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Top 10 Adventure Sports in India

India is fast emerging as a favored destination for adventure sport blessed as it is with mind boggling geographical diversity and varied landscape. The mountains, beaches, oceans and deserts; all present great opportunities for adventure sports. 

Mentioned below, in no particular order,  are the top 10 adventure activities available in India.

Paragliding

Paragliding In India
Paragliding - one of the easiest ways to fly in air like a bird
Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport. It is a free-flying foot launched aircraft wherein a pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing. Its shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of the air entering vents in the front of the wing. It is most popular recreational sport that is performed aerially. Some of the most popular destinations for Paragliding include Ladakh, Kamshet, Darjeeling, Solang, Billing and South Anjuna in Goa.

River Rafting

River Rafting, india
River Rafting in india
River Rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in India. It provides an exotic location for tourists who love peaceful ambience and also to those who believe in hardcore adventure activities. There are more than a hundred numbers of operators that operate and offer rafting opportunities. It is a fun-filled activity that lets you plunge into the awesomeness that life has to offer and shun the hectic boredom once in a while. Popular destinations for River Rafting include Zanskar, Manali, Rishikesh, Coorg and Brahmaputra.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping in India
Bungee Jumping in India - Dare to take a leap of faith!
Bungee Jumping is an exciting and thrilling water sport that is a must for all ages, but before you go on an adventure. It is an ill-advised sport for the faint hearted. You might be surprised that though a lot of people take the initiative to try it out, but most back off just before the jump. First a long, extremely strong & stretchy cord is tied around the jumper’s ankle, which leaps off of the jumping point. Rishikesh, Goa, Delhi and Bengaluru are the popular Bungee Jumping destinations in India.

Heli Skiing

Heli skiing in India
Enjoy heli skiing in Kashmir,India
Heli Skiing is an abbreviation used for helicopter skiing. It is also known as an exhilarating winter sport. One drawback of this sport is that it is not for everyone, only the people who are experienced and advance skiers can enjoy the sport. It is one of the recreational activities that has been and still is popular with active people. It is the best way to get acquainted with the snow clad hills of the Himalayas. Gulmarg in Kashmir and Manali in Himachal Pradesh offer astonishing activity that takes place.

Waterfall Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling in India
Climbing up the Vihigaon Waterfall Rappelling in India
One of the most wonderful creations of nature is the waterfalls. It attracts hundreds of people towards its beauty and offers a chance to explore them a little further and deeper. The best and the most adventurous way of doing it is via trying water rappelling. It is an adrenaline pumping adventure on the waterfall down the rock and facing the extreme water torrent yourself. Coorg in Karnataka and Vihigaon in Maharashtra offer a wonderful experience of Waterfall Rappelling in India.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in India
Snorkeling in India - Experience the thrill and beauty of India's stunning underwater natural world
Snorkeling is considered one of the safest ways of exploring life beneath the waters. It is also a popular activity and a unique way of exploring underwater life. This is done from the surface of the water and usually requires equipments such as diving mask, fins and a breathing tube. India is blessed with amazing group of islands that allows the unique experience of snorkeling. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep are the popular snorkeling destinations in India.

Cycle Trekking

Cycles Trekking, India

The mountainous region delivers a special kind of excitement to the adventure junkies. The great topography of India will let you experience this excitement. For cycle trekking, the Himalayan range and the mountainous regions of Kerala are the most favorite for the activity. One can ride individually or in groups to rejuvenate their senses.

 
 Hot Air Ballooning

 Hot Air Ballooning, India
  
One of the best things for those who don’t have money to burn, Hot Air Ballooning is the activity of flying hot air balloons. It is the best to way to feast upon the bird eye view of the place. It also allows people to explore the unknown and breathtaking places in India. Jaipur, Pushkar and Ranthambore National Park, 3 of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan, offer this excellent experience.

[Hot air ballooning has been featured in our list of 40 ideas for luxury holidays in India.]

Sky Diving

Skydiving in India

Sky Diving is an adventure activity that was created out of a necessity. You need immense guts to try it out. It offers an experience to fly with the birds. When the diver is all set to fall from an aircraft and is provide with the parachute to land safely on the ground. Dhana in Madhya Pradesh, Mysore in Karnataka, Deesa in Gujarat and Aamby Valley in Maharashtra are some of the popular Indian places for Sky Diving. 

