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Water Sports and River Rafting

water sports and river rafting in himachal pradeshThe Maharana Pratap Sagar reservoir in Kangra district with its 42 km length and 2 km breadth, offers water sports and river rafting along with other sports. A variety of other activities are offered in close collabration with the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. Year long activities include swimming, water-skiing, surfing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing and sailing. Three levels of courses are conducted - beginner, intermediate and advanced. The Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Dam) is 5 km from Talwara. For details, contact at Tel; 01893-288956. Similar activities are also available on the waters of Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur, the Chamera lake near Dalhousie (Chamba) and the Pandoh lake on the Mandi-Kullu National Highway.
River-rafting or white-water rafting as it is also called is swiftly making Himachal a focus for the sport. For a torrent of adrenalin to gush through every vein and surge over every muscle you can race over the State's river rapids in an inflatable rubber dinghy. Sport is now being held on the Sutlej near Shimla on the Beas near Kullu, the Ravi near Chamba and Chandra in Lahaul. Possibilities are also being explored on the river Spiti. This sport takes a break during summer & winter. Himachal Tourism sponsors courses in river rafting and there are operators in the private sector also that offer this experience.

Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh

paragliding in manaliRiding the warm thermal currents of the air is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing Para-Gliding the skies as free as a bird. Almost at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys.
Bir-Billing in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the best paragliding site. para-gliding is also possible at other places in the state. Places where para-gliding is done are - Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, Solang valley near Manali in the kullu district.
Himachal Tourism sponsors training programmes and events at various times of the year, in different places. There is an Adventure Sports Hostel at Dharamsala (Kangra) and an Aero Sports Complex at Bir.

For details of training facilities, contact sports associations or District Tourism Development Office at Dharamshala. Ph: 01892-224430.

Paragliding in Dharamshala - Bir-Billing

paragliding in dharamshalaThe paragliding site at Bir-Billing in Kangra district near Baijnath is regarded as among the best in the world for Paragliding. Billing (2290 m) is the take-off site and Bir (1400 m) is the village at the landing site.The road distance between the two is 14 km. Bir is sheltered by the Dhauladhar mountains and the ridges behind keep rising to 3000 mtrs, 4000 mtrs, 5000 mtrs and one after the other so as pilot can fly at 4000 mtrs and still watch the mountains tower above. Bir is a beautiful village surrounded by tea gardens and spectacular scenery, whereas Billing offers unique opportunities for high altitude and cross country flying and flights of 180 kms have been achieved from here.

All along the bottom of the ridges runs a parallel road from Mandi to Dharamshala and beyond which assures easy recovery for pilots after landing. The most important feature of this region is its weather. On bad weather days one can still fly 20-30 kms and on good days 100 kms is not difficult. October & November are the ideal months for flying in autumn and March to May i.e spring is also flyable but conditions are very strong in spring with thermals of 6-12 mtrs/sec and cloudbase of 4000 to 6000 mtrs.

The small towns of Taragarh, Baijnath and Jogindernagar are close to Bir- Billing and large town of Palampur is 29 km from Bir. Himachal Pradesh is conducting International Paragliding competitions since 2002 at Bir-Billing every year.


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Paragliding in Bilaspur - Bundla Dhar

