The lust for adventure is a natural drive, hidden in many people, which demands fulfillment. India is considered the paradise of adventure tourists, as here you find the Himalayan mountain ranges, the Sea, and the rivers making the perfect set up required for all kinds of adventure activities. As it is almost impossible to mention here in detail all the itineraries available for adventure activities in India, it would be wise to mention here in brief about the activities which attract the most, to adventure tourists to this part of the world. The enquiries of the esteemed guests will be responded promptly in detail…
“Mountains make you healthy”, was the advice given by Hippolyt Guarinoni to those sick people who came to him for help. Guarinoni was a doctor, scholar, writer and architect who lived in Trienti at the beginning of 17th century. Mountain climbing as a cure? The people of that time did not understand. It is only now that people are beginning to grasp the fact that the highlands constitute one of the last reserves of good air and tranquility, that mountain climbing keeps you fit and that you can recover your health, both in body and mind, in the mountains.
Mountaineering season is from April to November, although it is also done between (December and March which, though much colder, allows for clearer climbing days.
Degree of Difficulty :
During mountaineering an assessment of degree of difficulty is made according to a scale now accepted throughout the world. There are six degrees :
- Quite Difficult;
- Very Difficult;
- Extremely Difficult.
The beginner, starting on the first grade of difficulty, and even then only in the company of an experienced mountaineer, must spend many hours on the mountain, actively learning, until he is sufficiently advanced to attempt a climb of the fifth or sixth degree of difficulty.
Indian mountains provide you with all the categories of mountain climbing. The prominent mountaineering locales are in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttaranchal. In Garhwal, the areas include the Tons-Banderpunch region, the Gangotri glacier region, the Nanda Devi region, Arwa glacier area, Kamet and Abi Gamin. The roadheads for these at Taluka, Gangotri, Joshimath, and Malari, can be reached in two or three days from Delhi. In Kumaon, the areas include the Kalabaland glacier region, the Panch Chulhi, Rajrambha, and Chaudhara peaks, and the peaks of the Nandakot basin, on the eastern side of the Nanda Devi sanctuary.
Indian Himalayas are the most fascinating and full of extreme sports regions. Of these Skiing usually starts by the end of December and lasts till the end of March. Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli, and Dayara Bugyal in Uttaranchal, and Manali and Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh provide good ski slopes.
But if you are really attracted to ski then the best place to fulfill your dream is Auli, one of most popular ski resorts in India and the hot winter sport destination of the Garhwal hills in Uttaranchal. For those who yearn to learn skiing, no other place matches Auli. At an altitude of 2,500-3,050m above sea level, Auli offers exciting skiing opportunities to both beginners as well as professional skiers.
A 500 meter long ski-lift, and an 800 meter long chair-lift, linking the lower slopes with the upper slopes provide the perfect infrastructure at Auli. Another attraction, a 4 kms long cable car, which is the longest in Asia, links Joshimath (1906 meter) with the upper slopes of Auli and ends at Gorson (3016 meter). 7 days to 14 days skiing courses are available at Auli. Assistance of professional ski instructors, skiers is provided here to train you in a proper manner.
Auli is easily accessible from Rishikesh (253 kms), Haridwar (277 kms), Dehradun (300 kms), and Delhi (500 kms). Auli is 16 kms from Joshimath, and can be reached by road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 273 kms from Joshimath and 17 kms from Rishikesh. The nearest railhead is Haridwar which is well connected to long distance trains from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Trekking in India is an unforgettable experience as visitors experience the unexplored trails made by nature, and also come directly in touch with the country and its people and this gives them an opportunity to appreciate the mountain environment. In this beautiful land, trekking programmes from one to four weeks or more provide endless opportunities to the trekker for discovery. In India the Himalayan foothills are just ideal for trekking, offering energetic out-door people a different and exciting option for a holiday. Some of the most popular trekking routes in India include the following :
Other trekking centers in India are Lahaul-Spiti, and Kullu and Kangra valleys in Himachal Pradesh.
