Himachal Pradesh - The Mecca of Fascinating Adventure Activities

Posted on Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:14:56 by Arun Joshi

Satiate your quest for Adventure through Holidays in Himachal

Participating in an enthralling adventure activity in the awe-inspiring state of Himachal Pradesh is certainly one of the proven ways to feel an adrenaline rush and marvel at the incredible jewels of Mother Nature. The state offers wonderful opportunity to the adventure fanatics to get the real taste of adventure and cherish some unforgettable memories. Himachal has everything that an adventure enthusiasts desires. Whether it is the rough terrains or the high mountain peaks, beautiful trekking destinations or the pristine rivers suitable for fishing, the state has many avenues for quenching the thirst of the visitors. If you are one of those individuals who cannot resist experiencing the ultimate thrill cosseted in the various regions of Himachal, then here are some adventure activities you can enjoy:

Trekking – Strolling Amidst the Serenity of Nature

Trekking is always the first love of the adventure freaks and you may be wondering WHY? Well, trekking is no doubt one of the best ways to soak in the beauty of nature and see the exotic flora and fauna. By strolling through the verdant landscapes, dense forests, translucent lakes and beautiful villages, you feel like you are in heaven. Though there are several trekking trails in Himachal that are quite easy to trek, at the same time there are some treks that test the stamina and endurance of the trekkers.

Some of the challenging treks mainly for the experienced adventurists are stated below:

Skiing – Glide Over the Snow-Capped Peaks and Feel Fascinated

Skiing in the snow-draped peaks is an experience that cannot be expressed in words. An individual must be really brave enough to slide down the slanting hill. Visitors, especially beginners must seek the assistance of professional guides to help them maintain an effective balance and ski properly. Admit it or not, this adventure activity will really enthrall your senses and provide you joyful memories to cherish forever.

Here are some of the major skiing destinations in Himachal Pradesh:

  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solang Nala
  • Manali
  • Kufri
  • Narkanda

Motor Biking – Zip Past Through Enchanting Environment

Motor biking in the rough terrains offers an opportunity to soak in the unadulterated air and see beautiful nature at its best. This adventure activity provides a wonderful opportunity to the riders to explore every nook and cranny of Himachal and cherish fun-filled memories. From history to culture, to food to friendly people, to exotic wildlife, to awe-inspiring beauty, the tourists get a chance to see and experience everything.

Here are the best motor biking routes in Himachal to enjoy a motor biking tour:

  • Manali – Leh Bike Safari
  • Shimla Spiti Leh Motor Bike Tour
  • Delhi Shimla Spiti Manali Bike Tour
  • Trans Himalaya

White Water Rafting – Conquer the Rowdy Rapids

Adventure in Himachal can be best enjoyed by challenging the rowdy rapids of the rivers.  The fast flowing water and the big boulders present a huge challenge to the visitors. River rafting in the crystal-clear waters of Himachal Pradesh just captivates the tourists and compels them to come again during their next vacations. So, moving the raft in the cascading water transports the visitors to the world of never ending happiness, fun and maximum thrill.

The prominent rafting regions of Himachal that captivate the attention of the rafters from across the globe are:

  • Sutlej River near Shimla
  • Beas River near Kullu
  • Ravi River near Chamba
  • Chandra River in Lahaul

Fishing and Angling – Try Your Luck in Catching a Golden Mahseer

Himachal Pradesh is undoubtedly an empyrean for the fishing and angling lovers.   The best place for fishing in this beautiful state is the Pabbar Valley region, nestled about 82 kms from Shimla (capital city of Himachal Pradesh). It is one of the best places to catch the popular Golden Mahseer fishes. Besides the Pabbar region, the other places that are renowned for fishing in Himachal are:

  • Mandil
  • Dhamvari
  • Chirgaon
  • Seema
  • Sandasu

Several rivers like the Beas, Parbati, Sutlej, Hurla and Ravi are a goldmine of various kinds of fishes such as the Brown trout, Catla, Rohu, Schizothoracids and lots more. The equipments required for catching the fishes can be bought along by the visitors or they can obtain it on a rent from the nearby shops or hotels.

Paragliding – Feel like a Superman in the Sky

Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh crystallizes the dreams of the individuals of flying in the sky. The azure sky, salubrious climate and pleasant wind help a great deal to carry out paragliding in the high mountain peaks. People from various parts of the world throng Himachal Pradesh to enjoy this adventure sports activity. An individual must have normal blood pressure to be able to carry out this enthralling activity. In paragliding, an individual is required to carry out the activity from high altitudes, ranging from 18,000 feet and above. The Kangra Valley is one of the best regions in the state to enjoy paragliding. The other locations to enjoy this activity are:

  • Bir (2080 meters above sea level)
  • Billing (2600 meters above sea level)
  • The Kullu Valley ((2560 meters above sea level)

Heli-Skiing – Create Your Mark on the Ice

Himachal Pradesh is popular worldwide for its beautiful glaciers and stunning snow-fed peaks. Some of the peaks such as the Dhauladhar, Zanskar, Pir Panjal and so on are perfect for carrying out skiing, especially in the winter season. There are various other passes in the state that are considered to be excellent for skiing. Some of them are as follows:

  • Rohtang La and Chanderkhani La
  • Mount Hanuman Tibba
  • Mount Deo Tibba

The skiing fanatics can get the essential skiing gears such as the skis, goggles, helmets, socks, etc from the office of Himachal Pradesh Tourism. If you are bringing your own gears, then it is important that the equipments are certified and are of good quality, because otherwise you may suffer injuries.

These are some of the fascinating adventurous sports that the visitors can indulge in during their trip to Himachal. If you have loads of time, then you can enjoy all these activities and return with long-lasting memories. So, if you haven’t made any plan for an adventure activity yet, just pack your bags and travel to the alluring state of Himachal to indulge in various adventure activities and most importantly rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.


A thoroughbred adventurer, Arun Joshi was born in the picturesque and landlocked district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. He is well known for his close association with the Indian Himalayas for the past 16 years, and knows the region inside out. His vast knowledge and first-hand experience of trekking to the many challenging regions of the Indian Himalayas have also helped him to establish himself as the go-to guide in the region.