Netflix and Chill is no longer acceptable and let us be real, it was never really that cool to begin with. This summer, don’t get stuck in a rut constantly doing the same old things day in and day out. Instead of boring each other to death, head out into the beautiful world and discover the hair-raising, nail-biting, hearth-throbbing activities scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent (don’t worry, some are close to New Delhi) and let us seek Adventure this time. So no matter where you live or how you define yourself, these are some of the best adventure activities to get in touch with your bold side.
HikingOne of the easiest and most accessible ways to get a dose of nature is by setting out on a good old fashioned hike. Hiking generally doesn’t require any fancy equipment or special skills; just a sturdy pair of boots, a map, and a thirst for adventure. This versatile activity can be as relaxing or as strenuous as you make it. For a list of hiking trail suggestions in your area, consider doing a little advance research online.
Backcountry CampingWhy limit yourself to just a day hike when you can have a full weekend (or longer) adventure? Backcountry camping involves packing your tent, sleeping gear, food, and water on your back to set up camp in a remote location. If you’re an experienced hiker and camper, this is an excellent way to test your survival skills and explore the untamed wilderness. Many parks require backpackers to obtain permits, so make sure to register and map your route before stepping on the trail.
Mountain and Road BikingUnlike long hikes through the woods, biking allows you to cover more ground and travel farther while still being immersed in nature. Mountain biking typically involves riding up and down steep slopes, between trees, and over rocks. If this sounds too intense or your tires aren’t suited for rugged terrain, consider taking a road bike or a hybrid on paved trails through forest preserves or along country roads.
Kayaking and CanoeingWhether you live near a lake, river, or a bay, head to the water to feel flowing waves underneath you in a kayak or canoe. Many public and private bodies of water offer kayak and canoe rentals if you don’t have your own and just want to try it out. Similar to hiking, these water activities can be as intense or as tranquil as you like. Beginners should stick to slow-moving waterways, while advanced paddlers can explore the adrenaline-pumping excitement of whitewater.
Rock ClimbingAlthough rock climbing is a technical sport that requires a fair amount of training and practice, it’s also one of the best ways to really get in touch with the natural environment. Climbing challenges your mind, tests your personal stamina, and encourages you to work with the forces of nature to accomplish your goals. You’ll definitely want to take a few rock climbing courses, preferably outdoors, and hire a guide before attempting to set your own anchors and climb your own routes.