Scuba Diving

scuba diving in India
Scuba Diving - the best way to explore the beautiful azure underwater world in India
Scuba Diving is one of the greatest sports activities in the world, but there is certain knowledge required before entering into the journey. It is a very complex sport that requires a good amount of knowledge before you actually enter into it. There are several obvious and hidden dangers that accompany a scuba diving mission. It is a great sport and pastime for professionals and novices alike. Indian water bodies offer great underwater experience and the destinations assure the amazing experience such as Andaman & Nicobar Island, Barracuda, Islands of Netrani and Goa.

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20 Awesome Sights that shows how Incredible India is

The towering snowcapped Himalayas, emerald beaches down south, pristine islands with ops for snorkeling and water sports, palm-fringed backwaters, abundant wildlife and the rich culture and heritage makes India one of the most incredible places on the planet to travel to. We bring to you the 20 awesome sights that show how Incredible India is.

Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand

Hampi Group of Monument
Hampi Group of Monuments are inscribes as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala
India's very own Niagara, the Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala

Akshardham Temple, Gujarat
Akshardham Temple in Gujarat is one of the most visited attraction in India

Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
World Heritage Rock cut caves at Ellora are surely a man made wonder


Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters, Alapuzza


Great Flamingoes, Rann of Kutch
Great Flamingos that arrive at Rann of Kutchpost monsoon add enchanting hues to this stark desert

Snorkeling, Andaman Islands
The rich corals in Andaman Islands is home to abundant aquatic species
Strongdey Village, Zanskar, Ladakh
Strongdey Village, Ladakh

Marine Drive, Mumbai
The Queen's Necklace at Marine Drive is an awesome sight to behold after sunset

Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Mighty Himalayan Peaks from Tungnath
View of Mighty Himalayan Peak from Tungnath in Uttarakhand

A Regally Adorned Elephant in Rajasthan
A Regally Adorned Elephant in Rajasthan

Sand Dunes, Thar Desert, Rajasthan
Sand Dunes, Thar Desert, Rajasthan

Chang La, Ladakh
Chang La, Ladakh

Leh Palace
Leh Palace

Great Single Horned Rhinos, Kaziranga National Park
Great Single Horned Rhinos, Kaziranga National Park
Dahi Handi, Maharashtra
Dahi Handi, Maharashtra
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Best Places to go for Wildlife Safaris in India

When it comes to wildlife safaris in India, you’d be amazed by the variety and abundance of the flora and fauna. Gone are the times when the maharajas of India proudly hunted and displayed the tigers and lions in their palaces to flaunt their prowess. After decades of reckless hunting, and concerns by the authorities - thanks to the British Raj - guidelines for conservation of wild animals and their habitat were put into place.

With 160+ National Parks, wildlife safaris in India are indeed thrilling and adventurous experiences. With the jungles teeming with wildlife that include the endangered species like Great Single Horned Rhinos, Asiatic Lions and Royal Bengal Tigers and with great infrastructure in form of luxury tents, jungle lodges and budget accommodation, a wildlife safari is one of the you-cannot-miss-it things to do in India.

Here’s the list of best places to go for wildlife safaris in India:

Ranthambore National Park

 

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

One of the most renowned national parks in India, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur used to be the former hunting ground of Kachwaha Rajputs, the maharajas of Jaipur. This wildlife reserve is named after the legendary Ranthambore Fort which was recently inscribed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Hill Forts of Rajathan.

It is believed that Ranthambore offers the maximum probability of spotting the Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat owing to its unique vegetation and grassland which is the dry deciduous forest. One of the premier reserves under the Project Tiger, Ranthambore is also home to mammals such as leopard, hyena, wild boar, sambar and sloth bear.


The best time to visit Ranthambore for tiger spotting is from March till June. The reserve remains closed to visitors during monsoon from the month of July till September.

[Read more about Ranthambore Nations Park]

Gir National Park

 

Gir National Park, Gujarat

One of the best places to visit in Gujarat, the last abode of the Asiatic Lion, Sasan Gir National Park is one of the finest wildlife reserves in central India and offers the most unique experience of wildlife safari in India. Located in the state of Gujarat in Junagarh District, Sasan Gir National Park was established in 1965 and spread across the total area of 1412 sq. km. 

Gir is home to over 35 species of mammals that include the Asiatic Lions, Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, Antelopes, Chinakaras and Blackbucks. Gir National Park is also renowned for the population of crocodiles as well as over 200 species of birds. The best time to visit this forest reserve.

Gir National Park is also renowned for its Maldhari population, a community of humans who have lived here for generations. They sustain themselves on the harvests from forest and their livestock. Any kill that Lions make of their livestock is considered to be the offering in exchange of their living in the homeland of the predators.

