Good News, Thrill-Seekers! Whitewater Rafting To Open Soon In Uttarakhand’s Harsil Valley!

uttarakhand whitewater rafting
by Shreya Rathod

There is an increasing demand for adventure tourism among the youngsters. Rafting, or whitewater rafting, is one such outdoor adventure activity that is in demand. In keeping with this, the Harsil Valley’s Bhagirathi River whitewater rafting will soon be available for business, according to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. Here’s everything you need to know about this new adventure spot.

Whitewater Rafting On Bhagirathi River In Harsil Valley

uttarakhand whitewater rafting

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Uttarkashi is an ancient land with scenic views and cultural heritage and is famous for housing an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. But soon, it will be an adventure spot to offer whitewater rafting to thrill-seekers! The Bhagirathi River in Harsil Valley will be the site of this adventure sport, according to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB).

The valley has previously been recognised for its significance in the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage and for its beautiful hiking trails. This new accolade will further enhance the reputation of the place and promote tourism. According to a Times Of India report, this programme will be a part of the Vibrant Village initiative. Currently, the UTDB has selected three river rafting locations, including the section of the Bhagirathi between the Jangla and Jhala bridges.

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Referring to this, Satpal Maharaj, the Tourism Minister, announced that pilgrims and thrill-seekers will now be able to enjoy river rafting on the Bhagirathi River close to Harsil, which will also open new opportunities for employment in the tourism industry for local youth.

The Valley Located In Uttarkashi

harshil valley

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On the banks of the Bhagirathi River is the Himalayan Paradise and tourist destination village of Harshil. Additionally, it is a Hindu pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand. Harshil is a stop along the Gangotri yatra route from Chota Char Dham. The Hindu River Goddess Ganga’s idol is brought down from the shrine in Gangotri in the upper Himalayas after Diwali and kept in the “Mukhba” village nearby Harshil. During the snowy, impassable winter months, it remains there.

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Tourism is the backbone of the economy and promotes infrastructural development. Such initiatives will not only provide employment opportunities to the people but also help in the development of the area!

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