In this post of Life around Blossoms Village Resort, we’ll be talking about the adventure activities you can indulge in during your stay in Dharamshala.
When I first came to Mcleodganj, I never expected this place to be full of so much potential, while most of us know this region for its spiritual essence, there’s something for everyone here and that includes the adventure lovers too.
The diverse terrain of this region provides a lot of opportunities for us to explore, and tread the roads untravelled by many. So, here’s my list of adventure activities you can indulge in during your next trip to Mcleodganj/Dharamshala:
1. Paragliding: 2-3 hrs away from Dharamshala, lies Bir-Billing, it is one of the best places in the world to paraglide at. If you’ve already paraglided in Manali, let me tell you that this one is much better than that. As you glide across the sky, you won’t only get a panoramic view of the Kangra valley in front of you, but you also won’t be far away from the snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar mountains.
Except during Monsoons, Paragliding is open throughout the year. The beautiful Tibetan village of Bir is set in the Dhauladhar range, surrounded by monasteries, and the importance of this paragliding site can only be seen in the fact that many paragliders learn their trade to Paraglide here. Plus, it’ll also be hosting the Paragliding World Cup next year.
2. Trekking: Set at the spur of majestic Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala is also the start of many great treks through the lower Himalayas, which also involves crossing some of the most challenging passes. If you just want to get a taste of trekking, I’d recommend you a hike till Triund hill. The hike starts from Mcleodganj. While the more experienced trekkers can try crossing the Indrahar Pass and reaching Nag Dal lake, one of 20+ lakes situated in the Dhauladhar mountains, you can also cross into Chamba side, and continue with your trek.Then there’s Hampta pass to be crossed, before you venture into Bada Bhangal, one of the remotest regions of Himachal. Another of the offbeat trekking routes features a trek to Kareri Dal-Minkiani pass-Lam dal.
3. Water Sports: The region around Dharamshala also boasts of water related adventure activities, and yes, that’s a surprise for many. While on your Paragliding trip to Bir-Billing, you can couple your flight with a round of angling. In addition, there’s the magnificent Pong lake, one of the most underrated reservoirs across the country, which is full of water sports opportunities to indulge in.
This 42 kms long and 2 kms wide reservoir located on Beas River in Kangra Valley features various options, including canoeing, swimming, sailing, water skiing etc. There’s a water sports institute here, which also conducts courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, where you can enroll yourself. This water-sports institute is only one of its kinds in India, and therefore, you must take full advantage of it on your next trip to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj.
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This post has been written by Abhinav Chandel, a travel blogger who’s been calling Dharamshala his home since April 2014. You can contact him on twitter at ‘ @abhiandnow‘