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Adventure Tourism in India: Growth, Activities & Destinations


Adventure freaks are growing in India and so are the adventure related activities. Also, this is increasing interests in its expertise courses. According to a report published in Travel Week, The Adventure Tourism Industry is growing worldwide at a tremendous rate of 46% by 2020.

While in India, which is still unexplored by the International adventure freaks, is also expected to grow at a good pace.

Adventure Tourism Industry In India


According to experts from the Tourism Industry, there has been a shift in the willingness of Indians to look beyond their usual list of holiday destinations. Thanks to some places like Rishikesh, Ladakh & Uttarakhand’s wilderness for developing the taste of Adventure Tourism in India.

We should also thank producers of some Bollywood movies like Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, Jab Harry Met Sejal & Ye Jawaani Hai Diwani.  As they have redefined the definition of travelling among Indian youth. 

According to the ministry of tourism in India, adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity as tourists now seek different kinds of vacations. In order to promote adventure tourism in India, Government of India is planning to open some additional peaks in the Indian Himalayas to position it as one of the top Adventure Tourism destinations. The Government has also cleared opening of 104 additional peaks in Jammu and Kashmir ( Leh Area).

Top Adventure Activities to Enjoy in India

With the presence of Satpura Range, Vindhya Range & the great Himalayas India have 7 mountain range & uncountable numbers of rivers including Brahmaputra, Kaveri, Ganga & Narmada. India has 21.53% of its area i.e 7,08,273 square kilometre covered with forest. Which shows the scope of adventure tourism in India.

Bike ride

Now you don’t need to look out for New Zealand, Australia and Nepal to experience adventure. Although India is never less an adventure experience!! Now we can also look for places with adventure activities in India.

Here is a list of top adventure activities to enjoy in India:



White-Water Rafting

Rafting tops the list of adventure activities in India. The session started with the white water rafting in Rishikesh which is an absolute adrenaline junk. Brush out yourself amidst the rough water with your adventure-mystic group. India is blessed with great natural rivers which becomes the source of water adventure in India. Some places for rafting- Sikkim, Darjeeling, Arunachal Pradesh, Manali, Pahalgam, Coorg, etc.


Kayak Boats

This activity is the best way to explore the world from a different view. Not only excitement of adventure, it also provides a new meaning to your life. Know yourself and the nature on yourself. Take out your kayak and give out a chance. Kayaking is very good to go at Kerala Backwaters, Goa, Kundalika River (Maharashtra), Rishikesh and Kali River in Uttarakhand.


Skiing in india

A popular winter sport which came from western culture but a great source of rejuvenation. Now India has become a popular skiing destination in winters even for International travellers. You can go for skiing India- Auli, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Solang Valley and Kufri.



Also known as Abseiling, is another heart-throbing fun activity. Descent down your fears too with such an activity. India is gradually entreating into a rappelling destination. Coorg, Kondana Caves (Maharashtra), Jogini Waterfall (Manali), Madhe Ghat (Pune) are some common rappel destinations in India.

Skydiving or Paragliding


Be friends with the flying activities too. Do not just stare at the birds, feel like a bird rather. Bring out the thrill in your life and drop down the fear. India is gradually turning into the home to skydiving and paragliding hub.  Places you can find skydiving or paragliding are- Mysore, Aamby Valley (Maharashtra), Pondicherry, Bir Billing, Kamshet, Ranikhet, etc.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air baloon ride in india
Hot Air Balloon Ride

A soft-core adventure activity for a bird-eye view. Relax with your partner amidst skies in the hot air balloon. You can go hot air ballooning in Lonavala, Hampi, Udaipur, Pushkar and Agra.


