Bathing in waterfalls and rivers?

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We plan to visit Bundi and maybe Orchha.
Is it possible to bath in the nearby waterfalls (Bundi) and in the river Betwa (Orchha)?
Or is it not advisable because of tropical deseases, pollution, ... ?

Thanks for any info!
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People do it in Betwa river in Orchha during monsoon time, the same for the waterfalls near Bundi. If depends how dirty is the water and how sensitive you are.

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Thanks, Jorge -- Jan
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If depends how dirty is the water and how sensitive you are.
Translation: you'll be taking a dip in raw sewage but mercifully the monsoon rains will have diluted it so if your immune system is used to doing overtime and russian roulette is your thing, jump on in

I wouldn't do it, pollution is just too high and you risk getting seriously ill, especially if you're not used to the local germs.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post Translation: you'll be taking a dip in raw sewage but mercifully the monsoon rains will have diluted it so if your immune system is used to doing overtime and russian roulette is your thing, jump on in

I wouldn't do it, pollution is just too high and you risk getting seriously ill, especially if you're not used to the local germs.
OK, I see... River water is not spring water...
Look likes we shouldn't do bathing.

Thanks, dillichaat.
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Originally Posted by jan616 View Post OK, I see... River water is not spring water...
Well rivers were springs once, but they've had a lot added to them by the time they hit civilisation. Immediate glacier runoff is safe but if you go high up far enough for that, it will be too cold to bathe in!
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Originally Posted by jan616 View Post We plan to visit Bundi and maybe Orchha.
Is it possible to bath in the nearby waterfalls (Bundi)
What waterfalls are near Bundi? I spent 2 weeks there years ago and never knew there were any.


And I don't think I would bathe in any river close to civilization. Who know what chemicals are in there. But up in the mountains or in nature far away from people should be ok. I've done it many times in India in the Himalayas.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post What waterfalls are near Bundi? I spent 2 weeks there years ago and never knew there were any.
Yes, there is a waterfall in Rameshwar (24 km from Bundi) and another one in Bhimlat (30 km from Bundi, near the railroads to Chittor).
See this article (with pictures):
http://blogs.thehindu.com/delhi/?p=4875
Or google for Rameshwar / Bhimlat.
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But during this time of year most of the waterfalls dry up in those area.
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Originally Posted by raj1985 View Post But during this time of year most of the waterfalls dry up in those area.
But we will be there in August and hope the waterfalls are in operation...
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Originally Posted by jan616 View Post But we will be there in August and hope the waterfalls are in operation...
Hi,
By August it would be replenished by the monsoon.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post And I don't think I would bathe in any river close to civilization. Who know what chemicals are in there.
What with all the sewage, dead animals, condoms, amoebic dysentery, plastic bags and billions of paan packets in rivers close to "civilisation", I'm amazed there's room for any water, yet alone chemicals!
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A quote from somebody in I-can't-remember-which book, about bathing in the Ganges at Varanasi:

it's not the water that's dirty, just the things in it!



ps I have swum in the Narmada at Maheshwar and loved it, and lived to tell the tale! A good rule of thumb might be whether lots of locals are happily swimming
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And bathing under a waterfall can be dangerous in itself. I'm always a little paranoid that a tree branch would wash over the falls and land on my head.

And there's also tigers around Bundi. When I was there a boy got killed by one outside of Bundi. And one day I was bicycling far outside of Bundi and someone warned me to be careful as there were tigers in the area. I was a little paranoid on the ride back to town as there was a stretch of road where bushes lined it for miles.A perfect place for a tiger to hide waiting for someone to pass and pounce on.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post And bathing under a waterfall can be dangerous in itself. I'm always a little paranoid that a tree branch would wash over the falls and land on my head.
Shure it is a little dangerous (stones or rocks can come down too), but I have done it in Greece and Portugal - it's wonderful.
But OK, in India I will better abstain from it.

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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post And there's also tigers around Bundi. When I was there a boy got killed by one outside of Bundi. And one day I was bicycling far outside of Bundi and someone warned me to be careful as there were tigers in the area. I was a little paranoid on the ride back to town as there was a stretch of road where bushes lined it for miles.A perfect place for a tiger to hide waiting for someone to pass and pounce on.
We will be warily...

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