Mahaseer (Kali / Sarda river)
The river Kali originates in the Pithoragah district of Uttarakhand and forms a natural eastern boundary between India and Nepal. The river is named after the Goddess Kali but when it descends in the plains and meets up with the Saryu river it is called Sarda or Sharda. Its a Torrential river which is due to its remote location is one of the best Mahseer angling spots in country.
The itinerary given below is for a rafting cum fishing trip. The put in point for the trip varies according to season.
- Jauljibi / Jhulaghat for pre-snowmelt season (March / April)
- Pancheswar for post-snowmelt season (May / June or Mid-Sept / Oct / Nov)
- Kathgodam - Delhi
The Itinerary given below is for Pancheswar to Boom. 3 nights will be added if putting in upstream.
Delhi - Pancheswar - Boom - Delhi
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi - Kathgodam - Camp
- Dep. Delhi 5 AM. Drive 550 km to Pancheswar (12 hrs by car/14 hrs by coach). Alternative would be to take overnight train to Kathgodam and take coach on arrival early morning. This would cut road journey by about 5 hrs.
- Overnight in camp.
Day 2 : Camp
- Fish for Mahaseer on plug & spoon at Pancheswar on the confluence of Sarju & Kali rivers. Record Mahaseer taken at this site is 80 lbs.
- Overnight in Camp.
Day 3 : Camp
- Fish early morning and after breakfast start rafting. Overnight halt at Surnia river junction. A small stream coming in from Nepal which affords a lovely camp-site and fresh water.
- Overnight in Camp.
Day 4 : Camp
- Raft to the confluence of the Ladiya river.
- Camp overnight at Chuka.
Day 5 : Camp
- Negotiate Chuka rapids (grade 3-4 depending on water level). Latter half is a smooth sail through Purnagiri gorge. Put out at Boom.
- Lunch & overnight in Camp.
Day 6 : Camp - Delhi
- Breakfast & departure for Delhi, arriving late evening after 430 km drive.
Due to rampant poaching of the river by locals & bombing/poisoning by vested commercial interests the Golden Mahaseer is a threatened species & no guarantee of catch can be made. However to hook on to a mighty Mahaseer is an experience no angler will ever forget. Reputed to be the fiercest freshwater fish in the world, Mahaseer has been recorded at 120 lbs caught on rod & reel. Besides the flora & fauna to be seen on this totally wild stretch of river would delight any naturalist.