If you’re in Uttarakhand or nearby, there are plenty of adventure getaways you can find. This gorgeous state in North India is an adventure-seeker’s paradise, and travellers and trekking enthusiasts flock here by the thousands for its incredible scenic beauty and tranquility. Apart from stunning treks that take you past lofty mountains, alpine meadows, frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and mysterious lakes, there are also rafting and bungee jumping adventures to be done.
This state is a fascinating mix of adventure opportunities, ancient temples and villages, different landscapes and rugged mountains. Uttarakhand can be visited all year through but the best time to visit Uttarakhand is in the summer or winter. Here are some of the top adventure getaways in Uttarakhand you can book right now.
Roopkund Lake trek
Roopkund is a glacial lake nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 16,500 feet, the lake is completely uninhabited, desolate and is surrounded by snow clad mountains. The lake offers you a rare chance to see the ancient remains of human skeletons that surround it. It is a fairly challenging trek, and is a great option for those looking for adventure getaways in Uttarakhand. The best season to visit is in summer from May to June and then September to October.
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The Nagtibba trek is a fairly easy one, starting at an elevation of 3500 feet and going up to the top of Nagtibba at 10,000 feet. It is a popular trek as it is open most of the year and is perfect for newbies and participants looking for a short adventure getaway in the Himalayas. This trek gives you a pleasant mountain experience while it takes you through thick Himalayan forest, over streams, and up to pretty campsites filled with wild mint and surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Himalayas.
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Dayara Bugyal trek
Dayara Bugyal means ‘high altitude meadow’ and is at an elevation of 3,408 metres. It is considered to be one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand with visitors describing their experience as nothing short of a fairy tale. This easy trek takes you up to one of India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, and offering you the chance to camp in scenic locations at every stop. The adventure getaway is recommended for everyone i.e families with children, nature lovers and adventurers alike.
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Valley of Flowers trek
The exotic Valley of Flowers is one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand as it is a world heritage site and is located within the Nanda Devi National Park. During peak season, over 300 species of wildflowers bloom across the valley, including rare orchids, poppies, Cobra Lily, anemone as well as the elusive Brahmakamal. Apart from this, there are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, mighty rivers and quaint villages to be seen. July and August are the best times to undertake this trek as the flowers are in full bloom during this time.
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Har ki Dun trek
Har ki-dun, which translates to ‘Valley of Gods’, is one of the least explored treks in Himalayas. This moderate level trek is suitable to families as the terrain is not difficult nor are the gradients steep, but it does involve long hours of walking. The trail takes you through apple orchards, green valleys, wildflowers, and streams everywhere. This top trek in Uttarakhand offers spectacular views of the other famous peaks in the region such as Banderpoonch, Swargarohini etc.
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The beautiful Chopta Chandrashila Tungnath region is a famous adventure getaway in Uttarakhand. The trek takes you to about 13,000 feet and is fairly easy, except for the climb to Chandrashila peak, which is at 13,123 feet. The world’s highest Shiva temple, Tungnath, is located here, and is a wonderful peaceful spot to rest after a steep climb. From the top, the 360-degree panorama of the mighty Himalayas makes this one of the most rewarding treks in Uttarakhand.
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This is a popular adventure getaway in Uttarakhand, thanks to the mountain’s easy accessibility throughout the year. Kedarkantha is a beautiful ridge mountain peak in the Tons River Valley, with an elevation of 12,500 feet. The best time to visit, however, is between December and March when the landscape turns from beautiful to spectacular. A snow trek to Kedarkantha will take you along a trail that is completely covered with thick, pure white snow and is one of the top destinations in Uttarakhand.
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Snow lodge stays in Auli
If you’re in Auli during the winter, try to book a stay in a snow lodge for an adventure getaway that is beautiful and fun. You’ll wake up every morning to a landscape blanketed in snow, and pine trees drooping with the weight of snow on the branches. You can spend all day exploring the snowy orchards, walking in the local village, trying your skiing skills, or going on short snow treks. In the evenings, you’ll return to your cosy lodge for a pleasant evening spent reading, playing board games, or sitting around a bonfire and telling stories. You’ll be sleeping in mountain-view facing rooms, with queen sized beds, en suite washrooms, and a private balcony with a spectacular view.
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Rafting in Rishikesh
Uttarakhand is home to numerous mountain-fed rivers which are ideal for river rafting. While you’re negotiating the peaceful stretches of the river, you’ll glide by ancient temples and points of worship in the holy town of Rishikesh, but you’ll truly remember your Maker when the ferocious rapids begin! The almost 16 km stretch of the Ganges has whirlpools and a thrilling 13 rapids such as Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course with difficulty grades ranging from I to IV.
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Camping in Uttarakhand
Camping is one of the best ways to experience the charm of the pristine beauty of Uttarakhand. Staying in camps amidst picturesque and peaceful surroundings is such a great experience and is perfect for a weekend getaway in Uttarakhand. There are riverside camps that provide accommodation, meals, and adventure activities like hiking, fishing, nature walk and rafting. You can go higher up into the mountains for quieter campsites, with a close-to-nature camping experience. You’ll be able to rest and enjoy the cool winter nights and pleasant days, heading out for adventure activities all day, and returning tired to your tents at night.
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Bungee jumping in Rishikesh
Bunjee jumping is the fastest growing adventure sport in India and the best place to experience it is Rishikesh. You’ll climb to the top of India’s highest bungee jump platform, and jump off from a height of a 22-storey building. You’ll plummet through the air, freefalling like a stone, with a river beneath, and the green valleys around you. This jump is run by a team of expert instructors from New Zealand, and you’ll be in safe hands here. While you’re here, you can also indulge in other adventure sports like India’s first Giant Swing, Asia’s longest Flying Fox, or river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, and paragliding.
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