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Adventure in Shimla
Adventure & Sports in Shimla & Around Shimla
Adventure & Sports in Shimla:
Activity and adventure are an intrinsic part of life in Shimla. You can go trekking, horse riding, tee off from the world's highest golf course, or even experience the thrills of white water rafting. Ski down snowy slopes or enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and mountains while paragliding.

Facilitates Many Trekking Adventure Attention trekkers! There are many opportunities for short and long treks from Shimla. Chharabra at 2,953m is 13km away while Naldhera at 2,044m is 23km from Shimla. From Narkanda (2,700m) which is 64 km away form Shimla, you’ll find a great trek to Hattu Peak. The road from Narkanda runs down to the Sutlej Valley and enters Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur. (Note – Foreigners need permits to enter Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur.) Jalori Pass Trek Another lovely trek just beyond Narkanda goes northwest over the Jalori Pass (3,350m) in the Seraj region. You can start from the Ani village – reached by bus or jeep from Luhri in the Sutlej Valley below Narkanda – and trek into the lower part of the Kullu Valley, joining the Kullu-Manali road at Aut. There is a jeepable road over much of this route. Bashleo Pass Alternatively you can proceed to Rampur (65km from Narkanda) and then trek into the Kullu Valley via the Bashleo Pass (3,600 m). There are many forest rest houses enroute so a tent is not required unless you wish to camp out under the stars. Both treks end at Banjar in Tirthan Valley from where you can catch a bus to Kullu. The routes of all the treks in the Shimla region are as follows: – Shimla – Narkanda – Khadrala – Sungri – Devidhar – Rohru – Shimla. Shimla – Ani – Takrasi – Khanag – Jalori Pass – Shoja – Bathad – Bashleo Pass – Sarahan – Arsu – Nermand – Nirath – Shimla. Shimla – Kufri – Fagu – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Shalaru – Chhailla – Sainj – Pulbahl – Churdhar – Naura. Shimla – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Chaupal – Kedi – Halau – Kandol – Koti – Chakrata. Banjar – Bathad – Sarahan – Arsu – Rampur – Shimla. Narkanda – Luhri – Ani – Khanag – Shoja – Banjar. Shimla – Luhri – Ani – Khanag – Jalori Pass – Jibhit – Banjar.

There  are very  few places in the world  as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh with its geographical diversity. Shimla is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas with combination of low lying hills to gigantic mountains. Shimla district is full of thickly populated pine trees and small rivulets, rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes,  mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities is enormous. There are day-hikes by the thousand, and trek routes follow trails that last couple of days or can even extend over few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. There is skiing, heliskiing and ice-skating. there is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain-cycling. You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on motorcycle. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available. And then, all this comes at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere in the world.

Trekking Routes :
Shimla to Kullu over the Jalori Pass (3300 m) .
Shimla to Kullu via Bashleo Pass (3250 m).
Shimla- Rohroo- Sangla.
Sarahan to Sangla.
Shimla to Hatupeak .
Shimla to the Shalipeak.
Shimla to Churdhar.
Shimla to Chail.
Shimla to Junga.
Shimla to Tattapani.

Fishing: Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both Brown and Rainbow Trout are  found in the  Upstreams of Pabbar river in  Rohru, 110Kms from Shimla. There are several spots ideal for fishing. Chirgaon has a trout hatchery and other sites are - Seema, Mandil, Sandsu, Tikri and Dhamvari all are within 5 to 25 km of Rohru .. Mahseer Fishing is available at Tattapani 46 km from Shimla. The licenses for fishing  at Pabbar can be had from  the Officer of Fisheries stationed at Chirgaon.

No fishing is allowed during the following seasons:
Mahseer  : 1st June to 31st July (General water)
Trout water  :1st November to 31 January.

Skiing :
Skiing is possible at Narkanda and Kufri (January–mid-March). HPTDC organises ski courses of 7 days and 15 days duration at Narkanda. One can get himself registered with the HPTDC for the course and all the facilities of equipment, lodging and boarding are provided.

Golf :
At Naldera, 23 km. from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. Tthis is the highest & oldest golf course in the world. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centuary. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases. The links are maintained by Himachal Tourism and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are other hotels in the private sector near Naldera.

Ice Skating :
The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening depending upon the frozen ice on the ground . The hanging balloon on the Municipal Building adjacent to scandal point works as signal , wheather the skating is going to held on that day or not.

Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink.

Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season.

Camping :

The best way of enjoying  a tour to Himachal Pradesh  is setting up a camp to explore the vast beauty of nature. you can put up your own tent or take shelter under the roof offered by any of several camps that are situated in various parts of Himachal Pradesh. These camps offer accommodation, catering and lot of other activities.Most of these  camps offer best quality services. Himachal Tourism has camps in Distt. Shimla at  Mashobra and Baldian near Shimla.
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