Backpaking, trekking
Backpack Trekking

Trekking or walk to mountains is not only about adventure. For me, it gives the sense of meditation. Those long walks amidst nature’s serenity help to attain the peace of mind. Reach the summits of your thrill and peace together. Challenge your stamina on those mountains. Major parts of state Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim are known for trekking. Also, there are treks to do in Western and Southern regions. Check out the best trek routes in India- 55 Great Treks To Take Up In India.


caving at meghalaya in india
Caving Tour

It is a quirky activity to discover the natural caves. Exploring caves and finding ways through it without harming self and cave is another adrenaline junkie. Caving too is a discovering term in India. Adventure in India is taking another step through such activities. Fulfillment to explore your caving desire can be in major regions of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Some other cave tours to take up in India are- Ajanta & Ellora, Bhimbeteka, Elephanta Caves, Karla Caves, Varaha Caves, Badami, etc.

Wildlife Safari or Bird Watching

Wildlife Safari
Wildlife Safari

This is a fun softcore adventure activity. If you like to stare at the activities of wild animals or birds chirping, then this is of a kind. Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, long walks and patience are your adventure activity. Ranthambore National Park, Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Bharatpur, Bhigwan, Pangot, etc. can be your destination.

Rock Climbing

representative image of rock climbing
Rock Climbing

It is the adventure sport better known to be as natural gymming. Chill out with your hand and feet goals. Also, rejuvenating parks are promoting rock climbing through artificial climbing walls. Some places for rock climbing in India are Savandurga (Karnataka), Pythal Mala (Kerala), Parvati Valley (Himachal Pradesh), Shey Rock (Jammu & Kashmir), etc.

Snorkeling or Deep Sea Diving

representative image of snorkeling under water

Another speculative activity which is done underwater is snorkeling or sea-diving. Play in with big colorful fishes. Explore the life within those deep waves. Places to explore deep sea diving in India are- Andaman & Nicobar, Goa, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, Tarkarli, Netrani, etc.

Cliff and Bungee Jumping

Bunjee Jumping
Bunjee Jumping

Although both of them are a different sport but requires a bag full of guts to jump off a height. As free fall is the real adrenaline junkie. Not a thing for a soft-hearted person. Test out yourself on cliff and bungee in Rishikesh, Hampi, Bedaghat (Jabalpur), Goa, Lonavala, Jagdalpur, Diu, Bangalore.

Cycling and Motorbiking

Another adventure activity which is a growing interest in India at large extent. Ride it out for unending thrills. Biking and Cycling groups are exploring India with all their passion. Different landscapes of India is attracting biking and cycling trips with all twists and turns. Although all parts of India are great for cycling and biking trips, some common biking routes are- Lahaul-Spiti, Leh-Ladakh, Goa, Sikkim, Puri-Konark.

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

Adventure is a soul trip. Thus, it is an answer to all our fear. Shout out your group of buddies for a roller coaster to your life. 

Career, Scope & Courses in Travel and Tourism in India

All you need to know :Career, Scope & Courses in Travel & Tourism

There are a lot of questions spread across the forums regarding the available Courses in Travel and Tourism industry in India, which made me come up with this post.

Tourism and Travel are such words which catch a quick attention and interest nowadays. The generation today find it to be very cool if connected with travel, adventure & backpacking. If such things cheer you up too, then you can look up for a career in the field of tourism and travel. Field of tourism may look glamorous but requires a great sense of hard work, patience and challenges.

Life has become very competitive in the present era. To achieve benefits and success in future, you need to be well prepared with every aspect. Thus here we will help you with all the guidance you may need to make a career and look for Courses in Travel and Tourism.

There is a direct proportion between demand and scope of any field. As the demand increases the scope of earning and employment increases. Same is what we can see with the growth of travel and tourism sector. India is building scope in the field of tourism and hospitality. This is the reason for rising employment in travel and tourism sector.

