India - Be in the Rendezvous land of color, culture and fauna - River Rafting or white water river rafting is an exciting adventure sport to beat the heat of summer season. Adventure buffs comes to India to enjoy this water sport in various rafting destinations in India.

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Whats Rafting!

Its supposed to be a recreational activity for the people who love adventure and sports.Its done on white water or different degress of rough water or other water bodies.It has become popular since 1970s.!

Rafts were the original means of transportation on the oceans.Nowadays, inflatable boats are used as rafts.It consists of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air chambers. Its length varies between 3.5 m (11 ft) and 6 m (20 ft), the width between 1.8 m (6 ft) and 2.5 m (8 ft). The exception to this size rule is usually the packraft, which is designed as a portable single-person raft and may be as small as 1.5m long and weigh as little as 4 lbs.

The concept of Rafting begun in 1842, with Lieutenant John Fremont of the U.S. Army journalising his rafting expedition. In 1960s The Great Canyon was routed by rafting. Then in 1970s, Rafting was included in Munich Olympic Games.1990 s saw rafting in Barcelona Games (1992) and Atlanta Games (1996). In addition to this, the International Federation of Rafting was instituted in 1997 and in 1999 the first Official International Championship was held.
Levels Of Rafting

People vary in their choice of Camping -
» Class 1 : This is the easiest one as it requires no skills and covers very small rough areas.

» Class 2 : In this Basic Paddling Skill is required.Covers some rough water, small rocks and requires maneuvering.

» Class 3 : In this experienced Paddling Skills are required. White water and small waves are involved in this, sharp maneuvours are essential in this Class.

» Class 4 : In this Class White Water experience is a must. Medium waves and small rocks and sharp manevours are involved in it.

» Class 5 : Advanced White Water Skills are rquired in this class. White water, large waves, large rocks and hazards , large drops of water and precise manevering are involved in this Class.

» Class 6 : Successful Completion of this Class is considered a matter of Luck. Very high waves, cery large rocks substantial whitewater, substantial drops that cause severe impactsbeyond the structural capacities of rafting equpiments.There are chances of serious injury and even death in this class of rafting.

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Dangerous Rafting
Danger Resides Here
Though a famous and popular sport, it can be a life taking venture at the Class 6 level of RAFTING. One must be beware of the dangers that involves this light sport.

Rafters in Indus
Indus Rafting
One of the most adveturous and exciting is the Indus River Rafting. Gushing at a high speed, the Indus River attracts the professional rafters and the ametures both.

River Rafting

The Rafting Pack

Life Jackets, Waterproof cases, inflatable hand pumps, river safety, gear knots, ovens, griddles, stoves, tables, inflatable boat - the raft are some of the basic requirements for rafting. Quality and durability should be checked properly before purchasing any one of them.

Places For Camping India

Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Mussoorie, Manali, Mumbai are some of the places which are best known Camping grounds in India. Here is a list of the popular camping places in India.
  • Kali Riner - India Nepal Border
  • Zanzkar River Himachal Pradesh
  • Brahamaputra River
  • Rishikesh Ganges River
  • ManaliHimachal Pradesh
  • Teesta River Gangtok
  • Kaudiyala Shivpuri Rishikesh
  • Garwhal Hills Uttaranchal
  • Beas River of Himachal Pradesh
  • Indus between Spituk and Saspol
  • Satluj River, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Bhalukpung, Assam
  • Asan Barrage,Uttranchal

  • What To Take

    Though some of things mentioned here are provided by the raft campers, still the professional rafters need to take care of the undermentioned things. Life Jackets of about 10 to 12lbs, waterproof cases or plastic dry boxes, Whitewater Rescue Safety River Gear Knots, Steel stoves, booties, gloves, socks, life jackets, mesh containers are some of the basic requirements.

    There are certain things which one should remember while camping -
  • If you are an amateur rafter, take a guided rafting tour. Water can be dangerous. dont play with it..
  • Before rafting learn the basics.
  • If you know how to swim, let your guide know before beganing the rafting.
  • Teenagers should always be accompnied with elders. As far as possible, don't let the children in.
  • Check the lifejacket, it should be properly fixed.
  • Take professional rafters with you while rafting.

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