Adventure Tourism And Adventure Activities In Uttarakhand

Adventure tourism is star attraction of Uttarakhand tourism and hot destination for adventure sports lovers. The thrill sports range from white water rafting, paragliding, skiing, biking and cycling to trekking.

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), Uttarakhand Government Enterprise offer adventure tours like water skiing, snow skiing, river rafting, trekking etc. For more information check

Skiing at Auli (16 km from Joshimath)

Auli is known as skiing capital of India located in Chamoli district. The winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) conducts one day to 7/14 days skiing courses. Check for details of skiing programmes. Other private operators like Clifftop club ( also provide skiing and adventure sports.

Many Skiing festivals are held in Auli (16 km from Joshimath) from the month of December to March. National Alpine Skiing Championship is held in the month of February.

Other places for skiing adventure in Uttarakhand are Dayra Bugyal (28 km from Uttarkashi), Mundali (129 km from Dehradun), Kush Kalyan (Garhwal), Kedar Kantha (Uttarkashi), Panwali /Matya (Tehri Garhwal), Bedni Bugyal (Chamoli) and Munsyari/Chiplakot Valley ( Pithoragarh)

White Water River Rafting

River Rafting is the most popular adventure sport of Uttarakhand and the state itself is top destination in India for river rafting. Many Identified River Rafting Stretches are available on Uttarakhand Rivers like River Ganga, River Yamuna, River Alaknanda, River Bhagirathi, Bhilangana River, River Kali, River Tons and River Saryu. Most camps are usually located between Shivpuri and Kaudiyala, upstream from Rishikesh on the way to Devprayag.

Different levels of rafting courses from simple to expert are available with half day to five day duration from November to June period. Rafting trips are organized by GMVN and privately run adventure clubs. . For the list of private operators, check


Paragliding in Uttarakhand can be done at Ranikhet, Mukteshwar and Naukuchiayatal in Kumaon region. Wildrift Adventures ( conduct paragliding courses at Ranikhet camp and Mukteshwar camp during September to March.

Water Sports Resort, Assan Barrage (30 km from Dehradun)

Water Sports Resort of GMVN at Assan Barrange has the state of the art infrastructure to offer thrilling and fantastic water sports experience. Water sports offered are Water Sking, Rowing, Paddle Boating, Kayaking, Double Water Skiing, Mono-Skiing and Motor Boating. The entire water ski equipment, paddle boats, kayaks, rowing boats, surfing boards and motorboats are available for visitors, on nominal changes.

GMVN also conducts 5 days basic / Intermediate and Advance certificate training programmes for water skiing enthusiasts from April to October.

Other Adventure Sports

Rug terrains and steep slopes of Himalayan Mountains with thick forest encourage many other water sports like trekking, mountaineering, camping, biking, cycling and many more. There are many private adventure operators/centres which arrange adventure trip. Some of the operators are






Adventure Festivals in Uttarakhand

State government host many national and international competitions of Skiing, Mountaineering, Water rafting, Rock climbing etc. annually. Some of the important festivals are

Tehri Lake Adventure festival

Uttarakhand Tourism Department host Adventure Sports Festival, Tehri (Koti) in the month of September/October for two days. The event showcases various adventure sports like parachute jumping, para-gliding and water sports. Various amusement activities like laser light show, hot air balloon and adventure water sports are organised at Tehri Lake. A cultural programme will be organised on the first evening of the two day event.

Meghthon Adventure Sports Competition, Rishikesh

Megathon is a platform for the adventure lovers and travel enthusiasts to indulge in adventure for day three days in the last week of May. Megathon, India's First Adventure Sports League comprises competitions such as water rafting, mountain cycling, rock climbing, paintball, obstacle run, rope pulling and Rishikesh quarterathon. The event also organises other activities like yoga, concert, shopping carnival, short guided tour of Rishikesh etc.

Skiing festivals are held in Auli (16 km from Joshimath) from the month of December to March.

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