Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree aptly said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”. Though, not everyone is an adventure lover, one should at least try one exciting and thrilling sport option in his/her lifetime. India, with its diverse landscape is bestowed with towering peaks and mountains, gorgeous rivers, challenging terrains and crystal clear blue sea waters, thereby becoming a perfect destination for adventure seekers. With the coming summer season and post exam break, most of you must be planning a holiday. So why not plan an adventure holiday where you can indulge in some heart-racing adrenaline rushing activity? Here are five of the best jaw-dropping activities that offer the desired kick to adventure junkies.
Name: The Shepherd Trek
Where: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 4450 mts
Duration: 18 Days
Starting Point: Outskirts of Manali
Ending Point: Bara Bhangal village
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Season: Mid April to June & September to November
What to Look out For: Dhauladhar mountain ranges, river Ravi, sparkling Birch and Rhododendron trees.
2. Hot Air Ballooning
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Operator: Sky Waltz Balloon Safari
Price: Rs. 12000-13000.
Starting Points: Delhi-Jaipur road, Shiv Vilas, Amber Fort and Jal Mahal.
With its stunning royal palaces, Jaipur provides a marvelous backdrop for hot-air balloon rides. A sight to behold, the popular tourist attractions Amber Fort and Jal Mahal along with the whole city appear minuscule as one drift up into the open skies. Enjoy the thrilling experience and feel like ‘on top of the world’!
Where: Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Best Flying Season: September to November
Starting Point: Billing (2400 metres)
Stopping Point: Chowgan Village, Bir
Distance Covered: 200 km
What to Look out For: A bird’s eye view of picturesque hills and green fields.
4. Bungee Jumping
Where: Village Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh
Operator: Jumpin Heights
Bungee Jump Height: 83 metres
Age Requirement: Minimum 12 years
Weight Requirement: Minimum 40 kg & Maximum 110 kg
Closed On: Tuesdays
Designed by David Allardice of New Zealand, the bungee jumping spot in Rishikesh is built over a rocky cliff overlooking a rocky river Hall, a tributary of River Ganga. After the jump, don’t forget to collect your Dare to Jump Certificate.
5. Jet Skiing
Where: Calangute Beach, Goa
Price: Rs. 400, 1000, 1500 for 2, 10, 15 minute trips respectively
Best Season: October to April
Locally referred to as water scooter, Jet Skiing is one of the most sought after water sports in Goa. Operators make it mandatory for riders to be accompanied by instructors to avoid any mishaps. However, once the instructor is satisfied that you can handle the scooter, you are allowed to go for a solo trip.