Published on : Thursday, October 8, 2020
Within just ten days of restarting river rafting after a shutdown of six months, more than 8,000 tourists have visited Rishikesh in Uttarakhand to take part in adventure sports activity.
Dinesh Bhatt, the president of Rafting Association in Rishikesh said that Rishikesh alone witnessed more than 6,000 tourists visiting for river rafting in the last three days.
“In the past ten days, since the Uttarakhand government allowed resumption of river rafting, Rishikesh has welcomed over 8,000 tourists, with almost 6,000 people coming to participate in river rafting in the past three days over the long weekend,” said Bhatt.
He added that the response is good and businesses are picking up, but the rafting companies are still facing minor losses while having to maintain physical distancing.
“Earlier, ten persons were allowed in a single raft, but now, only four tourists are going, with two guides in one raft. We have not increased our prices, so we are facing some loss, but safety is important for us,” Bhatt said.
Dilip Jawalkar, the secretary for tourism in Uttarakhand said that adventure tourism grabs a major role in the state’s overall tourism industry.
“I am happy that our step towards resuming the adventure sports activities have achieved the desired results and has attracted a large number of adventure seekers to the state,” he said.