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  • Top 5 adventure travel destinations in India

    Gulmarg, photo by Lev Yakupov

    India has long been a hotspot for independent travelers, backpackers and nomads, but what about those who like cultural travel with a side  of adrenaline? If you’re one of those people who find it unthinkable to travel without doing something crazy or extreme, then you will not be disappointed with India.

    This huge country has a diversity of amazing art, culture and cuisine, but it doesn’t come up short in the case of adventure travel opportunities either. Whether you’re already an Indiana Jones clone or if you are just starting to explore your adventurous side, India has the perfect places for you. Here are top 5 adventure travel destinations in India where you can live for the moment and find some excitement.

    Gulmarg, Kashmir

    Gulmarg Hill station in Kashmir has the highest cable car in the world, perching at an altitude of 3995 meters. If you are afraid of heights then the trip with the cable car will most definitely give you some chills, but there are other adventures to be had in Gulmarg other than sightseeing from the sky.

    Horse riding and hiking in summer and sledging or skiing in the winter are popular activities in Gulmarg, but if you want something more challenging, you can have a go at Nanga Parbat, the ninth tallest mountain on the planet.

    Jim Corbett National Park

    Jim Corbett National Park, photo by wribs on Flickr

    Jim Corbett was a British hunter and naturalist who is famous for slaying dozens of man-eating tigers and leopards, and was frequently called upon by authorities to kill the animals that were plaguing villages.

    He helped establish a national park that was later named after him, and while you won’t be encountering any man-eating tigers in Jim Corbett National Park, you can see a variety of mostly harmless and interesting wildlife while camping in the jungle, going on safaris or hiking.

    Goa

    Those who are not big fans of mountains will not find themselves lacking any good adventure opportunities in India – especially if they travel to Goa. This huge tourist hub doesn’t cater only to charter tourists, and there are more than enough things to do for unconventional independent travelers too. Water sports like kite-surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular in Goa, as well as hiking, trekking, crocodile and dolphin watching.

    Manali

    Manali, photo by Daniel N Reid

    Manali is a very popular hills station in the Kullu Valley, located at an altitude of 2050 meters in the Himalayas. This being the Himalayas, of course that adventure is never far off.

    In summer and winter alike, Manalis is the departure point for many exciting treks, but the most popular adventure sport that you can do in Manali is rafting. If yo don’t want to get wet, you might stick to paragliding and rock climbing.

    Ladakh

    Mountainous Ladakh has some of the most rugged, wild and amazing scenery in India, which is a clear sign that there are some great treks to be had in the area. However, infrastructure is not that great in Ladakh, and only experienced trekkers should attempt any independent treks. Organized trekking trips can be booked in Leh.

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