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From trekking, mountain biking and mountaineering in the secluded snow-capped Himalayas to surfing, rafting, scuba diving and snorkelling, there are a plethora of options for thrill-seekers in India. Bitten by the adventure bug an increasing number of well-heeled Indians are gliding through the air on parachutes, fighting river rapids on flimsy rafts, diving deep into the sea or plunging dizzying heights. These sports take you out of your comfort zone and are great stress busters. With increased spending power, more travel gear, responsible sports companies and evolving rules for adventure tourism, the old excuses are falling apart. More people are willing to try something different, to create unusual memories and add excitement to their wishlists. The adventurous side of India has much to offer those seeking a daring and adrenalin-packed holiday.

PARAGLIDING
Paragliding is an adventure sport that can be both recreational and competitive. With easy access to gorgeous rolling terrain, the entire state of Himachal Pradesh is an ethereal playground for paragliders. Bir billing and Solang Valley are possibly the best places in India to go for paragliding.

SKY DIVING
Sky Diving is also known as parachuting, entails jumping from an aeroplane while controlling the speed with the parachute and touching down on the ground. Mysore and Karnataka are the best places to skydive.

RIVER RAFTING
Rivers are held in high regard throughout India, especially among kayakers and rafters who hold a profound reverence for the might and majesty of these Himalayan-fed rivers. Rafting is a team sport in which rafters race against other teams. River rafting is popular in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with popular destinations like Kullu Manali, Rishikesh and Yamuna River.

SCUBA DIVING
When not snacking on fish, lobster and crabs flavoured with spices, you can strap on your scuba gear and look at these abundant creatures living in viral coral landscapes. The best place to do scuba diving is Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

RIVER RAFTING
Rivers are held in high regard throughout India, especially among kayakers and rafters who hold a profound reverence for the might and majesty of these Himalayan-fed rivers. Rafting is a team sport in which rafters race against other teams. River rafting is popular in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with popular destinations like Kullu Manali, Rishikesh and Yamuna River.

TREKKING
The diversity of treks in India includes romps across wild meadows, cultural tours and demanding ascents of high altitude pass. Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir offers a wide variety of challenging trekking routes and is a destination rich in culture.

If you thrive on competitions, love to pass time rooting for our favourite teams and simply revel in the nail-biting anticipation of knowing the results. India has some amazing traditional sports festivals that you need to visit at least once in your lifetime.

International Kite Festival- Gujarat
If you don’t think that kite flying is a good enough sport, then you have got to visit the Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 14 and 15 January i.e. during Makar Sankrant, also known as Uttarayan. You will be amazed at the sizes, shapes and rivalries of kites you see there at that time of the year. The whole sky is brought alive with brilliantly coloured and magnificently shaped kites by master kite makers and flyers from all over the world. For the last 27 years, the International Kite Festival has attracted participants from countries like the USA, Japan, China, Indonesia and others.

Champakulam Boat Race- Kerala
Kerala hosts around 8 boat races every year, and the season kicks off with the Champakulam Boat Race, the oldest one, which is held at Pampa river in Champakulam. Rows and rows of boats of various sizes being propelled by hundreds of oarsmen in flawless harmony will leave you stunned, without a doubt.

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