On a rollercoaster ride
If you are the crazy kind who exults at the prospect of dangerous rides in amusement parks or going on outdoor adventures, adventure sports is the latest realm to explore. Till a few decades earlier, these sports were only for mountaineers or thrill-seeking army officers. But now anyone jaded with the monotony of their jobs, seek excitement and novelty by living in the extremes.
India offers a whole lot of travel options where you and your friends can choose air, water or road to live intensely from moment to moment. White water rafting/kayaking across the rapids of Ganges (Rishikesh), Tista in Sikkim, Indus in Leh or Beas in Kullu is an activity for the aqua lover. Trek across Garhwal region and reach the Pindari glacier with a group of friends and create a history you all will cherish years later. Mountain biking or mountain climbing (closed in winter months from December to March) is another dare-devil activity for all bike lovers and climbing enthusiasts.
Go for snorkeling or explore the underwater world of blue, green and turquoise hues in Andaman and Nicobar Islands - scuba dive in the virgin waters of Havelock islands, a ferry ride from Port Blair. Other activities are kayaking through mangroves or exploring the forests on the islands (open from December to April). Parasailing and jet skiing remains closed during monsoons. Soaring free through the sky in Billing, Kangra valley offers you a liberating experience like none other; paragliding or hang-gliding for 30 minutes in the open skies is a must-do sport for those who aspire to fly.
You can ski in Gulmarg or try snowboarding with few friends at Solang. This January, go for trekking in Gangotri (Gaumukh Glacier), try paragliding in Manali or go on a camel safari in Bikaner rambling through dunes. Dune bashing i.e. driving at break-neck speeds up and down sand dunes in the desert can be another adrenaline-raising adventure. Rappelling or wall-climbing as you (from below) watch your friend dangle from the railing of the tall building top and slowly climb down the walls helps you learn to overcome the fear of challenges. Rock climbing in Dharamshala and Mount Abu is an expedition for fit mountain enthusiasts. Ooty, Kodaikanal, Arakku valley, Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar offer tricky cycling paths to overcome, and you can embark on a cycling adventure with friends along these paths featured also in the movie Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander.
Heli-skiing is a slightly expensive sport but worth the money. Hire a helicopter that takes your group to inaccessible higher slopes that are all yours to ski away. The crazier that you get, these sports become more daring. Jump off peaks in bungee jumping or go on caving expeditions in the north-east. The largest cave is Krem Kotsati in Meghalaya that surprises you with rivers and active wild life within its dark interiors.
You can camp along the backwaters of Kerala or the beaches of Goa, at cave sites or along the mountain trail. Do some researches about the location and carry provisions like water and dry food if you are trekking. Get know-how if there will be Dak bungalows to stop en route. A group of friends means more numbers and better safety especially when amateurs are going. So jump on the rollercoaster, leave your comfort zone and experience a high like none other!