyone i.e families with children, nature lovers and adventurers alike.
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Valley of Flowers trek
The exotic Valley of Flowers is one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand as it is a world heritage site and is located within the Nanda Devi National Park. During peak season, over 300 species of wildflowers bloom across the valley, including rare orchids, poppies, Cobra Lily, anemone as well as the elusive Brahmakamal. Apart from this, there are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, mighty rivers and quaint villages to be seen. July and August are the best times to undertake this trek as the flowers are in full bloom during this time.
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Har ki Dun trek
Har ki-dun, which translates to ‘Valley of Gods’, is one of the least explored treks in Himalayas. This moderate level trek is suitable to families as the terrain is not difficult nor are the gradients steep, but it does involve long hours of walking. The trail takes you through apple orchards, green valleys, wildflowers, and streams everywhere. This top trek in Uttarakhand offers spectacular views of the other famous peaks in the region such as Banderpoonch, Swargarohini etc.
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Chopta-Chandrashila trek
The beautiful Chopta Chandrashila Tungnath region is a famous adventure getaway in Uttarakhand. The trek takes you to about 13,000 feet and is fairly easy, except for the climb to Chandrashila peak, which is at 13,123 feet. The world’s highest Shiva temple, Tungnath, is located here, and is a wonderful peaceful spot to rest after a steep climb. From the top, the 360-degree panorama of the mighty Himalayas makes this one of the most rewarding treks in Uttarakhand.
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Kedarkantha trek
This is a popular adventure getaway in Uttarakhand, thanks to the mountain’s easy accessibility throughout the year. Kedarkantha is a beautiful ridge mountain peak in the Tons River Valley, with an elevation of 12,500 feet. The best time to visit, however, is between December and March when the landscape turns from beautiful to spectacular. A snow trek to Kedarkantha will take you along a trail that is completely covered with thick, pure white snow and is one of the top destinations in Uttarakhand.
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Snow lodge stays in Auli
If you’re in Auli during the winter, try to book a stay in a snow lodge for an adventure getaway that is beautiful and fun. You’ll wake up every morning to a landscape blanketed in snow, and pine trees drooping with the weight of snow on the branches. You can spend all day exploring the snowy orchards, walking in the local village, trying your skiing skills, or going on short snow treks. In the evenings, you’ll return to your cosy lodge for a pleasant evening spent reading, playing board games, or sitting around a bonfire and telling stories. You’ll be sleeping in mountain-view facing rooms, with queen sized beds, en suite washrooms, and a private balcony with a spectacular view.
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Rafting in Rishikesh
Uttarakhand is home to numerous mountain-fed rivers which are ideal for river rafting. While you’re negotiating the peaceful stretches of the river, you’ll glide by ancient temples and points of worship in the holy town of Rishikesh, but you’ll truly remember your Maker when the ferocious rapids begin! The almost 16 km stretch of the Ganges has whirlpools and a thrilling 13 rapids such as Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course with difficulty grades ranging from I to IV.
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Camping in Uttarakhand
Camping is one of the best ways to experience the charm of the pristine beauty of Uttarakhand. Staying in camps amidst picturesque and peaceful surroundings is such a great experience and is perfect for a weekend getaway in Uttarakhand. There are riverside camps that provide accommodation, meals, and adventure activities like hiking, fishing, nature walk and rafting. You can go higher up into the mountains for quieter campsites, with a close-to-nature camping experience. You’ll be able to rest and enjoy the cool winter nights and pleasant days, heading out for adventure activities all day, and returning tired to your tents at night.
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Bungee jumping in Rishikesh
Bunjee jumping is the fastest growing adventure sport in India and the best place to experience it is Rishikesh. You’ll climb to the top of India’s highest bungee jump platform, and jump off from a height of a 22-storey building. You’ll plummet through the air, freefalling like a stone, with a river beneath, and the green valleys around you. This jump is run by a team of expert instructors from New Zealand, and you’ll be in safe hands here. While you’re here, you can also indulge in other adventure sports like India’s first Giant Swing, Asia’s longest Flying Fox, or river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, and paragliding.
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Top adventure things to do in India

India is just bursting at the seams with amazing opportunities for adventure things to do. Home to the world’s highest mountain and some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, India also has mighty rivers, dense forests, daunting deserts, lush green valleys, crystalline lakes and much more on offer. The top adventure things to do in India include motorbiking, bungee jumping, paragliding, trekking in the Himalayas, skiing, scuba diving, rafting, trekking and many more.

