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Friday, 01 September, 2017, 17 : 30 PM [IST]

Adventure sports fast gaining popularity among females in India

India provides a plethora options for almost every major adventure sport and today, many operators provide women-centric services, while there are several dedicated clubs for such activities where one can join to connect with like-minded individuals.

The increasing participation of women reflects in the figures, as per last year it was seen that 41% women travellers partaking in mild adventure activities like kayaking tours, short treks (1-3 days), water sports and so on.

In terms of international backpacking tours, women participation is close to 32%, with travels to Norway, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and even South America being most preferred. When it comes to Indian terrain, most popular treks among women are the MarkhaValley trek and the Valley of Flowers.

Also, Indian women are growing warm towards activities like Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, Zorbing in Gulmarg, Paragliding in Solan Valley, Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan and so on. Although safety is a major concern for women in India, such progressive advancements are cementing the growth of extreme sports and in no time will we see Indian women shining in this field, highlighted Niharika Nigam is the Director - Business Development at Jumpin Heights, an Adventure Sports brand.

She further added that the perception of femininity has changed for a progressive turn- with power and equality being the new mantras of the day. The observation of women being the weaker sex has taken a tailspin as an increasing number of women are opting for the unique thrill of adventure sports over the basic shopping and clubbing activities.

Moreover, the dynamisms of career and household functionaries have urged women to seek out adventure activities to unwind. Women have savoured the culmination of their identities as gender roles form blurred spectrum, where inter-changebility of one’s lifestyle remains at the paramount.

Today, women tend to take up more challenges and push oneself at the physical front, to enliven their sense of being. So the demand for adventure sports like treks, rafting and bungee jumping has gone up among women, she feels.
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