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Best adventure sports options available in Uttarakhand

Many adventure activities such as Rafting, Trekking, Water Sports, Skiing & Bungee Jumping are available in Uttarakhand.

Rafting in Uttarakhand
Rafting in Ganges, Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The state of Uttarakhand has a lot to offer for adventure seekers who want their adrenaline fix. The more and more tourists visiting the state, the adventure tourism operators are opening up their businesses for the tourists.

After a long lockdown period, people have shown more interest in traveling to different places within India. With more states such as Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh opening up their borders, Uttarakhand is among the most popular destinations to choose from. There is no lack of adventure tourism opportunities to avail.

Adventure sports have gained massive popularity among Indian tourists. The increase in the new adventure sports businesses has opened up many possibilities to explore these sports. The state of Uttarakhand has actively increased its efforts in promoting its adventure tourism to the world. This sector has a huge potential in the revival of the tourism economy post lockdown.

The following are the best adventure sports one can avail during their visit to Uttarakhand.

 

  1. Bungee Jumping: This adventure sport is among the most sought after experiences among young people. Uttarakhand is known for its highest bungee jumping spot in India. This spot is in the place called Mohan Chatti in Rishikesh. The place is known to be the only one where the jump is done from its fixed platform. The Bungee Jumping facilities are available throughout the year. Usually, it is not recommended during the rainy season.
  1. White Water River Rafting: The most popular destination for river rafting is the place called Shivpuri near Rishikesh. It is popular because of its best water rapids for rafting. There are various other spots where rafting can be done in Uttarakhand. These rapids are in the river Ganges and there are various packages available for the tourists. Usually, tourists enroll for 4-5 day trips where camping and rafting are included. The best time to visit is from Mid-September to December and then from March until May.
  1. Trekking Trips: Uttarkhand is home to many beautiful treks both hidden and well known. The journey through the scenic treks is popular among the hikers from all over the world. The most famous treks that are known are Deoria Tal Trek, Roopkund Trek, Chandrashila Trek, Kakbhusandi Trek, Trek to Valley of Flowers, and Pindari Glacier trek. The best time to undertake this adventure is throughout the year. However, weather conditions should be considered before traveling. Usually, the landslides occur during the rainy season.
  1. Water Sports: The state of Uttarakhand has gained popularity due to the fact that it is one of the places which contains the largest number of artificial lakes in entire Asia. These lakes are being used extensively to promote water sports in the region. These water sports include Jet speed boating, water skiing, and various other sports. Another popular attraction among tourists is the huge Tehri Dam which is known to be the highest dam in India. The best time for water sport activities is during the months from April to June.
  1. Paragliding: After the popular destinations of Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh, the most popular paragliding destinations in Uttarakhand are Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, and Pithoragarh. The paragliding facilities are for both novice and expert paragliding enthusiasts. The best time to visit these locations is from May until September.
  1. Wildlife Safaris: The Jim Corbett and Rajaji National Parks are the most popular among the wildlife photographers and for people seeking to enjoy wildlife safari. These safaris include Jeep rides, Elephant rides, and various other wildlife viewings. The best time to visit these parks is from November to February.
  1. Skiing: The scenic beauty of the place called Auli in Uttarakhand is the best place for getting engaged in Skiing. The facilities that are available for the tourists are of a very good standard and this place is a home for many skiing events that are popular in India. The best time to ski in Auli is from November to March.
The following YouTube video from the channel called “Soul Rover” gives a glimpse in to the snow capped mountains of Auli where the sport of Skiing can be experienced. 
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