Quick Upshot:So, being healthy and active seem to have become the buzzwords for this decade and we believe that’s a good trend. Celebrating this active lifestyle, we’ve rounded up some “active getaway” options for the upcoming January 26 to January 28 Long Weekend that are within or a short drive away from the NCR region. We start off with a milder activity first for those who are not very inclined to the “adrenaline rush”.
Guided Bicycle Tours & Segway Tours: While the latter happens around the Rajpath area on weekend mornings, the former are organized tours conducted by various groups like Delhi by Cycle, Delhi by Bike, SpinMonkey & others.
Air Safari/Paramotoring: Ever tried to pre book a window seat on a day time flight just for the view at takeoff and landing? Well, then this one is for you. Try these Paramotor Flight trips to get just that minus expensive tickets and being cooped up in a dull flight. Unlike some other aerial adventures, this trip is propelled by an engine & a caged propeller attached to a tricycle like ‘aircraft’ with wheels. To get a sense of these, you can look up any of the videos that users have posted of their experience. You can sign up for these rides with Flyboy Aviation (offer rides in Sohna, Haryana; Jim Corbett; Udaipur & Goa) or Fly India Adventure (also at Sohna, Haryana).
Rock Climbing: A friend tried this, a year back and we’ll always remember how she complained of sore arms for a long while after. It may look like fun but it is tough work and requires a lot of strength training to be able to pull oneself up. If you’re up for the challenge, you can try rock climbing at any of these places: Delhi Rock, IMF (the Indian Mountaineering Foundation) or even the Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon. The last one also offers other activities like Valley Crossing!
Hot Air Balloon Rides: One of the oldest known safe methods of aerial transport, hot air balloon rides have a certain romanticism to them. Good news is that these rides seem to have piqued interest across India and as a result, several operators operate these rides from different parts of India. Also, the ride is much calmer and hence, good for people who don’t like the adrenaline rush from the sudden thrusts in other aerial sports. Bad news is that several of these rides may come with a steep price tag, if one is looking at booking them for a day. Also, the best season for ballooning is between September to March. In the NCR region, one can try these rides from Sohna Village, Damdama Lake, Neemrana or even Greater Noida. Here are a couple of companies to get you started: National Adventure Foundation organize flights near Sohna, Sky Waltz( at Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore, Neemrana & Lonvala) & Ballooning Club of India at Damdama, among others.
ATV Rides: 2 hours ahead of Jaipur and a 7 hour drive out of Delhi, Malpura is the place to head to bust some of that road rage stress we carry pent up all week. ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) are modified 3/4-wheelers made with low pressure, broad tyres so that one can ride them on any off road terrain. Check here to book a ride.