If you’re an adventure sports junkie, Uttarakhand has just the thing for you; a plethora of thrilling activities. Read on for more.
Uttarakhand in North India is famous for its wild beauty and its mystical charm. Because of the volume of pilgrims and the number of Hindu temples found in this state, it has been nicknamed ‘Devbhumi’ or “Land of the Gods”. Apart from its religious attractions, Uttarakhand also offers some spectacular adventure sports opportunities. The soaring Himalayan peaks, the splashing waters of the rivers, as well as the deep gorges make it one of the best destinations in India for adventure sport lovers. No matter what kind of sport you like, Uttarakhand has something to offer every adrenaline junkie. Come explore!
Want to get a spectacular aerial view of the mountains in Uttarakhand? If yes, then going paragliding is your best option. The feeling of flying like a bird in the blue skies will definitely give you a high. There are experienced trainers and paragliding clubs on offer at Uttarakhand for those who want to learn more about this adventure sport. The best places to go paragliding in Uttarakhand are Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet, and Nainital.
#2 River Rafting
As various small and big rivers flow through the state of Uttarakhand, it has become a prime destination for river rafting in the country. River rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in India, but be warned, it is not for the faint hearted. If you are one of those who loves fast-paced adventures, then river rafting is just for you! The Ganga, the Yamuna, the Alaknanda, and the Bhagirathi are the rivers that offer you the best river rafting experience in Uttarakhand.
#3 Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping is perhaps the ultimate adventure sport for the adrenalin junkie. It gets your heart pounding, blood rushing, and also gets your adrenalin pumping. The rush that you feel when you see the land whoosh towards you is unlike any other. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is one of the best places in India to go bungee jumping. Managed by jump masters all the way from New Zealand, you take the plunge from a height of around 83 metres!
Zip lining is yet another adventure sport that allows you to experience the flight of a bird. The flying fox ride at Rishikesh is one of the best places to go zip lining in India. This ride launches you into the air from 120 metres above the River Ganges, and the views from above are simply outstanding! There is absolutely no need to worry about anything as the harnesses will keep you safe. If you don’t want to fly solo, you can also experience this ride in tandem.
The various mountain trails and beautiful Himalayan peaks have made Uttarakhand one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. Nature enthusiasts are in for a treat when they choose to go on a trek in this state. There are so many different trails to choose from, some routes take you through mountain parks and wildlife sanctuaries while others go through lush forests and lakes. Some of the best trekking routes in Uttarakhand are Valley of Flowers, Rupin Pass, Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak, Roopkund, and Kedarkantha.
Adventure enthusiasts will have skiing on their minds when they see vast expanses of snow in Uttarakhand. Luckily for them, Auli in Uttarakhand is considered to be one of the best skiing destinations across the world. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) also conducts skiing classes that last for 7 to 14 days.
The major difference between kayaking and canoeing is that kayaking is an individual activity, while canoeing can include more than one person. Navigating the rapids in Uttarakhand on your own has become a popular adventure sport these days. The two best places to try your hand at kayaking in Uttarakhand are the rapids near Rishikesh and Shivpuri.
#8 Rock Climbing
Rishikesh is a town in Uttarakhand that is located at the foot of the Himalayas, which is why it is the preferred destination for rock climbing enthusiasts across the country. Test your endurance, agility, strength, and balance, the next time you are at Uttarakhand by trying your hand at some rock climbing activities.
Instead of staying at hotels in Uttarakhand, why not make the most of your time and go camping? Camp on the banks of the Ganges, right in the heart of the hills, and enjoy the natural beauty of the state.
Make your Uttarakhand vacation more exciting by engaging in one of these spectacular adventure sports!
Location: 32 km from Rishikesh
How to Reach: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun – 49km; Rishikesh Railway Station – approximately 30km; buses and taxis run from Haridwar and Rishikesh
Official Language: Hindi and Sanskrit
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Humid subtropical
Food & Drink: Try the Spinach Kafuli, Garhwal ka Fanaah and Dubuk dal here. Buransh is a drink made from the burans flowers growing in Uttarakhand – a must-try!
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