White Water Rafting is something that I am waiting to do since long. But, somehow, something or the other keeps on postponing this adventure of a lifetime. How thrilling it must be to actually conquer those waters, if only for a short time. From the rush that just the pictures of rafting expeditions give me, I am certain that it's going to be mind-blowing. What an out of the world experience it would be, to actually feel waters rushing through your mind, body and soul, while a raft trying to cut through the stream and make its way forward. It must be like a really fast paced poetry.
Since I have compared rafting to poetry, the location has to be special too. I am not going to do it at a random place at the most famous destination, but a carefully chosen one.
One, which gives my heart and soul - what they both desire and I have zeroed in on Jayalgarh, 90 km from Rishikesh on the Badrinath Highway which is one of the most sought-after locations for water sports enthusiasts. The Himalayan Eco Lodge, Jayalgarh offers an amazing riverside luxury camp and base to raft from, on Alaknanda, Higher Alaknanda and Ganga. One of the differentiating factors of Jayalgarh camp is the opportunity to raft on five different rivers - Alaknanda, Ganga, Mandakini, Bhagirath and Pinder. The location is ideal for nature lovers and bird lovers as well because of the unprecedented beauty that this camp is a part of. There's something for everyone!
A three day rafting trip with GIO is ideal for the adventure that it offers. Day One begins with driving to Srikot and then rafting back to the camp in Class 2 Rapids, a 15km stretch, with a halt at Maletha Beach for some fun activities. Day Two gets a little more adventurous with rafting for about 25kms in Class 11 and Class 111 Rapids, until Devprayag. Now this one is extra special because Devprayag is where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet to become the holy Ganga. Just the thought of being able to set foot in those waters gives me goose bumps. Though I am not really the religious kinds, but the origin of the Ganga which makes our planes so fertile and fit for farming has to be extra special. And add to that the historical or religious importance of the Ganga, and it could reach another level of awesome!