Winter is a great time to get adventurous. If you are someone who loves getting an adrenalin rush out of trekking in the snow or witnessing wilderness in its raw form then winter is the perfect time for you to go on a vacation alone or with your partners in crime! Many destinations in India offer a host of adventurous activities during this season. Here is a guide to the five places you can head to for an adventurous outing this winter.
Auli is a beautiful tourist place to visit and is famous for skiing. This scenic place is perched at an elevation of 2,800 mt above sea level and is known for its oak edged slopes and verdant coniferous forests. It is also known as 'Bugyal' which means ‘meadow' in the regional language.
There are many places of attraction to see in Auli as well. While walking through the dewy slopes, tourists can enjoy stunning views of the Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and Kamat mountain ranges. You can also enjoy the views of apple orchards and lush deodar trees from the boulevards of the slopes. It is a perfect place to indulge in various activities such as skiing, snow boarding and cable car riding.
View of the Hill Station.
Photo Courtesy: Mandeep Thander
The beautiful beaches of Goa need no introduction. These spectacular beaches are replete with swaying palm trees, food shacks, flea markets, nightlife and various water sports. It is a perfect place to head to if you wish to relax or to indulge in various activities.
The sun kissed sandy beaches, cool air breeze and coral blue waters makes you feel like you are in paradise and the best way to enjoy it is by laying down and taking in this feeling. But if you are in the mood for adventure then head out para sailing, water skiing or simly enjoy the nightlife here. A trip here is sure to get you refreshed and all pumped up.
Scenic View of the beach.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel
When you hear Rajasthan you are reminded of the beautiful palaces, the camel rides, heroic legends, romantic stories, vibrant culture and fascinating heritage. Rajasthan, the 'Land of Kings' is an incredibly beautiful state in the northwest of India and is a timeless wonder that no travel connoisseur should ever miss paying a visit to.
All of the antiquated architectural marvels standing tall are examples of Rajasthan royalty, it is among the few places on the planet that has a special something for every kind of traveller. Take a camel ride along the desert or go dune bashing here. Visit the many ancient forts and palaces and be amazed by the history that they carry with them or you can simply lay back and enjoy the star studded view of the night sky.
Head out on a Camel ride.
Photo Courtesy: A Vahanvati
Explore the heavenly district of Ladakh and be mesmerised by the beauty of nature. Let us also take this lesson as to how beautiful nature is and if we are not careful in preserving it, places like these would just remain in pictures for our future generations. Ladakh, situated on the banks of the Indus River, is a famous tourist spot in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is also known as 'The Last Shangri La', 'Little Tibet', 'The Moon Land' and 'The Broken Moon'.
Beautiful lakes and monasteries, mesmerising landscapes and mountain peaks are some of the attractive features of this place. Buddhism being the dominant religion of the region, monasteries or gompas are a major feature in Ladakh's list of attractions. It is a perfect place to head to if you enjoy trekking as there are many trekking routes here. You can also indulge in rock climbing and kayaking here.
Picturesque view of the Ladakh Valley.
Photo Courtesy: Christopher Michel
5. Corbett National Park
This famous reserve was established in 1936 as India's first national park. It's named after the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett who put Kumaon on the map with his book 'The Man-Eaters of Kumaon'. Notwithstanding tiger sightings, it has a variety of wildlife and birdlife here. Commonly seen wildlife include wild elephants, sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks, romps of otters and several types of deer including chital (spotted deer), sambars, hog deer and barking deer.
You might also see leopards, mugger crocodiles, gharials, monitor lizards, wild boars and jackals. The Ramganga Reservoir attracts large numbers of migrating birds, especially from mid-December to the end of March, and over 600 species have been spotted here. Head out on a jeep safari or an elephant safari here and explore this dense forest for a glimpse of wildlife.
Head out on a search for the tigers.
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