The sheer thrill of trekking and pedaling along daunting mountain slopes, rafting along roaring river Tista, climbing glaciers or camping in the pristine jungles is to be experienced to be believed.
Then there is the serenity of horse safaris or a trip on the mountain bike. You can also take a trip among the age-old monasteries on a mission of rediscovering yourself.
Himalayan peaks and slopes, with its dense tropical forests providing diverse fauna and flora provides you with the most exciting of sports and adventure imaginable. These facilities are available almost round the year and at very affordable prices.
In summer the focus is on the mountains, with their salubrious climate and breathtaking views, in winter it is the huge rain forests that attract the adventure lovers although both these locations have their attractions in the other seasons as well.
White Water Rafting in Teesta
White water rafting is easy to organize with your Darjeeling trip. The rafting on the river Teesta is an amazing experience where the foaming river flows down a valley with forested banks and mountains on both sides. Rafting can be combined with camping on river banks.
Trekking in Darjeeling
Who hasn't heard about the famous treks to Sandakphu and Phalut? Both are in Singalilla range and part of Darjeeling district, and offer awesome experience that very few other treks in the world can match. Where else in the world can you see four out of the five highest peaks of the word in one stretch of snow.
Landrover Safari to Singalila National Park
If you love mountain forest, Singalila National Park is the place to go. Located at a high altitude along the way to Sandakphu, the park is a paradise for those who love to see some amazing Himalayan animals like Red Panda, Pangolins, Yellow Throated Martens and lot more.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
2 1/2 hours drive from Darjeeling this is a sprawling forest area and a sanctuary spanning across some 158 square kms. Regular jeep safaris are available from the Sukna gate. You can see some amazing animals including Royal Bengal Tigers (if lucky), leopards, elephants, barking deer etc in their natural habitats. You can even take elephant rides here through the forests.
Some of the most popular camping sites are along the Sandakphu/Phalut trek route like at Tonglu. These are called high altitude camping. Camping is also offered at Tiger Hill.
Rafting and Camping
Packages are offered by operators that combine white water rafting with river bank camping. You will camp in natural surrounding of forests and hear the sounds of the river flowing at night just next to you, and wake up to the chirping of the birds.
Darjeeling has several rock sites where rock or sport climbing takes place. One of the popular places for rock climbing is Tenzing Rock. This is where Tenzing Norgay (the first Everest climber) also practiced rock climbing.
Motor Bike Tours and Rentals
If you want to see Darjeeling and surrounding areas on a motor bike, there are two options. Either you can take a guided organized tour or take a motor bike on rent. You will get motorbikes Royal Enfield in good condition. There are plenty of amazing terrain to explore in and around Darjeeling including tea gardens, villages, mountain landscapes and sanctuaries. Take a leisure ride at your own pace, have a map (given by the operator) to chalk out your route through the mountain landscape or just get lost, stop at any place you want and have a cup of tea while chatting with a local ... the opportunities are plenty.