Top 5 Adventure Sports in India

India has always inspired the world to pursue and establish a deep relationship with the natural world. An important part of this spiritual exercise is exploring the unique, beautiful, and authentic experiences this country has to offer. India’s geographical diversity offers thrill seekers plenty of opportunities for adventure activities.

Whether you’re looking for mind-blowing adventures like bungee jumping, rafting or something a little more relaxing like hot air balloon rides and trekking, you’ll find all kinds of adventure activities to do in India. In this article, we have narrowed down the list to bring you the top 5 adventure sports activities in India.

Let’s go straight to them.

1. Hot Air Balloon in Jaipur

The capital, Jaipur, attracts many tourists throughout the year, thanks to its magnificent forts and palaces. Something many people don’t know about is the newest adventure activity that can be enjoyed in India’s pink city – hot air ballooning. Soak up the beautiful scenery of the city as you fly over forts, palaces and lakes. This activity is conducted from various locations in the city (Jal Mahal, Amber Fort or Shiv Vilas).

Hot Air Balloon Jaipur

Best period: October to March. Lead times may vary from month to month.

2. Rafting in Rishikesh

If you are looking for something more exciting, head to the gateway to the Himalayas of Garhwal – Rishikesh – for rafting adventures. There are over 13 river rapids in Rishikesh which range from 9 km to 36 km. Even if you are a beginner in this water sport, you can still try this adventure as there is an option to choose your own level of difficulty.

Rafting Rishikesh

Best period: Between mid-September and May.


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3. Scuba diving in Goa

Goa is widely known for its various water sports. Underwater adventure seekers will be happy to hear that Goa now offers plenty of scuba diving opportunities. You can scuba dive along the coasts of Goa to explore exotic underwater flora, fauna and coral reefs.

Diving Goa

Best period: From mid-October to mid-May.

4. Trekking in Uttarakhand

For those of you who want to soak up the beauty of nature in its purest form, hiking through the forests, hills and valleys of Uttarakhand can be an incredibly exhilarating experience. Uttarakhand boasts of scenic hilly regions which make it the best site for trekking. Try the Valley of Flowers trek or opt for the Bageshwar – Sunderdhunga – Pindari – Kafni Glacier trek in Pithoragarh district.

Hiking in Uttarakhand

Best period: Between the months of April-June and October-November.

5. Kayaking in the backwaters of Alleppey

Famous for its beautiful backwaters, Alleppey boasts of some large rivers, lakes and canals which are quite calm and waveless. This makes Alleppey a great kayaking destination. What’s better is that you can also visit rice fields, watch birds and explore village life.

Kayaking in the backwaters

Best period: from November to March.

This covers the top 5 adventure sports that can be enjoyed in India. As you can see, there is no shortage of unique experiences on offer, so be sure to include these exciting activities when planning your next trip to any of these destinations.

Jay Kajaria is the founder of Tailor-made holidays in India. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company specializing in creating luxury travel experiences in India and the sub-continent.

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