adventure trips in India

Adventure tourism is that facet of Indian culture, which deals in bringing out the daring traits of a tourist. In fact, adventure trips an opportunity that enables people to try something different and beyond their conventional limits. India has a diverse topography that enhances the adventure tours in India.

Trekking, river rafting, motor rallying, hang gliding, bamboo rafting, zip-lining, mountaineering, rock climbing, bungee jumping, ice skating, skiing,  paragliding, parasailing, and scuba diving are some of the adventures sports that can be enjoyed by adventurous tourists, travelers, and couples for a distinctive way of holidaying.

Adventure trips are more popular in the Himalaya region in India as there are a wide variety of possible activities such as trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, bungee jumping, etc.

What would be the best option can be to explore the adventure aspect in your midst of nature or lush green surroundings?

Types of Adventure Activities Available in India for Travelers

Due to the diverse topography of the India, India provides various types of adventure activities for tourists and couples. On the basis of the location of the activities' performance, we can categorize the adventure activities into three types. Every traveler’s choices are different, such as some like water adventure activities, some air activities, and some like land activities.

1. Air Adventure Activities

  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Paramotoring
  • Skydiving

2. Land Adventure Activities

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Zip-Lining

3. Water Adventure Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • River Rafting
  • Scuba Diving

Adventure Activities with Best Destinations in India

For adventure tourism for travelers and couples, India has lots of adventure activities available. Here we listed most popular adventure activities available in India with the best suitable destinations.

1. Bungee Jumping

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Bungee jumping is an adventure activity of the travelers in which a traveler jumps from a height and well connected with an elastic cord from the launching pad. The adventure is at its zenith in Bungee Jumping with feet tied to the rope and adventurer jumping from a cliff. Strong mind, no fear of heights and control over senses are the right attitudes that make for bungee jumping. 

Special rubber cords, harnesses, jumping decks, carabiners, rigging systems, shackles, and various other maintenance equipment are the specialized things needed to carry out this adventure without any risk of life.

Best Destination in India for Bungee Jumping

Rishikesh, Manali, Bangalore, Goa, Delhi, and almost every hill station welcomes adventurers to experience It's awe-inspiring magic.

Rishikesh is the best destination for the Bungee Jumping activity in Uttarakhand. Maximum travel agencies offer Bungee Jumping in the Rishikesh for travelers.

2. Hot Air Ballooning

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Hot air ballooning is another popular adventure activity of travelers and couples in which persons are in a basket that is bind with a very huge balloon. There is a burner between the balloon and basket that releases very hot gases and then the balloon starts raising and flying in the sky.

Since childhood, everyone thinks to fly with the help of balloons. Hot air ballooning fulfilling our dreams. This adventurous thrilling experience provides an amazing view.

Best Destination in India for Hot Air Ballooning

Rajasthan, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, NCR, and Haryana are the best destination for hot air ballooning where you can enjoy this adventurous activity.

3. Ice Skating

adventure tourism in India

Ice skating is an activity in which a person slides over a smooth snow-white ice surface with the help of steel-bladed skates. It is a fully professional sports game that can be carried out by travelers for recreation, sport, exercise, and fun.

Getting that cool experience with ice skating is something beyond sports and adventure. In fact, the idea of walking on ice by wearing skates would not only give you and you're beloved partner an opportunity to be in each other's arms; but also a cool way to explore something that is exciting between each other.

Best Destination in India for Ice Skating

This sport can be played at Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, and even various metropolitan cities having clubs. Outdoor ice skating in India can be done at Shimla, Auli, Gulmarg, Leh, Kargil, etc.

4. Kayaking

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Kayaking is a new adventure water sports activity in which a person uses a small narrow watercraft (Kayak) for moving across the water. Kayak is mainly propelled by double-bladed paddle and come in a variety of shapes and sizes for mainly one or two persons.

It is a new adventurous activity that is now getting popular among Indian travelers who like water sports. Kayaking can be done in rivers, White Water Rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.

Kayaking gives an amazing experience to couples to enjoy their honeymoon and that's why it more popular in couples. Travelers or couples can enjoy fishing from Kayaking also.

Best Destination in India for Kayaking

For enjoying kayaking in India best destinations are the Ladakh Zanskar River, Nagin Lake of Srinagar, Kali River of Karnataka, Paradise Beach of Pondicherry, Havelock Island of Andaman, Kerala Backwaters, Sikkim’s Teesta River, Beas River of Manali, Brahmaputra River of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa beaches, Ganges of Rishikesh, and Alaknanda in Devprayag.

5. Mountaineering

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Mountaineering is the second popular adventure activity by the tourists where they have to climbing, hiking, and walking on the mountain. Mountaineering is nowadays become an art and travelers learn this art and science. A good mountaineer has to learn how to climb and also know the mountains. Mountaineering is a hard-core adventure activity for tourists that requires good physical and mental stamina.

