By- Sashi Kumari Bisht
Uttarakhand offers several activities to keep the adventure enthusiasts busy.
If there's one state in India that offers the most number of activities for adventure-seekers, it's probably Uttarakhand. Nicknamed the 'Abode of the Gods,' the state attracts adventure enthusiasts of all kinds throughout the year. Lofty mountains, alpine meadows, frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and mysterious lakes, there are plenty of things to be explored in Uttarakhand.
Whitewater rafting session on the Ganges is one of the most preferred adventure activities in Uttarakhand. Fed by snowmelt from the mountains around, the Ganges gushes through Rishikesh, swirling around corners and forming multiple confluences. You can choose from a mild 16 km stretch to a stringent 35 km stretch of river. While crossing, you battle rapids such as Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Double Trouble, Tee Off, and Golf Course with difficulty grades ranging from I to IV.
For many, camping is the most excellent way to spend quality time in the lap of nature. It also provides an opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and understand them better. The Uttarakhand Himalayan region offers a fantastic range of camping. Whether it is wildlife camping or normal ones, Uttarakhand's topography provides everything for the adventure enthusiasts. Be it Tons Valley in Garhwal or Jharipani in Mussoorie or Dhanaulti and Dehradun; you can find a camp anywhere in the state.
Bunjee jumping is one of the oldest adventure sport in Rishikesh. The state is blessed with India's highest fixed platform for bungee jumping, offering adventurists a thrilling jump from 270 feet.
Trekking in Uttarakhand is an engaging activity that will take you over to the mystical surroundings of many Himalayan summits and peaks. The state boasts of numerous trekking routes, which promise plenty of adventure and sceneries. The popular trekking route includes Valley of Flowers, Kedarnath Trek, Roopkund Lake Trek, Chopta, and Chandrashila trek, Nanda Devi Trek.
During the winter season, especially in the months of December-January, one of the top things to do in Uttarakhand is to stay in this cozy ski lodge on the snowy slopes of Auli. Here, wake up every morning to a landscape blanketed in snow, spend all day exploring the apple orchards and local villages, or take a cable car ride. You can also test your skiing skills in the slopes. Evenings are spent reading, playing board games, or sitting around a bonfire and telling stories.