With a golden history of thousands of years, the land of India flaunts an unmatched repertoire of cultural heritage and linguistic diversity. As a result, the USP of India's travel industry revolves somewhere around these historical bequests. A national capital with a great past, one of the seven wonders of the World- The Taj Mahal, the sculpture of Khajuraho, temples of the southern India and the ethereal landscape of the northeastern states- these are some of the names that comes to every mind when the thought of an Indian vacation passes through.
However, times are changing though; and it is changing fast and blunt! Growing side by side is the new found status of India as a home to several types of adventure sports that comes with the typical Indian-ness. Nurtured in certain famous holiday destinations, the major adventure sports that India houses are- river rafting, trekking, skiing, mountaineering, wildlife safari and surfing.
After a heavy dose of unbelievably versatile range of Indian culture and natural beauty, you might obviously feel the urge to pump up the level of the adrenaline running through. And what better way to do it by trying out any of the above mentioned spine chilling sports.
The rivers of India has their origin in the glaciers of the Himalayas which make them perfect for white water rafting. They run in strong current, both on the surface and beneath, stores some violent rapids combined with the lush green surroundings and snow capped peaks that is there to take your breath away. The preferred destinations for river rafting in India are Rishikesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Kullu, Rudraprayag and Assam. The major rivers that allows an exciting session of rafting are the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi and so on.
Apart from giving birth to some of the mightiest rivers on earth, the majestic Himalayas offers the spectators a soothing view of some of World's tallest peaks. But these peaks, at the same time provides the trekking freaks a temptation that very few can resist. The hills and mountains that are conducive for trekking expedition are categorized in high-altitude and low-altitude peaks and are good to trek down in the months of April/May and February/March respectively. The mountains in Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are the hubs of Indian trekking scene.
Essentially a sport for the skillful and the daredevil, skiing finds a favourable hide out in India, courtesy the great Himalayas. The slopes are long, smooth and challenging and once you have a successful slide down the snow, the feeling is indescribable in words. The skiing destinations of India were always popular among the national tourists, but of late it has been in the radar of the global travellers with that bug of thrill in them. The mountain range of Gulmarg, Solang valley, Auli, Leh Ladakh and the Kumaon region are some places a traveller can hit to feel the icy cold breeze on the face while on a ski board!
The concept of mountaineering was first introduced in India by the Europeans in the 18th century. They had their own good reasons for that initiative as the Himalayan peaks are tough to conquer and possesses severe threats for the mountaineers. But this is these challenges that triggers the passion inside the souls of some freaky heads who grabs the mountaineering equipments and set out to have a one on one with the Indian peaks. Awesome sights and magnificent mountain cliffs are the typical characteristics that await the travellers in destinations such as Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, Garhwal and Kumaon regions and Himachal Pradesh.
The rich and beautiful wildlife of India doesn't need any introduction. Home to numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, India's wildlife is essentially marked by certain signature phenomena like the royal Bengal tiger, the one horned rhino, the Asiatic lion, Indian elephants, both inland and migratory birds and some amazing trees and plants. You can either take on an elephant safari or jump in some open jeeps to see the wilderness in a close proximity, real close! The most renowned wildlife adventure havens in India are- Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand), Kaziranga National Park (Assam), Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan), Gir National Park (Gujarat), Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Rajasthan) and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala).
When it comes to surfing in India, no other place matches the charm of the ever green Goa. Having done with a fulfilling holiday in Goa with the beaches, the churches and the amazingly happening night life, you can grab the surf boats and head towards the waves of the Arabian Sea. The best surfing is available in the beaches of Baga, Calangute, Dona Paula, Colva and Anjuna. Get the sun on the head and the sea on your feet to flirt around with the thundering waves.
Plan your trip to India as you will get everything you need...adventure not to speak of it!