Rafting on Ganga
Rafting is an option of our trekking trips.
Sanjay Sanju and Indian students practice together.
You can raft on the sacred river Ganges.
The holy river offers as well the amateur as the professional a great experience.
The Alaknandariver and the Bhagirathiand are the main tributaries of the Ganges
and meet at Devprayag, frothing from their stip descent.
Their waters are Grade IV and Grade V, challenging the experts to survive over there.
Sandy beaches line the river at intervals, allowing river rafters to pull up alongside,
for a spot of relaxation. The slopes on either side are covered with oak, pine,
spruce and fir, with an occasional village and its terraced fields.
Wildlife can be sighted at a distance, especially spotted deer, monkeys and leopards.
retreats and ashrams (hermitages) overlook the river.
Day Rafting Trips
Daily Departures up to 1st Sept. 2006 to 30th June 20067
Don’t Miss the Adventure
Experience the Ultimate ……While in Rishikesh
Only few rivers in the world have the mystique of the Ganges, the living mother Goddess of the India. Rafting on its water of wisdom is certainly an unusual experience. Enjoy and explore the life time experience on a date with mother Ganges. Your first encounter will be the beginning of the addiction.
Hitting the Rapid One can Try a hand on Kayak or a Duck
Initiation to White Water - Float trip from Brahmpuri to Muni Ki Reti (11 Kms)
Drive(20 Minutes) to Brahmpuri. Arrive and walk down to the river. After preparation and safety briefing enboat to raft down till Muni ki Reti. We hit Initiation, Double Trouble , Hilton and terminator rapids. One can try body surfing & cliff jump on this section. In the later part we float past Suspension bridges, ashrams and temples, Certainly the best angle to see Rishikesh the town of Gods ,Ghats & the Ganges. Trip terminates upon arrival at Muni Ki Reti.
Best For Children between 5 to 10 years , Families with children & elderly people
Daily Departure : 1200 PM
Cost : Rs.580 Per Person
White Water Magic - Full Day trip from Shivpuri to Muni Ki Reti (17 Kms)
Drive(30 Minutes) to Shivpuri. Arrive and walk down to the river. After preparation and safety briefing Enboat to raft down till Muni ki Reti. Today we hit some of the most exciting rapids on Ganga e.g. Return to sender, Roller coaster, Golf Course and Club House. Beach lunch. After lunch We hit Initiation, Double Trouble , Hilton and terminator rapids. One can try body surfing & cliff jump on this section.
Inclusive of Transport to Starting point, Tea/ Soft drinks, Rafting with professional river guide and world class equipment
Best For Children between 5 to 10 years , Families with children & elderly people
Daily Departure : 1200 PM
Cost : Rs. 780 Per Person
Long Full Day
White Water Action - Long full day trip from Marine Drive to Muni Ki Reti 27Kms)
Drive ( 45 minutes) to marine drive and walk down to the river. After preparation and safety briefing en boat to raft down till Muni Ki Reti. Today we hit some of the most exciting rapids on Ganga e.g .Black Money, Cross fire, Three Blind mice, body Surfing Return to sender, Roller coaster, Golf Course and Club House.Beach lunch. After lunch We hit Initiation, Double trouble, Hilton and terminator rapids. One can try body surfing & cliff Jump in this section.
Cost: Inclusive of transport to the starting point, beach lunch, rafting with professional river guide & world class equipment.
Best for Young and Adults looking for Ultimate Adventure on the river
Daily Departure : 0800 AM
Cost : Rs.1080 Per Person
(Rafting Beach camp of
Himalayan Adventure Holidays )
OPERATIONAL : 2nd week of September to – 30th June every year
DISTANCES & LANDMARKS : 242 kilometers from Delhi via Meerut Bypass - Muzaffarnagar bypass – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishkesh - LaxmanJhula – Brahmpuri – Ganga Nature camp Camp is 11 kms upstream from Rishikesh, on Rishikesh – Badrinath highway 4 kms before Shivpuri.One has to trek down to camp Approximate 20 yards from the main road . ( In between Brahmppuri to Shivpuri )
Once you reach Rishikesh drive 3 kms further towards laxmanjhula, till you reach the Tapvan Barrier ( from here the mountain road starts) drive 7 kms till you reach the mile stone on the right side saying Byasi 22kms. The way to camp is 20 yards before that on the same side. There is a small green and red board from the Govt. forest department saying beach camp of Garhwal Himalayan Explorations Pvt Ltd.
