In our three part series covering the Indian monsoons, we arrive at the most exciting part of our journey, so hook up your seat belts for some adrenaline racing activities.
The monsoons are here and the rivers swelled till the brim, the mountains, the trees, the birds everyone seem to in the rhythm of the season, so why should we be left behind!
District: Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
How to reach: A 227 km drive from the Delhi makes it a ideal adventure and spiritual retreat. .
Stay: There are several stay options, but to get the best feel of the Ganges stay at the Elephant Brook resort on the banks of the river.
Our journey brings us to the town of the holy Indian river “The Ganges” - Rishikesh beckons not only the spiritual at heart, but has something which is not for the faint at heart! Wondering what I’m talking about, it’s the adrenaline pumping adventure activities in store on Rishikesh tours in Uttaranchal.
Stay in your tented cottage along the holy Ganges and set out to experience some of the best extreme sports the region has to offer, from the popular white water rafting, to lesser known activities like quad biking, bungee jumping, Devi Darshan trek, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. For a more relaxed experience you can choose to take some yoga lessons and indulge in a soothing massage. A weekend of adventure will leave you energized and rejuvenated and stress free for a while at least, till you plan that next weekend getaway!
District: Pauri Garhwal,Uttarakhand
How to reach: The nearest airport and railhead is Dehradun at 170 km.
Stay: The Banjara Camp on the banks of the Tons River is the best place to stay.
From the holy waters of the Ganges, my travel takes me to the little town of Mori. Situated along the banks of the Tons River, this is little known part of the picturesque state of Uttaranchal. An ideal getaway to enjoy a laid back holiday or an adrenaline pumping adventure experience, Mori is the place to be.
A visit to the ancient Duryodhana Temple is indeed a treat, this wood-crafted temple is said to have been built by the Pandavas. Closer to nature, a visit to the Lunagad Creek is a half hour walk amidst pine forests and fresh mountain air, will bring you to the blue clear plunge pool formed by a small waterfall.
Adventure activities ranges from cycling, rafting and trekking, more laid back options are guided nature walks, bird watching and exploring the diverse flora and fauna.
Dandeli: Kali River
District: Uttara Kannada, Karnataka
How to reach: The nearest airport is at Belgaum 65 km away and the nearest railhead is at Londa 35 km.
Stay: The Jungle Lodges Old Magazine house Forest Camp and Jungle Lodges Kali River Lodge are the best options in the region.
From the holy to hills we descend to the picturesque town of Dandeli. Famous for the Kali River with flowing with in all its glory and vigor, the best time to visit is during the monsoons when the whispers turn into roars and the rapids are at its best, promising an adrenaline rush like no other. Rafting along the exciting class 3 rapids amidst the green cover and dense forests home to wide variety of wild animals and flourishing bird life is indeed an exhilarating experience on your holidays in Karnataka.
Although white water rafting is the most popular activity here, there are plenty of other activities like trekking, bird watching, jungle safari, kayaking, canoeing, river side fishing, overnight camping, croc treks, nature walks and island visits to name a few.
Excursions from here include a visit to the nearby Cavla Caves, Syntheri Rocks and the tribal village.
Dubare Camp: Coorg
District: Kodagu, Karnataka
How to reach: Nearest airport is Bangalore and the nearest railhead is Mangalore
Stay: The Dubare Camp is the best place to stay, apart from several other options from homestays & hotels.
From the roaring Kali to the more calm waters of the Cauvery, flowing along the Dubare Camp on Coorg tours. For beginners this is a great place to start, with not too many rapids and a wide river, rafting here makes for a good start. You can choose from the 8.5 km run and the 12 km run, which begins at the riverside cottage at Valnoor and ends at the Last Resort at Hosapatna. The monsoon months of July-September are ideal to get started here. The scenic surroundings embraced by tall trees and dense forest cover with small creeks and gurgling streams makes for a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle bustle of city life.
Kullu: Beas River
District: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
How to reach: The nearest airport is Bhuntar and nearest railhead is Jogindernagar
Stay: There are several stay options at this popular hill town.
We hop across from Kali River in Dandeli to the valley if Kullu, on our hunt for some of the most enlivening white water rafting experiences across India. Kullu valley known for its beauty and tranquility of the hills, the green valley, and the gurgling streams is almost like a landscape painting on the canvas of an artist. Rafting along the Beas River along a stretch of 16 km starting at Pirdi and down to Jhiri is an experience you cannot forget when on holidays in Himachal. This river is ideal for extreme Kayakers and beginner rafters alike.
Zanskar River: Ladakh
District: Leh & Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir
How to reach: The nearest airport is Leh and the nearest railhead is Jammu railway station
Stay: There are several hotels and tented accommodation you will find in the region.
On our round up on the best rafting experiences, we arrived to the top of our list, and we are at the top of the countries map too! Yes, we landed in the land of landscapes, rivers, snow caped mountains and some of the countries best views and of course the best places for an invigorating and thrilling white water rafting experience on Leh Ladakh tours in North India.
The Zanskar River, with its striking beauty and its thrills is one of the most challenging rivers for rafting in the country. Your river expedition will take you through some of the most breathtaking gorges in all of Asia. The rapids here are level III and IV, so brace yourself for some adrenaline rushing heady experience like never before.
Be warned, these rivers are for the experienced, not something you first timers would want to venture into.
So, this rounds up our three part series on all the monsoon mania, from waterfalls, wildlife, hills and adventure. You can take your pick and enjoy the beautiful season of monsoon as you go hopping across monsoon getaways and sipping on hot Chai (tea) to keep the cold at bay!