Adventure sports in India are slowly but surely getting the much-needed attention thanks to a growing tribe of adventure enthusiasts who want to feel that adrenalin rush and the thrill of these sports. Both water and air adventure sports are increasingly becoming popular and there are certain destinations that have become a hub of these activities making them be termed as adventure destinations of the county. If you want to feel pumped, head to any of these places in India. ALSO SEE 6 adventure sports you must try in India Also Read - Action Has Returned to Indian Skies, Says Aviation Minister Puri as 532 Flights Resume Operation on First Day
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Kolad is in Maharashtra and is known for its water sports activities especially white water rafting. It boasts of being the only destination in the country that is open all year round for this sport. Not just this sport, you can go for kayaking and archery. Most people who come here camp overnight to enjoy the activities to the fullest. Kolad is driving distance from Mumbai and makes for a fun weekend getaway. Kolad has a few sightseeing attractions too but it is synonymous with water sports and attracts enough enthusiasts throughout the year. Even if you are a novice without any experience in the sport, you can safely try them in Kolad as they have small training sessions and beginners batches. Also Read - Amid Tensions With China, PM Speaks to Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina And UAE's Bin Zayed
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Another town that is famous for white water rafting is Rishikesh which is also known for other things like its ashrams, yoga institutes and temples. Get your adrenalin rush as you wade through the cold waters of the Ganga running through Rishikesh. While white water rafting is one of the key adventure sports in Rishikesh, others like rock climbing, hiking, flying fox, cliff jumping, etc are also available here. So, if you prefer aerial or land sports, you can try them too when in Rishikesh. Stay in an ashram which is an experience in itself and attend the Ganga aarti on the banks in the evening. You will mostly find vegetarian food here thanks to the temples and influence of yoga here.
Adventure sports in Maharashtra is pretty popular and Kamshet which is near Pune is another hotspot for it. Here, the adventure activities include paragliding that gives you a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. As you drive down, you can spot several paragliding parachutes in the air that make for a lovely sight. You can also trek up to Tikona Fort and go boating at Pavana. Kamshet has camps and resorts that too offer many outdoor activities. So go with your gang or plan a corporate trip to Kamshet and enjoy a fun weekend trying thrilling activities.
Solang Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a hub for adventure activities and every year, several tourists flock here to try many of these sports. Zorbing is one of the most popular activities in Solang. In the winter, they also have amateur skiing some times. Paragliding is another activity you can try here. Many people who visit Manali for treks and camping also come to Solang Valley as it is very close by. There are adventure activities taking place all around the year. During peak season which is summer, the price is higher as the demand is more thanks to the several tourists who come here. If you are in a group, you can bargain for a cheaper price too.
Goa is known for its amazing stretch of beaches and these are home to a number of adventure activities as well. Water sports like banana boat ride, parasailing and jet skiing are common and available on popular beaches but there are other extreme sports as well that you can try in Goa. From underwater walking to fishing, crocodile tours and extreme sports there is a lot you can do in Goa. You can also go river rafting, hiking in the hinterlands and trekking to the DudhsagarWaterfall. If you thought Goa is only about beaches and booze, you are quite mistaken. Surfing is also popular in Goa and there are institutes like the Vaayu where you can learn from a professional.
Indias union territory Lakshadweep is home to a number of adventure activities though most of them are related to water thanks to the endless stretch of beaches. Lakshadweep is one place that most people visit either to try these adventure activities or to relax on the beach. Fishing, angling, scuba diving, surfing, jet skiing, parasailing and more, you will find all of these activities here. Reaching here is a little tricky and you need permits to enter the union territory. Only a few islands are open for tourists and there are a few beach resorts in the area. Since it is a little cut off from the rest of the country, you will find fewer tourists in Lakshadweep.
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Gulmarg, one of Indias premier ski destinations is in Jammu and Kashmir and attracts professional as well as amateur skiers who love or want to try this sport. It also conducts ski courses that range from three to four to 12 days too and you get a certificate once you complete it. Skiing isnt very common in India as it does not snow in most parts of the country making Gulmarg a sought-after destination. There are ski resorts also close to the areas where skiing is taught. Most courses offer basic skiing equipment so you dont have to buy them expect for a few things. If you love snow and adventure, try skiing in Gulmarg. Apart from skiing, there is also a cable car ride experience.
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The Andaman Islands are also a great destination to learn water sports as it conducts certificate courses in scuba diving and is one of the best diving destinations in India thanks to its rich marine life. Snorkelling and surfing are other activities offered at these islands. The white sand beaches and blue waters here are quite different from what you see in other parts of the country. You can stay in a resort right on the beach or opt for a hotel in Port Blair and then take a ferry ride to reach your destination.
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