Well I am a die hard monsoon lover and to me all the good things in life revolve around those 4-5 months in mumbai. Thats why I was not very upbeat about this thing keeping in mind how sunny it gets around during the non monsoon months. However the mornings are always pleasant and so was that day. We had some quick breakfast along our way and so were ready to take the plunge. The rafting site is actually the downstream of a dam (Rawalge) over the Kundalika river and the gates are being opened at a designated time every morning. Thats when the fun starts. We had booked it through thrillophilia and could find our group there. They helped us gear up with the basic jackets and head guards and we were off to the base after some time. For every raft of some 8 people we had an instructor and he guided us carry our raft which was quite heavy, although it was a good warm up session. The water was still cold and we started with a slow floating raft along the river. The instructor had some quick coaching tips on how to move the raft forward or riverse and the group had to maintain the harmony. Once we were getting to know the flow, we heard the dam gate opening siren and then the real fun started. The water came gushing through the gates which we obviously couldn't see but could definitely feel! After that all we needed was to maintain the direction. The real drama starts when the raft comes near to the rapids (where there's a steep fall in the riverbed). The first few were chilled out ones where the group celebrated in joy as if we have conquered the river. However our guide kept on insisting about holding the raft ropes tightly whenever we encounter a rapid. We took it lightly until a level 3 rapid came along and we were able to sense that we are not gonna survive this one. You could see it from some distance the severity of the fall and thats when our raft went upside down! Some of the members were totally under water beneath the raft however the guide quickly took over the situation. We somehow survived through it and finally all the raft members were back on it. You need to be there to feel the same and thats when you could feel some adrenalin pumping through your veins. Once we crossed these rapids the flow became wider and the river depth increased. Thats when our guide came up with the quirky idea of jumping in the river. Believe me i had never done something like this ever, even with those jackets on but still i jumped. With my 70kg of weight i went so down under that for once i thought it was all over but then i floated back up, thanks to those jackets. but to my horror, when my heads were up and i could barely breathe a little, i found my raft way ahead of me and it was so scary.