India is well known for its diversity and culture, which brings in tourists from across the globe who'd like to experience this charm of the country. While almost everyone is aware of its historic monuments, most people do not associate the country with an array of adventure sports which is found here. Why so? It is a known fact that most head abroad to get that adrenaline rush, often burning a hole in their pockets.
India, however, is way beyond its traditions and cultures and is now becoming a popular destination for its adventure activities. To begin with, we bring 5 adventure activities which you wouldn't have thought existed in the country.
White Water Rafting
India is a country blessed with plenty of rivers; while some of them are peaceful and offer beautiful views, there are a number of them which rumble and roar, making them the perfect locations for those looking to do white-water rafting.
Picture yourself soaring up in the sky, having a bird's-eye view of the land below. Parasailing gives you this exhilarating experience at affordable prices. The sport is very popular amongst tourists and perhaps one of the most popular activities in the country.
There have been times when we would look up at the sky and wonder how it would be to fly freely, just like the birds. Well, one can actually experience this, all thanks to skydiving. It is scary and at the same time exhilarating; skydiving gives one an opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of the surroundings.
With a pantheon of option by various firms, one can jump out of a plane without worrying about safety. Some of the popular destinations in the country for this sport are Mysore, Pondicherry and Dhana in Madhya Pradesh.
With a coastline of over 7,500 km, India is home to quite a number of beach destinations. Some places, like Goa, Pondicherry and Gokarna, are known for their beaches though not many venture out into the depths of the ocean.
For those who are willing to have a glimpse of what lies beneath the waves, scuba diving offers you an unforgettable experience.
Some of the popular scuba diving destinations in the country are the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Goa and Pondicherry.
PC: Terje Sollie
For a sport which is not familiar amongst many of us, India is turning out to be a very popular destination for heli-skiing.
Imagine the thrill of alighting from a helicopter at the top of a mountain and skiing down the snowy slope, this adventure activity is very common in the snowy mountains of Kashmir, which bring in a large number of heli-skiing enthusiasts. Gulmarg and Manali are some of the most popular destinations for the same.