INDIA'S TOP 30 ADVENTURES
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16. BOAT TRIP THROUGH SUNDARBANS
An area of mangroves, swamp tigers and an ecology that is completely distinct from any other found anywhere. Formed by the deltas of the Brahmaputra and Ganga rivers, this is an area of lost islands, hanging vines, swimming tigers and a fascination of jungle life unique to itself. There are boat cruises both posh and basic to be had here. You can choose to come participate in conservation incentives or just visit and explore a fascinating eco system. The locals wear tiger masks at the back of their heads - presumably a tiger does not attack if you are facing it!
17. PARAGLIDING IN BILLING
A little village in Himachal Pradesh that has gained notoriety as a world class site for paragliders. They even hold world championships here. On a good day you can see a sky full of colourful sails catching the famous thermals of the area and soaring in ecstasy over the ranges of the Dhauladhar.
18 CAVING IN MEGHALAYA
Meghalaya has emerged as a great spelunking area. In the Khasi hills, lie large areas of limestone outcrops that are quite riddled with interesting subterranean cavern systems into which whole rivers disappear. Some of these are well explored and charted, making for interesting caving tours to explore underground rivers, superb stalactite and stalagmite formations and interesting tunnels leading to vast caverns of great natural beauty. It is a good idea to find a knowledgeable person to guide you through this activity, one that understands providing safety and rescue in this environment. This is not an activity for claustrophobes or scaredy people, but if you have an exploratory bent, then it is one to add to your list.
19. SNORKELLING IN LAKSHADWEEP
Fly across the sea from Cochin in a small plane to land at the tiny, beach front airstrip of Agatti, you can literally walk off the plane onto the beach. Kavaratti, the capital, Agatti, Minicoy and Amini are islands that you may visit. The whole archipelago is made up of coral reefs, atolls and islands. One of my favourites is Bangaram, a lagoon formed by four islands, the shells on the beach get up and scurry away as you walk along, there is great snorkelling off the reef and all the myriad hues and shapes of coral and it’s accompanying marine life abound. You could spend hours suspended in the water watching the life below. Swim with the large turtles, watch them go to lay their eggs on deserted atolls. If you love the seas - this is a must visit place.
20. CAMEL SAFARI IN RAJASTHAN
Imagine those old photographs of lines of camels travelling long distances from romantic lands carrying goods and traders over distances of desert lands from oasis to oasis. That’s exactly what you do, ride through the desert on these capricious yet stalwart beasts, that sway you across the sands, look at you with long lashed, brooding eyes, carry you from one romantic oasis camp to another absorbing pink dawns and golden sunsets. It is the way to travel in the desert and be part of the romance of old.