ACCESS FROM NEW DELHI
Introductory White Water Kayak Course on the
Many of us may have seen kayaking, either on
a river trip, or on the television - its looks
exciting, a big rapid, a colorful kayaker weaving
a path through the waves and all the randomness
of white water. You may have wondered, if you
could be that person in the kayak, if you could
look as graceful and have that much fun, being
so much closer to the water than being on a
If kayaking has caught your eye and interest,
and now you want to learn how to negotiate rapids
and how to surf those waves and holes. Let the
Aquaterra Adventures kayak school show you the
ropes, from paddling in a straight line, to
negotiating class 1 and 2 rapids, to taking
the plunge into the tongue of a Class 3 or 4
At the Aquaterra Adventures kayak school, or
instructors have the experience and skill to
teach beginners the basics of whitewater and
the finer details of paddling skills and new
techniques. We have a wide range of kayaks to
suit your skill level and body type.
Kayak classes are scheduled upto 4 days. We
recommend that you spend at least four days
in our school as a first step. The reason for
this is that you will have more time to learn
and practice the basic skills, and then apply
them to moving water.
Learning to kayak is challenging, but the rewards
are well worth the effort. Kayaking will help
you get some exercise, along with running some
fun rapids, and of course keep you in touch
with the great outdoors.
FACT SHEET - CAMP SILVER SANDS
you arrive at camp and had your lunch,
we will teach you safety and rescue
techniques, as well as fitting you
into your kayak and how to use and
wear your equipment. Further on we
will give you theoretical introduction
into the kayaking and you will get
out and try the wet-exit and basic
paddling techniques on the river.
Hold your breath and relaaaax!!!
Your second day will get you into
the water and you will learn how to
ferry-glide, eddy in and out and practice
more on your paddle strokes. After
lunch we will go back on the river
and you will be running your first
class two rapids. Remember, to paddle
in a straight line is one of the hardest
things to do!!
Day three will finally
get you into the rolling sessions
and you will learn how to re-right
your kayak as well as getting your
first intros into surfing on waves.
Obviously you will practice things
learned on day one and two. After
lunch we will kayak the lower stretch
of the Ganga and practice rolls
and eddy turns. Motto for the day:
Keep on rolling, rolling on the
day four we will try to run the first
class three rapids and give you a
taste of real trashing (only if you're
up to it). After collecting bits and
pieces, we will have a final lunch
and you'd be heading back to Delhi.
After four days with us, you will
have found out, that the river is
only half of the experience and that
the camp and relaxed atmosphere will
have given you an enjoyable and exciting
OPERATIONAL : Mid-September till early May
DISTANCES & LANDMARKS : 256 kilometres
from Delhi via Meerut Bypass - Muzaffarnagar
bypass Roorkee Hardwar
Rishikesh. Camp lies 27 kms from Rishikesh on
the road leading to Devprayag/Badrinath. Pass
the villages & bridges of Shivpuri &
Gular. Look out for a pedestrian suspension
bridge (similar to Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh)
on the Ganga river. This is the first such bridge
on the river after leaving Rishikesh. Camp lies
500 metres upstream of this bridge. A green
board on a telephone pole on the right of the
road announces CAMP SILVER SANDS
AQUATERRA ADVENTURES. Park behind this
pole. Blow horn or whistle on arrival. Or, walk
down a path 10 yards ahead of this pole.
CHECK LIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS FOR RAFTING
- Leave Delhi by 4:00 a.m. At this hour,
driving time is approx. 5 hrs. with a short
break. Time on road increases with delays
beyond a 5:00 am departure.
- Board the Shatabdi Express early morning
7 am (depending on train winter/summer timings)
till Hardwar (11:40 am). Taxi onwards to arrive
at camp for lunch. Alternatively board the
Jan Shatabdi at 3:30 pm and reach Hardwar
at 7:25pm. Taxi onwards.
- SLEEPING BAG/BLANKET OPTIONAL, WE
- T-SHIRTS FOR RAFT & CAMP
- SHORTS (QUICK DRYING FOR RAFT)
- WINDPROOF JACKET/PARKA (THIN)
- CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR CAMP
- JERSEY/WARM JACKET FOR CAMP
- FOOTWEAR-2 PAIRS (ONE EACH FOR RAFT AND CAMP).
SANDALS WILL SUFFICE IF THEY ARE WELL FASTENED.
NO HARD SOLES, PLEASE
- TOILETRIES/TOWEL/SOAP ETC. FOR PERSONAL USE
- TOILET PAPER OPTIONAL.
- FLASHLIGHT VERY IMPORTANT
- SUNSCREEN LOTION
- CORD FOR SPECTACLES & SUNGLASSES
- CAMERA (OPTIONAL)
- PERSONAL MEDICATION (IF ANY)
- CIGARETTES/ALCOHOL - WE DO NOT SERVE ANY
TRAVEL LIGHT YOU NEED TO WALK DOWN TO
CAMP WITH YOUR BAGS
- On multi-day rafting trips, it is essential
to travel extremely light in order to make the
rafts more maneuverable and to cover distances
in good time. NO HARD SHELLS, PLEASE. For weekend/weekday
trips too, do carry soft baggage.
- Consumption of alcohol or drugs is not permitted
upto 6 hours before or on a raft trip. We will,
without refund, refuse intoxicated persons.
- All meals are served at a central dining
area including tea, coffee (twice a day)
and soft drinks. There is no room service.
We are proud of the excellent cuisine served
in camp, in spite of the kitchen lacking modern
facilities the natural constraints of camping.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are obtained locally.
We emphasize on delicious, wholesome and hygienic
Continental: Corn flakes/porridge, eggs, toast/pancakes/french
toast, butter, jam, boiled potatoes/baked beans/french
fries, fruits, tea/coffee.
Indian: Dal/rajma, two vegetables, rice (fried/plain),
chapati (or purie-cholay), papad, achar, salad,
A special meal - Indian/continental/Chinese cuisine
(veg & non-veg)/Barbecue/ dessert
Tea/coffee with snacks/biscuits.
Deluxe tents (beds, mattresses and quilts provided)
on twin share. Each tent is furnished with 2 camp
cots, a table, two cane chairs. Toilet tents have
dry-pit toilets (the only toilets allowed as per
Reserved Forest camping regulations) with western
style commodes over a pit.
We can accommodate upto 50 persons at camp.
ACTIVITIES IN CAMP
Beside rafting one could kayak on a placid stretch
near the camp or opt for hike to a typical village
opposite the camp or even go for longer hikes
(5-6hrs) in the surrounding hills. Facilities
are available for Beach games like volleyball,
frisbee, tennis ball cricket etc. A day in camp
is rounded off with a campfire and a leisurely
evening with fellow rafters.
EQUIPMENT & GUIDES
We have unmatched top of the line self-bailing
rafts and accessories used by professionals globally.
With the countrys most experienced guiding
team, we assure the first-timer and even the non-swimmer
a trip of a lifetime - we run the most number
of rivers in the country today - leaving the competition
far behind with our superior experience, guiding
team, equipment and array of adventure trips.
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We also run treks, overland safaris, angling
and wildlife trips, mountain biking adventures,
rock climbing and kayak school besides rafting
expeditions. We specialize in eco-friendly travel
in lesser-known areas. We operate throughout Ladakh,
Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal & Kumaon, Sikkim
and Arunachal Pradesh. Our goal is to create the
best trips possible, with uncommon professionalism,
unsurpassed personal service and a commitment
to protect and preserve the cultures and environments
through which we travel.