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Rafting the Ganga River with Greg Goldstein June 1, 2018

Rafting the Ganga River with Greg Goldstein

Location: White World Expeditions, Tapovan (village), Tehri Garhwal (district), Rishikesh (city), Uttarakhand (state), India

Ganga on a Hot Day
Something as exciting (and refreshing) as rafting on the Ganga only gets better the hotter it gets. With good buddy Greg Goldstein, we hooked-up with Bheem Chauhan of White World Expeditions for a 16-km white water adventure on the fabled Ganga River.

White Water Rafting on Ganga River, Rishikesh with White World Expeditions

Rafting Outfitter: White World Expeditions
Office Location: Badrinath Road (opposite Sai Ganga Cottage), Tapovan Pin: 249192 (village), Tehri Garhwal (district), Rishikesh (city), Uttarakhand (state), India
Email: whiteworldexpeditions@gmail.com | whiteworldexpeditions@gmail.com
Tel: 0135-2442795 | +91 9411527295 | +91 7579175929 | +91 9997094425
Website: whiteworldexpeditions.com

Adrenaline Run
This particular tour was special. Instead of packed like sardines on a raft, we had it all to ourselves - me, Greg and the solid 16-year rafting experience of Bheem, the capable hands-on owner of White World Expeditions. We took on the raging waters head-on, jumped into the rapids with our floatation device and paddled like crazy riding over the waves.

Cliff Dive
As if the adrenaline wasn't enough, Bheem took us to the highest cliff jump in Rishikesh - a towering 30+ foot high up on a boulder. With my vertigo still acting up from my failed cliff dive in the Philippines, it wasn't for me. But Greg had no qualms climbing up the rocks and without any hesitation, took the plunge down. According to him, the longer he stares at the dive, the higher it will feel. Whoa! That was kick-ass!

Ending Thoughts
The adrenaline rush of white water on the Ganga was a fitting last-hurrah for Greg as it was his last day in Rishikesh. Safe travels my friend! Just glad all over for the bonding, the rush and the abundance. Thank you Bheem for that expert hands-on guidemanship. Another magical day unfolding in Rishikesh, this time, courtesy of White World Expeditions.

--- TheLoneRider

pictures and video courtesy of Greg and White World Expeditions


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Joan ChristineJoan Christine
(June 5, 2018) Did that last year, its so much fun!! Glad to see you enjoying much in Rishikesh 🙂

Jeffrey HuerteJeffrey Huerte
(June 5, 2018) E2 ang gusto ko hehehe

Next stop: A 26-Day Mini-Life in Rishikesh


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Rishikesh (city), India

hotels in Rishikesh hotel
  • RAAHI The Travellers Nest - backpacker-friendly, dorm rooms, central location, tours & rafting, motorbike rental, great place to meet people
    Paidal Marg, Laxman Jhula, 249192 Rishikesh

Travel Tips for Rishikesh

  1. climate-wise, best time to visit Rishikesh is from October to February when temperature is cool. This is also the high season for foreign travelers.
  2. May to June (my time of visit, before the monsoon rains) is HOT and DRY. Temperatures can reach beyond 40° and your skin/lips dry up. Great to go rafting or a dip in the Ganga River for respite. There are mostly Indian devotees and Indian tourists flocking to Rishikesh. Westerns tourists are few, but Rishikesh gets crowded specially while crossing the 2 bridges, Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Lodging prices can be negotiated down to INR 300/night for a bunk bed in a dorm room as this is low season.
  3. During the cooler season when any of the hugely popular gurus or babas visit to give a satsang, eg. Prem Baba, Mooji Baba, all rooms are fully booked from Rishikesh to Hardiwar!
  4. short power outages frequently happen during the day

How to get to Rishikesh from New Delhi by bus

  1. bus terminal Bus - take the Metro Yellow Line and get off at Kashmiri Gate. Exit the station from Gate 7 and enter the ISBT building - this is the bus terminal. Go down one flight and go to Platform 14. This is where you buy the bus ticket and board the bus. A/C bus, INR 454, 6 hours. You can take the 10:30pm bus and arrive 5am in Rishikesh.

    scam alert! - over the ticket counter, the guy may verbally charge you INR 765 - this is usually the online price of the bus ticket. But I looked closely at the printed ticket, and found the price at INR 454. I demanded more change! The guy knew he's been discovered and gave me back the rest of the change.

    You will arrive in Rishikesh at Adarsh Gram. To get to your hotel, travelers usually share a tuk-tuk (called Vikrams) for INR 10-20/passenger if shared. Since I arrived 5am, there was no one to share so I ended up paying a negotiated INR 150.

Travel Tips for India

General Travel Tips

  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.

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