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LGBTQ+ couples' guide to group adventure activities in Uttarakhand

LGBTQ+ couples' guide to group adventure activities in Uttarakhand

By Aquib Nawab

04 Jun, 2024

Are you and your partner planning for a thrilling holiday amidst the stunning mountains of Uttarakhand? Look no further!

For LGBTQ+ couples who are either thrill-seekers or nature lovers, there are plenty of adventure activities suitable for groups in Uttarakhand. Positive reviews from LGBTQ+ travellers and efforts by local organisations to promote inclusivity further underscore the region's growing acceptance.

From soaring above the skies to paddling through white waters, get ready to bushwhack on all fronts, from this guide aiming at maximising your adventure-packed holiday in the heart of Himalayas.

1. White water rafting in Rishikesh

Prepare yourself for a fantastic water adventure at Ganges River in Rishikesh! White water rafting is an exciting group activity that will bond you two back as you tackle swirling rapids together over plummeting cascades. Paddle together feeling the river's rush as they overcome each rapid relying on each other.

Later on, unwind during a picnic along the riverside while enjoying the simple beauty of hills found on the Himalayas.

River rafting(Credits: Canva)

2. Trekking in the Valley of flowers

Take a trek in this unbelievable valley called “Valley of Flowers”, which is popularly known as UNESCO World Heritage Site, lying amid Garhwal Himalayas. Hold hands and walk past vivid alpine grasslands adorned by a variety of wild blossoms.

Watch out for rare species of plants and animals found only here at the foothills of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges including sharing kisses among the beautiful nature.

Trekking in the Valley of flowers(Credits: Canva)

3. Camping in Auli

To get away from the city’s hustle and bustle, you can go for camping that is romantic in Auli, a quaint hill station popular due to its scenic magnificence and snow capped mountains.

Stay there after setting your camp under a sky full of stars and sit around the fire as you recount tales of joy and laughter. Awaken up by the sweet voice of birds singing and see the great sight of sun rising above Himalayas painting nature with orange-gold colours.

Auli(Credits: The Hosteller)

4. Biking in Nainital

Take up an awe-inspiring biking escapade with your lover throughout Nainital, a small hill station surrounded by picturesque Naini Lake.

Hire a tandem bike and cycle through beautiful trails cutting across thick forests filled with greenery that stretch into rolling hills. Feel the breeze brush through your hair as you paddle all along as you stop every now and then to see panoramic views of these highlands reflecting on the calm water surface.

Nainital lake(Credits: Canva)

5. Rock climbing in Mukteshwar

Be adventurers on this rock climbing expedition at Mukteshwar that lies hidden in Kumaon Hills. Test yourselves as you both climb towering cliffs or granite boulders. Overcome difficult routes together while celebrating your victories at a romantic picnic location overlooking deep valleys surrounding it over which snow capped peaks stand.

Rock climbing in Mukteshwar(Credits: Canva)

6. Zip lining in Jim corbett national park

Have a thrilling experience of zip lining through the trees in Jim Corbett National Park, India’s oldest and most renowned tiger reserve. Holding hands, zip over luxuriant green woods and gurgling rivers with hair-raising speed as you fly effortlessly on air. Watch out below for rare wildlife ranging from imposing tigers to playful elephants.

Zip lining in Jim corbett national park(Credits: Canva)

7. Pangot bird-watching

You can surround yourself with serenity by booking a bird-watching trip in Pangot which is an enchanting village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. With your binoculars get closer to the colourful flora and fauna contained within this lush forest and grasslands.

As you stroll around this heaven for bird watchers, hold each other’s hand tight seeing colourful birds like Himalayan Monals, Cheer Pheasants, Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers etc.

Bird-watching(Credits: Canva)

8. Chopta river crossing

You can have fun testing your teamwork and communication capabilities on an exciting river crossing in Chopta hill station known for its serenity and beautiful views. Hold your partner’s hand while navigating frozen streams between mountain spaces trying to overcome challenges together as a team. Feel the rush crossing roaring torrents with cascades that will make you remember it forever.

River crossing(Credits: The Hosteller)

9. Munsiyari skiing

A skiing adventure on snow clad slopes of Munsiyari in the heart of Himalayas during winter time is something not to be missed. Feel close to your loved ones as you slide effortlessly along snowy white slopes bordered by towering peaks amid untouched wildernesses. It does not matter whether amateurs or pros; skiing in Munsiyari will offer warm hearts plus rekindle adventurous spirits.

Skiing(Credits: Canva)

Uttarakhand offers superb LGBTQ group adventure activities set against stunning backdrops of the majestic Himalayas. From paragliding above magnificent valleys to wandering through magical meadows there is no shortage of fun things for couples to do together.

And what better way to complement your adventure-filled escapades than with the cosy comfort and vibrant community of The Hosteller?

Located all over Uttarakhand, this hostel has a warm and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ+ couples. Share stories with fellow travellers, cozy up around a fire pit by or stay in for the evening in their cozy rooms.

So pack your bags, grab her hand, and get ready for the most adventurous trip of your life in the heartland of Uttarakhand.

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