If you have an adventurous streak for amazing travel experiences that give you a high, Himachal Pradesh is the place to be. Stunningly beautiful and serene, Himachal Pradesh is the kind of travel destination that can thrill you with exciting adventure activities or soothe your senses with its surreal landscapes. The adrenaline junkie in you will feel an unforgettable rush in Himachal be it on land, in the air or on water. When you arrive here you’ll find everything that you would expect from a place that is often called the “Land of the Gods”. It is not just another travel experience to a physical location, it is a journey into your inner self for discovering the adventurer in you. With exceptional hospitality of the Himachali people and trained professionals to guide you all the way, you have more than enough reasons to visit Himachal Pradesh for amazing travel experiences that are truly unforgettable.
Ice Skating Experience
Shimla has an open air ice skating rink, which is the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia. Built by the British in the 1800s, the Shimla Ice Skating Rink is open for everyone twice a day during morning and evening. Tourist can rent ice skates from the clubhouse for a nominal fee to enjoy a chilled out evening gliding along the ice. The skating club also hosts the annual carnival during the last week of December where you can watch figure skating, ice hockey, relay races and stunts on ice. The club still uses the old balloon system to notify people if the ice has formed for skating that day. Pleasant music playing in the background, the Shimla Ice Skating rink is a unique travel experience that you can get only in Himachal Pradesh.
Skiing Travel Experience
If you like snow, skiing in Himachal Pradesh will make you fall in love with it. A skillful momentum adventure sport of balance and speed that has become the signature adventure activity of Himachal Pradesh, Skiing is possible at many places such as Manali, Kufri and Narkanda. Don’t be worried if you are a first time enthusiast because there are many guides and professionals of the tourism department that will assist you with your first steps on the snow with proper kits and safety gear. The two main types of skiing slopes in Himachal are Alpine and Nordic, which means that they are suitable for both cross-country and slalom skiing. However if you want to take this a step further, you can also encounter the exhilarating rush of Heli skiing. Gliding down virgin powder slopes of the Himalayas that are only accessible by a helicopter is an experience that you will not find anywhere else in India except Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh is considered to be one of the best destinations for Cycling and Mountain Biking. It has vastly different types of landscapes and innumerable trails that an adventure enthusiast can explore to get a relaxed and unhurried view of the picturesque surroundings. According to bikemap.net , there are more than 100 different cycling routes and bike maps in Himachal Pradesh. This includes shorter routes inside main towns like as well as long distance bicycle touring expeditions such as Shimla-Rampur and Manali-Damphug are very popular among bikers and cyclist. Travelling on the rugged terrain, exploring every nook and corner of a place is giving rise to what is now known as jungle tourism. With the proper camping and cycling equipment, the world is yours to explore.
Motor Biking Travel Experience
Of course if you don’t want to pedal your way to the top of high mountain passes, you can also rent out motorbikes and take your own cavalcade to the mountains along with some of your friends. The Shimla-Manali-Leh route is considered to be the Mecca of every rider’s adventurous spirit and the famed ‘Raid de Himalayas’ is held each year on extreme road conditions, seeing active participation from motor heads and offroaders from all over. The recent launch of En field Himalayan, an off road 400cc adventure tourer is a testament to how popular Motor Biking in Himachal Pradesh has become.
Rafting one of best travel experience
Blessed with many snow fed rivers, Himachal Pradesh offers immense opportunities for the high energy sport of rafting. For the uninitiated, the calmer waters near Tattapani are ideal for river running on the Satluj. For the experienced adventure seeker who wants to push the limits of such water sports, the challenging rapids of Beas river are more suitable for the adrenaline rush of Whitewater rafting. As a bonus you can also try your hand at Fishing and Kayaking in the rivers while in Himachal. Best experienced in the summers when the snow melts to make the rivers swollen, more volatile and faster. Trained guides and professional rafters are available at most locations with safety equipment so that even a novice feels comfortable while stepping into a raft to take on the rapids.
Rock Climbing and Rappelling Experience
Although a relatively new adventure sport in India, the mountainous topography of Himachal Pradesh makes it perfectly suitable for Rock Climbing. The cloud kissing cliffs and rock faces have been attracting some world renowned rock climbers for a while now. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute for Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali has several training’s programs to prepare you for your first ascent on the mighty mountains. It also organises mountaineering expeditions to many popular places like Shitidhar, Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba. Being a physically challenging sport, it is essential to be fully prepared before venturing into this demanding sport with proper safety gear and certified guides to lead the way. But the thrill of climbing over a cliff or rappelling down a waterfall more than makes up for the aching muscles during rock climbing.
Paragliding Travel Experience
There is no view of a place better than a bird’s-eye view, and what better way to experience it than becoming a bird yourself? With 11 great paragliding spots in the state enabling people to soar high and see the mountains from above, Himachal Pradesh is quickly gaining recognition as the paragliding capital of Asia. Second only to Lake Como in Italy, Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh is a brilliant place for windsurfing sports. Not surprisingly, it was the venue of the World paragliding championships in 2015 which saw participation of aerial athletes from more than 57 countries. Experienced para gliders can cover as much as 100 km in a single take off, the record being 132 km. You can also live your dream of flying like a bird with the help of a trained instructor. Vast clear meadows in the lap of snow bound peaks make paragliding in Himachal an indescribable visual treal, giving you an unprecedented view of the ‘Land of the Gods’. Some other great paragliding spots in Himachal Pradesh are Devidhar, Parvati Valley, Rohtang, and Bakhli.
Camping and hiking Experience
Travelling by foot is the best way to explore the hidden natural wonders of Himachal Pradesh. The diverse terrain of Himachal allows your to choose from basic or advanced trekking routes according to your experience at trekking. You can carry your own gear or go with one of several organised camps that to popular sites such as Chail, Beas Kund, Triund and Kheerganga. These camps offer accommodation, food and a host of other adventure activities like Fishing, Zip Lining and Rafting as part of their itinerary. There are some really challenging treks for the experienced backpacker like the Shrikhand Mahadev Trek, Hampta Pass trek and Kinnaur Kailash trek. Discovering the nooks and crannies deep inside the jungles to reconnect with nature is a dream come true for trekkers and backpackers, and Himachal leaves an indelible mark on everyone’s memory.
It is undeniable that Himachal Pradesh has so much in store for the adventure seeker in you. Of course it’s hard to get a feel for all these activities in one go but it’s not impossible to include several of these action packed activities in your itinerary. After all, the adventure starts with a firm resolve to do something you have never done before, doesn’t it? Let’s consider the exciting possibilities on an action packed trip to Himachal. You could pick a cycle trail to travel till the base camp of a summit with a rented bike and kit. From there you could opt for trekking till the peak of the mountain with some rock climbing thrown in if the terrain is suitable. At the top you could camp and learn basic survival techniques useful in the wilderness. After capturing the magnificent views from the peak you can choose from either hiking back, rappelling or even paragliding for returning to the valleys. To make it even more exciting, forget about the road for a while and pick whitewater rafting in swift rapids of the river to reach lower altitude. To top it all off, wouldn’t it be a truly Amazing travel experience if you could ride a yak all the way back to your hotel and enjoy a hot traditional Himachali meal?