Travel: India is one of the most popular and adventure travel destination in the world. Adventure is the fun and enjoyable time people spend with their friends or family. Here are the best places to unleash your adventurous side.
Gorgeous trails through pine forests, apple orchards on the way and the incredible view of the Himalayas – Manali is an adventure-seeker’s and nature-lover’s delight. Try the trek up to Rohtang Pass or go paragliding in Solang Valley.
Madhya Pradesh, ‘the heart of India’, reverberates with the roar of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Of its many national parks, Bandhavgarh offers the most thrilling wildlife safari. There are high chances of spotting a tiger since here as the density of its population is the highest known in India.
Perhaps you’d like to come face to face with the endangered Indian Rhinoceros. Assam’s Kaziranga National Park has more than 2,000 rhinos and you can take a jeep safari or an elephant-back ride into the grasslands to spot them.
Do you like your adventure holidays to include a spot of skiing? Head to Auli in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand – with its 3 kilometre long slope and a 500 metre long ski lift, Auli can give many ski resorts a run for their money. Ski equipment is provided and the tourist board (GMVN) offers 7-14 day skiing courses.
Some 260 kilometres from Auli is the holy city of Rishikesh. Apart from its temples, Rishikesh is also a magnet for adventure junkies – white water rafting on the rapids of the Ganga, bungee jumping, 1-kilometre long zip-lining, cliff-jumping, trekking and many more.
Imagine trekking on a precarious, frozen river! Every year during January and February, the Zanskar River freezes over and a blanket of snow envelops it – this is the Chadar trek. Walking on snow and ice is a bit tricky, but when you have beautiful Himalayan vistas, frozen waterfalls and ancient monasteries to encounter, a bit of risk seems worth it.
Leh and Ladakh
Leh is the most common entry point to India's far northern region of Ladakh. This remote place has become a popular tourist destination since Ladakh was opened to foreigners in 1974. It offers two of the world’s largest mountain ranges, alpine desert, and dry barren landscape full of historic Buddhish monasteries.