For sheer geographical diversity, few places in the world are as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh. Low rolling hills, just a couple of hundred meters above sea level, climb on to touch the core of the Himalaya mountains. Here lie peaks that are several thousand meters high and never lose their perennial snows. Then, past these forbidding heights, lie the visually stunning cold deserts of the Trans Himalaya. Rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, thick forest and acres of spree, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities is enormous. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available.
Trekking In Himalaya
The main trekking areas in Himachal are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out are in Trans-Himalayan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1500 metres and 6000 metres altitude with well over two hundred and seventy defined trails, the variation in terrain is also enormous. Low scrub-land and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering rhododendron, which merge into forest of Himalayan cedar - 'deodar' - and spruce. On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the high mountains are passes which were once known only to migrant shepherds and dare all traders.
Jeep & Motorcycle Safari
Best way to explore the terrains of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh is by Jeep or Motorcycle. Along one of the world's highest highways, you can drive out of Manali, cross the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and move through arid Lahaul, you drive through the haunting landscapes of Spiti and over the Kunzum pass (4551 m) to enter Lahaul valley –Trekking paradise.Lahul, Spiti, Kinnaur valleys.
Mountaireeing and Rock Climbing
Himachal Pradesh offers a lot for lovers of Rock climbing and Mountaineering. Rock climbing is basic stage of Mountain climbing. Manali and area surrounding Manali forms the core of mountaineering in Himachal. Other areas are Beas Kund region, lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba (5930 m),Shitidhar peaks around the source of river Beas and Deo Tibba (6001 m) in Kullu. The Chandra Bhaga ranges, the Pir Panjal and Dhalaudhar ranges. Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali and Dharamsala offers short term courses and training in Mountaineering and Rock climbing
For high mountain thrills perhaps nothing can surpass the magic of heli-skiing. Under a deep blue sky, you are carried by a helicopter to a snow-draped peak. And after that there is nothing except steadily distancing whirr of rotor blades, the sky and the snow. It is a thrilling experience as you rapidly zoom down the slopes. The icy wind slaps your face and reminds you that you are racing away on your own steam. The sport is available in the area bound by Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near the resort town of Manali (Kullu). A major feature is the compactness of heli skiing area.
Himachal offers a wide range of spots and good slopes to skiers. Kufri 19 Kms from Shimla is very famous spot among the skiers. Above Kufri there is place called Mahasu ridge also has good slopes.Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda, 64 km from Shimla.Solang near Manali also offers good slopes for skiing
Ice - Skating
Shimla in Himachal Pradesh offers largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world for Ice- Skating. Ice-skating normally begins here in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions.
Himachal Pradesh offers good facilities for Para Gliding lovers. The bald peak of Billing, above the Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra is an important site for Para gliding.Other major spot for Para Gliding are Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, Kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru in Shimla district.
Himachal Pradesh is also called Angling paradise, and have both trout and mahaseer and other breeds of fish acclaimed as best sport fish in the world. Main spot for angling in Himachal are Pabbar valley (Shimla), Kinnaur’s Baspa river, Mahaseer river in Kangra valley.
Himachal Pradesh is playground for lovers of Mountain cycling. Lower regions of Himachal Pradesh like Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur offers many gentle routes for mountain cycling. Terrains of Trans Himalayan regions like Lahul, Spiti and Kinnaur valley Becomes ideal for cycling in summer and autumn month but it all depends on your stamina.
Golfing In Himalaya
At Naldehra near Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centuary. He was so enhanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases.
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