One of the most popular states of North India, Uttaranchal is located in the hilly terrain of Himalayan Mountains. The countries like Tibet, Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, and the Utter Pradesh borders the state of Uttranchal plains. The glaciers on the high lands are the main source of river Ganga and Yamuna. The region is also blessed with some of the most divine shrines of Hindus, the majestic Himalayas are said to be the abode of the gods - Badrinath (Vishnu), Kedarnath (Shiva), Panch Prayag, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Hemkund (Sikh), Sirkanda Devi, Temple (Durga-Shakti), Haridwar, Rishikesh.
Adventures in Uttranchal
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) facilitates the aero sports in the valley
of Dheradun. The Doon Valley lying amidst the Himalayas and Shiwalik ranges,
with the river tributaries of Ganga and Yamuna meandering their ways towards
the plains exhibits an idle location for Aero-sports. The equipment's and
the infrastructure for both Para-sailing and Para-gliding are easily
available for the aero -sports lover as well as for the beginners who want
to learn the sport. Certified instructors using the best and safest
equipment are always available at the locations.
Alui has lot in its stores to offer its ski lovers, whether a beginner or
an experienced skier, it has a 3-km long sloping stretch for skiing. A
magnificent vista of snow capped peaks like Nandadevi, Kamet, Mana Parvat
and Dunagiri is just breathtaking. The region is also well thronged with
elevated Deodar forests adding to its charms. Another attraction is its 3.9m
long rope way connecting Joshimath with the upper slopes of Auli covering a
track trial of 4.5 km.
Mountaineering in Uttranchal
This adventurous sport is mainly concentrated around the Gangotri Glacier
and the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The challenging peaks of varying heights -
between 6500-7000m offers quite a thrilling adventure. The highest peak is
Nanda Devi - 7601m whereas Kamet and Abhigaman elevated at a height over
7000m requires some of the most challenging mountaineering skills. Many
available peaks can be attempted within a period of 4-5 weeks from Delhi.
The mounting at the Nanda Devi sanctuary can be undertaken in a week and is
an expedition in itself.
To enjoy the charming splendor of Garhwal Himalaya just take up any of the
trekking routes through the green vegetation, passing the beautiful snow
clad mountains. Each trek has its prescribed route, encountering the lively
villages, mountains throng with swampy lands, dense forests majestic
mountain. Other famous trek is -Valley of Flowers - On the more higher
altitude of Garhwal rises the valley of flowers giving a panoramic view to
Wild Life- Adventure
Famous Chila wildlife sanctuary is situated at the foothills of Shivalik
Hills on the banks of river Ganga. Located at a distance of 8 km from
Haridwar and 21 km from Rishikesh, Chila is a part of the famous Rajaji
National Park. The main attractions of the reserve are elephants, spotted
deer, stag deer, blue bull, fox, porcupine, and peacocks. Besides these
species the forest is also the home of migratory birds.
The intricate labyrinth of mountain rivers winding through a myriad of
rocky terrain, jungles, hilly vegetation and remote villages on elevated
mountains and the Garhwal and Kunaon hills offer a perfect water adventure.
The Sport of white water river rafting is taken up mainly in the upper
reaches where the water is untamed and pristine white as it froths / foams,
rumbling towards the narrow ravine and sweeps down at deep inclinations.
Uttaranchal offers the widest scope for white water rafting in the country
with the longest season. One of the greatest attractions being the
backcountry camping combined with rafting. The main rafting rivers are --
Ganga, Yamuna, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Tons, Kali and Sharda. Rafting
For those traveling by air, the nearest airport is at Jolly Grant Airport
(Dehradun) 273 km from Joshimath, 17 km from Rishikesh.
The nearest railhead is Haridwar- 299 km from Auli and is well connected to
other major cities of India. Uttranchal State Transport and Union buses run
regularly to all over India giving a connecting feasable.