River Rafting in India
Go canoeing, Kayaking or rafting in the wild rivers of Garhwal India. Pit your will and skill against nature as you race the rapids, maneuver the bends, speed along gorges and break into sparkling surf. The challenge of the hard 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 for whitewater rafting in india. Fed by innumerable streams they race along tortuous boulder strewn beds, cutting deep gorges and breaking into silvery white rapids. With the intricate network of mountain rivers flowing through a myriad of different colours of rocky gorges, forests, flowers and high mountain villages, the Garhwal and Kumaon hills provide ideal locales for the perfect water adventure. The Sport of while whitewater river rafting calls for a triumph over the swift swirling river Ganga as it gushes past spectacular mountains.
Shivpuri is a small village 18 km from Rishikesh (the town famous for Yoga festivals ), now famous world over for white water rafting, Kayaking and exotic river beach camping. Generally a stretch of 35 km of the river is undertaken for beginners but Ganga provides a longer stretch of up to 150 kms for the expeditions, starting on the upper sections of Ganga, namely Bhagirathi and Alaknanda and can take up to 06 days on strenuous white waters with rapids up to grade IV+.
BEST SEASON : October to April
ALTITUDE : 350 mts.
DAY 01: DELHI – SHIVPURI
Leave from Delhi to arrive in the afternoon at the camp. Check in on arrival and relax after lunch. Go for a nice nature walk in the evening or visit Vashisht Gufa ( a temple of Rishi Vashisht inside a natural cave just few kms from the camp). Camp activities like Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Kayaking, Dune Jumping, trekking and beach volleyball are at disposal for your use this evening. Time permitted you can go for a short jungle walk. Camp fire & sing song is followed by a buffet spread dinner.
DAY 02: SHIVPURI
An early morning wake up call is in order if you want to enjoy the clean mountain air and the misty Ganga valley. The early morning walk will take you into some of the last virgin forests in India. A stroll through the dense tropical foliage amidst bird sounds and morning sun rays filtering through the leafy trees is a gentle but strong awakening for the city dwellers. Return to camp for a well deserved, hot breakfast.
At approximately 10:30 hrs you will depart for your most exciting day on the river. On arrival at Marine drive the river guide will brief the group on do’s and don’ts. After the instructions start your tryst with the river wild. Negotiating grade 3 and grade 4 rapids like the three blind mice, Roller Coaster and Golf Course provide for an unequalled and unforgettable experience. Today one will have plenty of time to indulge in body surfing, cliff jumping and sunbathing on the rafts while the rafts gently float down towards the pull out point at N.I.M. beach. Hot buffet lunch spread with tea and coffee will await your arrival. After lunch and lounging around on the beach you board your buses to return to camp for another relaxed evening on our beach camp. Sing song with bon fire and dinner is the order of the evening.
DAY 03: SHIVPURI – DELHI
We save the biggest for the last. Today is an early start after breakfast at 0700 hrs. We drive for 15 minutes to rock site at Byasi for Rappelling. Today, we do one of the easiest but thrilling mountaineering activity the RAPPELLING. Finish the activity and then drive back to the Camp for a quick lunch before commencing your journey back.
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Super Deluxe Accommodation
Escapade Camps offer comfortable twin bedded luxury Swiss cottage style tents with attached changing room and shower. Ours is the only Camp to have a dry sand flushing system in our toilets which makes it the most clean and hygienic wash rooms with western style sitting. Hot water is available for washing in buckets on demand. Camp has a large dining area with 24 hrs tea and coffee available with cookies. Its simply the best camp in the area.
The camp Hammock has twin sharing deluxe safari tents (A-Frame) with separate, shared bath and western style dry pit washrooms which are common. Hot water is available on demand for washing. Camp has a separate area for dining and also the distinction of the only camp which is drive in. No other camp in the area is drive in. Also its again the only camp where a mobile phone works and therefore you can keep in touch with rest of the world while being in the wilderness.
Activities: Rafting, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, forest walks, trekking, bird watching, beach volleyball and games, campfire, star gazing.