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    India is fast becoming a hub for adventure enthusiasts around the world. Travelling around India is both adventurous and a lot of fun. Astounding beauty, stunning geographical location, rugged terrains, mountain cliffs and the presence of some eclectic waterfalls allows all sorts of outdoor adventure activities in India. Adventure lies in every corner of India and it can start from land, water or air.

    Here is a list of some of the most commonly enjoyed adventure sports in India:

    1. White Water Rafting and Kayaking

    Imagine cruising through blustery waves and white water rapids with hills and mountains in the backdrop. Torrential rivers flowing in the Himalayan region are the best destinations for white water river rafting in India. Traversing the roaring waves, mystical whirlpools and mighty rocks will provide rafters and paddlers an experience to cherish.

    [Spend your weekend having fun at a camp and rafting in Rishikesh]

    Photo credit: Gayatri Krishnamoorthy - flickr

    Zanskar River, Ladakh and Rishikesh are the best destinations for white water rafting in India. Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim are also equally challenging white water rafting spots in India. On the other hand, kayaking in rivers like Zanskar, Kali, Brahmaputra, Subansiri as well as Ganges is equally an enjoyable experience.

    2. Paragliding

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    Imagine soaring high into the blue skies! Paragliding is one of the top adventure activities in India. For thrill seekers, who want to fly high and conquer the skies, paragliding tours are some of the best adventure sport tours in India.The thirst for a clear-blue sky, the experience of viewing landscapes from the cliffs can only be quenched by a paragliding ride.

    [Experience the adventure and thrill of paragliding on our paragliding in Arambol, Goa package]

    Admiring the beauty of sunrise and sunset while flying in the sky is an everlasting dream of every nature lover. And, India offers innumerable destinations for an enchanting paragliding adventure. The hayfields of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh; the dreamlike and magical atmosphere of Manali; the natural ambience of Kumaon region in Uttaranchal; the blissful balance of nature in Nandi Hills in Bangalore; or the splendid beauty of Pavana Lake in Kamshet can only be experienced through paragliding.

    3. Trekking and Mountaineering

    Trekking and Mountaineering

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    India is home to some esoteric mountain cliffs. And, conquering these peaks has become a popular adventure sport in India. Ranging from short, long and easy to difficult trekking, India offers some of the best destinations for all kinds of trekking. The Himalayan range offers some of the most challenging treks in India while the hilly regions of Ooty, Coorg, Kerala and Munnar are ideal for medium trekking levels.

    [Unfold the beauty of lush tea estate while trekking in our enchanting Munnar tour]

    The thrilling Zanskar river trek is one of the toughest treks in the world. Though a rugged terrain, mountain cliffs covered with snow provides some of the best trekking adventures in India and one of the toughest trekking destinations in the world. The temperature in this region falls abruptly. Most of the regions remain frozen, making trekking adversely difficult in this region. Despite all this, it is one of the highly visited trekking destinations in the world. Other popular trekking destinations are Himachal Pradesh, Zanskar, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Ladakh, Meghalaya and Coorg.

    Photo credit: Djds4rce - wikicommons

    Inhospitable conditions, rough terrains, bone-chilling climate and extreme difficulty are an inevitable part of trekking. But for trekkers, these conditions are the best ways to explore life at higher altitude. They offer the chance of discovering the untouched beauty of nature.

    [Also have a look on the trekking in Pune]

    4. Motorcycle Touring

    Motorcycle across the country

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    Adventure activities in India would never be complete without a motorcycle trip. Gearing up for a motorcycle tour along the various terrains is meant for passionate bikers. Motorcycling tours in India are an experience of a lifetime and are fast becoming the most popular types of adventure tour in India.

      

    Rocky passes of Ladakh and Leh valley are the exciting tours for mountain biking in India or probably in the world. While crossing the deserts of Rajasthan, the scorching heat will undoubtedly make the tour challenging. While on a motorcycle tour in India, you can also experience various cultures. Experiencing different colors of the various Indian cultures attract thousands of motorcyclists to India and the number is constantly increasing.

    5. Bungee Jumping

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    Photo credit: Graham Campbell - flickr

    Bungee jumping is one of the fastest growing adventure activities in India. The thrill of falling freely from a height of more than 100 feet cannot be replaced by any other experience. The trend of bungee jumping is growing in India and several bungee jumping camps are offering people a chance to experience adventure like no one else. Rishikesh is the best place to cater to the exhilarating experience of bungee jumping.

    Alongside bungee, these camps also offer the option of swinging and flying-fox. However, care should be taken while going for bungee jumping, flying-fox or swinging. Before getting involved in any of these adventure activities, it is wise to consult a physician and obtain a medical certificate.

    6. Water Sports

    Indian coastlines are ideal for all water sports. Adventure lies in every corner of these coastlines. For a water sports lover, India is becoming one of the top hotspots in the world. In fact, India is the best water sports destination in the entire Southeast Asia.

    Scuba diving, sailing, angling, canoeing, yachting, water skiing, and parasailing are some of the most commonly enjoyed water based adventure activities in India. Starting from meandering streams and waterfalls in Kashmir to the mesmerising pelagic life of Andaman and Nicobar islands or the cult beaches of Goa to the shores of Kanyakumari, India offers all sorts of water adventure.

