Poised in the lap of the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand abounds in high peaks, craggy slopes, dancing streams and rugged terrain, offering enough opportunities for a thrilling adventure vacation out there. The article will introduce you to the top 5 adventure destinations of Uttarakhand.
Uttarkhand is full of places that are magical, mysterious and offer umpteen opportunities for the travel thirsty tourist. If you are an adventurer at heart then the top 5 destinations given below will enthrall you.
The Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers is a huge expanse of 90 sq km field area that is filled with thousands of multi hued flowers of many known and unknown strains. The blooming of these beauties at an altitude of 3600 meters above the sea level will definitely mesmerize your senses. Going for a camp to the Uttarkhand Valley is not easy as the hike up is rocky and arduous but the natural bounty of exotic flora and fauna up there makes the trip totally worth it. There are many species of endangered animals like Asiatic Wild Bear, mountain bear, Hilly blue sheep, Snow Leopard etc who inhabit the valley of flowers. Valley of Flowers Uttarkhand forms a World Heritage Site.
Roopkund is a mysterious lake of ice that lies at a total altitude of 5029 meters above sea level. Roopkund is located in the middle of Trishul and Ghunti peaks . The nearby icy environment and a hazardous walk make this an adventurous destination fit only for the brave hearts. There is an interesting yet scary story circulating about Roopkund. It is said that a group of about 500 people went trekking to this beautiful and mysterious lake and then bodies of several were never found. The remnants of skeletons of the trekking group are still seen in Roopkund. The view of the lofty mountain ranges from Uttarkhand is simply amazing.
In case you are fond of water sports then head off to Rishikesh the hub of religious and adventure tourism in Uttarkhand. Rishikesh is a backpacker’s town and you will get to sample cultural adventure activities as tourists from all corners of the world visit Rishikesh. Rappelling, white water rafting, rock climbing are some of the adventurous activities you can engage in while visiting Rishikesh. The location of Rishikesh is at the confluence of the two mighty rivers Chandrabhanga and Ganga and it is known as the World Capital of Yoga. So if you have ever hoped to learn the moves of this organic body exercise form then Rishikesh is the number one adventure destination for you in Rishikesh.
Have you ever witnessed the splendor of high altitude meadows that display an unrelenting span of verdant greenery amidst the icy terrain? So you should definitely aim to visit these natural wonders in Bedni-Ali Bugyals which are two pristine high altitude meadows. Trekking around in the verdant greens, camping by the icy river and viewing the Nanda Ghunti and the Trishul peaks amidst fresh mountain breezes is truly the experience of a lifetime. You will have to reach Wan a picturesque village first to trek up to Bedni Bugyal. These two meadows are situated near each other at a moderate distance of 5 km.
One of the most admired pieces of natural ice sculpture in the worlds is Milam Glacier which draws in a huge tourist traffic from all corners of the word. There is a high altitude range of 5500 meters on which the Milam Glacier is perched and this allows it to provide one of the most splendid views in the whole of Uttarkhand. Trekking around, sightseeing options and photography opportunities are ample. Around Milam Glacier which is one of the loveliest destinations in Uttarkhand. Munsiyarii is a lovely place near Milan glacier which is the starting point of the trek to the top.