India has a wide range of adventure activities like Hiking, Trekking, Rafting, Skiing, Paragliding, Snorkeling, Surfing and many more. Most of these activities raise the adrenaline level very high and require a high energy level which are best suited to adrenaline junkies. “But what if, you are in no mood to shell out your energy and want to have some soothing and mild adventure? Oh yes, you have some great options for that as well.” Activities like cycling, nature walks, angling are some nice ways to spend the holidays at many beautiful locations, India has to offer. Among all, angling is quite less explored or promoted activity, which is actually a great fun and experience. For those who are not aware of this term – “Angling” is a method of recreational fishing, by using a rod and a line.
Angling in Indian waters is the dream of many anglers across the globe, and why not after all, its home to many majestic fishes like the Golden Mahseer, Trout and Catfish. Blessed with some amazing lakes and rivers, the northern part of India offers anglers with some beautiful destinations to plan an angling holiday. Here is a list of top 5 places to grab your gear and experience the tranquility of a fisherman’s mind.
1. Ramaganga River, Corbett National Park, Uttarkhand
Jim Corbett National Park is not only a place to experience a jungle safari but it is also a famous angling destinationa. Flowing through National Park, the Ramganga river, famous for fishes like Golden Mahseer & Goonch, is an anglers delight. A 24 km stretch of the Ramganga, upstream of the Corbett National Park is maintained exclusively for game fishing. Best time to experience angling here is between the months of October to Mid-June.
2. Pancheshwar, Mahakali River, Uttarakhand
It can be one of the best places for you to experience angling, as this remote destination hosts International Angling Competition every year in March. It is advisable not to do angling in monsoon season and hire an experienced guide to get assisted by him in angling adventure.
3. Kosi River, Uttarakhand
Another River Kosi, which runs through Jim Corbett National Park, is a nice place to experience angling. This river has some finest Mahseer Fishes and you can be “tete a tete” to them between October to Mid-June. Chhara and Betalghat are the best spots of the Kosi River where you can cast your gears. You have to take permissions of the forest officer there and it is not allowed in monsoon season.
4. Beas River, Pauri, Uttarakhand
In addition to its century old temples and scenic views, the quaint little hill town of Pauri also has to offer angling as one of the recreational activities to its visitors. at Beas Ghat. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, just 90 mins drive from Pauri, Beas Ghat is an ideal habitat for the Mahseer and a great angling destination. Beas Ghat offers anglers with a splendid experience of fishing in the midst of solitude. Nine to ten kilometres from Beas Ghat is the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, the place from where Beas Ghat gets its name ‘The Ganges’. The natural beauty of this place attracts many visitors every year where people also enjoy swimming and fishing. V Resorts at Pauri is a wonderful offbeat resort which hosts a range of wonderful theme holidays and angling is one of them. If you have never visited Pauri, you must plan to hunt this place right away for your next holidays.
5. Sattal Uttarakhand
About 2 km from Bhimtal (Uttarakhand), Sattal, which means seven lakes, is a group of sever freshwater lakes accumulating in the lower Himalayas offering a pristine beauty to its visitors. Abundance of fresh water has made the lake an abode for many fishes like Mahseer, Rohu, Carp and Catla. You can experience angling here between May to July.
So if you have never experienced Angling, it has some wonderful experience to offer. But, we must tell you, if you are not aware, that angling is a game fishing and carrying fish from the spot is prohibited so just play and let them play.