Riverine Drama

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Adventure tourism is at its zenith in India; with numerous activities now available for thrill seekers, river rafting no doubt offers an exciting activity that gets one’s adrenaline pumping. Glide over those choppy waves, manoeuvre the turns and twists, and conquer every rapid along the way. Travel today is about absorbing the local culture, seeing the city with new eyes and experiencing the essence of the destination.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

One of the top destinations in India for river rafting, Rishikesh offers a supreme experience. Situated at an elevation of 1,220 ft from sea level, there are beautiful white sandy river banks, a magnificent scenic landscape of the Kumaon mountains, and a fine selection of rapids to choose from. With the river dropping from various levels over the underlying rocks,the rapids are ranked from 1 to 5 on their level of difficulty. The rapids have even acquired interesting monickers such as Sweet Sixteen, Roller Coaster, and Three Blind Mice among others. These are along a 16 km stretch from Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula. The camps provide the necessary camping gear, safety gear, jackets, paddles, etc., while also explaining the do’s and don’ts of the activity.

Best time to visit: March to May, and September to October are the best time to visit Rishikesh, and enjoy a cold  dip in the sprightly waters of the River Ganga.

Note: When visiting Rishikesh, or any other destination, it is important to preserve the natural surroundings of that area.

Tips: Rishikesh, apart from being the yoga capital of India, offers a number of adventure activities like bunjee  jumping, rock climbing, cliff jumping, trekking and more.

GoAir Connect: GoAir operates direct flights to Delhi from Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Guwahati,  Jammu, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar, and easy connections from Kochi and Port Blair. Log onto www.goair.in for details.

Coorg, Karnataka

Known as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg has turned into a wholesome tourist destination, where there is something  for everyone. Set amidst the mountains of the Western Ghats, with rolling mists and lush green vegetation, Barapole river offers a spectacular rafting experience. Descending from the Brahmagiri hills, the Barapole River offers good  stretches for rafting, with higher level of rapids that are perfect for thrill seekers. The rafting session lasts for about two to three hours, depending on the route chosen. The rafting route takes one through verdant landscapes, forests  and even coffee estates.

Best time to visit: June to October.

Tips: Avoid wearing bulky clothes, accessories, open sandals, etc. Carry floaters, extra t-shirts and shorts. Do pay attention when the instructions are given.

GoAir Connect: GoAir operates direct flights to Bengaluru from Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Port Blair, etc., and easy  connections from Jammu, Jaipur, Nagpur and Leh among others. Log onto www.goair.in for details.

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Leh, Kashmir

Definitely a treat for the adventure lovers, there are two different routes open for tourists, among others. The Indus River route offers easier rapids, whereas the Zanskar river is more temperamental, and has rapids ranging to the more difficult grades. For the Indus river rafting experience, the most common route is from Phey to Nimo. Phey is approximately 13 km from Leh. It offers rapids of grades II and III, while being flanked by the most breathtaking of Ladakh landscape. With stunning mountains, commanding peaks, steep cliffs, with the occasional monastery and local villages peeking out from above, river rafting in Ladakh is exceptionally scenic. The river rafting route ends at Nimo, which is approximately 36 km from Leh, at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.

Best time to visit: June, July and August are the ideal months as the water levels are high, offering a fascinating experience.

Tips: Keep a few days extra on hand to discover the neighbouring regions. Opt for a hot air balloon ride to soar over the peaks or if you want to slow your pace, venture on an ambling yak ride.

GoAir Connect: GoAir operates direct flights to Leh from Delhi and Mumbai, and convenient connections from Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. Log onto www.goair.in for details.

Written by – Ramya JS D’Rozario

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