6 Adventure Activities That Are Open For You During Covid In India
Eight months after the Covid lockdown, quite a few of the restrictions imposed have been lifted by the government. While this doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over, this relaxation lets the economy open up and heal from the paralyzing effects of the lockdown.
If you’ve been feeling frustrated sitting at home all these months, we sure can empathize. Sitting in front of your screens, confined at home and the only adventure being walking from the fridge to the bedroom, can be deathly monotonous. Maybe what you crave is to experience a real adventure in the great outdoors. Can you have it now? Yes! Should you have it now? Well, preferably not.
The virus is still around and we recommend that you take it slow until there’s a definite cure for coronavirus. But if you’re set on going, we advise you to exercise caution. For those thrillseekers, here are a few high-adrenaline activities that you can engage in now:
Microlight Flying, Bangalore
If what you want is a bird’s-eye view of the Silicon Valley of India and its surrounding landscape, set out towards the Jakkur Aerodrome in Bangalore. Here, you can take to the skies by taking up paramotoring, parasailing or a joyride in an airplane.
The most thrilling adventure that awaits you there is to learn how to actually fly an aircraft. You get to co-pilot a microlight, a tiny lightweight aircraft designed to carry two people. So if you’ve always dreamed of piloting a plane but have no experience whatsoever, this is the place for you.
Note that this activity isn’t for children less than 10 years of age and for pregnant women. Also, as a microlight can only accommodate two people, it is a solo activity.
Rock Climbing, Badami
Badami in Karnataka is best known for its ancient Hindu rock-cut temples from the era of the Chalukya dynasty. Of course, the town being steeped in Hindu mythology and history will be a marvel for history buffs. Also, its rugged sandstone cliffs with horizontal cracks make it an ideal destination for rock climbing. What’s more? Whether you’ve simply decided to give this sport a try or already are an accomplished climber, dust your hands with chalk powder and get climbing!
Badami has over 100 rock climbing spots with different difficulty levels. The beginners can avail themselves of the basic training and the equipment needed to make the climb. Then you can set your first foot upward into this sport. It’s definitely not going to be easy, but sure will be fun. With safety in mind, make sure that you don’t take up this sport without supervision. Also, look for climbing tours that strictly follow Covid safety regulations.
Scuba Diving, Malvan
The thrillseeker who seeks to explore the watery depths of the seas can ditch their sunscreen for neoprene by taking up scuba diving in Malvan, Maharashtra. Also, Malvan is close to Goa, a mainstream tourist destination, but not as crowded. So you can have your socially-distanced adventure trip here. What’s even more, if you want a little more isolation, you can even choose scuba diving on a private beach.
Even if you’ve never tried scuba, you’ll be briefed and accompanied by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified trainers. Make sure that you hang on to their every word and then experience first-hand the life beneath the sea. You can also immortalize your thrilling underwater adventures with photographs. Also, Malvan has no dearth of watersports. You could also skim the surface of the Arabian Sea by riding jet skis or banana boats.
Dune Bashing, Khuri
The Thar Desert of Rajasthan full of bright culture and traditions which you can experience firsthand by setting out on a desert safari. If you want to combine the simple rural life of the desert with something thrilling, try your hand at dune bashing in Khuri.
Dune bashing involves you driving over sand dunes in an offroad vehicle, all the while taking care to not tip the vehicle over the edge. For the thrillseeker in a desert, it’s perfect. Just make sure that you listen to the guide’s instructions and protect yourself from the desert sun. If possible, book a private dune bashing session so as to avoid interacting with other people and reduce risk of Covid.
Skiing And Snowboarding, Auli
Does your idea of thrill involve rushing down a snowy hill? Then set out towards Auli, Uttarakhand. Located at an altitude of over 2800 meters over sea level, this hill station is also home to over 520 species of flowers which are in full bloom between June to October. During the winter months, Auli is blanketed by snow and its slopes make for the perfect haunt for skiers and snowboarders.
Even if you’re a novice skier, you can learn the ropes of this high-adrenaline sport from qualified instructors. The professional can set out on long ski runs. Also, for the trekkers and campers, Auli is the place to be.
Cycling, Kaziranga National Park
Northeast India remains largely unexplored, and is therefore the perfect haunt for the adventure seeker who wants to keep away from the thronging tourists. The nature lover would fall for the Kaziranga National Park.
Sprawled across Assam, this tropical reserve forest is home to the vulnerable great one-horned rhinoceroses and also tigers. What better way to explore the natural beauty of the place than leaving the place untouched by pollution? You can take up cycling from the central point of the park and drink in the sights and sounds to your heart’s content. Along the way, you’ll pedal past tea estates and can also get to interact with the tribals living in the park. Just make sure that you follow the social distancing norms.
Things To Remember
Adventure activities require a lot of effort and exertion, so if you’re not up for them, don’t pursue them.
Before leaving for the trip, make sure that you consult your doctor and seek professional advice regarding your trip.
If you have any underlying medical conditions pertaining to blood pressure, heart ailments, asthma or have had a major surgery, avoid high-adrenaline activities.
Inform the tour company/instructor/guide about any medical conditions beforehand to be on the safer side.
For most adventure activities, those below the age of 10 and above 60 as well as pregnant women aren’t allowed. So plan your trip accordingly.
Most adventure activities depend on weather conditions. So there may be a chance that the event may be postponed or even canceled owing to poor weather. Be sure to check out the tour company’s refund policy.
You need your wits about you while engaged in an adventure activity. Do not consume alcohol on the day/s of your adventure trip.
Listen to the instructor/guide carefully to enjoy your activity safely.
Also, you don’t want to forget that you’ve decided to go on an adventure trip during Covid. So with all the above precautions, you also need to follow the ones given below:
Ensure and insist on social distancing, always: masks, regular sanitizing and maintaining a 6 feet distance.
Look for accommodations that take Covid restrictions seriously.
As lockdown restrictions change dynamically, contact the places where you’d like to go to ensure that they’re open to the public.
Traveling in your personal vehicle as opposed to public transportation ensures social distancing.
As far as possible, opt for cashless transactions to reduce risk of infection.
Every state has different regulations with regards to interstate travel. So be updated with the Covid rules of your state as well as the state you’re traveling to.
Have all the necessary documentation mandated by the state and your destination. Instal the Aarogya Setu app on your phone and get the coronavirus self declaration form, regardless of the rules, for good measure.
If you start developing symptoms of Covid, seek help immediately.
With all this in mind, have a responsible and thrilling holiday!