In recent years, India has emerged as one of the world's most popular adventure travel destinations. One of the main reasons for this is the huge variety of adventure activities that are possible in India. Most people looking for India adventure travel destinations head to the far north mountains, and the beaches of Goa. Here are the best places to unleash your adventurous side.
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Manali, with its soothing backdrop of the Himalayas, offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India's most popular tourist destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. It’s a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy. Anyone looking for thrilling adventure sports will love Manali. Fishing, white water rafting, paragliding, skiing, mountaineering, and hiking are all on offer in or around Manali. You’ll find many companies there that organize and run adventure tours.
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Leh is the most common entry point to India's far northern region of Ladakh. This remote place has become a popular tourist destination since Ladakh was opened to foreigners in 1974. It offers two of the world’s largest mountain ranges, alpine desert, and dry barren landscape full of historic Buddhist monasteries. Nature and adventure lovers will find excellent hiking and para gliding opportunities around Leh. There are also many longer trekking trails to choose from, as well as white water rafting and travel on Khardung La, the world's highest motorable road.
The Valley of Flowers National Park is the perfect destination for anyone who loves hiking. This high-altitude Himalayan valley in the state of Uttarakhand has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers, which appear as a bright carpet of color against a mountainous snow capped background. The Valley of Flowers requires a strenuous 16 kilometer (9.8 mile) hike to get there but when you do, you'll feel on top of the world in this magical and enchanting place.
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The hill settlement of Nainital is full of natural beauty and was a popular summer retreat for the British during the time they ruled India. One of the most relaxing things you can do is go boating on Naini Lake. Peddle boats, row boats, and small yachts are all available for hire. Nature walks, trekking, horse riding, and rock climbing are the main adventure activities on offer around Nainital. There are so many beautiful forest walks that you can do, or alternatively explore the surrounding area on horse back.
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Goa is the best alternative to the mountains for anyone looking for adventure and adrenaline in India. There are almost 100 operators to offer you just about every type of adventure activity imaginable, including water sports, go-karting, scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and dolphin (and crocodile!) sightseeing trips. The Goa Hiking Association organizes a major trekking program in October each year. The Goa Branch of the Youth Hostel Association of India also runs 9 day National Trekking Expeditions in Goa every December.
Fancy experiencing India on camel back or in a hot air balloon? Both are possible in the desert state of Rajasthan. Excellent desert camel safaris
are offered in and around Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Alternatively, it's possible to go hot air ballooning in India
around Jaipur, Pushkar, and Ranthambore National Park.