Rainfall has always been used as a metaphor for snuggling by your bedside with a book and a cup of coffee, but there are a few daredevils out there who wish to break the cliché and brave the weather to satisfy their adventure cravings. Adventure sports have been around for as long as we can remember and always pose a challenge to anyone daring to take it up. Experiencing a rush of adrenaline and performing death-defying stunts is just what you need to complete a long vacation, and India itself serves up quite a challenge for anyone willing to take up adventure sports during the monsoon season. Here are seven monsoon adventure sports which are not for the faint-hearted.
Best locations: Ladakh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand
What’s more challenging than tackling a heavy downpour? Dealing with it while trudging through fast waters! River rafting is known for the thrill it offers adventure seekers, especially when rafting down high-current white waters. Rafting is primarily a group based activity, so you have to be in sync with the rest of the gang to complete the challenge the water throws at you.
Best locations: Kerala, Goa, Assam
If you really want to experience watersports at its most challenging mode, you must definitely try kayaking. Forget the rough river waters or torrential rain; the challenge lies in the sport’s technique itself. You are required to use a pair of paddles to move along the waters. Kayaking solo is the best thing to do as it will test both your mental and physical prowess.
Best locations: Mumbai, Pune, Himachal Pradesh
Trekking is one of the most popular adventure activities you can indulge in. While trekking offers varying levels of difficulty, depending on the location of the trek, monsoon treks are equally challenging no matter where you go. The sheer thrill you get in hopping, skipping and jumping across trekkable paths while also dodging the torrential rain and earthly monsoon creatures is one to behold.
Best locations: Pune, Karnataka
The magic of waterfalls is best experienced during the monsoon season and if you want to get up close and personal, you must take part in waterfall rappelling. Rappelling is the opposite of mountain climbing and typically has you harnessed to a rope while you scale down a mountainside. It may seem easier than going upwards, but once you are faced with the powerful downward current of a waterfall, you just may consider trudging a little extra caution.
Best locations: Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Bhopal
Ziplining involves being harnessed to a long rope that stretches from one point to another and using a pulley system to rush across the rope. While this is an adrenaline pumper in itself, ziplining gains extreme levels of difficulty when you have to repeat the feat under the rush of rainwater. The fact that you are so high up in the air and have to rush across a rope while getting sloshed in the rain makes for a daring adventure you have to experience.
Best locations: Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Coorg
Cycling is one of the most relaxing as well as energetic sports you can take up. Cycling across mountain slopes and rocky hills is a whole new kind of extreme adventure. Mountain biking will test your cycling skills to its limit as you zoom down rocky slopes and pedal hard along steep inclines. If you think you’ve mastered the craft, repeat it again while it rains; that’s a challenge you’ll never forget.
Camping Best locations: Maharashtra, Jaisalmer, Arunachal Pradesh
In need of a pit stop while exploring the wilderness? Set up a camp! Camping may not be an extreme sport, but it is indeed an extreme survival skill, which rivals the demand of sport. Camping in monsoon season is a worthy challenge as you’ll have to set up your pit stop while also tackling rainfall that will persistently put out your campfire!
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