If you are an avid traveller and want to experiment with something new, why not consider a picturesque Indian destination for adventure. Occasional adventure trips are really great to undertake. They help you see life from another perspective and teach you a lot of things (including risk). Needless to say, you not only get closer to nature through adventure but also become very spontaneous and confident in your personality.
So, if you are excited enough to take on an invigorating yet simple adventurous trip for yourself with family or friends, here is a list of 5 picturesque Indian destinations for adventure for your next trip.
1. LEH and LADAKH
Photo by Bharat Rawail, CC BY 2.0
If we are talking about adventure, you just cannot miss out on Leh and Ladakh. Not only is it known for its exceptional beauty but also for the most exhilarating adventurous trips that one can experience. So, this has to top our list. Here you can find opportunities like paragliding, hiking, trekking and even rafting sometimes. People also often take motorcycle tours from Simla to Leh, but it is not recommended for the faint of heart. Apart from adventure, if you happen to get tired, you have a great option to visit the Buddhist monasteries which are beautiful and would surely embellish your trip.
Mawphlang, Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0
Meghalaya? Never thought of it as an adventurous destination, right? Well, I suggest that you do not limit your adventures only to trekking and hiking. Go beyond that – caves are an excellent adventure. It is undoubtedly dangerous like any other adventurous sport, but it is a must to try if you are a hard-core reckless traveller. Meghalaya has beautiful caves with forests and waterfalls all around. This north-eastern sister state is full of nature and will give you an enriching experience. After all its capital Shillong is called the “Scotland of the East”.
Palolem Beach Goa, Photo by NeilsPhotography, CC BY 2.0
Goa is more much more than partying and nightlife. It has great adventure sports that can be undertaken without mountains! Goa gives you the opportunity to have some fun with water. Water adventure sports like Fly-boarding, go-karting, rafting and scuba diving can all be given a try. Goa has amazing weather in the months from June to September and the cool waters will give you an untouchable experience. Along with water sports, you can also go for the Hot air balloon flight in Goa. You can experience high altitudes and be right there in the sky on the ninth cloud.
Main Gate of Mysore palace, Photo by Spiros Vathis, CC BY-ND 2.0
Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka is known not just for its fine culture but also for various tourist attractions like monuments, temples, forts and museums. Known as the most popular sightseeing city, Mysore provides a great opportunity for sky-diving. With a proper trainer/guide, you can experience flying high in the blue skies at great altitudes and exquisite greenery below.
Kerala Boathouse, Photo by Silver Blue, CC BY-SA 2.0
Kerala is undoubtedly India’s paradise. It is a place where you can find the most exquisite greenery, waterfalls, flora and fauna in addition to sparkling beaches. Apart from Kerala’s heavenly landscape, there are a lot of adventurous activities that one can explore. Mountaineering, water-sports on beaches and most importantly flying fox are some of the fun activities. Thanks to the immensely tall trees and mountains, flying fox is a sport where via a rope tied between two opposite mountain points, you swing from one end to another. Apart from getting the feeling of a chimpanzee, you will have a wonderful time.
When in Kerala, you must also try Parasailing, where a rope is attached to parasail at one end and the other end is attached to a speedboat. As the speedboat races in the sea, the sailor becomes airborne into the sky. The speedboat controls the parasail. This is one of the most interesting activities to enjoy on a bright sunny day with a cool breeze and blue waters all around.
Adventure is a way of enjoying the other side of life which gets lost in everyday life. It brings the vigour in you to take challenges head-on and go for them with bursting thrill. It might physically exert you but will mentally relax you. You never know, you might just discover a whole new side of yourself. Going to a place at the right time of the year is always an added advantage to your trip. With proper care, planning and judgment, you can make your upcoming trip adventurous and have once in a lifetime experience.
A passionate traveller and blogger, Rohit Agarwal keeps discovering unexplored places in India. An architect by profession, he keeps on writing his voyage diary on a website owned by him called TransIndiaTravels.com. Here you can find his interesting blogs on travel, tourism, and cuisines.
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