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13 Kickass Thrilling Activities For The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush

By Sonal Sharma

Updated - Feb. 14, 2019 12 min read

 

 

We all want to live the big life, enjoy the fine luxuries king size but nothing can beat the rush that you get out of jumping off a cliff, in the middle of nowhere, with sparkling waters underneath, waiting to consume you and spit you out like a child reborn! It's the thrill, the risk involved, the high stakes that make you want to do it again and again...If you are the type who enjoys the tiny kicks, the big rush and aren't afraid of scary sports in scarier destinations, here's our ultimate list of top adventure sports in India that you must tick off your bucket list in 2019: 

 

1. The Chadar Trek- Ladakh, J&K

Imagine walking over a frozen river with danger looming at every step, isn't that just gorgeous? The crystal clear ice below and the temperature dropping to a spine-chilling -20 degrees Celsius. Scary indeed! But if you have the desire to experience a trek on a wholly different level, something otherworldly then Chadar Trek on the Zanskar river in Ladakh is one adventure that you should definitely mark off your list. Since it's February already, we are guessing you will be making plans for the next year as you can only undertake this excruciating but fulfilling trek during the winter months of January and February.  

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When is the best time for Chadar Trek?  

January & February (Winter Months when the Zanskar river is frozen).

 

How to reach? 

Trekkers can travel to Leh from New Delhi and begin the trek.  

 

 

2. Kudremukh Trek- Chikmagalur, Karnataka  

The Kudremukh Trek in the South is an adrenaline junkie's heaven! Not only is the sight drop dead gorgeous but the challenge that this excruciating trek presents is what makes the journey worthwhile. Located in the Chikmaglur district of Karnataka, the Kudremukh Trek is an enticing haven for those who love challenging themselves with difficult treks. What's remarkable is that the peak resembles the face of a horse and is among the highest peaks across Karnataka.

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Whether you are a newbie at trekking or have done it before, you will definitely go home with a host of wonderful memories and a gorgeous experience amidst the Southern hills. For those wondering if trekking and climbing up a peak is really that fulfilling then you must know it is one of the best adventure sports in India that you can enjoy without breaking your bank.  

 

When is the best time for Kudremukh Trek? 

Summer months starting from March to May are the best time to go for the Kudremukh Trek in Karnataka.  

 

How to reach? 

The Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest station and trekkers can book a taxi or bus from there. 

 

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3. Barapole River Rafting- Coorg, Karnataka 

The Barapole River Rafting, Coorg is a heavenly experience for those keen on exploring the thrilling side of South India. Stretched over 3-4 km, the session is quite a grueling one spanning over 3 hours. If you are familiar with the climate and topography, your body may not find it too tough to adjust but if you are fairly new to river rafting, you will receive the required training. Piercing through an unforgiving river may sound threatening but the experience in itself is quite a therapeutic one. You will learn how to control fear in the face of nature and come out stronger and happier with a memory of a lifetime.  

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When is the best time to Barapole River Rafting? 

The best time to go for river rafting at Barapole in Coorg is from July to September. 

 

How to reach? 

You can fly to Coorg as the Mangalore Airport Station is the closest. In addition, the nearest railhead is Mukkali Railway Station. 

 

4. Roopkund Trek- Uttarakhand 

Counted among the most difficult treks across India, Roopkund Trek is a high-altitude one. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, around 3200 m high, this trek is famous for its rejuvenating trails and scenic aesthetics. Perfect for explorers and people who love getting a kick out of challenging activities, the Roopkund Trek will give you the ultimate thrill. Famously referred to as the "Lake of Mysteries", you will pass through the beautiful dense forests, pearly streams singing their own song of nature and stunning lakes holding a whole world inside of them. 

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Explorers who have undertaken the trek often mention the Mystery Lake that houses several skeletons so if you are in the mood for some grim adventure, a visit to the Mystery Lake is worth your time.

 

When is the best time to go for Roopkund Trek? 

May to June are the best months to go for the Roopkund Trek. You can also undertake the challenging journey during slightly colder months of August and September. 

 

How to reach? 

Rishikesh has the nearest railway station to the Roopkund Trek and you can also board a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. 

 

5. Valley Of Flowers Trek- Uttarakhand 

If you admire nature and find inspiration in various natural facets of the world, taking a trek to this stunning, mesmerizing valley enriched with a bounty of natural beauty will rejuvenate your soul for real. Some of you who have acquired a taste for risky endeavors on trips may find this one a bit too warm for your taste. But this Uttarakhand trek is among the best adventure sports in India since it is fairly moderate and the altitude won't give you sickness on the average height either. You will surely enjoy the splendid sight of the colorful birds, remarkable fauna species, etc.  

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If you love challenges, you will definitely have a gala time trekking uphill.  

 

When is the best time to go for the Valley of Flowers Trek?

The best time to go for the valley of flowers trek is during August, September and October. 

 

How to reach?

There are different routes but you can board a ride from Dehradun to Joshimath to begin your Valley of Flowers trek. 

 

6. Skiing- Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced adventurer or if it's your first time because skiing is indeed a heavenly experience. Imagine being atop a shiny, snowy surface and piercing through the pearly snow, isn't the scenario really beautiful? Located almost 9000 ft high, Kufri is plain gorgeous and often makes it to the top adventure sports in India destinations list. If you really want a taste of the adventure, you should visit Mahasu, Narkanda and other destinations for the ultimate skiing destinations. If you are new at this, try to not take such a huge risk and only undertake the skiing activities that meant for beginner-level players.   

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When is the best time to go skiing in Kufri? 

The best time to go skiing in Kufri is during the winter months from December to February.

 

How to reach?

The nearest Airport to Kufri is in Shimla. 

