Top unexpected adventures in India (part 2)

Cycle at high altitude

Seasoned cyclists who want to escape the crowds and take a ride to new heights can take part in a high altitude adventure with Cycleit.

On this 383-mile Trans-Himalayan expedition, the strength and endurance of  participants are tested daily as they tackle high gradient climbs, navigate hairpin turns and changing terrain, as well as pedal some of the Earth’s highest motorable passes such as Khardungla, at 17,582 feet.

This challenging trip is suited to physically fit and advanced cyclists while beginners can bike the Himalayan foothills with Snow Leopard Adventures or take part in one of the weekend journeys through Himalayan hamlets, forests and hills of Cycleit.

Tour the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world

Keep an eye out for spotted deer, crocodiles, endangered Bengal tigers, and over 250 species of birds when you cruise the West Bengal Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest of its kind.

In addition, you should make a stop at the watchtowers, taking a stroll on the caged canopy walkway, in order to safely get a view of the forest and wildlife from above.

Because of the presence of tigers, unique natural environment, remote location, life in the Sundarbans is unlike anything that you will experience elsewhere in this country.

Changing water levels during monsoon season can make it to become a difficult and even impossible journey, so you should avoid traveling to the area during the months from July to September.

Go ice climbing on Himalayan waterfalls

Outdoor enthusiasts who are undeterred by freezing temperatures can try their hands and feet at ice climbing in Himachal Pradesh. Beginners can join the Trip360 seven-day ice climbing course which allows participants to learn and practice climbing frozen waterfalls in the presence of well-experienced instructors.

Extreme weather adventurers who want to travel across frozen waterways can take part in the eight-day Indus Valley Frozen River Trek to have the chance to appreciate the harsh but spectacular Himalayan environment.