India and South Asia Adventure Holiday Ideas

From crossing remote mountain passes in the Himalayas to negotiating rapids on Sri Lanka’s Kelani River, discover activity and adventure holiday ideas for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Each is crafted by destination experts from a trusted local travel company.

Highlights

  • Camping at an altitude of over 4,000 metres in the Himalayas
  • Trekking through the lush wilds of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands
  • Travelling along the awe-inspiring Leh–Manali Highway
  • White water rafting down the thundering Kelani River
  • Cycling through Bishnoi villages in western Rajasthan

Sri Lankan Family Adventure

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 13 nights

From exploring tropical jungle on the back of an elephant to roaming ancient forts beside the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters, nowhere can capture kids’ imaginations quite like Sri Lanka. Taking in its coastal and inland highlights, this magical two-week holiday – which features relatively short journeys, exciting excursions and child-friendly hotels, plus plenty of downtime – is designed specifically for families with an appetite for adventure.

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Adventure Nepal: White Water and Walking

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 14 nights

From white water rafting along the thundering Trisuli River to hiking part of the awesome Annapurna Circuit, this two-week journey offers a truly adventurous introduction to Nepal’s great outdoors. Along the way will be the chance to explore medieval temples, traditional villages and holy caves, not to mention the spellbinding cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. There’ll also be the opportunity to explore the jungles of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the back of an elephant.

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Absolute Golden Triangle

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 9 nights

Stimulate the senses on this extended version of the classic Golden Triangle route, where the thrill of discovering North India’s must-see sights – namely the timeless Taj Mahal, Delhi’s Mughal marvels and Jaipur’s awe-inspiring Amber Fort – is complemented by a tiger-spotting excursion in Ranthambore National Park and a trip down one of the country’s cleanest rivers, the little-explored Chambal.

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Bhutan for Adventurers

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 7 nights

Combining thrilling Himalayan excursions with exploring traditional Buddhist culture, this adventurous introduction to Bhutan’s spellbinding highlights takes in heavenly hikes to mountain-dwelling monasteries, visits to precariously placed temples and white-water trips down rapid-packed rivers. Packing as much as possible into just a week, this all-encompassing trip can only be described as an adventure of a lifetime.

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Sri Lanka for Adventurers

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 12 nights

From trekking to remote jungle villages to rafting down the thundering Kelani River, experience Sri Lanka’s verdant valleys, raging rivers and colourful coastline from a uniquely adventurous perspective. There’ll also be opportunities to explore the island nation’s cultural side – namely remote mythical temples, abandoned ancient capitals and caves adorned with exquisite frescoes.

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Himalayan Highway: Amritsar to Leh

  • When to go: May – September
  • Duration: 14 nights

A journey that begins in earnest at Amritsar’s exquisite Golden Temple culminates at the dramatic Himalayan surroundings of Leh, 3,500 metres above sea level. Experiencing Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist culture – and visiting the Dalai Lama’s adopted home town – en route, take one of the world’s most spectacular road journeys on this adventure-focused journey of a lifetime.

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Tigers & Temples

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 8 nights

Go in search of tigers in their natural habitat, be inspired by some of the world’s finest temple carvings and discover where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write The Jungle Book. This superstimulating trip to laid-back, landlocked Madhya Pradesh – via Delhi’s Mughal marvels and bustling bazaars – combines the best of the natural and man-made worlds in thrilling fashion.

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Adventurers’ Golden Triangle

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 10 nights

From cycling ancient trade routes in Rajasthan to rafting down the Ganges to Rishikesh, this adventurous take on the classic Golden Triangle route combines North India’s must-see sights with some seriously exciting excursions. Along the way will be the chance to witness ancient holy rituals, indulge in yoga sessions and take a ride on the back of an elephant.

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Cycle Rajasthan

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 10 nights

From pedalling through Bishnoi villages to arriving at exquisite Jain temples, discover the thrill of exploring Rajasthan – India’s most colourful and arguably most fascinating state – by bicycle. Along the way will be the chance to tuck into a traditional lunch with a local family, interact with remote tribal communities and take a cruise on the ethereal Lake Pichola.

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