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India Adventure
 
India is fast emerging as one of the most popular adventure sports destination in the world. India offers immense opportunities for an adventure traveler, who is looking for a varied experience. The topography of India is diverse that varies from snow capped mountains on the one hand to dessert and sea on the other, all this make India an ideal adventure sports destination.

India is a country, which has immense potential for adventure sports. Right from mountaineering, trekking, paragliding and rafting to scuba diving, India promises to offer the discerning traveler an experience that will last a lifetime. If northern India offers wonderful opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing and river rafting, southern India is wonderful destination for water sports. If you love scuba diving or snorkelling, Lakshadweep and Andaman islands are the places to visit.

India is arguably the only country in the world, which offers such a sheer variety of adventure opportunities. And surely enough, this diversity is utterly amazing - from heli-skiing and rock climbing in the mighty Himalayas to river-rafting in the white waters of the raging Ganga, Teesta or Indus; from ballooning and hang-gliding over the great Indian plains to an exotic encounter with the camel-safaris in the vast expanse of the Thar desert of Rajasthan; from tracking the legendary Royal Bengal Tiger on the backs of elephants to trekking in the Himalayan ranges - the options are endless.


Angling and Fishing:
Angling and fishing are two remarkable adventure activities among the many others that are offered in the India. They are specially suited to the Indian sub continent because of innumerable rivers that course through the expansive Gangetic Plains, and originate in the upper reaches of the magnificent Himalayas. The clear rushing waters of these various rivers and their tributaries provide excellent fishing and angling holidays spots that are captivating in their crisp and clean mountain beauty, as well as rich breeding ground of a number of different varieties of fish. The adventurous settings for angling and fishing range from the majestic Himalayan valleys, snow-fed streams and high altitude lakes to the wide coastal stretches of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

The Indian water world is home to a large variety of fish. Some of the favorite fishing prey here are the trout, mahseer and shark. The Mahseer is the toughest fresh water fighting fish in the world, and India is the only breeding ground for it. Nowhere else in the world does this hardy fish ever breed, though in India you can find all four of its varieties. The Golden, the Silver, the Silver Grey and the Black Mahseers are all prey worthy of any fishing aficionados attention.


Cycling and Motor Biking in Himalayas:
Cycling and motor biking are two of the adventure activities that many people enjoy on adventure tours in India. The Himalayan region in India with its varied geographical landscape provides some great trails for cycling and motor biking. As you trudge up the Himalayan roads to reach some of the highest towns and villages, you see a different India unfold -which is rustic, pollution free, serene and charming. In fact there is no better way to discover a tiny hamlet or a non-descript town in the foothills of the Himalayas than on a mountain bike or cycle.

For all biking tours in the Himalayan region, one needs to take clearance six months prior to the tour from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. A Liaison Officer is deputed for the expedition, who is of immense help in case of emergency. He is the one who coordinates with various government agencies for the smooth completion of the adventure tour. Travelers need to pay royalty for mountain biking, which is charged according to the popularity and height of the destination.

Terai areas in the Himalayas like Nanital in Uttaranchal and some stretches in Himachal Pradesh are ideal for cycling. These stretches offer magnificent views of the surrounding areas.


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Scuba diving is like discovering a new world that never existed before you dived into the azure blue waters. Scuba diving is all about exploring a new world under turquoise blue waters and taking back a wonderful experience. India provides an excellent opportunity for scuba diving and snorkelling.

India offers a number of beautiful destinations for scuba diving and snorkelling that include Goa, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The coral reefs and underwater formations is a treat to watch in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The marine life in India is so diverse and exotic that every year a number of tourists dive in the cool blue waters to enjoy the under water wonders. India has numerous easily accessible scuba diving and snorkelling sites and there are many others that are still to be explored.

There are a number of places in India that are fabulous destinations for scuba diving. Kadmat Island in Lakshadweep is one such place that is teeming with colourful marine life. Apart from a number of exotic fish and other sea life (plants and animals included), Sharks are what evokes excitement as well as fear. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see this wonderful sea creature on your scuba diving tours.


