ACTIVITY

Skiing

Skiing is a recreational activity and competitive sport in which the participant attaches long runners or skis to boots or shoes on the feet and uses them to travel on top of snow. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and the International Ski Federation.

Skiing in India is an activity that mostly takes place in the northern states of India, where the Himalayas are situated. Skiing is administered by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in India. The Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. Heliskiing is also gaining popularity in places like Manali and Gulmarg. However skiing in India suffers from lack of infrastructure. There are also security concerns in Gulmarg which is 20 km from the Line of Control, however since 2002, it has been peaceful, which has led to an increase in skiing activity in the region. Various types of Snow.

1. Powder: Light, fluffy snow, found during and immediately after a snowstorm. Skiing and snowboarding in deep powder snow is a favorite among skilled, experienced skiers and snowboarders; sometimes know as powderhounds.
2. Packed Powder: Packed Powder is powder snow that has been compressed, either by means of mechanical snow grooming apparatus or skier traffic.
3. Granular snow: Granular snow crystals are small pellets. Depending on sun and temperature conditions, it may be wet granular snow - meaning that there is a considerable amount of unfrozen water in it, or loose granular snow, which has no unfrozen water.
4. Corn snow: Corn snow is the result of repeated daily thaws and nightly re-freezing of the surface. Because of the thaw-refreeze cycle, snow crystal shapes change over time, producing crystal shapes somewhat akin to wet granular, but larger. True corn snow is a delight to ski or ride.
5. Ice: skiers and snowboarders typically regard any snow condition that is very hard as 'ice.' In fact, true ice conditions are comparatively rare. Much of what is perceived to be ice is actually a frozen granular condition.
6. Crust: Crusts are extremely challenging conditions. A crust condition exists when soft snow is covered by a harder upper layer upon the surface.
7. Spring Conditions: when numerous different surface types can be found on the mountain - usually in the later part of the season.
Some of the most popular skiing locations in India are Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, Solang in Himachal Pradesh and Auli in Uttarakhand. The skiing season in India is from January to March. There 2 major types of skiing.

1. Alpine: Alpine skiing is the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings. It is also commonly known as downhill skiing, although that also incorporates different styles.
2. Nordic: Nordic skiing is a combination of winter sports that encompasses all types of skiing where the heel of the boot cannot be fixed to the ski, as opposed to Alpine skiing.

Skiing destinations in India are mostly in the Himalayas and are listed here. For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.



