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10 Top Places to Enjoy Summer Adventure Activities Near Delhi

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Manali Paragliding
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 in Rishikesh

Rishikesh Rafting
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).

  • How to Reach: Rishikesh is 242kms from Delhi, the best way to reach would be take a train till Haridwar and then from Haridwar hire a three-wheeler or private taxy.
  • How to Book for Rafting: There are number of Camps and hotels that assist in rafting. You can book with one of the camps/hotels and request for rafting arrangements. Alaknanda River Rafting Camp can be one of the good examples.
  • Cost of Rafting + Accommodation: The cost of rafting along with accommodation in Rishikesh can be between Rs. 1700 – 3000.
  • Best Time for Rafting: April- June, October-December.

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Wildlife Safari in Corbett National Park

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.

  • How to Reach: Corbett National Park is situated about 230kms from Delhi and there are two ways to reach here. One, you can directly drive to Corbett, two, you can travel by train till Kathgodam and then take a cab/taxi to the park.
  • How to Book in Corbett: There are many hotels/resorts that arrange safaris for their guests. However, to stay in Dhikala Forest Lodge, one has to make online bookings in advance as the accommodation is limited here.
  • Timings of Safari: There are two safaris available; one is in the morning and the other in the evening. Morning safari is between 6:30am and 10:00am and the evening safari is from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. The timings for Canter Safari are slightly different than the other two safaris. The Canter safari is carried out between 6:00am and 11:30am and 12:00am and 5:30pm.
  • Cost of Safari: Jeep Safari: Rs.3600 per person (Indian), Rs.7000 (Foreign Tourist) and Rs.4000 per person in Durgadevi Zone.
    Canter Safari (Dhikala): Rs.1500 per person (Indian), Rs.3000 (Foreign Tourist)
  • Elephant Safari (Bijrani Zone): Rs.500 per person (Indian), Rs.1500. Price may vary according to the season.

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Paragliding in Manali

Paragliding in Manali Himachal
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.

  • How to Reach: Manali is about 546kms from Delhi. The best way would be to board a bus directly to Manali. An overnight journey will land in you Manali. Solang Valley is at a short distance of 16kms from Manali and to reach there one can hire taxi/cab.
  • How to Book for Paragliding: There are many Government recognized institutes in Solang Valley. Make sure you crack a deal with the ones that show you their license.
  • Cost of Paragliding: Short Flight: Rs.600 per person and Long Flight: Rs.1500 to Rs.3000 per person (Rates may vary according to the season)
  • Best Time for Paragliding: January to May, October to December

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Adventure Trekking:

Trekking in Garhwal
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

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Rock Climbing in Nainital

Rock Climbing Nainital

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.

  • How to Reach: Nainital is about 292kms from Delhi. The best way is to directly board a bus to Nainital from Delhi. However, one can also take a train till Kathgodam and then take a cab/taxi or a bus to Nainital. The location of Rock Climbing Institute is Piteria behind Bara Patthar, Mallital.
  • How to Book for Rock Climbing: Online booking is available for Rock Climbing courses.
  • Best Time for Rock Climbing: March to June, September to December

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Camping in Roopkund
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.

  • Ideal Destinations for Summer Camping: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand
  • Types of Camping: Independent Camping and Assisted Camping
  • Cost of Camping: The cost of camping differs from one place to the other. However, an average budget of Rs.4000 to 7000 can be considered.

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Mountain Biking in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand:

Mountain Biking in Garhwal
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.

  • How to Book for Mountain Biking: There are many licensed mountain biking institutes that offer both accommodation and mountain biking assistance. These agencies offer biking essentials like Mountain Bicycle, Helmet, Knee Cap, Elbow guard, Bicycle riding gloves and Knap sacks. Bookings can be made from many online sites. Peak Adventure Tour can be a useful link for booking online.

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Kayaking in Himachal


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.

  • Cost of Kayaking + Accommodation: The average cost of kayaking and accommodation in Rishikesh and Manali can be somewhere between Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per person. Please note Price may vary according to the season.
  • Best Time for Kayaking: April to Mid June, October to December

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Bungee Jumping:

Bungee Jumping
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.

  • How to Reach: Rishikesh is 242kms from Delhi, the best way to reach would be take a train till Haridwar and then from Haridwar hire a three-wheeler.
  • How to Book for Bungee Jumping: Many resorts and camps offer Bungee Jumping with their package. However, independent bookings can also be made.
  • Cost of Bungee Jumping: The Jump can be a costly affair as it can be between Rs. 2500 and Rs. 3500 but it is truly worth it!

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Zorbing in Solang Valley:

Jorbing in Himachal

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.

  • How to Reach: Manali is about 546kms from Delhi. The best way would be to board a bus directly to Manali. An overnight journey will land in you Manali. Solang Valley is at a short distance of 16kms from Manali and to reach there one can hire taxi/cab.
  • Cost for Zorbing: The cost for Zorbing is about Rs. 500 per person (but it can vary during the peak season)
  • Best Time for Zorbing: March to May, October to December

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a well traveled writer whose love for nature can be seen in her writings. She loves to trek and enjoy nature and portrait photography. Nidhi has covered most of the valleys along the foaming streams of Jammu & Kashmir and aspire to cover all major trekking routes of Ladakh and Uttarakhand. She also takes keen interest in different cultures and traditions of the world and enjoys collecting mementos. With her flair for writing and personal travelling experiences, she offers vividly descriptive write ups.

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