3 Must-Try Extreme Adventure Sports in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh stands as a popular hub for extreme sports enthusiasts seeing as it is visited by more than five lakh tourist every year. If you visit Himachal, you can locate tour operators in Manali, Kullu, Shimla, Kangra and Dharamshala. Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding are excellent to experience in this region.
However, Himachal bursts to life in the summer. Your trip to the striking mountains and majestic rivers is perfect for activities like paragliding, trekking, kayaking and so on. It will soothe the adventure seeker within you. As someone said, “There is always something for everyone at any time.” This is why you should not miss a chance to explore the gorgeous valleys and lush landscapes adrenaline style!
Here’s a list of 3 must-try adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh:
• River rafting
Paragliding is the most popular air-based adventure activity in India. Over forty thousand people soar the skies of India every year. The thrill is great and the experience is something to remember. If your travel plans include Himachal, paragliding should have a spot on your itinerary. It is a wonderful experience to have and recommended to anyone. The feeling of while paragliding is something that cannot be explained but only felt.
Himachal offers paragliding from Billing to Bir – it is the highest peak from where you can paraglide in India. It normally takes approximately 3-4 hours for the whole experience. This includes a ride to Billing, wearing the suit, waiting for your turn etc. We say you keep a whole day just for paragliding as the visibility could be low or the wind is not suitable at times. Don’t hurry the instructor, let him decide when you need to do the jump. Ultimately, it will be worth the wait!
Location: Bir Billing
Ideal time: October to November & March to June
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tip: Tandem paragliding is common in India but you can learn how to fly solo. There are various institutes with certified instructors. These professionals help train paragliding pilots.
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Trekking is the most popular land-based adventure activity in India. The nature of trekking is usually moderate. Unlike paragliding, trekking only requires light walking and level hiking.
If you are familiar with trekking, take it up a notch high altitude trek. The Hampta Pass trek of Himachal Pradesh is a famous high-altitude trek of India. The starting point of the trek is Manali to Chika at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Here, you will catch a view of the Dhauladhar Ranges. The Hampta trek ends in Chandratal with a challenging altitude of 14,000 feet.
Trekking in Himachal offers panoramic views of the plains of Kangra valley, Dharamsala valley, Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj and distant views of Shivalik hills. Mt. Dhauladhar in Triund is the base camp and climatization point for trekkers climbing the Inderahara point. The ideal time to go trekking in the Himalayas is in autumn. Autumn allows you to easily access the higher parts of the mountain. The weather remains crisp and clear and the nights can become chilly. The stunning meadows and forests of Himachal are best enjoyed on foot!
Ideal time: March to June & September to December
Location: Dharamshala, Chandrakhani Pass
Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Tip: Plan trip meticulously thinking about the acclimatization as well.
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3. River Rafting
The Beas River is a river in north India. The river rises in the Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh, India, and flows for some 470 kilometres (290 mi) to the Sutlej River in the Indian state of Punjab. The river is the source of drinking water for the people in Kullu, Manali and Kangra regions. The river has a tranquil environment which has incited many sages like Vashisht, Narad, Vyas, Parshuram and others into meditation in ancient times. The River Beas, even today is said to have holy water, attracting tourists and pilgrims from all over India.
The River Beas may be somewhat quieter if you visit during summer but it is always a sight to behold. still watching the flow during travel via Mandi, Kullu towards Manali. The thrill of adventure experiences through river rafting in Beas itself. It is an experience where you feel the life of the river and forgets your own.
Ideal time: October to mid-May
Location: Beas River, Manali
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tip: Carry extra clothes for changing as you will likely get fully wet.
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