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| Kayaking | Angling  ( Fishing in Mumbai ) | Water Skiing | River Rafting |
Wind Surfing and Scuba Diving |

            River Running and Kayaking

You just can't miss it! The best-known whitewater river running courses in India are the Ganges (from Rishikesh) and the Beas (from Manali). The Ganga is a more popular stretch with several interesting patches like the Golf Course (name of the rapids) and so on. However, to the initiated rafter, this might seem like tame stuff. They might find the swifter Beas, with its unpredictable temper, a much better challenge.

KayakingFor a truly unforgettable experience one must visit the Indus (in Ladakh) and Zanskar (in Zanskar) rivers. If you're lucky you might even catch the night rafting, when the runners raft by the light of the full moon.
In Sikkim, you can raft on the Teesta river. However the Teesta is definitely not for beginners and strictly for those people who are looking for a little adventure in rafting. Other rivers you can raft on are the Sutlej, Chenab, Tons and so on.Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in India and you can try it on the Beas.

Contact local tourism authorities or the following for details:

In New Delhi
Jammu & Kashmir Tourism
Kanishka Shopping Plaza
Ashoka Road
Sikkim Tourism
New Sikkim House
14, Panchsheel Marg
Chanakya Puri
Himachal Pradesh Tourism
Chandralok Building
36, Janpath
Uttar Pradesh Tourism
Chandralok Building
36, Janpath
In Rishikesh
UP Tourist office
Railway Station Road
In Leh
Tourist Reception Center
Airport Road
GMVN Tourist Office
Muni ki Reti
Indus Himalayan Explorers
Fort Road
In Gangtok
MG Marg
Gangtok Bazaar


Did you know even fishing is a kind of adventure sport? Angling and trout fishing is a delight in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The innumerable fresh water streams and lakes provide an ideal setting for this exciting sport. The fishing season lasts through the entire summer between the months of April and September. Fishing rods and reels are readily available and can also be hired at ease along with baits. For details on angling and fishing in Himachal pradesh

Fishing in Mumbai

Members of the Kraig Jarvis Fishing Club, India's only salt-water sports fishing club, list out a few do's and don'ts of fishing.

Do's and don'ts of fishing

  • Never fish alone; tell someone where you're heading.

  • Consult the weather and tide charts before you set out.

  • Dress sensibly, preferably in shorts and a T-shirt.  Wear rubberised shoes (for proper grip) and a cap. Carry a sun protection cream to prevent severe sunburn.

  • Evolve detailed plans to deal with emergencies

  • While rock fishing, check out your spot for 15 minutes before you start.

  • Even after that, never turn you back on the sea.

  • Carry a flotation device that can be thrown 10-15 feet away.

  • Alcohol and fishing don't mix

  • Err on the side of caution - the fish will be there next weekend.

  • Lost gear is just that - lost; it isn't worth risking your life for 

  • If you can't swim, stay home.  The gods aren't forgiving.

The  Kraig Jarvis Fishing Club is India's only salt-water sport fishing club. The brainchild of Glen Simoens, he founded it in 1994 at Parel in Mumbai. Glen himself is an avid fishing enthusiast who has spent many a weekend scouting for places to sink his line into.

The coast of Mumbai is where it's at on weekends for the members of the club, who are in it for leisure, adventure and love of nature, not for commercial gain. They indulge in what is called sport fishing, a speedier form of the traditional fishing whereby the anglers do not have to wait for hours for the chance of a fish to swim by.

The club's "catch-and-release"  philosophy  suits its members just fine as  you may fish just enough for your  needs while the rest of the catch is immediately released into the sea, so that the fish get a fresh least of life.  And the sport survives.

The club has tow speed boats and a fishing trawler, graciously lent to it by one of the anglers. Members of the club chip in with funds -  a day's trip to the deep costs Rs.7,000 .

Sports fishing is no child's play. It is one of the most technically and artistically precise jobs.  The equipment used, the kind of fish that must be caught, the area to be concentrated on are no easy decisions. Most of the equipment has to be imported since fishing as a hobby is hardly practiced in India.  Besides baits, lures, rods, reels, lines and hooks, the club's heavy - duty gear includes an electronic fish finder and a GPS ( global positioning by satellite) system.  Installed in a boat the former gives an angler a detailed pattern of the ocean floor, along with the fish at the bottom. The GPS plots the boat's position using satellite imaging.

