Highlights of Adventure Festivals in November 2016

The initial weeks of November have seen some major adventure festivals being held in India. Two of these were held in the North East of India, so it’s a breath of fresh air, that apart from the popular adventure destinations, North East is getting a taste of it too. North-East is not very famous when it comes to adventure tourism. These festivals are helping in the promotion of adventure tourism there.  The surfing festival of India called The India Surf Festival was held in Odisha which is another good addition as Odisha is coming up as a adventure hub when it comes to Surfing. Here are the highlights of the festivals so far.

India Surf Festival 2016, Odisha

The 5th edition of the India Surf Festival from 12th-14th of November, ended on a good note. With many people now getting exposed to the sport of Surfing, this festival is a giant leap. This Along with surfing activities at the Ramchandi Beach, there were skateboarding events, music performances and so on. This Adventure Festival also involved other activities like Zorbing etc. Here are the highlights of the festival:

Winners

  • ISF SURF CUP

  1. Manikandan, Kovalam
  2. Dharini, Kovalam
  3. Satish, Kovalam
ISF SURF CUP Winners
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  • INDIA SUP RACE

  1. Dandoy, Philippines
  2. Manikandan, Kovalam
  3. Murthy, Kovalam
INDIA SUP RACE WINNER- Dandoy
INDIA SUP RACE WINNER- Dandoy
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Skateboarding Competition at the 5th edition of ISF
Skateboarding Competition at the 5th edition of ISF
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Mechuka Festival 2016, Arunachal Pradesh

The theme for this year at the ‘Land of medicinal ice water’ was based on four elements of the universe — water, air, earth and fire. It was held from 7th of November to 9th of November.

Memba dance at the Mechuka Festival
Memba dance at the Mechuka Festival
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  • Mechuka, an eye pleasing town in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh saw hundreds of people participating in the Mechuka Adventure Festival.
  • Adventure sports in focus:
    Para Sailing
    Quad Biking
    Rafting
    Trekking
    Archery
    Kayaking
    Mountain Biking
    Zorbing and so on…
  • Performances by Rituraj Mohanty, Adnan Sami and many more
  • A spike in the amount of foreign tourists and also locals.


Bilgaro Challenge 2016, Meghalaya

The Bilgaro Challenge 2016 saw a host of motor racing enthusiasts. The festivals was from November 4th to November 6th and aims at promoting motor sports in the North East. It was held in Tura. Here’s the highlights

bilgaro-challenge-2016
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  • Former national champion Amanpreet Ahuluwalia from Delhi  participated in the two-day event.
  • Two track events
    1. On Climb
    2. Sprint in SUV
Bikers at the Bilgaro Challenge 2016
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Winners:

Motor racing, SUV Class

1st Position: Amanpreet Ahuluwalia (Delhi)

2nd Position: Sandeep Sharma (Delhi)

3rd Position:  Ewelson Lyngdoh (Shillong)

Diesel Category

1st Position:  Rocky Sangma (Tura)

2dn position: Sajad Ahmed (Guwahati)

3rd position: Thasin Ahmed (Guwahati)

Above 1300 cc Category

1st Position: Sandeep Sharma (Delhi)

2nd Position: Thinku Marak

3rd Position: Grahambell Sangma

Below 1300 cc

1st Position: Ewelson Lyngdoh (Shillong)

2nd Position:  Brandon Bazelely

3rd Position: Chiborlang Wallang

 

Stay tuned to get highlights of more such festivals. If you have any updates, do let us know in the comments section.

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