Extreme natural and urban landscapes, weather and culture, that is India. With lofty snow-clad peaks, gushing rivers, steep gorges, picturesque valleys, vast swathes of forest land, wide seas and sweeping desert plains, India truly has the destinations perfect for extreme adventure sports.
Here is a list of some of the best extreme adventure sports destination in India:
Solang is situated 14km to the north west of the main town of Manali. With the Pir Panjal range surrounding this valley hosting mountains more than 18,000 ft high and the glacial River Beas flowing with icy cold water, every year the valley welcomes tourists and adventure travelers in huge numbers. Solang valley covers Kayaking and river rafting to trekking and paragliding and during winters, the valley is covered with snow, which opens a way for snowboarding and skiing.
Rameshwaram is a town in Pamban Island, in the southeast of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is considered as a holy place and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of India. Rameshwaram is surrounded by beautiful crystal blue shades of water of the Indian ocean and strong steady winds throughout the year making it the right destination for nautical and water-based extreme sports. The deep waters have corals and sunken stones of Ram Setu to explore. The southwest winds during and post-monsoon bring mild and consistent winds from the Northeast great for sailing, Kiteboarding, and windsurfing. The location and all these conditions make Rameshwaram the ideal destination for water-based extreme sports.
Lakshadweep is a group of islands off the south-western coast of India. The islands form the smallest union territory of India. Being far away from a major Landmass, it has sea wave conditions as perfect as Hawaii for Surfing. In season you can expect waves as high as 2-2.5 m (swells). Also due to undisturbed underwater, many of the islands boast of rich coral heritage. In a just and well-planned way, one can pacify his or her love for adventure here.
Ladakh which means land of high passes is a mountainous region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. A part of Zanskar range, Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. There is no second thought that Ladakh is a dream destination for all the extreme trekkers. There are multiple 4000mt peaks to trek in sparsely dense air. And with Indus and Zanskar river flowing through the valley, rafting in these glacial waters is wonderfully extreme.
Also known as the land of serene beauty, Sikkim is a state in north-eastern India, bordered by Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Sikkim is a base to alpine meadows, varieties of flora and fauna, high mountain peaks and wide rivers. The majestic Karakoram ranges surrounding the valleys can be explored by paragliding and rock climbing after trekking all the way. Sikkim has so much to offer in extreme adventure sports. Accordingly, it is still majorly unexplored due to lack of commercialization, thankfully.