A JOURNEY OF EXTREME SPORTS IN INDIA

​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.

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