​India begins with the high Himalayas and end into the deep Indian Ocean. Each and every form of nature is beautiful and dangerous which attract people who then challenge themselves against the dangers of nature to win over its beauty. Himalayas, Thar,  Indian Ocean and every form have created there own extremes and if you are willing to have a close look at them then this is the way:-

Motorbike Expedition to Leh and Ladakh

Riding amidst mountains over slops which are on the boundaries of chasms is somewhat risky, landslides could occur without any warning but then even motorbike expenditure to Leh and Ladakh comes first in to-do-list of many people. This is because of the alluring nature accompanying you throughout the way. Best time for this is from April to September. Generally the journey starts from Delhi and ends at Nubra Valley via Khardung La, claimed to be highest motorable road in the world. If you want to submerge yourself into nature but on the same time you don’t want to leave manmade roads and your bike, this is the way of having them together.

Skiing at Gulmarg, Kashmir

The best time to visit Gulmarg is in March when 3 days winter festival takes place. It is just 56 km from Srinagar and have a good connectivity with it. Gulmarg is the winter sports destination of India and ranked 7th Skiing destination in Asia. Skiing is carried out on the slopes of Apharwat peak at a height of 4,267 m. Not only skiing but Heli-skiing is also a major attraction of Gulmarg. 

Mountaineering at Grahwal and Kumaon, Uttrakhand

There are many peaks in India where Mountaineering takes place but among them Mountaineering in Grahwal and Kumaon is most famous. Grahwal is blessed with high peaks such as Nanda Devi  (7816 m), Kamet (7756 m) and Mukut Parbat (7242 m). Climbing any of these peaks is once is a life time experience and it requires special training.  The paths for different treks are different but generally starts from Nainital, Uttranchal’s capital city. Kumaon offers peaks which have slightly lower altitude then the Grahwal peaks like Sangthang and Laila having altitude around 6000 m. There are still sereval unclimbed peaks in the Northern part of Nanda Devi sanctuary near Badrinath at the border of Chamoli and Uttarkashi district.

Trekking to Kailash Mansarova

When spritituality is included, excitement increases. It is considered among one of the most Holy Places in the world. Every year 16 batches of 60 people are selected randomly from the total number of applicants for the trek through Lipulekh Pass (Uttrakhand) organized by MEA (Ministry of External Affairs). It takes approximately 1 month to complete the yatra and costs around 65000 Rs per person.

River Rafting, Uttrakhand

Rafting in India is organized at many places such as Uttrakhand, Himachal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Maharastra. Among all states, only Uttrakhand offers different levels and distances for Rafting in various rivers; Ganga, Tons, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. For beginner, Rafting in Rishikesh at basic level in river Ganga covering 36 km is the best start but if you are seeking something more challenging then move up to river Bhagirathi where 150 km rafting is organized starting from Tehri dam. 

Dune Bashing, Rajasthan

In India, Dune Bashing or Desert safari is done only at North West Rajasthan. It means exploring the Thar in your off road vehicle enjoying Rafting on sand, up and down between dunes like a natural roller coaster stretched more then any car’s fuel tank. It can be enjoyed at Sam Village located at a distance of 45 km from Jaisalmer or at Osian located at 65 from Jodhpur.  Vehicles provided are generally Mahindra Scorpio or Bolero.  

Camel Safari and Desert Camping at Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

The white desert situated in the North West of Gujarat is a unique and Mysterious destination. Best time to visit it is from November to January when Rann Utsav takes place. Camel safari in Rann could be a relaxing experience and you could spot wild animals such as Blue Bull, Wolve, Jackal, Wild Ass and some species of Snakes. The tent city, Dhordo village, located at a distance of 85 km from Bhuj is well known for experiencing Rann under the moon light. Sometime one can also spot unexplained lights during dark nights know as Cheer Baati or ghost lights. Rann have so much to speak that one needs to talk with it himself to know it better. 

Caving, Meghalaya

Meghalaya has a underrated tourism industry. Despite of having rich and thick nature Meghalaya ranks in last 10 states among all the Indian states in number of tourists. Meghalaya offers a unique adventure sport of exploring caves. It is the only destination in India where caving can take place. One can experience different kinds of caves formed due to different phenomena which have taken place over thousands of years. Inside a cave one could found stalagmites, stalactites, candles, cave curtains and cave pearls.  It is counted among top 10 caving destination in the world. Tours are generally operated from Guwahati and expedition take place at Krem Tynghen, Krem Umthlo, Khem Chympe and Khem Sim Thabbalong. The best time to visit these caves is in winter when water level in caves is not high. It is risky to travel during Monsoon season when water level can rise and flood the caves. 

Skydiving at Mysore, Karnataka

It comes among the most thirilling adventure sports and the best way for overcoming the phobia of height. Skydiving in India is conducted at Dhana, Aamby Valley, Deesa etc but Mysore have the best weather and terrain conditions offering breathtaking seneric view of Chamundi Hills. Skydiving is one of the most costly extreme sports but worthy of it and here it costs from 16000 Rs to 31500 rs depending upon the type of skydiving.

Kayaking at Alappuzha, Kerela

Kayaking is basically of two types, River Kayaking and White water Kayaking. Kerela is famous for river kayaking which occurs in slow moving water and this allows one to absorb nature present around him. It is most relaxing and peace giving adventure sport. The most famous destination for Kayaking is Backwaters (chain of Brackish Lagoons) of Alappuzha situated at a distance of 64 km from Kerela’s Capital, Trivandrum. 

