The ferocious roar of the waves was like an imminent deluge poised to drown their raft. For a moment, they thought the dinghy would turn turtle. But they had weathered such experiences before and, pitting themselves against Nature’s might, they once again successfully rode the crest, giving them a profound sense of triumph at the end of the ordeal. For many of us, this may seem like a paragraph straight out of a thrilling novel, but for adventure enthusiasts who have visited Uttarakhand, this is usually an experience encountered all too often.

Rafting Rishikesh


Rishikesh has come up as a very popular destination for activities like camping and white-water rafting, but there is no beating the latter. The thrill of rafting on the turbulent rapids of the Ganga is enjoyed throughout the year, except during the rains and winter season. From Brahmpuri to Neem Beach near Laxman Jhula is the stretch that is perfect for beginners and children. It offers around 9 kms floating distance and takes about one and a half hours to finish. Of course charges vary anywhere from Rs. 500 to Rs. 3000, as per the stretch chosen.

Uttarakhand Paragliding


Besides Pithoragarh and Bhimtal in Kumaon, the Garhwal region has places like Kuthha and Pratapnagar in Tehri, Bilkhet/Satpuli in Pauri and Lakhamandal, Matogi and Maldevta in Dehradun where the daredevils love to dive into the blue. Prices range from Rs.1500 to Rs.5000 depending on the duration of the flight. The state has proper paragliding rules. the activity is regulated by the Adventure Wing of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB), keeping the international safety standards in mind,Those providing para services follow these rules. The Board also organises paragliding events and competitions to promote the sport.

Rishikesh Adventure Thrill


To get that feeling of living on the edge with tailored vaults and drops one must head for Shivpuri, some 16 km from Rishikesh. “You can enjoy the umpteen activities in the adventure thrill park. Rope course, giant swing, bungee jump, scad jump, zip lining, sky cycling. reverse bungee test the mettle of the fearless.


For those who are less adventurously inclined, there are peaceful pursuits like bowling alley, cricket, gun shooting, pool table, archery and the like. Rishikesh have something or the other for everyone. Not all look for thrill. The middle-aged parents and children are quite happy with games like archery and hoverboard although, to be honest, such tourists are minuscule in numbers.