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Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.
The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!
Distance from Delhi: 254km
Best time to visit: November to June
Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials
Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography
Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.
Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.
Distance from Delhi: 208km
Best time to visit: February to March and August to October
Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple
Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits
Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family! The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.
Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!
Distance from Delhi: 228km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave
Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking
If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.
It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes. Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.
Distance from Delhi: 278km
Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.
Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point
Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking
Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.
Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.
According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.
Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.
Best season: May to June and August to September
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3680 m
Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country! You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.
Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.
Distance from Delhi: 270km
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple, Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple
Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits
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25 June 2018
"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
23 October 2015
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very e...
26 February 2019
"It was a wonderful experience for the day. Driver was quite polite and took us to all the places mentioned in the tour guide. Even the tour organiser was quite helpful in arranging the cab as it was a...
25 June 2018
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to exten...
27 November 2017
"Lovely resort overlooking the lake\nWe (two girls) went from Bangalore to Doddaballapur (Bus no. 285M) and from doddaballapur to ujjani from ujjani it took us 10 \nmins to reach the resort the tour or...
11 November 2015
An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.
06 December 2018
"Awsm experience... I opted for the Corporate package, I enjoyed a lot in that .... food was also delicious..... private beach having good & calm atmosphere... "
26 September 2014
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
11 December 2018
"We booked through Thrillophilia... 2300 for 2days 1 night starting on 1st day 0900 and the camp ends at after a trek followed by breakfast. You will be taken to the mountains in the pic to trek and ev...
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With great topography, India has a lot to offer. Types of adventure sports vary according to climate, season and landscape. India gives the opportunity to explore your options, and best tourist places in India, almost all of them have some or the other adventure sport activity available. Here are a few, for your reference:
If you have the heart and want the adrenaline rush, well, Deesa in Gujarat is the place for you. Skydiving is a very new addition to the adventure sport family in India.
Scuba diving is giving yourself an opportunity to explore the underwater world, Andaman Islands and Goa are the most frequented places for this. These are one of the best tourist places in India.
So explore the depths in the darkness of a cave, only to reach another place, not known to you. Caving can be done in Meghalaya and is an experience worth the effort.
Trekking is one of the most populous adventure sports of all times. Places like frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh, is a spine-chilling site to go trekking in.
Rafting is the beginner’s level of adventure sports, almost everyone starts at this. The ideal location to go rafting in India is Rishikesh, which is popular for its view and locality.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, getting dropped from a helicopter at a high altitude, needs guts. Kullu-Manali is the most populous destination for Heli Skiing in India.
Waterfall rappelling involves descending down a waterfall with the help of a rope. Thane in Maharashtra is one of the best places to try this out.
Enjoy swimming on the surface with all the equipment’s. Try elephant ride in water. Andaman stands to be one of the best destinations.
Spread your arms wide open and try paragliding. There are end number of green valleys and snow-capped hills to choose from.
So you want to have fun without actually doing anything, well, hot air ballooning is the thing for you. Try the deserts of Rajasthan for this.
Try jumping off a cliff, sure to give enough adrenaline rush for a lifetime. Rishikesh is one of the most popular places to go Cliff Jumping.
Well, this is tricky. India has a lot to offer, and to narrow it down to just a few bullet points is a tough job.
India is a home to so many water sports be it surfing, rafting or rowing. You can go rafting in Rishikesh or Rowing in Kovalam. Here’s a small list of places you can try if you want a fun packed water sport experience.
There this thing about India, it has a rich wildlife reserve. India is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Here’s a list of all the places you can be in for a great wildlife safari. These places are some of the best tourist places in India.
Deserts aren’t the most loved places to be in but they have a beauty of their own. People who enjoy Desert Safari and are looking forward to see sand dunes and mirage, should definitely visit one of these places.
Trekking in India is beyond one's wildest dreams. You can take a trip to tropical rain forests or icy deserts. There are so many options that you’ll never be out of them. There’s a small list of places you can go for trekking.
Want an escape from the hustle and bustle of cities? Take a vacation and go on a cruise. The best tourist places in India comprise of a lot of riverside villages and make a beautiful destination for a romantic trip. Here are a few places you can try for a cruising experience.
