Monday, March 31, 2014

Adventures experienced in past 4 months

Past 4 months have been pretty adventurous for me. I tried activities which have been on my wish list for long time. While it was fun to do all these things, I also had to face criticism for wasting money on these activities. Nevertheless

Dec 2013
Cross Country Biking Expedition
Valued at about 2 lakhs
7 Days, 2000kms across northern Thailand
Dec 2013
Rs 28000 + travel
Tandem jump from 10000 ft, 35 seconds free fall
Jan 2014
White water Rafting
Rs 1400
At Kali River, Dandeli, 12km, 3 hours
Feb 2014
Microlight flying
Rs 5000, Rs 4000
Flew xair and Zenair planes, 1000 ft in air, 20-30 mins
March 2014
Scuba Diving
Rs 4500+ travel
At Netrani, 10meters below water, 30 mins

1. Cross country bike ride: This was the only activity I didn’t pay for, thanks to invite from Thailand Tourism Authority. The longest one of all, lasted 1 week and 2000kms. The biking trip was well documented on NDTV Good times and was aired recently. Enjoyed riding powerful bike in the company of amazing riders. Got to explore most of northern Thailand, which I might not have explored on my own had it not been for this event. If organized on our own, such trips can cost INR 1.5 lakhs onwards. Read more about Ride Thailand here. After this trip I am resisting heavy temptation to buy a fast bike.

Except the biking expedition, all other activities were tried in Karnataka itself, not anywhere else in India or world. Indeed Karnataka offers wide range of adventure sports option- check this post for details.

2. Skydiving: At an expense close to 30k, it was a luxury indulgence. But the 35 seconds of free fall was all worth it. Should try few more dives- probably a solo when situation permits next time.
Read more: FAQs * Experience * Video

3. White water rafting: Kali river is the best place in Karnataka to try rafting. We did it in Jan, which was the right time. The 12 km ride had a few rapids and we enjoyed our moments in water, while heading downstream on River Kali.  Unfortunately I don’t have photos of this activity, but then, there’s always another time. (We can try rafting in Badhra river, Kaveri river and River Sita as well). At Rs 1400 per person, white water rafting was the cheapest of all adventure activities among ones listed here.

4. Scuba diving: From 10000 ft above earth to 10 meters below sea level, Scuba diving gives a different experience. Being able to view the sea bed and corals, just the way we see it in Discovery Channel, Scuba diving is a good experience to have. One can try it in Murudeshwara, or at Goa. [More details] 
5. Microlight flying: You don’t need a pilot’s license to fly. With a trained instructor besides you, everyone can try their hands controlling a small plane. Microlight flying involves going up in the air, to a small height of about 1000 ft and then making minor navigations of the plane under the guidance of the trainer. I wasn’t even aware that one can try this in Bengaluru all these days.

I have few more items in my wishlist- hot air balloon ride, skiing and desert safari. But nothing planned in near future.  My next challenge will be to drive around in Northern India and return the car without any dents and scratches. I guess that will be far more adventurous.

When you get old, you’ll regret about things you wanted to do but never managed to, than things you might have achieved – such as house and cars. Don’t give that a chance. If your heart is on something, go ahead and do it.


Sankara Subramanian said...

This is a great start Shrinidhi. Keep at it and hope you achieve all of your travel dreams soon :-)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Sankara...