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Adventure Tourism in India: Growth, Activities & Destinations

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Adventure freaks are growing in India and so are the adventure related activities. Also, this is increasing interests in its expertise courses. According to a report published in Travel Week, The Adventure Tourism Industry is growing worldwide at a tremendous rate of 46% by 2020.

While in India, which is still unexplored by the International adventure freaks, is also expected to grow at a good pace.

Adventure Tourism Industry In India

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According to experts from the Tourism Industry, there has been a shift in the willingness of Indians to look beyond their usual list of holiday destinations. Thanks to some places like Rishikesh, Ladakh & Uttarakhand’s wilderness for developing the taste of Adventure Tourism in India.

We should also thank producers of some Bollywood movies like Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, Jab Harry Met Sejal & Ye Jawaani Hai Diwani.  As they have redefined the definition of travelling among Indian youth. 

According to the ministry of tourism in India, adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity as tourists now seek different kinds of vacations. In order to promote adventure tourism in India, Government of India is planning to open some additional peaks in the Indian Himalayas to position it as one of the top Adventure Tourism destinations. The Government has also cleared opening of 104 additional peaks in Jammu and Kashmir ( Leh Area).

Top Adventure Activities to Enjoy in India

With the presence of Satpura Range, Vindhya Range & the great Himalayas India have 7 mountain range & uncountable numbers of rivers including Brahmaputra, Kaveri, Ganga & Narmada. India has 21.53% of its area i.e 7,08,273 square kilometre covered with forest. Which shows the scope of adventure tourism in India.

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Now you don’t need to look out for New Zealand, Australia and Nepal to experience adventure. Although India is never less an adventure experience!! Now we can also look for places with adventure activities in India.

Here is a list of top adventure activities to enjoy in India:

Rafting

Rafting

White-Water Rafting

Rafting tops the list of adventure activities in India. The session started with the white water rafting in Rishikesh which is an absolute adrenaline junk. Brush out yourself amidst the rough water with your adventure-mystic group. India is blessed with great natural rivers which becomes the source of water adventure in India. Some places for rafting- Sikkim, Darjeeling, Arunachal Pradesh, Manali, Pahalgam, Coorg, etc.

Kayaking

Kayaks
Kayak Boats

This activity is the best way to explore the world from a different view. Not only excitement of adventure, it also provides a new meaning to your life. Know yourself and the nature on yourself. Take out your kayak and give out a chance. Kayaking is very good to go at Kerala Backwaters, Goa, Kundalika River (Maharashtra), Rishikesh and Kali River in Uttarakhand.

Skiing

Skiing in india
Skiing

A popular winter sport which came from western culture but a great source of rejuvenation. Now India has become a popular skiing destination in winters even for International travellers. You can go for skiing India- Auli, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Solang Valley and Kufri.

 Rappelling

rappelling
Rappelling

Also known as Abseiling, is another heart-throbing fun activity. Descent down your fears too with such an activity. India is gradually entreating into a rappelling destination. Coorg, Kondana Caves (Maharashtra), Jogini Waterfall (Manali), Madhe Ghat (Pune) are some common rappel destinations in India.

Skydiving or Paragliding

Paragliding
Paragliding

Be friends with the flying activities too. Do not just stare at the birds, feel like a bird rather. Bring out the thrill in your life and drop down the fear. India is gradually turning into the home to skydiving and paragliding hub.  Places you can find skydiving or paragliding are- Mysore, Aamby Valley (Maharashtra), Pondicherry, Bir Billing, Kamshet, Ranikhet, etc.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air baloon ride in india
Hot Air Balloon Ride

A soft-core adventure activity for a bird-eye view. Relax with your partner amidst skies in the hot air balloon. You can go hot air ballooning in Lonavala, Hampi, Udaipur, Pushkar and Agra.

Trekking

Backpaking, trekking
Backpack Trekking

Trekking or walk to mountains is not only about adventure. For me, it gives the sense of meditation. Those long walks amidst nature’s serenity help to attain the peace of mind. Reach the summits of your thrill and peace together. Challenge your stamina on those mountains. Major parts of state Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim are known for trekking. Also, there are treks to do in Western and Southern regions. Check out the best trek routes in India- 55 Great Treks To Take Up In India.

Caving

caving at meghalaya in india
Caving Tour

It is a quirky activity to discover the natural caves. Exploring caves and finding ways through it without harming self and cave is another adrenaline junkie. Caving too is a discovering term in India. Adventure in India is taking another step through such activities. Fulfillment to explore your caving desire can be in major regions of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Some other cave tours to take up in India are- Ajanta & Ellora, Bhimbeteka, Elephanta Caves, Karla Caves, Varaha Caves, Badami, etc.

Wildlife Safari or Bird Watching

Wildlife Safari
Wildlife Safari

This is a fun softcore adventure activity. If you like to stare at the activities of wild animals or birds chirping, then this is of a kind. Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, long walks and patience are your adventure activity. Ranthambore National Park, Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Bharatpur, Bhigwan, Pangot, etc. can be your destination.

