White Water Rafting
The Ganga is one of India’s major and holiest of rivers. With a location close to Delhi, it is a popular choice for first-timers, non-swimmers and families. It is also the hub of white-water rafting in India. It 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. The river Ganga has been host to many great white water paddlers from all over the world and it has not been without reason. The upper valley tributaries of the Ganga, the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi are reasonable expedition level rivers.
Rafting Stretches around Banyan by the Ganges
Devprayag – Vyas Ghat – A Family rafting adventure
Welcome to the Ganga. We start our rafting trip below the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi at Devprayag and now are on the Ganga. Float through beautiful gorges, soak in the sun, bodysurf and bird-watch. It is a mild section from here to Vyas Ghat and a great introduction to white water rafting for first timers and Non swimmers as well as kids. Raft time is approximately 1.5 Hrs to Vyas Ghat.
Bhagwan – Vyas Ghat
It’s a 28Km beautiful stretch away from the crowd and a good class III+ section. We have to drive to Bhagwan after crossing Devprayag on the Badrinath road and 15Km short of Srinagar; We start the trip 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. We raft down to Vyas Ghat crossing the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River at Devprayag. Picnic lunch at Devprayag and we continue to raft down to Vyas Ghat and put out from the river at the resort. Listen to your guide carefully it will come in handy during the day.
Koteshwar Dam – Devprayag/Vyas Ghat – Classy white water, long float stretches, beautiful gorge and a confluence.
We start early and drive 35Km from our Resort to Koteshwar Dam – the put-in point. The drive takes around 1.5 hrs. After a comprehensive safety briefing & loading of the raft, we begin rafting from the dam site. The water levels are controlled by the dam and water is released daily at a particular time. At low water Bhagirathi is a technical river requiring a lot of swift moves on the raft. The Guide has a tough time giving commands while the paddlers have the same following them since everything has to happen so quickly. But when the water level is high it offers some amazing white water. The major grade 4 rapids along this section are ‘Elephant Rock’, ‘Shoot’ and ‘Confluence’. We assure you that at least one of these rapids will leave you shaken. We have had some amazing adventures on these rapids. All of them require a scout before running.
Village walks are at the heart of any Questrails Experience, enabling you to enjoy the villages and rural life in remote mountain regions. Accompanied by local porters and guides, you step out of the modern world, walking between villages that are remote, and staying in traditional village houses, which Questrails has spruced up to provide proper comfort without compromising their authenticity.
We will arrange visits to local schools, temples and markets to enable you to get a full understanding of the culture of each region, its people, religion and customs. Providing authentic experiences of local life, our walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in.
Banyan by the Ganges offers mountain biking experience with easy to moderate difficulty level. One who has ever tried mountain biking will be thrilled by its sheer excitement. The moment you sit down on the saddle and start pedalling, it will be an obsession for you to perfect the art of mountain biking. Vyas Ghat in Pauri Garhwal encloses some of the best cycling escapades that a cyclist looks for in its adventure trip. Logistics support is provided by a support vehicle and an experienced Trip Leader. The cycling routes out here have very less traffic, and passes through small villages and forests.
The Himalayan Golden Mahseer has always been regarded as one of the ultimate challenges for serious anglers across the world. The best spot for Angling and Fishing in Vyas Ghat is the Narad Ganga rivulet of the Ganges.
But, as any angler will tell you, the Mahseer is no easy game. Elusive as she is, it’s a serious test of an angler’s skill and perseverance. Often, you need to fall back on the experience of old hands who know these rivers like the back of their hand and are familiar with the guiles of this wily creature.
The best season for Golden Mahseer fishing is February 15 – May 15 and again between October 1 – December 10.
For the sports freak, there’s enough to keep the energies charged. Take your pick from Volleyball, Badminton, Carom, and Chess. Or perhaps, simply sitting and let your thoughts drift with the sound of flowing river. Needless to mention that Beach Volley just about gets crowned as the king of all camp games available.
Evenings at the Resort
Loosen up in the evening with the hip swinging ‘n’ singing session, complete with bonfire. Or participate in one of the campfire games. And if there’s a musician in any of you, there’s always the option of carrying your instrument and creating your own ambience. Then there is always getting involved in Levitation, Knots and Boston Lap games to name a few of the campfire games.