Running Adrenaline Down: Spots for Adventure Seekers in India
Naturally bestowed with an immense plurality in terms of geography, India offers a diverse range of terrains and water bodies that allure adrenaline junkies from around the globe. The complimentary climate spectrum that stretches from tropical winds to continental chills only accentuates the spots that can potentially offer thrills. From sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, to motor biking, snowboarding and skiing; adventure exists in abundance in India.
Although many adventure sports have been commercialized and extended to beginners and tourists as short joyrides; there also exist adventure sports where amateurs have spent years mastering the techniques and acquired precision in their fields. However, even the latter have volunteering and training opportunities for people who seek a higher commitment to adventure.
In our attempt to assort the best from the plethora available, here is TheVibe’s list of places where one can seek adventure:
The lush Western Ghats, the sparkling waters of Indian Ocean, The Bay of Bengal, and numerous rivers make Tamil Nadu rich in terms of the adventures it has to offer. Located on the eastern coast, Manapad, a town near Tuticorin, has particularly seen a tremendous acceleration in water adventure sports. The pristine coast of Manapad has shallow waters and what is claimed by experts as the best kind of wave formation throughout the year. The recognition of its poetical was followed by the organization of ‘Manapad Classic’, a national level sea sports event.
While the waves cater to surfing, the natural features of this small town allow other water sports such as snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, and kiteboarding. It has the potential to regale both beginners and advanced adventure seekers.
In the heart of the majestic Himalayas, surrounded by the niveous Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, and Nar Parvat mountains, lies this ski resort of Uttarakhand. The snowy slopes of Auli witnessed the National Alpine Skiing Contest last year. A huge number of skiing enthusiasts, particularly frequent the region throughout the year.
The natural parameters of Auli allows one to engage in multiple adrenaline stirring winter sports like Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and Nordic skiing. However, what is lesser-known and acknowledged is the fact that the slopes in the area can give one the most thrilling of treks. The Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri and Joshimath can be covered by a trek from Auli. Multiple trekking journeys in this remote and relatively detached town have turned out to be life changing experiences.
With its regal forts mapping the city, prestigious architecture and cultural heritage, Jaisalmer’s winds, seem like an almost unfair augmentation to its brimming tourism and make it an ideal spot for adventure sports.
Multifarious camps in the region offer wind-driven activities like parasailing, paramotoring, hot air ballooning, and more complex and disciplined wingsuit flying. Imagine soaring over the Thar and being driven by its mighty wind currents as the golden sand brushes against you. Additionally, many camps offer packages for trying the irresistible quad- biking which brings a surge of fascination as you glide over the dunes of the dessert.
The parameters of this Himalayan region are marked by prominently high altitudes, scenic lakes, and deep valleys. Ladakh often entices a lot of bikers, mountaineers, and trekkers but that is not the entirety of the range of escapades it offers.
Traversing the rugged terrain on a bike as savage winds hit you in the face is certainly the most popular pursuit of adventure here. Treks of varying intensities, from day-long journeys to weeks of intense exertion are available in Ladakh. One of the most challenging of these is the Chadar Trek over the frozen Zanskar River. As the lakes in the region freeze in the winters, it becomes one of the handful places in India that can support natural ice skating and ice hockey. A number of camps offer a go at it.
Garbed in picturesque beauty, the capital city of Meghalaya muffles a profusion of adventure sports. River canyoning in the canyons in and around Sohra is an amalgamation of swimming, trekking, and waterfall rappelling. It has been offered as a commercial activity, neatly fit in the time slot of a few hours. It demands a basic level of physical strength and the zeal to relish the experience. The Umiam Lake offers joyrides of water sports like which usually involve motorized cruising boats and scooters.
The paramount designation is given to Cave Exploration as it is an activity endemic and unique to the region. The caverns and caves in Mawsnram, one of the most humid places in the earth are an abode to those who seek to explore. This expedition fuses physical endeavor with a sense of curiosity around the historical and cultural significance and hence synthesizes a wholesome expedition.
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