Land based sports

Skiing

Skiing in India is an activity that mostly takes place in the northern states of India, where the Himalayas are situated. Skiing is administered by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in India. The Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. However skiing in India suffers from lack of infrastructure. There are also security concerns in Gulmarg which is 20 km from the Line of Control, however since 2002, it has been peaceful, which has led to an increase in skiing activity in the region. Some of the most popular skiing locations in India are Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, Solang in Himachal Pradesh and Auli in Uttarakhand.



Trekking

The myriad and unique landscapes of India beckon for a riveting trekking experience. Be it the north, south, east or the centre of the country, each region offers something distinct and awe-inspiring. Ramble through charming meadows, bountiful oak tree forests, quaint tribal villages, hidden waterfalls and witness the marvels of nature unfold before your eyes. India offers world-class trekking opportunities, particularly in the Himalaya, where staggering views of snow-clad peaks, traditional tribal villages, sacred Hindu sites, ancient Buddhist monasteries and blazing fields of wildflowers are just some of the features that make for extraordinary alpine experiences. Routes range in difficulty from easy half-day jaunts to strenuous multi-week expeditions. With a commercial trekking industry that's far less developed than in neighbouring Nepal, many places still feel wild and relatively unspoiled, and thrillingly scenic treks can take you into magical roadless villages, through craggy gorges and across dazzlingly stark mountain passes.



Parkour

Groups in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai practice Parkour very regularly. They are generally people with diverse backgrounds who have a common passion for parkour. They organize sessions regularly at various spots across the city.



Snowboarding

How about a journey to a place that combines big mountain skiing, powder, backcountry, avalanches, men with guns, driving chaos, random acts, culture, hawkers, monkeys and culinary mysteries all into one? The most boardable slopes are also on the Indian-subcontinent side of the mountains, where the monsoon rains collide with the peaks and fall as deep powder. Places like Gulmarg and Auli have developed ski resorts, from where one can easily rent out snowboards.



Mountain Biking

If you are a cycling buff and willing to unleash your cycling enthusiasm, India is always a paradise for people like you. This place accommodates serene landscapes and mesmerizing climate, best for cycling geeks. Whether you are a causal holiday cyclist or a hard core enthusiast who likes to challenge Desert and Rural villages of Rajasthan, mighty mountains of Ladakh or Lush green tea plantations of South India, there is a trail available for you in India.



Heli Skiing

It goes without saying that heli skiing is the ultimate ski or snowboard experience. The helicopter flight alone is spectacular, but after you've finished taking photos of the amazing vistas, the ride down the mountain is even better. Virgin powder and no hordes to compete with for fresh tracks - in one word it's 'divine'. Most of the time, the skiing is very good, but conditions can change quickly, and you may encounter some difficult or poor skiing. The guides will attempt to find the best snow possible, but you must be prepared to accept whatever Nature gives us!



Rock Climbing

Rock climbing can be undertaken throughout the year. India is a vast country and different parts of the country have different climatic conditions. Although you can practice rock climbing in most parts of the country, the fact remains that the Himalayan region provides the best rock-climbing challenges to the professional. The Aravali hills have good climbing faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh, all situated near Delhi. The Western Ghats have Mumbra and Dudha beyond Pune. Himachal Pradesh offers the Manali Valley, Chattru, Manikaran and the Rohtang Pass. Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have gentler rocks. In Karnataka there are the Chamundi Hills, Sahyadri Range (Western Ghats) having natural rock climbing areas with various grades of difficulties. Many virgin rock pinnacles and cracks in the unexplored region are waiting to be explored.



Caving

Despite the large number of caves in India - many of them undiscovered - the sport of caving has still to take roots here. However, the northeastern state of Meghalaya, home to some of the longest and deepest caves in India, offers the best caving potential in the country. The Jaintia hills are home to the Krem Kotsati-Umlawan cave, at 21km (approx.) one of the longest such in mainland Asia. The Shnong Rim section in the Jaintia Hills, in particular, is a caver's paradise (to navigate these grottos, you would have to wade through waist-deep water, or even swim). With Meghalaya dotted with caves (well upwards of a 1000 - totalling over 350km in length - a fair number of them inaccessible, and still lying unexplored), it is a magnet for cavers, and caving has become a popular adventure hobby in this corner of India.