Rock Climbing

representative image of rock climbing
Rock Climbing

It is the adventure sport better known to be as natural gymming. Chill out with your hand and feet goals. Also, rejuvenating parks are promoting rock climbing through artificial climbing walls. Some places for rock climbing in India are Savandurga (Karnataka), Pythal Mala (Kerala), Parvati Valley (Himachal Pradesh), Shey Rock (Jammu & Kashmir), etc.

Snorkeling or Deep Sea Diving

representative image of snorkeling under water
Snorkeling

Another speculative activity which is done underwater is snorkeling or sea-diving. Play in with big colorful fishes. Explore the life within those deep waves. Places to explore deep sea diving in India are- Andaman & Nicobar, Goa, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, Tarkarli, Netrani, etc.

Cliff and Bungee Jumping

Bunjee Jumping
Bunjee Jumping

Although both of them are a different sport but requires a bag full of guts to jump off a height. As free fall is the real adrenaline junkie. Not a thing for a soft-hearted person. Test out yourself on cliff and bungee in Rishikesh, Hampi, Bedaghat (Jabalpur), Goa, Lonavala, Jagdalpur, Diu, Bangalore.

Cycling and Motorbiking

Another adventure activity which is a growing interest in India at large extent. Ride it out for unending thrills. Biking and Cycling groups are exploring India with all their passion. Different landscapes of India is attracting biking and cycling trips with all twists and turns. Although all parts of India are great for cycling and biking trips, some common biking routes are- Lahaul-Spiti, Leh-Ladakh, Goa, Sikkim, Puri-Konark.

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

Adventure is a soul trip. Thus, it is an answer to all our fear. Shout out your group of buddies for a roller coaster to your life. 

Visit Mleiha: The Land of Adventures

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If you love to get that adrenaline rush and have an incredible experience in the sand, then Mleiha is the perfect destination for you. As a premium location for outdoor pursuits, Mleiha presents a huge collection of activities that can quench any tourist’s thirst for adventures. Not only those who love adventures, but tourists with a soft spot for history, photography, or stargazing will thoroughly enjoy their stay at Mleiha. From dune bashing to enjoying the spectacular view of the landscape, you can engage in different activities and make the most of your vacation.

Where is Mleiha?

Located in Sharjah, this town is considered to be the origin of life in this part of the world. Mleiha is marked by an abundance of desert and sand dunes that are tall like the mountains. As the directions of the dunes keep changing, there is no geography of the desert. This place has remainders from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, Iron, and pre-Islamic periods. If you are into history, you can learn a great deal about the people who settled in these places.  Along with this, many of the UAE’s ancestors’ rituals can be discovered in this place as well.

This central region city of Sharjah links the Emirate’s west coast to its east coast. The town is located on the south of Al Dhaid and it is close to Jebel Fayah. It is approximately 65km away from the Sharjah city. The archaeological centre of Mleiha was introduced in 2016 which gives the visitors an opportunity to go back in time. Mleiha offers eco-tourism, archaeological tourism, adventure tourism-all of it making it a great spot for every type of traveller.

Adventure activities in Mleiha

Trekking through the sand dunes, Limestone Mountains, gravel plains, and mountainous terrains are a few of the many activities that you can experience during your stay. Given below are some of the activities to do while in Mleiha:

Mleiha adventure tour

Adventure Tour of Mlehia

If you are an adventure lover, then these tours are just made for you. There are many traveling agencies that provide different adventure packages which include exciting activities. Getting spectacular views of this exotic place is possible when you opt for these tours. Witnessing Mleiha’s amazing landscape from the best angles, discovering Mleiha’s majestic mountains, etc. can be experienced while undertaking these tours. Some packages also come with relaxation time in the Sunset Lounge. The duration of these tours can vary from three to six hours. If you are visiting Mleiha any time soon, you should book these tours beforehand.

Mleiha Archaeological Centre-

Mleiha archaeological centre

This is a major destination for tourists who are very enthusiastic about history. The centre shares the rare findings from the historical era along with an explanation of the evolution of life in this part of the world. This is a state of the art museum which surrounds the remnants of the old period. If you would like to have a walk back in time, the Mleiha Archaeological Centre is a place that you must visit.

Paragliding and paramotoring

Paragliding and para motoring at Mleiha

To get some thrill in the air, you can get up on the tallest mountains of Mleiha and glide down while being tied together with a pro paraglider pilot. This way, you can get a wonderful view of the breathtaking scenery of Mleiha. You can also opt for a paramotor and start your ride near to the sea level. Both ways, you can get a spectacular view of the sunset and take exclusive pictures.

Desert cycling tours

Desert cycling at Mleiha

If you are fond of cycling, then you must indulge yourself in this activity. The FatBoy bikes come with very wide tyres to provide you with the ride of a lifetime. Ride on your bike and explore the amazing wildlife and incredible archaeological discoveries. Different landmarks and monuments of Mleiha can be discovered while riding the FatBoy bike. You can ascend the soft dunes and watch the wildlife which includes reptiles, camels, birds, and other creatures. 

Fossil and Camel Rocks

Fossil and camel rocks at Mleiha

If you want to see the best sceneries and panoramic views, then you have to climb to the tops of the Camel Rock and Fossil Rock. You need a guide to reach the top of these rocky places and enjoy the scenic beauty of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, etc.  “Watching over the region from the top of Fossil Rock is the best experience I had in Mleiha!”-says Jason, an academic writer of MyAssignmenthelp.