1. Jammu and Kashmir
a. Gulmarg: The most effective place for skiing in Kashmir is Gulmarg. Infact, Gulmarg is the best ski resort in the Himalayas. The Ski Club of India was established in Gulmarg in 1927, which can be now regarded as because the ski paradise of India. Just 50 km from Srinagar, Gulmarg alterations its surroundings from a flowery meadow to that of a modest ski resort in winters. Snow skiing at Gulmarg ordinarily starts around the mid of November and goes on till the end of March. Very good excellent gear, like skis, boots, sticks, gloves and goggles are available on hire within the spot from your Government-run ski shop. You can find also educated instructors accessible for guiding the tourists. Gulmarg is preferably fitted to understanding skiing , because it is most likely the cheapest ski resort inside the planet.
b. Ladakh: Ladakh is also refereed as the trekking paradise apart from the beauty of the surroundings and there is a constant demand of the adventure tourist in this Trans Himalayan region. There was a time when this belt was closed to the tourists for the various activities but now it is opened for the various activities of the adventure including skiing. One can enjoy in the Zanskar valley and have the exotic skiing adventures on the snow clad mountains at this place. Apart from the skiing, the individual can also enjoy the spiritual trek at this place. 
2. Himachal Pradesh
a. Manali, heli-skiing offered in Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass.
b. Kufri: One of the oldest and smallest hill stations of Himachal Pradesh in India, Kufri is associated with skiing and slopes. A famous tourists destination for winter-sports, Kufri is located at a distance of 19 km from the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Within short span of time, Kufri became one of the popular winter resorts in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the natural beauty, which is common among all the hill stations in India, Kufri attracts tourists for its adventurous activity called skiing. Every year the government of Himachal Pradesh organizes an annual skiing competitions, that witness huge number of adventure freak tourists.
c. Solang Valley: Skiing in Solang is really incredible and it is better if the individual goes for the sports here. Thos place ranks high as far as the scenic skiing in the country is concerned. The beginner area and the extreme runs of the place are quite fascinating. There are extreme black and these are quite mesmerizing and it is quite tough go for such levels. This place is actually located at a distance of 22 km from breath taking place of Manali.
d. Chamba: Skiing is the popular adventure sports in Chamba (Spiti Valley) and is popular in India from the past few years. The amazing snow clad mountains with the added advantage of inspiring heights are enough to allure the adventure spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and fun attracted to the sport. People from all around the globe come to experience this enthralling adventure activity.
3. Uttarakhand
a. Auli: Skiing in Auli (Garhwal) is a wonderful experience and enjoying it from the highest Himalayan peaks is all the more fascinating. One can have the wonderful helicopter drive on the peaks of Neelkanth, Trishul and Nanda devi and the amazing skiing experiences at this place is quite captivating.
b. Munsiyari: Munsiyari is the name of a town and a tehsil in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. It is lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range. At an elevation of 2200 mts and is a starting point of various treks into the interior of the range. Skiing activities in Munsiyari are available at Khaliya Top (Set about 7 km from Munsiyari, it is an ideal spot for skiing. It has high altitude gradual slope pastures) and Betulidhar (Betuli Dhar is only 5-6 km away from Munsiyari. A picturesque garden of Rhododendron, whose wide range is beautiful, and has skiing slopes).
4. Sikkim
a. Lachung: Lachung is a town in northeast Sikkim, India. It is located in the North Sikkim district and is near the border with Tibet. Lachung is at an elevation of about 9,600 ft or 3,000 m and at the confluence of the Lachen River and Lachung Rivers, tributaries of the River Teesta. The word Lachung means "small pass". The town is approximately 125 km from the capital Gangtok. Skiing is conducted in Phuni near this town.
5. Arunachal Pradesh
a. Tawang: Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Visitors to Tawang require special Inner Line permits from the government which are available in Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur, and New Delhi. The Panggang Teng Tso Lake is situated around 18 kms from Tawang. This lake is an ideal spot for picnic and during winters, it provides a good place for skiing as it remains entirely frozen. This lake is situated at an altitude of about 4100 meters (approximately 13,500 feet) and the name literally translates to Grassy Meadow Lake. The view of the lake is spectacular with yaks grazing in the meadows nearby and the blue sky and the big mountains in its backdrop.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

Skydiving / Parachuting

Parachuting, or skydiving, is the action sport of exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth with the aid of gravity while using a parachute to slow down during the terminal part of the descent. It may or may not involve a certain amount of free-fall, a time during which the parachute has not been deployed and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity.

The history of skydiving starts with Andre-Jacques Garnerin who made successful descents using a canvas canopy and small basket, tethered beneath a hot-air balloon. The first intentional freefall jump with a ripcord-operated deployment is credited to Leslie Irvin in 1919 ; however, the stunt jumper Georgina "Tiny" Broadwick claimed to have made earlier freefall jumps simply by cutting her static-line and manually pulling the remaining cord-end after falling away from the aircraft. The military developed parachuting technology as a way to save aircrews from emergencies aboard balloons and aircraft in flight, and later as a way of delivering soldiers to the battlefield. Early competitions date back to the 1930s, and it became an international sport in 1952. Parachuting is performed as a recreational activity and a competitive sport, as well as for the deployment of military personnel Airborne forces and occasionally forest firefighters.

