Published on : Saturday, September 19, 2020
For breathing life into the tourism industry during the ongoing COVID-19 scenario, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) is coming up with a number of guidelines which are in accordance with the pandemic.
Regarding the revival of tourism industry, Secretary, Uttarakhand Tourism, Dilip Jawalkar said, “UTDB has been coming up with several schemes during the revival period to support various sectors in the tourism industry. To ease the travel of visitors coming to Uttarakhand, we have removed all kinds of movement restrictions for tourists having the mandatory COVID-19 negative test report. Such people are allowed to enter the state and stay in a hotel for any number of days they want. We are also planning to deploy tourist facilitation counters at all important state borders and provide on-the-spot COVID-19 testing facility to visitors not carrying the COVID-19 negative test reports.”
Adventure Tourism contributes a significant portion in Uttarakhand’s overall tourism industry. Uttarakhand is a heavenly destination offering various adventure activities for tourists.
The top six adventure destinations in the state have been listed by UTDB which can be considered by the adventurists in the future:
• White Water River Rafting
Rishikesh is very popular spot for River Rafting. Shivpuri in Rishikesh is quite popular among adventure enthusiasts, offering one of the best river rapids ensuring highest adrenaline rush. The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from September mid to December and from early March to May.
• Water Sports
Tehri in Uttarakhand has one of the largest man-made lakes in Asia – Tehri Lake. Tehri Lake organizes a number of exciting water sports activities like Boating, Jet Speed Boat Ride, Water Skiing, Zorbing, Banana Boat Ride, Bandwagon Boat Ride, Hotdog Ride, among others. Besides water sports, tourists can take pleasure in the beauty of the gigantic Tehri Dam – the highest dam in India.
Uttarakhand, with an abundance of vast and splendid mountain ranges, offers the best adventure destination for Trekking and Hiking enthusiasts. Some of the most popular trekking destinations are Kakbhusandi Trek, Chandrashila Trek, Deoria Tal Trek, Roopkund Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek, Pindari Glacier, among others. The best time for Trekking varies from trek to trek, but ideally one should avoid the monsoosn due to risk of landslides.
• Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping is rightfully a top choice amongst adventure junkies and Uttarakhand offers world-class Bungee Jumping facility in Rishikesh. The best time for Bungee Jumping is anytime of the year, though it’s advisable to avoid the monsoons for this activity.
The grandiose hills of Uttarakhand offer a perfect location for Paragliding. Some of the ideal Paragliding locations in Uttarakhand are Naukuchiyatal, Bhimtal, Pithoragarh, among others and suitable time for Paragliding in Uttarakhand is from May to September.
• Wildlife Safari
Corbett and Rajaji National Parks in Uttarakhand are quite famous among tourists for their exciting Wildlife Safaris. The Safaris are carried on in approved jeeps and on elephant back, offering the best of wildlife views and sightings. Though Corbett and Rajaji National Parks can be visited at any time during the year, the best time for Wildlife Safari is from November to February.
One of the most popular adventure sports in Uttarakhand is Skiing. Auli Ski Resort in Auli is popular for its world class skiing facilities. The ideal time for Skiing in Auli is during the months of November to March.