The entry fees to this forest reserve with maximum 6 occupants per vehicle for Indians comes to Rs. 400/- on weekdays, INR 500 on weekends and INR 600 on national and state holidays whereas the entrance charges for foreign nationals is US$40 (that must be paid in rupees).

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Bandipur National Park

 

Bandipur National Park,Karnataka

The former hunting ground of the maharajas of Mysore, Bandipur National Park is located in the state of Karnataka in South India and happens to be a part of the World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. With home to more than 100 species of mammals and 350 species of bird, Bandipur National Park is one of the best places to head for wildlife safaris in India especially when it comes to South India.

This wildlife reserve is comfortably accessible from Ooty and Bangalore. Daily safaris are allowed twice into the park and managed by government. The approx all inclusive cost for 2 hours morning or evening safari in Bandipur is around INR 2000. The park could be visited throughout the year but the best time to see tigers are the hotter month of May and June.

Kaziranga National Park

 

Kaziranga National Park,Assam

A UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site; Kaziranga National Park in Assam is home to the 2/3rd of the world’s Great Single Horned Rhinoceros population. Kaziranga Nataional Park also happens to be the protected area having the highest density of tigers in the world.

Besides the famed single-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is home to mammals such as tigers, elephants, swamp deer, water buffalo, wild boar, bog deer, Indian fox, Jackals and leopard. This wildlife reserve in North East India is also home to over 100 species of birds and is recognized as an “Important Bird Area” by the Birdlife International. More than 15 endangered species live in Kaziranga National Park.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

 

Bandhavgarh National Park,Madhya Pradesh

Considered the best tiger reserve in India when it comes to the probability of spotting tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is one of the finest national parks in India. This wildlife reserve derives its name from the renowned hummock which legends hold that the Lord Rama od Ramayana fame gave to his brother Lakshmana to keep watch over Lanka.

With one of the highest tiger density in India, Bandhavgarh is one of the most popular game reserves for wildlife safaris in India. The park once was home to the white tigers as well but the last of it named Mohan is now stuffed and displayed on whe walls of the royal palace of Rewa.

Spread across 450 sq. kms, the reserve is home to over 20 species of mammals and over 250 specoes of birds. Besides tigers, the park is also home to leopards, Golden Jackals, Striped Hyenas, Wild Boar, Sambar, Antelopes, Chinkara and Sloth Bear. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the few game reserves in India where you could go for the elephant safaris.

For tiger spotting, the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is November and April. A wide variety of accommodation is available near the park for the visitors. However one of the most offbeat places to stay here is the tree house located at the periphery of the park itself. The Tree House Hideaway Resort in Bandhavgarh is considered to be one of the finest tree houses in India.

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Pench National Park

 

Pench National Park,Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park along with Kanha is considered one of those places that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. One of the reasons that make it one of the best places in India for wildlife safaris is that despite having good tiger population, abundant wildlife and amazing natural setting, it is one of the lesser visited wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Elephant safaris are also allowed in the park. If the mahouts riding their elephant glimpse a tiger they radio the jeep that are allotted to the tourists for jungle safari and then the tourists are transferred on the elephant for a close rendezvous with the king of the jungle.


Madhya Pradesh - Pench National Park
The major attractions of Pench National Park include Hyena, Dhol, Jackals, Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Langur and Macaque. More than 100 bird species are also found within the park making it a good place for birding.

One of the best places to stay for safari in Pench National Park is the Baghvan, a luxury jungle lodge by the esteemed Taj Group. Nestled amidst the dense forest and on the edge of a perennial water stream, Taj Baghvan Jungle Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, sumptuous cuisines and impeccable service that makes your wildlife safari experience like a home away from home. The lodge features 12 standalone bungalows with roof top sleep outs that takes you as close to nature as you could wish to.

Jim Corbett National Park

 

Jim Corbett National Park,Uttarakhand

One of the finest and the first national park to be established in India, Corbett National Park is one of the finest places for wildlife safaris in India. Due to its dense vegetation and forests as well as large area and topography, it is very rare that visitors spot a tiger in this reserve yet, its scenic locale, salubrious weather and presence of an abundant wildlife that include deer and wild elephant makes Corbett one of the most visited national parks in India.

Jim Corbett National Park is home to over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 580 species of birds making it one of the most versatile wildlife reserves in India. But as it is said, Corbett isn’t just about nature and wildlife, it is the rich heritage and history of the park that makes it one of the most visited national parks in India. Corbett happens to be the oldest national park in Asia with the longest tradition of wildlife conservation.

