The challenge of the 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. 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 white water river rafting
calls for a triumph over the swift swirling
river as it gushes past spectacular
mountains. It is practised mainly in
the upper reaches where the water is
wild and white as it frothes and foams,
crashing against narrow gorges, rocky
outcrops and falls at deep gradients.
As with trekking, mountaineering and other
sports, river rafting too has been classified
and graded in terms of degrees of difficulty.
There is, firstly, the pleasure of
a gentle canoe trip in a lightweight
alloy-metal craft which holds two to
three people. The gradient best suited
for canoeing is the stage near the river's
entry into the plains where the trip
can be combined with moderate hiking
and a naturalist holiday in the forest.
For this, the suitable area are Rishikesh,
Dakpathar and the Ramganga in Corbett
National Park. For the slightly more
adventurous, kayaking is appealing as
it is tandem. The degree of difficulty
would depend on the river gradient and
The suitable period for river running depends
on the adequacy of water volume. Thus
September-November and March-April-May
are most appropriate. The equipment
required is ordinary outdoor gear, goggles,
antiseptic cream and a liking for getting
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Water Rafting Course Programme 2012-2013