5 Popular Adventure Sports to do in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a stunning hill station nestled in west Bengal making travellers from all around the world fall in love with its magnificent views, Darjeeling tea, toy train, snow-covered Kanchenjunga peak and other beautiful sightseeing attractions. Most people travel to this “Queen of hills” for its breathtaking scenery but if you are looking for fulfilled experiences, it also offers numerous thrilling adventure sports for all adventure lovers. Keep on reading to know about popular Darjeeling adventure activities you can try during your vacation.
Fly in the air, experience the thrill of paragliding and see snow-covered mountains, tiny houses, villages, tea gardens from the sky like a bird. If you have prior experience and can try this activity on your own, you should definitely go for it. And if you don’t want to try it alone, a guide will be with you all the time during the flight. So, you just have to relax and enjoy your beautiful ride. Whenever your guide says “go”, you just have to run a few steps and jump into the sky from the cliff and then, you are in heaven.
Trekking is a great adventure activity to try with your travel partners. Phalut trek and Sandakphu trek are very known trekking spots in Darjeeling. You will walk through the trees, colourful flowers and be able to experience amazing views of the highest peaks of the world. You can also opt for a village tour and trek where you can trek through the villages of Darjeeling to know their culture, traditions, lifestyle and interact with locals to know their life stories. Enjoy, have adventurous stories to tell to others and take unforgettable memories back to your home.
- Whitewater Rafting and Camping
While you are in Darjeeling, you will hear a lot about Whitewater Rafting as it is one of the best adventurous sports to try in Darjeeling. If you are a novice or want to have an exciting experience with your family members, you can undertake this amazing rafting activity. Testa and Rangeet are the two rivers that flow down the Himalayan mountains and creates white water. As you do rafting, the outstanding views of mountains along with dense forests, birds and fishes and the excitement of going through the foaming waters is truly memorable.
Some people enjoy rafting with camping on the river banks. Spending a peaceful night in the lap of nature after the day of excitement is an experience of a lifetime.
Want to explore mountain forest and see Himalayan wildlife? A safari in Singalila National Park is an ideal activity to try with your family and children. The National Park is home to orchids, acres of ferns, primula and magnolias etc. During the safari, keep your cameras in hand to click beautiful pictures of the red panda, yellow-throated Marten and some other animals. And the interesting part is, you will also get to see a glimpse of Kanchenjunga snow peaks.
- Mountain Biking
If you are travelling in a group and want to indulge in an adventurous activity together, then this one’s for you all. Mountain Biking in Darjeeling from Ghoom to Siliguri lets you explore some great terrains and visit some unexplored paths. In case, you are travelling solo, you can rent a mountain bike, go on this adventure alone or can take part in guided group tours as well.