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13 New Sports Indians Can Try Out When The Cricket World Cup Is Over

Who says you need a phoren vacation to get your adrenaline rushing?

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1. Skydiving

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Skydiving is still something most Indians do during their big phoren vacation, but a lot of thrillseekers have been taking to the skies of late.

Where: You can skim the clouds by visiting several skydiving camps across the country, such as the ones in Mysore and Dhana, Madhya Pradesh.

3. Skateboarding

Skateboarding subculture has been steadily picking up steam ever since Indian youngsters discovered the X-games. The first skatepark opened in Goa in 2003.

Where: If these guys can find places to skate, then what's your excuse? Seriously though, Bangalore is the place to be if you're a skateboarder.


4. BMX Biking

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Similar to skateboarding, BMX lovers prefer taking to the streets to showcase their skills, which makes it popular amongst youngsters all over the country.

Where: Again, BMX biking is essentially a sport that can be enjoyed anywhere. However, Chandigarh seems to be taking the crown right now.

5. Skiing

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The snow clad slopes in Kashmir provide for the most perfect terrains for skiing enthusiasts in the winter months.

Where: The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg, Kashmir is one of the most acclaimed organisations in India to learn skiing.

6. Rock Climbing

The sheer vastness of India offers rock climbing lovers many different conditions to practice their sport. And the best part is, it can be done all year round.

Where: If you're really serious about it, Pune and Hampi are among the most popular spots for rock climbing in India.

7. Motocross

Dirt biking is a serious hobby. Acquiring the gear and the right bike can be quite an investment, but that hasn't deterred many riders in India from embracing it.

Where: If you're genuinely interested in Motocross and dirt biking, you can take your bike for a spin on the tracks in Chennai and Nashik.


8. Longboarding

Longboarding differs slightly from skateboarding. The boards are longer, and the emphasis is on cruising downhill. But that doesn't mean it is any less exciting.

Where: There are quite a few standalone longboarders around the country. India's first longboarding crew has come up in Mumbai, and the scene is growing fast.

9. White Water Rafting

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This sport is often dubbed one of the most thrilling experiences one can have. The mighty rivers of India offer some amazing chances to go white water rafting.

Where: The section of the Ganges at Rishikesh is one of the most famous places to go white water rafting in India.

10. Hang Gliding/Paragliding

Paragliding and hang gliding have considerably different equipment, but they offer the same thrill – that of soaring like a bird across the skies.

Where: The outskirts of Mumbai and Pune offer many services where you can learn paragliding and hang gliding.

11. Mountaineering

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Mountaineering has been popular in India for long as a niche community. Avid mountaineers from around the world flock to India's north & north eastern borders.

Where: You can take a course in many institutes, such as the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarakhand.

12. Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving lets you get up close with underwater creatures, which makes it a fascinating experience. It also makes for some amazing selfie ops.

Where: The pristine waters of Andaman & Nicobar make it perfect for scuba diving. However, a lot of Indians prefer to pick it up while partying in Goa.