ALAKNANDA RAFTING EXPEDITION
4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS.
You need to arrive at Bull's Retreat early, preferably by 7:00 AM. We suggest you catch the overnight train from Delhi - there are three options, all of which trudge into Haridwar station between 4:00 and 5:35 AM (Mussoorie Express, Dehradun Express, or Dehradun AC Special, just in case you're not in the mood to Google! A quick wash, change, and breakfast later, we set off on a three-hour drive to Srinagar (this is Uttarakhand's Srinagar, not to be confused with Kashmir’s Srinagar), the start point of our rafting trip. Today we raft down to Maletha, a little hamlet in the Tehri Garhwal district. Lunch will be enroute, on a secluded beach we find while rafting down or we could simply have a floating lunch! We set up camp and explore the adjoining area. Dinner and overnight in expedition tents on twin share basis.
After breakfast, we set off for the second day on the alaknanda river, negotiating exciting Grade 3 rapids. We raft past the holy town of Devprayag, where the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda form the river Ganga, and continue down to Byas Ghat where we set up camp for the night in expedition tents on twin sharing basis. You're on a pristine silver stained beach by the river side. Our professional guides will ensure you are warm and comfortable and even start a blazing bonfire if you feel like one. Warm those wet toes, sip a cup of tea, play some volleyball and then later, dig into a scrumptious meal under the starry skies. A night to remember indeed!
Today’s Alaknanda river rafting is good exercise for the paddlers as the water flows calmly in the first section - lots of swimming and dunking involved, so consider this fair warning! Take in the silence of the mountains and the beautiful scenery around you. You may just get to spot an elephant herd, barhal, and langoors. The elusive spotted leopard is known to haunt this area - if only you get that lucky! The Ganga flows through a small gorge here - reachable only by a raft and the action really starts at Kaudiyala with Daniel's Dip - the first big rapid of the day, it looks innocuous but packs quite a punch so don't make the mistake of underestimating it! If you make it through this one without a dunking (and our guides try their best to ensure that you do!), then the mother of them all - The Wall, awaits. Just so you know, this is a Grade IV rapid and isn't always "raftable." Your guide may just decide to walk around it. Listen to him. He knows best.
A quick lunch on a secluded beach later, we're off to to encounter some of the smaller but exciting rapids on the Ganga river. Cash Flow, Black Money, Three Blind Mice, Cross Fire and Return To Sender - quirky names yes, but once you raft through them, you won't forget them! Night halt is at MHE's famed Beach Campin shivpuri, the only one that's across the river, in expedition tents on twin sharing basis.
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After breakfast, we get back on the river for the final section of whitewater, an exciting two-hour stretch. Roller Coaster and Golf Course are the well known rapids in this section - some of us have done this one on our bums, but heck that's part of the fun huh? Kidding! There's some cliff jumping for the truly brave ones - you climb up a rock face, stare down at the waters 18 feet below, and then....jump! Three words to describe this - breathtaking (literally!), exhilarating, and exciting! Our safety rafts are right there to fish you out, so don't worry about the "I can't swim" part, it doesn't matter. Your safety jackets will keep you buoyant too. All too soon this trip ends - at NIM Beach and we hitch a ride back to Bull's Retreat for a wash, change and lunch. Depart at your own leisure.
- Three night's accommodation in expedition tents at river-side, on twin sharing basis.
- Full rafting equipment - which includes dry bags, life jackets and helmets.
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Teas and 3 Dinners.
- Drive to rafting start-point by AC car.
- Drop off to Haridwar station at the end of the trip.
- All government taxes included.
Costs Do Not Include:
- International/Domestic air fare or train and car fare to Bull's Retreat at Shivpuri, Rishikesh.
- Personal rafting gear - (we recommend) two pairs of shoes/floaters, river shorts, sun-shades, cap and any other gear of a personal nature.
- Unforeseen expenses that demand a change in itinerary like natural forces, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and illness.
- Medical, Travel, or Evacuation insurance.
- Expenses of a personal nature - tips, laundry, phone calls, beverages.