Trekking & Mountaineering
The ideal time to enjoy trekking in Himachal Pradesh is from mid-May to mid-October. The Himachal Pradesh tourist office provides a brochure which has a brief description about the number of treks that are organized in the state. They also have three outstanding large scale maps of Himachal Pradesh, which are helpful for the trekkers. There are many rest houses and villages in the Kullu or Kangra valleys, or around Shimla, where you can stopover and take some rest.
One of the oldest golf courses in India, is found in Naldera, which is 23 km. from Shimla. The structure of the course is absolutely natural and was originally founded by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. The course is considered to be one of the most challenging golf courses in the country and this is a par 68, nine hole course. Annandale, in Shimla is a nine hole course, which is managed by the army and there is another course at the beautiful opening of Khajjiar, which is 22 km from Dalhousie and 24 km from Chamba.
Heli-Skiing is one of the exciting adventure sports, for enjoying the high mountain thrills. You are taken to the snow-draped peak by a helicopter and is an amazing experience, as you quickly reach down the slopes. One can enjoy the sport in the area bound by Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near the resort town of Manali (Kullu). Firmness is one of the major feature of heli skiing area. Within ten minutes, the helicopter can carry the skiers to the top of a 14000 feet high slope.
One can enjoy Skiing in Kufri, near Shimla, which is one of the oldest places in India. The place is associated with skiing and its slopes are still used during the winters. The good slopes are also present in on the Mahasu ridge, which is just above Kufri. At Narkanda, 64 km from Shimla, complete facilities are available for skiing and also, there are wide range of slopes which includes a beginner's run, an advanced slope and a slalom run. Manali (Kullu) offers comprehensive range of courses and facilities for enjoying skiing.
Ice - Skating
If you want to enjoy Ice-Skating, then Shimla is one of the perfect locations to enjoy the sport. Shimla ice-skating rink is the largest open-air area which has naturally frozen ice. The season suitable to enjoy ice-skating starts from early December and carries on to February. The clear skies and low temperatures provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the sport without any interruption. Every day, there are two sessions for ice-skating one in the morning and the other in the evening.
Para-Gliding is one of the thrilling adventure sports that is rapidly gaining popularity and is enjoyed by many tourists. The bald peak of Billing, which lies above the Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra, has been the location for five national and three international hang-gliding rallies since 1984. There are many places where the sport can be enjoyed regularly, and the places are Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, in the kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru in Shimla district.
Himachal is an ideal sport for the anglers as there are several spots, where one can enjoy Angling. A wide variety of fishes such as trout, mahseer, Brown and Rainbow Trout are found in Himachal's streams. On the upstream of Rohru in the Pabbar valley (Shimla), there are many ideal sports for fishing. Trout can also be found in Kinnaur's Baspa River in the Sangla valley. In Uhl River near Barot, there are many fishes and the Kangra valley has several spots that offer mahaseer river carp. Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur also has many varieties of fishes. The Maharana Pratap Sagar right up to the town of Dehra has good spots.
Water And River Sports
Travelers can indulge in Water And River Sports activities arranged at the Maharana Pratap Sagar reservoir in Kangra in collaboration with Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. For thrill seekers, who are interested in river rafting or white water rafting, Himachal is a perfect getaway offering numerous opportunities for indulging in this sports. The thrill of traversing river rapids in a flimsy rubber dinghy is incomparable to any other adventure, which is why adventure sports enthusiasts from all over the country flock to Himachal every year. Some popular spots include Sutlej near Shimla on the Beas near Kullu, the Ravi near Chamba and Chandra in Lahaul.
Mountain Cycling is a popular adventure sports. If you are a thrill seeker, it might prove to be an adventure-of-a-lifetime to pedal your way through steep mountain passes, or traverse long lost mountain trails on your cycle. The mountain cycle journey can be combined with camping trips for added thrills. Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur are some locations that provide simple cycling routes.
Mountaineering And Rock Climbing
For those who are interested in trying out mountaineering, Rock Climbing is the first stage of the challenge. This is also an independent adventure sport by itself. Himachal Pradesh, especially the areas around Manali, offers numerous perfect spots and opportunities for travelers to indulge in their favorite adventure sports activities, whether rock climbing or mountaineering. Some popular destinations considered perfect for mountaineering includes Chandra Bhaga ranges, the Pir Panjal and Dhalaudhar ranges. Further, travelers may also choose to contact Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali or its branch at Dharamsala (Kangra), if they want to indulge in this activity.