Skydiving as a recreational sport is very much a new concept in India but the popularity of it has been increasing exponentially in last few years.
India offers 4 types of skydiving.

1. Static Line diving: It is the most used form of skydiving which offers the individual an opportunity to jump from an aircraft, on his or her own, using an automatically opened parachute.  The parachute is deployed using a device called a 'static line'.  However; it should be noted that this form of skydiving needs some ground training before once decides to jump.
2. Accelerated Free Fall (AFF): Accelerated freefall is a method of skydiving training. This method of skydiving training is called "accelerated" because the progression is the fastest way to experience solo freefall, normally from 10,000 to 15,000 feet "Above Ground Level" (AGL). In static line progression, many more jumps are required to experience solo freefall, but the jumps are less expensive for the student as one instructor can dispatch multiple students per load, whereas under accelerated freefall, one or sometimes two instructors are dedicated just to one student. In most AFF programs, two instructors jump with the student during their first three AFF jumps, although some programs may use only one instructor. On the initial levels, the instructor(s) hold on to the student until the student deploys their own parachute. Hence, this method is classified as "Harness Hold Training." The AFF instructors have no physical connection to the student other than their grip on the student, so once the student's parachute is deployed the instructors fly away and deploy their own canopies.

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3. Free Fall: The full static line or free fall progression basically involves performing tasks like forming a circle or some other kind of shape while diving. It usually requires you to complete quite a few predetermined jumps, before you can be classified as a "Graduate Skydiver". Each jump has a specific task and is designed to further your progression in the sport. Before attempting any of these tasks candidates must be cleared and briefed by an instructor designated by the Chief Instructor.
4. Tandem Skydive or Tandem Assisted Free Fall (TAFF): Tandem skydiving or tandem parachuting refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected to a harness attached to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. The student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump with the instructor. In India, you have to be 18 years or older to skydive whereas in other countries the minimum age can be lower or higher. This is one of three commonly used training methods for beginning skydivers; the others being static line and Accelerated Freefall. It is a very popular training method for first time skydivers, but it is more expensive than a static line skydive. It exposes first-time jumpers to skydiving with minimal expectations from the student. The training may consist of many of the activities performed by any skydiving student, for example, how to exit the aircraft, how to do maneuvers in freefall, and how to deploy the main canopy themselves. However, the tandem master remains primarily responsible for safe and timely parachute deployment. Although it is the exception, many have commented that during a tandem skydive they experienced nausea and the feeling of passing out, which starts after the canopy deployment (never occurs during freefall) and goes away immediately after landing. It is believed to be caused primarily by the incorrect adjustment of the tandem harness affecting blood flow (this rarely occurs with a solo harness) and is more likely if the individual is at the upper end of the weight limit.
There are no shortages of natural places for skydiving in India. India is a country blessed with natural mountains, forest trails and cliffs. As a team we feel, Skydiving in India is at a very nascent stage. It is yet to explored and experienced by many. Over the time many new skydiving places would be identified and people will start experiencing it. So in a few years world will be heading towards India for Skydiving.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

1. Mysore, Karnataka: Mysore is a 2 hour journey from Bangalore and teh skydive base is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. As a core team we suggest you to go for it as the city is beautiful and also it offers one of the most panoramic views you can have in India. It has hosted several skydiving camps in the past.
2. Dhana, Madhya Pradesh: Dhana is nearly a four hour drive from Bhopal in Sagar district, MP. This place frequesntly hosts skydiving camps, festivals and workshops. Although the jump is relatively from a lower height but still it provides the experience of flying.
3. Deesa, Gujarat: The Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) is the first Indian sporting body to make skydiving as an adventure sport and making Deesa the first certified drop-zone in India. The lake-side city has hosted several skydiving tours and camps run by the Indian Parachuting Federation.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.

Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort and scuba diving locations. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. It appeals to all ages because of how little effort there is, and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment. It is the basis of the two surface disciplines of the underwater sport of finswimming.

