INDIA'S TOP 30 ADVENTURES: HOW MANY HAVE YOU HAD?
A little known trek that explores the hidden high mountain lakes of Kashmir. Everyday is a revelation, walking through forests and high meadows, crossing passes to find yourself looking down at yet another expanse of beautiful blue, green, aqua or silver depending on the time of day you spot it. Carpets of flowers nod beside your trail, you camp in luscious meadows and explore a well hidden secret of the mountains.
12. WATCHING A FLIGHT OF PINK FLAMINGOES AT RANN OF KUTCH
The Rann of Kutch is a land of salt flats and beautiful artistry in handicrafts, clothes and homes. These people have colour and design in their blood, well worth visiting one of their beautifully decorated homes to see all the other handicrafts that lie within. But what takes your breath away is that the Great Rann of Kutch, this large salt flat, where the tide comes in creating water bodies, in the winter becomes the breeding ground for flamingoes and pelicans. The area has earned the sobriquet, Flamingo City. The greatest enchantment is that you drive part of the way to a place called Kavda and then either camels or four by four vehicles is your only means of getting to Flamingo city. Permits are required for this area.
Do you like driving, and do you like seeing where you and your vehicle (4x4 essential) can go? Then driving the dunes of Rajasthan is an excitement and an exploration all it’s own. You follow camel cart tracks, break away to drive patterns on wastes of sand, climb to the lip of a dune and drive off the edge in heart stopping glee. It is addictive, you discover a heart of Rajasthan that you would never see driving on the highway - and your driving skill and intrepidity comes into play for a great fun getaway.
14. A WALKING SAFARI IN SATPURA NATIONAL PARK
It lies south of Bhopal, in Jungle Book country. Bhalloo the bear lives here and Colonel Hathi sounds his trumpet. This is one of the few parks in India that allow a walking safari. It is quite fascinating to actually be tracking spoor on foot, sit by the lake or water holes (not on a jeep) and watch for all the wildlife that may come by. Camp on the banks of the lake and hear the night sounds of the jungle. You are accompanied by naturalists and forest guards and have to follow the rules of the jungle quite stringently, but to be one with the jungle is walking in the steps of Mowgli.
15. HOT AIR BALLOONING
Hot air ballooning, relatively new to India, is a great way to see those "same old places" in a new and exciting way. Fly over the Mughal palaces and forts of Jaipur, float above the tigers and elephants in Ranthambhore, see Hampi's palaces and temples from a whole new angle, get above the beach in Goa, marvel at the yellow stone city of Jaisalmer, or glide above Delhi.