- The Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttaranchal are the most popular destinations for trekking. Trek to The Valley of Flowers in Garhwal region is an unforgettable experience. The last roadhead where you can reach by bus or car is Govind Ghat.The trek towards the Valley begins at Govind Ghat, after crossing the Alaknanda river on a hanging bridge. Since camping and overnight stay is not allowed in the Valley of Flowers, Ghanghria is the base camp for the trek. The Valley becomes accessible from late April when the snow starts melting. Another well- known trek route in Uttaranchal is the trek to Pindari Glacier in Kumaon hills. Other popular treks in Uttaranchal are Har Ki Doon trek, Dodi Tal trek, Roopkund trek, and trek to Hemkund Saheb.
- Sikkim with an area of 7300 sq. km. shares her borders with Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and the state of West Bengal in the South. Sikkim is one of the best kept secrets in the Himalayas and trekking in Sikkim can be a wonderful experience and antidote of city stress and daily life. Sikkim trekking experience can be memorable and cherished for a lifetime. While trekking one can relish the pure air and silence of wilderness, feel the awakening of the senses burdened by urban living, as one walks through the vales and dales and quaint villages. Mountains take up strange and wonderful shapes and the beauty of Sikkim Himalayas unfolds itself before you. Sikkim houses the third highest summit in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586m). Nature at its most beautiful will welcome you with an incomparable show of flora and fauna. Trekkers’ huts along routes are available at Pemayangtse, Khechopalri, Yuksam, Tsokha, Dzongri, Thangshing, Zemathang, Chaurigang, Tashiding, Varsey, Yangang, Rabongla, Sang and Sikip.
- Ladakh has some of the world's toughest treks and are best undertaken by seasoned trekkers. Many of these can stretch from 3 days to14 days and require guides and horses. Among the most popular treks in the area is the Spituk - Hemis Gompa trek. It starts at Spituk, just below Leh, and goes through the Markha Valley to reach Hemis Gompa. Trek to Zanskar Valley is an unforgettable experience. Zanskar is the most isolated of all Trans Himalayan Valleys.
Apart from the exhilarating experience of climbing on virgin solid granite, Rock Climbing in India can be a culturally enriching experience. Rock Climbing in India, initially started off as training for mountaineering and turned into an exciting sport about 15 years ago. Sheer rock faces, ideal for rock climbing, can be found in many areas. Most climbs are graded from 1 to 30. The highest grade climbed is currently 32. Beginners normally do the early tens and then move upwards. Rock-climbing can become complex because it involves the interplay of many elements: you, your gear, your skill and technique.
High-altitude climbers will enjoy the rock faces at Sonmarg in Kashmir and between Uttarkashi and Gangotri in Garhwal, Uttaranchal. These trips are advisable in the summer and autumn months. Certain climbs can often prove grueling and tough, but the magic of the beautiful landscape, the cool weather and pure air keeps the climber's spirit up.
The Aravali hills have good climbing faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh, all situated near Delhi. Himachal Pradesh offers the Manali Valley, Manikaran and the Rohtang Pass. Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have gentler rocks. In Karnataka there are the Chamundi Hills.
White Water River Rafting
White Water Rafting in India is almost exclusively confined to the northern rivers which flow southwards from the Himalayas, gushing between densely forested mountains and through steep gorges. Rivers such as the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Indus, Zanskar and Teesta offer perfect infrastructure for rafting and a trip down a river can be a great way to see the countryside. Whether the experience is of just a few hours or stretches over a few days in which you spend time camping and trekking as well, this is an experience not to be forgotten.
Of all the rivers, Ganga is the most beautiful river. The mighty Ganges originates from Gaumukh in Garhwal region of the Himalayas. It is a superb river for inflatable rafts. Rafting on its water of wisdom is certainly an unusual experience. To ride these rapids and to come to terms with their strength and wildness is to grow in spirit and to nurture the very stuff that dreams are made of. Rafting on Ganga is most enjoyable between Byasi and Rishikesh. 1 Day rafting trip to 5 days rafting trip is available. All rafting trips include transportation to the starting point, personal safety equipment (helmet, lifejacket and paddle), one professional guide for every 8 guests, and safety kayak support depending on water levels and river difficulty.
The best time to go for this sport is in winter i.e. from November to March.