‘Adventure Sports in Uttarakhand’ – where there resonates the word ‘Traveling’ in the ears, adventure echoes in the heart. And one such state that promises the waves of both, adventure and traveling, is Uttarakhand. To visit places and admire the beauty of an unexplored world is incomplete without feeling the rush of adrenaline in the body which is only possible with adventure sports and it won’t be an exaggeration to say that adventure sports in Uttarakhand offer the same in a plethora of variety. So whether you picture yourself jumping from a high cliff right into a deep river of ecstasy or imagine yourself flying in the clear, blue sky of unending bliss like an albatross, the beautiful hill state of India offers you the best of all the adventure you wish to gift to your mind and body.
If you thought that an exquisite view from your hotel window and visiting famous tourist spots is all that is needed for a vacation then give Uttarakhand, a chance to let your tongue savor the taste of adventure. A taste that may never again, leave your taste buds.
Adventure sports in Uttarakhand that you just can’t say ‘NO’ to
1. WHITE WATER RAFTING
Whoever questioned their ability to glide faster than their fears, ends up annulling the question after experiencing white water rafting on roaring waves of river Ganga. This is the reason why the banks of River Ganga from Shivpuri to Rishikesh have become a renowned camping destination for adventure seekers. River Ganga, Alaknanda, and the Yamuna offer the thrill of river rafting in the state, making Uttarakhand a prime spot for rafting. Camping and rafting in Rishikesh, with time, has become the most beloved weekend plan for people, specially Delhites. While the lyrical sound of waves rushing faster than the raft, hitting the stones and changing the flow for a moment may try to trick your mind into giving a second thought about your choice but which adventure seeker can turn a deaf year to the call of defying the fear.
Best Time: Late September to Mid November.
Best Place: Rishikesh.
If you are among the people who dream of flying high in the sky to get a look at how the world appears from the abode of clouds, Uttarakhand says, “you are at the right place.” Paragliding is among many adventure sports of Uttarakhand that is not just exclusive to any one place, in fact, you can savor it at many destinations of this state, Mukteshwar and Ranikhet being the most popular among all. High mountain slopes covered in the sheets of lush green forests are a sight that becomes next to none when experienced amid the gushing breeze of the high sky. And the best part is that paragliding here is offered by trained experts so that you can fly in the sky even if you aren’t trained for it.
Best Time: May to September
Best Place: Mukteshwar
3. BUNGEE JUMPING
An adventure sport that makes you feel gravitation like nothing ordinary. You begin with the land below your feet, followed by ripping apart through the air swiftly to end up diving into the deep water of elation out of conquering your fears. That’s how you define Bungee Jumping. And there is no better place than Rishikesh in Uttarakhand to feel your heart thumping like never before. What makes the Bungee Jumping experience at Rishikesh more beautiful is the wide stretched natural landscapes and greenery around the location. Jumping Heights at Rishikesh (at an altitude of 83 feet) offers the best service and expertise in adventure sport.
Best Time: Anytime of year, however the service closes from 1st May to 30th September.
Best Place: Rishikesh
Gliding past the snowy slopes stretched till wherever your sight goes, that’s the white adrenaline that Skiing fills your body with. Auli, a small hill station in Uttarakhand is famous for skiing all over India. Attend 7-14 days long skiing training classes offered at Auli to make the best out of the chilling adventure experience. One of the most promising adventure sports in Uttarakhand, you can also try your hands on skiing at Munsyari, Dyara, and Mundali.
Fun Fact: Skiing helps you burn a lot of calories. So if you are someone who eats and burps a lot on holidays, we just suggested you a fun way to maintain the balance.
Best Time: November to March (however if you are visiting Auli, you can indulge in skiing throughout the year)
Best Place: Auli.
5. KAYAKING AND CANOEING
The variety of adventure sports offered in Uttarakhand are as vivid as the vast number of rivers that flow in the state. If River Rafting is way too thrilling an experience for you then Kayaking and Canoeing offered at the bank of Ganga River is definitely your resort. Want to know the difference between the two terms- Kayaking allows you to be the single peddler in your boat, all alone by yourself while canoeing lets you do the same in a group of two or more.
However, you need proper training to row your way through river waves all by yourself. Rishikesh, again, offers a perfect spot to define another synonym of adventure.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Best Place: Rishikesh.
6. ZIP LINE
Imagine sliding through a wire above the riverbed and deep valleys with dancing flora all around while hanging on a harness, experiencing the bumps and bounces where your heart skips a beat from the fear of falling down in the lap of everything that lies below. Zip Line is again, one hell of an experience that Uttarakhand has in store for you. Rishikesh, Nainital, Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, and many more places that you should definitely visit if you plan to feast your brain with the ultimate dose of escapade.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Best Place: Mussoorie, Nainital, Rishikesh.
And here comes the most famous and power-packed entry of the list, Trekking. If you call yourself a hiker and you haven’t been on any trekking in Uttarakhand, you might have to reconsider the statement. Uttarakhand offers a wide variety of treks the most famous being Valley of Flowers and Roopkund. Treks in Uttarakhand have everything in store for the adventure seekers including, serene landscapes, amiable inhabitants, extreme weather, and mysterious stories (Roopkund). Variation in the topography and weather conditions of different regions of Uttarakhand makes sure that no trekking experience served to the travelers is identical to any other.
Best Time: Month varies for different treks.