Travel and adventure is what everyone yearns to go on. And if it’s a road trip on a bike, then it’s a life changing experience. Who would not want to soar through the wind while riding the bike in beautiful vistas which we just dream of. For all the dreams that we see, one cannot be everywhere at the same time. But to give you major travel and adventure goals we have curated some of the best motor cycling documentaries that show the best biking trails like nobody else.

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.

Adventure and Tourism are like two peas in a pod. Travelling is incomplete without great adventures and great adventures are only accomplished after travelling to greater miles. On the occasion of World Tourism Day, we decided to blend two of the most exhilarating elements of all: Adventure and Tourism. And here we bring to you a comprehensive list of 31 different Adventure Destinations in India, that will quench the insatiable thirst of your inner traveller as well as adventurer who is constantly looking out for breaking into new avenues and possibilities.

Only a few dare to venture out of the cocoon of the ordinary and explore the realm of the extraordinary. Moreover, only a few fan the flames of possible human potential. 18 year old Shubham Kajale from Pune has done just that. Shubham has not only bagged the Iron Man title in Australia, but has also earned another badge of honour of being the youngest Indian to have completed the race.

“A Sailor is an artist, whose medium is the wind”

-Webb Chiles

Here is one artist just like Webb Chiles says. We introduce to you one of India’s Youngest Sailors, Ananya Chouhan. Since falling in love with the waters at age 12, Ananya has not looked back. She has many wins which add to her list of achievements in India and abroad.

Doing fantastically well even in academics, Ananya Chouhan bagged a silver in the  Laser 4.7 Girls, under 18 category at the recently held Hyderabad Sailing Week. In July 2015 in 30th Laser Sailing Championship Hyderabad, she  won a Gold medal in the under 16 Girls category .

White Water Kayaking is still a recreational sport in India. To make it interesting and more adventurous, the Malabar River Festival in Kerala calls in many paddlers to Iruvanjhipuzha and Chalipuzha Rivers to compete with each other. Termed as Asia’s Biggest Kayaking festival, this year the extreme adventure competition in God’s Own Country had events for Kayakers of all levels. A fun event held on 29-31st July had some quirky titles for it winners like ‘The Rapid Rajah’ and ‘The Rapid Rani’ who were the paddlers that won the Super Finals.  

“Yoga is the Journey of the self, through the self , to the self”

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The above quote aptly explains why ‘Yoga’ has become a worldwide phenomenon. This technique of  union of the mind, body and soul is helping millions worldwide.

Always had a dream to smash through the waters and come out winning? Consider it as true. White water rafting is the best way in which you can make this dream come true. Luckily for us our country has many rivers at her disposal so it’s possible to do white water rafting in India. All these rivers are a one or two day rafting trips. Many rivers in India are also famous for going on adventurous rafting expeditions.  Here we bring you a list of destinations where you can do White Water Rafting in India. So chase the untamed rivers and have an adventurous experience of a lifetime.

The famous Cherrapunji is the wettest place on earth but it has many more interesting things in store just like the Nohkalikai Falls. The Nohkalikai plunge Water Fall is a famous attraction and has always mystified its visitors. The Falls are a sight which can stupefy anybody and has an interesting but  tragic tale behind it.

The monsoon has eased and winter is coming. October is the month when Navratri and Dassehra hold major importance. But in case you want to check out a few off-beat festivals this month, we bring you a list of some festivals which you are probably not aware of.

 

The Groove Yoga Festival (Oct 1-Oct 6)

 

Yoga on the Beach
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Where: Ashiyana Center, Mandrem beach, Goa

For all health conscious people, this festival is a perfect mix of exercise with enjoyment. This 6-day retreat with a relaxed atmosphere comprises of yoga classes, sound workshops AcroYoga, bodywork, kirtan, concerts, beach parties etc. Basically, everything you want for a chilled out October while being healthy is here.

SAARC Sufi Festival (Oct 10-Oct 12)

 

SAARC sufi festival
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Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur

This festival is organised in collaboration with The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature. The festival at Diggi Palace has a beautiful mix of soulful Sufi music with some excellent Sufiyana shayari.

The festival will witness 50 SAARC Sufi scholars, 20 poets, 80 Sufi musicians, singers and dancers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka perform and enthrall the audience. The festival will also see book launches and academic seminars. It aims to spread the vision of a terror free world.

Jodhpur Riff (Oct 23-Oct 27)

 

Jodhpur Riff Festival
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Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Jodhpur Riff is a music festival typically for and to promote Rajasthani folk music and is held at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The festival has received a much deserved international acclaim when it was listed as one of the 25 best international music festivals from around the world. It is supported by UNESCO as a ‘People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development’.

 

Pushkar Camel Fair (Oct 19-Oct 25)

 

Pushkar Fair Rajasthan
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Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Popularly known as the Pushkar Mela, the Pushkar Fair is the world’s largest camel festival that starts with a camel race. The festival that spreads over 5 days has now become popular for competitions like ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’. The fair is a vibrant depiction of the local culture that is now widely visited by foreign tourists as well.

 

Ramnagar Ramleela

 

Ramnagar Ramleela Festival Varanasi
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Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ramlila a play based on the Ramayana has been enacted in India since 200 years. Although Ramlilas happen all around the country, the best one can be seen at Varanasi, along the banks of Ganges. The enactment takes place starting from Anant Chaturdashi and goes on till the full moon.