“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Things to do at BBTG
For those who like to engage in adventure sports, then there are a variety of options for you. Be it the different stretches of white water Rafting, a Kayaking lesson, Angling, Rock climbing, Mountain Biking or Body surfing, each of which provides for thrill and excitement. Village Walks and short nature treks along the scenic surroundings, an exciting late night leopard walk, or a heady shower under a nearby pristine waterfall are for those of you who would like to take it easy.
In-house activities like Volleyball, Badminton, a round of Carom or Chess takes one back to the days before internet. We have provided a large number of board games for you to engage in some fun moments. There are a variety of books and reading material available for all ages meant to give you some time to yourself.
The serene morning invites you to practice your Yoga/meditation and the evening bonfire is a perfect end to the day.
If you’d like, we can pre-plan a customized holiday for you to make the most of your visit here!
White Water Rafting
The mighty Ganga is one of India’s major and holiest of rivers. With a location close to Delhi, it is also the hub of white-water rafting which combines an action-packed trip with the best rapids, float sections and wilderness. A perfect introduction to white-water rafting and an ideal weekend getaway to calm overworked nerves, it is a popular choice for first-timers, non-swimmers and families. The upper valley tributaries of the Ganga, the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi are reasonable expedition level rivers and have been host to many great white water paddlers from all over the world.
Rafting Stretches around Banyan by the Ganges
Devprayag – Vyasghat – A Family rafting adventure
Welcome to the Ganga. We begin this scenic rafting trip below the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi at Devprayag and onto the actual Ganga. It is a mild section from here to Vyas Ghat and a great introduction to white water rafting for beginners and non-swimmers, as well as kids. You will be passing through beautiful gorges and can float or body surf in the invigorating waters, whilst catching a glimpse of the birds in this area.
Rafting time is approximately 1.5 hours to Vyasghat.
Bhagwan – Devprayag – Vyasghat
It’s a 28Km beautiful stretch away from the crowd and a good class III+ section. This full day activity starts from 8.30 am up to 3.00 pm.
We have to drive to Bhagwan after crossing Devprayag on the Badrinath road, 15Km short of Srinagar. The trip starts on the Alaknanda as it enters the last canyon stretch with good white water, with names of rapids such as “Bhagwan’s Pillow”, “The Deadly Duos” and more. After a Picnic Lunch at Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River, we continue to raft down to Vyasghat and put out from the river at the resort. Listen to your guide carefully; it will come in handy during the day.
Rafting time is approximately 5 hours to Vyasghat.
Koteshwar Dam – Devprayag/Vyasghat
This section involves classy white water, long float stretches, beautiful gorges and a confluence. This full day activity starts from 8.30 am up to 3.00 pm. We start early and drive 35Km for 1.5 hrs from our resort to Koteshwar Dam – the put-in point. The water levels are controlled by the dam and water is released daily at particular time. At low water Bhagirathi is a technical river requiring a lot of swift moves on the raft but when the water level is high it offers some amazing white water. The major grade 4 rapids long this section are ‘Elephant Rock’, ‘Shoot’ and ‘Confluence’. We assure you that at least one of these rapids will leave you shaken. A picnic Lunch will be provided on route.
Rafting time is approximately 4-5 hours to Vyasghat.
Photography at Banyan by the Ganges!
From the river, mountains, people, villages, animals and birds… there’s a lot to excite and interest a photographer, both amateur as well as professional. So bring your DSLR, the new mirrorless cameras, or your mobile phone and click away.
Testimonials on Tripadvisor
Peaceful yet exciting
We are world travellers and rate our experience of Banyan by the Ganges highly. What appealed most to us was the soothing serenity of the place. And when we wanted some excitement, we went rafting. Rapids were exciting and the body surfing heavenly. Imagine yourself floating in the river with mountain walls rising high on both sides! Must mention that the rafting outfit was professional and we never felt threatened. We enjoyed walks on the old Char Dham pilgrimage route and were rewarded with the sight of three Yellow Throated Martins coming down the hill.
Anil G, Houston, Texas
Beautiful, Soul Enriching experience
Away from all connectivity, you connect deeply with yourself and nature. Awesome staff – they take care of every little need of yours – impeccable attention to detail…You have truly awesome guides for water sports – white water rafting and kayaking, also for local treks and rock climbing; People who know the lay of the land and river and care about your well being.
Piece of Paradise…
If you are a fan of pristine nature and are looking for an opportunity to interact closely with the Ganges, look no further…Such solitude amidst such natural beauty is rare to come by these days…
For the kids – there is no TV, no mobile network, but loads of fun activities like building castles on the beach and a great collection of books for all ages of children. There’s also an open badminton and volleyball court. A variety of board games and a couple of resident dogs complete the entertainment package. There are a couple of villages within a vicinity of a few km’s and would provide interesting hiking options if you are so inclined.
The food, the staff and the location are all 5 star! Special thanks to Deepak who caters to all outdoor activities with soooo much zest and enthusiasm! We went fishing, body surfing, trekking, kayaking and cliff jumping! It was truly a divine experience. Our 9 year old did not have a dull second here despite being a complete urban lad!
They have a pile of excellent books, board games, badminton rackets, yoga mats…..everything to keep one fully entertained. The kind birds from a bright red sparrow, egrets, and kingfishers to peacocks on the opposite side you shall be in for a visual delight. Only advice is that if you plan to come here just for a day, it’s not doing justice to the place…
Hetal K, Mumbai
Perfect relaxation by Ganga
Stayed there in May and had a great time. Location is great. Warm hospitality was the highlight…Rafting was fun, kayaking was a wonderful experience, did twice, worth especially if you don’t want to get lost in the Rishikesh crowd.
Magical & Mystical Banyan by the Ganges!
Talking about things to do – There’s Vyas Ghat and Vyas Temple at walking distance for a lovely serene evening walk. There’re two lovely waterfalls – one behind the resort near the ghat, it’s a little private waterfall. The other one is more big and spacious for family and kids. One can take treks for local village Naun-Gaon opposite BTG (approx 30- 40 min) the views were to die for, we saw the local village life, interacted with people, had tea with them, saw their farming! Also one can take night strolls with their cars and can spot a deer or if lucky even a leopard! 🙂 And last but not the least – just lie down under the beautiful sky with thousands of twinkling stars above and hear poignant sound of Ganga!
A place that allows you to experience calmness and excitement
“…Hot tea, amazing food and the most comfortable mattress in the aesthetically planned cottage that calms all your body aches… Banyan by the Ganges besides being an amazing destination for meditation, yoga, white water rafting, hiking, and kayaking, is also an amazing place to rediscover your kids, family and friends.”