Do You Want To Go Bungee Jumping? Uttarakhand Is The Place

Arun Kumar Das

May 19, 2020, 12:39 PM | Updated 12:39 PM IST

Bungee jumping
Bungee jumping
  • A Tourism Ministry webinar highlights the adventure tourism potential of Uttarakhand, a multi-faceted destination with biodiversity in its purest form.
  • The scope of adventure tourism such as bungee jumping, skiing and paragliding along with experiencing the nature at its best in the Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji Tiger Reserve were some of the options offered to participants of a webinar session.

    Highlighting the tourism potential in Uttarakhand, the Dekho Apna Desh webinar series focused on two regions ­— Kedar Khand (Garhwal region) and Manu Khand (Kumaon region) — and highlighted the popular destinations like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hemkhund Sahib and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valley of Flowers.

    Titled ‘Uttarakhand Simply Heaven’, the webinar organised by Tourism Ministry showcased Uttarakhand’s adventure tourism potential such as river rafting at Rishikesh and Pittoragarh, winter sports and skiing in Auli, paragliding at Tehri Dam and Kaushani, innumerable options for trekking spots such as Chopta and Pindari Glacier and India’s highest bungee jumping facility in Rishikesh.

    The webinar was presented by Pushpesh Pant, an eminent scholar, food historian and an expert in international relations, former professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ganesh Saili, a renowned author, notable photographer and an authority on the history of Uttarakhand and Shashank Pandey, a certified outbound trainer, managing director of Aspen Adventures, Rishikesh.

    The session was moderated by Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism.

    Besides adventure activities, the session also presented ways of experiencing the best of nature by paying a visit to the oldest national park of the country — Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji Tiger Reserve and UNESCO site of Nanda Devi National Park — exploring the rich diversity of flora and fauna of the Himalayan region.

    Uttarakhand’s immense opportunities for developing and exploring rural tourism offerings, the best options for homestays wherein one can experience and feel the real hospitality of the people serving the best of local cuisine were also highlighted by the presenters.

    Concluding the session, Brar said, “Uttarakhand Dev Bhoomi”, the land of gods, is a mesmerising destination for tourists of all tastes. It is a multi-faceted destination beginning with a sacred and religious site to be an adventure land with rich biodiversity in its purest form.

    The Dekho Apna Desh webinar sessions are conducted with active support of National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. For those who missed the webinar, the sessions are now available here, and also on all social media handles of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

    Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at

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