Scuba diving at Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Scuba diving is the best way to connect with underwater sea life. Andaman and Nicobar Islands provide a terrific variety of marine animals and number of sites for scuba diving. It is better for scuba diving as it has more number of sites and fewer tourists in comparison of Goa and Karnataka and so one can isolate himself from the world beneath the light touching layer of Bay of Bengal. One can reach Andaman by airways or ship. Andaman has good connectivity of flights which land at Port Blair Airport. From there Havelock Island can be reached by regular Ferries.


Beach or Hill Station ?

Nature gives us whatever we ask for. It is a function of time and space and with their change; different forms of nature are generated. From long stretched beaches to moon touching mountains, everything is unique and quirky. 

Sometimes when we Plan for a weekend trip (short trip), we get confuse that should we isolate ourselves from the world among the chilled winds or should we get out and run inside the endless water. But what if there is no need of selection? What if we can enjoy these both forms of nature in just one trip? It would be better, right? Well, In India there are 5 such destination combinations which fulfill this requirement.

Pondicherry and Yercaud

Pondicherry is at a distance of 155 km from Chennai which is well connected to every part of India. From Chennai its best to hire a car which will provide you the best sea side view along it’s way and has the best road (SH 49) by which takes 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Pondicherry. Pondicherry is known for its exotic beaches. Pondicherry is also a destination for scuba diving lovers. Two most famous beaches here are Promenade and Paradise beach. Because it’s a union territory, you can get cheaper alcoholic drinks and enjoy boozing.

Rock beach, Pondicherry

Yercaud is just 235 KM away from Pondicherry and by a drive of 4 hours 30 minutes (SH 38- SH 38) one can make it there. Its specialty is hidden in its name which means Lake Forest. Yercuad is known for its tea and coffee plantation which were introduced in 1820s. Servarayan Temple is the highest point in Yercaud and a must visit and for nature lovers there is always a call from Kiliyur Falls.

Yercaud city overview

Alappuzha and Munnar

Kerela ranked 7th among the Indian states with the number of 6,60,000 tourists in 2010. This coastal state is blessed with a number of hills stations such as Munnar, Thekkady, Wayand and many more and has a coast line of 580KM. The most popular hill station considered is Munnar which is 285 km from Trivandrum. One can go to Alappuzha first (NH 66) which is 160 KM away from Trivandrum. Alappuzha is famous for Kayaking which is not thrilling but relaxing which makes this kayaking destination different from other kayaking destinations in India. Marari beach situated at a distance of 14 KM from Alappuzha famous for coconut palm trees and it’s golden sand. Vembanad, the largest lake in kerela is also admired.

Marati beach, Alappuzhu

From Alappuzhu you can go to Munnar via kochi (NH 66 and then further continue to NH 85) to reach Munnar. Munnar, the land of spices is a complete nature package. The best places to visit here are Kundula Dam Lake, Lakkan Waterfalls, Top Station (Kannan Devan Hills). Munnar is also a shopping destination where you can buy aromatic oils, tea, coffee, spices, homemade chocolates and handmade greeting cards.

Tea gardens, Munnar

Daman and Saputara

Saputara is a sole hill station in the Gujarat which attract around 3,00,000 tourist (domestic and foreign ). It is because of the religious pilgrimages present near saputara such as Dwarka, Somnath and other Jain Temples. Saputara is 400 km from Ahemdabad and 160 KM from Surat. When you reach Surat you have a choice of either going to Daman (NH 48) or else Saputara (NH 360). Hiking and camping tours are also organized by invincible NGO. The must visit places to visit are Saputara Lake, Gira Waterfalls and Sunset Point.

Saputara lake

From Saputara, one can reach Daman in just 3 and half hours by driving 160 KM so it’s possible to have a cozy night on Saputara and after that booze with ocean winds on the following night. A large number of tourists come here from Gujarat as it’s the nearest place for them to booze.

Sunset at Daman 

Goa and Amboli

It will be wrong if Goa is compared with any other seaside destinations. Not only domestic but it also attracts a large number of foreign tourists (12% of total foreign tourists in India) and tourism Industry contributes a major part in Goa’s GDP. Goa is famous for its night life, beaches, booze and parties. One can also enjoy water sports like scuba diving, surfing etc here. 

Goa! Goa!

From Goa, drive in the north to the south Mahatrastra and after 120 km (from central goa) you will be in Amboli (NH 66). Amboli is a less developed and there is not much to do but because it is unexplored till now, it is less polluted and quiet and best to remove the tiredness generated in Goa. Otherwise Amboli waterfall is worthy of one visit on a leisure day.

Way to Shri Hiranyakeshwar Temple, Amboli

Puri and Daringbadi

Jagannath rath yatra, Puri

Puri is situated at a distance of 63 Km from odisha’s capital, Bhubneswar and has a well developing tourism industry. It is not mainly known for beaches and its more of a heritage city . The old Jagannath Temple is a major heritage site and a large number of people engage in Jagannath Rath Yatra held every year. It is also famous for its sand art and appliqué craft items. 

Travel towards west and a little south for 250 Km to reach Daringbadi. Like many other Southern hill stations in coastal states, this hill station is also underated and hence not much information is available about it. Mainly Medubani Waterfall, Patudi Waterfall, coffee gardens and pine forests are major attractions. It’s is a safe and economical destination for nature lovers in Odisha.