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Steve Brooks

Kayak road tripping in Kumaon,India
By Steve Brooks
Uttarakhand is a state of northern India with two very distinct regions and rivers. Garwahl on the west side with fantastic rivers such as the Alpine style Tons on its western border and of course the more popular Ganges and its tributaries.

Kumaon is the eastern region and has some great whitewater on the Ramganga, Goriganga and Saryu, plus the well known border river expedition of the Kali (as it is known in India) or Mahakali (as it is known in Nepal).

It is not just the rivers which are different in each region but also the way people dress and look, the villages and style of food and the local language.

We have spent many a season kayaking in the Garwahl region on rivers like the Alaknanda and its tributaries such as the Pindar and Mandakini. The Paddler featured an article a few years back about the Yamuna and Tons Rivers but we have never really ventured into the Kumaon region before. So with kayaks loaded on the jeep, Stanzin, Ute and myself, plus Puran our driver, were heading off on another ‘mini’ road trip.

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