Adventure sports involve risky activities that are nerve-racking, hair-rising, and spine-chilling. They are quite different from traditional land sports because of the extremity of risk involved and uncertainty of the outcome. Some of the adventure sports activities include scuba diving, rafting, trekking, rock climbing, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, and skiing.
To perform these adventure sports, you need a professional or experienced outdoor adventure instructor. The instructor will instruct and train you thoroughly before letting you try out any of those activities. If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, this article will help you find the best adventure tour operator in India.
The 10 Best Adventure Tour Operators and Agencies in India are:
1. Countryside Adventure Holidays
The countryside adventure holidays, founded in 1993, is a Mumbai based travel company, which conducts adventure and offbeat tours. This company operates adventure tours all across India, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Himalayas. Also, it operates tours in international destinations like South Africa, Iceland, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, South America, and Antarctica. Now, in India, this company has emerged as one of the leading organizers of the offbeat, experiential, and adventure holidays. Being a certified member of the adventure tour association of India and Pacific Asia travel association, its top priority includes safety, comfort, and unique local experience across all destinations.
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2. Flying Fox
Flying Fox is a Delhi based company and the only zip tour company in India. You can travel on a zip line between the hills forts and ridge tops with this company. Flying Fox, certified to international standards, is inspected annually by Capstone Inspections, who is officially from the United Kingdom. Currently, this company has four locations in north India- Mehrangarh in Jodhpur, Neemrana fort palace, the kikar lodge near Chandigarh, and Shivpuri, Rishikesh. The kikar lodge is operational throughout the year, while the other sites operate depending on the season. All the safety equipment of Flying Fox comes from Petzl, France. They construct zips at least three times stronger than it needs to be. Each customer receives a safety kit, as well as practice and supervision from the experienced trainers.
Inme is a Delhi-based outdoor adventure company for children of the age group 9-18 years old. They conduct challenge-based activities and outdoor adventure expedition at any of their five campuses (two in south India and three in north India). Inme provides travel insurance for most of its activities and is the only outdoor program in India that offers activity insurance. All their outdoor gear is UIAA standards-compliant, and they do an extensive safety check of all the equipment after each use. The instructors at Inme undergo training at the national leadership school to handle all kinds of outdoor emergencies.
4. Orca Dive Club
If you are interested in scuba-diving, Ocra diving club is the best dive centres in India to explore the world underwater. A Mumbai based company established in 2008, is a PADI (professional association of diving) 5-star centre that introduces underwater adventure enthusiasts to the Scuba diving sport and outbound SCUBA travel. They conduct training sessions starting in Mumbai and then wind up the diving session in outbound destinations, which include the Andamans, Bali, Maldives, Seychelles, and the Red Sea (Egypt). Orca dive club offers dive lessons, live abroad trips, open water dive certification, and PADI advanced open-water certification. Their specialities include family diving, training, and group diving.
5. Snow Leopard Adventures
Snow Leopard Adventures is the first ISO certified adventure tour operator in India. It has been recognized as an adventure tour operator by the government of India. This company from Gurgaon offers adventure activities like river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, sea kayaking, and trans-Himalayan jeep safaris. They run camps at various locations in the Himalayas and run one camp in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. This company has run 50 adventure courses for the Indian Armed Forces and has been a facilitator for events like the Four Square Challenge White Water Championship in India. They have received the Padma Shri award and national tourism award by the government of India.
6. Mercury Himalayan Explorations (MHE) Adventure
This adventure company from Delhi is the winner in the top adventure tour operators in India category of Outlook Traveller Awards 2015. Adventure activities offered by this group include trekking, river rafting, off-road jeep safaris (across the south and north India), and climbing expeditions. Mercury Himalayan Explorations Adventure is the only private adventure operator to get special permission from the Indian Army to conduct the first-ever civilian trek to the Siachen Glacier. They have also received multiple national tourism awards for pioneering off-road expedition and for being the most innovative tour operator in India. Also, they have got featured in some of the top magazines, including Outside Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, and Forbes.
Thrillophilia is a Bengaluru-based adventure tour operator founded in 2009. Being one of the top online booking platforms, they have driven more than 40 million online traffic. With over 12000+ activities and 125+ destinations across India and other Asian countries, they have catered over 2 million customers. They also conduct adventure tours and offbeat expedition in the Indian subcontinent such as Nepal, Bhutan as well as in other countries like Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Andamans. By providing the organized activity options and unique local experience, they ease the activity-travel for the user. Activities include Scuba diving, hiking trails in Himachal Pradesh, skydiving, bungee jumping in Rishikesh, and river safari.
8. White Magic Adventure Travel
This Delhi-based company offers mountain guiding, trekking, hill-climbing, and other adventure activities. They execute adventure trips across different locations of the Himalayas and to a few of the 7 Summits (outside the Indian subcontinent). Beginners can choose from its discover adventure trips option while experienced adventurers have a wide range of options in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Also, they have got featured in some of the top magazines, including Outside Magazine, Action Asia, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic Traveller. They use only UIAA/CE tested climbing equipment and carry pulse oximeters as well as a portable altitude chamber while making an expedition to an altitude above 5, 000 meters.
9. Aquaterra Adventures
This adventure tour operator is a Delhi -based company, founded in 1995. It is one of the best-known tour operators in India that specializes in adventure expedition throughout the Himalayas. Activities offered by this group include trekking, river rafting, camping, special interest tours, and expedition travel to adventure camps. Destination extends from Rishikesh to the greater Himalayan region, including Nepal and Bhutan. Overseas destinations include Africa, the USA, and South America. This group is widely known for its safety records, comfortable camps, State-of-the-art equipment, as well as an eco-sensitive and responsible approach to adventure travel. Being recognized by the adventure tour operators association of India, and Indian association of professional rafting outfitters, this company got rated by the National Geographic Society as one of the best adventure travel companies on Earth.
10. Adventure Nation – The Outdoor Tribe
An adventure community based out in Gurgaon provides the best adventure expedition across the land, air, and water. This company is a part of a joint venture between Snow Leopard Adventures and yatra.com. The activities offered by this group include skiing, scuba diving, angling, paragliding, hot-air ballooning, rafting, camping, trekking, and off-road motorbiking across India. Adventure nation, certified with the powerful certification tool called the AN-360, qualifies them as a top safety, top quality, and top eco-sustainable outdoor adventure community. By choosing this company, you get an opportunity to learn from the experts (Gurus), join alliance partners association based trips, and also become part of the activity-based groups (Tribes).
These are the top 10 adventure tour operators in India offering the best adventure expedition. Choose any adventure tour operator from the list that matches your interest and dive into the world of adventure sports.