This article highlights some of the most popular watersports in Himachal Pradesh like rafting and angling with the destination, best time to enjoy the water sports and various other information related to watersports in Himachal.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the few states in India, where tourists can enjoy great options of water sports. Get your gears already and jump in the rivers, streams and lakes to enjoy some of the best adventures that can be only enjoyed in Himachal Pradesh holidays. River Rafting - Brave the Water GradesRiver Rafting is one of the most challenging water sports and enjoying this sport in the streams and rivers of Himachal Pradesh, is an experience you cannot savour anywhere else. The major destinations where people can indulge in white water rafting are rivers Chandrabhaga (Chenab) in Lahaul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu. Some of the other places where rafting can be undertaken includes Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur and the Chamera Lake near Dalhousie tours. For the beginners, the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (01893-288956) in Manali conduct three level courses of rafting. Best Time for Rafting - April to SeptemberRafting Gears - Swimsuit, Nylon Shorts, Tennis Shoes or Sandals, and a Hat.Rafting CourseThe Himachal Pradesh Adventure tourism department conducts various rafting and water sports courses. The details are mentioned belowBasic Water Sports Course (12 yrs onwards) - 14 days, Jan to Dec at Pong Dam & Bilaspur/Bhakra.Basic Rafting Course (14 yrs onwards) - 14 days, October at Kullu.Intermediate Kayaking (white water) Course (14 yrs onwards) - 14 days, Oct & Nov at Beas River, Kullu, Satluj River, BilaspurAdvance Water Sports Course (14 yrs onwards)21 days, July & Oct at Pong Dam, and Bilaspur.Angling - Conversing with The Aquatic World The charm of enjoying angling in Himachal Pradesh is non pareil. Often tagged as Angler’s Paradise, tourists come here from all over the world to fish for trouts, the most exotic breed of fish. Mahseers are the next best options to fish in the water bodies of Himachal Pradesh. Popular places where tourists can enjoy angling are - River Chandrabhaga (Chenab), river Satluj, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu. The Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake is the best place to fish for both brown and rainbow trouts. So book your Kullu Manali tours in HP.Best Time for Angling - During the months of January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December for Mahaseer and 31st March to 31st October for Trouts.
Kaykaying, Swimming, Sailing and Canoeing are a few water sports that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Maharana Pratap Sagar Resevoir ( 42 km length and 2 km breadth).and Pong dam are the best place to enjoy the water sports. The beginners can avail the three levels of courses - beginner, intermediate and advanced that are conducted by the The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (DMAS), Manali (http://www.adventurehimalaya.org/). Winters and monsoons are not good for most of the water sports.
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