White Water Rafting
Experience the thrill of white water rafting in India along tumbling snow-fed
Himalayan rivers in summer destinations in India. White water rafting means
cruising down the gushing waters of river in an inflatable rubber raft or white
water kayak over roaring waves and swirling fast-moving water for the excitement
of a lifetime. The Indian topography has full of possibilities for water sports.
The perennial rivers and the rushing waters entices the water sports enthusiasts
from all over. The Himalayas, stretching 3,200 kilometers along India’s northern
frontiers, cradle numerous rivers which drain them all year round with plenty of
first-descent and exploratory possibilities.
Skiing is one sport that has gained immense popularity all over the world and in
the past decade have become quiet attention grabbing sport because of the
Himalayas. Skiing, like any other high-altitude adventure sports in India, is a
contribution of the Europeans. The challenging height and the stretches of the
snow clad mountains, with the added advantage of powdered snow are tempting
enough to captivate the adventurous spirits of the avid skier, providing all the
thrill and excitement attached to the game. Today, skiing is quite popular in
the hill stations of North India and new facilities have added up to make it
more popular among the masses.
Best Season for skiing : January to March
Either you want to explore the wilds of the remote areas or the dense ones or
venture in the challenging terrains of Himalayas or the arid deserts of
Rajasthan, the best option would be to board a jeep. Why a Jeep? Well, it's the
most safest and fastest way to trip through the remote areas. Moreover, jeep is
the best way to get the internal look of the forest and its topography.
You can enjoy the jeep safari tours available in the various regions in India.
Some of the best ones are the wildlife sanctuaries like - Rajaji National Park,
Corbett National Park and Dudhwa National Park in U.P. You will get a whole new
Jungle experience in these sanctuaries while moving about in a jeep. Besides,
you can also explore the enchanting Himalayas, which are just amazing.
Major Jeep Safari Sites in India -
Jeep Safaris in the Wildlife Areas The jeep safaris take you to the beautiful
wildlife areas of India, which are best to explore on jeep. Exploring the
wildlife on Jeep is really both convenient and secure, as it is the fastest and
safest mode to travel in the remote areas. The jeeps can take you to the
remotest part of the jungle and come back within a fraction of a time.
Trekking has come a long way since the days of tedious journeys on foot or
grueling hours of travel by ox-cart. Today, trekking conjures up visions of the
spectacular northern and eastern Himalayas, the mist-strewn western Ghats or the
blue tranquillity of the Nilgiri Hills. India is the ultimate destination for a
trekking holiday, offering everything from short and easy excursions to the long
challenges of the snowy peaks.
Jammu & Kashmir
J & K is India’s northernmost state, and the one which is best known for
trekking. It is an extravagantly beautiful land of flowerspangled meadows, wild
orchards, spectacular coniferous forests, icy mountain peaks and clear streams
and rivers. The capital, Srinagar, is the base for many treks, notably to the
blue Zabarwan Hills and Shankaracharya Hill. The three other main bases in J & K
are Pahalgam (100 km from Srinagar) in the Lidder Valley, the base for treks to
sacred Amarnath, Aru, Lidderwat and the glacial lakes of Tarsar and Tulian;
Gulmarg (51 km from Srinagar), from where treks can be made to the crystal tarns
of Apharwat and Alpather, the upland lakes of Vishansar and Gangabal and the
Thajiwas Glacier; and Sonamarg, in the Sindh Valley, the base for treks into the
surrounding mountains. Srinagar is also the roadhead for trips into the arid
plateau of Ladakh, a country of perpetual drought, the home of wild asses and
yaks and with high ranges that have some of the largest glaciers in the world
outside the polar regions.
The landscape of this province ranges from the barren rocks and raging torrents
of the valleys of Spiti and Lahaul in the north to the southern orchard country
of Kangra and Chamba. Treks from Manali include the Bhaga river to Keylong, and
then on to the Bara Shigri glacier or over the Baralacha Pass to Leh (see
above). Kulu, in the centre of the province, is set in a narrow valley between
the towering Himalayas and the river Beas, and is famous for its temples and
religious festivals. Treks from here traverse terraced paddy fields and on to
remoter regions of snow and ice. The view from the Rohtang Pass is particularly
spectacular. The town of Dharamsala, in the Kangra Valley area, is the base for
treks into the Bharmaur Valley over the Indrahar Pass, and on to other still
higher passes beyond. Chamba, situated on a mountain above the Ravi River, is
named after the fragrant trees which flourish around its richly carved temples.
Treks from the nearby town of Dalhousie lead to the glacial lake of Khajjiar and
to the passes of Sach and Chini. Simla, the summer capital of the British, is a
high hill station and the base for treks into Kulu Valley via Jalori Pass and on
to the Kalpur and Kinnaur Valleys.