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Go, dare!

For a dose of action and adventure, India comes across as the most-favoured destination.

When it comes to adventure tourism, you may ask “Why India?” We would say, “Why not?” India offers a wide variety of adventure sports to choose from -- be it water sports, aero sports, safaris, mountaineering or trekking. With deserts, snow-peaked mountains and excellent beaches on offer in just one visa, who would like to go anywhere else? Says Ajay Parihar, Head - Incoming,, “The diversity which India offers is enriching and a value-for--money experience. One visit to India, and a tourist can experience multiple attractions.”

Pranav Kukreti, Director, Marketing, Treks 'n Rapids Pvt. Ltd., is of the opinion that due to the personalised services available, India wins hands down. He adds, “People prefer to combine adventure tourism in India with heritage tours and even medical tourism sometimes.”

Goa is perfect for water sports

Of all the hot spots, Himachal Pradesh wins hands down for adventure sports. According to Mr Parihar, Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala are three gateways to Adventure sports destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla boasts of Narkanda, which is one of the oldest ski destinations in India. Narkanda lies 64 Kms from Shimla at an altitude of 8,100 meters. This destination offers a variety of Beginners to Advanced Ski slopes. Especially the Hattu Peak offers the best ski slopes in the area. In Manali, Solang Nala offers excellent opportunities for skiing during winters and during summers, this place is abuzz with enthusiasts of para gliding and hang gliding. Adds Mr Parhar, “Manali also offers an excellent white water rafting opportunity in the Beas river. Many camps are situated between the twin towns of Manali and Kullu and offer equipment and instructors.”

Try the camel safari in Rajasthan

Uttarakhand too offers a wide variety of adventure sports. “Trekking across the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalyas, white water rafting at Rishikesh (which has developed into becoming the adventure sports capital of India), paragliding in Mussoorie and Pithoragarh, luxury camping in Dhanolti area, hot air ballooning and para sailing at India’s first adventure sports park in Rishikesh, snow skiing at Auli (venue for 2010 SAF Winter Games), bungee jumping and flying fox (starting from December 2009 at Mohanchatti close to Rishikesh), there is no dearth of options for adventure enthusiasts,” says Mr Kukreti.

Skiing in Himachal

And who’s complaining anyway! For the adventure hungry souls, this might just be the perfect getaway for those precious holidays accumulated throughout the year! So, what are you waiting for? If adventure is in your blood, go, dare!

- Andaman: Popular for water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing and deep sea fishing

- Darjeeling: Go for trekking, white water rafting, hang gliding and mountain biking

- Goa: Favourite hub for surfing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, boogie boarding, scuba diving, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and deep sea fishing

- Gulmarg: Skiing

- Himachal: Aero Sports (McLeodganj, Manali), Trekking (Manali, Ladakh), Skiing (Narkanda, Manali), White water Rafting (Ladakh)

- Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh: Popular amongst tourists for trekking, mountaineering, jeep safari, motor bike safari and white water rafting

- Lakshadweep: Enjoy the water sports here

- North East: Trekking and white water rafting paradise

- Rajasthan: Ideal for jeep safari, motorbike safari, horse safari, camel safari, hot air ballooning

- Sikkim: Trekking and mountain biking

- Uttaranchal: A great place for trekking and white water rafting. Areas like Kumaon and Garhwal are popular for trekking whereas Auli attracts crowds for skiing. Coorg and Rishikesh are hubs for white water rafting

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