Adventures in Himachal

Himachal Caters well to those who seek a rush of adrenaline.

NALDEHRA GOLF COURSE

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23kms from Shimla, on a spur that extends from the Kufri massif, the Naldehra golf course has been in existence since the early twentieth century. It owes its existence to Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy of India who fell in love with the spot and often camped here for days on end. He was so enchanted by the spot, that he even named his daughter’Naldehra’ after the place. As a significant part of this romance, Curzon suggested the layout of a golf course on the site. The course took shape on totally natural topography which remains unchanged to the present day. Given the point of time when manicured greens took the place of Himalayan grassland, this is perhaps the oldest golf course in this part of the world.

Designed over a long sloping glade, the Naldehra course is regarded as one of the most challenging ones in the country. This is a par 68 course with nine holes. The yardage of the first round is 2149 and in the repeat nine, there are four additional greens and different tees which increases the yardage of the second round to 2370.

Mountaineering, Trekking, and Camping

 

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The call of the mountains is irresistible. From the challenge of scaling a peak to the wish to climb even a modest spur, for some, to see a mountain is to climb it!

Treks of various levels of difficulty and for varied time spans, ranging from day to week-long. Ones can be undertaken from all the main tourist destinations. Trekkers are advised to undertakes only through agencies registered with the Tourism Department, who help in providing guides, porters, equipment etc.

River Rafting

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Whitewater river-rafting facilities are offered by private operators at Pirdi near Kullu where a water sports center has been set up to provide one-stop water sports adventure solutions for the tourist. Rafting on stretches of the River Beas, where rapids of high grades can be negotiated, provides an exhilarating interlude for enthusiasts. Kayaking is possible at Pandoh Dam on the way to Mandi.

Paragliding

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Riding the thermals and sailing the blue sky like the Himalayan Eagle can be a thrilling experience. Paragliding facilities are available at Solang Nallah and Marhi. Tourists are advised to undertake the sport only through the operators who are registered with the Tourism Department.

Skiing

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Rohtang Pass and Solang Nallah offer a variety of slopes for skiers. Some easy runs are provided for beginners who can take a course or just hire an instructor for a short while.

Mountain Biking

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A popular sport with international tourists, mountain biking is now attracting many young domestic tourists who like to test their endurance over rough terrain. Mountain bikes and motorcycles can be hired from Manali for short as well as longer trips. Map your own route and enjoy the freedom of the unfettered countryside.