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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Adventure sports in Sikkim.

 I had given a brief introduction about Sikkim in my first post. Sikkim joined Indian republic as the 22nd full fledged state in 1975. And since then it has grown in leaps and bounds turning from a almost unheard tribal kingdom to a state were tradition,nature and modernity comes face to face to present a highly marked tourist destination.
One of the particular attraction which Sikkim has is that of Adventure Sports. If you are an adventure buff then the adrenaline rush during river rafting and the soft touch of nature during trekking in the high himalayas can mean a different world to you.
I pesonally have not experienced much of adventure sports in Sikkim but by the reactions of those who have , it's definitely on top of the list for adventure buffs specially in India. But it reminds me of the Advanced course in Rishikesh in Feb 2007 where we had also done river rafting. It will require an altogether different post to list the adventures we had in rishikesh.
 

From the numerous avenues available to experience adventure sports, some are prominent and are listed here:

White River Rafting


White water rafting is a later entrant of adventure sport in Sikkim. Only the Teesta and Rangit rivers offer long stretches which are ideal for safe rafting. Teesta has been graded on the International scale at Grade 4. The icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta have a series of rapids with varying intensity and character. It offers one of the finest rafting stretches in the world. Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has more difficlult stretches.
On both the rivers, the riverbanks have deep forests, with some patches of terraced cultivation, and small villages. Plenty of white sandy beaches exist, offering good campsites. Rapids of classification 2 to 4 are interspersed with placid floats, making rafting an enjoyable experience. Facilities for overnight River beach camping is available. Beginners as well as experienced adventurers can seek the assistance of the Department of Tourism and travel agents for arranging river rafting trips .

Paragliding

Jorethang, in west Sikkim, and certain parts of north Sikkim are popular locales for paragliding.

 
Paragliding in Solang valley,Sikkim


Mountain Biking 

I had visited some of the real gem places of Sikkim and I feel that it can give a serious competition to the most beautiful valleys in the world.Even I did not know that places that beautiful existed. 
One particular place stands out from the rest and is called 'YUMTHANG' (or the valley of flowers). It is exactly a valley of flowers. If visited during spring, the entire roadway of aroun 20 kms to yumthang is covered with flowers. And it's literal here, the road is covered with flowers.You have to visit there to believe me!!!


 
Yumthang valley in North Sikkim



 Adventure mountain biking in Yumthang
 
Sikkim’s best adventure product is mountain biking. The rugged and dramatic terrain of Sikkim Himalayas offers sure and exciting biking trails to the adventure lovers. The beauty of the countryside, flora and fauna and lifestyle of the Sikkimise people is best experienced on a bike’s seat as you meander through lush green hills and dales. This is new sport that Sikkim boasts of and many have lured by the exiting thrills of this out door fun. There is no specific season for mountain biking. Many have enjoyed riding there bikes during monsoon in slushy dirt road. 


Trekking
 
  
Trekking peaks in Sikkim


Sikkim has to offer a number of fascinating trekking routes to enterprising trek enthusiasts. The best time to trek in these parts of the Eastern Himalayas is between mid- February to May and again from October to December. The treks pass by beautiful gompas, simple but colourful hamlets and through so fascinating alpine forests full of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Yuksom is an ideal take-off point for trekking. This point is invariably used as a centre of climbing and trekking expeditions by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. The trek to Bakhim is an unforgettable B experience. Dzongri at an altitude of 3,962 metres, offers the visitor an excellent and unobstructed view of the Khangchendzonga Massif. It also provides a trekker with superb views of sunrise and sunset. 

Mountain Climbing
If you are willing to go to the extremes then mountain climbing is for you.But you have to have certain level of physical fitness to get permit to do it.



 
Base camp at the foot of Mt. Kanchenjunga


Mountain climbing near Mt. Kanchenjunga
So next time you plan your adventure sports, it would definitely be the home of the highest mountain in India.

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14 comments:

bhawana kapoor said...

cool article , am reallllllly tempted.
AH the valley of flowersss

Abhishek Ratna said...

heyy good job promoting sikkim...thanks for the comments. At present all the north east team is busy working on assam and arunachal pradesh for His visit in nov. You could contact deepak for details of yes_ courses in sikkim

Vivek Barun said...

thanx abhishek.

Karan Goel said...

good article
keep it up

Abhishek Ratna said...

heyy buddy can u guide me how to earn money through the blog. which widget to add and so on??

Aparna said...

wow!! that really is a great piece of add! so tempting!!

Do you live there?

Vivek Barun said...

@abhishek
New post coming soon
@aparna
YEs, thats my HOME

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Pankaj said...

That's a lovely apace that your maintaining, Vivek!
After reading through your blog and enjoying the contents, I thought I might as well feature you on my blog as the "BLOG OF THE MOMENT" : A space limited to very few! :)
So there you go!
keep blogging...
Jai Gurudev!

Vivek Barun said...

thanks a lot Pankaj.
It's an honour!

trekking in india said...

The Himalayas, home of the snow, is the most impressive system of mountains on the earth, and for centuries the setting for epic feats of exploration.

Morocco culinary vacation said...

Hey friends,
thanks for the comments. At present all the north east team is busy working on assam and archaically tradesman for His visit in nov. You could contact deepen for details of yes_ courses in Sikkim.

Mountain biking in Sikkim said...

I agree that the best product for adventure sports in Sikkim is mountain biking. We are promoting this sport in Sikkim for quite some time now. We have some wonderful experience in this place. Sikkim is WoW

parul nimbekar said...

Thanks for providing this information.
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