Tuesday, March 5, 2013


                Rishikesh is known for White water rafting and the season ususally starts end September and  lasts till June end, stopping at the onset of Monsoon.Continuing our sojourn for guests from all over the country on Camping and Rafting trip to Rishikesh from Delhi, after the first day exposure to camping on the white sand beaches of Rishikesh, day 2 was fixed for white water rafting. According to our survey, more than 80% of our guests were going to do rafting for the first time at the Ganges, Rishikesh. So before the start of the rafting a counselling session was done to allay the fears of participants and answer their queries about the same. Just for our blog readers and enthusiasts in general here below we are listing some of the general queries which were raised about the safety and other aspects about rafting.

Rafting Query 1. Do I need to know swimming?

No, one does not need to know swimming as you are given life jackets and non swimmers can enjoy rafting.

Rishikesh Rafting Query 2. What do I need to carry for rafting and camping at Rishikesh?

Thnigs to carry for camping and rafting
1. Travel light for camping as most camps are 3-500m or more from the closest road and you may to have to carry your luggage, do not carry hard suitcases.
2. A torch light.
3. Shorts and t shirts
4. Floaters
5. A string to secure if you wear glasses
6. Sunscreen lotion
7. Personal medicines

Query 3. How safe is rafting?
Rafting is safe if you follow your instructors, do not go for rafting after drinks etc and also if you are in an exclusion list for rafting (as below)

Query 4. Who all are in the exclusion list for rafting?

1. Children below 12 yrs.
2. Pregnant ladies
3. People with medical conditions like high blood pressure
4. People in an inebriated state.

For any other queries you can mail us at arounddelhi@gmail.com and we will post the replies here.

             After clearing the queries and taking consent rafters were divided into groups of 8 and given life jackets and crash helmets to wear. They were also told about pedaling,back pedaling etc by the instructor. Each raft has one to two instructors, they also carry a waterproof dry bag to carry your mobiles,cameras etc.
            Marine Drive was the starting point for the rafting group which was going to raft down till NIM beach, Rishikesh approximately 26 km. From Marine Drive to Shiv Puri we encounter Grade I and II rapids starting with good morning, black money and three blind mice. The initial parts may be a bit scary for the first timers but as rafting progresses the adrenaline builts up and you start looking for your next rapid. (Rapid Classification) Rafting is a one of the best team building exercise and you need to work as a team specially when encountering rapids to keep the raft stable and handle the rapid well. Maximum work of pedaling and direction has to be done by the people sitting in the front and you may need to replace the front runners if they feel tired. The rafting group took a small break at Shiv Puri where you can rehydrate yourself or use the loo if required. 
            Immediately  after restarting from Shiv Puri you come across 'Return to Sender' an interesting rapid where you have go back all the way if you don't do it the right way. Other Grade III rapids one encounters are Golf Course and Roller Coaster. As the Ganges calms down you also get a chance to jump into the river with a secure rope and swim n enjoy in the river. Our group also stopped enroute at a sandy bank to bask in the sun. After great excitement the rafting finally came to an end at Nim beach. The buses were waiting on the road side to get us back to the camp. The group rested after a delicious lunch and in the evening it was back to bon fire, music and lots of masti.
Next Day morning it was back to Delhi with lunch being arranged on the way back. Everybody really enjoyed the stay, food and activities, especially rafting and carried back sweet memories to home.
For Rafting & Camping Bookings and queries Contact us at 9811193634/09891458220 or email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com

Join our Rafting group in April 2017 to Rishikesh

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Long Weekend Good Friday Rishikesh Rafting Trip

             A perfect Weekend Getaway Around Delhi        

Around Delhi team is organizing an all inclusive trip to Rishikesh for rafting on the Long weekend of Good Friday 14th-16th April 2017. This is an opportunity for friends and family to travel together and enjoy stay and various adventure activities like rafting, trekking, beach volleyball etc. The camps are in jungle area on a hill close to the River Ganga, Rishikesh, very close to nature but are easily reachable about 15 km from Rishikesh and 250 from Delhi.

(Other Long Weekend Options Around Delhi)

River Ganges
6 AM 14th Apr 2017Friday - Leave from Delhi, Dhaula Kuan in 27 seater/Tempo Traveller  on a shared basis. Mineral water one each for travel.

9 AM Breakfast on the way

1 pm Reach the camps , welcome drink on arrival, Chk in the camps on double/triple sharing as booked. 

1:30 PM After a piping hot lunch enjoy Beach volleyball, cricket & the new SWIMMING POOL & lots of fun , 
5:00 PM Tea/Coffee with pakoras and a trek through the mountains to the river bed
7:00 PM Evening there will be Bon fire with veg and non veg snacks,
9:00-10:00 PM dinner (Veg/ Non veg), O/N stay in tents 

15th April, Saturday
7 AM Morning Tea
7:30 AM Breakfast
Tents at the Rishikesh Camp
8:30 AM Set out for marine drive for rafting after instructions. Explore the beautiful surroundings and attend a briefing on rafting techniques. The group would then raft down from Shivpuri to the Rishikesh through exciting rapids like  Return to sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Club house, Body surfing, Tea off, Initiation, Double trouble. One would also get a chance to try their hand at the exciting sport of Cliff Jumping and Body Surfing.
We Complete the stretch at Rishikesh & Back to camp.

2 PM Lunch

3 PM onwards- Time at Leisure or you can enjoy activities at the camp. An optional activity of Bridge slithering/Rapelling can be arranged for those interested at extra charges.

5:30 PM Tea/Coffee with pakoras

7:00 PM Evening there will be Bon fire with veg and non veg snacks with music and lights

Ganga Beach
9:00 PM dinner (Veg/ Non veg), O/N stay in tents 

16th April
7 AM Bed tea
8 AM Breakfast
10 AM Depart from the camp (one mineral water bottle per guest)
2Pm Lunch on the way (veg)
7 PM Reach Delhi- End of Trip.

About the Camp

Ready to go for Rafting
 The camps used are one of the best in Rishikesh, located about 16k from Rishikesh near Shivpuri. The camps can be reached easily and without any difficult descent or climb from the main road, you don't have to carry your luggage also the camp which will be done by our vehicles to the camp. The tents are large with sitout areas and can easily accommodate 3 people. These are one of the few camps which has running water English toilets with provision of shower bathrooms. Electricity is available with a fan in the tent along with a charging point in each tent for mobile. Food has been liked by all our guests.

About Around Delhi
Around Delhi the organisers of this trip are 'Around Delhi Holidays Pvt Ltd' completing 15 years in business of travelling and arranging trips. We have the distinction of arranging one of the largest camping and rafting group of about 250 people recently.

Cost per person on double sharing- Rs 5900/-
Cost per person on triple sharing  -  Rs 5500/-
Children below 5 years no charge without seat in coach or rafting
Children 5-10 years with or without rafting, with seat in coach 4500/-
Children above 10 yrs - adult charge

Inclusions- Stay in tents for 2 nights, 3 bfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinners, 3 evening tea, 2 evening snacks (veg+ non veg), rafting and adventure activities as per itinerary above, transfers Delhi-Rishkesh-Delhi in A/c vehicle ( A/c will not work beyond Rishikesh). One mineral water bottle  each in transfers Delhi - Rihikesh and on return.

Above cost does not include
Service tax - 9%
Things of personal nature
Potter service
Evening beverage
Anything not mentioned as above.

(persons who are booking alone can share a tent or pay a supplement of Rs 2500/-)

For Bookings and queries Contact us at 9811193634/09891458220 or email us at arounddelhi@gmail.com


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