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Top 5 adventure sports in India

India has always inspired the world to pursue and establish a profound relationship with the natural world. An important part of this spiritual exercise is exploring the unique, magnificent and authentic experiences this country has to offer. The geographical diversity of India presents thrill seekers with many opportunities for adventure activities.

Whether you are looking for rip-roaring adventures like bungee jumping, river rafting or something a little more relaxing like hot air balloon rides and trekking, you’ll find every kind of adventure activity to enjoy in India. In this article, we’ve narrowed down the list to provide you with the 5 best adventure sports activities in India.

Let’s get straight to them.

1. Hot air ballooning in Jaipur

The capital city of Jaipur attracts a slew of tourists all year round, thanks to its beautiful forts and palaces. Something many people aren’t familiar with is the new adventure activity that can be enjoyed in India’s pink city – Hot Air Ballooning. Soak in the magnificent landscape of the city, as you fly over the forts, palaces and lakes. This activity is conducted from various locations in the city (Jal Mahal, Amber Fort or Shiv Vilas).

Hot Air Balloon Jaipur

Best time: October to March. Timings might vary from month-to-month.

2. River rafting in Rishikesh

If you are looking for something more thrilling, head on to the Gateway of Garhwal Himalayas – Rishikesh – for river rafting adventures. There are over 13 river rapids in Rishikesh that range from 9km to 36km. Even if you are a beginner to this water sport, you can still try this adventure as there is an option to pick your own level of difficulty.

River Rafting Rishikesh

Best time: Between Mid-September to May.


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3. Scuba diving in Goa

Goa is widely known for its various water sports. Underwater adventure enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Goa now offers many opportunities for scuba diving. You can go scuba diving along the shores of Goa to explore exotic underwater flora, fauna and coral reefs.


Best time: From mid-October to mid-May.

4. Trekking in Uttarakhand

For those of you who want to soak in the beauty of nature in its purest form, trekking through the forests, hills and valleys of Uttarakhand can be an incredibly exhilarating experience. Uttarakhand boasts of scenic hilly regions that makes it the best site for trekking. Try out the Valley of Flowers trek, or go for the Bageshwar – Sunderdhunga – Pindari – Kafni Glacier trek in the Pithoragarh district.

Trekking Uttarakhand

Best time: Between the months of April-June and October-November.

5. Kayaking at backwaters of Alleppey

Famous for its beautiful backwaters, Alleppey boasts of some great rivers, lakes and canals that are quite calm and waveless. This makes Alleppey an excellent destination for kayaking. What’s better is that you can also visit the paddy fields, watch the birds and explore the village life.

Backwaters Kayaking

Best time: From November to March.

This covers the top 5 adventure sports that can be enjoyed in India. As you can see, there is no dearth of unique experiences offered, so don’t forget to include these thrilling activities when you plan your next trip to any of these destinations.

Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.

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Jay Kajaria

Jay Kajaria is the Director of Erudite Travel Consultants LLP – the company that owns Bespoke India Holidays. The company specializes in offering high quality bespoke tours, offbeat experiences to guests traveling to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Dubai and Southeast Asia region. The company has received National Tourism Award and has been nominated as a leading Luxury tour operator in Asia by World Travel Awards for year 2020, 2021 and 2022. Erudite Travel Consultants LLP is a responsible travel company focusing on community tourism, animal friendly tours, reducing carbon footprint and engaging in CSR initiatives.

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  1. People go to India for the colour and culture. When you think about it a country as big as India is bound to have lots of adventure opportunities.

  2. Kayaking through Alleppey’s backwaters must be the ultimate in slow travel, a very calm way to appreciate the beauty of the rivers and wildlife.

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