About three decades ago mothers used to be scared of allowing their kids to go out and play football, in the fear that they will skin their knees or end up breaking a bone. Such was the pampered generation of the Indian middle and high class about two-three decades ago. Fast forward to the first decade of the twenty-first century and you will find the very same kids doing bungee jumping of high cliffs, rafting down some of the world’s most treacherous rapids, trekking inside the jungle inhibited by only animals of the leagues of carnivorous and doing rock climbing stints in places where if something goes wrong only bad can happen.
Adventure tourism is the sector that has seen the fastest growth in the tourism industry in India growing at the thrilling pace of 15% to 20% every year. The adventure tourism is the preferred choice of one out of every five traveler in the world. The sector has been a trillion dollar industry for the past two decades on a global level and continues to grow strong even now. The sector has seen tremendous upswing in India partially boosted by the trend of maintaining one’s physical fitness and the importance of doing outdoor activities out in the natural world.
Since the time the British first opened the first golf course and ski-ring in 1902, adventure tourism in India has been on an upward swing, the sector has seen tremendous growth in the last decade or so. The young generation of the country is probably the biggest factor in its growth. India having so much geological and terrain wise diversity provides almost endless opportunities for adventure from trekking inside the jungle, to hiking the highest mountain ranges, cycling in rough terrains, rafting down white water rapids to indulging in water sports the possibilities are virtually infinite.
Some of the major destinations in India for adventure tourism include the Mighty Himalayas, the Thar Desert, the coastal lines of Goa and Kerala, the jungles of central and eastern India and the Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In the coming years with the entry of more trained staff and personnel, the adventure tourism segment is certain to see robust growth; the range of activities one can indulge in is also going to expand. There are still many regions of the country that are yet to be explored but one thing’s for sure you are in for some great thrill.
ADVENTURE TOURISM ON THE UPSWING IN INDIA