Dune buggy adventure

Dune Buggy car adventure at Mleiha

Go for dune bashing in the Polaris Extreme Adventure Buggies of Meilha. You can opt for the extreme fossil climb as well. While in Mleiha, you should definitely take part in a drive which will be an hour long and take you to the peak of Fossil Rock. Once you reach the peak, you can see the whole region from a bird’s perspective. You can also opt for another extreme tour that will let you have a thrill drive through the Mleiha Desert and Faya Dunes.

Stargazing and overnight camping

Night Camping at Mleiha

If you are visiting Mleiha, you should not miss overnight camping and stargazing. This will help you to get accustomed to the serene beauty of the desert. Along with this, you will also find campsite experts who can thoroughly educate you regarding the galaxies, constellations and other facets of astronomy. When you opt for an overnight camp, you will get BBQ dinner, an exclusive stargazing experience, and a great breakfast when you wake up the next morning. By stargazing, you can expect to get glimpses of different planets including Jupiter, Mars, etc. while enjoying some Moroccan tea, Karak, or Gahwa. To have a genuine experience of the desert, you must go for this activity and make great memories.

Sunset Lounge

Sunset Launge at mleiha

Visit the Sunset Lounge and get the best relaxation after a long day filled with adventures at Mleiha. This lounge is located beside the famous Fossil Rock and offers a tranquil environment where one can enjoy stargazing through the given telescopes. If you need help, there will be an expert to guide you while you stargaze. To make the day even more splendid, you can also have a BBQ dinner under the stars.

Mleiha is a perfect destination that offers something for every type of tourists. From outdoor enthusiasts to explorers, families, and history seekers, everybody will find something that they can enjoy. Given the increasing popularity of the location among the tourists, authorities are taking initiatives to make it more attractive. Combining dessert terrains, history, and a bundle of exciting activities, Mleiha has established itself as a unique destination that can easily arouse the curiosity of the travellers.

In the days to come, this tourist destination is supposed to develop a wildlife reserve in the form of a Desert Park. This endeavour will assist in the conservation and protection of the indigenous species of the location. It won’t be wrong to expect that over the years Mleiha is going to bring in more attractions.

If you are looking for a new place to satisfy your quest for adventure, pack your bags and visit Mleiha right away. And you can check out the similar package of multiple adventures in India itself in Sikkim.

10 reasons why Andaman Island is the perfect holiday destination this season

Things to do in Andaman

Andaman tour packages are not only famous among honeymoon travellers seeking some lonely time. But also among the family travellers who want to enjoy some time in natural surroundings with a lot of thrilling activities beyond the chaos of daily life. There are a few major reasons that make Andaman and Nicobar Island a perfect destination for holidays this season:

1. Unwinding at the beach

Neil Island

Your love for beaches and craving for having a good time with your loved ones will be fulfilled here. Very few beaches offer such a breath-taking view along with the solitude away from the madding crowd, it’s still an untouched beauty with clear water, amazing marine life and peaceful nature. You will forget the time while enjoying the tide and the children will feel at the top of the world while making sand castles. Don’t forget to visit Radhanagar beach, the unexplored beach on Neil Island which is voted as one of the best beaches in the world for swimming, you can also witness the beautiful sunset from there.

2. Enjoy your time doing nothing

Relaxing moments

Just spend some time doing nothing. Get your favourite book, bring out your sunglasses and just spend your day lounging at the beach soaking up some sunshine and getting tanned. Just relax and forget the worries of hectic city life.

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Witness Bioluminescence at Havelock Island


Bioluminescence

A rare phenomenon known as Bioluminescence is also one of the reasons that attract lots of travellers. The most magical and memorable sight. It feels as if the tiny stars are floating under your feet. This can be experienced in Havelock Island during no moonlight. The beaches glow because of the presence of phytoplankton that is visible during the months of Nov-Dec-Jan.

4. Enjoy the Seafood

Mouthwatering Seafood

As it is dominated by sea and beaches, the seafood is quite famous here. You will be amazed to discover the incredible seafood palate. Keep one of the evenings at leisure to enjoy some quality time with your family along with lavish seafood platter and a glass of wine. You will find lots of café with good quality of sea food, but Port Blair is the best place for quality sea food. You can also choose from Indian, South Indian, Continental, Thai, Israeli or Bengali cuisine. Even if you are not a foodie, it will tempt and attract you because of the unique variety & quality it offers and if you are a foodie just pack your bag as you have one more additional reason to visit this beautiful island.

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Adventurous Water Sports

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sea Walking & Banana Boat
ride. 
Another major reason that attracts travellers is water sports. Andaman tour packages offer a good range of water sports. Scuba Diving & Snorkelling are most famous & many thrilling water sports, you will get a chance to dive deep in the sea and meet the beautiful marine life. If you are afraid of jumping in the sea and still want to experience the marine life Sea Walking is for you. You will get a helmet and transferred into the sea, enjoy the feeling of weightlessness and meet the fishes while walking in the sea. It’s a totally new and different experience. Banana Boat ride is another fun ride. The rider will take sudden twists and turns to make your ride more thrilling. You can also enjoy the Parasailing. Also, check out other water sport destinations in India.