List of courses in travel and tourism you can choose from:

  • Bachelor in Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor in Tourism & Travel Management
  • BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BVoc in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Masters in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MBA in Tourism and Travel
  • Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MA in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Masters in Tourism Administration
  • PG Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management
  • PG Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Tourist Guide
  • Certificate in Tourist Guide

Also, there are many certificate courses offered by many public and private institutes for the specialization in particular adventure activities. Out of them, Adventure Course is a bliss to show your love for mountains & other land-based adventure. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. If you are one of those adventure freaks, you should definitely read my review of Adventure course at NIM. There are similar courses on water and air-based adventure activities too. Ministry of Tourism promotes all types of adventure activities and has various centers for such courses.

There are also many generalized courses for Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Aviation, etc.

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Travel and Tourism course description

Every course provides knowledge of the core subjects & basic functioning of the field. Just the level upgrades according to the course. Some basic core subjects in travel & tourism are:

  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Policies and Laws
  • Transport Management
  • Air Ticketing
  • Tourism Marketing and Management
  • History, Culture and Heritage of India and World
  • Travel Agency/ Tour Operators Training
  • Tour Guide/ Escorts Training and Skills
  • PR and Communication Skills

Best university for travel and tourism in India:

Although the list is long. I will sort out few good institutes and colleges in the list which provide success in placements too.

  • Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management: IITTM is the autonomous university under the Ministry of Tourism. It is the most recognized university for courses related to travel & tourism. IITTM is known for the specialized and quality product return. It is situated in Gwalior with campuses in Goa, Noida, Bhubaneshwar and Nellore.
  • Pondicherry University: It is a Central University and is blended with perfection. Studies in southern India is always known to be best. University offers well training in the field with good job opportunities.
  • Banaras Hindu University: It is another top-ranked & government-owned central university. B.H.U brings out the best in a person. It polishes you to be a skilled professional.
  • Christ University: It is a privately owned deemed university in Bangalore. It trains students to be a perfect match of the market. Best in building a smart and active force with a great training of practical knowledge. Christ University provides opportunities to learn and expertise.
  • Kuoni Academy: These academies are IATA/UFTAA Authorised Training Centers, established in various cities of India. Kuoni Academy offers many courses in travel and tourism.
  • Lovely Professional University: LPU is one of the top-ranked private university in Punjab & central India. The university has one of the best infrastructures. LPU is recognized & accredited by approx 10 boards.
  • Thomas Cook Center of Training: Thomas Cook tops the list of the business provider in the travel industry. It also came up with the training centers to create the talented force in the field. TCCT have various courses in Travel and Tourism.
  • Amity University: One of the top private & successful University in Delhi NCR. Amity has gradually reached a success place among the education organization. It helps students to groom into professionals. Amity University has also come up with courses in Travel and Tourism which got recognition from UNWTO TedQual Certification.

Also, read Nomadic Foot’s article on how you can travel and earn money.

Job opportunities in Tourism & Travel

Tourism and travel is a service providing profession. It is a vast sector and connects to many other sectors such as transports, hotels airlines etc. Therefore it demands smart and polished individual personality. It has jobs in both government and the private sector. Ministry of Tourism also looks for certified and trained professionals for the growth of tourism in India. The starting salary scope might not be much high as compared to other fields, but it provides good opportunities and higher packages with time and experiences. Few of the travel and tourism jobs are as below:

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List of Jobs in Travel and Tourism Industry:

Travel Jobs in Hospitality Sector:

Hospitality is another vast field which has many job opportunities for professionals from Travel & tourism industry such as:

  • Hotel Operations
  • Front Office
  • Food & Beverages
  • Accounting
  • Sales/ Maintenance/ PR
  • Security

Airlines Sector:

There is a good scope for professionals from Travel & Tourism industry in Airlines sector.

  • Ground Staffs (traffic assistance, booking, etc.)
  • In-flight Staffs (air hostess, pilots, etc.)

Every field of work demands hard work, loyalty and interest. If your heart beats for traveling then you can surely look up for a career in tourism sector irrespective of your gender, age, etc.

If you are looking out for job opportunities, your one stop help can be at Jooble.

India is growing, grow yourself! Happy Traveling!

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Bhawna Mohinani
Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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