paragliding in bilaspur solang valleyBefore the year 1994, there was hardly any para-gliding or hang gliding pilot in Himachal Pradesh, excepting one, Roshan Lal Thakur from Manali, who had acquired some skill in flying from foreign pilots, often visiting Manali as tourist. Mean while R.P. Gautam who had come on retirement from Central Reserve Police Force as Commandant, visualised the vast potential in paragliding from Bandla mountain. To make his dream come true, he got in contact with Shakti Singh Chandel, the then Director Tourism and Civil Aviation, to extend all possible help to promote paragliding not only in Bilaspur, but also in whole in Himachal Pradesh. The Director Tourism, who himself belonged to Bilaspur, took keen interest in approving Bandla top as take off site, gave financial assistance to run para gliding courses for Bilaspur under Himachal Aero Adventure Institute Bilaspur, which under expert guidance of Mr. Bruce Mills from New Zealand and Alexi Garisimov from Russia, got the pilots trained. Thus Bilaspur was brought on World Map in Paragliding.
What is special about Bilaspur, which is not there in flying sites at other places, is that it gives you almost eight hours of flying time as against 3 to 4 hours maximum at Billing or Manali. More over it has vast and safe landing grounds on the bank of Govind Sagar Lake at LUHNU. From training point of view, Bilaspur can be considered the best in whole of Asia. It is laid down in the training manual that training in instability maneuvers during advance pilot course i.e. Dynamic Stall, deep stall, spiral drive, spin reovery, assymmetric tuck, front tuck and deployment of Reserve Parachute, should be carried out over a broad base of water for reasons. For this, there is hardly any place, where there is any huge lake just beside the landing site. Bilaspur has the privilege of having unique combination of Air Sports in one stretch, which is very rare.


Himachal AERO Adventure & Water Sports Institute, Bilaspur (H.P.)
Phone : 01978-223375, Fax : 01978-223125

Paragliding in Manali - Solang Valley

paragliding in manali1Paragliding in Manali has become a fast growing adventure activity that is drawing INDIAN as well as western tourists for adventure holidays! Manali Paragliding is mostly happening at slopes of Solang Valley which is equally famous for other adventure sports activities like Zorbing, Horse Riding , Skiing and Rope Way, all in one place. Paragliding as a recreational adventure sports in Manali is liked both by youngsters as well as mature people who like to entertain themselves with this amazing sports once in their lifetime. Manali Paragliding is organised by expert paragliding pilots who have more than a decade experience with Paragliding and Flying in Manali as well as internationally recognised Paragliding spots in Manali as well as Himachal Pradesh, North INDIA.
Paragliding in Manali and Solang Valley is mostly done with two or three options that include Short Flying, Medium Flying and Long Distance Flying.
Paragliding Charges in Manali
Short Flying - Rs. 550/Per Person (2 to 3 Minutes Approx.)
Rs. 400/Group (Minimum 10 persons should be in a group)
Medium Flying - Rs. 1500/-Per Person (10 to 12 Minutes)
Rs. 1200/-Per Person, in Off Season
Long Flying -Rs. 2000/Per Person (15-20 Minutes)
* Charges are not fixed , they may change from season to season.


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Paragliding in Bharmour

Recently two lost paragliders landed up in Bharmour to open up the opurtunity for paragliding in Bharmour. Before landing they 

Trekking tips

Trekking tips  are to help you with preparations for enormously varying distances, ascent, descent and altitude to ensure you get the maximum from your trekking trip. Here are few trekking training tips — including advice on trekking equipment, nutrition, hydration and specific trekking training — will help you prepare correctly for your trek so that you're not left nursing blisters and sore legs after the first day.

trekking in himalayasPrepare well for the trek

Ignorance and at times overconfidence have caused serious health problems for trekkers. It is essential to prepare yourself with pre-trek training. To know more about how to prepare for high altitude treks, click here. Collect information about your trek destination too. The learning exercise should include information about the terrain, climatic conditions, how to reach help in case of any emergency. Knowing about the terrain and the climatic conditions is necessary as it would help you pack the necessary clothes and footwear. Mental preparation is as important as physical training. Learning about the possible dangers and ailments that you can suffer on the trek, can help you to cope with it. Learn more about the ailments that you can suffer on high altitude treks.

Fitness is very important

Trekking involves a lot of strenuous activity especially when the trek is a technical or a difficult climb. Consult your family doctor before you embark on a trek. A person with heart disease, epilepsy, arthritis, renal ailments should not go on treks as such ailments could be aggravated and require emergency help which may be impossible to reach. Even if your planned trekking trip is 12 months away, it’s never too early to get started on your trek conditioning programme. Look to build your strength and fitness gradually, giving your body time to adapt to the new demands that you are placing on it. That way you can enjoy your trek training and avoid risking injury by trying to do too much too soon.

