There was a time when tourism meant luxury and relaxation and it referred to visiting beautiful places and monuments. But today, the face of the ardent tourist is changing. Holidays now no longer mean relaxing at a hotel spa or just sight-seeing but indulging in adrenaline rushing activities. That is why, these days, adventure tourism tops the list in many countries, especially India. India, the land of diversity, has many places for adventure sports, be it trekking through mountains or forests, mountaineering in rocky landscapes or snow-clad mountains, cycling through rough terrains, indulging in winter sports, river rafting, underwater activities or paragliding. Thus, you will find some of the other adventure sports in each of India’s states, yet there are some places that are synonymous with adventure tourism and here are 5 best Indian places known for its adventure sports.

1. Rishikesh


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Located in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh has many adjectives that make it one of the most loved tourist destinations in the country. Known as the yoga capital, it is the spiritual centre, and of course, it is a picturesque location. But it is also the most preferred destination for adventure lovers as it has a myriad of adventure activities to offer. There is the white-water rafting, trekking, zip-lining, bungee jumping and even cliff jumping. Paragliding and kayaking are also popular. Though you may be able to bungee jump in many other places, the bungee jumping at Rishikesh is something else.

2. Gulmarg


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If you wish to experience the thrill of winter sports, then Gulmarg is the place to go. One of India’s top destinations for skiing, Gulmarg is an idyllic location. This beautiful town in Jammu and Kashmir is a popular destination for heli-skiing as well. Travelling to mountain tops in a helicopter lends you a visual treat as well. Flying Fox which is a rope ride is also a must activity while you are in Gulmarg.

3. Zanskar


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Located around 235 km from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir, Zanskar is a loved destination for trekkers. At the same time, it is also as popular for camping, river rafting, kayaking and even jeep safari.  One of the best trekking experiences at Zanskar is the trek on the frozen Zanskar River, definitely an experience to remember.

4. Auli


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One of the popular adventure destinations in Uttaranchal, Auli is where you can indulge in many adventure sports to your heart’s content. Skiing in the snow-clad mountains is a beautiful experience. During summer, Auli becomes a hotspot for river rafting. Trekking is another popular activity which may not be possible during winter months but on other days, just head to Auli for an amazing trekking experience. Another adventure activity which can be enjoyed by all at Auli is the Hang-gliding. It is during the winter season that starts from November to March, when Auli is crowded with adventure enthusiasts. For novices, there are workshops and classes for skiing.

5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands


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For those who love to conquer mountains and valleys, why should water be behind? To enjoy some of the most thrilling water sports, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the best destination. Also, as it is perhaps the only few locations in India where the beaches are clean and unexploited and the water is so clean that you can view the underwater life from the shore itself! With a rich marine flora and fauna, Andaman and Nicobar Islands can offer you an experience of a life time. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, speed boating, fishing and more. You can also experience the unique undersea walking. For the brave hearts, there is also a chance to swim with an elephant.

Author Bio

Rohit is an avid adventure traveller and loves to experience the best of such trips. He is fond of writing too and pens down his experiences on Trans India Travels. If not traveling, you will find him watching his favourite movies.