Camping is a refuge from day to day life. There are so many places you can go for camping in India. The best things to do in India include a lot of sites for camping. Camping is a yearlong activity. Here are few places you should check out before going for your little adventure.
Trust me when I say this, you’re going to love Scuba diving. One of the most loved adventure sports around the globe, Scuba Diving is altogether a new experience. Taking a dive and looking at life underwater, prettier than a dream. There are so many places in India you can go diving, here’s a list of a few.
Swimming beside with fishes, discovering what’s under corals and paddling through waters, sounds like fun, right. Well, India is home to a variety of marine animals. There are great places to go snorkelling in India. The best tourist places in India constitute of great water bodies, mostly visited for Scuba diving or snorkelling.
So many places to explore in India, there is a long list of places you can be at for hiking. Love the adrenaline rush and looking to push your limits this vacation, here’s a list of places you can try hiking in India.
One of the most exhilarating ways to spend time on vacations is trying luxury trains. You will not regret it. Travelling through the palaces on wheel. There are so many places you can explore. Here’s a small list of luxury trains in India.
With quite a few great rock climbing sites, India has attracted lot many people into trying this. Here’s a list of places you can try rock climbing in.
India itself is a land of Art and Cultural, wherever you will go, you will find the rich culture of the Country. The whole purpose of travelling to another country can’t just be a break from your regular life. We travel to explore culture, know more about places and their history. There are places one should visit to have a thorough idea of the Indian Culture.
Getting a bird’s view of a certain place and its beauty is an amazing experience altogether. Parasailing provides you an opportunity to explore things from a height. There are so many places in India for parasailing, here’s a small list.
• MANALI – HIMACHAL PRADESH
• BIR BILLING – HIMACHAL PRADESH
• NAINITAL – UTTARAKHAND
• MUSSOORIE – UTTARAKHAND
• NANDI HILLS – KARNATAKA
• PANCHGANI – MAHARASHTRA
• SHILLONG – MEGHALAYA
• GANGTOK – SIKKIM
• PAVAGADH HILL – GUJARAT
• SANASAR – JAMMU
There are quite a few places you can try paragliding at, almost all the hill stations have this facility, check through the list for places you can go paragliding at.
India is where Yoga originated. It’s the wet dream for yogis. There are numerous yoga institutions throughout the country, here’s a list for your reference.
Being home to richest trails and ranges, India provides some fantastic motorbike tours to ride lovers So, want to enjoy the lush greenery and peace from the city lights, pick up your bikes and get started. Here’s a small list of areas you can go biking in.India has a good number of places one can go biking
More than half of Indian population resides in villages. Village is a great place to be in, if you’re planning on taking some time off your busy schedules. Travelling to villages not only gives you a change of environment but allows you a sneak peak in their lifestyles. Try these villages, you will not regret.
• Sundarbans, West Bengal
• Bishnoi village, Jodhpur
• Gunehgar village, Kangra Valley
• The Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
• Pali, Rajasthan
When we talk about adventure, India would probably ace the list of best adventure sport places. One of the best ways to enjoy the nature trail is jeep safari tours. Indian terrains are ideal locations to on a jeep safari, here’s a little something for you.
• Delhi – Manali – Leh
• Lahaul – Spiti – Ladakh
• Garhwal Himalayas
• Punjab and Himachal Pradesh
• East India - Bolpur, Siliguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok
• South India – coorg
River rafting is one of the most popular sports amongst adrenaline junkies round the globe. One just can’t deny the fun of being in water. So, if you are fascinated by water like me and can’t wait to row throw unbridled water, here are places you should put in your bucket list.
• Indus River
• Yamuna River
• Tons River, Uttarakhand
• Lohit River
• Kameng River
• River Ganga, Rishikesh
• Zanskar River
• Spiti River
• Alaknanda River
Jump off from the fear of being at a height. Bungee jumping is loved by the adrenaline junkies and is very popular. Precisely why it has been included in almost all the adventure sport packages. Here are a few places you can go bungee jumping.
Wine tasting is adapted from western culture but has gained popularity in India. There aren’t many places you can go wine tasting buy there are some great vineyards. Quality is always better than quantity, isn’t it?
