Rafting in Rishikesh. Done & Dusted Finally!
The Himalayan foothills are home to Rishikesh, the iconic city, which is also a popular pilgrim centre. Situated in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is surrounded by low hills and forests. The lanes of the city are dotted with temples, yoga and meditation centres and ashrams. A major attraction that brings tourists from all across the world is river rafting in Ganga. So with a journey of only 2 hours, you just wake up and leave for rafting every few months, Right? Because why not??
We are no tourists. I am an undergraduate student at IIT, Roorkee. Roorkee is the little sister town near rishikesh and is glorified due to the rich colonial history and of course the oldest technical institute of Asia situated at its very heart. As a student it’s a nice get away destination and I’ve visited the city of rishikesh numerous times.
They say and I quote
No Rishikesh trip is complete without a splash in the waters.
This quote is definitely not applicable to all the visits I made to Rishikesh in the past 4 years.
Yes! It took me and my friends, 4 years to finally execute our little rafting plan :P
On 8th March, 2020 amid the COVID-19 situation just starting to pick up, we packed our bags and left for Rishikesh with the target to complete the 34Km long rafting at the holy river Ganga.
The city is an eclectic mix of pilgrims and tourists who thirst for adventure. The city has its own hustle bustle complete with fruit and flower vendors in almost every lane. This is the city where spirituality and adrenaline rush walk hand in hand. Known for many other things, river rafting in Rishikesh is one thing that you must do at least once in your lifetime.
In Rishikesh, rafting is not the only thing you can do; you can experience camping, hiking out and a few other things which I can’t mention in my post :p