ADVENTURE & ACTIVITIES
The spectacular variety of India extends to the range of adventure activities available. From the ski slopes of Kashmir to the water sports centres of the large beach resorts, whatever the season, you will find a sport to suit your taste. Try driving off from the fist tee of one of the country’s beautiful golf courses, or casting for trout or salmon in the clear mountain rivers of the north. Or perhaps watch a skillful game of hockey, venture a few Rupees while mixing with the fashionable race-goers at any of India’s elegant racecouses; or combine elements of both by enjoying the spectacle of a game of polo. Hotels and Tourist Offices will be able to supply details of all these and other available attractions. For instance, while in India- why not try one of the following …
Trekking has come a long way since the days of tedious journeys on foot or grueling hours of travel by ox-cart. Today, trekking conjures up visions of the spectacular northern and eastern Himalayas, the mist-strewn Western Ghats or the blue tranquillity of the Nilgiri Hills. India is the ultimate destination for a trekking holiday, offering everything from short and easy excursions to the long challenges of the snowy peaks. Trekking is comparatively undemanding, requiring only stamina to walk long hours and the mental agility to adapt to an ever-changing landscape. And the landscape is indeed spectacular.
The trekker will encounter rugged hills and mountains, green slopes carpeted with wild flowers and ice cold streams gurgling over boulders and ground pebbles. Far above in the clear blue sky, eagles wheel and bank while golden orioles, scarlet minivets and white-cheeked bulbuls pierce the pure air with their sweet cries. To take a trek in India is to rediscover the awesome majesty and beauty of nature. The highest mountain range on earth – the Himalayas – forms 3500 kms of India’s northern and eastern frontiers. The spectacle of the snow capped peaks, glaciers, pine forested slopes, rivers and lush meadows of wild flowers cannot be equaled. Peninsular India offers natural beauty of another kind, clothed in green woodland and fragrant orchards.
Trekkers are reminded that it is forbidden to enter Restricted and Protected Areas without the correct documentation. Please consult the Tourist Office before departure or local tourist offices on arrival in India to ascertain what restrictions may apply and what documentation may be required.
This varies from region to region; In general, the season runs from April to June and September to November. It is possible to undertake treks in the valleys of Lahaul, Pangi and Zanskar and in Ladakh during the rainy season (June to August) as these areas receive minimal precipitation.
Permission for mountaineering must be obtained from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi.
A fairly young sport in India. The snow-fed mountain rivers that run down from the mighty Himalayas make northern India one of the best regions in the world for this sport. Amateurs and first-timers have their choice of quieter waters, but with the promise of a passage through some truly spectacular riverside landscapes. Some rapids hit Colorado 8 (the highest is 10) on the scale, but most are on the 4 to 6 grade. The main regions are Ladakh, Garhwal and the four rivers of Himachal Pradesh.
Delhi is the centre for most rock climbing activity in India, the prime area being Tughlaqabad. Slightly further afield, excellent climbing may be had in the Aravalli Hills (particularly Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh). Beyond Pune on the Western Ghats the gentle hills from picturesque rock formations and many places are ideal for climbing. Further north, the Manali valley and Rohtang Pass regions of Himachal Pradesh are popular, as are the Chamundi Hills in Karnataka and the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh. More gentle climbs can be had in the area of Mount Abu and Sariska (Rajasthan). Excepting the monsoon periods, rock climbing is virtually a year-round activity, and most equipment can be hired locally.
An ideal trip for those with time to spare and with the desire to experience the subtle sunset shades of the desert and the solitary magic of the rolling golden sands. Camel safaris are available in the Thar desert, and range from one to fifteen days duration. The best safaris are in the heart of the Thar, in the Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner region, and will pass tiny villages and remote trading posts. Another popular area is the Shekhawati region. The safari organisers attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the old caravan journeys; music, traditional food and campfire hospitality are all part of this unique experience. Staff are available for assistance, and all necessary equipment is provided.
Another sport which is rapidly growing in popularity, and one which provides an exciting way of seeing the landscape of India. There are clubs in Pune, New Delhi, Bombay, Chandigarh, Shimla, Devlali and Bangalore. Many hang-gliding sites in India (particularly in the Himalaya region) have been highly rated by experts, and the climate of the country gives particularly good thermal soaring effects in the summer months; the monsoons are the only bad period for this sport.
There are about a dozen gliding clubs throughout India, but Delhi is the principal centre. Excellent western air disturbances make it possible to glide as far a field as Calcutta from here, although typically flights are less ambitious. Generally, the best seasons are September to November and March to June.