• Fratelli Vineyards
• Sula Vineyards
• York winery and tasting room
• Charosa Vineyards
• Grover Zampa
World popular site for pilgrimage, India gives you numerous populous pilgrimages. A land where there is so much cultural and religious diversity, you are sure to find great places to visit. There are a few you shouldn’t miss out on.
• Vaishno Devi, Jammu
• Velankanni church, Tamil Nadu
• Dargha Sharif, Ajmer
• Gomateshwara temple, Shravanabelagola
• Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar
• Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya
• Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
These are just a few very popular ones, there is a list longer than a lifetime to be explored, when you talk about pilgrimages in India.
It’s been a hell of a ride, planning a wedding and getting through with it. The next thin g you know is, packing your bags and being on your way to your honeymoon destination. Well, India isn’t lagging behind here either, there a lot of places you can visit on your honeymoon.
• Munnar, Kerala
• Havelock Islands
• Udaipur, Rajasthan
• Gulmarg, Kashmir
• Shimla, Dalhousie
Does romance for you has different definitions as that of the world? The word love signifies a lot more for you than the already depicted notions. Then, the most romantic things to do on a honeymoon seem endless to be stated but the couples can list a few of them if on a honeymoon in India.
• Coffee, books and the significant other in the hills of Ladakh near to the beautiful Pangong Lake, exploring the beauty of the place is something what the definition of romance means.
• Camel safaris in the western region of Kacchh and the Indian desert.
• The adventurous Goa sky diving and trails up in the sky with the other half.
Home to a large number of migratory and state birds, India is truly a birdwatcher's delight. From the monk-like snowy Siberian Cranes in winter to the little Pahari Myna of Chhattisgarh, you truly are for a wonderful experience of a lifetime! One can catch up with these at the following locations, taking into account the seasons, of course.
• Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
• Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
• Mangalajodi Ecotourism, Odisha
• Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The ancient medical system, the art of healing in synchronization with nature, Ayurveda attracts thousands of people for its soothing effects. India happens to be one of the most attractive destinations worldwide for Ayurvedic therapies. Kerala is the leader in Ayurveda, closely followed by others. If you're interested in knowing more about the ancient practice, or want to visit one of the centres, give these places a look.
• Ananda, Uttarakhand
• Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram
• Garhwal, Uttarakhand
• Devaaya: The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa
The mighty Himalayas, the place to be when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Winters in Himalayas are the most happening times around when you can go trekking, or just sit back and gaze at the marvel that they are. Should you choose the former, you will be heading straight to the holy land of Uttrakhand. Ready? Let's go!
• Kedarkantha Trek
• Dodital Trek. Dodital Trek
• Chopta Chandrashila Trek
• Har ki Dun Trek.
Nothing can beat the comfort of taking a ride in a houseboat, living with the rich flora and still water. Look at the sun going down or the breeze pick up, bask in the sunshine or play with the fauna, houseboat stays are one experience for a lifetime! Though Kerala leads the way, check out the destinations mostly preferred by the nature-lovers, from the north eastern part to all the way down to the waters of Southern India.
• Tarkarli in Maharashtra
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Does the sight of 'flying' over a raging river makes you feel like jumping in? If yes, India is the place to be. It boasts some of the best locations available for zip-lining, also known as the "flying fox" or "death slide". The costs involved normally range from ?1500-2000 per adult. So what are you waiting for? Grab the rope, put on the gear and zip it! Here are some of the places to go:
• Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan
• Cloud end, Uttrakhand
• Kerwa Dam Road, Kerwa Dam, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
• Mohanchatti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Camel safaris are carried out in the desert areas of India, i.e in Rajasthan and also in some places of Ladakh. It is the major form transportation in the desert areas. The following places can be explored while riding the ship of the desert:
• Nubra valley in Ladakh
• Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
• Bikaner in Rajasthan
Elephant safaris are one of the best ways by which you can explore the biodiversity in the thick jungles of India. These rides will allow you to observe the animals in their natural habitats (certainly better than the zoos). The safaris can be pre- booked, but some parks work on the first come first serve basis. The prices range from 200- 300 per (Indian) person in Jim Corbett national park to 3500 per elephant (4 people) in kaziranga national park. These are common in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and the remote Northeastern jungles, here are the best places, to go to enjoy the ride:
• Jim Corbett national park
• Elephant safari in Bandhavgarh national park
• Kanha national park
• Kaziranga national park