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Raft down the Ganga (Ganges)

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Shivpuri

Shivpuri is a small hamlet located 260 Kms from Delhi. The village is located in the newly declared hill state of Uttaranchal and can reached by road or a combination of the Shatabdi Express train till Haridwar and thereafter by road. (40Kms).

The camp is located 12 Kms. beyond Rishikesh on the main Devprayag road. The village of Shivpuri is the first big village on this road is 01 Km beyond our camp. If by mistake you reach Shivpuri then you would have to backtrack. Our jungle camp is located alongside the road. You park your cars here and then cross over to the beach camp.

Distances

from Delhi 260 Kms
from Dehradun 60 Kms
from Mussoorie  90 Kms
from Haridwar  40 Kms
from Rishikesh 14 Kms

Altitude: 450 Mts
Temperature :   (Dec-Jan)               :  05-25 Centigrade
                                  (Mar-Apr, Oct/Nov):  20-30 Centigrade

Q Why is MHE better than other companies?

  1. MHE is backed by names like Col. Kumar, Mercury and Oberoi’s. MHE is the largest and most experienced adventure travel Company in India.
  2. MHE has the best river guides who all have more than 6 years of guiding experience and hold First Aid certificates.
  3. MHE trips are the safest in the country.
  4. MHE uses the imported and internationally approved equipment.
  5. MHE cuisine is prepared by specially trained outdoor cooks.
  6. MHE camps boast of the most comfortable and exclusive camp.

Q Do I need to know swimming to go rafting?

Ans: Not necessary. Our life jackets, equipment and safety briefing by our experienced crew are more than adequate. However, should you be apprehensive of the big rapids, our guides will have you walk around them. 

Q What are the age and health restrictions, if any, for rafting?

Ans: There is no upper age limit for rafting as long as you are in reasonably good health. Minimum 12 yrs. You will be required to sign a liability release prior to the trip. Guardians must sign on behalf of children. For children below 12 yrs we have certain ‘kiddy’ rafting stretches, which have mild rapids.

Q Is rafting safe/ what can I expect on the trip?

Ans: The Ganges rapids are ideal for the first time rafter where you can expect to get thoroughly wet and have a lot of fun! The rapids are thrilling yet safe. On the International Scale of I to VI in grading rapids, the rapids you will experience are between II and IV. (Class I being easy and Class VI being exceedingly challenging). Our guides are in command and will instruct you in basic paddling technique and safety procedures. In certain sections of mild white water you may be encouraged to “body surf”. There is a stop for refreshments along the way at “Diving rock” where the more adventurous can take a plunge into the river. For the more adventurous we have inflatable kayaks which are stable in white water and our guides would be happy to instruct you to try some of the milder rapids in such kayaks.

Q What else can I do at camp besides rafting?

Ans:  You can try your hand at kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, our unique ropes courses like Burma Bridge, Flying Fox and river crossing, nature walks and treks. The children can also try out the Trampoline and make sand castles. Sight-seeing in Rishikesh, famous for its ashrams and evening Aarti ceremony. Yoga and meditation classes can also be arranged on request at the beach camp site.

Equipment provided -

  1. Buoyancy aids (life jackets)
  2. Helmets
  3. Paddles
  4. Kayaks
  5. Spray decks (if required)
  6. Rope, harness, gloves etc. for Rock climbing and rappelling.

PLEASE DO VISIT OTHER MHE CAMPS:

  • Damdamma Adventure Camp, Haryana (October – March)
  • Mercury Ski Schools at Auli and Manali.  (Jan – March)
  • The Uletokpo Camp, Ladakh (July – Sept.)
  • Mobile camping for Corporate Houses.
  • Kundalika Rafting Camp. (Maharashtra

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