6. Glass Boat Ride

Glass Boat Ride

This one is for kids, one of the must-do activities for children is Glass Boat Ride to experience coral reef in Andaman Island. If your child is too young to do the water sports Glass Boat Ride is the best available option to experience marine life. It’s a boat with glass bottom along with highly trained professionals who will help you with all the information and will not let you miss any of the important things from marine life such as freckled frogfish, fire goby and many more mysterious creatures hiding in the kaleidoscopic coral reefs.

7. Stay in a beach resort in Havelock/ Neil Island

Havelock Beach Resort

You can enjoy your stay in five-star hotels anytime and anywhere but forget
about the hotels and go for beach resorts in Havelock and Neil Island. It will be one of the most memorable stays of your life. Something that charms the travellers and gives them a reason to opt for Andaman tour packages.

8. Visit Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

Along with the beaches and scenic beauty, Cellular Jail also attracts traveller. The jail was also known as Kālā Pānī and it was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners. It has a historical significance. The light and sound show at Cellular Jail is a must when you are here.

9. Elephant beach at Havelock Island

Elephant Ride

You can take a boat ride which will take approximately 30 minutes from
Havelock Island dock. It offers a great opportunity to watch the marine ecosystem. For a better view, you can trek to Elephant Beach, a guide will accompany you because he will be familiar with the area. It can be easily explored by boat, but only the walk amidst the mangrove forest and marshland will give you a true and most remarkable experience.

10. Turtle Nesting

Turtle Nesting

Andaman Island not only welcomes lots of tourists between Nov to Jan but it also welcomes varied kind of turtles between December to March for hatching. People seeking more adventure can visit turtle nesting site at Diglipur. It’s a fascinating site that will leave you mesmerised. This place is famous for its Jarawa Tribe too and offers lots of hiking tracks such as Alfred Caves and Ross & Smith Island etc.


The best season to visit Andaman Island is between Nov to Jan, when they
celebrate their annual tourism festival. So, if you are planning to go on
holidays, don’t give it a second thought, Andaman tour packages are the best holiday option available for you this season.

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6 Must-do Adventure Sports in Sikkim

Sikkim, a beautiful hill station in the lap of Mother Nature. Situated at high
altitude, famous among travellers seeking an escape from their daily mundane city life to the tranquillity and serenity of nature. It not only attracts family travellers, photographers and honeymoon couples because of its scenic beauty but also a lot of adventure seekers due to the thrill it holds in its wilderness.


While on your adventure trip to Sikkim, there are few must do adventures that you can’t think of missing. Especially the trekking in Sikkim has its own
charisma. While admiring the enchanting sites in Sikkim if you are an
adventure enthusiast you can also go for different adventures in the valley.

List of Treks to take in Sikkim

Few of the best treks belong to Sikkim. People from all over the world come to enjoy the thrill of trekking in Sikkim with lots of short and long route treks for both the amateur and experienced. Some of the most famous trek routes are:

1- Kanchenjunga Trek

Situated at an altitude of 8,586 m, the third highest peak in the world. This trek with a mind-boggling view of Mt Kanchenjunga is especially for the people who want to enjoy the trekking along with the camping. Kanchenjunga massifs outline a big cross that spans the boundaries of three countries Nepal, Tibet and India (Sikkim). The thrilling trek starts from Yuksom and then it continues towards Bakhim, Dzongri, Laxmi Pokhari, Bikhbari Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier, Bikhbari and ends at Bakkhim.

Trek Route of Kanchenjunga

2- Green Lake Trek

One of the most popular treks of Sikkim with an amazing view of Himalayan peaks. The winding roads that lead to this captivating lake are surrounded by a large variety of rhododendrons a soothing & mesmerising view for the eyes. The trek is not that easy as you have to travel through rocky terrain and dense forests but the view that awaits is worth taking the risk.

Green Lake Trek

3- Sandakphu Trek

Go for Sandakphu Trek, situated at a height of 3,636 meters and get
a panoramic view of the world’s highest snowline. You will travel through the wilderness of Himalaya and get a chance to view the wildlife of Himalaya as you pass through the Singalila National Park.

View from Sandakphu Trek

Many other treks such as Dzongri Trek, Goecha La Trek etc are also famous. You can check our list of 55 treks in India.

Experience River Rafting in Teesta

If you love playing with the waves, this is the best adventure for you. The river Teesta which is one of the major rivers in Sikkim, also known as the lifeline of Sikkim. It provides you with the best rafting experience which carves out of flourishing Himalayas. Expert rafters are present, and they are always around. Also, two rafting options are available one is for swimmers and another one is for people who don’t know swimming, the plus point is the river is not very dangerous. Also check other water sports destinations in India.

