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Adventure obtains a new paradigm in India. An Indian adventure offers everything from skiing on snow capped mountains in the Himalayas, trekking in the Western Ghats to scuba diving and snorkeling in the shallow sea waters around Andaman and Nicobar islands. Indian subcontinent is truly blessed with a unique topography to the delight of the fearless adventurer. The magnificent Himalayas stand guard on the Northern front of India while the south is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea on all three sides. This creates the right environment in numerous locations for all kinds of water sports, as well as stunning views of marine life and coral reefs. Scuba diving and snorkeling are two of the best-loved water adventure activities, especially off the coasts of the Andaman and Nicobar while Lakshadweep offers underwater scenery and coral reefs to explore and admire.

The towering snow clad Himalayan range provides thrilling ski trails, expedition routes along with opportunities for other adventure sports like river rafting, rock climbing and trekking. The main attraction of the summer months in the Himalayan states is trekking and mountain climbing. Trekkers, without any prior experience, can easily manage the altitudes the range from 2500 to 4000 meters above sea level in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim. In Ladakh, the Nun Kun Massif, The Zanskar group, The central Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh, Nanda devi, Kamet and Dunagiri offer challenging peaks for mountaineering. Winter sports in India are centered around the Himalayas in the states of Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Skiing usually starts by the end of DECEMBER and lasts till the end of MARCH. Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttar Pradesh and Manali in Himachal Pradesh provide good snow ski slopes. Heli skiing in Manali and Gulmarg provides enormous varieties of ski runs and routes.

Blessed with a long and fertile coastline and perennial inland waterways, India offers the perfect destination for all types of angling and fishing holidays. The Indian coastline, nearly 7,500 km long, is home to a variety of fishes and aquatic animals. offerering unlimited opportunities to the sea angler, who can find somewhere to fish all year round. India is home to several rivers that meander through the vast and fertile plains of India. Also mighty rivers flow down the peninsular South India heading towards the Arabian sea or the Bay of Bengal. Most of the north Indian rivers originate from mighty Himalayas hence they are perennially full of water.

The rocky terrains of Himalayas offer a tremendously exciting landscape perfect for Cycling and biking making it one of the most incredible adventure sports. You can proceed all by yourself with necessary equipment and supplies on the bike or have a van following you with all the equipments. You need to have all the proper equipment which have to be carried along the expedition on a mountain bike that is well equipped with gears and water bottle cages, a bicycle helmet, water bottles, t-shirt, shorts, back pack, windcheater would be very necessary. Do not forget to fit the machine with multi-speed gears to enable you to cope with the heights of the mountains. Don't forget to carry tools needed for repairing in case of a puncture. An extra set of brake shoes has also to be taken. A fairly good level of fitness is also required.

Billing (8,500 feet) in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh, Kallahatti near Ooty and some areas of the states of Sikkim, Goa, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Northeastern states are some of the best destinations for gliding in India are. Along with, Billing has the unique distinction of organizing the very first paragliding competition according to the rules of Federation Aeronautique International. An ideal destination for all levels of gliders Billing is located at the perfect height for enjoying this adventure sport the main reason being the varied topography, height and climate.

Another form of aero-sport, Parasailing is acquiring great popularity among the adventure sport lovers in India. Parasailing can be done on sandy beaches or open spaces or on the sea water. Harnessed to a parachute you are taken to a height giving you a wonderful view from above to enjoy the beauties of coastline beaches and cliffs. The aero-adventure sport of paragliding also requires some basic training. The thrill of this paragliding can also be enjoyed on the slopes of the Solang valley near Manali, Nilgiri hills in the South India, the Eastern Himalayas in the Darjeeling/Gangtok area, Auli in Uttranchal, and Sansar in Jammu & Kashmir.

White water rafting means rushing down the gushing waters of river in an inflatable rubber raft or white water kayak over treacherous waves and swirling fast-moving waters It is really the excitement of a lifetime. Unarguably India is one of the best destinations in the world on account of its huge rivers originating from the glaciers of the Himalayas. White water rafting Indian adventure offers matchless thrills for rafting and getting the thrill of adventure and sport while immersing oneself into this activity. A rafting trip is bound to be the highlight of your stay in India.

Most of the water rafting destinations are located in the Himalayas, and the River Ganges is the most popular of them all. Several camps are organized along the 70-km stretch from Rishikesh to Devprayag to Rapids have been graded according to the difficulty of their run. The rivers Yamuna, Alaknanda, Tons, Mandakini, Kalisor, Bhilangana and Bhagirathi offer many stretches, for both professionals as well as amateur rafters. Ranges in Ladakh and Sikkim also offer great stretches of river for rafting.

If all that is not enough, Scuba Dive or snorkeling is very much in vogue in the Bay of Bengal at Andman and Nicobar islands and the Lakshadweep group of islands. The crystal clear water on the sea coast at these places, promise an interesting and mesmerizing, scuba diving and snorkeling adventure, that will leave you breathless, asking for more. Experience the thrill and beauty of India's stunning underwater natural world. The rich sea life in India offers an array of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Manoj Gursahani is the Chairman of UK ecommerce travel portal- uk.travelmartindia.com . Visit the blog for more travel related issues, travel tips and destinations

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