So Day 4 it is... We were so excited and just like I'm afraid of heights I'm also afraid of water as I have had my own funny adventures in past and have gone through some situations so basically in Bungee I wasn't scared from the beginning but here I was worried about like months before the trip was planned. We reached to the rafting site where we met our guide cum trainer Santosh, quite funny lil guy. Before going to the water he gave us all the basic instructions and gave us the safety guidelines. That itself gave me a lil butterfly feeling but then we had to do it so we sat in the raft cheering up : the main sutra was "Ganga Maiya Ki Jay" we must have said this almost till we reached to where we ended and yeah there's another story about it too. We crossed almost 6 rapids and were at the Maggi point. The weather was getting a bit moody and I saw the clouds coming towards our direction. Santosh, here asked if we wanted to go further but he explained at the same time that it could be risky if it starts raining. Well, well! We still left from there and it started to rain, not just rain, it actually poured! Fortunately, we were close to the bank so got out of the river quickly but the weather was going crazy, it was so windy felt like storm, we couldn't even stand there as it was raining, it was cold and on top of that it was windy, it was like a sand storm. Our guide and the cab driver were trying to handle the raft and tie it on the taxi but it was so windy that it was getting difficult for them too. Somehow, we all got into the taxi also helped one old couple who had to go back to Rishikesh. Some of my friends got totally drenched as they couldn't sit inside the car while coming, they were standing till we reached to our hostel. They said they enjoyed the ride, and had a different fun experience.
Now about the Rafting, o well well..........We started off with their sutra Ganga Maiya ki Jay....and at many points our rafting guide would ask us to say it, it is not just said for fun but he mentioned that it is said to give respect to the river Ganges. Let me tell you that it is real adventure and real fun; one should definitely go for rafting once in a lifetime, a must must and a must thing to do or whenever they can go just go for it. It is very much safe unless you don't play with water. Keep in mind the safety guidelines and you'll enjoy each rapids. The rafting starts from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. Btw remember, I said I was scared of water, but after the first rapid passed, I was having hell lot of fun... I was screaming and enjoying the cool waves and the water. I was so so happy that I decided I will do as many times as possible if get a chance in future. Not just that, we even dived in the water all of us until the instructor said there are crocodiles in the water :)) & by far even this instructor Mr. Santosh also asked me if I was a Nepali or a pahadi, he was the second one to ask so far and by the end of the trip, I was asked by almost 8 people if I was an Asian, Filipino , Chinese or from northeast but no one asked me where do I come from and even after telling them I'm a gujarati...they couldn't believe, seriously!!! I'm an Indian people..c'mon :D
Overall camping and rafting cost : Rs. 2800 including food.
Campsite : Camp Crossfire
Transportation cost will be additional