Snorkeling is also used by scuba divers when on the surface, in underwater sports such as underwater hockey and underwater rugby, and as part of water-based searches conducted by search and rescue teams.

A swimmer's snorkel is a tube typically about 30 centimeters long and with an inside diameter of between 1.5 and 2.5 centimeters, usually L- or J-shaped and fitted with amouthpiece at the lower end, and constructed of rubber or plastic. It is used for breathing air from above the water surface when the wearer's mouth and nose are submerged. The snorkel usually has a piece of rubber that attaches the snorkel to the outside of the strap of the diving mask. An older technique is pushing the snorkel between the mask-strap and the head, but this practice increases the chances the mask will leak.

The optimum design length of the snorkel tube is at most 40 centimetres (about 16 inches). A longer tube would not allow breathing when snorkelling deeper, since it would place the lungs in deeper water where the surrounding water pressure is higher. The lungs would then be unable to inflate when the snorkeler inhales, because the muscles that expand the lungs are not strong enough to operate against the higher pressure.
 
Snorkels also constitute respiratory dead space. When the user takes in a fresh breath, some of the previously exhaled air which remains in the snorkel is recycled into the lungs, reducing breathing efficiency and causing a build up of carbon dioxide in the blood, which can result in hypercapnia. The greater the volume of the tube, and the smaller the tidal volume of breathing, the more this problem is exacerbated. A smaller diameter tube reduces the dead volume, but also increases resistance to airflow and so increases the work of breathing. Occasional exhalation through the nose while snorkeling will reduce the build up of carbon dioxide, and help in keeping the mask clear of water.

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The bliss of the underwater world is as stunning, beautiful and compelling. There is a certain amount of mystery about the world under water that it is difficult to imagine unless you experience it. This is why underwater adventure is something that people are getting into in India. Scuba diving is currently the most sought after sports in India apart from skydiving.

India is surrounded by seas from 3 sides and given the ample coastline that India is blessed with, there are several locations for scuba diving. This is the best way to experience Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and also the Indian Ocean. Once under the water, palettes of colours explore before you in the flora and marine wonders. The varieties of fish and other marine life can only be seen to comprehend their multiplicity.

Lakshadweep is the undisputed heaven for scuba diving in India. Although Goa and Andaman are more popular destinations, it is in Lakshadweep where you can manage the most thrilling experiences and the greatest sights, which is yet to be explored. There are different levels and options available within Scuba Diving in India. Scuba diving is one sport that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. On a good day, you may be able to enjoy from the early hours of the morning all the way through till dusk.

So the world is heading towards India for Scuba Diving.
Snorkeling is possible in almost any body of water, but snorkelers are most likely to be found in locations where there are minimal waves, warm water, and something particularly interesting to see near the surface.

Generally shallow reefs ranging from sea level to 1 to 4 meters (3 to 12 feet) are favored by snorkelers. Deeper reefs are also good, but repeated breath holding to dive to those depths limit the number of practitioners and raises the bar on fitness and skill level.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

1. Goa: Goa needs little introduction to the snorkelers. Apart from Goa being the perennial beach destination in India, there is another world under the Goa waters. This is the one that attracts visitors from across the globe. Snorkelling in Goa can be very challenging because of high pollution and low visibility. Goa is the easiest destination to enjoy snorkelling.
2. Murudeshwar (Netrani Island & Bhatkal Wreck): This small island in Karnataka is also known as Pigeon Island. This quite island has been a snorkelling destination just 200 Km South of Goa. Netrani is a huge rock island just 20 Km from Murudeshwar. This amazing destination is blessed with excellent visibility, healthy & vibrant coral and amazingly it started getting its due in last few years.
3. Andaman Islands: A must-visit destination for everyone, it has India’s only Marine National Park. Apart from Andaman being one of the most visited tourist destination in India, underwater, these volcanic-origin islands have another story to tell. Home to some rare sea species, diving is the only thing for few visitors. Havelock Island is around 40 km from Portblair and accessible by many boats that run daily. Havelock Island is surrounded by numerous sites that are explored by snorkelers. Apart from Havelock, there are numerous snorkelling sites at various parts of Andaman island.
4. Lakshadweep (Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands): Lakshadweep as a destination is probably the best destination to experience snorkelling in India. Apart from enjoyable beaches, it has few but spectacular scuba snorkelling centres.

