Rafting is a popular water sports in Uttaranchal. The article brings to highlight various rafting destinations and other info regarding rafting in Uttaranchal.
The state of Uttaranchal is famous all over the world for offering uber rapid routes where tourists can enjoy white water rafting. Rafting is a popular water sports that one can enjoy on the adventure tours of Uttaranchal. Be a part of Uttaranchal this holiday and indulge in some mind freaking rafting delight.
Famous Routes to Raft
There are quite a few routes in Uttaranchal, where tourists can enjoy white water rafting. However, Garhwal and Kumaon are the hot spots for this sport.
Rafting in Garhwal
This is one of the most popular region to raft in Uttaranchal. The tributaries of river Ganga - Alaknanda and Bhagirathi that meet at Devprayag is the best place for the sport and is ideal for beginners as well as experienced rafters. The raft begins from Devaprayag (classified as grade IV and V) and here the water is very frothy thus only experts are advised to tread this way. Further the waters becomes timid and transforms into a pool drop river, thus making it ideal for inexperienced. The stretch is around 70 kms long and is best suited for novices as here the river offers easy grades (III and II). Indulging is the slow and much less challlenging grades of Ganges at Rishikesh is also ideal for the inexperienced rafters. Rafting in this route offers much more than just thrill and excitement. While rafting here tourists pass through various scenic villages and can also enjoy multitudinous natural attractions and even animals like deers, monkeys and bears. Though the most popular routes are between Kaudilya and Shivpuri, however, there are many routes of varied grades on rivers Alaknanda, Mandakini and Bhagirathi, that too can be undertaken on Rishikesh tours in North India.Rafting in Kumaon
This is the next most popular region for enjoying this water sports. The rapids on this route stretch from Jauljivi to Tanakpur (110 kms), and is suited only for ace rafters. The river Kali Ganga meets Jori river at Jauljivi and gains immense volume, thus making it an extremely challenging grade for rafting. The grades of rafting here ranges above IV and takes almost 3 days to complete this stretch. Once the river reaches the forested slopes, the level of ferociousness starts to die and at this time, the river offers a challenging rapid for the amateurs. To know more about the routes of rafting in uttaranchal, please go to http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/sports/water_rafting.aspxBest time to Raft
Rafting is a sport that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. However, there is a limitation on enjoying this sport in uttaranchal. The best time to enjoy rafting holidays in Uttaranchal is during the summer months from March to August as during this time the temperature rises resulting in the rise of water levels. The months of August and September are ideal for the beginners as during this time the water is more manageable. Winter months, from November to February, should be completely avoided as most of the rivers remain frozen during this time. Rafting GearsBefore indulging in this sport, it is very important to be wary of all the gears and equipments that are required for rafting. If planning a rafting expedition then one requires to carry simple swimsuit, nylon shorts, tennis shoes or sandals, and a hat. Though the rapids are quite safe but one should always have a medicinal kit handy. Sunglasses, sunscreens, and camera with a securing strap should not be missed. Nuemrous Rishikesh tour packages from Delhi are available. Rafting CoursesIf you want to learn the adventure, then there are many options in Uttaranchal. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, an Uttaranchal Tourism initiative conduct various rafting courses at Kaudilya which is just 38 kms from Rishikesh. They offer two courses and charge Rs 4,050 for a 3 day course and Rs 6,650 for a five-day course. Various private players too offer rafting courses. Aquaterra Adventures’ Camp Silver Sands - Located 26 kms upstream from Rishikesh and charge Rs 18,000 per person (includes all expedition costs and railway transfers). Phone - 011 29212641/2760. Indian Outdoors - They charge anywhere between Rs 5,000 to rs 25,000 depending upon the duration and number of people. Phone - 0124 4081500.
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