A beginner or an expert, thrill is inevitable when you seek to explore the adventurous side of Indian land. We pick for you best destinations for three great adventures to try in the country. By Sushmita Srivastav
Big-city crowds take their time getting to Diu, which is all the more reason to head to this former Portuguese colony connected to Gujarat’s southern coast by a bridge. Forget the beachside shacks of Goa, and choose to surf along Diu’s laid-back coastlines fringed with Hoka palms. Nagoa and Ghogla beaches are ideal for the activity, owing to large swells all year round. Catch surreal sunsets and experience a potpourri of cultures in this coastal paradise.
Flights to Diu are available from Mumbai, Goa, and Ahmedabad. Diu is around 380 km from Ahmedabad by road.
ICE CLIMBING: Ladakh
If digging your feet into snow and climbing icy slopes is your idea of adventure, try ice-climbing in Ladakh. The Ladakh Mountain Guide Association organised the region’s first ice-climbing festival in February 2020 in Ganglas, a village near Leh town. The Suru and Zanskar valleys, too, offer the opportunity to partake in this thrilling sport.
Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar have flights to Leh. You can hire a cab or drive yourself to Suru (306 km) and Zanskar (462 km) from Leh.
A trek to Chandrashila in the district of Rudraprayag means trudging along a rocky terrain that passes through forests and meadows cloaked in rhododendrons, and scaling the Garhwal Himalayas. Just below the Chandrashila summit is the Tungnath Temple (3,680 metres), renowned to be one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. The summit offers memerising views of all the major peaks of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand.
The nearest airport is in Dehradun, which is connected to Delhi. From Dehradun, drive to the base site of Sari village (233 km) and begin your Deoria Tal-Chopta-Chandrashila trek (23 km).