Uttarakhand which is located in the northern part of India is a perfect example of the beauty of nature, It is home to mountains, rivers, forests, flora and fauna and has made the state one of the favorite tourist destinations in India from ancient times. Hundreds of pilgrimage centers are located in the state and it represents the ancient Indian culture and tradition. Our ancient Yoga and Ayurveda knowledge is preserved, making our country feel great. Thinking about tourism in Uttarakhand, there are a lot of places to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you haven’t been there yet, plan a long vacation to Uttarakhand with your family or friends, and don’t forget to try some of the mentioned adventure sports in Uttarakhand to make your trip a memorable one:
1. Trekking and Hiking in the Himalayas
Trekking in the Himalayas will be a great experience with your groups. Although the trek is not easy but it is not impossible either. A lot of research has to be done before starting the trek as some trekking routes are easy and some are difficult to proceed due to variation in the height of the cliff. Some of the trekking routes in Uttarakhand are given below:
- Kedartal Trek (located in Gangotri region of Garhwal Himalayas) has an altitude of about 16,110 feet and average duration of 7 days with moderate difficulty and is best suited in the months of May-June and September-October.
- Rupin Pass Trek (located near Dhaula) has an altitude of about 15,250 feet and average duration of 8 days with moderate difficulty and is best suited in the months of May-June and September-October.
- Kedarkantha Trek (starting from the narrow village) has an altitude of about 12,500 feet and an average duration of 5 days with an easy difficulty level and is best suited in the months of December to April.
- Bali Pass Trek It has an altitude of about 16,250 feet and difficulty level with an average duration of 9 days and is best suited in the summer months of May-June and September-October.
- Auden’s Col Trek (begins from Gangotri) has an altitude of about 18,020 feet and has a very high difficulty level with an average duration of 16 days and is best suited for the summer months and post-monsoon September-October. This route is considered very difficult and challenging as forests, snow peaks and glaciers are found in this route.
- Har Ki Dun Trek It has an altitude of around 11,500 feet with an average duration of 7 days with an easy difficulty level and is best suited in the months of March-June and September-December. This route is one of the easiest trekking routes in Uttarakhand.
- Satopanth Lake Trek It has an altitude of about 14,600 feet and average duration of 8 days with moderate difficulty and is best suited in the months of June, September and December.
- Valley of Flowers Trek (a UNESCO Heritage Site) has an altitude of about 14,200 feet, has an easy difficulty level with an average duration of 5 days and is best suited in the months of June-October.
- Brahmatal Trek It has an altitude of about 19,520 feet and has a very high difficulty level and has an average duration of 15 days and is best suited in the months of June-September.
Paragliding is a sport that involves flying from a high altitude. Mussoorie, Naukuchiatal in Nainital, Pithoragarh, Bedni Bugyal and Pratap Nagar in Kumaon are the best places for paragliding in Uttarakhand. This sport is not suitable for everyone, as some people are afraid of heights.
Skiing is the movement of sliding on snow using skis. Auli, Betulidhar, Dayara Bugyal, Kedarnath Trek, Khalia Top, Mundali are important skiing spots in Uttarakhand.
4. White Water Rafting
Rafting is a type of outdoor activity that involves navigating a river or any water body. Byasi, Devprayag, Mori, Rishikesh and Shivpuri are the famous white water rafting destinations in Uttarakhand. You will find luxurious hotels and resorts near Gangotri with all modern amenities.
Camping is an activity for self-relaxation that involves staying overnight in a tent or temporary shelter away from home. Shivpuri, Nainital, Rishikesh, Kanatal, Deoria Tal, Corbett, Auli, Chopta, Dhanaulti, Binsar, Pangot, Jharipani, Chaukori, Dayara Bugriyal, Bedni Bugyal, Nag Tibba, Dodital, Sattal are the famous camping spots in Uttarakhand.
6. Elephant Safari
A wonderful experience of Elephant Safari in Uttarakhand. Bijrani, Corbett National Park, Dhikala, Durga Devi Gate, Jhirna, Kalagarh Gate, Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Ramnagar, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Watanwas Gate are some of the famous places for elephant safaris.
Rappelling is a form of controlled descent using a rope from a vertical point such as a cliff face over a long cliff. Mountains suitable for rappelling are located in Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Haridwar, Tehri Garhwal, Almora, Udham Singh Nagar districts of Uttarakhand.
8. Canoeing & Kayaking
The adventures of kayaking, water paddling and canoeing have gained popularity. You can enjoy kayaking and canoeing during your Rishikesh trip. The drawback of this adventure is that beginners cannot do it. Prior experience or lessons are mandatory.
9. Cable Car Ride
The cable car ride gives you a great aerial view of mountains, rivers, fields from above. Aerial Ropeway Nainital, Auli, Mussoorie, Haridwar and Sahastradhara are the top places for cable car ride in Uttarakhand.
10. Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping is an activity that involves jumping from a great height with a large elastic cord tied to the body. The jump can be from a cliff, tall building, bridge, etc. Rishikesh is a famous place for bungee jumping in Uttarakhand.