Surfing

Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a "surfer", rides on the forward face of a wave, which is most often carrying the surfer towards shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found in the ocean, but can also be found in lakes or in rivers in the form of a standing wave or tidal bore. However, modern day Surfing can also be done in man-made sources such as wave pools and boat wakes.

The term "surfing" refers to the act of riding a wave and not the form (with or without a board) in which the wave is ridden. That much said, the more modern day definition of surfing tends to refer to when a surfer rides a wave standing up on a surfboard, which is referred to as stand-up surfing or paddle boarding.

Three major subdivisions within sitting-up surfing are longboarding, shortboarding, and stand up paddle surfing (SUP), reflecting differences in board design, including surfboard length, riding style, and the kind of wave that is ridden. In tow-in surfing (most often, but not exclusively, associated with big wave surfing), a motorized water vehicle, such as a personal watercraft, tows the surfer into the wave front, helping the surfer match a large wave's higher speed, which is generally a higher speed than a self-propelled surfer can obtain. Surfing-related sports such as paddleboarding and sea kayaking do not require waves, and other derivative sports.

India has over 7500km of coastline, including that of the island groups, and this provides many opportune places for surfing. The largest waves are usually seen between May and September, the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. Some of the more well-known spots for surfing are Murdeshwara, Andaman, Goa, Lakshadweep and Kapu Beach.

The greatest plus point right now about grabbing your surf board and heading to the ocean anywhere in the country, is that you won’t have too much company. Also getting surfing equipments in India is also not easy. There are only few sellers. Availability of certified instructors and organizers is also an issue.


 
Indians are still newcomers to the joys of surfing on the ocean waves. So the customers at the surf schools are mostly foreigners who’ve come on holiday and who’ve found info about surfing in India on the Internet. About 85 percent of the would-be surfers who turn up at these schools are foreigners.

Surfing Federation of India is the governing body for surfing in India State Associations: SWAT- Surfing & Watersports Association of Tamilnadu OSA Orissa surfing association KSA Karnatake Surfing Association
India as a country has more than 7500 Km of coastline and hence there are ample place to surf. The USP of surfing in India is that it is not crowded at all.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

1. Auroville (Tamil Nadu): Auroville (City of Dawn) is an "experimental" township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, near Puducherry in South India. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa and designed by architect Roger Anger. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. The spot is your typical beach break with a river mouth that sometimes works just south of the town. 
2. Gokarna (Goa): Gokarna is a village in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka. Gokarna is a temple town and is referred to in a number of Hindu historical literature pieces. The main deity is Lord Mahabhaleshwara, a form of Hindu god Shiva. Around the town, lie a number of beaches and these serve as a major attraction for travellers. Tourists here can either chill in a hammock at the beach or even join a real Hindu festival and get invited for a Thali on a banana leaf by a local family. Gokarna is India’s the latest hub for backpackers and surf wanderers.
3. Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu): Kanyakumari, lying on the southernmost point of peninsular India, is the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Apart from being a famous tourist destination, it is also considered as an important Hindu pilgrim destination for the presence of some of the most sacred temples in south India like Kanyakumari temple. A town in the state of Tamil Nadu, KanyaKumari is also sometimes referred to as Cape Comorin. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is the geographical end of the Indian mainland. Famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the horizons, Kanyakumari has been enticing tourists for ages because of its breath-taking location. 
For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

Trekking Hiking and Mountaineering

Trekking is a type of Adventure activity which is widely popular throughout the world. It involves traversing through treacherous terrains (Forest, mountain, and desert) by foot sometimes involving swimming, rope climbing, rappelling etc.

