Bir Billing in Kangra Valley
The beautiful Kangra Valley is a delight for every adventure lovers. Surrounded by mountains, Kangra Valley is regarded as the Paragliding Capital in Himachal Pradesh. Launching for paragliding requires high altitude like mountain peaks, hill top or a cliff. Offering an enchanting view of the majestic Kangra Valley and the mighty Dhauladhar Range, Bir at an altitude of about 2,080 metres and Billing at an altitude of about 2,600 metres above sea level is regarded as best place for paragliding in India and second best in the world. It organizes National and International Paragliding events every year.
Solang Nala in Kullu Valley
The picturesque Kullu Valley is a famous tourist destination offering a variety of adventurous activities, with paragliding being the most anticipated sport. Situated at an elevation of about of 8,135 feet above the sea level, Solang Nala in Kullu is a side valley in Kullu Valley famous for paragliding, especially among amateur fliers. It is located at a distance of about 15 km from Shimla. The best time for paragliding in Solang is between May to September.
Bandla Ridge in Bilaspur
The magnificent Bandla Ridge at an altitude of about 2,600 feet above the sea level is an excellent launching site for paragliding. It stands tall over the beautiful Bilaspur town and has a vast landing site at Luhne, along the bank of Govind Sagar Lake. The paragliding training offered in Bilaspur is the best training offered in the whole of Asia and has lots of national and international takers.
Bijli Mahadev in Manali
The majestic Bijli Mahadev is a popular place for paragliding. Situated at an altitude of about 2,460 metres above the sea level with the beautiful Parvati Valley and Kullu Valley on either side, the ridge provides an excellent launching site for paragliding with the landing ground being the Bhunter airstrips.
Rohtang Pass in Manali
The breathtaking Rohtang Pass situated at an elevation of about 3,978 metres above the sea level is an excellent spot for paragliding. It is about 15 km from the beautiful Manali city. Tourists come here in large numbers for paragliding and experiencing an unbelievable view of the snow capped mountains and peaks from the sky are inexplicable.
Indru Nag in Dharamshala
The Indru Nag, situated at an altitude of about 2,000 metres above the sea level is a frequently used launching site for paragliding. It offers an exciting flight over the beautiful Dharamshala City. The perfect time for paragliding at Indru Nag is between Octobers to December. Paragliding over Dharamshala provides a breathtaking view of the snow capped mighty Dhaulandhar Peaks.
Lahaul and Spiti
The magnificent Lahaul and Spiti twin valley is located along the Indo-Tibet border. It is a popular spot for paragliding as the might Himalayas have the ideal climatic and physio graphic conditions for paragliding. The best season for paragliding at Lahaul and Spiti is between May to October.
A harness is very important equipment that connects one’s body to the glider. The harness should be comfortable and have a back protection.
The helmet used for paragliding should not be heavy or loose fitting. One can choose an open faced or closed helmet.
The paragliding reserve or the parachute is important equipment. The parachute should not be very complicated and should open fast.
The variometer is important equipment that keeps one updated about the altitude, as well as the ascent and descent rate. It also helps the pilots to keep within the thermal and is very important equipment for paragliding.
A flight suit helps in protection against weather.
A glove provides protection against cold or any bruise or burns while ground handling.
A radio helps in communicating with the pilot while on a long flight.
It is always advisable to carry hook knives or V knives.
Mount Deo Tibba in Manali
The magnificent Mt. Deo Tibba standing at a height of 6,100 metres is a famous place for rock climbing. Though very challenging, thousands of rock climbers come here to enjoy the thrill of rock climbing. It is located at the beautiful Pir Panjal Range in Manali and rock climbing at Mt. Deo Tibba is indeed an achievement.
Mount Hanuman Tibba in Beas Kund
The magnificent Beas Kund is ornamented with five spellbound peaks. The highest amongst these peaks, Mount Hanuman Tibba, at an altitude of 5,932 metres is an ideal destination for rock climbing. The climb to Mt. Hanuman Tibba is truly a challenging task and a great test of physical endurance. For professional climbers, however, Mt. Hanuman Tibba is a delight and ideal place for rock climbing. From Mt. Hanuman Tibba peak, one gets a scintillating view of the picturesque Dhauladhar Range, the beautiful Pir Panjal Range and the Greater Himalayan Range.
