Village Tourism

Rafting in Uttarakhand

The snow fed rivers especially in the Garhwal region offer exciting opportunities for the water sport lovers. The awesome might of the river Ganga with its origin in the Himalayas has attracted the adventurer to this challenging sport. There exists popular water range from from grade 2 – 3 for amateur to the bigger challenges of grade 4 – 6  for experts. The waters of River Alkananda and Bhagirathi meeting at Deoprayag to form the Ganga are grade 4 – 5 that calls for experienced river runners. The streach of almost 70 Kms downstream of Deoprayag offers a number of grade 3 and two grade 4 rapids.

The option range from half day to the longer 4 – 5 days trips organized and managed by State owned GMVN and KMVN and score of private professional agencies.

Rishikesh is now considered as the main centre of Rafting. Almost all the camps that organize rafting are located 15 – 40 Kms from Rishikesh on the way to Srinagar. Sandy beaches along the river allows river rafters to camp on after an exciting day on the water. The slopes on the either sides are covered with oak, pine, spruce and fir, with a chance to see a village and its people. To add to the spiritual experience, quite a good number of retreats and ashrams overlook the river. The best period for rafting on the Ganga is between October to May. 140 Kms from Mussoorie, a tributary of River Yamuna, River Tons also offers enjoyable rafting experience.


Rafting On Various Rivers

River Yamuna
Barkot to Bernigad – Both professional and tourist stretch.

Damta to Yamuna Bridge
Both professional and tourist stretch.
Yamuna bridge to Juddo 9kms run tourist stretch.

River Tons
Moori to Khoonigad 9km run both porfessionals and tourist stretch.

River Alaknanda
Rudraprayag to Dhari Devi-17 kms run.
Bagwan to Deoprayag-17 kms run.

River Ganga
Deoprayag to Kaudiyala-30 kms run.
Kaudiyala to Marine Drive-11 kms run.
Marine Drive to Shivpuri-12 kms run.
Shivpuri to Rishikesh-14 kms run.

River Bhagirathi
Jangla to Jhala – 20 km. Both professional and tourist stretch.
Matli to Dunda – 12 km. Both professional and tourist stretch.
Harsil to Uttarkashi
Dharasu to Chham – 12 km. Both professional and tourist stretch.

Bhilangana River
Ghansali to Gadolia 32 km. Professional stretch.

River Mandakani
Chandrapuri to Rudraprayag 26 km. Professional stretch.

GMVN Rafting Trip From Kaudiyala

Equipments: This will include paddle / oars, rafts, safety helmets, life jackets, water proof containers and a first aid emergency kit. A waterproof drum to take only the required things needed on the raft for that day. There are five rafts available with GMVN, with each Raft having a capacity of 8 pax plus one river guide and one rafting helper.

Accommodation: Kaudiyala camp has a total capacity of 30 beds….4 deluxe huts, 6 executive huts with attached baths, 3 ordinary huts with common baths. The restaurant at Kaudiyala has a seating capacity of 20 pax offering a choice of vegetarian and non – vegetarian meals and snacks. It also offers packed lunches for the rafters.

Individuals have to insure against medical and other accidental risks. GMVN assumes no responsibility  for injury to participants or personal time and expenses incurred. GMVN doesnot hold any responsibility for any unforeseen events that may arise on the rafting trip.

KMVN Rafting Trip

KMVN has also introduced River rafting in the Kaliganga and the Saryu (Ram) Ganga river stretches. For here the river Saryu offers some 5 class 3 rapids, ideal for beginners and leisure rafters. The slopes on either sides offer a landscape of terraced hills with the occasional village, some with very distinctive architectural features and cultures. Nature walks along the river are a real treat. KMVN provides rafts, equipments, Camping tents, rations and outdoor cooking provisions besides all safety precautions and trained guides. KMVN has set up a wireless communication network in the working area and all rafts are equipped with wireless sets.

Rafting camps are pitched at Pancheswar, Jhulaghat and Chooka. Pancheswar is the place for international angling competition to be held in March.

Government Agencies Arranging River Rafting Tours

Garhwal mandal Vikash Nigam
74/1, Rajpur Road,
Dehradun – 248001
Ph.: 91-135-2740896, 2746817, 2749308, 2748478
Fax: 91-135-2746847
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Places Popular for Rafting in Uttarakhand


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