Today, India serves as one of the hotspots of adventure travel in the world – housing close to 73% of the entire Himalayan range, with a biodiversity and topography that facilitates almost all kinds of adventure sports, the Indian subcontinent has tons to offer for the adrenalin junkie! But this hasn’t always been the case, has it?
Even as early as a decade ago, Indians weren’t very interested in the idea of an adventure Travel. If a family wanted to take a vacation, they’d probably get into a train, and head to the nearest hill station go sightseeing, take a few pictures and come home. Or they’d visit the temples and other holy places and get their taste of culture and religion, but the adrenalin rush was never in the picture.
And then came the IT boom. The Indian Middle-class went from no adventures to becoming one of the fastest-growing industries within the country? Why, you ask? Simple – with the IT sector came worldwide travel and exposure, along with the need to de-stress and go on long holidays to rejuvenate themselves!
The growth of the IT sector has had a big impact on tourism in a number of ways. The first, of course, is that travel abroad and even within the country has increased; as we work on Western time to meet their offshore requirements outsourced to us, we’ve found ourselves exposed to a whole new gamut of what counts as holiday. And the NRIs who went there to work have come back with stories of how healthy an adrenalin rush can be – curiosity won out, I’d say, didn’t it? We wanted to try these things out ourselves and boom! Adventure Travel in India has become a ‘Thing’ with a capital T.
In all seriousness, though, along with the growth of IT, there’s been a growth in the affordability as well. Earlier on, when adventure tour & travel was an infant industry, most families said no simply because it was either too expensive or they feared for safety. With the increase in wealth, that factor’s gone out the window!
For instance, if you’ve never done any kind of adventure tour before – just go for the simplest of treks offered by a well-established adventure company! Start out small, finish a trek in a few days and then you can jump into diving, skiing and what have you!
India is growing; the adventures it offers are innumerable, given how diverse the topography and the people are. Adventure travel companies are working with the flow – from custom packages to fixed ones which includes long treks across the mountains & Valleys plus they also offer specific adventure activities like River-Rafting, Paragliding or Mountain-Biking etc to short one-day trips, companies are offering both employment to the locals as well as catering to that adrenalin need within the population.
So what are you waiting for? Get up and go today!