River Rafting at Teesta

Cycling and Mountain Biking in Sikkim

Cycling in the wood and hills has its own mesmerising charm. One of the most gripping adventures in Sikkim that provides you with the best sightseeing experience. It gives you the chance to dive deep in the lap of nature. The most eco-friendly adventure that keeps you close to nature and takes you to the unmatched trails. It takes you through the craziest turns, curves, twists and firm run on the edges. Enjoy the twist and turns, roam around the towns, meet friendly locals and leave yourself lost in the amazing scenic beauty and enchanting views of snow-clad mountains. You can take the cycle from town or if you prefer you can go for the tour package that includes cycling excursion. Also, you can join the group cycling in Sikkim. 

Cycling Group

Enjoy Paragliding in Sikkim

Explore the nature and alluring scenic beauty of Sikkim from the top. It’s once in a lifetime of experience. Sikkim is beautiful, rich in flora with the river flowing along the lovely meadows. If you are an adventure seeker and want to take your trip to the next level then don’t miss this experience, the cold breeze touching your face and you are on the top witnessing the greenery all around. As far as you can see it is all green, surrounded by snow capped mountains, so don’t forget to testify the enchanting beauty of the town from the top. For an ultimate paragliding experience, be a part of the Annual Paragliding Festival, which falls in the months of October and November.

Gliding amidst mountains

Rock Climbing & Mountaineering in Sikkim

Rock climbing or mountaineering is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s tough but for an adventure seeker who enjoys the thrill of mountain climbing and wants to climb the Himalaya, it’s a dream come true. With every step, you will enjoy the thrill of climbing. There are two types of climbing one in which ropes are available and you can hold them if you fall which is known as free climbing. Another one is, in which gears and ropes are provided for an easier route up with the help of equipment, known as aid climbing.

Still of Rock Climbing

Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge

If you are seeking the most thrilling adventure and not afraid of height then don’t miss the Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge. The highest bridge in Sikkim at a height of 198 m, it creates the perfect surroundings for Bungee jumping. The bridge connects two mountains and offers a perfect view of greenery. The experts are there to guide you if you are new to Bungee Jumping. This is one of the most hunted adventure sport in Sikkim.

Bungee Jumping

If you are planning a trip to Sikkim in order to experience some adventure,
then you won’t be disappointed. Trekking in Sikkim will give you a refreshing experience. The destination is known for its natural beauty and friendly hosting. It will always be one of your most memorable trip with lots of exciting and challenging sports. The adventure lovers can have the most exciting time here.

Essential Backpacking Tips For Absolute Beginners: Backpacking is no more a Challenge

Tourist backpack and sleeping pad on a background of mountains, Georgia (Svaneti)

Johnny took his first backpacking trip. He was an amateur hiker. In this particular hike, he had travelled a long way, hiking over mountains and through some of the roughest terrain known to man. It was a grueling task, one that required stamina, patience, and endurance. After all that way, all that work, and all that effort, surely our hero Johnny deserves a good, long rest. A good night’s sleep, safe from the dangers of wildlife is just what the doctor ordered. The place was pitch black, the night young and quiet. All he needed was the comfort of the big, comfy tent………………………… which was missing! Apparently, amidst all the excitement, he had forgotten to pack it in. Basically, it was going to be a long night.

Moral of the story? Don’t be like Johnny. Backpacking and/or camping requires thorough preparation, physical capabilities and adequate equipment to do so successfully, and without harm. Failing to do so could at best lead to minor inconvenience, at worst……….

Let’s not go there. Instead, let’s talk about how you, our beginner backpacker, can avoid doing as Johnny, and go have a great experience on your first, or early, backpacking experience. We have previously published a post focusing Tips of your first trip.

Preparations For Backpacking Trip

First and foremost, you have to take various preparations before the hike itself. There are several things to consider when preparing, including navigation, travel time, distance and security. Here is a list of things that will be absolutely necessary. Also, depending on whether you are going to a beach or a hike, camping or a backpack, stuff will change.

MAP and GUIDEBOOK

Tourist backpack and sleeping pad on a background of mountains, Georgia (Svaneti)

This one is a no-brainer. The map is the best way to navigate across the hike. It will show you the way, help you plan your route and indicate the direction of the nearest town if something bad happens. In today’s world, many people use smartphone map apps, which could be a more portable, water-proof option over bulkier, paper maps.
The guidebook will give information that will help alongside the map in deciding how to plan the travel, such as easier ways to go, shortcuts that may be harder to pass through versus longer, easier routes, and so on. It will also give details on campsites that are popular, frequented backpacking routes and rules specific to a particular trail.

GEAR

There are two basic questions to answer when deciding what to take.

  1. Do I absolutely, positively, most definitely need it?
  2. If I don’t need it, will it make my journey any easier?


If either of the answers or both, is a no, then you don’t have to take it with you. Even though it is understandable if you want to bring certain familiar items from home, carrying as little as possible will make it easier to travel, organize and pack/unpack. Basically, anything that does not help with traveling, food, organizing, or disposing of waste can be left back home.

FOOD

Arguably the most important on the list, taking the right type of food is essential in having an easy travel. Obviously, it is impossible to cook extravagant, fulfilling meals on a campfire. It is also impossible to carry very many items to cook (and cook with!) on your travels.

