INDIA'S TOP 30 ADVENTURES
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21. BACKWATER KAYAKING TRIP IN KERALA
The backwaters of Kerala sustain a whole ecosystem and way of life that flourishes on these waterways and the only real way to explore these tiny canals and see life happening on their banks is to take a kayak and paddle along with the locals. You will see meals being cooked, ducks being herded, coconut toddy being made and see a host of water birds besides. It is a lazy activity, you paddle at your own pace, stop to taste a speciality here and a special toddy there. A complete insight into a charming people and a fascinating lifestyle.
22. TREK THE SIACHEN GLACIER
The ultimate adventure for any Indian must be trekking the Siachen Glacier in the Ladakh region. Siachen was made famous in 1981by our founder, Colonel "Bull" Kumar, when he planted the Indian flag there. There's even a camp named after him. MHE ran the first civilian trek in 2016, to commemorate the 35th anniversary. This area is open only to Indian nationals, that too after stringent checks by various government departments.
If you're heading to Rishikesh, why not try India's highest bungy while you're there? Run by ex Army with support from New Zealand jump masters, this 83 metre jump should really get your pulse racing. Combine this with some rafting and you have an action packed adventure weekend.
24. DRIVING TO TAWANG MONASTERY IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Tawang, a valley that lies hidden away in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. Exclusive, unspoilt and breathtaking. You would start from Guwahati driving through tea estates and tropical mountain scenery, across the 14000 ft Sela Pass into Tawang. This is a 370 year old fortified monastery perched at 12000 ft, built by a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama, the sixth Dalai Lama was born in an another monastery close by and you can trek to the ancient Brandung Chung nunnery about 12 kms away. The area is stunning, you can visit tribal villages, meet an extraordinary people and explore a very untouched part of the world.
25. TREK UP GOECHA LA IN SIKKIM
Sikkim is in all a land of romance, and the trail to the Goechala Pass rather epitomises this. Walk through forests of Rhododendron (when in bloom) it is a bower of flowering trees, which turn into bushes as you get higher. It is like walking in a fairy forest that brings you out to meadows where elves may live. Glaciated lakes, majestic mountain scenery, a beautiful pond and monastery to stop beside - and at the top of the pass is a glaciated world of white and blue with views of the mighty Kanchenjunga as your prize.