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Adventure

Paragliding       Rafting       Scuba Diving       Trekking       Rock climbing       Mountaineering      


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Sandakphu Phalut Singalila Ridge Trek ~ Sayantan Kundu
85 kms in four days to cross the Singalila Range from Sandakphu through Phalut. Spectacular views, a tiredness that defies defining and a sense of wonder and achievement. Read More...

Valley of the Gods ~ Nandan Das
My adventure started from Calcutta when I boarded the Doon Express bound for Haridwar. After traveling through the heart of India, I reached Haridwar... Read More...

Pindari: The Glacier Beyond ~ Romola Butalia
For the better part of three years I had watched the snowcapped peaks from afar: glistening as the first rays of sunlight touched them, remote and majestic with wisps of clouds playing hide-and-seek Read More...

Reminescing about the Khedatal Trek ~ Alifiya Calcuttawala
It was early October and dusk was settling in. The unexpected hailstorm an hour earlier had left us wet, cold and miserable. Read More...

Freedom From Fear ~ Sanjoy Sengupta
The other side of fear is freedom. It was not until the first reflections of sunshine off the white peaks of Khangchendzonga had set my soul soaring that I realised this, my senses numbed in stillness. Read More...

When Climbers Trek ~ Ashish Kaul
This isn't a mountain region of mere subjective beauty. Nor one, which claims its greatness, based on just an overwhelming opinion of a large majority. For Sikkim is a treasure that few know about. Read More...

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River Rafting

Another View of the Ganga ~ Romola Butalia
The campfire in the evening was accompanied by a barbeque and the sharing of favourite adventure stories and an easy friendly familiarity born of a shared journey, the inevitable fallout of adventure activities. Read More...

River Runners' Pilgrimage ~ Vaibhav Kala
The Ganga can easily stake its claim to being the river running 'capital' of the country. And aptly so, a river which has so thoroughly dominated the conciousness of millions in the country, a river which harbours over 90% of white water running in India. Read More...

The Last Horizon ~ Vaibhav Kala
The writer remembers the Copper Canyon trip, an early rafting experience down the Zanskar river gorge in Ladakh, which ignited his passion for river running. Read More...

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Scuba Diving

Return to Kadmat ~ Rajiv Butalia
SCUBA is an On the flight back, the plane ascended over a bright blue sea, the waters so clear I could see the coral formations below and wondrously, two turtles silhouetted in the depths. Read More...

Secrets of Eternity
Secrets of Eternity is a compilation of poetry and drawings of divers celebrating the ocean and the deep. Here we present a handful of poems from the book. Read More...

How do you explain silence? ~ Bindoo Poorniah
Is it a state of mind, a suspension of hearing, or is it that ecstasy you experience when you are in the depths of the ocean. Read More...

Reveries of a Diver ~ Kersi Khambhatta
Once upon a time there was a little boy who dreamt of being a Scuba diver... Rubbish. Read More...

Discovering Diving ~ Romola Butalia
As I grew accustomed to my ew environment, fascinated, I realised I wasn't holding anyone's hand, I wasn't conscious of my breathing or reassuring myself by looking at the ocean floor. Read More...

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Mountaineering

Traing Camp at NIM, Uttarkashi ~ Kriti Pant
A 15 day training camp at NIM, Uttarakashi leaves the writer with basic mountain skills and unforgettable memories. Read More...

Across the Himalayas - Part I ~ Vineeta Muni
The moon was still visible in the sky, although the sun had begun spreading its rays across the vast expanse of mountains around me. Strong and cold winds whirled around as I stood atop the famed Karakoram Pass (5,638 m). Read More...

A Mysterious Pass Amidst the Clouds ~ Rajinder Arora
It was the beginning of yet another summer and another call from the mountains. Sitting in a humid Delhi office I was toying with the idea of planning an elaborate expedition while scanning the pages of Indian Mountaineer # 25 when a feature on Dhumadhar Kandi Pass caught my attention. Read More...

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Rock Climbing

Buzz of Rock ~ Harpreet Dhillon
The urge to climb is perhaps one of the most basic and natural urges I have felt ever since I can remember, beginning with the trees in the playgrounds of childhood. Read More...

Trance Climbing ~ Somit Doshi
The symphony of a rock climber is a deep experience. And so too, the motion of a mountaineer. It is an altered perspective of life. Read More...

Rock Climbing Introduction
It is all about that impossible face that stares at you and compels you to climb. Read More...

Paragliding

Paragliding Odyssey in Indian Himalaya ~ Will Marks
"A cannonball thermal blasts into the paragliders wing, jerks me up vertically and rips my right brake out of my hand. I look up. Half the wing is gone."
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'Student Pilot' - A First Hand Account ~ Anita Deshpande
Today we begin with one hell of a sore shoulder. Your heart wants to fly and your body just follows. So you go through the whole practice routine once more. Read More...

Tandem Paragliding ~ Romola Butalia
It was a novel experience of emotions and sensations I loved. I enjoyed the thrill of actual take-off - there was no doubt that it was a perfect take-off - gentle, smooth and exhilarating. Read More...

Strangers To Earth ~ Lynn Plautz
I grabbed my Lonely Planet guidebook and my camera, and off I went into the crowded streets. Where I was going I wasn't sure. Read More...


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