ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN INDIA THAT YOU MUST TRY!
Normal holidays are passe! More and more people are looking to engage in adventure activities in India and that has given rise to a whole new kind of travel. While most of us would choose to relax by the beach, others want to scream their lungs out while jumping off an 8,000-foot mountain. If adrenaline rush and a sense of satisfaction are all you require at the end of a trip, then an adventure trip is all you need to plan for your next outing with friends.
Here is our list of 17 UNIQUE adventure activities in India along with all the details you need to plan your trip.
FLYBOARDING IN GOA
Meet the newest trend in watersports, Flyboarding. This action sport is unbelievably exhilarating and sure to get your adrenaline high in a few moments. The sport is done on a jet ski, attached by a hose that pumps water to send it as high as 15 meters in the air, enabling the rider to make dolphin-like maneuvers and dive underwater from a great height.
Location – Flyboarding in done in the Chapota river in Goa, conducted by Atlantis Watersports.
Best Time – The service is operational from October to May every year and timings are between 9 am to 6 pm
Cost – A 20-minute ride will cost you around INR 2,800
MICROLIGHT FLIGHTS IN BANGALORE
Get a bird’s-eye view of Bangalore by sitting inside the aircraft as co-pilot. This is your chance to get the fantasy of soaring like a bird, high above the landscape of Bangalore. Flying above the 4000ft, two people can enjoy sitting inside the flight. You can get more details here.
Location – Near Jakkur flying club on the Bangalore Pune highway
Best Time – All weekends from 6:30 am to 9:30 am
Cost – A 10-minute flight costs INR 3,300 and goes up to INR 8,500 for a 30-minute flight
CHADAR TREK IN LADAKH
Experiencing a trek over the frozen Zanskar river is a thrilling experience one can have. Open only during the winter season, the trek takes place at the Zanskar River which freezes and gets covered with a thick blanket of snow.
Location: Zanskar River, Ladakh
Best time – January to February
Cost – The cost varies for the duration you book it for. A 9-day trek will cost you around INR 25,000
RIVER RAFTING IN RISHIKESH
Rishikesh is the mecca of river rafting in India, with grand rapids and stunning landscapes all around. This is an experience that will get your pulse racing to make it one of the most unforgettable activities of your life.
Location – Brahmpuri to NIM Beach (9 km), Brahmpuri to Rishikesh (12kms), Shivpuri to Rishikesh (16kms), Marine Drive to Rishikesh (24kms) and Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (34kms)
Best Time – February to November is the best time as the service is shut during monsoons
Cost – The cost per person is around Rs 450- 1850/- depending on the distance chosen
SCUBA DIVING IN ANDAMAN ISLANDS
Scuba diving is enjoyed by thousands of people around the world and is a low-risk activity compared to many other adventure sports. Dive in one of the clearest waters in the world and experience a rainbow of colors beneath the waters!
Location – Havelock Island, Neil Island
Best Time – January to May is considered the best time for diving
Cost – The package cost depends on your experience level and ranges from INR 4,000 to INR 12,000
SKIING IN AULI
Located 16 km from Joshimath, Auli is an excellent skiing destination. With snow-white mountain slopes and decent skiing facilities, it rivals Gulmarg and Kufri for this much sought after sport.
Location – Auli
Best Time – During summers from March to June
Cost – Skiing lessons start from INR 1,500 per person
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HOT AIR BALLOONING IN JAIPUR
For an hour, you can enjoy flying high over Jaipur in a hot air balloon! The flight promises a truly mesmerizing experience during which you will witness some aerial, breathtaking sights of the pink city.
Location – You can contact operators anywhere in Jaipur
Best Time – The best time is from November to June and it’s mostly done in the mornings
Cost – Tariff ranges from INR 8,000 to INR 13,000, depending on duration and operator
SKYDIVING IN MYSORE
Skydiving is slowly catching up among adventure enthusiasts in the country. Experience the thrill of a tandem jump, static jumps and accelerated free falls over the royal city! The jump from 10,000 feet will last for a few minutes but will change your life forever! You can get more information here and here.
