Adventure enthusiasts will find Uttaranchal very,very engaging.A well-developed adventure infrastructure makes the logistics of any short of expedition hassle free .
And since , no adventure can be complete without great food ! , the state dishes out a variety of options for enthusiastic food lovers.There are many popular dishes of Uttarakhand that you can try.
But , the time being , let us restrict ourselves to adventure sports , Right ? Check out these –
1 Trekking and Mountaineering
For mountaineers,Uttaranchal offers the challenge of numerous high altitudes peaks , home as it is to famous peaks like Kamet (7756 metres) , Trishul-1 (7120) and Nanda Devi East (7434 metres ).For trekkers ,There are innumerable excursions to high-altitude meadows , along spectacular mountain rivers , or over grand glaciers . There are a number of good routes around Gangotri and Yamunotri for instance ,Gangotri to Gaumukh ,Tapovan or Kedartal ,or to Yamunotri via Dodital the Har-ki-dun trek etc.In the proximity of Nanda Devi , You may trek to Pindari and Milan glaciers , and Rupkund .The Nehru institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi , with its team of devoted instructors , is one of India’s best . It offers both basic and advance courses in mountaineering .
In winter the enthusiasts head to Uttaranchal for some of the best skiing in India . Uttaranchal’s large slopes get covered in snow every winter and are ideal for skiing.Auli ,Munsiari ,Dayara Bugyal and Mundali are the state’s skiing destinations.Auli has three kilometers long slope ranging from a height of 2519 meters .A500 meters long ski lift carries skiers back to the top of the slope , saving them both trouble and time .Instruction as well as equipment is available though you’re welcome to bring your own .
Heli-skiing-in which a helicopter deposit skiers atop a really tall snow peak to ski down from-takes the sport to a new high Auli and Pithoragarh are the heli-skiing spots of Uttaranchal.With wide , open spaces above the snowline , Uttaranchal also offers the exciting possibility of ski touring among the glaciers .For the avid skier , cross-country runs of ten-twenty kilometers are available , with the added advantage of fresh powder snow.Because of its height and spread , Uttaranchal is ready to offer the thrills of exploratory long –distance skiing round the year .
3 Whitewater rafting
The challenge of Uttaranchal’s playful rivers is no less than that of its mountains . Fed by numerous streams , icy mountain rivers speed along tortuous boulder-strewn beds, cutting deep gorges and breaking into white rapids .Whitewater stretches of every conceivable in Uttaranchal, from the simply easy to the truly challenging .In Garhwal, the Ganga offers opportunities for both professionals and amateurs to test their mettle among the rocks and rapids. The Alaknanda and Bhagirathi are the main tributaries of the Ganga and meet at Devprayag . Their waters are of Grade IV to V , for the expert. Downstream from Devprayag. The Ganga changes into a pool-drop river .This stretchof almost seventy kilometres is perfect for amateurs . Sandy beaches line the river at intervals , allowing river rafters to pull up alongside .Thirty kilometres upstream from Rishikesh is Shivpuri ,from where whitewater rafting expeditions down the Ganga operate from October through May . Also in Garhwal, the river Yamuna , Bhagirathi , Bhilangana and Mandakni offer a variety of professional and tourist stretches .
In Kumaon the Kali and Gori rivers meet at Jauljibi where the water volume increases , offering adventure to professionals . For over 117 kilomitres from Jaulgibi to Tanakpur the rapids are Grade IV and more . Lower down among the forested slopes , a calmer river offers amateurs a chance.Garhwal Mandal Vikash Nigam (GMVN) Conducts river rafting courses at Kaudiyala.September-November and March –April-May are the best river rafting months in Uttaranchal .
4 Water Sports
GMVN has developed a water sports resort as Assam Barrage Water skiing , sailing , boating , rowing ,kayaking and canoeing are on offer here . In the ‘Lake District’ yachting , paddling and rowing are all on offer At Nanaksagar reservoir in Udhamsingh Nagar district water skiing yachting , boating, canoeing , kayaking and wet parasailing facilities are available . Uttaranchal then , is full of promises and zero disappointments.