Top 9 Adventure Sports In Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Instead of visiting popular destinations such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur when it comes to having a vacation in India, you can visit other cities that are actually just as interesting. Take Shimla as an example. Also known as Simla, it is the largest city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city is renowned for its Lakkar Bazaar, the ideal place for you to hunt for wooden crafts and toys. Stop by Viceregal Lodge Botanical Garden to marvel at a magnificent British building. Take your eyes off the building after and find yourself enjoying a leisurely walk around the vast botanical garden. What makes Shimla even more interesting is that it features plenty of sports activities for adventure seekers. Keep reading and you will find out about the top adventure sports in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

1. River rafting

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The rapid flow of the white waters, that is where you are going to enjoy when you are rafting in Shimla. Can you feel the excitement already? You are not alone. River rafting in Shimla has been attracting tourists from all over the world. The best place where you can river raft is Chaba, an exotic village that boasts the white waters of Satluj River. After rafting, you can enjoy relaxation in the sulphur springs at Tattapani village, which is where you will end your adventure.

2. Mountain cycling

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What an enthralling experience you are going to have when you decide to cycle around the mountainous landscape of Shimla and Himachal Pradesh. Ascend or descend the easy or challenging routes that are all surrounded by picturesque valleys. The most popular routes to cycle in Shimla are from Taradevi to Mehli, which requires a lot of climbing; Shimla to Kufri to Theog, which is rather easy; and Mashobra to Sipur to Bekhalti, which features plenty of natural obstacles.

3. Hiking

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Hiking is a must-do activity when you are in Shimla, as the city offers numerous trails that you can explore. Did you know that Shimla comprises seven different hills in total? If you like to hike high, then the best spot for you is Jakhoo Hill, the hill with the highest altitude in the city. The Shali Tibba hike is also worth experiencing because, when you get to the top, you’ll enjoy a view of the Kali Temple. Of course, to make you forget about the fatigue and the time, it is best to hike with your loved ones.

4. Ice skating

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The local people in Shimla love to ice skate, and as a tourist, that is what you should do as well. It is interesting to know that the rink you are going to ice skate on, namely Shimla Ice Skating Rink, is not artificially formed. Instead, it is formed naturally, and Shimla takes pride in having the only natural rink in South Asia. This ice-skating rink has also been used as a place that hosts plenty of sports and recreational activities. The best thing about ice skating in Shimla is that you have a unique opportunity to ice-skate on the foothills of the majestic Himalayas.

5. Rock climbing

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What do you think of rock climbing? Sounds challenging but at the same time fun and adventurous, doesn’t it? The good news is, if you are fond of climbing rocks, Shimla features many areas where you can unleash your desire. You can challenge yourself to climb the rocks of the steep rocky cliffs or the mountainsides of Shimla. But, those who are not very experienced in climbing the cliffs and mountains can opt for an artificial rock climbing experience offered by providers of adventure activities.

6. Skiing

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Unlike many other adventure sports that can be enjoyed all year round, ski lovers can only enjoy skiing in Shimla during winter months from November to February. The most popular destination for skiing is Kufri, which is known as Shimla’s winter-sport capital. Enjoy the fresh white snow falling from the sky, and experience great ski slopes. It will feel like paradise. Another place where you can ski in Shimla is Narkanda. The atmosphere is more peaceful compared to Kufri and you get to marvel at the snow carpet, thick forests, a collection of pine trees and apple orchards.

7. Camping

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Rest easy and peacefully in the middle of a natural setting where you can discover the wilderness. You will be surrounded by a lush green area and a clear blue sky with the stars watching over you at night. This is what camping is like in Shimla. It will not be difficult for you to find a camping spot. Shogi, Snow Trails Camp, Camps Jungle Living and Hail Himalayas Camps, are among the most favorite spots for global tourists.

8. Trekking

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Do not leave Shimla without experiencing how awesome it is to trek the wonderful routes around the ranges of the Himalayas, especially since trekking is suitable for every type of traveler and it can be done by people of all ages. Pass the valleys, admire the mountains and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. To avoid the crowd, choose to explore Churdhar, outer Himalayas’ highest peak. Those who want to burn more calories can embark on Shimla-Jalori Pass Trek. If you wish to enjoy a glorious journey of seeing Sutlej Valley and the hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda from the top, the Shali Tibba route is ideal.

9. Paragliding

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Finally, paragliding provides you with an opportunity to soar high and free like a bird above the magnificent woods and charming valleys of Shimla. Bilaspur in Bir Billing is a highly popular site for paragliding. Be among the white clouds and enjoy the sweeping views of the Himalayas and distant city. To indulge in paragliding in Shimla, you should come between October and November, or between March and May.

Experience the adventure sports in Shimla

What do you think of Shimla? It is indeed an attractive vacation destination in India that promises unforgettable memories. Plan your itinerary right away. Just be sure to include as many attractions and adventure sports as possible. It is the only way you are going to enjoy the best of Shimla.

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