Adventure travel is a type of niche tourism, involving exploration of travel in an “unusual, exotic, remote, or wilderness destination.”
Travelers are highly engaged in involvement with activities that include perceived (and possibly actual) risk, and potentially requiring specialized skills and physical exertion. Adventure tourism has grown in recent decades, as tourists seek out-of-the-ordinary or “roads less traveled” types of vacations, but measurement of market size and growth is hampered by the lack of a clear operational definition.
Adventure tourists may be motivated to achieve mental states characterized as rush or flow, resulting from stepping outside of their comfort zone. This may be from experiencing culture shock or through the performance of acts, that require significant effort and involve some degree of risk (real or perceived) and/or physical danger (See extreme sports).
This may include sports such as :
1. Mountaineering & Trekking.
The northern part of India is famous for its mountainous terrain and has been a hotspot for mountaineers for a long time. While the Stok Kangri trek is one of the most popular treks in the Ladakh region, tourists can explore the beauty of Himachal Pradesh during the Deo Tibba expedition. The latter is one of the most difficult mountaineering expeditions in India and is a glorious chance for you to showcase your skills. Mountaineering expeditions in India are also preferred by tourists as they provide insight into the vibrant culture of the locals. These treks take you across various villages, allowing you to communicate with the inhabitants and learn about them.
2. Bungee jumping:
Bungee jumping involves leaping from a height connected to a large elastic rope (or cord), which is tied to the feet – or, more specifically, the ankles. Engaging in bungee jumping in India is a great idea to get some thrill and the much-need escape from the daily routine life; only if you do not get weak on your knees when you are at a height. It is for the brave-hearted and those who simply love the rush of adrenaline. Bungee jumping in India can be enjoyed in a number of places, be it metropolitan cities or smaller towns like Rishikesh, Bangalore, Goa and Delhi.
3. Mountain biking:
Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. So, it’s not really biking in the mountains, but on any trail which is not really paved or cemented. if you are looking for a memorable mountain biking adventure holiday in India, the mystical land of Ladakh makes for the top mountain biking destination.
4. Canoeing & Kayaking:
Unlike a kayak, a canoe is an open boat. Canoeists traditionally kneel in the boat and use a single-bladed paddle; kayakers sit and use a double-bladed one. Kayaking is the more common of the two paddle sports. The major Canoeing & Kayaking location in India include, the beaches of Goa, Dandeli in Karnataka and Kerala, where numerous beach resorts offer excellent quality Canoes to the travellers.
5. Scuba diving:
Scuba diving is the most amusing water sports of all time, offering us a way to explore the underwater life of species. India is home to many amazing scuba diving sites and if you are planning a trip to one of these places you must definitely visit their diving locations too. So, if you are looking for a whole new experience filled with fun and thrill, you can visit some Scuba diving destinations in india such as Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Pondicherry & Karnataka.
6. River Rafting:
Rafting and white water rafting are recreational outdoor activitieswhich use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on white water or different degrees of rough water. Dealing with risk and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience. Some of the rafting destinations in India are located in Sikkim, Darjeeling, Dandeli in Karnataka, Kolad in Maharashtra,Rishikesh in Uttarakhand etc.
An amazing adventurous sport called Zip-lining. It is one of the most popular arial activity which give you the pleasure of flying between hills, forts, jungles and ridge tops. There are various destinations for a zip-line tour in India and is possible throughout the year. Here are few of them: Century resort in Dandeli,Mussoorie Adventure Park : Uttarakhand,Kikar Lodge – Punjab, Kerwa Dam Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh and many more.
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells.
9. Caving and rock climbing:
Caving is a somewhat quirky adventure activity that involves discovering cave systems – the more virgin (and the wilder!), the better. Despite the preponderance of caves in India – many of them undiscovered – the sport of caving has still to take roots here.Some of the caving sites in Goa are Kavala Caves in Karnataka, Meghalaya – East Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, Jaintia Hills etc.
Access to inexpensive consumer technology, with respect to Global Positioning Systems, flash packing, social networking and photography, have increased the worldwide interest in adventure travel. The interest in independent adventure travel has also increased as more specialist travel websites previously niche locations and sports.
BY – Espressotive