An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad bike is a three-wheeler, or four-wheeler vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. Though these are not Street-Legal vehicles in many countries, these vehicles are gaining popularity through adventure sports activities. In recent times they are more popular in India because of the thrill and excitement they provide for the adventure seeking enthusiasts.
These vehicles have the ability to go anywhere on terrain that most other vehicles could not cross and hence have become popular for those just looking for a good trail ride. Sport models of these vehicles were also developed by Honda, which had a virtual monopoly in the market due to effective patents on design and engine placement.
ATV is an adventurous sport with an exciting and unusual experience which creates psychological and physiological arousal followed by a thrilling journey. People love the excitement that ATV’s provide and the vast array of terrain that ATV’s open up for exploring. ATV’s provide a lot of enjoyment for riders and be a worthwhile activity.
The ATV rides are always accompanied by the guides who ensure that all safety measurements are taken by the participants and children below the age of 16 are usually not allowed to participate in these rides. To feel the excitement get to know more on the offers on these ATV rides at http://www.freakouts.com
Talk about hill stations and the names Ooty, Kodaikanal and Munnar inevitably crop up. But apart from being heavily commercialised, these hill stations are also some distance away. Nandi Hills is closer, but it too is a common getaway.
Horsley Hills would run Nandi close and is even better because it’s more obscure. This hill station is located near Madanapalli (Andhra Pradesh) and stands 1,290m above sea level. It is located close to the famed Rishi Valley school. The narrow road to Horsley Hills is very scenic. It is surrounded throughout its entire length with dense growths of eucalyptus, jacaranda, allamanda and gulmohar trees.
Lake Gangotri, Highview, Gaalibanda, Environmental Park and the Horsley Hills Museum are worth visiting.The hill station is also a hub of adventure activities. Sports such as walking on water, rapelling and others are on offer. The summit of the hill provides a panoramic view of the mountains on either side. At the top of the hill one can even hear the roar of strong winds.
The hill station was earlier known as Yenugu Mallamma Konda. According to legend, there used to be a little girl named Mallamma who was taken care of by elephants. She used to heal the tribal people on the hills. When she suddenly disappeared, people thought that she was a goddess and built a temple in her memory. But, later the hill station was named after a British officer WD Horsley, who had served as the collector of Cuddapah district. He visited this place around 1840-43 and was impressed by the beauty of the hills. He chose this spot for his summer residence.Now the governor of Andhra Pradesh uses this house as a summer residence and hence this house is called the Governor’s bungalow.
Food: There is a restaurant on top of the hill. There are decent hotels in Madanapalli as well.
How to get there
Distance: About 160 km. Head for Kolar and take a left after Hosakote which leads to Madanapalli via Chintamani bye-pass. Once, you reach Madanapalli turn left to reach Horsley Hills. Accommodation is offered by the AP Tourism department atop the hill.
Courtesy : Bangalore Mirror
Zorbing is a burgeoning adventure thrill sport that’s on a roll
It is a Kiwi invention that is not only ‘off the wall’ but seems to also be off an alien planet.
Zorbing originated in New Zealand in the 1990’s as a novel invention by two Kiwis looking for a new adventure challenge.
The sport can be enjoyed by people of all ages who don’t mind being strapped inside an enormous clear plastic, air-cushioned ball. You are actually quite secure inside the inner capsule. All the violent bouncing is absorbed by the bigger outer transparent ball. As the ball rolls down a long grass-covered slope, you spin around in a virtual anti-gravity form of weightlessness like an intoxicated space traveler. As you tumble head over heels, the build up of centrifugal force keeps you pressed hard against the plastic wall, so it’s easy to ‘go with the flow’ and enjoy the revolving view outside.
You the (Zorbonaut) are safely harnessed inside the Zorb before being sent rolling head over heels.
Its 100% safe sport and even if the zorb gets punctured it takes more than 3 hours to deflate. Even any bounces are there on path , it would be taken by outside ball and the zorbonaut is fully safe.
Zorbing has been shown in episodes of Wildboyz, Celebrity Fit Club, Road Rules, The Amazing Race, and Globe Trekker, as well as the Jackie Chan film Armour of God II: Operation Condor.
There is no end to the fun-filled antics of these agitated air cushions. Grab the chance to zorb – it’s fun to try!
This is an ideal activity for any age group .
You can try this sport in Horsley Hills, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vizag and Aruku.
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The Everest area, known locally as Sagarmatha National Park, is home to some of the world’s highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community is heart warming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Lobouche Peak, Mt Amadablam, Kasum Kangru peak, Thamserku peak and Kwangde peak. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close. While you in hiking you must have a light day pack, allowing you to acclimate and enjoy the trip to the max. Our experienced staff will trek with the group, set up the tents, cook all the food, which includes excellent Western and local cuisine. Arun Treks & Expedition promises to provide you the finest service in the industry.
After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From the airstrip we trek north through pine forest to the bustling Sherpa ‘capital’, Namche Bazaar, from where we head to the magnificent Thyangboche Monastery. Here, in the shadow of the Everest massif and Ama Dablam and surrounded by mani walls, chortens and prayer flags, our stay is sure to be one of the highlights of our trek. As we ascend, the alpine scenery becomes more rugged and we climb above the tree line to reach Dingboche in the Imja Valley for further acclimatization and exploration. It is then a steady ascent following glacial moraines to Lobuche and then to our lodge at Gorakshep, from where we then trek to the historic site of Everest Base Camp. Finally we ascend to the summit of Kala Pathar for brilliant views of Mount Everest and a breathtaking panorama of the world’s highest mountains, before returning to Pheriche and then on back to Katmandu.
Considered as Mecca of Rock Climbers, this amazing place has plenty of opportunities for the budding and the professional alike. Climbs of various grades along with few bolted routes as well