Camel Safari
When on a camel safari in India, the ubiquitous hump-backed camel will be your ride and your constant companion, be it in the searing heat of the day, or the biting chilliness of the night. And as you travel through the desert, you will get a close glimpse of the rich culture, heritage and life styles of the colorful and royal state of Rajasthan.

The camel is known the ‘desert ship’ since time immemorial. It has been the confidant of the travails, disputes, laughter and love of the desert people as they roamed from place to place in search of water. The desert safaris in India are mainly centered around the princely kingdoms of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner, all of which are integral to the royal state of Rajasthan.

A typical safari will take you to the architectural ruins of Lodurva that are close to Jaisalmer, the oasis at Anasagar, the sand dunes of the Samm and the water source of Moolsagar.


Mountaineering
Mountaineering in India was introduced by the Europeans in the 18th century. It was the time when new regions were either explored or conquered. Mountaineering as an adventure sport at this time was just taking shape. But later on, mountaineering became a serious business and man's quest to conquer new heights took him close to many high peaks around the world. This quest for challenging the might of mountains and the curiosity to explore what lies in the upper reaches of snow capped peaks has virtually made man a conqueror. Today there is hardly any mountain or peak left in the world that has not been scaled.

India offers an exciting mountaineering experience to an adventure sport lover. The Himalayas that stretch from north-west of India to far north-east offers a number of high rise peaks that are considered ideal for mountaineering. Some of the wonderful places for mountaineering in India are Leh Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas in Uttaranchal, Kullu valley and Lahul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim and some other parts of north-eastern region.


Skiing
The snow-capped hills of the Himalayas have played host to skiing sportsmen over several years. They offer the best of the skiing opportunities that can be loads of fun, often with freezing temperatures that will need you to be bundled up in warm clothes. The risk involved and the courage required for the activity thrills one and all. The pulsating winds that gush by as you ski is the most exciting part of the adventure sport. Like most of the adventure sports in India, skiing too was introduced by the Europeans.

This high altitude adventure sport is an ideal escape from the summers of the plains. The heat and dust are replaced with the cool environs of the happy hills. With the ever-increasing number of skiing enthusiasts, the skiing slopes in India have improved with time. Tourists not only from India but from all over the world are trained for skiing here. The increased facilities are easily available and are affordable in the major skiing spots in India.

Trekking
Nature is at its generous best in India and draws people to its beauty from all over the world. The beauty and purity of the surroundings are most enjoyed when you are trekking at your own pace in these beautiful environs. Nothing can match the peace of mind and the joy felt deep inside the heart while trekking the high hills of the Himalayan range in India. No wonder then that tourists flock here not only for spiritual guidance but also to quench their thirst to travel to the unexplored.

The Europeans introduced the concept of adventure sports in India after they established hill stations all over India. These hill stations became the starting points for treks that were undertaken. Then base camps were introduced and the adventurers gradually explored the neighboring areas on their own. The amateur trekkers turned professional and the most often traversed routes were explored and recorded for future travelers. Today, trekking is indulged in by many people who whole-heartedly participate in this sport, without any discrimination on the basis of age or sex.

The Western Himalayas covering the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttaranchal form a major trekking area in India. It is followed by the Eastern Himalayas covering Darjeeling in West Bengal, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The treks in the area around Gangotri and Yamunotri and the areas beneath the Kumaon region are also renowned. In the east the area with the tea gardens and the green environs is provided in the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal.

White Water Rafting
India has a host of rivers and plenty of locations that are ideal for white water rafting. Most of the water rafting destinations are located in the Himalayas, and the River Ganges is the most popular of them all. Several camps are organized along the 70-km stretch from Devprayag to Rishikesh. Rapids have been graded according to the difficulty of their run. The rivers Yamuna, Tons, Kalisor, Alaknanda, Bhilangana, Mandakini and Bhagirathi offer many stretches, both for professionals as well as amateur rafters. Other ranges in Ladakh and Sikkim also offer great river stretches for rafting.

There is no particular best time can be marked for rafting in India since the flow and fury of various rivers are individual. However, on the whole the months from May to November are the best months for the adventure seekers to indulge in rafting.