But all this scientific stuff should not put the avid fishing enthusiast or the novice off the sport. In fact the sport can be simple and cheap, especially in a country with such a long coastline.  One could even catch a rich haul of fish from the beaches or the rocks for which all one would need is a nylon line, some wood or paper to wrap it on, a few hooks and a lead weight. The cost of all this which can be bought locally should not exceed Rs.50/-. Fishing according to some is a very absorbing sport. It draws you in and once you are hooked, you are really hooked, hook line and sinker. The avid fishing enthusiast will tell you that this is a sport that gives one an in-depth knowledge of nature and wildlife, the phases of the moon, the turn of the tide and of course a new respect for the ocean.

However, in India recreational deep-sea fishing has no legal sanction - only those holding commercial fishing licenses are supposed to venture into the deep. Anglers also complain of harassment by the Coast Guard, customs and the Navy.  Besides, there are no docking, wharfing or towing facilities at the Gateway of India to encourage enthusiasts to have yachts of their own.

Any way for those interested can still contact Glen Simoens at the Kraig Jarvis Fishing Club and go fishing....

Water Skiing

Water SkiingIt is a very rarely played adventure sport. Each of India's coastal states - Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa have a choice of beaches. Those in Goa are all popular, and amongst them a few offer facilities for water sports like water skiing, wind surfing, yachting, etc. Gopalpur-on-Sea in Orissa, Chorwad, Ahmedpur,  Mandvi in Gujarat are excellent spots which are safe and peaceful. Lakshadweep offers excellent wind surfing, snorkeling and scuba-diving in the crystal clear waters which surround the islands.

River rafting

River RaftingRiver rafting is about 12 years old in India and gaining popularity rapidly. Rafting is commonly done on the Ganges near Rishikesh, the Indus and Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir, Teesta in Sikkim and the Beas in Himachal Pradesh. Other rivers that are also run are the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Kali and Tons in Uttar Pradesh and the Brahamputra, Subansari and Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh.

Each raft has a river guide with 4-8 people in it, depending on whether it is a day-trip or spread over several days. River guides are expected to have several years of on-river experience. Waterproof drums or bags are kept aboard the raft for carrying cameras and for keeping baggage dry on longer multi-day expeditions. Every raft also carries rescue bags and flip lines for emergencies. A repair kit and a first-aid kit are carried on board to ensure that the run is self-contained. For safety reasons, it is always advisable to ply a minimum of two rafts on the river. It is compulsory for each person to wear a life jacket and a helmet with chin-straps.

Like any adventure sport, rafting has its inherent risks, which are minimized by taking basic safety precautions that include competent river guides, excellent equipment and an attitude of vigilance.

November to February is the best time to go river rafting. While rafting, make sure that the raft is in excellent condition. Check your life jacket and helmet. You must have either another raft or a kayak traveling with you. Choose your agency with care, because not all of them give adequate consideration to safety norms.

Persons suffering from hypertension, heart conditions, epilepsy, expecting mothers, or those with any serious ailment should not go rafting. Children under 15 should avoid going. It is advisable to know the basics of swimming. In no circumstances should you go rafting after consuming alcohol or any drug.

Diving, Windsurfing, Yachting, Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Wind SurfingVisit Goa and you will find all kinds of water sports there. However, if you really wish to enjoy the adventure of playing water sports you must visit deep blue waters of the Andaman and Lakshwadeep Islands. The Andaman offers some excellent locations for snorkeling; it is better to bring your own equipment though. Scuba diving is the in-thing in the Andaman nowadays and schools offering diving courses have mushroomed all over the place. The best is easily the Port Blair Underwater Diver Center in the South Andamans that offers an internationally recognized PADI affiliated Open Water Diver Certificate course.
Lakshdweep also has its fair share of scuba diving schools the best known is the Poseidon Neptune School. In Lakshdweep you can also try windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.

Contact local tourism authorities or the following for details:

In Delhi
Andaman & Nicobar Bhawan
12, Chanakya Puri
Goa Sadan
18, Amrita Shergil Marg
Lakshwadeep Liaison Office
F - 301
Kasturba Gandhi Marg Hostel
Kanihka Plaza
19, Ashok Road
In Goa
The Tourist Office
Patto Tourist Home
In the Andaman
Government of India Tourist office
Above Super Shoppe
Port Blair
The Andaman & Nicobar tourist office
Opp. Indian Airlines
Port Blair
In Lakshwadeep
Lakshwadeep Tourism Sports
Indira Gandhi Road, Willingdon Islands
Kochi ,Kerala

National Institute of Water Sports
E-3, Dramila Apartments, Mangor Hill, Vasco da Gama - 403 802 :  Water Skiing, Scuba Diving.



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