There is thin line that separates TREKKING & HIKING.

Hiking is the term used to denote the type of adventure activity which involves walking to the top of a hill or a small mountain or going through a forest. Hiking is similar to Trekking in many ways, one being the basic meaning. Hiking is usually a recreational activity whereas Trekking is a way of survival in many parts of the world which are inaccessible by roads. The beginning of every trek can be called a hike.

There are two major types of trekking. One is a day trek and other is a Multi-day Trek.
Day Treks usually do not involve overnight camping or cooking and is done in a day (morning to night). These treks are usually easy and can be done by anyone. Multi-day treks on the other hand can test the ability of one’s mind over his body. Multi-day treks can be for 2 days or even 2 weeks. These kinds of treks involve extensive planning and appropriate equipment for safety and comfort. During a Multi-day trek it is essential that the trekker carries a comfortable backpack with all the essential supplies. If the trek is for 2-3 days then ready to eat food can be carried. But longer treks might require the trekker to carry raw materials to cook and eat. It is also very important to carry a sleeping tent or a sleeping bag depending on the terrain.

Mountaineering is simply the art of climbing mountains. It is a sport and a hobby and requires special skills and ability. Mountaineering in its true form began as attempts to scale the highest mountains which have been untouched! But now it has a lot of different forms and specializations, each of which require special skill sets.

There are different kinds of Mountaineering depending on the kind of mountain that is going to be climbed; Rock, Snow and Ice. Each of these three kinds requires extensive knowledge about mountains, a perfect athletic body and a strong technical knowledge to maintain Safety.

Before getting into mountaineering it is very important that one equips himself with the necessary skills by enrolling in one of the many mountaineering institutes in the country. The mountaineering institutes provide certification courses for those interested and equips one with all the necessary skills including survival, safety, rock climbing, acclimatizing etc.

Mountaineering usually is done over a period of time. It can go from 2 days to 2 months in some cases. Mountains which are over 5000 meters high require more time to climb due to the fact that the body need to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and this is done by staying at a particular altitude and hiking to the next higher altitude before moving up. Mt Everest usually requires two weeks for acclimatization before moving towards the peak.

On the whole Mountaineering, though very difficult, is one of the most satisfying activities! The feeling of standing on the peak of a mountain cannot be paralleled!


In India trekking has become very popular off late, with a lot of trekking groups spawning across all the corners of the country. Himalayas, Aravalli, Sahyadris, Western Ghats, North-eat, Eastern Ghats etc are some of the mountains in India offer excellent trekking and hiking experience. Most of these mountains have pre-defined trekking trails but many trekkers prefer creating their own trails by using sophisticated GPS equipment, which can then be used by others.

Wild Life (Safari)

Nothing comes even close to wildlife tours when it is about peace and excitement at the same time. Travelling through the jungles of a country experiencing and observing its wildlife is the apex form of tourism compared to none. India -- one of the most perfect holiday destinations in the World, known for its rich cultural heritage is also one of the most sought after and exciting wildlife destinations in the world. With more than 200 Wildlife parks and Bird Sanctuaries, spread across the huge subcontinent - Safaris in India offer very exciting Wildlife opportunities. On a safari in India, there is a vast variety of wildlife viewing opportunities available, from the one Horned Rhino in the Eastern Indian national park of Kaziranga, to Indian Elephants in Southern India's Periyar, to Asiatic lions in Western India's Gir, to the Royal Bengal Tigers in North India's Corbett and Ranthambore National Parks, and ofcourse the famous Tiger Reserves of Central India- Kanha, Bandhavgarh,Pench and Panna - India has it all.
 
