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Written by Shamanthika on July 27, 2023 Share on

Adventure Sports in Northeast India – Get Your Adrenaline Rushing

What do the Himalayas mean to adventure seekers? It means thrill, amusement and joy. If you are someone who wants to explore the unexplored and enjoy the unspoilt beauty, head to the beautiful states in Northeast India. This region in India includes Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Tripura, often called the seven sisters. The top adventure sports include bike rides, camping, cave exploration and more. Engage in the unique Northeastern adventure. We present to you to the top adventure sports in the Northeast.

Top 10 Adventure Sports You Must Not Miss in Northeast India

  1. White Water Rafting
  2. Trekking
  3. Kayaking
  4. Rappelling
  5. Zip Lining
  6. Cave Exploration
  7. Outdoor Camping
  8. Mountain biking and cycling
  9. Mountaineering
  10. Parasailing and Hand Gliding

1.White Water Rafting

When you think about the state of Assam, the first thing that comes to your mind will be the Brahmaputra river. The thundering waves of the river and its tributaries Manas and Jia Bhorali are the best spots in India for white water rafting. Experience adrenaline pumping river rafting, guided by trained guides and create your water adventure memory. Hence, hop into a raft and paddle your way through the rapids. In the Northeastern region, states like Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have the ideal rafting spots.

Best Spots

  • Manas River near Manas National Park
  • Jia Bhorali in Nameri National Park
  • Subansiri River in Arunachal Pradesh 
a group ready for river rafting
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Willing to trek an unknown terrain and explore it in your own way? Pack your rucksacks and get ready to be enthralled by the beauty of Northeast India. Traverse through the lush green forests of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Each step will reveal the beauty of unique landscapes and rugged mountains. Hear oh, adventure seekers, you can climb the living root bridges and feel awe and thrill inside. Above all, you can enjoy the pleasure of achieving the top and rejoice.

Best Spots

Dzuko Valley in Nagaland
Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Monpa Trail in Arunachal Pradesh

a climber on the root bridge
Image Credit: Google

3. Kayaking

They say, the sooner you paddle, the better you can explore. Kayaking in Northeastern India is indeed one of the best water sport to experience. The region boasts many challenging rapids, which are ideal for Kayaking. Above all, as you paddle through the river you can enjoy heartwarming scenery around. Float on the gorgeous river, under the white clouds and etch this memory to your heart. More than that, Kayaking calms your mind and soul.

Best Spots

Kyunshi River in Meghalaya

a man kayaking on a river
Image Credit: Google


Slide down the gushing waterfalls and get rejuvenated by the rappelling experience. Northeastern India has several waterfalls and hills perfect for rappelling. This activity keeps you on your toe and feet so that you can enjoy descending from slopes, sliding down a waterfall. The state of Meghalaya has many ideal spots to enjoy rappelling. Hence, challenge yourselves, hold the rope tight and cascade down to feel the adrenaline rush.

Best Spots

Elephant Falls in Meghalaya
Dawaki River in Meghalaya

Also Read: Mesmerising Meghalaya tour package

5. Zip Lining

This is one of the coolest adventure activities in Northeast India. Appease your adrenaline-seeking souls by whooshing away on a Zip-line. Have you ever dreamt of being the Superman in your childhood? Hang on a rope, hold tight and fly like him, without a cape. You can fly above and get the bird’s eye view of all the wonderous things below. Channel your adrenaline and fly above less explored Northeast India. More than that, the lush green surroundings, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes will cast a spell on you.

Best Spots

Snophedan village in Dawki
Mawdok valley in Cherrapunji.

a man on the zip line
Image Credit: Google

6. Cave Exploration

Caves of Northeast India have always been an amusing factor for tourists. With mysterious trunk passages, scenic charm and deep darkness, cave exploration is indeed a thrilling experience. The state of Meghalaya has the longest cave system in India. It stretches to about 22,202.65 m, you need to bend and crawl inside them to explore. Hire a local guide for helping you tour around. More than that, these caves are also an excellent photographic location in India.

Best Spots

Mawsmai cave and Awrah Cave in Meghalaya
Krem Liat Prah in Meghalaya

Also Read: 5 Days Northeast Itinerary – A Step Closer To Heaven

7.Outdoor Camping

The joy of camping is indeed the best one. Set a camp amidst the lustrous green pastures, shinning river banks, exotic valleys and mountain ranges. Camp with your loved one below the East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills. Later in the night, stare into the open sky and count stars. Unlike other traditional accommodation types, staying in a camp is totally different. Enjoy the stay outdoors, breathe in fresh oxygen. Due to the rising trend of famous festivals like Ziro Music festival in Arunachal Pradesh, camping has also become quite common.

Best Spots

Majuli Island in Assam
Garbhanga reserve forest in Assam

outdoor camps
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8.Mountain biking and cycling

If you want to explore the seven sisters of India on your own, choose the ‘wheels way’. Take a mountain bike or an ATV and explore these beautiful states. Choose a rugged biking trail and get impressed. Alternatively, you can also take a cycling trip and pedal on the streets. Mountain biking is slowly gaining popularity amongst the tourist groups in India. Hence, you can also find your group and travel with them.

Best Spots

Chandubi lake in Assam


Ready to take a course in Mountaineering? Northeast is the best place to learn it. Go climb up the Himalayas, learn the nuances of mountain climbing. The astounding mountain ranges offer an excellent chance to ace mountaineering. In addition to this, the territories in this region are also troublesome and challenging to climb.

Best Spots

Tawang and Anini in Arunachal Pradesh
Nilachal Hills in Assam

10.Parasailing and Hand Gliding

If you have a fascination to fly, then Paragliding should be on your bucket list. This crazy adventure activity lets you soar up above the world. Get a bird’s eye view of the lustrous mountains, rugged terrains, deep valleys and more. Make your northeast trip memorable by flying high and getting amazing views from the sky.

Best Spots

Shillong in Meghalaya

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What is two adventure sports?

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering.

What are the adventurous places in Northeast India?

Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.

Which is the most adventurous sport?

Volcano Boarding, Mountain Biking, Bungee Jumping and many more.

Which is the cheapest adventure sport in India?

The two cheapest adventure sports would be trekking and camping in India.

Which is the adventure sports capital of India?


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