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When you think extreme sports, you think New Zealand, but there is so much the world has to offer. India, for instance, is a beautiful country with beautiful people. It also has its fair share of extreme sports to interest any adrenaline junkie. That is why when you are looking for another trip to take the edge off, consider adding India to your list.

India is a country that is just waiting to be discovered, appreciated, and loved, but when you are abroad don’t leave your loved ones in the dark. You know that extreme sports carry an element of danger, which is why when your mom wants to make cheap calls to India, you should ensure you both have the best solution to do so, especially if you are doing something new, or furthering your experience in an extreme sport you know, as India has these top extreme sports to offer:

"Ganga Kayak Festival"

“Ganga Kayak Festival”

  1. Water Rafting

Unlike in other areas of the world, water rafting in India is somewhat different. The best place to go is in the town of Rishikesh. This town is the gateway to the Himalayas, and a famous pilgrim spot for spiritualist. For water rafters, though, there is the Ganges River.

  1. Skiing

Though the first thought of India is hot weather, India is also a neighbor to the highest mountain in the world, and it has the skiing experience to prove it. The northern provinces offer extreme skiing and stunning views. Go out and enjoy the mountain views and the country, because there is so much to see and do in India.

"Alpine Skiing at Gulmarg Ski Resort"

“Alpine Skiing at Gulmarg Ski Resort”

  1. Hang Gliding

Some areas of India reach nearly 2000 meters above sea level, making it the perfect place to also enjoy some hang gliding. These areas are also less densely populated than other areas of India, so if you’re skittish around crowds this is the place to go.

  1. Hiking

With the Himalayan mountains and the Kunlun mountain regions framing the north of India, it’s no wonder that there are some incredible hiking opportunities to be had. Be warned though, these are the not the day hikes you can do back home. You’ll need equipment, experience and a guide.

  1. Ice Climbing

Once again, the Himalayas fail to disappoint. In the Baramula District travelers can enjoy stunning views over 2000 meters above sea level, and in the winter when the area drops to below freezing, you have the change to enjoy ice climbing. This option is perfect for anyone who has dreamt of climbing a frozen waterfall.

"Scuba Diving at the Lighthouse Reef"

“Scuba Diving at the Lighthouse Reef”

  1. Scuba Diving

Not all of India is mainland, either. In fact, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer some of the best beach destinations in the area. If you are interested in vibrant coral, lazing on the beach, and even some surfing if the weather permits, head over to these islands to get your fix.

India is a beautiful country of great diversity: culturally, economically and the extreme sports she offers. You may not have thought about India in terms of the extreme sports that you can do, but if you do decide to add it as a destination on your bucket-list, you will not be disappointed.