The best approach to food is having ones that are simple and easily cooked and cleaned. The easiest choice is having meals that need boiling water, such as instant noodles. All you do is add boiling water to it, and soon enough you have edible noodles. If that isn’t good enough, most one-pot meals such as ramen noodles or angel hair pasta is a good alternative, since they require very little work to be put in. Lastly, if you are willing to put
in the work and time, take food that can be easily cooked over a campfire. Marinated chicken can be grilled over a fire, and so can vegetables like tinned mushrooms.

SKILLS

Finally, you will need to learn some basic skills before you set out. Whether you plan on going alone or with somebody, you need to learn how to pitch a tent. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering offers an Adventure Course which will teach you basics for you adventure trip. While this may seem simple, trust us when we say, PRACTICE! Practice, so that you can do it fast. This will save plenty of time for doing other things and also save you from potential embarrassment!

Another handy skill to have is knowing how to light a campfire from items found in nature. We are sure most people have seen it done on Nat Geo or Discovery, but it is hardly as easy as they make it seem. This is why it is important to learn this as well. Most people will likely carry a lighter, but in the event that it goes missing, this skill will help loads. Better safe than sorry!
One last skill that needs a shout-out is, well, one that most people would not want to shout out. Dealing with nature’s call in the middle of nowhere, what a terrific thought! Sadly, you must learn how to answer it while in nature’s territory, without a single toilet in sight.
Never thought you would miss those seats now, did you?

Check Out: Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

EXECUTION

Now that you are set, let’s look at some practical advice when you are on the road itself.

STAY ON ESTABLISHED CAMPSITES
Any good camper will tell you that established campsites have the advantage of being easy to locate, and containing certain amenities such as bear-proof storage, which makes it easier to keep food. There are also certain places where setting up camp is more convenient, and where fresh water is within reach.
They are also more likely to have other people setting up camp nearby. Having people nearby, especially campers with more hands-on experience, will help you learn and get assistance from them. It also provides mental comfort, having other people to socialize with. It also helps keep away wild animals, because they tend to steer clear of areas where more people are located.

DELAY TRIP DURING BAD WEATHER
During the wetter seasons, it is best not to go camping. Rain not only adds more pressure on an already difficult experience, but it also takes out the fun. Make sure you schedule your trip in a manner where the weather is dry during the entire trip. If rain is forecasted, it wouldn’t hurt delaying by a week. Why get wet in the middle of nowhere, while going long distances and carrying a heavyweight?

WEAR LIGHT CLOTHES DURING BACKPACKING TRIPS
Having lighter clothing helps to move faster. Wear something comfortable, helps absorb sweat and also protects from the wear and tear of nature.

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
Always clean up whatever mess you make on the go. It is the right thing to do (you know it!) but it also makes it your campsite less prone to being discovered by wild animals.

Take our word for it. Be prepared, be smart, and be careful. The fun and excitement will come as long as you stay safe and sound.

India Loves To Ride: Buddy for all your bike tours, thrill and adventure

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India Loves To Ride Buddy for all your bike tour thrill and adventure

Do you fantasize about bike tours? Or think of taking a sexy adventure on bike trips to mountains, deserts or forests? Do you want to hop on bicycle trips with your buddies? And many such questions follow with an answer yes. But then here is the question- HOW??? Yes, we agree that bike tours are dream hard to fulfill. But guys, not impossible. Biking and cycling tours are filled with trouble. As I got to know from Shivam ” Bike tours become difficult if your bike gets in trouble.” He told his problem with that issue as its hard to get mechanic most of the times. Either keep an expert and tools with your group. Also sometimes you do not get the bike of your choice from the place you desire to go for your bike trip.

Also, Tarun from Delhi told me that:

Instead of bike trip being adventurous enough, it can be a pain in the body if you do not have carriers for your bags. Carrying bags on your shoulder on long bike trips can lead to severe back pain. And if you are not under proper inspections by the experienced company, your trip can be painful instead of being adventurous fun.

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Image of Biker Tarun Bajaj on his solo Bike trip

Plan your bike tours with India Loves To Ride

But do not worry guys, India Loves to Ride has come up with all the solutions making your all bike tour dreams possible. India Loves to Ride is a one-stop where you will get to know about all the biking and cycling tours and events going to be held in your city, nearby you and at the places where you are searching for it. Now you won’t miss any of the cycling and motorcycling events of your interest. Also, you will be never alone on your trips if your friends ditch you on your plans. You can look for a company by creating your own group according to your ideas and interests. Now your interests are possible and that too under the expert guidance with full support and help if you are fresher to such experiences. Bike trips will be a good adventure and no more difficult.

India Loves to Ride is a buddy to all you biking brothers. They give you options to explore from many events, locations, interests and availability related to cycling and motorcycling. Enrich your biking and cycling adventure with good events through India Loves To Ride.

Some upcoming events we got to know from India Loves to Ride which could be of your interest are:

Keep updated! Keep riding!

 

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Career, Scope & Courses in Travel and Tourism in India

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All you need to know :Career, Scope & Courses in Travel & Tourism

There are a lot of questions spread across the forums regarding the available Courses in Travel and Tourism industry in India, which made me come up with this post.

Tourism and Travel are such words which catch a quick attention and interest nowadays. The generation today find it to be very cool if connected with travel, adventure & backpacking. If such things cheer you up too, then you can look up for a career in the field of tourism and travel. Field of tourism may look glamorous but requires a great sense of hard work, patience and challenges.

