It was yet another lazy Friday afternoon at work when suddenly our boss intimated us for a weekend trip to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is just 35 km from Dehradun and is known for its adventurous activities & locations, yoga & meditation and of course temples and ashrams, most of them situated nearby famous Ram Jhula & Laxman Jhula.
Among the adventure seekers, Rishikesh is the most suggested place to start trekking expeditions to the Himalayan Peaks and for the White River Rafting. I don’t know exactly, but probably this may be the reason, why it is called- “The Adventurous Capital of India.”
We have been blessed to experience this amazing trip by our office.
EPS has organized this Rishikesh trip for us on 2nd-3rd April 2016. We were too excited about this wonderful trip. Here is a step by step description of the activities we enjoyed during our trip to Rishikesh:
10:00 AM: Touch down at Rishikesh. Headed towards our booked camps at Shivpuri, the launch site for river rafting. We kept our luggage in the Camp and walked for a short survey of the place. I had snacks & tea. Being near to rivers & hillsides always lets you feel cooler no matter if its a summer day.
Day 1: 2nd April
We left at 8:00 am from Dehradun.
11:00 AM: Its time to play!! The male staff opted to show their expertise in the games like Volleyball & Swimming, the female staff opted to play badminton. The prime attraction of this place was the beachside seating arrangement with the beautiful view of river Ganga rejuvenating our body & soul. Every one of us found it really an awesome place to be.
1:00 PM: Went for Lunch
6:00 to 9:00 PM: In the Late Evening, the Camp guys set a Bonfire at this place for us which made the place more beautiful. We sat at that place playing antaakshri for 3-4 hours. The cool breeze and lovely sound of the water made us feel on top of the World. The whole scenario was greener, hillier and quieter.
Next day- 3rd April
4:00 AM: Waked up
8:00 AM: Breakfast, badminton
9:00 AM: Time for River Rafting Yehhhh!! Rafting begins in half an hour. At about 9:00 a.m., we reached the spot from where we had to start our Rafting.
9:30 AM: Rafting Begins.
We were all given a 5-minute training about the rafting. The rafting guide instructed us the rules & procedures like how we need to sit on the edge of the raft, how should we hold the paddle, when to take a pause, etc. Everyone was hearing the trainer very carefully, but I knew that no one will follow any of the rules :D But anyway!! Its time to Raft now!!
The high rapids were coming towards us and we all shouted with extreme joy! It was fun competing with other people rafting around us. The nature of water in the river was changing every second. How the calm water suddenly changing into the high & rapid flow of water, it's just unexplainable!! But I must tell you, the most enjoyable moment of Rafting is in these tides.
We had our rafting from Shivpuri to Byasi traveling almost 20 km both sides.
2:00 PM: Rafting Ended. And we all headed back to Dehradun.
Though it was a very short and unplanned, yet a lovely trip to remember for years to come.
Watch the pictures of this exciting journey below:
The male staff enjoying Volleyball.