Mount Ladakhi in Manali
Mount Ladakhi at an altitude of 5,345 metres above the sea level is known for rock climbing. It is situated at a distance of about 15 km from Manali and the climb to the Ladakhi peak gives one an adrenaline rush. From the summit of Mt. Ladakhi, one gets a breathtaking view of Pir Pangal Range, Dhauladhar Range and some spectacular high peaks. However, rock climbing at Mt. Ladakhi is not advisable for amateur rock climbers as it has some real stiff terrains.
Seven Sisters in Manali
The majestic Seven Sister Peaks draw its name from the fact that it is a union of seven consecutive peaks. The Seven Sister peaks, perched at a height of about 4,500 metres above the sea level are famous for rock climbing. It is located at a distance of about 30 km to the north of Manali and rock climbing at the Seven Sisters peaks is a lifetime experience.
Friendship Peak in the Pir Panjal Range
The Friendship Peak at a height of 5,289 metres is a favourite rock climbing destination for both professional as well as amateur climbers. This snow capped mountain is situated at the Pir Pangal range and provides a panoramic view of Hanuman Tibba, Seven Sisters and Shitidhar Mountain, all of which face the Friendship Peak.
Shitidhar Mountain in Manali
The shitidhar Mountains at an elevation of about 4,600 metres above the sea level is a popular rock climbing destination among amateur rock climbers. Shitidhar which also means White Mountains is easily accessible making it a famous tourist destination. Manali is the closest town to Shitidhar. Once at the peak of the mountain, one gets an unbelievable view of Mt. Deo Tibba to the east and Mt. Hanuman Tibba to the west.
Patalsu Peak in Manali
The magnificent Patalsu Peak is situated at an altitude of about 4,500 metres above the sea level. Located in the Solang Valley, Patalsu Peak is an excellent place for rock climbing. It is very close to Manali, at a distance of only 14 km. The climb to Patalsu peak is not very tedious and is easily accessed by beginners.
One should take care in selecting the appropriate clothing for rock climbing. The dress chosen should be very comfortable and allow free movement of the legs.
It is very important equipment in rock climbing. It helps in attaching the climber to the rope to prevent them from falling.
The shoes used in rock climbing should be rubber soled which helps in getting a better grip of the rocks. One should take care that the shoe fits them perfectly.
Helmet is an essential and must equipment in rock climbing. It protects the head and the skull from many accidents that may occur during rock climbing.
There are special ropes available for rock climbing. These ropes are called as ‘Kern mantel’. The rope chosen should be strong, thick and flexible.
A Carabiner helps in proper and quick positioning of the rope.
Chalk and Chalk Bag
Rock climbing is a very tedious process. One tends to sweat which results in losing their grip over the rope. A chalk helps in overcoming this situation by absorbing sweat from the palm.
Tape slings help in getting a grip around trees or any other object.
Bhrighu Lake Trek
The Brighu Lake Trek lasts for 3-4 days and is considered to be one of the easiest treks in Himachal Pradesh. If you are a novice to trekking or are on the wrong side of 40 then this is probably the best trek for you to opt for. The Lake Bhrigu itself nestles in amazing landscape at a high altitude of 4300 meters and is names after famous Hindu Saint Maharishi Bhrigu.
Kareri Lake Trek
The Kareri Lake trek is not for amateurs; it’s for walkers who have trekked many times before on easy terrain and are now looking for something more challenging. The Kareri Lake which is formed by inflowing water from Manihiani peak is one of the most beautiful lakes of Himachal Pradesh and attracts ornithologists and nature lovers from all across the world. The beginning point of this long trek is McLeodGanj which is amazing Tibetan influenced town. From here you will have to trek towards Kareri village which is at an elevation of 1800 meters.