 

Life has become very competitive in the present era. To achieve benefits and success in future, you need to be well prepared with every aspect. Thus here we will help you with all the guidance you may need to make a career and look for Courses in Travel and Tourism.

There is a direct proportion between demand and scope of any field. As the demand increases the scope of earning and employment increases. Same is what we can see with the growth of travel and tourism sector. India is building scope in the field of tourism and hospitality. This is the reason for rising employment in travel and tourism sector.

List of courses in travel and tourism you can choose from:

  • Bachelor in Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor in Tourism & Travel Management
  • BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BVoc in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Masters in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MBA in Tourism and Travel
  • Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MA in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Masters in Tourism Administration
  • PG Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management
  • PG Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Tourist Guide
  • Certificate in Tourist Guide

Also, there are many certificate courses offered by many public and private institutes for the specialization in particular adventure activities. Out of them, Adventure Course is a bliss to show your love for mountains & other land-based adventure. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. If you are one of those adventure freaks, you should definitely read my review of Adventure course at NIM. There are similar courses on water and air-based adventure activities too. Ministry of Tourism promotes all types of adventure activities and has various centers for such courses.

 There are also many generalized courses for Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Aviation, etc.

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Travel and Tourism course description

Every course provides knowledge of the core subjects & basic functioning of the field. Just the level upgrades according to the course. Some basic core subjects in travel & tourism are:

  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Policies and Laws
  • Transport Management
  • Air Ticketing
  • Tourism Marketing and Management
  • History, Culture and Heritage of India and World
  • Travel Agency/ Tour Operators Training
  • Tour Guide/ Escorts Training and Skills
  • PR and Communication Skills

Best university for travel and tourism in India:

Although the list is long. I will sort out few good institutes and colleges in the list which provide success in placements too.

  • Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management: IITTM is the autonomous university under the Ministry of Tourism. It is the most recognized university for courses related to travel & tourism. IITTM is known for the specialized and quality product return. It is situated in Gwalior with campuses in Goa, Noida, Bhubaneshwar and Nellore.
  • Pondicherry University: It is a Central University and is blended with perfection. Studies in southern India is always known to be best. University offers well training in the field with good job opportunities.
  • Banaras Hindu University: It is another top-ranked & government-owned central university. B.H.U brings out the best in a person. It polishes you to be a skilled professional.
  • Christ University: It is a privately owned deemed university in Bangalore. It trains students to be a perfect match of the market. Best in building a smart and active force with a great training of practical knowledge. Christ University provides opportunities to learn and expertise.
  • Kuoni Academy: These academies are IATA/UFTAA Authorised Training Centers, established in various cities of India. Kuoni Academy offers many courses in travel and tourism.
  • Lovely Professional University: LPU is one of the top-ranked private university in Punjab & central India. The university has one of the best infrastructures. LPU is recognized & accredited by approx 10 boards.
  • Thomas Cook Center of TrainingThomas Cook tops the list of the business provider in the travel industry. It also came up with the training centers to create the talented force in the field. TCCT have various courses in Travel and Tourism.
  • Amity UniversityOne of the top private & successful University in Delhi NCR. Amity has gradually reached a success place among the education organization. It helps students to groom into professionals. Amity University has also come up with courses in Travel and Tourism which got recognition from UNWTO TedQual Certification.

Also, read Nomadic Foot’s article on how you can travel and earn money.

Job opportunities in Tourism & Travel

Tourism and travel is a service providing profession. It is a vast sector and connects to many other sectors such as transports, hotels airlines etc. Therefore it demands smart and polished individual personality. It has jobs in both government and the private sector. Ministry of Tourism also looks for certified and trained professionals for the growth of tourism in India. The starting salary scope might not be much high as compared to other fields, but it provides good opportunities and higher packages with time and experiences. Few of the travel and tourism jobs are as below:

 

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List of Jobs in Travel and Tourism Industry:

Travel Jobs in Hospitality Sector:

Hospitality is another vast field which has many job opportunities for professionals from Travel & tourism industry such as:

  • Hotel Operations
  • Front Office
  • Food & Beverages
  • Accounting
  • Sales/ Maintenance/ PR
  • Security

Airlines Sector:

There is a good scope for professionals from Travel & Tourism industry in Airlines sector.

  • Ground Staffs (traffic assistance, booking, etc.)
  • In-flight Staffs (air hostess, pilots, etc.)

Every field of work demands hard work, loyalty and interest. If your heart beats for traveling then you can surely look up for a career in tourism sector irrespective of your gender, age, etc. India is growing, grow yourself! Happy Traveling!

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Create Your Trek Story at Hampta Pass

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Mountains are the special love nature gave to us. From pleasant weather to stunning views it has many things to offer. And I caught up one of my experience in the laps of those pretty mountains on my trek to Hampta Pass. Hampta Pass Trek is a crossover trek from Manali to Spiti covering the streams, rocks, and beautiful flower blooming views. Pass is a route through a mountain range or a ridge. Thus it has a navigable route.

