Top things for thrill-seekers to do in Bengal
Bengal is one of the most popular cities in India that attracts millions of international tourists every year. Besides being known for its convergence of various cultures and ethnicity, vibrant festivities, several religious shrines, and abodes, Bengal has its fair share of scenic locations and mountains where adventure lovers throng in huge numbers.
If you are planning to go backpacking in Bengal, in this article we will give you a quick view of the top adventurous things to do that are bound to set your adrenaline rushing.
MOUNTAIN BIKING AND CYCLING
Location: Senchal wildlife sanctuary, Darjeeling
One of the best and fun ways to explore Bengal is through traversing down thetrails of the state on a bike. Recommended for people who have some experience in the area, Bengal has a lot of places that are heaven for mountain bikers. The best of them is Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is home to Chatakpur- India first mountain cycle park which stretches for 20kms in the Senchal wildlife sanctuary. The park is situated at 6,800 feet and offers the best mountain biking experience you can have in India- with the serenity of nature and the thrill of terrains as you accelerate downward, experiencing snow cliffs, serene mountains, and lush green valleys.
Location: Kalimpong, Darjeeling
With the take-off point in Dello Hills in Kalimpong (over 5,500 feet), you can go nose-to-nose with the mountains and enjoy the aerial view of the north- eastern tea estates with Paragliding. The airtime, depending on the weather, varies from 10 to 30 minutes, and the experience is as serene as it can possibly be!
Location: Mandarmani Sea beach
Parasailing is one of the many things Mandarmani Sea beach is famous for, the other ones being weekend and occasional events, relaxing activities, hiring a jet ski of your own, and so on.
Location: New Town Eco-park, Rajarhat
Kayaking is a popular activity in Kolkata New Town Eco Park’s man-made lake that stretches over 100 acres of land, with an island in the middle. Located in Rajarhat, New Town Eco-park is 480 acres long and it offers a wide range of activities for people from all walks of life- all the way from kayaking and zorbing to archery and cycling as well. There are international travelers who come here often looking for kayaking and cycling in Bengal and leaving satisfied. The park is a must-visit if you are planning to go to Bengal looking for adventure.
Almost adventure lover in the world likes trekking and hiking. Bengal is an amazing place to have this long-lasting affair with nature, with places like Sikkim holding numerous trails that offer a stunning view of the five highest peaks of India.
Some of the most mesmerizing scenic locations for trekking in Sikkim are as follows:
- Kanchenjunga trek – Scales up to 8586 meters and one of the most
popular trekking trails and leads to the Kanchenjunga biosphere reserve.
- Green Lake Trek – Measures up to 5000 meters and hailed as trekking
- Dzongri trek – Height of 4020 meters and gives the stunners
Kanchenjunga and Pandim mountain
- Goecha La trek – Measures up to 4940 meters and gives the splendid
view of the Himalayas
- Sandakhpu trek – Located at a height of 3636 meters, gives the
panoramic view of the amazing Mt. Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and
Needless to say, a trekking vacation in Bengal is unparalleled to anywhere else!
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Location: Teesta River, Darjeeling
Originating in North Sikkim at 5,330 meters, the Teesta River is a popular destination for white water rafting. The currents of this river are strong and the geographical diversity of the area allows you a lot of varied flow and current speeds- making this a paradise for you if you want to learn river rafting. There are numerous courses for rafting here, with 6 grades of difficulty and the rafting areas being divided accordingly. An adrenaline-pumping activity, white water rafting here is complimented well by the soul-calming tranquillity of the surrounding areas, and lots of camping options on the riverbed.
Location: Darjeeling, Tajpur
Every adventure lovers to-do list would be incomplete without the mountaineer delight- rock climbing. Tenzing rock in Darjeeling, Susania hills and Tajpur outside Kolkata are some of the important places for rock climbing in Bengal. These spots are equally loved and feared by trekkers and adventure
lovers around the world.
Mountaineering enthusiasts have two types of climbs they can have a crack at in Sikkim- free climbing and aid climbing. In free climbing, tourists are allowed to climb without gears and ropes; and they are provided only when there is a drop. It is for people who are professional climbers. In aid, climbing materials are given beforehand for an easier climbing experience.
One of the most interesting places in India, Bengal is known for three things- the food, the culture, and the adventurous spots. This is a place that never disappoints- so pack up your bags and head to Bengal to experience the best of nature!