India has the following kinds of protected areas, in the sense of the word designated by IUCN:
1. National parks: National parks (IUCN Category II): India's first national park was Hailey National Park, now Jim Corbett National Park, established in 1935. By 1970, India had 5 national parks; today it has over 120 national parks All national park lands then encompassed a total 39,919 km2 (15,413 sq mi) km², comprising 1.21% of India's total surface area.many species of animals residing in its world famous forests.
2. Animal sanctuaries: Animal sanctuary (IUCN Category IV): India has over 500 animal sanctuaries, referred to as Wildlife Sanctuaries. Among these, the 28 Tiger Reserves are governed by Project Tiger, and are of special significance in the conservation of the tiger.
3. Biosphere reserves: Biosphere reserve (UNESCO designation roughly corresponding to IUCN Category V): The Indian government has also established Biosphere reserves, which protect larger areas of natural habitat, and often include one or more national parks and/or preserves, along buffer zones that are open to limited economic activities.
4. Reserved and protected forests: Reserved forests and protected forest (IUCN Category IV or VI, depending on protection accorded): These are forested lands where logging, hunting, grazing and other activities may be permitted on a sustainable basis to members of certain communities. In reserved forests, explicit permission is required for such activities. In protected forests, such activities are allowed unless explicitly prohibited. Thus, in general reserved forests enjoy a higher degree of protection with respect to protected forests.
5. Conservation and community reserves: Conservation reserve and Community reserve (IUCN Category V and VI respectively): These are areas adjoining existing protected areas which are of ecological value and can act as migration corridors, or buffer zone. Conservation reserves are designated government owned land from where communities may earn a subsistence, while community reserves are on mixed government/private lands. Community reserves are the only privately held land accorded protection by the government of India.
6. Village and panchayat Forests: Village and panchayat forests (IUCN Category VI): These are forested lands administered by a village or a panchayat on a sustainable basis, with the habitat, flora and fauna being accorded some degree of protection by the managing community.
7. Private protected areas: Private protected areas: These are regions which are owned by an individual or an organisation / corporation not affiliated to the government or a communal body. Even though Indian legislation does not provide for protection of such areas, some NGOs are using land trusts to help in the conservation effort, and providing limited means of protection.
8. Conservation areas: Conservation areas are large, well-designated geographical entities where landscape conservation is undergoing, and usually contains different kinds of constituent protected areas, as well as privately owned land.

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The best way of exploring the real thrill and adventure of wildlife is to being there. Since a long time, Indian wildlife has been a point of attraction for everyone visiting India. Thus, Indian Wildlife Safaris provides you with the opportunity to browsing through the rich wildlife of India.

India has 515 animal sanctuaries, referred to as Wildlife sanctuaries (IUCN Category IV Protected Area). Among these, the 41 Tiger Reserves are governed by Project Tiger, and are of special significance in the conservation of the tiger. Some wildlife sanctuaries are specifically named Bird Sanctuary, e.g. Keoladeo National Parkbefore attaining National Park status. Many National Parks were initially Wildlife Sanctuaries. Wildlife sanctuaries are of national importance to conservation, usually due to some flagship faunal species, are named National Wildlife Sanctuary, like the tri-state National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary for conserving the gharial.

The wildlife in India comprises a mix of species of different types of organisms. Apart from a handful of the major farm animals such as cows, buffaloes, goats, poultry and sheep, India has an amazingly wide variety of animals native to the country. It is home to Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Pythons, Wolves, Foxes, Bears, Crocodiles, Rhinoceroses,Camels, Wild dogs, Monkeys, Snakes, Antelope species, Deer species, varieties of bison and not to mention the mighty Asian elephant. The region's rich and diverse wildlife is preserved in 89 national parks, 18 Bio reserves and 400+ wildlife sanctuaries across the country. India has some of the most biodiverse regions of the world and hosts three of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots – or treasure-houses – that is the Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalayas and Indo- Burma.  According to one study, India along with 17 mega diverse countries is home to about 60-70 % of the world's biodiversity.