Shiv Kumar Padha
Nautical tourism, in short, is traveling by boat for the express purpose of seeing things intended for nautical tourists. This type of tourism is generally only popular in the summer. Water tourism involves inland destinations such as lakes, rivers where tourists can sail or swim on the lakes, while many rivers are ideal for whitewater rafting like the Ganges River. Tourists often visit destinations such as water parks, popular lakes, or well-known beaches for water sports and fun. Lakes, water reservoirs, rivers and ponds, compared to traditional tourism, offer a large place to multidimensional aquatic tourism.
As for the lakes of India, they are both natural and artificial. The lakes in the Himalayan region differ from the lakes in the peninsular region in that some are fresh water while others are brackish lakes. The 24km. Long Lake Wullar, surrounded by mountains is one of the freshwater lakes of Asia, Dal Lake the exotic beauty of Srinagar, Mansar Lake Sruinsar Lake and the vast 88 km². crystal-clear freshwater Basohli’s Ranjeet Sagar Lake located in the middle of the Shivalik Hills is one of the popular and scenic lakes in Jammu and Kashmir which are by no means inferior to lakes in other parts of the world and if they are developed in accordance with national and international standards can offer a lot to the variety of tourists all over the country.
The vast Ranjeet Sagar Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country that formed as a result of the build-up of Thein Dam on the Ravi River. The whole lake is encircled by the chain of hills of Shivalik. The whole lake is deep and pollution-free. The lake is located at the threshold of Jammu and Kashmir and runs along all the tehsil to Mashka. Ranjeet Sagar Lake, due to its size and location, offers vast opportunities for nautical tourism in the state, and its development can add one more feather to Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism industry to the ‘to come up.
RSD Lake has great potential for multidimensional nautical tourism for tourists of varying tastes and temperaments. The variety of tourism can be developed according to the dimensions of the lakes formed at different places along the stretch. There are a large number of sports that involve water. Water sports can be divided into three categories according to the sport’s relation to water. Some sports only have a part related to swimming such as triathlon. There are popular water sports. In water. on the water. under water. RSD is a great lake for water sports like water skiing, boating, boat racing, canoeing, dragon boat racing, sailing, and one of the most exciting sports, parasailing. The hilly cliffs and vast expanse of RSD invite visitors yearning for thrilling and adventurous sports like paragliding and parasailing on the waters of RSD. The choice for the sport of parasailing or paragliding depends on its involvement in the activity. Those who aspire to be in the driver’s seat with a sense of adventure prefer paragliding and others who prefer to take a back seat prefer parasailing. Each activity is immensely rewarding and exciting for athletes.
Paragliding and parasailing are two different sports where the first is active and the second is the passive sport where anyone, even a beginner, can opt for and fly through the air suspended under a large parachute and propelled by a fast boat. . Parasailing is an activity for those who enjoy the water but may not have the ability or desire to engage in more extreme activities such as jet skiing or the knee. Parasailing offers the rider a thrilling ascent on the ocean of water or lakes. The vast expanse of 88 km, smooth freshwater lake can prove to be an ideal water reservoir for undertaking such an adventurous and thrilling sport. The width of the lake varies from two km, in some places to three, which can facilitate uninterrupted movements of the motor and fast boats negotiating the para marine flying under the parachute above the ocean of lake water.
The top of Chanchlo Mata hill is an ideal cliff from which paragliders can take flight and soar like a kite. There are two possibilities for paragliders to make flights from the cliff of the hill, on one side below the cliff there is RSD lake where gliders must wear a life jacket. On the other side, there is a vast expanse of green fields and pastures in the village of Mandla which presents an exciting, charming and beautiful sight below.
The opening of the cable-stayed bridge over Ravi in 2015 added another dimension to it.
The State Department of Tourism should deploy the team of experts to take stock of the possibilities of starting parasailing in the waters of RSD. Both sports, namely paragliding and parasailing, are rejuvenating the tourism sector as a whole and will add two new sports to the list of nautical tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.