India is often stereotyped as the country of plains but there are a lot of places that offer trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking and many more to thrill you. India has world-class adventure opportunities, especially the Himalayan region with the snow clad mountains, lush green trekking trails, gushing waters in the hilly areas and many more. Here are some great options for adventure junkies to explore in North India
Trekking at Ramgarh & Dodital
The hilly terrain of the Northern India provides plenty of opportunities for mountaineering and trekking. Trekking is a major attraction of this region and gives adventure junkies the scope to explore. Ramgarh offers easy treks in the Himalayan foothills. The real beauty of Ramgarh comes out when the trees in orchard bloom with pear and peaches in early and apple in late March. Trekking through the serene and beautiful forest can be an experience of a lifetime.
Dodital Trek is also an interesting one The Dodital Lake has a lot of mythological history and considered birth place of Lord Ganesha. At an elevation of 3307 meters, it is surrounded by green forests with crystal clear water. Dodital provides a lot of opportunity to travelers to hang around in the Asi Ganga valley. Har-ki-Dun, situated at an elevation of 3566 meters is surrounded by glittering peaks and dense forests with rich flora and fauna. This is a good trekking route for trekkers of all age groups.
Mountain Biking in Uttarakhand
Uttarkhand has a lot of adventure opportunities and mountain biking is one of them. Mountain biking is all about speed, control and thrill. The rugged terrain and the steep slopes just serve the purpose. Mountain biking attracts adventure enthusiasts for all over India and abroad. There are several routes to choose from. Some of them are the Rudraprayag – Augustmuni – Ukhimath – Chopta – Gopeshwar route, the Almora – Kosi – Kathpuria – Sheetlakhet route and the Nainital – Bhawali – Sattal – Bhimtal – Naukuchiyatal route.
One of the very popular adventure sports is paragliding, attracting many people every year in many part of North India, especially in Uttarakhand & Himachal. Paragliding gives you the adrenalin rush that involves quite some risk, but adventure junkies are very much attracted to this adventurous sport. A lot of precaution and safety is kept in mind. Paragliding in Uttarakhand can be done at Ranikhet, Mukteshwar and Naukuchiayatal in Kumaon region. Other places include Dayara and Bedini Bugyal, Dhanaulti Bridge.
White Water Rafting:
Rafting is also one the most popular adventure sports. It involves travelling through the swift waters that provide a thrilling experience for the rafters. White water rafting is popular for the high adrenalin rush and speed it offers. They raft through rivers that flow through dense forests, rocky and mountainous valleys. There are also a range of levels available, from simple to expert levels depending on whether you choose to fight the furious currents or simply glide in the gentle waters along the hillside. Rishikesh offers good rafting sites; you can raft from Barkot to Lakhamandak and Damta to Yamuna Bridge.
Another interesting adventure sports can be kayaking. Sattal and Bheemtal Lake offers a good site for kayaking catering to the adventure sports lovers.