New Year. New Thrills.

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While everyone’s busy making resolutions to become their better selves, we thought we’d get better at enjoying our lives. From trying new experiences to exploring new places, there’s a whole lot to look forward to in 2016.

We’ve made a list of places where you can get started on something new, be it trail running, climbing or kayaking. So take a look and make this year the most exciting yet!

Trail running:

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JAHAN PANAH FOREST – DELHI:
A runner’s haven in South Delhi, Jahan Panah city forest is filled with challenges. From sudden inclines to abrupt dips, this trail will help you take your game to the next level this year. The nearest metro station is Govindpuri many bus routes connect the forest from multiple sides. And if you’re lucky you might just run into some residents – peacocks, hares, mongoose and foxes.

BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK – MUMBAI: 
The perfect setting for an exhilarating run, this national park in the suburb of Borivali is great to build your endurance. It is peppered with inclines that are ideal whether you’re preparing for marathons or just looking for a more interesting way to keep fit this year. Best enjoyed in the mornings when it’s cool and the animals start heading deeper into the woods.

MINI FOREST – BANGALORE:
Let your feet loose in this oasis hidden away within JP Nagar. It truly is a mini forest in the midst of the city, populated by many species of birds and insects. Ideal for beginners, but also has its share of challenges for the seasoned runner. So lace up and run to the sound of nature.

 

Rafting / Kayaking:

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KUNDALIKA RIVER – PUNE:
100 kms from Pune, secreted away in virgin forests in the Sahyadri Range is the small yet beautiful Kundalika river. The region receives the highest rainfall in Maharashtra and is also fed by excess water from the hydroelectric dams located beside it. Which means it has the volume and strength for some exciting White Water Rafting.

BHATSA RIVER – MUMBAI:
So close, yet so unknown! Hop on the suburban train to Vasind or take a 1 hour drive from the city to Vasind and you’ll never regret it. The serene Bhatsa River makes for a calming kayaking experience. Having the forest alongside only adds to the delight you’ll feel as you paddle away.

BHEEMESHWARI – BANGALORE:
You’ll gain a whole new respect for the Cauvery River this year. Bheemeswari is a scenic spot 3 hours away from Bangalore that offers a thrilling White Water Rafting experience. Or kayaking, if you go during the leaner months before the monsoon when the river is not as full and wild.

 

Climbing:

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NIMGIRI TWIN FORTS – MUMBAI:
If you’re taking up climbing this year, try your hand at scaling the Twin Forts at Nimgiri. 144km from Mumbai, in the heart of Sahyadri range, this fort has some steep climbs which are challenging, yet suitable for beginners. The 1 hour climb apart, you’ll also enjoy sight of the ruins of temples and other structures.

MADHUGIRI – BANGALORE:
Situated in Tumkur, 71kms from Bangalore, is Asia’s second largest monolith. A definite must-climb for enthusiasts in the city, niot just for its repute, but also for the challenge it poses. At 3930 ft, the Fort atop Madhugiri rock is a steep climb. And the reward is breath-taking, literally!

MATHU BURU HILLS – KOLKATA:
Another one for amateurs and seasoned climbers alike, Mathu Buru is 3 hours away from Kolkata, but worth every effort to get there. It’s a great place to set up camp as well, once you’re done learning the ropes. Quite an exciting way to begin the new year, you’ll definitely take home some great memories.

 

Cycling:

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MANGAR BANI – DELHI:
This forest is situated at the outskirts of Delhi, between Faridabad and Gurgaon. Held sacred by the locals, it is also a lovely off-road trail for cyclists. If you prefer a road-cycling experience, just stay on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road that runs adjacent to the forest.

DEVARAYANADURGA – BANGALORE:
A scenic yet gruelling ride, the 75kms to Devarayanadurga, is lined with greenery and several temples. You’ll enjoy some tranquility, one way or the other. This hillstation is surrounded by forests and is also known for its natural spring, perfect for relaxing after your ride.

PANSHET DAM – PUNE:
It so happens that the most challenging rides are the most rewarding. Whether it’s the view along the way, or the exhilaration when you reach your destination. The 100km from Pune to Panshet Dam takes you via Sinhagarh Fort, a steep climb that leads to rolling hills and a verdant countryside.

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