We can’t keep cursing the summer season as there is no point cribbing about the sweltering heat because let’s face it, the sun is going to be merciless no matter what, we cannot do anything about it! However, escaping to a far off place, probably tucked in the hills does seem a perfect proposal during the summer time. If you are living in Delhi, you have some excellent alibis in the form of exotic hill stations sustained by number of adventure activities. Yes, these adventure activities can play a vital role in directing your summer holidays near Delhi to quite a memorable one. Here are some of the best places near Delhi to enjoy summer adventure activities:
Rafting is probably the one of the most refreshing summer adventure activities and Rishikesh is the holy pilgrimage in India for it. Situated at a distance of about 242kms from Delhi, Rishikesh is an ideal hub for adventurists. The River Ganga that cuts and run through the heart of this sacred town offers splendid opportunity for rafting in India. Right from the beginners to the experts, the adventure seekers come down to Rishikesh from all over the world to ride on the unbridled waves of this whimsical emerald river. Rafting can be attempted from four different stretches that are divided on the basis of rapid grade and levels of difficulty. The easiest being Brahmaputra to Rishikesh (9kms) and Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (36kms) being the toughest. However, the best stretch for beginners would be Shivpuri to Rishikesh (16kms).
Your summer dream of going wild can come true in Corbett Tiger Reserve & National Park. Situated in Uttarakhand, Corbett is any day a great getaway for people living in Delhi. Home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, this national park offers three types of safaris i.e, Jeep, Canter and Elephant. Also, staying amidst the jungle is yet another reason that pulls adventure lovers here. Visitors can enjoy other adventure activities like bridge slithering, rock climbing and fishing and angling at a short distance from Corbett.
Elephant Safari (Bijrani Zone): Rs.500 per person (Indian), Rs.1500. Price may vary according to the season.
One of the most thrilling activities that you can try in summer is Paragliding in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. About 16kms from Manali is a beautiful place called the Solang Valley, which often remains swarmed by adventure lovers in both summer and winter time (the two season offer different set of activities for the tourists). There are two types of flights that are available to visitors i.e Short Flight and Long Flight. In Short Flight, the paraglider is taken to an altitude of only 100 to 150mts above the ground and the flight lasts for about 60 to 90 seconds. On the other side Long Flight is for 20 to 30 minutes and is available in Fatru, Kothi and Bijli Mahadev for experienced of experts only.
Summer comes with an opportunity to do enjoy some of the best treks in India. Depending upon physical strength and number of days you can spare, decide where to go in the summer in India. Let me make one thing very clear that there cannot be any better way to explore a place than trekking, so if you are looking for an ideal summer break, give trekking a try. You have plenty of options to choose from, the best would be Chopta-Chandrashila trek, Chopta-Deoriatal trek, Roopkund trek, Dayara Bugyal trek, Deotibba Hampta Pass trek, Dodital trek, Gangotri Tapovan trek, Har ki Dun trek, Parashar Lake trek, Bhrigu Lake trek and Beas Kund trek.
Ideal Trekking Locations: Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
Photo: Chandan Bisht
Rock climbing in Nainital sounds like a perfect way to enjoy your summer break. Trust me; it is exhilarating to test your risk taking abilities, strength and endurance. Rock climbing offers a whole new perspective in life; it not only makes one skillful but helps boost courage and physical and mental strength in you. Nainital Mountaineering Club offers rock climbing courses during the summer season. The minimum course is for about 7 days in which one can learn abseiling, bouldering, climbing, scrambling and river crossing with all the latest equipment used in Rock Climbing.
Never ignore an opportunity to camp if it ever comes to you and that too in the summer season. Truly, there is nothing like pitching your own tent and start bonfire on your own. In summer time you can avail yourself some good camping fun at many lovely places situated a short distance from Delhi. Other than independent camping, you can take some professional help and enjoy this summer activity like a pro! There are many places near Delhi like Kanatal, Rishikesh, Chopta, Tosh Village (Kasol), Sattal, Kangojodi, Shoghi, Deoriatal and Dhanaulti that are an excellent destinations for camping in summer.
Mountain Biking can be a thrilling experience! Riding the bicycles on the narrow winding roads in the hills might sound a bit dangerous but what is life without a risk? (Safety first though). At Jalori Pass situated about 72kms from Kullu town, one can find a wonderful trail to enjoy mountain biking. One can ride from Jalori Pass to Aut via Shoja and Seraj Valley and may have to face challenging terrain. It is advisable to go in groups, just incase one might need some support.
Another great option for mountain biking would be the hills of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The ideal trail near Delhi is the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti-New Tehri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Chamoli. It can be a tiresome journey but the fun is guaranteed. Contemplate the serene nature and get some enthralling views of the landscape whether you ride up the hill or downwards. This mountain bike riding requires immense stamina, so make sure you have enough. It is advisable to go in groups, just in case one might need some support.
Kayaking is yet another adventure activity that attracts adventure aficionados. Rishikesh and Manali are some of the best places to indulge in this enthralling water sport. The whimsical Beas River in Manali and the velocious River Ganga are ideal for the adventure of kayaking near Delhi. One can also choose the level of rapids to kayak on as rapid grade upto IV can be found in both the rivers. For the novice, it is obvious to start from the low grade rapid point.
Here is one adventure activity that can get you upside down in no time at all. Bungee Jumping is available at Rishikesh; here jumps can be made from the cantilever situated at an altitude of 83m above the ground and believe it or not it is one of the most adrenaline rushing activities one can ever think of.
Photo: Simon Hooks
This last activity is one of its kinds! Rolling down the mountain you come trapped under an orb and for few seconds you stay disoriented. Zorbing is a fun activity that can be experienced in Solang Valley near Manali (Yes, it is the same place where paragliding and skiing can be done in different seasons). So, if you are in Solang Valley for paragliding in summer, do not miss out on trying this exciting activity.
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