10 Best Adventure Sports in India That Every Traveler Must Experience

by Rohit Agarwal Posted on
Paragliding

The fear, the anxiety, adrenaline rushing through your veins, the excitement and finally the feeling of conquer and victory, all sum up the feelings we go through while doing any adventure sport activity. Be it river rafting in the Ganges, para sailing in Goa, a desert safari in Rajasthan or trekking in the Himalayas, adventure sports form a major part of your experience while travelling through any part of the country. Every traveler and adventure seeker must indulge in these 10 adventure sports in India for a thrilling and electrifying experience.

1. Paragliding

Paragliding

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Jumping off a mountain cliff, feeling the wind rush through you, a parachute gliding above you and the pure beauty of nature beneath you! There is no prior training required to go paragliding as a tourist. A highly-trained professional will go the job of controlling the reins for you. Paragliding is gradually taking its place among top adventure sports in India and many tournaments happen in the Northern part of India for the same. Top paragliding destinations in India include Bir Billing, Kunjapuri, Solang Valley, Kamshet, Nainital and Rohtang La.

2. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

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This amazing sport will allow you to enter the underwater world and explore the endless marine life and flora underneath. Diving requires a little knowledge and training before the actual dive in the ocean. Local fish, coral reefs, plants, unique marine animals all can be seen and experienced through this adventure sport. You can go scuba diving in Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Goa and in Karnataka.

3. River Rafting

River Rafting

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Nothing can beat the feel of cold water currents passing through you! This water sport is the best and most delightful adventure sport offered by the country. You can experience river rafting in India along the Ganges, Yamuna river, Zanskar river, Betwa river etc.

4. Desert Safari

Desert Safari

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Desert Safaris are bumpy, adventurous and full of pump rides in open jeeps across vast sand filled deserts. These safaris can sometimes even include a camel ride. The deserts of Rajasthan offer this adventure sport. You will be taken across to see small settlements and villages, oasis, plantations and traditional culture of the state.

5. Valley Trekking

Valley Trekking

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Trekking on barren and dry lands has a fun of its own. It can get a little difficult at times, but with a large group to motivate you and landscape scenery all around, you will surely reach the top! Valley trekking is offered in various places in Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

6. Underwater Sea Walk

Underwater Sea Walk

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Swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving is not the only way to enjoy an adventure out in the sea. Presenting to you, the simple way of walking…under the sea! In this way, you can experience the underwater world simply by walking in it. You can experience it in Goa and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

7. Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

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What will you do if someone tells you to jump head-down from a terrific height above ground level attached to an elastic cord? In bungee jumping, you will have to cast the butterflies in your stomach aside and just do it! One of the most terrifying and thrilling adventure sports in India, you can experience this in Bangalore, Rishikesh, Lonavla, Goa and Delhi. You can be attached to a crane, a chopper, a cliff or any other fixed platform.

8. Snowboarding And Skiing

Snowboarding And Skiing

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Skiing is one adventure activity that no traveler should ever refrain from experiencing. Skiing months in India are from December to March, when the snow is still thick and fresh. The best places to ski are in the northern part of the country like Manali, Gulmarg, Kufri, Auli and Narkanda.

9. Camping In the Wild

Camping In the Wild

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This is an amazing way to reconnect with nature and take a break from your monotonous schedule. Pitch up a tent under the stars, light a campfire, roast some food and catch the sun setting over the horizon and you are set! There are ample places to camp in India. Some sites are on large, open grasslands, some in valleys and others besides lakes.

10. Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

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The idea is new, but recently has been gearing up in the country. Many places offer hot air balloon rides like Lonavala, Hampi, Delhi, Agra and even Goa.

Adventure sports are all different in nature and each has their own thrill and enjoyment. Pick your favorite, but experience it all!

Author Bio:

Rohit loves experiencing thrilling adventure sports and skiing and scuba diving are his personal favorites. Read more about his adventures of TransIndiaTravels.com.

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