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    Photo credit: Cajetan Barretto - flickr

    Andaman Scuba Diving expedition allows adventurers to get up and close with the endless beauty of Indian marine life. While parasailing in the beaches of Goa boosts the spirit of adventure. Coastal regions also have much to offer to the adventure lovers. Water skiing, surfing, snorkeling and yachting are attracting thousands of water sports lovers to these areas and makes Andaman a complete adventures package .

    [Are you adventure sport lover? Join us in scuba diving expedition at Andamans]

    Angling in the Corbett National Park, the Himalayan ranges, and in the remote villages of India is equally popular among adventurers. Golden Mahseer, Goonch and Trout fishing are some of the exciting fishing adventures in India.

    7. Auto Rickshaw Rampaging

    Auto Rickshaw Rampaging

    Auto rickshaw rampaging is the best way to see India. Classic Run, Mumbai Xpress, Tamilnadu Run, Deccan Odyssey, Tech Raid and Malabar Rampage are the popular auto rickshaw rampaging challenges in India. Imagine crossing paddy fields and vast stretches of land in multi-coloured autos. Indian IT companies also organise the Tech Raid, and the other tours are open to all.

    [Find out more about the Mumbai tour packages]

    Started in 2006, it has gained much attention from both national and international adventurers. A team of 1-3 people can take this challenge through an appointed route. Unlike motorcycling tours, this tour is more challenging as the speed limit is constricted. But what makes this adventure sport exciting are the charities and other social activities involved during the journey.

    Charity is an integral part of this rampaging tour. Fund raising, construction of schools for underprivileged children, and many other social activities make this adventure sport, a wonderful experience.  

    8. Mountain Biking

    Mountain bike across rough terrains

    Photo credits- Henrick Johansson- flickr

    Cycling is good for health, but when it comes to cycling in the hilly terrain of the Himalayan range or the dry territories of Rajasthan; cycling becomes an adventure. Mountain biking is also one of the popular and ironically underrated adventure activities in India.

    Peddling through the desert or rocky passes is an experience in itself. India’s geographical location is very tricky and offers some of the most challenging tracks for mountain biking.

    [Go off the beaten track and take a offbeat cycling tour of Bangalore]

    Himalayan ranges and mountain areas of Kerala are the most widely paddled terrains in India. Bangalore, the IT hub of India,  is also an ideal place for mountain biking sports.

    Every year, the Himachal Mountain Trail Biking organises an eleven-day cycling tour of Shimla. Thousands of mountain biking enthusiasts, from all over the world participate in this event.

    [Push yourself to your limits and take up the Nandi Hills cycling challenge]

    9. Heli Skiing

    Heli Skiing

    Photo credit: Alex Grechman - flickr

    India offers the best heli skiing experiences in the world. Skiing in Kashmir is said to be the best and one of the most pleasant skiing experiences in the world. Heli skiing is also becoming rapidly popular among all the adventure sport lovers across the globe. Beautiful and exotic Kashmir and Manali are the best destinations for heli skiing.

    Ride a yak

    Heli skiing is a wonderful way of exploring the locations that cannot be explored normally and are very tough to reach. A helicopter drops skiers to skiing spots, and there onwards, skiers have to find their own ways through the steep slopes of snow covered mountains. It is the best way to explore the unadulterated beauty of the snow-covered mountains.

    Rohtang Pass, Chanderkhani Pass, Hanuman Tibba, and Deo Tibba are some popular spots for heli skiing adventures in India.

    10. Camel and Yak Safaris

    Camels, often considered as the ships of the desert, are one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the desert safari. The options include half-day, full day, overnight tours with tent accommodation and general tours. These tours offer enthralling opportunities to see the sun rising and setting in the sand dunes of Rajasthan.

    [Take a tour of a camel safari in Jaisalmer and experience the beauty of the Indian deserts]

    Pushkar village is extremely popular for camel safaris. While talking about camel safaris, Ladakh cannot be left out. This might sound quite strange to some but camel safaris are also very popular in the Ladakh valley. Whether it is a desert or a dry snow covered region, camels can adapt themselves very well in all conditions.

    For several decades, inhabitants of Ladakh have been using camels as a source of transportation. Camel safaris have become a major adventure sport in Ladakh and adventure lovers throng to Ladakh for this adventure sport. A visit to Nubra Valley, Deskit, and Hunder are the popular destinations for camel safaris in Ladakh. July-September is the best time to enjoy these safaris.

    Riding on a yak and discovering the picturesque beauty of Ladakh is a unique way of mountain touring. Of all the adventure activities in India, the yak safari is the popular choice. In order to enjoy yak safaris, bookings have to be done in advance.

    11. Hot Air Ballooning

    Floating in the sky is one of the best ways to admire the beguiling beauty of nature. Hot air ballooning is becoming on of thre more popular adventure activities in India. It is an ideal way to feel the solitude above the ground. Hot air ballooning gives a bird’s-eye view of a place.

    Rajasthan is the most sought after destination for hot air ballooning in India. While on a hot air ballooning tour in Rajasthan, the adventurer gets an opportunity to observe the magnificence of Rajasthan.

    These tours normally start from Pink City, Jaipur and head towards Pushkar. The world famous Pushkar Camel Fair and exotic wildlife adventure in Ranthambore National Park can be viewed while on these tours. October-March is also the best time for these tours.


Attractions

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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