Jagatsukh to Deo Tibba
The Trek from Jagatsukh (6 km from Manali) to Deo Tibba will take you 6 days but the trek is an easy one and is ideal for young honeymooning couples who love walking but have never been on a trek before. Several Shikhara style temples nestle in JagatSukh and the view alongside the trek makes for an unforgettable experience. The luscious landscape which is dotted with apple orchards, lovely flowers and breathtaking varieties of Himalayan flora is a treat for any nature lover.
The trail continues to Khanul which is just before a dense wood filled with wild flowers and 50 varieties of alpine trees. The Chika waterfalls fall next and then Seri where you can get a glimpse of Deo Tibba peak. Seri was once a glacier but now is a flat meadow which has hundreds of rare flowers. Taina is the next stop which is at an elevation of 4000 meters and is filled with flowering plants and lovely lakes. This trek will last for 5-6 days and is best during the summers.
Dalhousie to Khistwar Trek
The trek from Dalhousie to Khistwar is a long duration trek which will take approximately 12-13 days buts is easy enough for amateur walkers. This trek is ideal for nature loving couple who plan to go on a long holiday to Himachal Pradesh. The trek begins in Dalhousie one of the famous tourist towns in Himachal and proceeds to Khajjar through a dense evergreen forest. The next stop is Chamba which is about 18 km from Khajjar where you can visit Laxmi Narayan temple and Bhuri Singh Museum. Afterwards there is a really steep climb which will start from Tarella and end in Satrundi which is at an elevation of 3400 meters.
Chandratal Baralcha Trek
The Chandratal Baralcha Trek is one of the most scenic routes in Himachal Pradesh as it offers everything that a trekker could possibly want. The Lake is a descendant of Chandra river and itself is at an altitude of 4300 meters and is a newly discovered geological wonder of the state. From Manali you have to drive to Keylong which is a scenic spot from here the trek commences. From Keylong walk along to Batal where you can get a good view of the alpine mountain ranges. From Batal it will take you a good 7 hours to reach Chandratal Lake.
Lake will give you panoramic views of Miner peak, Talagiri ranges and the famous Tara Pahar along with Mukila ranges. Its advisable to camp around Chandratal at night before continuing on the trek. The further journey will take you to Tokpo Gompa and then to Tokpo Yongma which are famous monasteries. From here you will reach the crucial Balaracha Pass before continuing to Suraj Taal which is yet another splendid high altitude lake.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek
The Pin Parvati Pass Trek takes a long time…a whooping 17 days but the spiritual richness and the beauty of the landscape makes it totally worth it. This trek is geographically significant as it acts as a bridge between fertile Parvati region and fierce Spiti region. This is the number one choice for experienced trekkers who are looking for a long trek. The best thing about this trek is that you will see frequent change in landscape from barren to evergreen to mountain foliage. Kullu valley is dominated by Hindus while Spiti valley is home to Tibetans so the trek will take you across several subcultures.
The trek originates from KhirGanga a famous hot water spring which is near Manikaran. The next stop is Tunda Bhuj and then Thakur Kuan which is at an elevation of 3620 meter. Trail continues to Odi Thach which is at elevation of 3800 meter to the beautiful Mantalai lake which is further uphill. You will be able to see Pandu bridge believed to be constructed by Pandavas. Route moves downward to Tiai and merges into barren landscape of Spitti. The Kaza, Kibber, Tabo villages are next and they are full of ancient monasteries and colorful Tibetan culture. Next comes, the difficult Kurzum Pass which is the last challenging point of this long journey.
Kalihani Pass Trek
The Kalihani Pass trek can be classified as one of the least travelled yet most beautiful travel destinations of India. This trek is of moderate difficulty and only gets crucial when one has to navigate through the slippery glacial paths of the upper Pir Panjal range. Excellent panoramic views of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Indrasan can be commanded from this path. The trekking season is on from May to September and the trek is recommended to all nature lovers.
