Adventures & Sports
Adventure sports comprises trekking in the forests and the hills,
mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking,
water skiing, yachting, river rafting, long-distance swimming and
para sailing, car rally etc.
Tourism is being promoted by the State Tourism Department in consultation
with Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, the Forest and Environment
Department, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling,
the Netaji Institute of Sports (SAI centre) in Calcutta, the Sports
and Youth Services Department and various NGOs.
Calcutta is a city of sports lovers. West Bengal and specially
Calcutta have famous Football & Hockey Clubs, Cricket Clubs
and centres of Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Polo and Golf. Eden Gardens
is often used for holding world-class cricket matches. There is
Yuba Bharati Krirangan, the biggest sports stadium in Asia. Apart
from the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Calcutta, there are good stadiums
at Durgapur, Kharagpur and Siliguri as well. Water Sports have acquired
a remarkable position besides cricket and football. Swimming and
Boating facilities have been made readily available by many prestigious
hotels and resorts in Calcutta.
Efforts are being made to develop Golf Villages of international
standard in the Dooars and in the outskirts of Calcutta to make
Calcutta city the gateway to South-East Asia, a centre of big business
and the headquarters of big industries and a paradise for golfers
and to give a boost to the hotel industry in the city.
Tourism Department with the State Sports and Youth Services Department
and various non-Government sports organisations is planning and
organising national and international sports meets at regular intervals
not only in Calcutta but also at Durgapur, Kharagpur and Siliguri
in such a manner to ensure flow of both domestic and foreign tourist
to West Bengal round the year.
Trekking in Darjeeling
Apart from being acclaimed as one of the best Hill Resorts, Darjeeling
is also a veritable paradise for trekkers and adventure seekers.
Trekking in Darjeeling is an experience which no lover of nature
should miss. It takes one to places from where one can feel the
proximity of the stars and is still in its premival majesty. It
brings one face to face with the snow-capped mountains with the
sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region abounds in rhododendrons,
magnolias, primulas, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. About
six hundred species of birds inhabit the emerald green forests on
the slopes of the mountains.
Mountaineering is a sport reserved for the trained and well equipped
personnels, but as far as trekking is concerned, it is a sport for
one and all. There is no need to be a professional climber to enjoy
the magnificient grandeur of the Himalayas, just an ordinary person
who has the will to walk along the narrow paths of the hills and
who has the inquisitiveness of viewing the serenity and sublime
of the mountains.
In North Bengal, the great expanse of Terrai grasslands is held
by Jaldapara Sanctuary intersected with raverine forests, dry mixed
forests and wet-forests. Rhino and Asiatic elephant's favourite
homes are the tall riparian grasslands lined with bamboo clumps.
Various other kinds of species like the python, monitor lizard,
cobra, kraits and frogs are available for visitors to see. On approach,
Hog Deer, a typical animal of short grasslands quite often shoots
out of cover in small groups. The sambar conceals itself in a good
shrubby undergrowth. The cheetal is confined to the edge - areas
between treelands and grasslands. Gaurs - Indian bison - can be
found roaming over grasslands and forest. A tiger or leopard may
be found on the sandy banks of a stream. Ride on elephants gives
an exhilirating experience at Jaldapara.
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting is an Adventure Hill Sport, which is relatively
new in the Darjeeling Hills having introduced in 1991. Since then
the sport has gained immense popularity all over the region.
Graded on the international scale at Grade II, III & IV, the
icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta with a series of rapids with
varying intensity and character, extend a challenging invitation
to one of the finest rafting stretches in the world. The turbulent
waters of the Rangeet with its multidimensional rapids provide rafters
of all age groups with a variation meant for professionals. The
spectacular scenery confronting a rafter while one snakes down the
mountain rivers make this experience a must for all lovers of adventure.
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