Located in South Asia, India is the world’s second-largest country by population as well as its largest democracy. Renowned for its linguistic and religious diversity, its colorful history, and its increasingly important role in an ever-globalizing world, India is also putting itself on the map as a popular destination for adventure tourism.
Because of its size and geographical diversity, India offers a wide variety of options for vacationers seeking an exciting adventure in an exotic land. Let’s take a look at just a few of the locations throughout this magical country that are growing ever-more popular with a unique class of tourists who want more from their vacation destinations:
This northern state is situated in the heart of the Himalaya Mountains and is renowned for its natural beauty and peaceful nature. Its mountainous topography makes it ideal for hikers, rock climbers, and skiers. Uttarakhand is home to the infamous Roopkund, a trekking destination where, during the summer months, a vast number of human skeletons can be seen beneath the thawed lake water.
Located along India’s western border, this massive state is home to the equally gigantic Thar Desert—one of the largest in the world. For those who fancy a visit to this culturally- and geographically-isolated locale, there might be no better way to do it than on the back of a camel, taking a true Rajasthan-style safari. No matter your price range or preferred travel style, there’s an option for you—from simple backpacker accommodations to posh and luxurious desert treks, Rajasthan has it all.
This tiny southwestern state is by far India’s richest, with a GDP over two times the country’s average. If your idea of an Indian vacation includes cultural immersion and historic sites but you prefer beaches to the mountains or the desert, this is your place. Options for adventure tourism in Goa abound—from water sports to scuba diving to fishing to hiking, there is bound to be an activity in Goa that piques your interest. Once again, the tourism industry in Goa caters to visitors of many price ranges, and whether you’re looking at hostel dormitories or upscale hotel rooms there is a space in Goa for you.
Before You Go…
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