10 Adventure Activities for Summer 2018

10 Adventure Activities for Summer 2018

Heli Skiing: Both Manali in Himachal Pradesh and Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir offer some of the best natural heli-skiing conditions in the world which have resulted in several skiing operations cropping up along the Himalayan pistes. Heli-skiing season opens in January and lasts till April in India.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: It may be a little expensive, but the smooth gliding ride through the sky is certainly worth the experience. There are many places across the country, where you can try this, but you should be above five years of age and over 4 ft tall, with enough stamina to remain standing throughout the ride. You can do hot air balloon ride at
Pushkar in Rajasthan, Kamshet near Lonavala in Maharashtra; Damdama Lake in Delhi/Haryana; Agra, Uttar Pradesh; Hampi, Karnataka; Goa.

Paragliding: This is one of the most exhilarating experiences and you can try it at several locations in the country. There are many variations to this sport, including hang gliding, powered paragliding and speed flying, but this is the easiest as there is no free-falling or jumping off cliffs as the pilot is in complete control. You do require preliminary training however. You can do paragliding at Bir-Billing & Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Sikkim, Kunjapuri, Bedni Bugyal, Mussoorie & Ranikhet (Uttarakhand), Vagamon (Kerala), Pavana (Maharasthra), Nandi Hills (Bengalore), Yelagiri (Tamilnadu), Shillong (Meghalaya), Arambol Beach (Goa), Aravali Hills (Rajastan), Satpuras Range (Gujarat).

Hang Gliding: Open sky hang gliding is another one of the most adventurous aero sports activities. This gives an opportunity to literally fly like a bird from the mountain heights to coastal regions and it is affordable sports for someone who desires to fly high. Dhramakot in Himachal Pradesh and Kangra Valley are the major destinations in India for hang gliding locations.

Sky Diving: Sky diving also known as parachute jumping is considered as the most adventurous of aero sports. This activity involves jumping off from an aircraft or a tall structure and coming back to ground. Although India has limited options of this sport, Gujarat is in the process of developing some locations and Indian Parachuting Federation organises some sky diving events.

Para Motoring: Para Motoring is one of the most popular aero sports activities in India, which is also known as motored paragliding. It consists of a light weight engine of two strokes and a pusher prop tied firmly on your back. It provides ultimate thrill while you fly over local villages, jungles, mountains and rivers.

Flyboarding: Water sports enthusiasts have one more reason to cheer. Fly boarding, or hydro flying as the sport is known, has a fly board rider standing on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft. One can fly about 15 m in the air, but it’s not as easy as it appears to be. India’s only fly boarding operating location is at Chapora river, Goa. Knowing how to swim is mandatory and children below 13 years are not allowed.

Sea Walking: This is the one exception in water sports that doesn’t require you to know swimming. All you do is put a glass dome over your head, descend to the ocean floor and take in the beautiful sea life and corals. The Andamans is the one place in India you can undertake this once in-a-lifetime exercise. Remember, it’s not available in off season from June to August. You can do sea walking at Elephant Beach, Baina Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

White water rafting: The rush of grappling with rapids is an all-time favourite sport for all age groups. You can indulge your passion in various rivers across India, but choose the level of difficulty (Grades I – V) carefully depending on your age, expertise, experience and level of fitness. Best locations to do white water rafting is
Rishikesh (September-June); Ladakh, J&K (July-August); Manali, Himachal Pradesh (March-July); Coorg, Karnataka (June-September), Kannur, Kerala (June – September) among others.

Caving: Though this little-explored adventure sport hasn’t quite taken off in India, if you want to try your hand at it, Meghalaya offers some of the longest and deepest caves in South Asia. It’s also not too expensive, but you will need high fitness levels and stamina to do it. Locations for best Caving experience are The Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya are the world-famous sites for caving.

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