Thursday, October 24, 2013

RAFTING

RAFTERS READY 
The thrilling of rafting was mooted by Vidya, who was very keen to experience. Though initially I was hesitant to go, but later decided to join the group, hence a booking was made the previous night for four of us. (Rs 300/- each) to on Sunday Oct 13, 2013.
Next day waited for the vehicle for an hour to take us up the river , finally it came after an hour and travelled about 8km up the mountainous road. We are all fitted with floats and helmet and walked down to the river.
ENJOYING COOL WATERS
The tour guide gave us briefing on the procedure and boosted our confidence, as it is considered an extreme sport. 
It was an amazing experience, different from going in a boat, which used to go in Mabukala river, when going to grandmother's house in Balekudru. A couple of places where waves become rapid, movement of raft up and down was fearsome and thrilling, 
CLIFF JUMPING
The raft was stopped for a while and Vidya & Ravi took part in cliff jumping and mom enjoyed the cool flowing waters of Ganga.
Further rafting proceeded upto Laksman Jhoola area, got out from the raft walked up with paddle and floats and handed over at the office and went back to the hotel.
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Rafting or white water rafting is the challenging recreational outdoor activity of using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done onwhite water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s, evolving from individuals paddling 10 feet (3.0 m) rafts with double-bladed paddles to multi-person rafts propelled by single-bladed paddles and steered by a tour guide at the stern. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.
The modern raft is an inflatable boat, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized (hypalon) or vinyl fabrics (PVC) with several independent air chambers. Typical lengths vary from 6 m (20 ft) (with a width of 2.5 m (8 ft)) down to very portable single-person packrafts which may be as small as 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) long and weigh as little as 4 pounds (1.8 kg).
Friday Oct.25, 2013

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