Extreme sports, popularly known as adventure sports, have always attracted the bold and the brave hearts. But lately, they have become extremely popular among the masses, particularly the youth who are always looking for excitement and adventure in life. India with its amazing landscape and geography offers you one of the most exciting spots for adventure sports. The adrenaline rush one gets while jumping off a plane or deep-sea diving is unmatched and beyond words. For it is not only exhilarating, but offers a chance to add spice to our otherwise mundane existence. India is slowly gaining ground as an adventure-sports hub, and there are numerous sports and activities to choose from.
Abundance of Mountain Rivers makes India a World Class destination for White-water rafting. It is a sport for those who are fascinated by nature and have a desire to be part of it. The gush of the rapid river, the tantalizing swirls, lashing of water against the raft and the adrenaline pumping through your body is what river rafting is all about. The Ganges, in and around Rishikesh, is the most popular destination for river-rafting and kayaking. Indus (Leh), Tista(Sikkim), and Beas(Kullu) are other rivers suited to the sport.
Skiing as a sport has really picked up in India in the last decade. The biggest reason for that is the discovery of and easy access to excellent locales and availability of the latest ski equipment. The facilities are world class and the ski slopes are of international level. Some of the best ski locales in India are the Kumaon hills, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the north eastern parts of India which have become the favourite ski hideouts of adventure sports lovers. Vast open spaces, pristine white snow beneath your feet and the rush of cold air that hits your face as you slide down a hill, skiing is the ultimate adventure sport that leaves you breathless and asking for more.
Imagine soaring high in the sky, among the clouds, gliding like a bird. Paragliding can take you at an entirely different level. In perfect weather conditions you can stay aloft for over three hours and can soar to heights more than 3000 meters. In paragliding, the launch site for the gliders usually involves gentle hillsides but recently machine based takeoffs have made Para Gliding possible even in the flat lands of India. Kamshet (Maharashtra), Manali and Billing (Himachal Pradesh) and the Himalayas are some of the well-known destinations for paragliding.
All this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several other adventure sports one can go for, from water- and air-based ones to natural activities like trekking and safaris. Several places like Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Goa are a haven for water-sports, while almost all hill-stations in the country are ideal for trekking and rock-climbing activities. All one needs is the will and courage to take it up. So take out your sporting gear and get set for the experience of a lifetime.