That the vaccination drive is going strong and relaxations in travel restrictions are picking up across the country has come as a pleasant news to all the teary eyes travel enthusiasts. And why not! It has been more than an year postponing those thrilling paragliding trips to Bir Billing, enthralling scuba diving in the Andamans and rafting expeditions in Rishikesh!
Although Indian states are gradually easing restrictions for essential and non-essential travel, what still needs to be taken with a pinch of salt is that to act like a responsible citizen, one needs to still avoid non-essential travel to the extent possible.
But does that mean further abeyance to experiencing all those enthralling activities? Certainly not! Because here's a curated list of five blood-pumping activities and vivacious destinations, which you can experience in Aamcha Maharashtra without having to step out of the state!
Tell Bir Billing to Wait, Coz I'm Soaring High in Kamshet!
At a distance of barely 2 hours from Mumbai and of 1 hour from Pune, lies a place which may safely be called as the Mecca of paragliding in Maharashtra. This place has in its kitty all kinds of paragliding experiences - whether you are a certified flyer looking for brushing your wings (ahem, hands) at the skill, or if you are keen on learning paragliding on your own, or even if you are simply looking for a rendezvous with the skies in tandem with a professional.
The most trusted paragliding school among travelers in Temple Pilots Paragliding which offers internationally acclaimed paragliding courses with duration ranging anywhere between 3 days to a week depending on the course one opts for. The tandem paragliding activity starts from Rs. 2500/- and it allows you a flight time of 12-15 minutes. More sophisticated packages wherein flight controls are with the flyer are priced higher.
Not sure whether your heart, beating hard up there in the air would make out the difference between soaring at Bir and at Kamshet. Why don't you go pack your bags and find out? ;)
Raft Your Heart Out at Kundalika River, I'm Sure Ganges at Rishikesh Won't Mind!
You have probably been swooning over the invigorating videos of your friends rafting across the white waters of Ganga in Rishikesh or Beas in Manali or even in Zanksar at Leh for a long time. And while the icy cold waters keep splashing them in those videos, all the splashes your feel are that of your own tears. Wipe 'em away, mate, wipe 'em away!
At about 3 hours drive from each Mumbai and Pune lies a small town named Kolad on the banks of Kundalika River. The exciting water of this river which are embellished with some thrilling rapids make this a popular spot for white water rafting. The stream takes you through serene forests. At some spots where the tides are clam, you can a dip in the soothing waters and forget about that Monday meeting (well, at least for a little while). A lot of local operators are functional in the place and price per person for rafting expedition starts from Rs. 800/-.