Rishikesh: The holy city of Rishikesh is all set to give the real thrill of rafting in the white water of Ganga this season to the adventure lovers across the globe.

In an effort to boost tourism in the state, the Uttarakhand Government flagged off the rafting season under the Kaudiyala-Rishikesh eco-tourism here on Saturday. Following which the river was flooded with colourful rafts.

The rafting business and tourism was highly affected in Rishikesh due to high water levels in Ganga for a long time due to heavy rainfall here.

But with the start of the rafting season, the trade is expected to gain momentum with large number of young enthusiasts flocking here in the next 11 months.

Getting instant relief from their busy schedules, the tourists were seen enjoying the water sports. While on the other hand, thetourism practitioners thanked and prayed the holy river to bless them with success for the next 11-months business.

JPN/Bureau