Friendship Peak Treks
Friendship Peak is at a stunning 5289 meters and is one of the most coveted peaks in Himachal Pradesh. Several peaks like Shiti Dhar, Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sisters surround Friendship Peak. Not only is the peak pictersque and a geological marvel it is surrounded by 3 major mountain ranges; Pir Panjal, Great Himalayan and Dhauladhar Ranges. Mountaineers and trekkers who have amassed certain years of experience target the “Friendship Peak” as their next achievement. Several summers trekking camps are held here and full help, training and support are provided to trekkers. For this reason if you are a trekker of a limited experience but want to have a life changing experience, you should target the Friendship Peak.
Shepherd Trail Gaddi Trek
Shepherd Trail was originally the chosen path for shepherds who had to find their way amidst the slippery mountain terrain of the Himalayas to tend and feed their herds. This is a tough trek and ranges from an elevation of 2050 meters to 4800 meters with the highest point called as Kalihani Pass. There are other passes like Khanpari Pass and Thamsar Pass which you will have to encounter. Gaddi Trek is essentially an alpine trek which weaves its way through several shepherd villages, wild orchards, meadows overrun by rhodendrons and plum plantations interspersed with gushing streams. All throughout the trek you will be following the silver line of the Himalayas and numerous blue watered lakes.
Bhabha Pass Trek
If ever in life you want to completely distress yourself and alienate yourself from the bustle of city life for a month…then opt for the Bhabha Pass Trek. This is the longest (takes 20 days) trek and also the least explored. This is an unique opportunity to explore the lovely Kinnaur landscape and the fierce Spiti terrain. The famous Rohtang and the Kumzum Pass fall in the way and you can also glimpse Kungri, Ki and Tabo Monastery. The Trek starts off at Sangla and then proceeds to Rakcham and then to Chitkul and then to Kafnu followed by Muling, Kara, Pushtling, Chochoden, Kaza, Mud and then finally to Manali after crossing Pin River.
Pabbar Valley Region in Himachal Pradesh
This picturesque place in Himachal is located around 80 Kms North East of the tourist capital of Shimla. The flowing Pabbar River is a hot spot for anglers from India as well as abroad who come here to experience the serene beauty of the place and catch the delicious Golden Mahaseer that abounds here. One of the largest actuaries of Mahaseer is present in Pabbar River and you will easily recognize the fish by its distinct reddish line flowing down its body and the faint golden color on its gills.
Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh
The Sangla Valley lies in the northern climes of Himachal and is characterized by the picturesque Baspa River. This valley is full of virgin cedar and pine forests and offers an excellent view of the Himalayan range. Interestingly the climate here is mild as it’s located in the greater Himalayan Range. The Baspa River is targeted by foreign tourists who arrive here in large numbers to angle and watch the exquisite marvels of nature.
Mandil in Himachal Pradesh
This is a conveniently located site near the trout hatchery of Chrigaon. This is categorized as general waters so you needn’t obtain special permission for fishing in this spot which is characterized by the sparkling Beas River. Mandil is where all the amateur fishers congregate to learn the sport. Guides are available here who will teach you the basics of angling and hooking.
UHL River near Barot
Both golden and the rainbow trout are found in the UHL River because of the proximity of the trout Puran hatchery nearby. This river has crystal clear waters and sometimes you can see the trout actually nibbling on the bait before it bites.
Streams near the Pandoh Reservoir in Himachal Pradesh
A reservoir is where mature fish are kept and so unlike hatcheries the fish near reservoirs is bigger in size and therefore make for better catch. If you truly want to catch the best trout in Himachal then you should target the upper side streams of the Beas River like Sarvari, Tirthan, Hurla and Sainj and also the areas around Aut, Raison, Katrian and Patikuhl. All these streams originate from Beas and they are very close to Pandoh Reservoir.
Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh
Mahaseer and River Carp abound in the beautiful Kangra Valley. The large reservoir of Pong Dam is situated near Dehra and this makes the adjoining streams excellent for trout fishing. Garli (20 km from Nadaun) and Lambagaon (15 km from Sujanpur) are great places to go trout fishing.
Dadahu near Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh
Gaura is a spot which is 30 km from Solan on the road of Rajgarh. Gaura along with Dadahu are spots excellent for Mahaserer and Catla fishing. The crystal waters of Gobind Sagar which are near Bilaspur also stock a good population of Rohu, Golden Mahaseer and Catfish.