The park remains open to visitors from November till June. The best time to visit is from November till March. The park is connected by rail from Delhi with the nearest railway station being Ramnagar. The park has been divided into 5 tour zone with Dhikala being the most sought after tourism zone. A variety of accommodation options are available near the park to suit the needs and budget of all kind of travelers.

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Periyar National Park

 

Periyar National Park, Kerala
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The famous Periyar Wildlife tiger and elephant sanctuary in Kerala
One of the few game reserves in India that remains open throughout the year, Periyar National Park is located in the South Indian state of Kerala. One of the most top tourist places to visit in Kerala, Periyar is both an elephant reserve as well as a tiger reserve.

More than 35 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds have been recorded in this wildlife park along with 40 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish and about 160 species of insects making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in India.


The major draw of this park is the tiger population that numbers over 40, 4 species of primates, wild pigs, boar, gaur, dole, barking deer and Nilgiri Tahr. The best time to encounter wildlife in the park is from November to March. One could visit the park through boat ride as well as elephant safari.

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Sunderbans National Park

 

Sunderbans National Park,West Bengal
A UNESCO's World Heritage Site - Sundarbans National Park
Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is duly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 60% of this mangrove forest is located in Bangladesh whereas the remaining portion in the West Bengal has been declared Sunderbans National Park by the government of India. It is both a tiger reserve as well as a biosphere reserve.

Sunderbans forest with tiger population of over 400 houses the most number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. The tigers of Sunderbans are famous as maneaters and swimmers. The best time to spot tigers in Sunderbans National Park is the month of November and February when these predators are sunbathing by the river banks.

Other major residents of the park include fishing cats, wild boars, leopard cats, flying fox, pangolin and macaques. Over 150 species of avifauna has also been recorded in this national park along with over 20 species of reptiles. Endangered species such as saltwater crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, Gangetic Dolphin, River Terrapin and Mangrove Horseshoe Crab are also found in this park.

The best way to do a wildlife safari in this national park is by river cruise. One of the luxurious ways to explore Sunderbans National Park is aboard MV Paramhansa or the Vivada Cruise. The 4 night package includes accommodation on the cruise ship, food and visits to major places and attractions inside the Sunderbans delta.

Kanha National Park

 

Kanha National Park,Madhya Pradesh
Elephant safari in Kanha National Park - most famous way to track the wild animals 
Fondly referred to as Kipling’s Kanha, this tiger reserve in India offer one of the finest wildlife safari experiences in India which is attributed to its large buffer area. One of the highlights of this wildlife reserve is the thriving population of the swamp deer or the barasingha, the last population of the hard ground subspecies in the world.

Although tiger spotting are rare and requires more than one jeep safari in the wild, other common sights include wild dogs, blackbucks, leopards, gaur, sambhar, hyenas, nilgai, Indian fox and barking deer. Reptiles like python and cobra also reside in this forest.

Similar to Pench and Bandhavgarh, it is allowed to do the elephant safari in Kanha National Park to have a closer glimpse of the native animals of the park. The park remains close from July till mid October due to arrival of monsoon.

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Top Luxury Golf Resort in India: Mixing Leisure and Business

The golf resorts in India have been built with the aim of introducing leisure with business facilities of high standards. These resorts attract tourists throughout the year. In recent times, quite a few hotels, golf resorts and clubs in India, have come up to offer a world class golfing experience to the guests. Most of these resorts are located in the outskirts of the city, for a peace loving mass of people.

For many years, India has been perceived as a tourist destination, thanks to the world class resorts now in India. The resorts have made India as a golf zone in the map. These resorts are built at some magnificent locations, with all the basic amenities to its guests. Here is the list of top luxury golf resorts in India for your kind perusal.

Eagleton-The Golf Village, Bangalore

Eagleton-The Golf Village, Bangalore
Eagleton Golf Resort - Bangalore
Designed by Australian golf architects, Eagleton-The Golf Village & DLF golf club is counted amongst the best golfing resorts in India. It is known for presenting a unique mix for the present day corporate that demands business with pleasure. It has an 18 hole, 72 par Championship golf course. Spread over 168 acres, the Eagleton golf course houses 7 water bodies and also some electric golf carts. There are 107 air-conditioned rooms featuring mini-bars and bathrooms with bathtub. This golf resort has also built a large driving range & training academy, which has produced fine golfers.

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Noida

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Noida
Jaypee Greens Golf Resort - Noida
One of the best 5 star luxury golf resorts in India, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort is set amidst 60 acres of perfect land along with the international championship 18 hole Greg Norman Golf Course at Jaypee Greens. The luxury golf resort is housed with 170 spacious, elegant and beautifully appointed rooms & suites. These rooms are classified as Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite and Premium Suite.