Location – Mysore airport
Best Time – Monday to Friday throughout the year
Price: The price starts from INR 35,000 onwards depending on the course days
BUNGEE JUMPING IN RISHIKESH
This is something we have been wanting to do for years now! It needs some serious guts as you jump from a height of more than 275 feet. The jump lasts only for a few seconds but it sure to get your heart pounding like never before!
Location – The activity is done at the Mohan Chatti village
Best time – The season is from February – March, and August to October
Cost – The tariff starts from INR 3,500 per person onwards
DUNE BASHING IN JAISALMER
Move over Dubai, dune bashing is here in India as well! Experience the thrill of driving an off-road vehicle into the desert, conquering some of the largest dunes you will come across! The roller coaster ride will take you through an exhilarating course of ups and downs in the desert. You can book your trip from Camp Paradise.
Location – Jaisalmer sand dunes
Best Time – December to March is the ideal time for dune bashing
Cost – You will need to book a stay package for the dune bashing and tariff starts from INR 5,000 per person
PARAGLIDING IN BIR BILLING
We did this; took a leap of faith from 8,000 ft and for the next 20 minutes, we could hear Archana scream her lungs out! For over 20 minutes, you get to fly like a bird in the calm landscape over Bir Billing. This is a must do for everybody who wants to experience an adrenaline rush.
Location – You can hire an operator at Bir. It’s a 3-hour drive from Dharamsala
Best Time – The season is from November to May
Price: The tariff starts from INR 1,500 per person onwards. Extra INR 500 for a video clip
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ROCK CLIMBING IN SATPURA
The Satpura hill, located in Pachmarhi is a haven for rock climbing experts in India and an upcoming destination. You can explore the region, camp in the forest or stay in luxury resorts as you discover more about this serene destination.
Location – Pachmarhi, Satpura Hills
Best Time – You can try rock climbing anytime except for peak summer and monsoons
Cost – No cost. You can book your stay at any hotel nearby and explore the hills
FLYING FOX EXPERIENCE IN NEEMRANA
It claims to be the world’s first heritage zip line tour and definitely a must do for adventure lovers. With 5 zip lines that range from 100 m to 400 m, Flying Fox Neemrana is a must for adventure travelers.
Location – Neemrana Fort Palace
Best time – The activity is open throughout the year though we recommend it from October – March
Cost – Prices start from INR 1,500 onwards
CAVING IN MEGHALAYA
Not many people know that Meghalaya is blessed with beautiful caves and that caving is a popular adventure activity to be done here. A unique experience to explore the unknown and wondrous world of underground caves in Meghalaya.
Location – Krem Tynghen, Krem Umthloo, Krem Chympe, Krem Sim Thabbalong, Mawsmai Cave
Best Time – The best time to explore Meghalaya caves is during winter months, November to March
Cost – If visited through Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation, then you travel in deluxe buses, sumo, and tourist coaches to different caves and would cost no more than INR 250 per person
CYCLING IN MUNNAR
Experience biking trips on the off beaten paths of nature beauty Munnar. Winding its way through the shola forests, cardamom estates and tea gardens, these routes are fascinating to amateur as well as the enthusiastic professional.
Location – Munnar town
Best time – Anytime except for the monsoons
Cost – None if you have your own cycles. Otherwise, you can rent cycles from Munnar
GONDOLA RIDE IN GULMARG
Gulmarg is one the most beautiful places in Kashmir. And to see this place from a cable car is an amazing experience. The gondola is the world’s highest at a height of 14000sqft above sea level. During the ride, one can enjoy the enigmatic view of the snow-capped landscape blessed with pine trees.
Location – Gulmarg
Best time: December to April is the best time to be in Gulmarg
Cost – Tariff starts from INR 500 onwards
WATERFALL WALK IN GOA
Tucked away on the border between Goa and Karnataka is Dudhsagar, one of India’s tallest waterfalls. The Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfalls or the ‘Sea of Milk’ will take you through pitch-black tunnels, dense forests on the way up.
Location – It is located in the Sanguem Taluka of Goa
Best time – November to May is the best time. Avoid trekking here in the monsoons
Cost – One can reach the falls by jeeps available for hire for Rs 1200/. If you are looking for organized treks, the pricing starts from INR 1,000 onwards