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Best adventure sports destinations in India

One of the best things about India is the wide variety of geological conditions and climates that country offers. See sports destinations

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Last updated: 14.02.2018
Best Adventure Sports Destinations in India | Sports Social Blog

One of the best things about India is the wide variety of geological conditions and climates that the country offers. From the deserts of Rajasthan to the Himalayan mountains to the pristine lagoons of Kerala, few countries in the world, if any, can boast of such variety. It’s not surprising that India is a pretty good destination for adventure sports enthusiasts.


1. Mountain Biking:

A. Singalila Ridge, West Bengal:



Although the Singalila Ridge in the northwest of West Bengal has been a popular trekking destination for quite some time, it has seen an influx of mountain biking enthusiasts in the recent years and has become a favourite on any Adventure-junkie’s book.

B. Pang to Rumtse, Ladakh:



You don’t need a Royal Enfield to truly explore Ladakh. If you prefer to pedal rather than a motorized bike, Ladakh has a lot to offer. The road from Pang to Rumtse in particular provides a great balance between a challenging ride and exquisite views.

C. Trails of Sikkim



The trails of Sikkim are popular with mountain bikers from around the world. Not only are the trails, some of them running through tea plantations, quite thrilling but they also allow you to meet and enjoy with mountain bikers from other countries.


2. PARAGLIDING:

A. Stok Kangri, Ladakh



The trek up to Stok Kangri is considered to be one of the most challenging trek routes in India. However, once you’re up there, you can reward yourself by paragliding over the valleys and taking in some breath-taking views.

B. Bir, Himachal Pradesh



Himachal Pradesh isn’t just about Shimla and family vacations. HP is fast becoming an adventure sports hub and Bir attracts para-gliders from all over the country and even from across the world.

C. Kamshet, Maharashtra



Located 110 km outside Mumbai and only 45 km from Pune, Kamshet is the go-to destination for paragliding in the West coast. With conditions that are ideal for amateurs to learn in, you can expect Kamshet to be as busy as Bir in a few years.

3. WATER SPORTS:

A. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand



Rishikesh has long been one of the finest places in India for water sports. Nothing much has changed over the years as the rivers around Rishikesh continue to be one of the most ideal destination for white-water rafting.

B. Baga, Goa

Goa is more than just churches, partying, and affordable alcohol! Look closely and you will find a budding water sports culture. From jet-skiing to surfing, the beaches of Goa have a lot to offer. You just have to look in the right places.

C. Devprayag, Karnataka

In many ways, Devprayag in Karnataka is the ideal place for people looking to take up kayaking. The Kali River is a mix of calm and rough waters, which means it is a great place to learn and master the art of kayaking and rafting.

4. SCUBA DIVING:

A. Andaman Islands

In the world of scuba diving, the waters around the Andaman Islands have been a very well-kept secret. However, as more people come to know about it, the Andaman Islands are playing host to an increasing number of scuba divers from around the world.

b. Netrani, Karnataka

If you prefer to keep your scuba diving action closer to the mainland, Netrani in Karnataka is a great place to get started off at. Not only are the waters pristine, there are a number of certified world-class diving schools that rent out quality equipment for safe adventuring.

C. Lakshadweep Islands

For those who want to go scuba-diving while staying away from the crowds, it doesn’t get any better than the Lakshadweep Islands.

5. TREKKING:

A. Shepherd’s Trail, Himachal Pradesh


The Shepherd’s Trail may be a bit challenging, but the beautiful landscapes make it well worth the effort. Some parts of the trail can only be accessed for four-five months in the year, so plan your trek accordingly.

B. Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir

If you are looking for a challenging trek that will really test you, head to the Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir for the Zanskar trek. Few things in the world can match the sense of accomplishment one gets after conquering this trail.

C. Dodital, Uttarakhand

If you are looking for a more relaxing trek, Dodital in Uttarakhand is ideal for your needs. With multiple trails around Dodital lake, trekking in these parts of Uttarakhand can be an amazingly tranquil experience.


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