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River Rafting In India

By on January 4, 2013

What is it about danger that the perfectly sane mind loves so much? Is it the aberration from the mundane word we live in? Is it the heart pounding high and the wobbly knees that you get afterwards or is it simply the thrill of flirting with it and getting a sigh of relief after coming back to safety. Challenging Mother Nature at her furious best has become a fad among the thrill seekers of today. And white water river rafting is one of the best ways to experience the raw power of the swirling river. Wrestling with the unruly rapids with just an inflatable raft and a paddle is as dangerous a sport as it could ever be. Yet any adventure junkie takes to it like a duck to water. It has become a recent trend in India too. Various river rafting sites throughout India have become hotbeds for this activity. Today any travel or adventure sports website mentions River rafting sites in India on their home pages.

Rafting in Rishikesh: The most popular white water river rafting sites in India has to be  rafting in Rishikesh. It imparts an opportunity to experience some thrilling river rapids along the Ganges; and ensures some of the most wonderful rafting expeditions. For a nation so steeped in history, the Ganges has been a symbol of purity and devotion. The vast blue expanse of water has long been associated with the unending cycle of birth and death. In fact very few people would dispute the claim that this holy river feeds the very soul of the country. The mighty Ganges begins from Gaumukh in Garhwal region of the Himalayas. The perennial water flow from the glaciers coupled with the steep slopes makes for a worthwhile river rafting experience. Various places along the river are considered by thrill seekers as one of the best river rafting sites in India. Rafting in Rishikesh is not only for the hardened veteran, but the river rafting sites in and around it is a perfect escapade for the amateurs too. “Camping along the banks at night and battling the rapids by day” is the best way to have an intense experience with ‘Mother Nature’ in Rishikesh. The River rafting expeditions are an exalting adventure on the Alaknanda and Ganga rivers. As you wrestle with the white water, the scenic landscape flies by for a few hours and looms the town of Devprayag where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers converge to form the Ganga as we know it.  Further up is the town of Rudraprayag and rafting onwards you can float all the way to reach the holy towns of Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Kolad river rafting: The tinsel town of Mumbai offers a nirvana of sorts to the person who visits the city be in terms of its sheer opulence or in terms of the teeming millions who define the city. In fact it would be a welcome surprise that only a few hours out from the madding crowd of Mumbai are located some sites that would be a delight for an adventure lover. Kolad river rafting has been a popular weekend and holiday activity for many Mumbaikars and Puneites alike. The Kundalika rafting site in Kolad is located in the virgin forests below the Mulshi and Bhira Dams. Being just 120 Kms from Mumbai and 100 Kms from Pune, this river is ideally located for short overnight or day trips. With the help of advanced irrigation methods, thanks to the well known Tata Power’s Mulshi Dam project, the river is fed every morning and is perfect for another form of an adventure – River rappelling apart from the mainstream activity of Kolad river rafting. And that’s not all. The demand for river rafting in Maharashtra and the popularity of Kolad river rafting has led to river rafting expeditions being conducted by various adventure sports clubs at the site of Kajrat. Thanks to Karjat, adventure seekers around the state of Maharashtra have another option to fulfil their adventurous passion of river rafting. At a height of 636 feet and on the banks of the Ulhas River, when the monsoons begin around the region, this place is a spectacle to nature lovers camping there and river rafter.

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Dandeli river rafting: Software engineers typing away code furiously at their desks is what the mind conjures when the name Karnataka comes up. With Bangalore being a flocking place for the best IT brains of the country, one would be forced to think of it as a place inhabited by people for whom it’s “all work and no play”. And you could never be so wrong. Karnataka too has become a hotspot for adventure sports lovers from all over the state. The  Dandeli National Park houses itself on the famous River Kali, which as its name goes has a blackish hue as colour, thanks to the rocks found on the riverbed of this waterway. The rapids on river Kali are wild and very famous for its notorious nature; hence Dandeli river rafting here has become quite a hit among the thrill seekers. River rafting sites in Dandeli is a popular destination for the denizens of Bangalore who wish to experience the adrenaline rush that is brought on not by caffeine induced highs, but by the roar of the tempestuous white waters.Chickmagalur (Badhra River) 290 kms and Agumbe (Sitha Nadi) 420 kms respectively from the city of Bangalore are some of the other places that too provide river rafting options. It is because of the river Cauvery, the backwaters of the river Kali which allows for such adventure sports to thrive in Karnataka.

For the average Indian traveller who has been bored with the run-of-the-mill travel experiences, white water river rafting would surely be a fun way to see places from the confines of a rubber dinghy, with nothing but his guts to take him to shore. So pack your rucksacks and head off far away from the madding crowd and experience the roar of the rapids, for there is nothing like the exhilaration of hurtling over the water at breakneck speed and feeling the adrenaline course through you.

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