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Honey Chitkara Nov 07 2014

How to plan an adventure vacation in Uttarakhand?

Etti Bali Nov 07 2014
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An adventure vacation in Uttarakhand is nature’s way of telling you to live life on the edge! If you thought Uttarakhand was only about religious and pilgrimage sites, here is a spin on the regular and mundane!

Rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a paradise for the adventure-junkie! With the white gushing river for rafting and canoeing to numerous mountainous peaks for aerial sports like bungee jumping and flying fox--Rishikesh quenches your thirst for adventure. Take your pick or try out all the adventure sports in Rishikesh, each activity is sure to add maximum thrill to your vacation!

Ready, Set, GO! (by Siddharth Nagi)

Skiing at Auli

Beautiful snow-capped peaks with the Sun glinting off the slopes make for a perfect adventure activity! The slopes at Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali and Munsyari offer some of the best skiing opportunities in the Himalayan terrains of Uttarakhand. Many national and international-level skiing championships are organized here annually.

Skiing at the Auli Range (by Anuj Kumar Garg)

Apart from skiing in Auli, you can also ride on the 4.5 km ropeway that connects it to Joshimath. The ropeway holds the record of being the highest and longest cable car in Asia. So hop on and enjoy aerial views of the mountains and surrounding forests!

Ropeway (by Anuj Kumar Garg)

Jungle Safari at Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in the country and is an ecotourism destination. Tourist can visit the park between September and June to explore the wilderness and do some bird-watching. You can opt for jeep safaris or ride an elephant into nature’s trails.

Pallas’s Fish Eagle (by Koshyk)

Besides jungle safaris, tourists can also opt for camping in the reserve. Many hotels and resorts provide accommodation around the park, but only the forest rest houses are available inside the reserve area.

Resort (by Ravi Chahal)

Trekking to Hemkund Sahib

Although there are numerous trek trails in Uttarakhand, the 19 km trek to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is filled with many wondrous sites! Dotted with waterfalls, dense forests, crystal clear lakes and majestic views of the Himalayas, this trek is on every adventure-enthusiast’s bucket list! Situated at a height of 4,329 m, this pilgrimage site is surrounded by a glacial lake.

Trek to Hemkund Sahib (by Alosh Bennett)

Paragliding at Naukuchiyatal

Soar the mighty mountain ranges of the Himalayas with a round of paragliding! Uttarakhand is a very popular destination for this aerosport, drawing enthusiasts from the world over. Glide over the snow-covered valleys and cliffs at Naukuchiyatal in Nainital, Dhanaulti Ridge, Pitthoragarh and Mussoorie. Paragliding will add just the zest you need for a thrilling adventure vacation in Uttarakhand.

Paragliding Adventure’s Naukuchiyatal-Nainital (from the official Facebook page)

Camping in Kana Tal

Uttarakhand presents the traveller with the unique opportunity of being one with nature. Enjoy a stay in one of the many campsites in Kanatal amidst lush greenery and the backdrop of the Himalayas. The interesting topography of the region lets the travellers choose from a number of camping options from among wildlife, nature, leisure, river and adventure camps. Some other famous sites for camping include Sattal, Bhimtal, Jim Corbett and Padmapuri.

Kanatal Camp (from the official Facebook page)

Mountain Biking in the Garhwal Himalayas

The majestic and rocky terrains of the Himalayas provide a perfect cycling escapade. The Garhwal Himalayan region is one of the best for starting your cycling expedition. The journey can be quite arduous and balance is the keyword here! You can start at the foothills from Nainital and pedal on to the outskirts of Ramnagar and Corbett National Park. Gear up and be prepared for many surprises on the trail!

Mountain Biking in the Himalayas (from the official Facebook Page)

Rock Climbing in Nainital

Many rock climbing and rappelling activities are organized at various locations in Uttarakhand. To take the ultimate test of strength, coordination skills and balance, head over to Nainital. This hill station town can be easily approached via a Delhi to Nainital taxi and can be reached in about 7 hours. Rock climbing must not be confused with mountaineering as the latter involves snowy mountain peaks and a lot of rough weather. Many tour and camp organizers in the area can help you start on your adventures!

Alaknanda River Adventure Camp (from the official Facebook page)

Get that adrenaline pumping and head off on an adventure vacation in Uttarakhand. As you add thrill to your life, don’t forget to capture your daredevil moments on camera!

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