Friday, December 11, 2009

Special Adventures on your holidays to India

Though India has come a long way from Kipling’s Kim, the country still retains the grand trunk road and snake charmers. The precise destination for adventurous souls, India has it all --- dizzying mountains, never ending rivers, dense jungles, multiple vernaculars, quaint old villages and beautiful beaches. Unbelievable wonders assail the seeker of Eastern mysticism. Visitors to Karnataka’s Mathoor village are shell shocked when they discover that Sanskrit, often said to be the world’s oldest language, survives as the language of choice here. This is in stark contrast to the fact that today international flights to India feed this intriguing, versatile and intricate land with an unceasing supply of travellers eager to explore it.

Among numerous beautiful hill stations, Darjeeling is a gem, which allows one to behold the dazzling glory of KanchanJunga, supposedly the second highest mountain peak in the world. Further world famous hill destinations are the Valley of Flowers, Kashmir, Manali, and Mussourie to mention just a few. For the brave hearts, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Kashmir offer nail biting heli skiing and normal skiing opportunities. The hilly heights are also perfect for hang gliding, snowboarding, rock climbing and ice climbing.

Campers can take their pick from family camping, weekend camping, wild camping and winter camping across the breadth of the nation. Indulge in the adventure of bicycling over difficult terrain on the hills. The great adrenalin rush resulting from the mountain biking in Ladakh which is among the best destinations for the sport will leave you craving to come back.

Adventure sports in India are incomplete without an experience of rafting in the swirling currents of the Ganges in Rishikesh. This sporting bug even bit celebrities like Sir Edmund Hillary and Brad Pitt.
Country’s premier beach destination, Goa offers great water sport and adventure activities. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Jet Skiing and fantastic opportunities to unearth the secrets of the deep blue sea in the midst of some finest marine life is sure to boggle your mind.
The jungle enthusiast would do well to visit the Sunderbans Delta (home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger), where boating excursions take tourists deep into the jungle. A saying goes that very few who spot the tiger live to tell the tale. It is a fact that due to some inexplicable reason, most Sunderban tigers are inherently man eaters. Among numerous other sanctuaries are the Gir Forests inhabited by the nearly extinct Asiatic lion, Ranthambore National Park, the Kaziranga Rhino Sanctuary and the Corbett National Park. Most sanctuaries conduct jungle safaris including night safaris.

To behold the might of nature, do not miss the Thar camel safari. This ocean of sand reveals how lost you are without your guide and camel. A cruise over the Chambal River is panacea for further craving for adventure. The cruise brings one in close proximity to ferocious crocodiles.

Whatever your travel pursuits may be, this vibrant, enigmatic and diverse land is sure to leave you with memories to cherish for the lifetime.

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