The fitter you are before you depart, the easier your trek will be. You will have spent a lot of time, effort (and probably money too!) to get to your trekking location, so it makes sense to get the most out of your trip by being in good shape and having suitable kit. By following the tips above, not only will you be well prepared for possibly a trip of a lifetime but you’ll get so much more out of your trekking experience.

Build leg strength with gym work

Leg strength will be key for your trek so in addition to walking training which will strengthen your legs, try and include either gym exercises such as leg presses and weighted squats, or lunges and bodyweight squats.

Build your walking training

Walking training will be the foundation of your training programme and it is important to build steadily towards the sorts of distances that you will be doing on your trek. Initially, intersperse training days with rest days but as your fitness improves, look to include some ‘back-to-back’ training days, which will more closely replicate your actual trek.

Train on similar walking terrain

Walking training is essential but it is also important to try and mimic the conditions that you will experience as closely as you can. Try and train on similar terrain to that of your trekking location. For example, for a trek that includes mountain climbing, try some weekend scrambling as part of your training. Also, practice in the same footwear and clothes and experiment with a loaded backpack — it makes a big difference to your speed over the ground.

Practice using your backpack

It’s likely that you’ll be carrying items such as food, drink, spare clothing and possibly more, so your choice of backpack is important. Look for models with adjustable chest and waist straps so that you can position it correctly on your back and also with external compression straps so that the load doesn’t shift. More specialist types have removable bladders for liquid consumption on the go, but remember that water and washing facilities may be limited, so sterilisation may be difficult. Practice using your backpack (loaded) as part of your training so that you are used to the weight and position.

Use walking poles

Walking poles make a big difference to your trek. Lightweight and telescopic, they ease the load on knees and thighs on descents and give you ‘two extra legs’ on steep climbs. They can also be used to help clear vegetation and have numerous uses in a campsite. Definitely one to try.

Hydrate yourself frequently when walking

Whether you are in a hot climate or not, your fluid requirements will increase significantly when trekking. Losses on the breath and from sweating will serve to reduce your blood volume, resulting in your heart having to work much harder. By the time you feel thirsty you will already be dehydrated so try and drink small, frequent quantities of water throughout the day. Carry out the urine test to monitor your hydration: a pale straw colour indicates that you are well hydrated, anything darker means that you need to drink more.

Fuel your trekking

Similarly to hydration, your energy requirements will increase whilst you are trekking. Aim to eat small, frequent meals and snacks on the go to maintain energy levels. Depending on the part of the world, your favourite snack-type foods may not be plentiful, but fruit is frequently available which is easy to eat on the move and excellent for an energy boost. During your training, experiment with eating ‘on the go’, so that you get used to the feeling of food in your stomach when you are trekking.

Choose the correct footwear for your trek

Good quality and appropriate footwear for your trek and your walking training is essential. A supportive hiking shoe with ankle protection is important but beware of ankle cuffs that are too high as they can irritate the achilles tendon at the base of your calf. Look for an ankle cuff that is scooped away at the back. Make sure that your trekking boots are thoroughly broken in and your feet have bedded in — the time for blisters is now, not during your trek. When purchasing your boots, try to shop in the afternoon when your feet have expanded slightly so that you get the correct size.

Follow the Guide or Leader

If you are new to trekking and exploring a new terrain, it is always best to tread the beaten path. Remember a wrong step in the Sahyadri or the Himalayan mountain range can result in you hurtling down a deep gorge.

Inform your family or friends before leaving on a trek

While leaving on a trek, do remember to inform your family or friends about your plans, fellow trekkers and their numbers. It would help in case you suffer an accident and are unable to reach for help.

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