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ADVENTURE TRAVEL IN INDIA: Pushing the Extreme to the Extremes

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Looking for the perfect place for an adventure vacation? You aren't going to find many locations that are more extreme than India.

Adventure travel in India is on the cutting edge. It will push you to the limit and back again. Why do it? A true extreme adventure seeker knows the answer to that question…because you can! Or…can you?

The Republic of India is located in South Asia. With over 1.2 billion people, it is the second most populated country in the world and is the seventh largest geographical area. Pakistan sits to the west of India and China, Nepal and Bhutan are to the north-east. Due east are Burma and Bangladesh.

India is a country that offers tons of adventure opportunities. With access to vast oceans, miles of desert and the planet's highest mountains, the Himalayas, the possibilities are endless.


Water sports are ample and extreme in India. To the south is of the country is the Indian Ocean, the warmest ocean in the world. The Arabian Sea is on the south-west and the Bay of Bengal is to the south-east. There are 4,700 miles of coastline surrounding India. Of this, 43% is sandy beaches, 11% consists of rocky coast including cliffs, and 46% of the coast is mudflats or marshy coast.

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Diving, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, parasailing, deep sea fishing and boating are among the activities that abound. Goa gives way to a multitude of these water sports but the blue waters of the Andaman and Lakshwadeep Islands cannot be beat for those truly seeking adventure.

Avid snorkelers will not be disappointed with the excitement of getting up close and personal with the octopuses, star fish, flat fish, jelly fish, seaweed, sting rays and many other exotic aquatic creatures. Team up or snorkel alone but indeed do take part in the fun.

Excellent destinations to do so include Kerala with Kovalam beach, Alappuzha beach and Varkala beach. Alpuzzha or the Aleppey Beach in Alapuzzha and the backwaters of Punnamada are popular as well. Thiruvambady beach and the Papanasham beach worth mentioning too. Where snorkeling is available, scuba diving is as well. If you are not familiar with the sport, there are schools. The Poseidon Neptune School is the best known and is located in Lakshwadeep.


White water rafting and kayaking in India will blow you away, literally if you aren't careful. Seven major rivers make up the river system of India. The best-known whitewater river courses in India are the Ganges and the Beas. The Ganges is the more popular but the Beas is more attractive to the experienced looking for a true heart racing thrill.

India offers some of the most versatile white water adventures. You can cut through water ways boasting spectacular mountain scenery or brave extremes with such names as the 'Roller Coaster' 'Crossfire' and 'The Wall'. There are so many options it is definitely worth your time to study the courses in order to choose exactly what you are looking for.



As mentioned before, the Himalayas mountain range is the highest in the world. The 15 tallest mountains in the world are in the Himalayas with Mount Everest setting the record. You can only imagine the mountain adventures that await the brave souls who dare to oblige the challenge.

Trekking in Indian mountains is treacherous and quite dangerous to say the least. It is for serious adventurists only. You will need to be prepared as there are climate changes that can prove deadly. The foothills are tropical throughout much of the year but the higher up you go, the colder and snowier it gets with temperatures below freezing and gusty, often blinding winds. But these extremes will not detour the avid adventure seeker.

The challenges of trekking aside from the grueling temperatures include roughing terrains that range from steep rocky areas, snow and frozen wastelands to encountering unfriendly wildlife. But enthusiasts brave the challenge and are rewarded by the beauty of the panoramic view of mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls.

Although for most, Mount Everest is the one to conquer, there are numerous mountains to choose from. Do your homework and find the best one for you. No matter which mountain you choose, you will no doubt discover that trekking in India is an unforgettable high.

SKIING The ski enthusiast is going to experience it all when skiing in India. Snow clad mountains with crystal clear snow and pristine frozen waters offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the world to enjoy while indulging.

But enough of the charm… let's talk adventure and adrenaline! The Himalayas, being the highest mountain range in the world, lends itself for extreme jumps, turns and bends with long and fast runs. You will find wide open spaces for skiing above the snowline in the hills of Garhwal and Kumaon with the Auli splopes in the Garhwal serving up the freshest powder you have ever seen.


Mountain climbing will be rock climbing or ice climbing, depending on when you go and where. Be warned that both are quite dangerous in India with traverses in certain areas that extend over great lengths and only for the experience. Get your thrills on the rocks! Rock climbing in India is world class and is a year round sport with the exception of the Monsoon season. Delhi, the Bonbay-Nashik, Manali, the Chamundi Hills and Sonamarg are popular climbing spots.

Excellent terrain for rock climbing is found in Himachal Pradesh while Gangotri in the Garhwal Himalayas has excellent high altitude rock climbing.

You will be stretched to find a place you can experience anything quite as cool as ice climbing in India. Although it is one of the most thrilling winter sports in the country, it is only to be attempted by those who are physically prepared and who pack with them great gear and adequate protection from the elements. Those who reach the summit of the climb, be it on the rocks or on ice, the high is always worth the blood, sweat and tears to get there.



Hiking in India isn't just physical, it's a spiritual experience too for those who like connecting to nature. India offers a diverse choice when it comes to what is available to see, where you want to go and how much time you want to spend doing it.

In Himachal Pradesh, a two to three day walk can take you through the Manikaran hot springs, along the Parvati valley to the secluded village at Pulga. Trek up the Toah valled by the Pir Panjal range and enjoy the gorgeous peaks of the Papsura and and Daharamsura.

If you're up for a four day journey, you can trek over the Sutlej-Beas watershed down the valley to the morarable Jalori Pass. Or, make it a one day event through the meadows and forests of the Har Ki Doon Valley where you can visit small villages and just may meet up with shepherds tending their buffalo.

Explore lush green fields, dune, hills and see flower-filled pastures along the way. Check out Tiger Hill for a breathtaking sunrise or brave the altitudes of the Himalayas. Tred through trails where tigers frequent. Enjoy the ancient culture and ruins or go where possibly no man has. The most difficult thing about hiking in India is choosing where you would like to do so.

Whether you are climbing the rigorous mountain inclines or racing downhill, whether you are cruising on smooth surface or sweating out rough terrain, mountain biking in India is some of the challenging in the world. You won't need to look any further than India to find extreme biking.

The Manali-Leh Highway and Ladakh offer scenic mountain bike climbing while Kumaon and Garhwal will put you smack dab in the middle of the Himalayas. Check out the tea gardens of Darjeeling for a relaxing destination or take a desert run through the curvy routes of the desert city of Rajasthan.

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Lions and tigers and bears…oh yes! Royal Bengal tiger are plentiful in India. You can check out the wildebeest in action and count the humps on a camel. Black Buck, Siberian Cranes, Indian Lion, rhinos, peacock and leopard are not unusual to see along the way. If an ordinary safari isn't adventurous enough for you, try it from the back of an elephant.

You'll be charmed, I'm sure! The Indian cobra is a one of the most venomous snake in the world is found in abundance throughout the country. Hopefully the only encounter you will have with the black hooded reptile is as you look on as one is being charmed or pay a visit to one of the many snake farms.

By definitiion, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature. In India you will rarely find one type of adventure without experiencing the other two attributes as well. In a land where so much is unexpected and uncertain, one thing remains for sure- you are going to get way more than you ever dreamed when you experience extreme adventure travel in India!

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