The field of mountaineering takes the adventurer on a quest to measure new heights with much enthusiasm. In fact, it is an endeavor to explore the spirit of fantasy and become nature’s friend. The adventure tourists should contact the local mountaineering club and carry required safety belts or ropes and clips.

Best Destination in India for Mountaineering

For experiencing the thrills of mountaineering, one can go to Ladakh, Nun-Kun Massif, Manali, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, and the Eastern Himalayas of Sikkim.

Sikkim would be the best option for the experienced traveler. For novice mountaineers, Stok Kangri is a good option.

6. Paragliding

adventure tourism in India

Paragliding is an adventure sports activity in which the pilot (player) fly in the sky with the help of paragliders. Everyone has a dream to fly in the sky like a bird since childhood, and paragliding fulfilling our childhood dreams.

It is a recreational activity that is meant for adventure tourists that do not have any fear of heights. In it, a glider is tied up on to the back of the person with straps tied on thighs also. Then, the take-off is carried out by jumping from a cliff or hilltop. This adventure sport is excellent as it enables the person to meet clouds and feel like flying.

Best Destination in India for Paragliding

It can be done at Solang Valley (Manali), Kamshet (Tower Hill, Shelar Hill, Pawna), Kanifnath (Kanifnath), Bir Billing (Kangra Valley), Manali, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Panchgani, Ranikhet, Shillong, etc.

Bir Billing is the most popular destination in India for paragliding that is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

7. Paramotoring or Powered Paragliding

adventure tourism in India

Paramotoring is a type of paragliding in which a powered engine used for flying. This adventurous sport takes the person in the sky with the help of a 2-stroke motor that has a pusher prop tied to the person’s back. Since the engine is very lightweight, the flyer does not feel any weight tied with him.

The fan is connected to the paraglider and the connection is also created by tying a rope to a vehicle. As the vehicle starts, the engine tied on the back also starts and the person flies in the sky with fervor.

In order to enjoy this adventurous sport, one requires open grounds free from obstacles of wires, pillars, or likewise thins.

Best Destination in India for Paramotoring

The best destinations for enjoying Paramotoring in India is Karwar Beach in Karnataka, Spiti in Himachal, Gurgaon, Pune, Bhopal, Goa, Kamshet in Maharashtra, Kullu, Manali, Kumaon, Rajasthan, Billing, Lahaul, Garhwal, Matheran, etc.

8. Parasailing

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Parasailing is an adventure activity that is more popular on the sea beaches, it is also popular as Parakiting and Parascending. In this activity, the person is towed behind the boat and attached to the paraglider. When the boat runs the person flies in the air with the help of a motorboat.

It is a fun-loving adventure sport that makes you fly on the scintillating blue sea or ocean with the help of a motorboat. Just imagine the thrilling view that you will get by flying over at around 100ft of the sea. This aerial sport is getting very popular among adventure lovers, tourists, and honeymoon couples.

Best Destination in India for Parasailing

To enjoy this thrilling water sport, the best destination in India is Goa since the maximum of its beaches offers this scintillating experience of parasailing. Other popular destinations are Nainital, Tarkarli beach at Malvan, Nagaon Beach in Alibaug, Kerala beaches, etc.

9. River Rafting

adventure tourism in India

River Rafting is an adventurous activity in which a person does rafting in a white water river with the help of an air-filled small boat. Moving very quickly in a white water river with the raft attracts the adventure tourist to make fun with the water.

It is the never-ending thrills offered in the roaring waters of the river that attracts adventurers travelers to try out River Rafting or White Water Rafting. In fact, rivers located in the upper Himalayas are considered to be the best in the world for River Rafting. The river flowing at high-speed separates against the rocky banks, hurtle into rocks, and breaks into white water.

Best Destination in India for River Rafting

Rafting Rivers are the Ganges River in Rishikesh, Beas River in Manali, Zanskar River in Ladakh, Brahmaputra River in Pasighat, Kundalika River in Kolad, and Teesta River in Bhalkhola which can be best for rafting.

Rishikesh, Ladakh, Teesta River in Sikkim, Satluj (Shimla), Beas (Kullu), Garhwal Himalayas in Uttaranchal, Chandrabhanga (Lahaul), and Ravi River (Chamba), are the places where travelers can go to for the thrills of fighting against roaring white water.

10. Rock Climbing

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Rock climbing is a popular sport of the adventure tourist in which they climb up or down or across on either natural rock or artificial rock walls. It is, in fact, a fun-loving activity that deals with climbing artificial rock faces with proper safety measures. It is a dangerous sport that needs proper climbing techniques and specialized climbing equipment.

Best Destination in India for Rock Climbing

In Delhi, one can enjoy the adventure of rock climbing near Tughlakabad. Besides artificial rocks, the honeymoon couples can also take pleasure in measuring the heights at Aravali mountain ranges of Rajasthan, Western Ghats of Pune, Manali, Chamundi Hills of Karnataka, and rock formations on the Bangalore-Mysore highway.

