Royal Enfield said in one of their ads – Mountains call us all. The difference is what we say back. There is something about the mountains. Whether it is the mystery that the clouds create by surrounding the peak, or the view of the world from the top or the echo in your voice or just the feel of having conquered something when you reach the hilltop – the journey of finding what you want to say back, is probably one of the most fulfilling emotions mankind can experience.
Perennially snow-clad and house to some of the highest mountain peaks in the World, the Himalayas cover most part of the Indian subcontinent and some part of the Tibetan territory. In fact, Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the World is located in The Himalayas. The beauty that is here; the beauty of untouched mountains; is beyond just surreal.
A family holiday is a fulfilling trip in itself – one of the most awaited experiences of the year when one takes a break from the mad rush of life & discovers the world with the closest of our family & friends and indulges in some happy travel making memories for a lifetime! While travel knows no age, family adventures & getaways are the perfect occasion to bond with your folks & indulge in some carefree fun while you can get to experience the beauty of the north India of our own land like never before!
Adventure Tourism is one of the emerging segments of travel in India. The Ministry of Tourism extends Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for the development of tourism projects including Adventure Tourism, on the basis of proposals received from them subject to adherence of relevant scheme guidelines and availability of funds utilization of funds release earlier.
The National Tourism Policy, 2002 and the Report of the Working Group on Tourism for the 12th Five Year Plan lay thrust on development and promotion of Adventure Tourism. The steps taken by the Ministry of Tourism to promote Adventure Tourism, inter alia, include issuance of guidelines for Approval of Adventure Tour Operators, formulation of basic minimum standards for Adventure Tourism activities, etc. The Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Adventure Tourism through its domestic and international campaigns.
The Ministry of Tourism had launched a campaign 777 days of Incredible Indian Himalayas on 27th September 2013 to promote the tourism potential of the Indian Himalayas. The campaign, inter alia, aimed at promoting Indian Himalayas as an incredible tourism product and to make it as round the year destination. This campaign was conceived after holding a detailed discussion with the representatives of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India has appreciated this initiative of the Ministry of Tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism also extends financial support for capacity building/training programmes in the adventure tourism sector.
In addition, the Ministry of Tourism in its guidelines for Basic Minimum Standards for Adventure Tourism related activities has identified the following categories of adventure tourism viz. land, water and air based activities which include mountaineering, trekking, river running, hang gliding, para gliding and bungee jumping.
Safety-precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incidents are under the purview of concerned State Governments/Union Territory Administrations.
This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
SIKKIM MAY LOOK LIKE A TINY STATE WHICH IS CORNERED AND SQUASHED IN SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTH EAST OF THE COUNTRY. HOWEVER, THIS IS THE MOST SURPRISING STATE OF ALL, WITH A CLIMATE, TOPOGRAPHY AND LIFESTYLE WHICH LEAVES EVERYONE COMING BACK OVER AND OVER FOR MORE ADVENTURE. A PRISTINE STATE WHICH IS UNPRETENTIOUS AND WELCOMING, SIKKIM IS THE PLACE TO BE WHEN YOUR HEART YEARNS FOR PLENTY OF ACTION.
Adventure in Sikkim is a chance of a lifetime a chance to mix wondrous nature with active sport, something which is hard to find at its native best. A largely mountainous locale, Sikkim bases most of its adventure around mountain activity. Not that this is crippling in any way. The sheer number of things to do can make your holiday extend beyond your belief. To begin with, there is plenty of scope for trekking, with some of the most famous peaks found in the south of the state.
The most famous, the Kanchenjunga trek lies waiting to be conquered. There are several others which are just as majestic. If climbing the mountains is not enough for you, try biking through them. Mountain biking in Sikkim is a compelling activity which several people look to undertake in Sikkim. Navigating through the roads and winding upslope of the state, there is lots of fun and great thrill in just being here. The North and west of the state are the favourite haunts for bikers.
If the mountains need a deserving break, there are rapids which can help you try some white water rafting as well. The rivers Teesta and Rangeet have several sections in Sikkim where this is possible, and if you have the stomach for it, it must e tried at least once during your stay. A unique experience presents itself in the form of Yak safaris. A chance to ride the mammoth yak is a chance not everyone can find in daily life. There are wonderful sites along the lake Dzongri and also Tsomgo.
These allow you a chance through the mountains and also along the water bodies. Be a bird in Sikkim and try looking at the mountains and beautiful scenery below. Hang gliding is a sport people come from all over to experience in Sikkim. A chance to spread yourself and let your heart and body fly, this is a chance for you to feel free and let the rush of the winds take you over. The winters are almost impossible to bear in Sikkim.
Try the summer months between April and October to be able to make the most of your adventure. The sheer altitude and climate make it necessary for you to be in great shape to enjoy mountain activity, or any other sport in Sikkim. This is certainly not for those with heart or blood pressure related problems, or even vertigo. Those with ailments should try simple activities like yak safaris. Plan and prepare well for any adventure before you begin. Always go through a course before taking up rafting or mountaineering here since it is a very taxing experience. It is important to follow all regulations and stay within areas which are for the public. Avoid restricted sections unless you have a special permit.