Stay Wild & Free: 9 Adventure Travel Destinations In India

Adventurous destinations in India

Contentment, bliss, happiness – yes, these are the things that we live for. But, it is the adventures in life that makes us feel truly alive. Nothing compares to the adrenaline rush that courses through our veins when we take a leap of faith and plunge into the deep water, or when we reach the mountain top and scream at the top of our lungs, only to hear the mountains echo our thoughts. Imagine feeling so elated that you forget all the other emotions you have ever experienced. In those particular moments, it is just you and this ecstatic feeling of having achieved something by yourself, for yourself.

Moreover, these adventures do not always have to be grand. It could be the little things in life too, like simply moving out of your comfort zone and embarking on a solo trip, or perhaps anything that involves learning something new. Fortunately for adventure enthusiasts and those who wish to explore their wilder side, there are a lot of destinations in India, built to bring you thrill, in its truest sense. Let’s get exploring, shall we?

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Top 9 Adventure Trips In India

Given that India is a country that shelters many kinds of terrains, the list of adventure tours here is a long one. To help you pick the ones that are in line with your interests and are home to your kind of thrills, here are some top destinations, divided in accordance with the activities they have to offer-

Zipline Adventures: Top 3 Destinations

Neemrana Fort in Rajasthan

1. Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan:

If the thrill of high speed is what you seek, then the town of Neemrana (crowded with fantastic forts) is where you are sure to find it. The Neemrana Fort trek in Rajasthan is a popular one. What was once a home to the royals, is now a lavish heritage hotel. It shelters many places that can be easily explored just by foot. But, to experience the best of this beauty, you just opt for the zipline activities available here.

There are five ziplines that are as long as 400 meters at Neemrana. Covering all five would take you around two hours. As you glide through the Aravalli hills, you get to see the fort and the landscape from a birds-eye. The best part is that there is tandem zipping for children aged 4-5 years as well, paving the way for a fun family adventure.

How to reach: Hired car / taxi / bus to Neemrana Fort Palace

Best time to visit: All around the year

Average cost: INR 1500

Zipline in Rishikesh

2. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand:

Who is not utterly mesmerised by the sacred land of Rishikesh, located along the river Ganga? Although it is most celebrated for its religious ambience and a rich culture in terms of traditions, it has a lot more to offer when it comes to adventure as well. Of all the exciting activities that you can do here, ziplining is a must-try. Rishikesh happens to be one of the best places to zipline in India.
If you wish to experience the best of this expedition, head to Shivpuri. This should take no longer than 15 minutes from the town. Here, you will get a chance to zipline over the Shivpuri rapids surrounded by mountains. The entire experience takes around an hour.

How to reach: You can take a bus to Shivpuri as it takes about 15-20 minutes from Rishikesh

Best time to visit: All times of the year are ideal, except for monsoon

Approximate cost: Starts at INR 749

3. Kolad, Maharashtra:

Kolad, often called the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, has become a popular adventure destination for explorers from the nearby cities, including Mumbai and Pune. Apart from being home to vast greenery, clear streams and scenic landscapes, it is also a hub of thrill-filled activities like hiking, river rafting and ziplining.
Here, you can find exciting ziplining activities around the Kundalika River. Nothing compares to the thrill of Ziplining over the fierce Kundalika River that flows ever so gracefully. It is the most sought-after tourist spot for adventure sports like river rafting and zipline during the monsoon. 

How to reach: Taxi / Bus to Kolad from Mumbai / Pune

Best time to visit: Monsoon season

Average cost: INR 1000 / 2,500 with other activities

Rafting Adventures: Top 3 Destinations

Spiti in Himachal Pradesh

1. Spiti River, Himachal Pradesh:

The first spot on this list has to be this Himalayan valley, also called the “Little Tibet” and “The Snow Desert”. It is the ideal destination for adventure owing to its tricky terrains, cascading waterfalls, plethora of rivers, mystical monasteries, and never-ending valleys – almost every corner of this hamlet brings you a new adventure.

If white water rafting in India is on your bucket list, Spiti River is where you should head to. The river spans from Tuting region and goes up to Pasighat, and spreads across a distance of 180 km. This whole experience would take at least up to 6 days, if you choose to take on the whole distance till Sumdo, which is the end point. This expedition will also bring you scenic views of the most celebrated mountain valleys of Himachal Pradesh.

Types of rapids: Moderate to Grade IV

Best time: July to August

Average cost: Price varies depending upon the chosen distance

Distance covered: 180 km commencing from the Tuting stretching to the Pasighat

Teesta River in Sikkim

2. Teesta River, Sikkim:

The Teesta River in Darjeeling, Sikkim has charm of its own and comes bearing many gifts, adrenaline-inducing activities like river rafting included! The serene surroundings that you pass through only make the rafting experience more memorable. The river is laced with greenery on both sides. The rapids of the river are incredibly dynamic and largely depend on the flow of the water.

This is one of the destinations where you can opt for paddle rafting. The highlight of your rafting journey here would be the point where River Teesta converges with the River Rangit. It is the point where you can witness adventure, in all its glory. 

