Uttarakhand - northern state of India is home to some of the most beautiful destinations of the world. With Gigantic Himalayas on its North and Tarai Region with dense forest on its South Uttarakhand is undoubtedly an unforgettable paradise for nature as well as adventure lovers. With nature all around you one is always captivated with its enthralling beauty and mystic charm.
Uttarakhand always has a niche over other tourist destinations be it any season, but when it comes to travelling Uttarakhand in winter no other destination proves to be as fruitful and organised as Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand offers some of the best opportunities for adventure lovers in winter with adventure sports like skiing, river rafting, mountaineering, trekking, and paragliding, along with many other activities. Every year tourists not only from India but also from different parts of the world explore this beautiful Hill state in huge numbers for a simple reason that Uttarakhand is the only place where one can fulfil his/ her dream of a perfect holiday.
Now if we talk about the top three adventure activities that one would love to do in his/ her visit to Uttarakhand during the coming season that is the winter season Skiing, Rafting and trekking is one of the most attempted adventure activity in Uttarakhand.
Starting up with Skiing it is one of the most thrilling experiences for tourists in Uttarakhand. The main sites for skiing lie in the Garhwal and the Kumaon regions with snow covered slopes in Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali and Munsyari. Auli is the most sought after destination for skiing with a skiing area of about 5-7 kms and lies at an altitude between 9,500 and 10,500 feet, that has some excellent views of the surrounding peaks. Skiers are provided with all the necessary equipments. Tourists are charged on per person basis for this activity whereas children might avail a discount.
Also Skiing tournaments and training courses are organized for skiers that participate in these tournaments from all over the world.
Just as Skiing serves as one of the coolest adventure activity during winters in Uttarakhand Trekking at famous glaciers like Pindari, Bunder Puunch, Muilam, Gangotri, and high altitude peaks like Nandadevi, Trishul attract trekkers and mountaineers from all over the globe who try n scale these challenging heights of snow capped Himalayas.
Trekking has three levels in it. Tourists according to their stamina and will power participate in different levels of Trekking exploring the beautiful Nature scenic’s of Himalayas. Difficult, medium and easy treks can be experienced during any time of the year with winters as one of the most promising season.
There are ample trekking options in the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas. Some of the popular routes in the Garhwal region are as follows- Gangotri- Nandavan-Tapovan Trek, Panch-Kedar Trek, Kuari pass Trek, Kalindi Khal Trek, Roopkund Trek, Khatling- Sahastra Tal Trek, Dodital- Darwatop- Seema- Yamunotri- Hanumanchatti Trek, Bhunarkhal-Kanarikhal Trek and Chopta Chandrashila Trek.
Some of the prominent trekking trails in the Kumaon Region are Pindari Glacier Trek, Kafini Glacier Trek, Sunderdhunga Glacier Trek, Namik Glacier Trek and Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek.
The above mentioned trek routes are those treks that are hot favourite for those who loves to trek in the lap of Nature.
Water sports have their own thrill. Beach areas in the west are prone to aqua enthusiasts. Be it Surfing or Bodyboarding, kitesurfing or wake boarding, they absolutely love these sports for the adrenaline rush they generate.
In India, its river rafting which is more popular. In fact, it's one of the major sports that pulls tourists and adventure freaks in large numbers. This is a thrilling water sport practiced at places where the river waters gush down the sloping hills at very high speeds.
Uttarakhand, with majority of its lands falling under hilly terrain, and various mountain rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Alakhnanda, Mandakhini etc. running down its slopes, is a great place to learn, practice and master this thrilling sport. Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Devprayag etc. are amongst the most popular rafting destinations in Uttarakhand.