10. Scuba Diving

adventure trips in India

Scuba diving is the best way for adventure tourists to know the real beauty of the underwater world. The diving person carries an apparatus called a scuba that supply air to breathe underwater.

Scuba diving is a self-contained underwater breathing sport in which the diver needs to carry off the apparatus along with him into the deep sea or ocean to explore the breathtakingly colorful majestic marine life. A diver requires a rubber suit, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus with an oxygen cylinder and mask. The basic requirement of this aquatic adventure sport is that the diver should know the art of swimming.

Best Destination in India for Scuba Diving

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Kerala coastal, Karnataka, and Goa are the most favored destinations to explore the natural beauty of sea life.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands famous Scuba diving points are Havelock Islands, Neil Island, Port Blair, North Point, Cinque Island, Corruption Rock, etc. Other destinations are Kadamat and Bangaram islands in Lakshadweep, Netrani Island in Karnataka, Kovalam in Kerala, and Grand Island in Goa.

11. Skiing

adventure tourists activities in India

Skiing is a recreational adventure activity that enables the person to enjoy slips over the white snow. This fun thrilling sport is carried with the help of skis and boots that are attached to the boots, along with sticks for support.

This sport is meant to measure the depth of mountain ranges by slipping over sparkling ice. The dress required for Skiing has to be well-fitted and closed that chilled wind should not enter while slipping down. Apart from this, a person has to wear helmets, eyeglasses, and knee protectors are also required for a safer experience.

Best Destination in India for Skiing

Auli, Pahalgam, Narkanda, Kufri, Munsiyari, Dayara, Bugyal, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Solang Nala, Rohtang Pass, Mundali, Tawang, Yumthang, and Manali are the most favored destinations for enjoying this thrilling adventure sport.

12. Skydiving or Parachuting

adventure tourists activities in India

Skydiving or Parachuting is an adventure activity in which a person dives into the air from the aircraft and returned to the land with the help of a parachute. It is a fully professional activity that is also done in the military.

In India, Skydiving is not fully established as an adventure travel activity. There are many travel agencies offer this activity is various destinations in India. This thrilling, heartbeat increasing activity gives your lifetime unforgettable memories that fill your life with courage.

Best Destination in India for Skydiving

The best destinations in India for skydiving are Kurnool, Aamby Valley, Deesa, Mysore, Pondicherry, Dhana, Narnaul, Bir Billing, and Aligarh.

13. Trekking

adventure activities in India

Trekking is the oldest way of adventure travel in the world that is most popular among travelers. In India, there are lots of religious temples situated in the Himalayas range hills such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Vaishno Devi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Hemkund where devotees doing trekking for thousands of years.

Packing the bags, taking sticks, and setting to explore the untamed heights of mountains is the fun that is associated with the adventure of trekking. During this adventurous activity, the trekkers can enjoy resting at awe-inspiring locations and capturing scenic surroundings.

Best Destination in India for Trekking

Himalayan mountain ranges, Garhwal, Ladakh, Himachal, Sikkim, Kumaon, Manali, and Darjeeling are some of the places that offer breathtaking views and enthralling trekking routes for a perfect fun-loving outdoor activity.

You can get various adventure tour packages from various travel agencies for Uttarakhand, Himachal, Ladakh, etc. Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand and Chadar Trek in Ladakh are popular treks in India.

14. Wildlife Safari

adventure trips in India

Wildlife always attracts humans and that's why since ancient times. Kings do wildlife safari for hunting dangerous animals like Lion, tigers, etc. to show their braveness. But now hunting is fully banned and only photography, video recording, and watching of wildlife are allowed during the safari.

Wildlife Safari is a very popular adventure activity among travelers and tourists. Travelers can choose various types of safaris available to watch wildlife such as Jeep safari, walking safari, elephant safaris, river safaris, camel safaris, horse safaris, balloon safari, etc. as per their choice.

Best Destination in India for Wildlife Safari

India has various destinations for Wildlife Safari for travelers like Ranthambore National Park, Hemis National Park, Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Satpura National Park, Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Tadoba National Park, Tadoba National Park, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Sundarbans National Park, and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

15. Zip-Lining

Zip-Lining adventure activities in India

Zip-Lining is a new adventure activity for travelers for thrilling experiences. Zipline is a stainless steel cable that is tied between the two different elevations of hills. The person moves under this zip line cable with the help of a pulley. Travelers enjoy this aerial runway from one point to another point on this cable. This is like a Zip, that’s why this adventurous game popular as Zip-lining. Zip-Lining gives you an amazing experience and spectacular views of the destinations.

Best Destination in India for Zip-Lining

Best destinations for Zip Lining in India are Rishikesh, Neemrana Fort, Mussoorie, Kolad, Munnar, Bhopal, Dawki, Jodhpur, Goa, Buranskhanda, Kikar Lodge, Kerwa Dam, Ropar, etc.

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