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Best Places in India for Adventure: Part II

Of late India is fast emerging as a leading adventure tour destination. From the mighty Himalayas that runs along the Northern part of India to the tropical islands down South, the extreme geographical diversity is what makes adventure a popular theme for holidays in India. If you are looking for adrenaline rush, we bring to you the part 2 of the list of best places in India for adventure.

You may also want to check out the part 1 of the best places in India for adventure here.

So without further ado we present to you the list of Best Places in India for Adventure Part II.

Ladakh - Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek, Ladakh
Chadar or the Frozen River Zanskar Trek in Ladakh is done between November till January/February
For various adventurous souls, trekking along the frozen Zanskar River is an ethereal experience. The “Chadar Trek”, which literally means ‘Frozen Sheet’, is the actual name of the Zanskar trek. The trek is appropriately named, because it is indeed a trek on the river which freezes solid in winter. The primary reason that Ladakh & Chadar Trek is that it serves as a passage for the local inhabitants to enter and leave that particular area.

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During the winters, the frozen surface of the river acts as a path for communication. Moreover, travelers get a chance to experience the unique culture of Ladakh. During the trip, you will also get a chance to visit the ancient monasteries well-known for their traditional rituals and peaceful way of life.

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Gulmarg – Famous for Snow Skiing

Skiing in Gulmarg
Gulmarg in an internationally acclaimed skiing destination in India and considered to be one of the best in Asia
Huge flower meadows, pine covered slopes and the best of skiing & trekking lovers, Gulmarg has everything to offer to you. It is situated in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir, at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level. The icy slopes in Gulmarg can be best explored from mid-December to mid-May. Besides, tourists can enjoy snow-filled fun during Christmas and Easter. Every year a number of skiing competitions are organized by the JKSCCC and individuals of all age-groups.

Havelock Island – For Snorkeling Enthusiasts

Scuba Diving, Havelock Island
Scuba Diving at Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar is one of the best under sea adventures in India
One of the best adventure experiences at Andaman Islands is Snorkeling at Havelock.  In snorkeling, you sail like fish and get to witness the natural treasures hidden in the underwater heaven of Andaman Sea. Beholding amazing creatures of nature and coral reefs is an amazing experience of a lifetime.

Apart from Havelock Island, there are ample places for snorkeling in Andaman such as visit Elephant Beach, Inglis Island, and South Button. Scuba Diving is another exciting experience that leaves the visitors stunned.

Mahabahu Cruise - Kaziranga National Park

Mahabahu Cruise, Brahmaputra River
Explore the abundant wildlife of Kaziranga National park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with MV Mahabahu Cruise in the mighty Brahmaputra River
Labeled as the ‘Gateway to the North-Eastern India’, Assam is blessed with treasure troves of nature such as rolling hills, dense forests and hills. During the trip, you’ll get to see magical 6,500 meter high Himalayan peaks from the deck of this luxury cruise vessel. At Kaziranga National Park, you will go on elephant, boat and jeep safari-looking for fresh water dolphins, one-horned rhinoceros and the elusive Bengal Tiger.

Pushkar – Your Ultimate Destination for Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning at Pushkar
Hot Air Balloon, Pushkar Fair - Photographer: Rutavi Mehta Photo Courtesy LonelyPlanet.in
The inception of Hot Air Balloon Safari took place in Rajasthan in 2008, which includes the glittering Thar Desert. Nowadays, hot air balloon rides are available in many cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Neemrana and Ranthambore.  There are several companies that offer a balloon safari to the Pushkar Camel Fair- the world’s largest camel fair and livestock show. The Hot Air Balloon Safari offers fun and convenience to the whole family. The highlights of the most popular package include:
  • 60 minutes of flight
  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Observation of balloon inflation and preparation
  • Light refreshment at the launch site
  • Certification of the first flight signed by the pilot

Auli - Heli Skiing

Heli Skiing in Auli
Auli is one of the hottest destinations in India for skiing
An important skiing destination in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand, Auli is nestled in the laps of snowcapped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. Major attraction in Auli is a 2 mile long slope with a height of 3050 meters to 2050 meters. 

Well dressed slopes of Auli are flanked with coniferous and oak forests which offer ultimate views of mountains. The Ski resort is well-equipped with modern facilities. Every year National Skiing Championship and skiing festival is organized which attract many adventure lovers to Delhi.

Sasan Gir - Lion Safari

Asiatic Lion, Sasan Gir National Park, Gujarat
Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only natural home to Lions outside Africa
Also known as Gir National Park, the Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary occupies an important place. It is the only surviving habitat of the Asiatic Lions in the world. It has several species of flora and fauna which include more than 400 plant species. Apart from boasting largest lion population in the world, the Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the largest leopard populations in the world.

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Rishikesh –Famous for Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping, Rishikesh
Bungee Jumping near Rishikesh is popular among the adventure seekers looking for adrenaline rush
Bungee Jumping is a perfect synonym for adventure in Rishikesh. It’s all about bunging up and down from a height of around 120 to 700 feet. It is a definite act for those who wish to live on the edge of thrill and excitement. Mohan Chatti in Rishikesh has been rated as one of the most preferred bungee jumping destinations in India.

Gokarna – Popular for Surfboarding

Surfboarding in India
Surfboarding is quite popular in the coastal areas in South India
One of the most popular pilgrimage centers in India, Gokarna is the home to Mahabaleshwara temple and is also a tourist attraction for its beaches. If white sands, isolated coves, emerald green water and surfing is what your heart longs for, Gokarna is a place for you.

Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Bedni Bugyal, Roopkund
Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand is one of the best treks in Himalayas for beginners
Located close to the two famous peaks in the Himalayan range, Roopkund Trek remains covered with ice during the entire year, except one month in summer season. If you wish to visit this enchanting tourist destination, you should be prepared for a lot of mountain trekking.

Roopkund is also considered to be one of the most mysterious places in India due to the skeleton that could still be found at this high altitude lake. However, it is quite easy to trek to Roopkund from Bhaguwabasa and the trekkers can return back from Roopkund after exploring the Mystery Lake at Roopkund.

Bandhavgarh National Park - Tiger Abode in Madhya Pradesh

If wildlife pushes your adrenaline cog to soar high, Bandhavgarh National Park is a historic setting in Madhya Pradesh. It is located in the Umaria district and is famous for wildlife animals such as tigers, leopards and various other wildlife species. Located atop of a hill in the park’s centre, Bandhavgarh Fort is believed to be around 2,000 years old. 

Spread over an area of 437 square kilometers, it attracts wildlife buffs from around the world. The most favorable time to visit this destination is from November to June. But as opposed to popular belief, the best time to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers prowling in the open is the month of May.