Uttarakhand is one of the top destinations for adventure enthusiasts and others looking to get their fair share of adrenaline rush. It’s also known as “Dev Bhoomi,” which means, “abode of the gods,” due to its strong mythical and religious connections. Its varied landscape – towering Himalayan peaks, rapid rivers and deep gorges, lends itself to various adventurous activities.
One can find a range of adventurous activities being pursued here, like trekking, paragliding, bungee jumping etc. Planning a trip to Uttarakhand? This blog brings you the 10 places for sports adventure in Uttarakhand.
With some of the most incredible Himalayan peaks and several mountain trails, trekking in Uttarakhand is an all-time favorite with the visitors. Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district that borders Nepal and Tibet, is blessed with abundant beauty, thereby making it the perfect base for several trekking expeditions. While the Gori Valley is interlaced with several interesting treks, some of the more popular trekking routes run along the Munsiyari – Martoli – Milam – Ralam Glacier. Valley of Flowers is also a highly preferred destination for trekking.
Another highly preferred trekking route is the Bageshwar – Sunderdhunga – Pindari – Kafni Glacier trek. The Garhwal region also offers several incredible treks like Panch Kedar trek, Kedarnath – Vasuki Tal trek, Gangotri – Kedarnath trek and the Gangotri – Gaumukh – Nandanvan – Tapovan trek.
Paragliding is one of the most exciting things to do in Uttarakhand. The thrill of soaring high in the sky and looking down on the surroundings below is simply inexplicable. Talking to the clouds while flying high– this is an experience of a lifetime! There are several places in Uttarakhand from where one can experience the thrill of paragliding, like Ranikhet, Mukteshwar and Naukuchiayatal in Kumaon region.
Some of the other places where this sport can be enjoyed are Dayara and Bedini Bugyal (Uttarkashi-Gangotri road), Pratap Nagar and Dhanaulti Ridge. Paragliding in Uttarakhand is becoming one of the favorite activities with the tourists.
Auli has very aptly been called the “Ski capital of India.” The Auli Ski Resort, located at 2,500m to 3,050m in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, hosts several ski festivals during winters, one of which is the National Skiing Championships. Maintained by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, the resort provides skiers with all the necessary equipment and all state of the art facilities. The snow line, combined with the mountain-capes, makes it one of the finest skiing destinations in India.
Some of the other famous ski spots are Dayara Bugyal, Munsiyari and Mundali. Mundali, situated in Dehradun, possesses enormous skiing rings that offer breathtaking sights of the Himalayan slopes.
One of the most popular adventure sports in rishikesh is white water rafting. The state is counted amongst one of the best places to go water rafting in India. Some of the stretches along the rivers that possess impressive rapids are Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Kali. To experience the best that this sport has to offer, go to Mori where the turbulence of the Tons River will toss and play with you like a child.
One also has the option of rafting from Barkot to Lakhamandal and Damta to Yamuna Bridge, near Mussoorie. However, for the ultimate experience in white water rafting, go to Shivpuri. Rafting is must for all those planning their adventure tour to India.
One of the best ways of getting close to Nature is camping. Besides offering one a chance to escape the hullabaloo of everyday life, it allows one to spend time with family and friends. With its lush bugyals, thick forests and beautiful lakes, Uttarakhand is naturally one of the top destinations for camping in India. You can go to Tons Valley, which is an outstanding camping site located 3600ft above sea level. Blessed with a rich variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, it offers a perfect background for camping.
Enveloped by dense pine and rhododendron forests, Dhanaulti is another camping getaway. The mesmeric beauty and serenity pervading this place really wins your heart. Some of the other camping destinations are Binsar Sanctuary, Rani Chori, Pangot etc.
- Elephant Safaris
Tourists are quite fascinated by the elephant safaris in India, an experience which is as unique as it is exciting. One of the best places to take an elephant ride is Jim Corbett National Park. Sitting on the backs of these colossal beasts as they take you to the inner heart of the forest can be a wonderful experience. One can experience the best of these rides at either Corbett National Park near Ramgarh or Rajaji National Park near Haridwar. Don’t forget to take an elephant ride at jim Corbett on your India wildlife holiday.
- Bungee Jumping
Who is not fascinated by bungee jumping? Falling from ridiculous heights with the blood rushing in your face and your heart pounding as hard as ever is as dare devilish as they come. With this sport, one pushes boundaries beyond one’s imagination. Uttarakhand is the go-to destination when it comes to bungee jumping. About 15km from the famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh is a village named “Mohan Chatti.” This site is the most prominent when it comes to bungee jumping in India.
A fixed platform built on a cliff with a height of 83m acts as the take-off point for jumpers. Special instructors from New Zealand guide you through every process of the jump.
- Cable Car Ride
Just sit back, relax and enjoy this fascinating ride as it takes you past densely forested valleys and snowcapped Himalayan peaks. A cable car ride is a unique experience because you are treated to panoramic views of the incredible surroundings from an incredible height.
One of the best places for enjoying a cable car ride is Nainital, Auli and Mussorie. Here, the cable car carries visitors midway and takes them all the way to Gunn Hill. On a day when the skies are clear, one can view amazing sights like the Himalayan peaks, Trisul and Om Parvat.
Rappelling brings with it, its quota of adventure. Climbing down a rock with guided techniques requires a perfection of the technique and plenty of self-patience. In Uttarakhand, there are several places where rappelling attracts its own share of enthusiasts.
Some of the famous rappelling destinations are Rishikesh, (where one can also try waterfall rappelling) and Mussoorie. This is an exciting activity which should be engaged in during your visit.
- Rock Climbing
Rock climbing, as an adventure sport, originated in the United Kingdom back in the 1960’s. Since then, it has witnessed a surging popularity in India over the years. Rock climbing in Rishikesh, with its easy availability of good climbing rocks, is a highly sought after activity as far as this sport is concerned. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering rock climbing area in Uttarkashi is an amazing place that offers great rock climbing opportunities.
A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures and experiences of her travels.