INDIA'S TOP 30 ADVENTURES
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Ziplining is a safe exhilarating adventure sport where you fly through the air, attached to a secure line, above forts, jungles etc. Here is India you can zipline above the Ganga in Rishikesh, across the fort in Jodhpur, get a bird's eye view of the jungles of Kikar, or zoom over Neemrana just outside Delhi.Flying Fox Asia operates fully safety accredited experiences that that will take you places you only imagined.
27. COASTAL DRIVE THROUGH SOUTH INDIA
The Malabar coast has held a mystique for seafarers and traders from ages gone. Ships that approached identified landfall by the scents that wafted out to sea - cardamom, clove, peppercorns and vanilla. Today an exploration along that coast takes you from swaying tree houses where birds come to visit, along pristine beaches, through plantations of coffee interspersed with spices, actually pick a vanilla pod! Watch the flying squirrels and meet a rambling elephant, or leopard. Sit on a rice boat deck and watch the backwater scene float past. Catch a magical sunset at the tip of India where the Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal merge their waters. Visit historic temples, check out the French settlement of Puducherry with it’s alternative life style and spirituality. Explore the mystique that has lasted through the ages.
28. THE SANDAKPHU TREK NEAR DARJEELING
Sandakphu at 11900 ft is a the highest peak in West Bengal. The trek that walks along the ridge to the top of the peak is very doable for all and is through oak and rhododendron. The whole purpose of this trek culminates in the views that open for you at the top - complete ranges from Kanchenjunga to Everest lie before you on a clear day - and though the trek is a very pretty trek for itself - this spread of awe : Everest, Lotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga - all lying before you, is what it’s truly all about. Legend says, these ranges form a sleeping Buddha - from here when the whole panorama opens, you could actually see what they mean.
29. FOLLOWING THE TIGERS AT PANNA NATIONAL PARK
One of our lesser known parks that are actively doing a lot of work with the tiger population and finding great success. They have rehabilitated tigers here and one can join a study of the tiger - habitat, food habits, hangouts, routes and routines. It is a fascinating way to spend a few days getting immersed in the life of the jungle with very knowledgeable naturalist and tiger conservationists.
30. DIVING IN THE ANDAMANS
Also known as Kalapani, these islands encompass a varied history, they housed a prison for both hardened criminals and political prisoners. If you visit Ross Island, the seat of Government during the British Raj, you see a ballroom where jungle vines dance, stately mansions reclaimed by the jungle and the heart rending site of tiny graves of babies and children claimed by tropical disease or tribal conflict. That is part of the history of this archipelago of immense beauty, today for any sea and sand loving person, and more so if you like exploring the deep - Havelock Island is the place to be. It’s beach no 7 has been listed by Time magazine as the best stretch in Asia. My favourite place is the Nicobari huts of Barefoot at Havelock. You can do your PADI courses from beginners to advance or just snorkel and dive amidst the marine life and coral, there are myriad dive and snorkel sites at both Havelock and Port Blair, even a pre independence ship wreck, replete with a bathtub! Swim with the elephants or laze under the palms in a swinging hammock.