The Jaypee Greens Golf Resort has played host to the first unit of the Six Senses Spa (Thailand) in India. It is also the official host hotel for India’s first Formula One Races.

Palms Hotel, Mumbai

Palms Hotel, Mumbai
Palms Golf Resort in Mumbai
A unit of Royal Palms India Private Limited, Palms Hotel is a leading five star hotel cum golf resort in Mumbai, close to the Juhu Beach. It promises a grand lifestyle abounding with complete business and entertainment opportunities in a feel-at-home environment. At this five star Mumbai hotel, tourists feel delighted with the arrangements of fitness center, 3 swimming pools, beauty parlor and a 9 hole golf course.  For dining purpose, the Fountain Café is a 24 hour coffee shop that specializes in Indian and Continental flavor.

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa
The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort - Goa  
Nestled on the western coast in South Goa, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa, is a five star property known for its Baroque-Portuguese styled twin-storey structure. This elegant property is set on 86 acres of landscaped gardens. With a 1 kilometer-long exclusive beachfront resort, it is a wonderful beach resort in Goa. Golf and Spa are the most salient features of this Goan resort. There is an international standard, double-tee 9 hole links golf course in India. On the contrary, this is the only championship golf course in India. It has well-trained staffs, caddies and a fleet of deluxe golf carts.

Hyatt Regency Kolkata

Hyatt Regency, Kolkata
Hyatt Regency - Kolkata
A luxury business hotel in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency is the first five star hotels in the Salt Lake City acclaimed as one of Kolkata’s favorite. Featuring impressive architecture, it offers 255 rooms that are classified as Standard Rooms, Regency Club Rooms and Suites. Golfing at Hyatt is all about trying your hands at the gentleman’s game. There are 3 major golf clubs in Kolkata- The Calcutta Ladies Golf Club, The Royal Calcutta Golf Club and The Tollygunge Club.  Each of these 3 golf resorts is 16-18 kilometers from Hyatt Regency.

Cambay Golf Resort Jamdoli, Jaipur

Cambay Golf Resort, Jaipur
Cambay Luxury Golf Resort Jamdoli - Jaipur in India
 Located at a close distance from Jaipur International Airport, Cambay Golf Resort Jamdoli has become the favorite jaunt for golf enthusiasts. The range of interesting facilities provided makes it an ideal place for leisure travelers. It offers world class facilities to guests along with the thermostat A/C controlled rooms fitted with modern amenities. The main attraction of this resort is the nine-hole golf course.

Club Kensville Golf Resort, Ahmedabad

Club Kensville Golf Resort, Ahmedabad
Club Kensville Golf Resort - Ahmedabad
Nestled in the heart of the Signature 18 Hole Golf Course, Club Kensville Golf Resort is a perfect blend of colonial architecture & design with impeccable services. One of the major reasons to stay at Club Kensville Golf Resort is that the large lush golf course is a place where the corporate elites love to play a game or two. With amenities such as caddies, golf kits, gloves, shoes and clubs etc available here, the golf players need to look any further, other than their target.

The Chalets, Naldehra,Shimla

The Chalets, Naldehra
The Chalets, Naldehra - Shimla
Nestled at an altitude of 3,044 meters, The Chalets, Naldehra, promise to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience to the guests. The 19 guest rooms in the hotel comprise of six long chalets, six apartments, three family chalets and two double bedrooms. Built with imported goods, these accommodation units are equipped with a range of modern amenities. If you are a golfing enthusiast, you can have a great time at The Naldehra Golf Course, which is located at a walking distance from this place.

Kaziranga Golf  Resort, Assam

Kaziranga Golf Resort,Assam
Kaziranga Golf Resort - Assam
An initiative of the B & A Group, Kaziranga Golf Resort is regarded as the Experiential Plantation Bungalow. The resort has 16 well-equipped guest rooms that are classified as 16 Superior Cottage Rooms and a Presidential Suite. In terms of recreational facilities, it also houses 18-hole championship golf course, golf academy, driving range, swimming pool and a wellness centre.

The O Golf Resort, Pune 

The O Golf Resort Pune
The O Golf Resort Jamdoli -  Pune
Located just 30 minutes away from Pune Railway Station, The O Golf Resort Pune features exquisitely designed rooms that are classified into four categories- O-Deluxe, O-Club, O-Suite and Presidential Suite. The O Golf Resort has received the rating of No. 1 Golf Resort in India. The Oxford Golf & Country Club is considered as a symbol of Pune’s prestige, pride and splendor. Several golf refreshment centers are located at the corner of this resort.

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