ACCOMMODATION- Our tents are best furnished on the river. Each tent has proper wooden comfortable bed (no folding coats) with clean sheets & blankets. Our bathrooms have running hot & cold water . However to make it eco friendly we use dry pit toilets as per the rules and regulations of camping permit. We can accommodate up to 40 persons & 60 Student at camp
MEAL PLAN-We emphasize a lot on meals. Top quality hygienic meals cooked and served by our well trained staff are served. Vegetarian breakfast & lunch and non vegetarian dinners are served mostly. We grow our own vegetables (bio food) and milk products.
BREAKFAST: Continental& Indian: Fresh Fruits , Toast/ with butter, jam, Boiled eggs/ Omellette, with one Indian breakfast changing everyday e.g Aloo- puri, Kulcha Chola, , south Indian.
LUNCH : Indian: Dal/rajma, one curry vegetable, Tawa Vegetables , rice (fried/plain), Curd / Raita, chapati, papad, achar, salad, desert/fruit & much more.
DINNER : A special meal - Indian/continental/Chinese cuisine (veg )/Barbecue/ dessert
BBQ- Veg & Non Veg – Onions, Potato’s, Capsicum, Cheese, Papad, Peanuts, etc.
Meal: One Curry Veg, One Tawa veg, Mutton/Chicken Curry, Dal, Rice, Chapati, Papad, Achar, Salad, Rasmali/ Gulab jamun etc.
TEA BREAKS: Tea/coffee with snacks/biscuits.
2) All meals are served at a central dining area – including tea, coffee (twice a day) .
ACTIVITIES IN CAMP-Beside rafting one could kayak on a placid stretch near the camp or opt for hike to a beautiful water fall for one hours. Or even go for longer hikes (5-6hrs) in the surrounding hills to view the snow coverd Greater Himalayan Range. Facilities are available for Beach games like volley/ Basket ball, Frisbee. A day in camp is rounded off with a campfire and a leisurely evening with fellow rafters.
EQUIPMENT & GUIDES-We have latest rafts and accessories used by professionals globally. With the country’s most experienced guiding team, most of our river guides and camp staff is working with us since the beginning of the company 1989. All of our river guides & camp staff have done wilderness medicine and rescue courses and do refresher courses every year.
CHECK LIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS FOR RAFTING
1. T-SHIRTS – FOR RAFT & CAMP 2. SHORTS (QUICK DRYING FOR RAFT)
3. WINDPROOF JACKET/PARKA (THIN) 4. CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR CAMP
5. JERSEY/WARM JACKET FOR CAMP 6. FOOTWEAR-2 PAIRS (ONE EACH FOR RAFT AND CAMP/TREK).
7. TOILETRIES/TOWEL/SOAP ETC. FOR PERSONAL USE 8. TOILET PAPER – OPTIONAL.
9. FLASHLIGHT – VERY IMPORTANT 10. SUNSHADE/CAP
11. SUNSCREEN LOTION 12. SUNGLASSES
13.CORD FOR SPECTACLES & SUNGLASSES 14. CAMERA (OPTIONAL)
15. SWIMSUITS/TRUNKS 16. PERSONAL MEDICATION (IF ANY)
17.Liquor & Cigarettes ( We do not serve any).
What is white water river rafting ?
River Rafting is journeying on the torrential river on an inflatable rubber boat. A river trip is often an adventure but not always. An amateur with a little sense of adventure can equally enjoy it. You are provided with a life-jacket to put on all the time while on the river. You are also provided with a crash helmet. A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team. All camping equipment and meals are provide by the outfitter.
Where and when can rafting be done ?
Rivers where rafting is possible in India:
Ganges (Rishikesh), Indus (Leh), Teesta (Sikkim), Beas (Kullu), Brahamputra (Assam).
The early stages of the Ganga offer the exhilarating Alakananda and the Bhagirathi rivers. While the Indus snaking through Ladakh and the Zanskar and Chenab in Kashmir are very different river running experiences, other rivers like the Sutlej, Beas and Yamuna are also a sporting challenge.
