10 Best Adventure Sports in Shimla - 2020 (With 3175 Reviews)
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There is a wide spectrum of adventure sports in Shimla that includes exciting adventure activities like trekking, rafting, and rock climbing among many others. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is a popular tourist destination, and it is not just the tourist spots here that make it popular, but also the numerous adventure sports one can enjoy in Shimla.

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Nestled in the south-western mountain ranges of Himalayas, Shimla is easily accessible from major cities like Delhi (346 km) and Chandigarh (113 km) and this proximity factor makes it a great weekend getaway choice.

The most popular among Shimla adventures is trekking. With thrilling options such as Shoghi Trek, Snowline Trek and Banjar Valley Trek, Shimla is a popular choice among adventure lovers in India and beyond. Shimla also has some of the most amazing campsites. Besides, there are some other interesting adventure sports like skiing, rock-climbing, rafting, etc., that add to the popularity of Shimla among thrill seekers and invite them here during all the seasons.

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A major and the most unique one among the star attractions among adventure sports here is Heli-Skiing. This thrilling sport, in which you are dropped by a helicopter to ski down the snow-clad mountain slope, can be enjoyed during the winter season and is one of those activities you must not miss in Shimla for the sake of your love for the thrill.

All in all, Shimla is a beautiful place with plenty of adventure sports options to satiate your hunger for adventure and thrill.

Here are some of the best activities for adventure sport in Shimla:

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Camping

Camping

When it comes to indulging in some camping activity then Shimla is the best place for you. Enjoy the fun of camping in Shimla the lap of nature’s vast wilderness with the mountains and streams.

Camping is one of the best adventure sports activity in Shimla. This is the perfect spot where you can camp under the stars and marvel at the sight of the enchanting surroundings.

Camping here will have a transcendental effect and is sure to delight you. Get a chance to explore the fascinating beauty of the region while camping under the clear sky.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January

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Trekking

Trekking

Shimla is spread over a vast area in different mountain ranges of Himalayas; owing to that, some amazing treks can be done here. The best part of trekking in Shimla is that the options range from easy strolls into the woods too long, exhilarating treks.

To have an easy, relaxing trek that takes you through the lush green forest, a trek to the very famous Jakhoo Temple is an excellent option, which is also the highest point in Shimla. Or, you can take easy yet exciting treks to Chadwick Falls or Kamna Devi Temple while breathing in the refreshing air in the pure surroundings of Shimla.

Shimla also boasts of some thrill-packed treks. Some of the best among those are Snow Line Trek to Chail, Shali Tibba Trek and Shoghi Trek. One gem of a trek that you can take from Shimla is Banjar Valley Trek. One must take these treks on their trip to Shimla to explore the real scenic beauty of Shimla, and to know why it is deservingly the capital city of Himachal.

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Paragliding

Paragliding

What could be more adrenaline pumping activity then gliding through the air, take the most of Shimla adventure by experiencing it. This adventurous activity is catching up as one of the best adventure sports in Shimla. There is no doubt in that the beauty of Shimla is incomparable to any other hill station and there are many things to do in the city. The undulating hills and the surrounding is an ideal place for this sport. This exciting activity is a combine activity of parachute and hand gliding.

 It is launched on a lighter winds and also need a less space to land. Kangra valley in Shimla is the hub of all the gliding activities. For the best treat head out to Bir and Billing in the Kangra valley which will give you the best experience of life. Soar up high in the sky and fly like a bird while enjoying the views.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car.If you are taking a train from New Delhi it will be an 8 hours ride by train.

Best season: The best season to try this activity is during the month of March to May and October to November.

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Mountain Biking

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Mountain Biking

Experience the thrill of Shimla adventure by choosing from the list of this exciting and best adventure sports in Shimla and try mountain biking in the steep hills of the Himalayas and face the challenge. Get a chance to ride through the amazing hills and valleys and enjoy the cool mountain breeze. 

Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride through the snow and the peaceful surroundings of nature. Marvel at the sight of the oak trees and the snow-capped mountain on this exciting mountain biking activity and witness the amazing sightseeing.

In just a few days this activity is becoming a hit among the people. This mountain bike is designed to combat the rough terrains so that you feel comfortable while you ride.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best time for this activity is during the month of June to September.

