their origin in the mighty Himalayas, snowfed rivers descending
from icy heights, turbulent and foaming, cutting through deep gorges
and canyons, as they gush through the great lndo-Gangetic plains.
Crashing against huge boulders they fall churning and swirling,
breaking into white water rapids. The awesome might of the river
in these parts and their apparent navigational invincibility has
attracted the adventurer to the challenging sport of river running
. Learning river running experts have opined that lndian rivers
have the potential of having some of the most exciting stretches
of river running in the world. The most popular river running in
lndia are the Ganga (Grade ll-lV), the Bhagirathi, (Grade lll-lV),
the Alaknanda (Grade lll-IV ). River running expeditions by Wanderlust
are organised and managed by professionals who have trained abroad
in some of the most difficult water stretches and have won prestigious
international awards. We use Avon rafts which are reputed to be
the best in the trade. Wanderlust adventures is committed to providing
the safest trip possible.
1. FLOAT TRIP
( Day trip. Grade - II ) : A gentle raft ride for two and a half
hours covering a distance of eight river kms. We float
past temples, ashrams and yoga centres, through the city of Rishikesh
made famous by the Beatles. At Rishikesh, the Ganga river leaves
the Himalayas and enters the Indo-Gangetic plains on its 2525 km
journey to the Bay of Bengal.
2. OVERNIGHT "BUZZ" RUN ( 2 Days and 1 night. grade
II, III ) : A quick getaway from civilization into the lap of the
Himalayas. We spend 2 days running some of the most exciting rapids
on the Ganga including Three Blind Mice, Crossfire, Return to Sender,
Roller Coaster and Golf Course. Overnight in our tented camp close
to the Ganga river, you are welcome to try your hand at kayaking
on a placid stretch of the river close to camp.
3. WHITE WATER AND WILD LIFE ( 4 days and 3 nights.
Grade IV ) : A more relaxed trip covering the entire stretch of
the trip 2 and rafting the most exciting rapid on the Ganga called
" The Wall." On the second day, we drive for one hour to Chilla
National Park for a game drive / elephant safari. The park is famous
for wild elephants. Other game includes Cheetal (spotted deer, Nilgai
( Blue Bull ), Kakar ( barking deer ), porcupine, wild boar, a plethora
of avifauna and rarely the panther and tiger.
GANGA EXPEDITION ( 5 days and 4 nights. Grade II - IV )
: The expedition trip starts at Deoprayag where the Bhagirathi
and Alaknanda merge to form the sacred Ganga. This is a fully self
supported trip and we carry tents, food and drinks on the rafts.The
first night halt is on an isolated beach just below Deoprayag. The
next three days are spent covering a distance of 60 kms to Rishikesh
and negotiating the many challenging rapids enroute.
5. BHAGIRATHI / GANGA EXPEDITION
( 7 days and 6 nights. Grade IV ) : The Bhagirathi river trip is
reputed as one of the best river expeditions in Asia. It combines
a series of white water adventures with a brief glimpse of life
in isolated Himalayan villages. Wanderlust Adventures is the only
company in India offering expeditions down the Bhagirathi. After
a day's training the expedition starts at Tehri 150 kms downstream
from the river's glacial source. The next three days are spent running
wild rapids (including a 15 ft waterfall ensconsed within the picturesque
Bhagirathi gorge. At Deoprayag, Bhagirathi merges with Alaknanda
to form the sacred Ganga. We finish the expedition in Rishikesh.
An optional trek to the source can be arranged as an extension.
6. ALAKNANDA/GANGA RIVER EXPEDITION ( 5 Days &
4 Nights. Grade lll-IV ) : In 1977 Sir Edmund Hillary led the "Ocean
to Sky" expedition up the beautiful Alaknanda gorge. We put in at
Srinagar 30 kms upstream of Deoprayag. This is a relatively mild
trip as compared to the Bhagirathi river. It is possible to extend
this trip by starting the expedition at Rudrapayag.
7. Other Rivers : River running can be organized
on the Sutlej, Teesta, Sarda rivers. We run the Beas river in May
/ June, the Indus in July / August and the Yamuna through the year.
GANGA RAFTING : 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Day 1. Drive to Ganga Banks riverside cottages
and beach camp ( 6 hrs ). Arrive by lunch. Post lunch free to explore
the beautiful environs of the exclusive and fascinating riverside
rafting resort and its private beach, India's most eco-friendly
resort. Time free for kayaking, swimming, volley ball. Evening enjoy
an outdoor bonfire and bar-be-cue. Overnight Ganga Banks.
Day 2. Drive up 18 kms upstream for an exciting
run on the Ganga starting with the "Daniels Dip" and "The wall".
Arrive at the Ganga beach by lunch. Evening free for birdwatching
or fun trek on the leopards trail. Overnight Ganga Banks.
Day 3. Commence your trip from Ganga Banks encountering
some of the most exciting white water rapids like the Golf Course,
Roller Coaster etc. On one of the riverside "snack and drink" stops,
try a "Tarzan's leap" from a riverside rockery. Trip ends at Rishikesh
after a riverside lunch. We have your bags and vehicles waiting
to transfer you back to Delhi or continue your onward journey