India offers you unlimited choices. For here, action and tranquility are two sides of the same coin.While imposing peaks defy you to conquer them; gentle mountains invite you for a leisurely trek. The rivers beckon you to taste the thrill of river running or try your hand at catching some trout. The clear blue waters of India's island beaches are ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling, or for a languorous soak in the sun.India's landscape is blessed with terrains that make it a perfect destination for the adventurous traveller. With the snow-laden Himalayas in the north and the sea on all three sides of the Indian peninsula, the diversity in the landscape makes for exciting adventures in all parts of the country.

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Rock climbing
Rocky cliffs and mountain sides of Manali Valley and Dharamshala find many enthusiasts. Lado Sarai in Delhi, Dhauj and Damdama Lake near the Capital are the best known climbing destinations in the country. Bangalore is the centre of many rock-climbing destinations like Ramanagaram, Badami and Raogudhu. Hampi in Karnataka has some of the best granite rocks in India providing the climbers opportunities to test their skills.

Take your pick from the Himalayas, the Aravallis, the Sahyadris Satpura range (Gujarat), Manali (Himachal Pradesh) and the Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttaranchal. Trained climbers will find many unsealed peaks above 10,000 feet waiting to be conquered.

Fruit laden orchards, profusion of flowers, pine and cedar forests, gurgling streams, rare birds. Some popular treks are in the Kullu Manali valley and the Kumaon-Garhwal regions of Uttaranchal. In the east, treks in Sikkim and Darjeeling are a must while the Sahyadris with its old forts reward the trekker in the west.

Hang Gliding
Excellent hang gliding locations at Kasauli, Dharamshala, Satara, Sinhagarh, Shimla, Pune, Kamshet, Udhagamandalam, Mhow, Indore, Mysore and Shillong. Yumthang in north Sikkim and Jorethang in south Sikkim also offer an opportunity to try this adrenaline-pumping adventure sport. Paragliding a combination of hang gliding and parachuting, India has immense paragliding opportunities in the Himalayas and the Sahyadris. In fact, distance world records have been set in international competitions held in India.

Mountain Biking
Himachal Pradesh has splendid biking opportunities, including the highest road pass in the world. Biking to the wild and barren 'moonscape' of Ladakh is also an unforgettable experience. Good camps are found along routes, enabling the traveller to interact with local cultures.

Himachal Pradesh with its rivers and their numerous tributaries are an angler's paradise with katla, rohu, trout and mahseer as the prized catch. Bhimeshwari, near Mysore, is also a treasure trove of mahseer if you are travelling in South India.

Camel Safaris
Transport yourself into a by gone royal era by indulging in a camel safari in the rustic desertland of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and many other companies offer these safaris which offer stay at camps in the Thar desert and an opportunity to traverse its golden sands. Often, fortified cities of Jodhpur, Bikaner, Shekhawati and Pushkar combine an entire trail.
Also try the tiger, elephant, horse, yak and jeep versions of the Safari.

New Delhi's Safdarjung Airport provides some great opportunities float past monuments and one can also view the Taj Mahal from a balloon flight.

Water Sports
The coral reefs and blue Lagoons of lakshadweep and Andaman islands are the best locations for Scuba Diving and Snorkelling. Head for Goa where many beaches offer sports like jet-skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and boating.
Cruise on calm waters in a shikara in Kashmir or its southern equivalent, the Kettuvallom, in Kerala. This is one of the best ways to view scenic beauty and make your holiday magical.

India offers adventurous souls rivers,mountains,forests deserts and beaches to find their thrills. And if that is not enough, there is always the sky.