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    Rappelling in Uttaranchal

    Rappelling in Uttaranchal - You could go ahead and try rappelling, it is a fun activity and much safer as an adventure sport.

    You went trekking in Uttaranchal, enjoyed water sports and yet you have so much energy and pent up enthusiasm remaining, so why not try something else. Rappelling sport attracts many to the state of Uttaranchal every year, because anyone with basic fitness levels can indulge in it.

    When you first take a look at the surroundings where the sport is held, like rock climbing it might seem to shake you a bit, but trust us when we say it is challenging but not unsafe. It could seem a little scary because the rope always would be hanging free, sans the touching of the gear with rocks or even the walls of the cliff, but once again we shall repeat, rappelling is not tough and certainly not an adventure to be scared of. Yes, you need to have instructors around, so that you are safe and sound while enjoying this sport and Uttaranchal across its length and breadth provides you with ample places to rappel.

    Two ways to rappel

    You could go wet rappelling or dry, the choice is completely yours. In Uttaranchal when it rains, most of the kayaking expeditions comes to a halt because the rivers swell and the rapids pass grade 6 on the difficulty level, making even the most daring kayakers sit back. But the waterfalls around Uttaranchal with its amazing breathtaking views and an abundance of flora and fauna, gives you a chance to be adventurous even when it rains. And this time Uttaranchal allows you to go rappelling.

    Go back to the time when you were a child, remember getting wet or drenching yourself in the rains, what fun it isnt it? The same experience it would be when you rappel in the waterfalls of Uttaranchal. They say even a full grown adult has a child hidden and that urge would surely come out in you when you watch others rappel in the waterfalls, getting drenched and having a gala time experiencing this adventurous sport. You may have spent long hours under mighty waterfalls, but being right in the middle of the force of nature is an experience you shouldnt miss. And getting drenched in that force before it hits the rocky surface below is an experience one of a kind.

    What is wet rappelling?

    With the help of a rope that descends and using friction wisely to reach the ground through the raging waterfalls, this is known as wet rappelling. In the case of dry rappelling, you wouldnt be at waterfall sources, rather you would be engaging in the sport over small rocky terrains and cliffs. With water rappelling, you would experience descending the face of a cliff or rock and having gallons of water showering with force all over you. Your instructors would be around to help and guide you, also keep you well hooked and safe with the right techniques and gear. Hence there isnt anything to worry about, but to have fun with this very safe and totally adventurous water sport, so unlike rafting in Uttaranchal which requires skills and grade levels.

    The spots are well chosen for rappelling keeping safety in mind

    It is important to be very safe and have fun at the same time in the sport of mountain climbing and rappelling, just as it would be for any other outdoor adventurous activity, such as rock climbing or paragliding. Your instructors would always take you to safe spots to enjoy the sport, and would mount you on a top which is easily approachable.

    In the beginning you might be a bit hesitant to descend, but once you start going down, every slip makes you more confident. This would take you all the way down to the waterfall and the feeling of excitement and fulfillment would finally take over, just as it does when you go kayaking in Uttaranchal for the first time.

    The thrillophilia experience

    Imagine camping by night at the edge of the cliff and watching the mise-en-scene around as a bird would? You would see tiny hamlets across various local districts, roads that intertwine into one another as snakes, and the fields look lush and green, smoky in the evenings. All this said and then you have the cliffs face looking directly at you, challenging you to come and take the plunge, now who wouldnt want that for real? And if you still dont want to head on this venture, you always have the option of hot air ballooning to show you the length and breadth of this beautiful place.

     


Rappelling in Uttarakhand

Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Haridwar

Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Chandrashila Trek

With the enthralling Kedarnath range to the north, the Chandrashila Peak offers splendid panoramic vistas. Literally meaning the ‘Moon Rock’, Chandrashila is incidentally the highest peak in the area. A low altitude trek that’s full of cavernous gorges and vivid imagery, the season for trekking is round the year. With gradients suiting beginners, Chandrashila trek allows eyeful glimpses of Garhwal Himalayas and the trek passes through an ancient Shiva temple atop Tungnath.

Distance from Delhi: 455 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station

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Kanavashram

Popular as the birthplace of Bharat and Siddh Peeth of sage Kanva, Kanavashram is cradled on the banks of river Malini and is surrounded by dense forests and hills. Apart from this, this 5500 years old ashram also holds a significance for being the gateway to Puri. 

If you wish to reside in the premises of this ashram and practice meditation, you can avail the accommodation facilities provided at this place. The impeccable views of Sahastradhara Falls from here further adds to its charm.

Distance: 53.8km, Lansdowne 

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

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Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple

This famous temple in Lansdowne is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sees a huge crowd of devotees throughout the year. The name of this temple is derived from Kalash Rishi. Kaleshwar Mahadev is an important pilgrimage centre which is maintained by the Indian Army. 

The prayers in this temple are conducted by a Major. It is the most ancient temple in the town which is said to be around 500 years old. The holy temple is also known to be the meditation site for many sages.

Distance: 1.0km, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timing: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM and 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Entry fee: No entry charges.

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Bhim Pakora

Situated in Dhura, around 2 Km away from Gandhi Chowk, this site is popular as it has many mythological tales linked to it. It is said that during the period of exile, Pandavas took a halt at this place and cooked food. It is also a popular tale that Bhim placed a rock above another in a way that it can never topple. 

Now tourists can move this rock by merely one finger but it can never fall down. If you have always been keen about Indian mythology, Bhim Pakora is one of the major places to visit in Lansdowne.

Distance: 41.km Lansdowne

Timings: Any time of the day

Entry Fee: No entry charges.


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St Johns Church

Situated at the Mall Road, this church is reckoned among the key places to visit in Lansdowne since 1936. Though the church remained abandoned for years, it was finally handed over to the GOI in the year 1951. Apart from its lush green surroundings, it also flaunts alluring interiors which have captivated the hearts of numerous travellers. 

St. Johns church is a roman catholic church that shares close proximity with the tourist spots situated on the Main Road of Lansdowne.

Distance:14.9km Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings:
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Entry Fee:
No entry fee.


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