 

7. Beas Kund Trek- Manali, Himachal Pradesh  

If you live in the north and looking for a thrill affordably within a short distance of your location then Himachal Pradesh is one destination you must visit. The Beas Kund Trek Manali is among the best quickest treks that even a beginner level trekker can undertake. You will thoroughly enjoy the ski slants and the para skimming and the lush green meadows will surely hypnotize you. The icy mass at the Beas Kund will delight your senses like nothing else and you will surely go home with a bundle of beautiful memories. 

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When is the best time to go Beas Kund Trekking? 

The best time to go for Beas Kund Trek is during mid-May and Mid-September. 

 

How to reach?

You can begin your trek to the Beas Kund from Manali which is easily accessible from major cities in India.

 

8. Kinner Kailash Circut Trek- Himachal Pradesh  

Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek is one trek that only the fearless and experienced one should undertake since it's a risky one. What's remarkable about this trek is the scenic feast that you will get once you complete the trek. From the Zanskar to the Dhaladhar Ranges, and Greater Himalayas, you will witness it all. The trek originates from Kinnaur and it will take you around 15 full days to reach your destination.  

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When is the best time to undertake the Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek? 

Months between May to October are the best time to go Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek. 

 

How to reach?

The trek is easily accessible from Chail and Shimla (Himachal Roadway and Volvo).

 

9. Waterfall Rappeling- Lonavala, Maharashtra  

Lonavala and few other destinations in Maharashtra offer some of the best waterfall rappeling activities along with a grand experience of camping out in the open, underneath the gorgeous stellar sky. If you often spend time in the city and haven't yet had the time to catch a break, it's best you head out to Lonavala and give yourself the much-needed break with the right dose of thrill and adventure. 

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When is the best time to go waterfall rappelling in Lonavala? 

Monsoon months are the best time to go waterfall rappelling in Lonavala. 

 

How to reach?

You can fly all the way to Pune or Mumbai and then book a private or shared cab to reach Lonavala. 

 

10. Paragliding- Manali, Himachal Pradesh 

Manali is heaven for people living in North India since it's easily connected with the capital and other major cities and reachable too. The best part is the prismatic beauty that it offers in addition to the beautiful quaint getaway. But Manali is also synonymous with adventure and thrill and is home to some of the best adventure sports in India. If you have the time, take a trip to the Rohtang Valley and also the Lahaul and Spiti part but if you can't manage the days, consider going for the ultimate paragliding experience in Manali.  

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When is the best time to go paragliding in Manali? 

The best time to go paragliding in Manali is during the summer months.

 

How to reach?

Manali is easily accessible from Kullu, Mandi and major states where you can board the bus or flight to this hill station. 

 

11. Caving- Meghalaya

Many travelers who usually visit the mainstream adventure travel destinations in India don't know anything about the gem that the North-East is. Meghalaya, among India's most beautiful states, has a host of natural marvels that you must witness but since we are talking about adventure sports, it's all about the thrilling and enchanting caves. Imagine exploring the caves of Meghalaya, away from the noise of the bustling city and just letting the aesthetic beauty transport you back into time. The Khasi and the Jaintia hills are particularly famous on the mainstream North-East travel circuit so if you are in the mood for some good, old fashioned exploration and excursion, consider traveling to Meghalaya for caving. 

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When is the best time to go caving in Meghalaya?

The best time to enjoy caving in Meghalaya is during the winter months from December to March.

 

How to reach?

The nearest railway station is at Guwahati which provides easy access to Meghalaya. 

 

12. Snorkeling- Andaman & Nicobar Islands 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is among the best-kept secret of the Indian subcontinent as its unspoiled, pristine beauty is worth drooling over. Snorkeling is one activity that will make you feel extremely close to nature and breathe life into you so if you have run out of inspiration, snorkeling is must for you. Since it's quite like a marine exploration in the sea, you may feel a little scared a first but if you seek guidance from a licensed instructor. It's such a beautiful activity that the thrill will hook you and you will keep coming back for more. 

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When is the best time to go Snorkeling in Andaman & Nicobar Islands? 

Visit this gorgeous snorkeling destination between from October to May. 

 

How to reach?

You can fly Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands to begin your snorkeling vacation. 

 

13. White Water Rafting- Subansiri, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh 

Arunachal Pradesh is another gem hidden in North-East India and the white water rafting at the Subansiri will definitely blow your mind away. Imagine the rush of the spine-chilling adventure of being surrounded by nothing but white pearly water and the challenge of beating the unforgiving territory. If you have never done white water rafting before, it definitely should be on your to-do list for 2019. 

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When is the best time to go white water rafting in Subansiri, Assam? 

The best time to go white water rafting in Subansiri, Assam is between March to June and September-November months. 

 

How to reach?

Subansiri is easily accessible from Ziro and several major cities in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. 


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FAQ 

Q: Is there any kind of minimum age requirement for these adventure sports in India?

A: For a majority of adventure sports in India, you need to be at least 18 years of age. 

 

Q: How much does it cost to go bungee jumping in India? 

A: The cost of bungee jumping in India varies depending on the elevation you are jumping from along with the cost of the added amenities like video recording, commute, meals, etc.

 

Q: Which is the easiest trek in North and South India for beginner level trekkers? 

A: There are several easy treks in North India such as Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek. In South India, beginner level trekkers can go for the Chembra Peak, Wayanad.  

 

Q: When is the best time to ride all the way from Manali to Leh?

A: Since Ladakh and Manali, both receive a heavy snowfall, the roads get blocked due to the accumulated snow. So, the best time to visit Ladakh through Manali on a bike or any other way is during the summer months (from June to September). 

 

 

 

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