Alaknanda Kayaking is a thrilling and heart-pulsating roller coaster adventure. Shivpuri is the base for kayaking in Alaknanda. From Shivpuri, it takes more than three hours to reach the beach of Alaknanda River.
Initially, you go downstream and a few km from the valley, the stretch widens. It becomes easier once you pass Srinagar (Gharwal).
You pass through pristine natural beauty and can also spot some of the rare colorful birds and Indian Wildlife Species. You can also view the magnificent Kedarnath peak.
Shivpuri to Rishikesh, you tackle and navigate through Grades 1 to 4 rapids, and from Srinagar to Devprayag, the rapids are from 2 to 3 Grades.
The stretch of Devprayag to Kaudiyala is of 1 to 3 Grades.
You can kayak back to Shivpuri from Kaudiyala while navigating through the rapids of 2 to 5 Grades.
The last big rapid is at Devprayag. Here, its said that two long, choppy wave trains emerge where the Bhagirathi crashes in Alaknanda, forming the Ganga. Kayaking on the Alaknanda is worth every minute of experience, and not to be missed if you believe in living life on the edge.
Shivpuri is well-connected by road with other cities of Uttaranchal, including Haridwar and Nainital Its also well-linked by road with Delhi, Agra, and Chandigarh.
The nearest airport at Jolly Grant in Dehradun and the nearest railhead is Haridwar, which is a major railway station in the region. There are many trains that link Haridwar to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, and more.
You can board an overnight train to Haridwar from Delhi or drive from Delhi to Haridwar.
Exact Location: Alaknanada originates near Badrinath, and is the main tributary of the Ganges.
District: Pauri Gharwal
Nearest Town: Haridwar, Dehradhun
Grade: Easy To Moderate.
Best Time to Visit: March-April, October and November.
Devprayag: Devprayag is a highly significant destination for Hindus. It is the confluence point of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda to form the revered Ganga. Devprayag houses the famous Raghunathji temple.
The peak of Dasharathachal is nearby.
Rudraprayag: The holy town of Rudraprayag is located near Badrinath. Its named after Lord Shiva (Rudra). The confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers takes place here.
Along with being a religious destination, the place is blessed with incredible natural beauty.