Trekking gives energy to my soul. It feels like a walk in paradise. Challenging self for reaching the heights and walking will never leave you disappointed because of the panoramic view you will get while moving. Those five days trip let me realize there is always so much we are left to feel. Nature has a lot to give us. Pick your chance to grasp those surprises of nature. Also beautiful flower valleys make it no less than valley of flowers in Uttarakhand.

Hampta Pass Trek Assistance

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Hampta Pass Trek is quite difficult to do it by own. One will need some guidance and proper belongings for the trek and survival as there are no options on the way. I did my Hampta Pass trek with a Delhi based trekking company Renok Adventures LLP and certified being a successful trekker for that 14,100ft. visit in around INR 9,500 but there are many other options you can choose from. Or you can take your group of experience buddies with you. Reach Manali and drive till Jobra and trek further with assistance. Camp stops are naturally done at Chika, Balu ka gera, Chatru etc. enroute.

Hampta Pass Weather

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Situated between Kullu and Lahaul Valley, you can visit for this trek from June to mid-October and rest of the year it is difficult due to very cold weather and snow sheets covering the way. Also, this is one of the treks which are open for the large time period in India as compared to other treks like Rupin Pass, Goechala, etc. Weather at hampta pass route is pleasant with the support of sun while your walk and chill breezy winter at nights. This will help you feel cool when all the other part of India will be hot.

What I realized is nature is the reason we find ourselves better, give some time to it and to self. Later I did few more treks but hampta pass trek is a package for all what I experienced till now. Get some time and rejuvenate yourself with the epitome of nature.

 

Also read Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek: Pack up for the peak

 

(This story was first published in Lonely Planet Magazine India)

Review: Adventure course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering- A must on your list.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is known to be the most prestigious mountaineering institute in our country and around the world. Keeping an eye to the view of promoting mountaineering and adventure sports amongst the young generation with the thought of environment conservation, the institute is a great initiative from Government. It is the first mountaineering institute following to presently many private and government-controlled institutes with the same motive. Established on 14th November 1965 in Uttarkashi, on the name of first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, to pay honor to his love for mountains and nature.

About adventure course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering:

Although the institute runs various courses related to mountains with a high level of technicality and expertise. The adventure course at NIM is bliss amongst all of them to show your love for mountains. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. Helps to learn and know more about mountains filled with a bag full of adventure activities. Adventure course will provide you with the basic knowledge regarding the maximum activities. Comes in this list are

  • rappelling
  • rock climbing
  • trekking
  • river crossing
  • bush crafting
  • a map locating in mountains and forests
  • camping

and many more to catch your excitement to learn and know all 15 days. Not only a hand in activities but with all the basic theoretical and technical knowledge to live in mountains. Also, the campus has various activities areas. Oh yeah! You will also get movie sessions.

Also Read: What is your travelling activity

How to apply for Adventure Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering?

Certificate : Adventure Course at NIM
Certificate: Adventure Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

The course runs in various batches for men, women and mixed too between the age of 14- 40 years in good health. The course can be easily applied through institute’s official website. The website is very user- friendly. Which provide you with the course details and schedule of batches on yearly basis. To apply for the course, there are two forms. First is the application form and other the medical form. The medical form is a time taking process.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Fees

The adventure course at the institute runs on a fee of just INR 4000/-. Which includes

  • Staying at hostel and camps from Institute for 15 days,
  • Transportation expense within the course
  • Meals for 15 days,
  • Technical equipment required

and many more on the list with great training under friendly staffs building a good sense of discipline. Also, the courses at NIM are very demanding and works at limited times a year. Thus you might get waiting list when you try. But have patience man! Coz it would gonna be worthwhile all your wait. But then you have options of other institutes too for the same course.

Badge ceremony: Adventure ceremony at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
Badge ceremony: Adventure ceremony at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

Why a must on everyone’s list?

Adventure course is those best 15 days which will give you positive, new reasons for your life. Mountains and nature always turn to be great in bringing positivity and course help you provide that with an add-on to your desire of indulging in adventure activities. The campus itself has a lot of man- built activities and also they take you in the real world for natural ways of experiencing. It is the place where you come above your fear, be it in any way within you. Also with the group of trainees who will come up to be in your batch will become your new family giving you lots of memories and friends for your lifetime.

The course will not only help you get the best of knowledge in adventure activities but also provide you life- lessons of moral, ethics, discipline and for sure increase your love for nature if you already have. And if you do it after your school and college life being busy in your work stress, this course will be the moment to cherish your life back from those days. Although being from my part of experience it could be best to do to get a whole lot of things on a single door and that too, on a very affordable price. The campus is well built in the laps of mountains.

Clean environment and about food, what to say, you may get tired of eating but they won’t get tired of providing and serving best meals, every time. Also, the campus has a friend zoned canteen too, to hang- out with your new friends. This was all I could share my experience on the course in a minimum of words I could try but I am sure it won’t go wrong in your experience too. I could still feel best from my heart thinking of those days.

Also Read: How to become a Tourist Guide In India?

Ratings:

Through my experience looking for overall I received from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, it will be 4.5*/5* and I leave this 0.5* in the ways how you come back from there. A very budget- friendly trip with adventure, fun, friends and love for nature and mountains.

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