The main centre for this exhilarating sport is the Balloon Club of India at New Delhi’s Safdarjang. Balloons generally hold from one to ten people and can rise to heights of over 800 feet.
The topographical diversity of India makes it ideal for running road rallies, over anything from desert roads to beach, hill, mountain and forest tracks. There are many picturesque vintage car rallies, but also events featuring more modern vehicles, providing a supreme test of a driver’s mastery of both machine and conditions. Principal among these are the Monsoon Rally, the Charminar Challenge and – most demanding of all the Himalayan Car Rally. This rally is usually divided into four legs totaling of Himachel Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
This is the great Indian sport. Interest in the game reaches almost fever pitch, particularly during the winter test season when the country’s national team are in action in all the major cities. Club matches can also be seen in almost every town.
Fast becoming a popular sport. Facilities are offered by some resorts in the north of the country. The two major ones are Gulmarg in Kashmir and Kufri in Himachel Pradesh, set in some of the most beautiful mountain landscape in the world.
Both inland and sea fishing is available, with possible catches ranging from the shark, karkara and gohol in the deep waters of the Indian Ocean or the Bay of Bengal to trout and mahseer in the clear rivers of the north. Tackle can often be hired from local fishing authorities. Check with the local tourist office for details of seasons and licenses.
Enthusiasts will find many courses open to visitors throughout India; enquire at major hotels for details of temporary membership. The Calcutta Amateur Golf Championships attracts large numbers of serious golfers in the east; the standards are high, but for those interested, temporary membership is a available from the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Srinagar and Gulmarg have good courses and hold tournaments in the spring and autumn. The course at Shillong is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful in the world.
Other sports include horseback riding in hill stations and tennis and squash, available in hotels and private clubs. Most large hotels have swimming pools, and there are facilities for a wide range of water sports including sailing, rowing and water skiing at seaside resorts. The Andaman Islands in particular are noted for their scuba diving. Spectator sports include football, interest in which is increasing, while Polo and hockey are sports at which the Indians have long excelled, winning many Olympics Gold medals, Whatever your interest, whatever your pleasure, India an entertain and thrill as much with her sports as with her landscape, culture and beauty.
Entertainment of various kinds are found in the major cities, including some western-style shows, clubs and discos. In general the evening entertainment available will provide a relaxing opportunity to experience come of the country’s rich cultural heritage. In most places, the main attraction will be cultural shows, featuring performances of Indian dance and music, exhilarating, graceful and colorful. Enquire at your local hotel for details. The Indian film industry is the largest in the world, now producing 3 times as many full-length feature films as the United States. Bombay and Calcutta are the country’s two Hollywoods. There are cinemas in almost every town, some of which will show an important part of Indian cinema, combining with many other influences to produce a rich variety of film art. Larger cities may have theaters staging productions of English-language plays.
The Indian peninsula is a continent in itself, whose geographical diversity has encouraged the flourishing of a whole range of wildlife with over 350 species of mammals and 1200 species of birds in the country. While there is an overlap in the habitats of many species, each region has something special to offer – the hangul is restricted to the valley of Kashmir in northern India, the rhino is found in North-East states of India and pockets along the Brahmaputra river area, the black langur in the western ghats, and western India is the home of the last remaining Asiatic Lions.
Two of India’s most impressive animals, the Bengal/Indian Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant are found in most regions, The tiger originated in Central Asia and migrated over the great Himalayas to the dense tropical forests, adapting itself well to the plains.
A herd of elephants in the wild is a breathtaking sight. These huge mammals are respected by all animals, including the Tiger. Widely distributed throughout India, the Indian Elephant is slightly smaller than its African counterpart. Generally, only the males have tusks. Today, most of India’s wildlife finds refuge in over two hundred sanctuaries and parks around the country. The following section gives a brief description of some of the more important of these. The accommodation often needs to be booked in advance, either by direct application to the hotel, resthouse etc. concerned, or through the local State TDC or the controlling authority of the respective park. Brochures giving further information may be obtained from Government of India Tourist Offices.
Everest Base Camp
$ 1399/INR 69999/-PP
$ 1399/INR 69999/-PP
Central Tibet Tour
$ 999/INR 49000/-PP
Namsto & EBC
$ 1499/INR 99999/-PP
$ 2999/INR 165000/-PP
8 Days Ex.Lucknow
$ 2499/INR 149000/-PP
Best of Bhutan
$ 1799 / INR24555/-PP
Part Druk Path Trek
$ 1999/INR 59999/-PP
$ 499/INR 13999/-PP
Sikkim & Darjeeling
$ 1199/INR 29999/-PP
$ 399/INR 11999/-PP
Best of Bali
$ 299/INR 9999/-PP