Here are some of the top adventure things to do in India:

Motorbiking trips in India
One of the best ways to explore beautiful India is on a motorbiking trip. Depending on the location and routes that you choose, you’ll be riding through gorgeous high altitude deserts, fragrant pine forests, desolate desert trails, verdant coastlines, or spice or coffee plantations. These routes are all filled with diverse sights and smells, and thanks to your trusty bikes, you’ll get to experience them all first-hand.
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Bungee jumping in India
Bungee jumping is the fastest growing adventure sport in India and the best place to experience it is Rishikesh. You’ll climb to the top of India’s highest bungee jump platform, and jump off from a height of a 22-storey building. You’ll plummet through the air, freefalling like a stone, with a river beneath, and the green valleys around you. This jump is run by a team of expert instructors from New Zealand, and you’ll be in safe hands here. While you’re here, you can also indulge in other adventure sports like India’s first Giant Swing, Asia’s longest Flying Fox, or try your hand at river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, or paragliding.
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Paragliding in India
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. The best and most popular paragliding place in India is Bir Billing in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. You could also try paragliding in Nainital, or in Solang Valley or Marhi near Manali. You can soak in the crisp mountain air, and the breath-taking views of Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows below.
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Trekking in India
The sprawling subcontinent of India has some of the best treks in the world. Thanks to the mighty Himalayas that stretch across Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir, the sheer variety of landscape, duration, and intensity for treks is stunning. There are treks that range from easy to challenging, with expeditions, snow treks, and treks over a frozen river to test your limits. But apart from the Himalayas, there are some shorter treks in the massive Sahyadris in Maharashtra. This region is abundant with forts, hills, rock-climbing areas, rough terrain to challenge experienced trekkers and gentle slopes for beginners.
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Skiing in India
Gulmarg in Kashmir is one of the best places for snow sports like snowboarding, ice-skating and skiing. Gulmarg has long been a hotspot for skiing aficionados and the region has some of the best gradients for powder skiing as well as snowboarding. Ski equipment is provided and there are skiing courses on offer for novices. Auli in Uttarakhand is also one of India’s best known ski destinations, and offers some of the most gorgeous views during the winter. For most of the year, Auli is green and beautiful, but during the winters, snow covers the slopes, making it a playground for Auli skiing, and for trekkers and nature lovers. Auli has a 3 kilometre long slope and a 500 metre long ski lift.
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Scuba diving in India
One of the best sites for scuba diving in India is the Andaman Islands. Although Goa also has scuba diving, the experience in the Andaman Islands is far superior. There are plenty of good dive sites and you’ll find gorgeous marine life like turtles, scorpion fish, octopii, angler fish, and if you’re lucky, the harmless black-tip reef sharks or the whale. Apart from Goa and the Andaman Islands, the Lakshadweep Islands and Pondicherry also offer scuba diving.
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River rafting in India
River rafting is an extreme sport and one of the best loved adventure sports in India. The large rivers across the country provide fierce rapids to toss and flip you, and in the peaceful stretches, you’ll find plenty to look at as you float along. In Maharashtra, the Kundalika river offers Grade III-IV rapids and green banks lined with coconut trees. In Rishikesh, you’ll take on the rapids of the Ganges, and in the stark environs of Ladakh, the Zanskar river is a beast that most adventurers can’t wait to tackle.
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Caving in India
Meghalaya has an extensive network of mountain caves and this is an adventure sport in India that is picking up. Thrill-seekers explore these unknown dark caves with flashlights and ropes. It requires crawling at times through tight spaces and wading through shallow streams, so this adventure activity is not for the claustrophobic.
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