15 best places for adventure sports in India

What makes India a 'one-stop' for having the best adventurous holiday of your life? The answer is its wide variety of geological conditions and climates, although most of the Indians are still unaware of the country's vast array of choices for adventure sports. But with each passing day, the adventure activities in India is gaining a strong foothold amongst the adventure enthusiasts around the world. Whether it is water sports, paragliding, mountain climbing, or trekking, the variety of adventure sports in India will surely leave you breathless (in the right way!). On that note, here is a full list of the 15 best places for adventure sports in India.

  • 01-Nov-2019
  • Written By: Naila Arif
Water Sports

Water sports-

River Rafting in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-

On the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh gets a significant number of tourists from everywhere- flocking for the sake of the water sport activities it offers. Often known as a playground for all the adventure seekers, Rishikesh offers the best river rafting experience that you must undertake at least once in your life.

Lakshadweep Island, Arabian Sea-

There are only a few places blessed with natural beauty, and Lakshadweep Island is one of them. So if you are a fan of the Marine life, Kayaking and yacht sailing on Kavaratti would be the types of adventure sports you cannot miss. Both Kayak rides and yacht sailing are easily accessible here. 

Baga, Goa-

With Goa, it is easy to say that it is one of the most favorite destinations of every traveler. Goa has pristine beaches and incredible surroundings. So if there are beaches, there is also a variety of water sports activities. Here in Goa, you can relish in the excitement of parasailing, the incredible windsurfing, or the adrenaline rush for Jet skiing.

Trekking

Trekking-

Chadar- The frozen Zanskar Gorge Trek-

If you consider yourself as a Leonardo of the Revenant, then this trek is something to get you started. The Chadar trek is one of the most challenging treks in Ladakh region, and possibly the best adventure tour of your life. On this trek, you will pass through jagged rocks, frozen waterfalls, mountain caves, and the temperature may drop below minus 10 degrees. The climate conditions and frozen river make this trek challenging. The duration of the total trek can be of 13 days, in which, 4-days for travel, and 9-days for trekking. The best time for trekking here is between January and February. The river freezes and looks like a sheet of ice- known as 'Chadar' in the local language. 

Nanda Devi Trek-

Nanda Devi Trek is the highest peak in the Garhwal region of India, rising to an altitude of 7,816 m. The trek will take you to the maximum height of 4,150m, which takes about ten days. On this trek, you will cover Himalayan foothills, several small rivers, streams, and glaciers. 

The Nanda Devi is an epitome of pristine natural beauty- attracting thousands of trekkers who can also capture the majestic views. The beauty of Nanda Devi makes it one of the best places to go for adventure holidays. The grade level of this trek varies from moderate to severe. And the best season for trekking here is between May and June, along with September and October.  

Shepherd's Trail, Himachal Pradesh-

The shepherd trail trek used by the shepherds to cross over the Kangra Valley from Kullu in Himachal. It is one of the most enchanting and picturesque treks in the region- ventured by professional trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature admirers from every corner of the world. The Shepherd's trail trek demands a high level of mental and physical fitness. The duration of the trek is about 17-days, and the best season for trekking is between mid-June and mid-October. 

Paragliding

Paragliding-

Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh-

Bir Billing is a small village in Himachal Pradesh, and also a host for the first-ever world cup of paragliding. Not only that, but it has the best take-off and landing sites, which makes it a perfect place for adventure tourism in India. Also, blessed with the best of the climate conditions, and it has an ideal cloud base. The cloud base of Bir Billing goes up to 4000-6000 meters, which makes it one of the best in the world. The most suitable time for paragliding in Bir Billing is between March and May or October and November.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh-

If you enjoy flying away like a bird, then Manali might be the second-best place to fulfil your fantasy. It is a beautiful Valley in the heart of the Himalayas. The location of the town set at an altitude of about 5,500 feet to 6,000 feet above the sea levels, which makes Manali a perfect place for your paragliding experience. In Manali, the best places for paragliding are Solang Valley, Fatru Mountain, Gulaba, and Nagger Road. The best time for this activity is between October and May because, in the monsoon, paragliding gets banned for climate changes. 

Nainital, Uttarakhand-

With the height of about 2,000 meters above the sea level, Nainital becomes the next best Himalayan town for paragliding. This picturesque place offers paragliding at Naukuchiyatal. And here, you get to fly among the fluffy clouds between the astonishing mountains of Naina, Deopatha, and Ayarpatha hills to experience a heavenly feeling. All the months except the rainy season (that is between July and August) are suitable for paragliding in Nainital.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking-

Manali to Leh-

The conquerors of fear, aka Mountain Bikers, have the best possibilities to make their adventure sport memorable while riding through snow-covered mountains, and downhill of valleys offered by India. It is, without-a-doubt one of the best adventure sports in World. And biking through Manali to Leh is what a mountain biker would want. It dives into several routes ranging from 30 to 50 kilometers approximately. Throughout your journey, you will get to explore the Deodar and pine trees, cross streams of Khoksar River, and admire the magical views of the Himalayan ranges. The best time to go for mountain biking from Manali to Leh is between June and September. 

Sikkim-

For your adrenaline rush, Sikkim offers exciting biking trails on its rugged and steep terrains. With several biking trails like- Gangtok to Ranka, Martam to Sirwani, Yuksom to Khechupelri Lake, and Richenpong to Jorethang, Sikkim is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in India for Mountain Biking. The trails cover the distance of approximately30 to 38 kilometers. And the best time to visit Sikkim for mountain biking is between October and late November. 

Kumaon Region, Uttarakhand-

Another incredible experience of mountain biking with different varieties of routes in the Kumaon region will worth your time. From flat to steeper lands, the Kumaon region offers pathways leading to majestic jungles, surreal rivers like Gomti, camping areas for relaxing, incredible orchards, and botanical garden to astonish you. With a variety of routes, each router calculates a distance between 12 to 63 kilometers. The best time for mountain biking in the Kumaon region is between July and September. 

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving-

Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands-

Havelock Island is the largest and most popular Island among other Islands of Andaman. Here, the divers can experience the magnificent sight of Dolphins, a wide variety of fish, and turtles. And what makes it more attractive and appealing to the tourists is the multi-hued coral reef, crystal-like white sand, and a variety of aquatic flora and fauna.

If you are a professional diver, the Havelock water holds unscathed places for you to explore. But if you are an amateur diver, then you can undergo proper training from several dive schools. October to May is the best time for scuba diving in Havelock Island.  

Netrani Island, Karnataka-

Netrani Island in Karnataka is a humble abode to a variety of marine life- Butterflyfish, triggerfish, coral, parrotfish, shrimps, and eels. On this Island, you can dive up to the depth of 6 meters to 40 meters and admire the spellbinding flora and fauna of this place. The sharp cliffs and jagged rocks of the Island make scuba diving challenging. Some explorers have sighted Orcas and whale sharks in these waters. December to January is the best time to enjoy scuba diving in Netrani Island. 

Agatti, Lakshadweep-

Agatti Island in Lakshadweep is an ideal diving destination, and it covers approximately 320 kilometers of the Southwest coast of India. It is famous amongst the tourists for its undersea life, painted colorfully by flora and fauna. Here, you can witness the sparkling coral reefs, crystal white beaches, beautiful coconut trees, and the blue lagoons. On this Island, the scuba divers get to admire the beauty of Mother Nature in the shape of corals, a wide variety of fishes, and several sea turtles.