India has such a thrilling topography that it has become one of the top destinations for adventure sports. Rocky mountains, sand beaches and fast flowing rivers give such vast options to the adventure junkies. There is so much that you can try your hand at and test your guts as you experience that adrenaline.
Here is a list of the most thrilling adventure sports that are taking a toll in India :
1. White River Rafting in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Known as River Rafting Capital of India, Rishikesh gets thousands of people visiting only for its adventures. River Ganges has a lot of white water rapids which makes for an ideal rafting place. From grade 1 to grade 5, it has all types of rapids giving the optimum level of thrill. Rafting in Rishikesh starts from September and ends in June. The best part of rafting is that almost people of all age can do it, even the non-swimmers.
Cost : Rs. 400 – Rs. 1300 per person (depending on the distance you choose)
2. Waterfall Rappelling at Vihigaon, Maharashtra
Rapelling is basically a descent from a cliff or wall in which you have to slide down an anchored rope and you can control your speed while doing that. Vahigaon waterfall, also known as Ashoka waterfall lies in a serene area where the only sound is of the waterfall. You can drive from Kasara to reach Vihigaon, the journey is beautiful with roads surrounded by greenery. Nature lovers will fall for this place.
Cost : Rs. 900 ( Rs. 500 extra for Flying Fox activity)
3. Paragliding at Solang Valley, Himachal
Paragliding involves jumping from a height and going a long horizontal distance before landing on the ground. It is one of the fast growing adventure sports in India. It is the best thing you can try if you always dreamed of having wings and flying the sky. The best time to visit Solang Valley for paragliding is January – May and October – December.
Cost : Rs. 600 for 1 min ride, Rs. 1800 for 20 mins
4. Flying Fox Zip Lining in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Zipline tour Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur consists of 6 different ziplines across the fort which provide mesmerising views of Chokelao garden and Rani Ser Lake. You can try this adventure activity anytime during the year from 9.30am to 5pm. Zipping though the open sky will feel a lot like flying and is an amazing experience.
Cost : Rs. 1400 (student or child) ; Rs. 1700 (adult)
5. Skydiving in Mysore, Karnataka
Skydiving is your only chance to conquer your fears and reach the realm of clueless consciousness. After a few hours of training, you will be ready to jump from 10,000 ft above ground level. You can choose between Accelerated Freefall (AFF) and Tandem AFF. Tandem AFF requires one day training, it will include the instructor piggy backing you and guiding you through everything. AFF requires 3 days training and will include two instructors jumping along with you who will help you maintain position mid air. PS : You can only go for AFF if you have done Tandem AFF once before.
Cost : Rs. 33,500 (Tandem AFF with video) ; Rs. 37,500 (AFF with video)
6. Heli Skiing in Auli, Uttarakhand
Known as the Switzerland of the east, Auli is the best place for testing your skiing skills on the deep snow covered mountains. Heli skiing takes skiing to the next level as a helicopter takes you to high altitudes from where you can ski your way down the slopes. The slopes of Auli are untouched and therefore this experience might be one of the best for tourists who visit the place. Though the best time to enjoy heli skiing is January to December.
7. Scuba Diving in Havelock Island, Andaman
Havelock Island is a really popular place if you want to try Scuba Diving in Andaman. Andaman Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal are few of those places that have escaped the clutches of mass tourism and therefore spending your vacation scuba diving in this region will be perfect for you. Thats is why you also won’t find any fancy shops there, just the clear blue water for you to dive and explore the marine life.
Cost : Rs. 3000-4000
8. Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
If ultimate adrenaline rush is your idea of adventure sports, then you should definitely try bungee jumping in Rishikesh. The bungee was designed by David Allardice of New Zealand whose height is 83 metres. After the thrilling jump, the person is lowered down to a drop zone in the river. Although jumping from such a height with rubber chords tied to your ankles requires big time guts but the experience is worth it all.
Cost : Rs. 3500 per person
9. Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pushkar, Rajasthan
Te best way to have a view of Pushkar is from the air in a hot air balloon. It is the most calm and serene experience, free of the city noise. You just fly with the balloon, gazing at the vast spread of sand dunes, forts and palaces. The flight lasts for one hour in which you can enjoy being in the sky watching the miniscule version of life below.
Cost : Rs. 12,000 per person
10. Sail a Yacht in Mumbai, Maharashtra
You can hire and sail a yacht in Mumbai and go on a romantic ride from the Gateway of India. You can go for a short ride having a sunset cruise and dinner on the yacht or the longer ride which includes sailing to getaway destinations like Alibaug, Mandwa, Elephanta caves and others. Enjoy the waves as you sail along the sea for 2 hours and make your day even more special.
Cost :Rs. 3500 – 4000 (for the entire yacht)
11. Parasailing at Baga Beach, Goa
Parasailing began as a hobby in India and now has become one of the most famous adventure sports which gives you at least 10 minutes in the air. Goa is the only place where you can parasail at dusk also, hence the moment becomes even more memorable. The best time to try this sport is from October to March. Baga Beach is best for those who want to be away from the overcrowded places.
Cost : Rs. 400 – 500 per person/couple
If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try !