Adventure activities prohibited in Kullu : The Tribune India

Abhinav Vashisht

KULLU, JULY 15

In view of the rainy season, river adventure and aerosport activities will be prohibited from July 15 to September 15.

The Kullu administration has already banned all water activities and removed camps near river banks, nullahs and landslide-prone areas after a downpour flooded Gohar Nullah, causing loss of life and property. in the village of Choj in the Parbati Valley on July 6.

Kullu District Tourism Development Officer (DTDO) Sunayna Sharma said adventure activities had been banned for two months to ensure the safety of revelers. She said the level of water bodies could rise sharply during the rainy season. In addition, the winds were also not favorable for the conduct of aero sports activities.

She said rafting, kayaking, river crossings, zip lining, abseiling, paragliding, hot air ballooning have all been banned.

However, trekking, rock climbing, zorbing balls, rolling balls, bungee jumping and mountain biking were allowed.

Only licensed operators would be allowed to carry out permitted adventure activities. Relevant departments would maintain strict vigilance and legal action would be taken against offenders.

As a general rule, rafting, paragliding and miscellaneous adventure activities are banned for two months from July 15 each year under the Rafting Rules 2005, Aero Sports Rules 2004 and Activities Rules of various adventure of 2017. The rivers and streams are in flood during the rains. At the same time, there is fog and the winds are unpredictable.

All of these factors make adventure activities dangerous, which can even be life threatening.

There are around 800 rafts in Raison, Babeli, Bashing, Pirdi, Bhuntar and Sarabai. Nearly 300 paragliders operate in Taleti, Raison, Falayn, Marhi and Solang Nullah. Many tourists visit these sites to enjoy adventure activities. These activities provide employment for thousands of people in the valley.

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