Types of rapids: Grade II to Grade IV

Best time: October to April

Average cost: 800 per person

Distance covered: 309 kms

Barapole River in Coorg

3. Barapole River, Coorg:

When it comes to adventures, Coorg offers more than enough to make the whole of South India proud. The river Barapole, that flows flawlessly along the Deccan Plateau in the Western Ghats, is the go-to place for white water rafting. Moreover, the river is divided in two sections, bringing you more opportunities.

The river has some 4 to 5 rapids in the upper section. On the other hand, the lower section of the river has about 6 to 7 rapids. These rapids usually are between the grade II to IV but can go up to grade VII depending on the level of water. The grades are named differently as well – Milky Churn,  Morning Coffee – the Grade II, The Ramba Samba – Grade II, and Grasshopper – Grade III, The Wicked Witch – Grade III, and the list goes on.

Types of rapids: Grade IV to VII Rapids (Extremely Challenging)

Best time: Monsoon + post-monsoon months between July to September

Average cost: INR 1200 per person

Distance covered: Approximately 150 km

Trekking Adventures: Top 3 Destinations

Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh

1. Tso Moriri Trek, Ladakh Himalayas:

If you love quiet lakes and the lurking mysteries of the mountains, the Tso Moriri Lake Trek will bring you the best of both worlds. Located at an altitude of 4594m, it is one of the highest altitude lakes in the trans-Himalayan region. What makes it special is that it is bordered by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east, and Zanskar to the west. Along with the many thrills of trekking, you will also get to spot some of the rare species of Himalayan mammals.
The route covers multiple mountain passes – Tanglang La, situated at an altitude of 5332m, and Horlamkongkala, located at an altitude of 4900m, finally reaching Yalung Aula, seated at an altitude of 5440m, approximately. This is where you get to truly witness the wonder that is Lake Moriri. You also get to explore the ChangThang region, a high altitude plateau. These are some of the primary reasons as to why trekking enthusiasts travel here from across the world. 

Altitude: 4595 m

Duration: 11 days

Season: Mid-June to September

Grade: Moderate

Valley of flowers in Garhwal Region

2. Valley of Flowers Trek, Garhwal Himalayas:

If you dream of reveling in floral bliss, the Valley of Flowers trek is something you have to experience. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, it is a part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, and. The region is home to more than 300 kinds of alpine flowers, besides a biodiversity which has remained relatively untouched. Given the fact that it shelters a variety of flora and fauna, it is no surprise that the Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The flowers are in full bloom during the monsoon, making it the ideal time for visiting. The most commonly spotted flowers in this region are marigold, poppies, daisies and primulas. You can also find several kinds of medicinal plants, and a few endangered animals as well. The trek begins from Ghangaria. You will instantly know when you have reached the valley as the colorful blankets of flowers will welcome you into a realm of uncontainable beauty. 

Altitude: 4389 m

Ideal duration: 7 days

Best time: Mid-July to Mid-August

Grade: Moderate

Kanchenjunga Mountain

3. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim Himalayas:

Welcome to one of the most thrilling treks in India – Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. Located at a height of 8586m, it is the third highest mountain in the world. The trek begins at Yuksom, a sleepy village in West Sikkim. The whole experience takes up to 8 days. During this period, you are introduced to nature’s best in every form – evergreen fern plantations, the riveting views of Rathong River, lovely orchids, and rare species of birds.
The best part of this trek is the route that crosses Dzongri. It takes you past the Tshoka hamlet followed by Phedang Pass offering awe-inspiring views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang and Jhuponu Mountains. What’s more? You also get to enjoy the panoramic views from Frey Peak to Kabru Peak, and soak in the beauty of the famous waterfall at the Paha Khola Bridge.

Altitude: 4940m

Ideal duration: 10 days

Best time: Mid-March to May as well as Mid-September to November

Grade: Moderate to challenging

Adventurous scuba diving

Bonus: The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List

1. Bamboo Rafting in Munnar (Periyar lake in Thekkady)

2. Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

3. Jim Corbett Safari, Uttarakhand

4. Cycling adventures from Mangalore to Goa

5. Scuba Diving in Andaman 

6. Bike adventure from Manali to Leh

7. Caving in Meghalaya

8. Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

9. River Rafting in Coorg (Barapole River)

10. Skiing Adventures in Gulmarg 

11. Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur

12. Microlight Flying in Bangalore

13. Paragliding in Bir Billing

14. White Water River Rafting in Kullu

15. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand 

16. Skydiving in Mysore

17. Flying Fox Adventure in Neemrana, Rajasthan

18. Dune Bashing in Jaisalmer 

19. Sandakphu Trek-West Bengal

20. Wildlife Safari in Gir National Park, Gujarat

21. Gulmarg Gondola Ride

22. Kayaking in Aguada River, Goa

23. Skiing in Kufri

24. Surfing in Goa 

25. Camping in Coorg

26. River Rafting in Tons Valley, Uttarakhand 

27. Giant Swing in Rishikesh

28. Dudhsagar Trek in Goa 

29. Scuba Diving in Malvan

30. Rock Climbing in Satpura

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Preksha Shah

Ardent storyteller. Casually breathes life into characters and dissects pop culture. In the meantime, fantasises secret love affairs with Shakespeare and Austen weaved into poetries that she wishes to publish in a book of her own someday.

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