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7 Thrilling group activities you can't miss in Uttarakhand!

7 Thrilling group activities you can't miss in Uttarakhand!

By Aquib Nawab

16 Jun, 2024

Often called the ‘Land of Gods’, Uttarakhand is located in northern India, known as paradise for those who love adventure. Situated in the Himalayas, it offers a range of thrilling activities to suit any adrenaline junkie.

Whether you are travelling with friends, family or coworkers, Uttarakhand guarantees an unforgettable experience under its magnificent landscapes.

This is your all-in-one guide to group adventure activities in Uttarakhand comprising trekking, rafting and skiing among others.

1. Trekking in the Himalayas

Uttarakhand is renowned for its scenic hiking trails that traverse through lush forests, alpine meadows, and snow-capped peaks. Here are some of the best trekking routes for groups:

A. Valley of flowers trek

Valley of Flowers Trek is a must do for nature lovers which passes through UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its rich diverse flowers. The trek begins from Govindghat and goes through Ghangaria to the valley that amazes one’s imagination. Best time to visit is between July and September when flowers are blooming.

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B. Roopkund trek

If you are looking for something more challenging, Roopkund trek will suit your needs very well. It is commonly known as a “mystery lake” due to the abundance of skeletal remains found around it. Beginning at Lohajung village and traversing thick woods, picturesque campsites up to a daunting peak of Roopkund at 16,499 ft.

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C. Kedarkantha trek

Kedarkantha winter trek bestows panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and dense pine forests. What makes this so special? It starts at Sankri and is an easy climb thus recommended for beginners too. From the top one can enjoy a breathtaking view of Himalayas which makes it worth every step taken by groups.

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2. River rafting and kayaking

Uttarakhand’s rivers, fed by the mighty Himalayas, provide excellent opportunities for white-water rafting and kayaking. The most popular destinations for these activities are:

A. Rishikesh

Rishikesh -an adventure haven-as well referred to as the world’s yoga capital hosts various river rafting adventures–most gentle rapids grade I-IV on Ganges River which suits both experienced and freshers equally; particularly Shivpuri – Rishikesh covering 16 kilometres with camping along riverside or bonfires each night.

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B. Mori-Khunigad

Further upstream near Mori on Tons River you will find boatloads of grade III to IV rapids for a more challenging experience. This is where you find the most adrenaline pumping adventure when it comes to rafting surrounded by scenic locations. Besides, sections of the river are ideal for amateur and seasoned kayakers as well.

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3. Paragliding and air safari

Soar high above the mountains and valleys of Uttarakhand with paragliding and air safari activities. The state’s diverse topography provides excellent conditions for these aerial adventures:

A. Ranikhet

Ranikhet, known for its calm atmosphere and stunning vistas, also has options for paragliding. The launching point in Chaubatia Gardens provides an exciting ride as you fly over green valleys, enjoying a 360o view of everything around you.

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B. Pithoragarh

In order to have a different experience, Pithoragarh has an air safari, through which you can fly over the great Himalayas in a microlight aircraft. This allows people to see the beautiful landscapes, glaciers and peaks from above which will always be remembered.

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4. Camping and Bonfires

Uttarakhand’s pristine natural beauty makes it an ideal destination for camping. Whether by a river, in the midst of forests, or on a mountainside, camping offers a unique way to experience the great outdoors. Here are some top camping spots:

A. Pangot

Adjacent to Nainital is Pangot, a birder’s paradise and an ideal spot for camping. There are 250 species of birds here and some great campsites amidst oak and rhododendron forests. Nature walks, bird watching and bonfires under the starry sky are some of the things that groups enjoy here.

B. Kanatal

Kanatal near Mussoorie provides awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas as well as a peaceful camping experience. The camp sites in this place offer activities such as rock climbing, rappelling or nature trails. With cool breeze blowing across scenic hillsides and evening bonfires glowing this makes it perfect for retreats by group travellers.

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C. Chopta

Sometimes referred to as India’s “Mini Switzerland”, Chopta is an attractive camping destination. It is a base point for Tungnath trek and offers panoramic views of Himalayas. Camping in Chopta would enable them to get closer to nature while enjoying activities like bird watching treks etc.

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5. Rock Climbing and Rappelling

For groups seeking a mix of thrill and physical challenge, rock climbing and rappelling in Uttarakhand offer the perfect adventure:

A. Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is famous for its rocky cliffs with amazing views; it is also a very popular rock climbing/rappelling spot among tourists. The rugged terrain creates perfect ambience for group adventure because people need more practice on their skills in order to get adrenaline rush while still giving chances.

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B. Dhanaulti

Just outside Mussoorie is Dhanaulti which has superb landscapes in addition to excellent places where one can go rock climbing and rappel down cliffs. The rocks jutting out at different angles provide differing levels of difficulty meaning even beginners can try out rock climbing here successfully or experienced climbers can test themselves too; often team building exercises are combined with adventure games during group activities at these sites.

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6. Skiing and Snowboarding

Uttarakhand’s snow-clad slopes are perfect for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Here are the top destinations for these activities:

A. Auli

Auli, called the skiing capital of India, is a good place to ski and snowboard. Most winter sports lovers prefer it due to its well-groomed slopes and great views of Nanda Devi Peak. Ski lessons are given by professional instructors who lead groups down the slopes.

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B. Munsiyari

Another recommended skiing and snowboarding destination in the Kumaon region is Munsiyari. The virgin slopes here offer some refreshing moments with stunning views of Panchachuli peaks. Snow activities can be combined with cliff hanging as popular trekking routes pass through this area.

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7. Wildlife safaris

Uttarakhand’s rich biodiversity makes it a great destination for wildlife safaris. Groups can explore the state’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries:

A. Jim Corbett national park

Jim Corbett, which is India’s oldest national park, is known for its tigers and its vast range of wildlife. There are group safaris in open jeeps or canters where one can see tigers, elephants, deer and many bird species. Thick forests as well as grasslands & riverine habitats make a perfect wildlife experience while within the park.

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B. Rajaji national park

It is said that there are lots of elephants in Rajaji National Park, which is near Haridwar, while the place itself is simply beautiful. This park offers jeep and elephants with an aim of giving a better view of wild animals to the tourists. Its interesting nature and landscape along with wide range of flora and fauna makes it a great spot for group activities.

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C. Nanda devi national park

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nanda Devi National Park has beautiful scenery and a rich variety of wildlife. Such species as snow leopards, Himalayan musk deer or bharal (blue sheep) can be met here. As far as this park is concerned, its treks together with safaris around wildlife provide visitors with both adventurous experiences and natural beauty.

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Uttarakhand has a list of adventures worth doing any time one visits for any group wishes could be fulfilled.
Therefore if you are trekking through the Himalayas, rafting on the Ganges, flying high above valleys or skiing down in Uttarakhand’s white slopes promises an unforgettable adventure. Its diverse topography coupled with cultural heritage makes it ideal for group travel hence enhancing its attraction.

To have a pleasant stay during your adventure trip, think about booking your accommodation at The Hosteller instead. They offer various hostels all over Uttarakhand that are reasonably priced and provide communal living to make sure groups get together easily. If you will be staying in Rishikesh, Nainital or Mussoorie expect to have The Hosteller accommodating you after your thrilling day.

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Then take your team members together as you prepare yourself for an adventure that will stay in memory forever in Uttarakhand.

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