This northern Indian state is full of venues for extreme sports. With its majestic peaks and glacial lakes, it is one of the best places to climb. From short day walks to long week trips, there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from, both for hikers and experienced hikers. Some celebrities include the Roop Kund, Har ki Dun, Flower Valley, Milam Glacier, Dodital Lake and Neel Kantha Base Camp.
If skiing is your thing, look beyond Auli in Uttarakhand. Here you can find the best white ski slopes in the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2500-3050 meters. Skiing here provides the jaw-dropping scenery of majestic peaks like Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and Kamet.
The main skiing season is November to February, when you can expect stunning views and snowy trees. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, Auli has something for all doughhounds.
A trip to Uttarakhand would be incomplete without heading to the ‘Adventure capital of India’, Rishikesh. Here you can experience the thrill of water rafting, bungee jumping or riding a flying fox (if you have head for height).
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
These islands offer colorful coral reefs, sunken ships and jagged rock formations, thus making it the best place for snorkelling in India. The visibility can be up to 45 meters. November to mid-April is the best time to go.
The best diving sites include Havelock Island, Cinque Island, Dixon’s Pinnacle and Fish Rock. Numerous guided tours are available, and welcomes both novices and experienced divers. Register at one of the many snorkeling schools and get a beginner’s license before diving into beautiful waters. If diving is not for you, snorkeling is also a popular activity.
Want to fly freely like a bird in the wind? Then head straight to Mysor, famous for being a snorkeling spot in India. There are several sky diving camps in the foothills of Chamunda in Mysore. You have the option of parachuting, static jumping or free fall at high speed (after a few days of professional training). If you are a newcomer, you will be exploring an experienced scuba diving expert.
This northeastern state is home to some of the largest and deepest caves in the whole of South Asia. You will find them in Khasi and Jantia Hills. Some popular places to play games include the Mawsmai, Krem Liat Prah, Krem Mawmluh and Bat Caves, to name a few. Get ready to crawl your way through a cave maze in ‘Abode of Clouds’.