As one of the largest countries in the world, it is appropriate that India can also boast some of the largest mountains and rivers too, and these are among the features that make India a growing destination for those with a taste for adventure. Many people will associate India with its huge cities and population centers, but it is also a country with beautiful scenery and many areas that are very remote and inaccessible. From the adrenaline junkie to the adventure seeker looking for a week in the mountains, India has an adventure holiday to meet their expectations.
Rafting And Kayaking
One of the most popular adventure activities for visitors to India is the exploration of their rivers, and rivers such as the Brahmaputra flowing from the Himalayas are a great source of white water excitement. One of the real features that those enjoying rafting and kayaking will be looking for is white water, and these rivers will offer sections including the very challenging grade five rapids, while there are also more relaxed sections of river that will allow visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery.
For the vast majority of people, going on an organized trip will make much more sense, as having guides with local knowledge will certainly help to ensure that visitors can get the most from their visit. Another benefit of an organized trip is that they will have all the facilities for the transport and storage of the equipment throughout the journey.
Skiing And Snowboarding In India
With India generally being perceived as a dry and arid country many people will be surprised to see that Snowboarding and Skiing are among the adventure sports available in the country. These are available on the slopes of the HimalayanMountains, where the altitude means that wonderful powder snow makes for a great experience. These slopes are great for those experienced people who want to be able to go by themselves or as a small group, and there are also heli-skiing trips available for those who want to include a helicopter ride to the top of the slopes.
It is worth noting that the slopes in India are in the Kashmir region, with the Gulmarg Ski Resort being some twenty miles from the border with Pakistan. Although historically there has been a stand off between India and Pakistan, most people will enjoy their trip without trouble.
Rock Climbing And Trekking
India is a real destination for those who are looking to explore the Himalayas, and with a number of ‘trekking peaks’ available for those with a real taste for adventure there is some of the world’s best treks to be found here. One of the most popular areas of the country for trekking is Ladakh, with some of the easier journeys enjoying pleasant vistas and comfortable walking along valley floors, while others offer challenging trekking at altitude.
For those looking for a real climbing challenge, Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest mountain and lies on the border between India and Nepal. Accessible from the North Sikkim region of India, the mountains in this area tend to be quite challenging, but the isolated location and the undeveloped nature of the country around the mountains make it a charming place to visit and to go climbing.
Another activity that is growing in popularity in India is paragliding, and the in the states that border on to the Himalayas there are a number of places where people can enjoy the experience of soaring in the air. Unlike parachuting where the individual is dropped from an airplane, the paraglider is launched by foot, and then soars on winds and current above the ground. Destinations such as Kamshet and Jammu are particularly popular among those looking for a different kind of buzz by soaring with a paraglider.