The best way to know Himachal is to walk ground, interact with the rivers, touch the peaks – explore the place. In the process, explore yourself. Try the activities below to know Himachal.
Often termed an angler’s paradise, the streams and rivers of Himachal teem with trout, mahaseer as well as other fishes. With the water bodies segregated as General waters and Trout waters by the State Fisheries Department, the licenses are accordingly issued. With nominal fishing fees, April to October is the best time to cast your net. If your concern is conservation of wildlife, there is catch and release recreational fishing for you. At and V Resorts Trisha Cottage Manali and V Resorts Solang, try your hand at the sport.
With an eclectic combination of water bodies, alpine meadows and cold deserts, Himachal is aptly labelled the ‘heart of trekking’ in India. There are trekking expeditions ranging from 5 days to 25 days. Beginners can start with the one day trek to Triund Hill from McLeodganj. Seasoned trekkers can embark on the 14 day trek from Lahaul valley to Zanskar. There are myriad other options that can be explored. Stay at V Resorts Dal Lake Dharamshala and V Resorts Thakur Das Manali, plan your treks to Triund or on the slopes of Manali, post, come back here and relax.
Interact with the untamed glory of the rivers. Go rafting in the swirling white water rapids. Too adventurous for a first timer? Relax – you will be given detailed instructions, fitted with a life jacket and will only be taken around baby rapids. Rafting mostly takes place on the Beas (Kullu), Satluj (Shimla) Ravi (Chamba) and Chandrabagha (Lahaul). While staying at V Resorts Mashobra Greens, you can opt to go rafting in the river Satluj.
Soar like a bird, take in the grassy slopes from the vantage height of a glider aircraft at the paragliding capital of India – Himachal. Recreational rides can be taken by tourists. There are detailed instructions for professional and competitive paragliding. Bir-Billing in Kagra Valley and Solang Nala in Manali are the hub for this activity. For Bir-Billing, stay at V Resorts Dal Lake Dharamshala and opt for either V Resorts Thakur Dass or V Resorts Trisha Cottage in Manali to enjoy this activity.
Make the world your oyster – an adventurous way to do it is to go zorbing. Appropriately also called globe riding, this novel sport involves rolling down a slope in a large, light transparent ball called a zorb. If safety is your concern, go for Harness Zorbing. The Zorbonaut (you inside the zorb) is safely strapped before the zorb is rolled down. For the more adventurous, there is Hydro Zorbing. The ‘wash cycle’ is an exhilarating cross between a waterfall and a roller coaster. Available at Solang Valley in Himachal (stay at V Resorts Solang), zorbing requires a grassy slope for the ‘globe’ to roll on.
An activity that demands momentum as well as balance, skiing is the signature sport of Himachal. Stay at V Resorts Narkanda during winter to try your hand at skiing. Categorized as the Alpine and Nordic zones, the former involves racing down steep slopes, while the latter requires jumping from a height. Kufri is also one of the most popular place for skiing with Manali and Solang Valley coming a close second. Want to reach for the sky – try heli skiing. The helicopter will drop you to the mountain top and you ski your way down.
So gear up and let out the fun loving, adventure seeking person to experience Himachal.