Usually people visit Rishikesh because it's a famous pilgrimage center of India, but there's more to Rishikesh than just temples and shrines. Yes, Rishikesh makes quiet a good option for all those adventure lovers who are looking forward to experience river rafting in the Ganges. Rafting on Ganges is certainly an unusual experience. And if you want to explore the new areas and have an open mind, you are qualified to join any of the white water rafting trips that are organized on the Ganges. For longer rafting trips require previous experience in this adventure sport. There are many sites in Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttaranchal that can be tapped as the perfect sites for providing the pleasure of water sports. There are quite a few places, especially in the Garhwal region, which have a latent potential as tourist recreation centres and some hold immense potential for professional rafting. River Rafting Trips: An easy rafting tripcovers about 10-kms of river running. First drive to Brahmpuri, and then take a boat to ride the currents of the water of the Ganges. Raft down through the heart of Laxman Jhula, and Geet Bhawan to Muni-Ki-Reti and witness the numerous ashrams, yoga and meditation institutes and bathing Ghats with pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Ganges river water. Rafting certainly presents a better way to witness Rishikesh - the town of temples, ashrams and the Ghats. River Rafting In Shivpuri: Situated near Rishikesh is another ideal river rafting site of Shivpuri, where there camping facilities are present along the Ganges River. The camps are well equipped with two single beds with mattresses, complete bedding, towels, etc. From the camp base one can opt for half-day rafting trip, for which no previous rafting experience is necessary. Beside the camping facilities, tourists are also provided with Expert guides and top quality equipment and rafting gear. Shivpuri presents an ideal way to explore the flora and fauna of the Himalayan region on foot too, taking a hiking tour to the nearby small villages. As the area is close to Rajaji National Park, one can see a good variety of resident and migratory birds. Rafting Season in Rishikesh: The suitable period for river running depends on the adequacy of water volume. Thus September-November and March-April-May are most appropriate. Most of the river established river camps near the on the Ganges above Rishikesh operate from the end of September to mid-December, and from mid-February until late April. Tour operators even arrange rafting excursions varying in length from one-day runs to extended camping-rafting expeditions, but advanced booking is required. Other Activity Options at Rishikesh: Adventure lovers can even indulge in canoeing at Rishikesh. A gentle canoe trip in a lightweight alloy-metal craft is popular with the adventurers. Hiking and nature holidays are also well accepted by the tourists in Rishikesh and an ideal base for trekking camps. You may choose from the Chandrashila, Devi Darshan, Kauri and several other treks from Rishikesh.
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