India is a land filled with culture, traditions, beliefs and history. With a wide variety of languages and over 720 dialects, the diversity the country offers is staggering for a first-time visitor. Geographically, the diversity India has can truly be mindblowing. Be it the shimmering sand dunes of the Thar Desert, or the mighty Himalaya range, the inland Ganges delta (the largest of its kind in the world, just FYI), or the endless coastlines down south, each of these landscapes are unique and significant, sometimes entreched in religious and cultural significance.
India's wildlife safaris are famous for nature enthusiasts, winter sports up north are picking up traction, then there's always paragliding over breathtaking valleys, trekking up the might mountains, and diving deep in the blue seas. The country truly is an adventurer's paradise. India's offerings are unlimited to give you the adrenaline rush you crave.
For a first time adventure traveller, India is the perfect choice. If you need more convincing, well, read on then!
Too Many Adventure Activities On Offer
We think of this as a good thing. A unique experience awaits as you travel through the different regions of the country. Each location is unique. Northern India is a hotspot for adventure travel: paragliding in Bir, trekking in the the Himalaya, white-water rafting in Rishikesh, rappelling in Manali, wildlife safaris in Jim Corbett National Park, skiing in the snow-covered mountains of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, zip lining over the Ganges are just a few of the things you can do. In the southern part of the country, there are biking trails and trekking options while places like Goa and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer scuba diving, snorkelling, dolphin spotting, fishing, kayaking and a lot more.
Something For Everyone
Adventure travel doesn’t need to burn a hole in your pocket. It can sometimes be as simple as backpacking around the gorgeous trails and surreal mountains. India offers activities catering to all budget categories, preferences, grades and luxury. It can either be a luxurious lodge or an authentic home stay, catering to the interest and preference of every tourist.
Indian Hospitality: Why Travellers Keep Coming Back
The saying atithi devo bhava (Guest is God) is the cornerstone of Indian tourism. It loosely translates to a guest being given a status equal to only that of the Almighty. This makes Indian hospitality legendary and why tourists keep coming back. Wherever you travel in India, the locals will always be so welcoming and accommodating that you will always experience a homely vibe. This plays a very important role in shaping the experience of a tourist here.
India Is An All-Round Experience
Not just adventure travel activities, but leisure and cultural experiences make India a truly wholsome place to travel to. Ancient temple circuits, culinary trails, local festivals and fairs, folk music and dance, as well as the wide variety of festivals celebrated throughout the year– this forms an integral part of the Indian tourist experience. Adventure holiday paired with a cultural experience makes for an out-of-the-box itinerary.
Diversity And Richness
A veritable kaleidoscope of traditions, cultures and beliefs, the diversity of the country is prominently visible in its people and culture. The country celebrates festivals from all religions with the same amount of enthusiasm. It is the country where people from different corners of world have come together to call it home. And since we've already mentioned the geographical richness and diversity, let the spirit of adventure take you places. Travel through the winding mountain roads, and along the mighty rivers, valleys and deep seas.
Remember, adventure, thrill and culture awaits you on your next trip to India!
The author is the Managing Director and Founder of Countryside Adventure Holidays