Water sports including white water rafting in the Ganges and paragliding have been banned in the Uttarakhand region until the government can formulate a policy to regulate them in terms of service, price and safety. Uttarakhand, home to mother Ganges, is a favourite spot for spiritual travellers for centuries. It has the Char Dham and holy places like Haridwar and Rishikesh which are ancient Vedic cities built on the banks of the Ganga.

Adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding are a big money spinner for the state and very popular with foreign tourists. Because it is lucrative, many private operators have entered the market among which most are unregulated and do not conform to any safety or price guidelines. Because of this, all adventure sports has been banned in Uttarakhand till a common policy is derived and agreed on by the government.

Till then, all you travellers and adventures, tough luck. Guys, you will have to look at other pastures. Do enjoy adventure but Uttarakhand is a no-no as of now.