Angling and fishing are two remarkable adventure activities among the many others that are offered in the India. They are specially suited to the Indian sub continent because of innumerable rivers that course through the expansive Gangetic Plains, and originate in the upper reaches of the magnificent Himalayas. The clear rushing waters of these various rivers and their tributaries provide excellent fishing and angling holidays spots that are captivating in their crisp and clean mountain beauty, as well as rich breeding ground of a number of different varieties of fish. The adventurous settings for angling and fishing range from the majestic Himalayan valleys, snow-fed streams and high altitude lakes to the wide coastal stretches of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
The Indian water world is home to a large variety of fish. Some of the favorite fishing prey here are the trout, mahseer and shark. The Mahseer is the toughest fresh water fighting fish in the world, and India is the only breeding ground for it. Nowhere else in the world does this hardy fish ever breed, though in India you can find all four of its varieties. The Golden, the Silver, the Silver Grey and the Black Mahseers are all prey worthy of any fishing aficionados attention.
The challenge of hooking a Mahaseer is a tremendously exciting one for this fish is a fierce fighter that weighs over a hundred pounds and has a matching reputation for its quicksilver litheness. Angling Holidays of the redoubtable Mahaseer requires skill, strength, practice, determination and speed. It is rightfully called the ‘tiger of the water’ and puts up a reckonable fight. The best time to angle the Mahseer is when they return after breeding to chase the shoals of minnows.
There is also the choice of attempting to angle for the crafty trout or the menacing shark in the rivers and seacoasts of India. Trout is found in two different varieties namely, the brown trout and the rainbow trout, in India. Hooking a trout requires you to be on your guard and prompt use of your wits. Fishing and angling in India now go hand in hand with conservation, and after having caught your fish, shot your picture and recorded its weight it is best to release it into the water again. The Indian Protection laws enforce that conversation of animal life should be mandatory with this adventure sport. Anglers from all over the world come for trout fishing to the fast flowing clear water streams and high altitude lakes of the upper Himalayas.
Basic equipment required for an angling and fishing adventure holiday would include rods, line, hooks, spoons, and reel. There are excellent tented accommodation facilities provided by adventure tour operators amid the beautiful Himalayan environs and riverbanks of India. Otherwise, forest rest houses or the forest bungalows also make for a good night’s stay when on an adventure holiday in India.
The fresh water lakes like the Dodital surrounded by the Himalayan peaks are excellent for the catch regardless of the season. The Cauvery Fishing Lodge near Mysore is renowned for Mahseer. The hill stations of Munnar are ideal for fishing in the streams of Kerala. However, Kashmir remains the angler’s paradise where early mornings and late evenings are best times to indulge in this sport. For those who want to combine it with another sport, there is the option of adventure trekking, which can be clubbed with angling, and you can fish in one of many high altitude lakes that are 14,000 ft. above sea level.
A fishing adventure-holiday in India is the perfect way to be in communion with nature as well as get away from the hustle-bustle of life. Solitude seekers can spend hours in quiet contemplation and enjoy the pristine beauty of the riversides. All said and done, if it is adventure sports you are looking for, India can provide you with an interminable array of exciting and enthralling options to chose from! And then you’ll never have to wonder how you will spend you next vacation, ever again!