WHITE WATER RAFTING
challenge of the daunting, turbulent rivers is no less, than
that of the rugged mountains. The icy heights of the Himalayas,
are the source of some of India's mighty rivers. Fed by innumerable
streams, they race along tortuous boulder - strewn beds, cutting
deep gorges, and breaking into silvery white rapids.
An intricate network of thundering mountain rivers, flowing
through an amazing landscape of thrilling gorges, forests,
and remote villages, the Garhwal and Kumaon hills, in the
state of Uttar Pradesh, provide ideal settings for some dramatic
Rafting in the Garhwal region
The sacred river Ganga, or the Holy Ganges, offers the professional
as well as the amateur, the sheer exhilaration of white water
rafting. The Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi, are the main tributaries
of the Ganga, and meet at Devprayag, frothing from their racy
descent. Their waters are Grade IV and Grade V, challenging
the expert to survive the thrill.
Down river from Devprayag, the Ganga changes into a pool drop
river. 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 II rapids, the 'wall' at Bysi and
the 'Golf Course" 4 kms below Shivpuri village; each followed
by deep and placid pools. 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, dotting the landscape. Wildlife can
be sighted at a distance, especially spotted deer, monkeys
and leopards. Spiritual retreats and ashrams (hermitages)
overlook the river, and add a spiritual flavour to this fantastic
Rafting in the Kumaon region
In Kumaon, the Kali Ganga (Sharda) flows down from the Nepal
border, through the Kumaon hills. The Kali and the Jori rivers
meet at Jauljivi, where the water level increases, perfect
for ace professionals. For over 110 kms from Jauljivi to Tanakpur,
its rapids are Grade IV, and more. The tough three days of
rafting should be attempted only, by professionals. Lower
down among the forested slopes, the river becomes calmer,
offering the amateur a sporting challenge, before flowing
out into the plains of Uttar Pradesh.
Kaudiyala Rafters Camp
The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), an Uttar Pradesh government
undertaking, conducts river rafting courses at Kaudiyala,
38 kms from Rishikesh. It provides rafts, equipment, and camping
items, besides safety precautions and trained guides. Amidst
the dense forest cover, on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway,
at an altitude of 480 mts, the mighty waters of the Ganga,
are ideal for white water rafting. There is also ample opportunity,
to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Nature walks along
the river are a real treat, and rock climbing is specially
arranged for avid adventure lovers.
GMVN has developed Kaudiyala as a rafters camp. Tented accomodation
for 40 persons, is available with dining hall/ restaurant.
For reservations, contact: The Manager, GMVN, Tourism and
Rafting camp, Kaudiyala, District Tehri Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,
Access by Road
Local Transport Union and State Transport buses ply regularly
to Kaudiyala from Dehradun (80 kms), Haridwar (57 kms), Rishikesh
(38 kms), and Delhi (260 kms).
Access by Rail
Rishikesh is the nearest railhead.
Access by Air
Jolly Grant (55 kms from Kaudiyala) is the nearest airport.
Every raft is equipped with a first aid box and other life
saving devices. All rafting companies have a panel of doctors,
in case of any emergency.
Sites for Rafting, Canoeing,and Kayaking
Barkot to Lakha Mandal
(b) Damta to Yamuna Bridge
Kaliasor to Srinagar
(b) Srinagar to Bagwan
(b) 20 kms
Matuli to Dunda
(b) Dharasu to Chham
(c) Jangla to Jhala
(d) Bhaldyana to Tehri
Tel / Fax
and Mountaineering Division,
Garhwal Mandal Vikas
Nigam Ltd, 74/1, Rajpur Road,
Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India
656817 / 654408
Rafting Company, 606-Akashdeep, Barakhamba Road,
New Delhi, India
Tel: 3313229 / 2312773
Himalayan River Runners Pvt. Ltd.
F-5, Hauz Khas Enclave (FF),
New Delhi 110016, India
Leopard Adventure Pvt. Ltd.
Post Box No. 4210,
New Delhi 110024, India
Adventure (India) Pvt. Ltd.
D-383, Defence Colony,
New Delhi 110024, India
Adventure Pvt. Ltd.
A-13, Sector 30,
Noida 201303, Uttar Pradesh, India
011-89-58352 / 011-89-34148
Jeevan Tara Buiding,
Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001, India
Himalayan Explorations Pvt. Ltd. G.P.O.P. Box No. 29,
Rishikesh 249201, Uttar Pradesh, India
31654 / 61167 / 31558 , Fax: 31654
G.P.O Post Box No. 34 Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh 249201 Uttar
31503 / 32804