India - Himachal Pradesh Adventure Tourism

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Himachal Pradesh Adventure Tourism

Golf

At Naldhera, 23 kms beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the british Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country.

Trekking

There are over 270 defined trails in Himachal Pradesh for trekking. Important among them are Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley. Most trekking areas are between 1,500 metres and 6,000 metres.

Skiing

Kufri, near Shimla is one of the oldest places in India to be Associated with skiing during winter. Above Kufri, the Mahasu ridge also has good slopes. Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda, 64 kms from Shimla. There is a range of slopes, including a beginner run, an advanced slope and a slalom run. Winter and summer skiing is possible in the Solang area near Manali.

Camping

The Camping is the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature. The camps in Himachal Pradesh offer accommodation apart from catering a variety of activities like hikes, fishing, nature-tours and rafting. The Himachal Pradesh tourism has camps at Sarchu in Lahaul. In addition to built-accommodation, tents are available at Sangla and Kalpa in Kinnaur and at Kaza in Spiti.

Para-Gliding

The bald peak of billing, above the Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra, has been the venue for five national and three international hang-gliding rallies since 1984. The site is perfect for para-gliding too. This sport is a mix of sky diving and hang-gliding. Places where para-gliding is done regularly are - Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, in the Kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru.

Mountaineering

The area around Manali, presently forms the core of mountaineering in Himachal. The Beas Kund region and lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba, the Manali and Shitidhar peaks around the source of the river Beas, and the Deo Tibba area, are suggested for beginners with some experience. The Chandra Bhaga ranges, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges are also ideal for mountaineering.

 

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