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Heli Skiing

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Heli Skiing

Its winter time and winter beckon us for some adventure sports and when it is for Shimla adventure than nothing can beat this. Head out for this as this is one of the best adventure sports in Shimla and glide through the snow as you manoeuvre the twists and turns while Heli-Skiing. 

The best thing about this sport is that you will be dropped by a helicopter in the mountaintop and you ski all the way down in the mountain. The mountain slopes are just fashioned by nature for the ski lovers.

Narkanda and Kufri are two of the best places in Shimla where you can indulge in this exciting activity. It is the double treat for the ski lovers where they can enjoy the natural beauty while slipping through the snow.

How to reach: The easiest route to Shimla is from Chandigarh which is a 3 hours’ drive by car. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January.

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Ice Skating

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Ice Skating

Next time while you are in Shimla don’t forget to try ice skating which is considered as one of the favourite and best adventure sports in Shimla and Shimla adventure is incomplete without this.

This place is already a hit among the people because of its cool weather. Now with this adventurous sport in Shimla, this place is crowded with people every year. Ice skating in Shimla has already become popular among the people within a short period of time.

The best thing about this place is that they have naturally frozen ice which is very convenient for ice skating. Enjoy the cool breeze as you glide through the ice under the clear blue sky.

How to reach: If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 hour to travel from Kalka to Shimla. You can also take a bus from Chandigarh which will be a 3 hours ride.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of December to February.

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River Rafting

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For the adventure seekers, you can never miss out this exciting and best adventure sports in Shimla. River rafting is one of the favourite thing to do in Shimla. The Sutlej River which runs at a high pace makes the sport more thrilling.

Feel the thrill as you try this extreme sports. One of the famous river rafting paths is at a distance of 12 km and start from Chamba and end at Tatthapani amidst the water of the river Sutlej. Raft through the aggressive River for around two hours and feel the adrenaline rush as you conquer the waves.

How can reach: Shimla is well connected with the metropolitan cities. It will be a 3 hours’ drive from Chandigarh. If you are travelling by train then you can catch a train from New Delhi and get down at Kalka.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of September to June.

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Skiing

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Skiing

Nothing could be better than skiing in the Shimla amidst the snow-capped mountains and the smooth slopes. This is one of best adventure sports in Shimla. The place is the perfect place for the ones who love the snow. 

Winters are the best time to visit Shimla when the whole place is filled with snow. Kufri in Shimla is a paradise for the skiers. This place is about 13km away from Shimla at an altitude of 2622 metres.

There are also few others places like Mashobra and Narkanda at a height of 1800 metres which will be filled with hundreds of people for this exciting winter adventure sport.

How to reach: If you take a train from Kalka to Shimla it will take around 4 hours 40 minutes. By bus, it will take around 3 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh.

Best season: The best season to visit this place is during the month of December to February.

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Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

Shimla offers a wide array of adventure sports options for those who want to indulge in some offbeat fun. For those seeking the thrill of rock-climbing along with some other exhilarating adventure options, Shimla is a great choice.

Rock-climbing is among the most thrilling adventure sports in Shimla. Here, you get a chance to put the adventurer inside you to test by trying the demanding sport of climbing up and down natural rock formations.

Different levels of the sport are available, so you can make a choice as per the thrill quotient your soul and body is willing to experience. When in Shimla, don’t forget to climb a rock because it is worth it.

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Golfing

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Golfing

If you are looking for some golfing and a vacation, then you should definitely visit Shimla. Pack your bags and be off to Shimla for this intriguing adventure sport and get a chance to try your hand in golf.

This sport is very famous in the Naldehra town where you can find the oldest golf course. Shimla was once called the summer capital of the British and this land is blessed with vast land which is perfect for golf.

 The most interesting thing about this place is the calm and serene atmosphere which offers an outstanding picturesque of the region. Golf is one of the best adventure sports in Shimla which is loved by all. Naldehra is one of the best and the oldest golf course which is considered as the most challenging one. You can also try Annadale golf course which is favourite among the people.

How to reach: If you are driving to Shimla from Chandigarh it will be a 3 hours’ drive. You can also take a train from Kalka to Shimla which will take around 4 hours 40 minutes.

Best season: The best time to visit this place is during the month of May to December.

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