Top Adventure Destinations in India

In today’s times even the remotest areas of the country are most accessible, making it a delight for the adventure lovers to fulfil their adventure appetites. There are several such spunky and heroic destinations within India where you can free the adventure junkie in you to climb rugged peaks and crests, fly the skies, plunge in the tumultuous waters, get lost in the forests and so much more. In terms of adventure, India has something exciting to offer for both its domestic and international travellers. Depending upon which adventure sport you would like to indulge in, we bring you a list of places where you can let yourself loose and experience different kind of thrilling activities.

1. Bir Billing

Highlight: Paragliding

Based in the Joginder Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing is rightly called as the paragliding capital of the nation. Even though it appears to be a small humble village at the outset but in close proximity, there lies a different world of fun sport activity of paragliding. The beauty of the place is breathtaking and the climate of the place is mostly moderate. The paragliding flight starts from Billing at the height of 8000 feet from sea level and lands at Bir which is approximately 4300 feet from sea level and lasts for 30 -45 mins. With expert pilots flying with you, you will get to see the most exquisite view of the Dhauladhar ranges, very green landscapes and sparkling water streams as you fly like a bid. Hang Gliding is another adventure sport which is famous here and gives you a heavy dose of adrenaline rush because Hang gliders are more efficient and prone to catch higher speeds and better have better glide ratios. Due to upgraded aerodynamic technology, they will fly better and faster despite the stronger weather conditions, resulting in greater thrill.

How to Reach

Book a flight to Kangra Airport, which is the nearest to Bir Billing at a distance of approximately 67 kms. Arrange of taxis is available to transport you to Bir Billing.

2. Rajasthan

Highlight: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Just imagine how memorable it can be to romance the clouds with balloon safari and sailing through the royal forts, palaces and shining sand dunes. This activity is available in different cities of like Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar and Jaisalmer. When you wish to experience the delight off the beaten tracks and absorb the spirit of small, charming villages, then hot air balloon ride is your answer. Safety is taken into account by experts, by ensuring you fly only during favourable weather. It would be relevant to mention that Pushkar balloon rides are managed during the bright and festive Camel Fair which is held during the month of October. Further, for desert adventure you can undertake a Jeep safari in the Golden City of Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert to explore the interesting desert land.

Jungle adventure seekers can opt for wildlife safaris in Ranthambore National Park or Sariska Tiger reserve tosspot the royal tigers and rare wildlife species through jeeps and canter tours inside the thick of forests

How to Reach

There are a number of Airports in Rajasthan where direct flights fly from all parts of the country. Depending upon the destination you choose to visit you can opt for flight ticket booking to any of these listed below:

  • Jaipur International Airport
  • Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur
  • Jaisalmer Airport
Best Time for Activity: March to October

3. Rishikesh

Highlight: River Rafting, Bunjee Jumping

A part of Uttarakhand , the beautiful Rishikesh is set against the backdrop of the pristine and holy River Ganges and in the foothills of Himalayas is quite famous amongst domestic and foreign tourists. Besides being a hot spot for rest and rejuvenation, yoga and spiritual destination, it is also known for being the hub of adventure sports like river rafting, camping, hiking to the most exciting bungee jumping. There s so much excitement that Rishikesh offers, To begin with you can indulge in the pulse racing experience of rafting in the swift waters of The Ganges that starts at Shivpuri and ends at Laxman Jhula. The adventure freak in you can head towards Mohanchatti to set your adrenaline soaring as the place is the best Bunjee Jumping platform in India. You are in safe hands as a team of experts from New Zealand handle your jump. Those who wish to go hiking, there are so many trails in Rishikesh to choose from namely Roopkund Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek, Dodital To Yamunotri Trek, Source Of The Ganga Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, Tapovan Trek, Sahasra Tal Trek. Even Camping by the riverside is fun in Rishikesh with bonfire, music and dance.

How to Reach

Book a flight to Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun as that is the nearest Airport. From there you can take a cab or a bus to Rishikesh.

4. Goa

Highlight: Scuba Diving, Parasailing

When it comes to adventure sports, how anyone can miss the favourite beach destination of Goa. Flooded with pulse racing activities, Goa offers you unlimited options. The water sports adventure seekers, who find underwater life enchanting, can head for scuba diving and snorkelling to experience the deep blues. There are several dive spots in Goa like Grande Island, Uma Guva Reef, Malvan Island, Nagoa, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach. You will get a pool training session by an experienced diver before you take the dive to plummet deeper into the sea. To witness the Christmas tree lookalike shrubs, pretty fish communities, and different colours hued patchy coral is not only fascinating but also refreshing and relaxing for the body and mind.

Parasailing is also popular in Goa. Depending on your weight and wind conditions, you can team up with your friends and family members to go up together. It’s a tingling feeling as you float in the air up to a height of 500 feet and come down for a ‘touch and go’ to wet your feet in water. As you take off and land directly on the boat in water it’s an amazing feeling.

Windsurfing or Sail boarding can be fun if you are good at balancing. Best places for windsurfing are at Baga Beach, Vagator Beach, Morjim Beach, Palolem Beach and Miramar.

How to Reach

Flight bookings can be made directly for Goa International Airport. Several taxis are available from the airport to travel within Goa.

5. Auli

Highlight: Skiing, Ropeway

The most spectacular snow destination of Uttarakhand, Auli is hugely famous for being India’s principal ski haven. Snow skiing is so popular an adventure sport here that the place even hosts festivals and competitions of national and international level. The snow lovers will be happy to know that Auli is considered one of the best ski resorts of the world. One can participate in both -alpine skiing and Nordic skiing. It’s exciting to check out various skiing routes like Auli Gorson trail, Gorson – Tali, Tali – Kuari Pass, Kuari Pass – Khulara and Khulara – Tapovan. One can’t even imagine how much the thrill of skiing multiplies when on your adventure trail you get to see peaks such as Mt Nanda Devi Kamet, Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat. Besides skiing you can’t even miss being a part of the famous 4.5 km long cable car stretch of ropeway that starts from Joshimath and runs till Auli, giving an extravagant view of the sublime Himalayas.

How to Reach

Book your flight till the nearest airport that is in Dehradun. From the Airport, you can either hire a taxi and reach Auli or take the state-run buses to reach Joshimath.

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