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Asian River Rafting Champions Take on the Sutlej River

The scenic town of Shimla has become the centre stage for the first-ever Asian River Rafting Championships, officially opened on March 4th, 2024, by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

Competition and Collaboration on the Water:

  • The championship is taking place on the Sutlej River, near Basantpur in the Sunni region, from March 4th to 9th, 2024.
  • Around 20 national and international teams are participating, hailing from countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia.

Promoting Adventure Tourism:

Chief Minister Sukhu emphasized the government’s commitment to fostering adventure tourism within the state. He highlighted several recent initiatives, including:

  • A successful river rafting marathon held in Nadaun, Hamirpur district.
  • A paragliding championship held last year in Junga, Shimla district, in collaboration with a private company.

Beyond Competition: Opportunities and Growth

The Chief Minister further stressed the broader impact of hosting such events, extending beyond the realm of competition:

  • Boosting tourism: These events attract visitors and generate revenue for the region.
  • Creating employment: Hosting and organizing adventure sports activities create job opportunities for local residents.

The Asian River Rafting Championships showcase not only the thrill and athleticism of the sport but also the potential of adventure tourism to contribute to economic development and community well-being in Shimla and beyond.

Important takeaways for all competitive exam

  • Himachal Pradesh Capitals: Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter);
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief minister: Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu;
  • Himachal Pradesh Bird: Western tragopan;
  • Himachal Pradesh Districts: 12;
  • Himachal Pradesh Flower: Pink rhododendron;
  • Himachal Pradesh High Court: Himachal Pradesh High Court.


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