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Himachal Pradesh High Court sets age limit for adventure sports like rafting and kayaking amid safety concerns

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In a recent update, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ordered a directive to the Deputy Commissioner of Kullu district, asking to establish an upper age limit for individuals participating in adventurous sports such as kayaking and river rafting in the region.

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Furthermore, the bench comprising Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Jyotsna Rewal Dua talked about the importance of requiring senior citizens engaging in such activities to present a “fitness certificate,” as reported by Live Law.

The court stated, “It is desirable to establish an upper age limit for individuals intending to participate in kayaking or related river sports, and also to mandate senior citizens participating in such activities to provide a Fitness Certificate.”

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In November 2023, the High Court scrutinized the enforcement of safety regulations in river rafting and other adventurous sports. During this review, the court identified deficiencies in safety protocols and highlighted instances of non-compliance with Rule 11(b) of the Himachal Pradesh River Rafting Rules, 2005. This rule stipulates that operators of river rafting must possess two rescue rafts or a combination of one raft and a kayak.Building upon previous rulings, the recent decision of the court aims to reinforce safety measures in river sports, particularly following the tragic death of a 65-year-old tourist.

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The court has scheduled further deliberations on the matter for July 18.

Meanwhile for those planning a river rafting adventure in Himachal Pradesh, here are five places perfect for river rafting:

Himachal Pradesh High Court sets age limit for adventure sports like rafting and kayaking amid safety concerns

Beas River, Kullu Valley: The Beas River in Kullu Valley offers exciting rafting experiences amidst stunning Himalayan landscapes. With rapids ranging from easy to moderate, this stretch of river is suitable for beginners and experienced rafters alike.

Satluj River, Shimla: Satluj River, flowing through the scenic valleys of Shimla, offers thrilling rafting experiences for adventure enthusiasts.

Ravi River, Chamba: Ravi River, located in the picturesque district of Chamba, offers challenging rafting experiences amidst pristine natural beauty. The stretch from Chamba to Bhalei provides thrilling rapids.

Chenab River, Lahaul Valley: Chenab River, flowing through the rugged terrain of Lahaul Valley, offers some of the most challenging rafting experiences in Himachal Pradesh.

Spiti River, Spiti Valley: Spiti River, flowing through the remote and rugged landscapes of Spiti Valley, offers unique rafting experiences amidst high-altitude terrain.

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