One other thing I did on my vacation couple of weeks ago, was go white water rafting. Well actually this was the most important part of my trip. And to say the least, I had the time of my life.
White water rafting in India is offerered at two places, one at Rishikesh (the Ganga coming down from the Himalayas) and the other in Karnataka at Dandeli. When I try Karnataka, I will let you more about it. But the Rishikesh experience was breathtaking.
Easiest way to get to Rishikesh would be a flight to Dehradun. Not sure if Rishikesh/Haridwar have air connectivity. You might also want to consider getting to Delhi and taking a overnight bus to Rishikesh. You will get nice-comfortable Volvo busses. It takes about 8 hrs from Delhi. Your other option would be to get to take a Dehradun bus and travel to Rishikesh on a bus from there.
I did rafting, cliff jumping (it was a small cliff, but the rush was real), overnight camping on the banks of ganges ! The camping usually has a good meal at night followed by a campfire. Nice setting for a couple ! The tents are comfortable and cozy. While Rafting, there are rapids which are the fast flowing areas of the river, which is the best part. When not near rapids, you can jump off your boat into the water and swim. Totally amazing experience I should say. I stayed in a camp near Shivpuri.
Things to remember when going to White water rafting:
- Although its a good season all year round, the best season for White water rafting is Mid October to January. The river is flowing with all the water coming down from the monsoon rains on the mountains. And, the weather is just perfect.
- Make bookings for tents/camps before you leave. There are tones of camps over a stretch of 20 kilometers up river from Rishikesh. Per person, for 3 days, 2 nights usually costs about Rs.1500. This usually includes breakfast and Dinner. And its really nice. I stayed in a camp in Shivpuri. The best place to start looking is Delhi tourism weekend getaways book. Or I advise you to buy this book here.
- Take necessary precautions for sunburns.
- Before you settle for any camp, make enquiries about distance from Rishikesh, means for transport and level of white water rafting they conduct.
- Make sure they have well experienced and professional guides. White water rafting, as much fun it can be, it can also be fatal. It is a adventure sport, and if not done correctly, may lead to trouble.
- Take lot of comfortable-loose clothes. You might need to keep changing into dry clothes every now and then.
- Take floaters (rubber sandals) on your trip. Slippers are useless because you are bound to lose them. Boots are wasted as they will get wet and you will not have good grip.
- Take a bug spray, to keep all the insects/mosquitoes away.
And oh, you do have to sign a form before you go White water rafting that says : ” I am responsible for myself. Incase of any injuries or death, I will not blame the camp ! ” … Fun stuff.
Who you go with on these kinda trips is very important too. You want to be with someone who can have loads of fun, is interested in nature and adventure sports and most of all, someone around whom you can be yourlsef ! With the kind of company that I had on this trip, I’m not gonna forget this for a long looong time to come.
PS. Do not take girly girly girls who cannot adjust/have fun unless its a mall ! (Not out of experience ! )
And before I finish, I should say its a must do for everyone ! Its a brilliant experience, sure to leave you exhilarating and wanting for more.