River Rafting in Himalayan River

Bumping, Swirling and Rolling On Himalaya's Finest Chilling Waters

The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats . She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.

 

The Ganga

The perennial river traces its source from the Bhagirathi river which originates from the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh (14000ft) located between the Bhagirathi and the Shivling peaks of the Himalayas in northern Uttarakhand, India. The Bhagirathi gushes through a small opening from under the glacier formed of sheer icy walls 500 metres high on two sides and rock on one side. The Bhagirathi joins with the Alakananda at the sacred town of Devprayag to form the Ganga. The Ganga and its tributaries such as Bhagirathi, and Alakananda  offers one of the most popular and adventurous river rafting expeditions in the country.

Ganga is full of surprises with its diversities for the rafter, at some places it is calm and tranquil; while at others it is equally turbulent and rapid. The best time to capture the thrill of the Himalayan white waters is from February to April, and September to December.  Shivpuri forms the base from where one can participate in one of the many expeditions through the Ganga. Trips can be arranged from from Exotic Himalaya’s office at Rsihikesh. There are calm paced runs suitable for the amateur as well as expert professionals with rapids as high as grade IV to V. The river runs through picturesque surroundings with thick forested slopes of oak, pine, fir etc, occasional villages with its terraced fields and sandy beaches at intervals suitable for stop overs in between runs. Wild life can be sighted at a distance along with Ashrams and spiritual  retreats overlooking the river. 

Rivers are graded from Grade I to Grade VI depending on the degree of difficulty they present in successfully maneuvering a white water craft (raft/kayak/canoe/cataraft) through it.

Grade I: Easy, small waves. No obstacles.
Grade II: Moderate difficulty with clear passages.
Grade III: Difficult, high irregular waves, narrow passages- requires precise maneuvering.
Grade IV: Difficult, powerful waves. Very precise maneuvering required.
Grade V: Extremely difficult, violent, highly congested. Team of experts only.
Grade VI: Un-runnable. Suicidal.

White water rafting

White water rafting in Uttarakhand can be very interesting, as well as equally adventurous. Garhwal Himalayas offers some very exciting opportunities for the water sport lover. The Ganga with its frothing and foaming waters throw up a challenge that no rafter on this earth can look away from. The rivers in Uttarakhand Himlayas are said to offer the best rafting opportunities in world. Equipments and other related items are arranged by Exotic Himalayas. Rishikesh, Shivpuri and Kodiyala are among the most famous rafting and camping destinations in Uttarakhand. At Kaudiyalaand shivpuri, nestled amongst the dense forest on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at an altitude of 480 mts., the mighty waters of Ganga are ideal for whitewater river rafting.

Itineraries

 

  1. Bhrampuri to Rishikesh (11 kms. Time taken: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs)
  2. Shivpuri To Rishikesh (17 kms. Time taken: 3 hrs. to 5 hrs)
  3. Marine Drive To Rishikesh (27 kms. Time taken: 6-8 hrs.)
  4. Kaudiyala To Rishikesh (37 kms. Time taken: 8-10 hrs. )

Bhrampuri to Rishikesh

Distance covered: 11 kms. Time taken: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs. Depending on the water level.

Bhrampuri to RishikeshDrive Brahmpuri, the first rafting camp on Ganga 11 kms. towards Shivpuri. Arrive Brahmpuri. After ready the raft, we raft down to Rishikesh. We hit some of the easy and exciting rapids on the river i.e. Initiation, Double-Trouble, Hilton and Terminator. In the later part, we float past temples and Ashrams of Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, the main tourist area of Rishikesh Certainly the best angle to see the town of the Gods, Ghats and the Ganges .
Best for : Children above 5 years and families with ladies and elder people. Knowing swimming for this section is not necessary.

Shivpuri To Rishikesh

Distance covered: 17 kms. Time taken: 3 hrs. to 5 hrs. Depending on the water level.

Shivpuri To RishikeshMorning drive to Shivpuri (40 minutes). After safety briefing we enboat to raft down to Brahmpuri. We hit some of the most exciting rapids on the river e.g. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf course and Club house. After riding the big waves of Roller Coaster, Golf course and Club House we stop at Brahmpuri camp for beach lunch/snacks . After lunch and quick game of beach ball, we raft down to Rishikesh. One can make this section more exciting by trying body surfing in initiation rapid and cliff jump before double trouble.
Best for : Children above 10 years, men and ladies up to 40 to 45 years .

Marine Drive To Rishikesh

Distance covered: 27 kms. Time taken: 6-8 hrs.
Marine Drive To RishikeshMorning drive to Marine Drive (50 Minutes). Arrive Marine drive. After safety briefing enboat the raft-to-raft down till Shivpuri. We hit some of the best rapids e.g. Black money. Cross fire, three blind mice and Body surfing. Arrive Shivpuri. After a cup of tea/soft drink we raft down to Brahmpuri. We hit the most exciting rapids on the river, i.e. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Gold Course and Club House. We stop here for beach lunch. After lunch and a quick game of beach ball, we raft down to Rishikesh. One can make this section more exciting by trying body surfing in initiation rapid and cliff jump near double trouble rapid.
Best for : Children above 12 years, men and ladies up to 40

Kaudiyala To Rishikesh

Distance covered: 37 kms. Time taken: 8-10 hrs.
Kaudiyala To RishikeshMorning drive to Kaudiyala (60 Minutes). Arrive Kaudiyala. After safety briefing enboat the raft-to-raft down till Marine Drive . We hit some of the best rapids e.g. Black money, Cross fire, Three blind mice and Body surfing. Arrive Marine Drive . After a cup of tea/soft drink we raft down to Shivpuri. We hit the most exciting rapids on the river, i.e. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Gold Course and Club House. We stop here for beach lunch. After lunch and a quick game of beach ball, we raft down to Rishikesh. One can make this section more exciting by trying body surfing in initiation rapid and cliff jump near double trouble rapid.
Best for : Children above 15 years, men and ladies up to 40
What to wear: For children and men, T-shirts and shorts with river sandals or sports shoes without socks. For ladies T-shirts, shorts/jeans or Salwar Kamiz.

P.S.: Don’t bring your valuable things or baggage. Activities e.g. beach ball, body surfing, cliff jump & time taken may change with the water level/conditions.

 

 

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