The best and most popular river is the Ganges - particularly the stretch between Kaudiyala and Rishikesh. Rafting can be done here from Mid September upto Mid May.
Who provides the equipments and guide ?
High quality rafts, safety equipment (life jackets, helmets etc) and internationally trained guides are provided by the Company organising the river rafting trips and running the camps.
I have never done rafting before !
The Ganges at Shivpuri (all the year round except the monsoons) and the Beas at Kullu (in the summers) is the best place for first timers. From the novice to the most intrepid of adventurers, there is most certainly a package suited for each experience level even for beginners, amateurs, novices and first timers. You can choose from the more technical river sections of class IVs for a true adrenaline rush, or simply opt for less strenuous, and milder trips that are perfect for beginners and families.
I do not know swimming !
River rafting on Grade 2 and 3 rapids does not require swimming ability. A personal flotation device which is provided will keep you buoyant if you happen to swim from the raft. There are plenty of calm "recovery pools" to keep you from floating down river. Each raft has a trained river runner and guide alongwith. Class 4 requires good swimming ability since participants must be able to swim back to the raft or shore before the next rapid.
What do I need to carry for a rafting trip ?
You need to bring shorts, swim suit, cap, t-shirt, keds, sneakers, beach sandals, windcheater, sun block, sun shades, flashlight, and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Prepare to have everything that you wear to get wet. Also please do not bring valuable items (i.e. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft.
Do I need to be in a group ?
It is always more fun if you have your own group of at least four people. Otherwise you can always come alone or as a couple and you will get to join a group at the Camp.
What are the safety standards ?
White water rafting expeditions in India are organized and managed by professional Indian teams who have trained abroad in some of the most difficult water stretches of the world. The helmsman on board is familiar with the topography of the river and its obstacles. Life jackets and crash helmets are worn by all with back up arrangements for rescue, evacuation and medical attention on the river bank. Most important of all, the guide is suitably qualified so that panic is avoided if there is a mishap. The rafts are imported and have inflatable compartments with vulcanized rubber bodies reinforced by nylon fabric beneath an exterior of neoprene. This degree of strength for the raft makes it tolerable to battering by waves and rocks.
What is the rafting stretch like along the Ganges ?
The River Ganga offers the professional as well as the amateur the exhilaration of white water rafting. The rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, are the main tributaries of the Ganga and meet at Devprayag, frothing from their racy descent. Their waters are Grade IV to V, challenging the expert to survive the thrill.
Downriver from Devprayag to Rishikesh, the Ganges becomes milder. This stretch of almost 70 kms. is perfect for the amateur and the novice, for here the river offers some fine Grade III rapids and two Grade IV rapids, 'The Wall' at Byasi and the 'Golf Course' 4 kms. below Shivpuri village; each followed by deep and placid pools. Other interesting rapids on this stretch are Three Blind Mice, Daniel's Dip, Sweet Sixteen, Marine Drive, Cross Fire and Roller Coaster.
Sandy beaches line the river at intervals, allowing river rafters to pull up alongside. The slopes on either side are covered with oak and conifers with the occasional village and its terraced fields dotting the landscape. Spiritual retreats and ashrams overlook the river, at the end of the journey, and add to the spiritual experience.
What is a rapid ?
A rapid is a white patch of foam on a flowing river. It is caused by sudden gradient or by the river breadth getting constricted while flowing through a gorge between rocks or by a sudden increase or decrease in the volume of the water.
Can all rapids be negotiated easily ?
A rapid's level of difficulty is categorised by its grade. Grade 1 is any flat moving portion, Grade 2 is the mildest, most gentle rapid such as a bunch of school children could negotiate - guided of course. Grade 3 is tougher but still manageable by amateurs and beginners. Grade 4 is the hardest rapid to be included in a commercial trip. Grade 5 is for a group of experienced professionals with high levels of expertise; Grade 6 is suicidal !
Can children do river rafting ?
12 years and older children can go along with the adults while the smaller children can do the Grade 1 and 2 float trips. Even if the child or for that matter even an adult doesnot want to try out rafting they can still enjoy the river beach, the camping experience and the other activities.
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