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Adventure in West BengalIt's true, that West Bengal is not bestowed with a topography which can offer much to adventure seekers, but whatever possibilities available in the state are enough to satisfy the urge of any adventure lover. With the sincere efforts of the State Tourism Department, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, Forest and Environment Department, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling, the Netaji Institute of Sports (SAI) in Kolkata, Adventure Tourism is becoming popular in West Bengal day-by-day.

Darjeeling Hills top the adventure chart, trekking is the adventure option which you will surely love to undertake here. Besides trekking, you can enjoy a number of adventure sports in West Bengal such as mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, yachting, river rafting, swimming, para-sailing, car rally and much more.

Trekking in West Bengal
In West Bengal, trekking is possible only in Darjeeling Hills. Started almost a century ago, trekking in Darjeeling now draws thousands of trek enthusiasts every year from India and abroad. From easier to moderate, Darjeeling offers exciting trek routes passing through dense oak and rhododendron forests, magnolias, orchids and wild flowers. Besides, the spectacular sights of lofty mountains like Everest, Kangchendozonga, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Kokthang and several other peaks makes your trekking expedition a lifetime experience.

Most popular treks of Darjeeling include the Tiger Hill Trek, the Singalila Trek and Neora Valley National Park trek, the duration of these trek varies from 1 Day to 7 Days. While trekking in these trek routes, you will see a number of magnificent temples, ancient monasteries and pass small villages where you can interact with local people.
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Bicycling in Tea Gardens of Darjeeling
Set at an altitude of 2,134 m above sea level, Darjeeling provides a welcome respite to visitors during the hot summer months. Renowned across the world for its big tea estates, Darjeeling offers exciting routes for bicycling. In Darjeeling, bicycling routes are mainly centred around Singalila ranges, which provide you superb views of the Himalayas including Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu.

The bicycling routes take you from Martam to Gangtok in Sikkim, visit the famous Rumtek monastery en-route. You will ride past the villages of Tonglu, Sandakphu and Phalut and the tour will end in the city of Kalimpong. On the way, you can see the Tibetan Lamas in their yellow dresses, alongwith Sherpas, Gorkhas, Gurung farmers and the local people. Besides, lush green vegetation, snow covered mountains and a vast assortment of plants and wildlife add more to your bicycling experience.

Monsoon Car Rally in Kolkata
An annual feature, Monsoon Car Rally is organized in Kolkata between June and August. During this period adventure enthusiasts from all over the country flock the city to participate in the rally. Monsoon Car Rally starts from Kolkata and passes through nearby cities like Jamshedpur and Kharagpur and finally ends in Kolkata.

As Monsoon Car Rally is a monsoonal event, so getting wet is necessary to win the points. At the same time the participants remain highly passionate and possessive about their cars and spend a lot of money and time to keep their cars in perfect running order in monsoon season.

Water Sports in West Bengal
Although very limited water sports opportunities are available in West Bengal, but Sports Authority in India, Kolkata in association with the Dept. of Tourism Sports & Youth Services, Govt of West Bengal offer regular programmes in Kayaking, Canoeing and Rowing at Regional Head Quarters in Kolkata. You may take training courses in water sports here which will help you to enjoy water sports in various parts of the country. Apart from these, there are some lakes in the state, such as the one in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve where you can enjoy boating and angling.

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