Are you adventurous by nature? Do you love to try new things in every place you go to? River rafting is such an activity that is very popular among adventure lovers throughout the world. In this blog, we will see what the major river rafting places in India are.
In Rishikesh, the flow of Ganga makes it one of the best places in the world for river rafting. The rafting route stretches to 16 km (from Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula) and the range of the rapids are from grade 1 to grade 4. The best time for rafting here is from September to June.
Above 12000 feet of the sea level, you can experience out of the world rafting between Padum and Zimo regions of the Zanskar river gorge. This is regarded as a grade 4 river. The rafting route ends at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. The best time for rafting is from July to August. The river freezes during winter.
River Indus in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Here also the best time for rafting is from June to August. The water levels are high at river Indus during that time. The rafting route passes through deep gorges and offers a beautiful landscape of hillside villages, hilltop monasteries and snow-capped towering peaks.
The river offers you with a 150 km pure water rafting pleasure through sandy beaches, gorges and charming villages. The raft run goes to the down Bhagirathi gorge and is graded within level 3 and 4. The best time for rafting here is from October to May.
Teesta River, Darjeeling and Sikkim
Rafting here needs experience. The river which is graded 4 has a series of rapids with different intensity. The rafting route covers the confluence of Teesta and its tributary Rangeet. The ideal time for rafting here is from October to April. Apart from river rafting, you can also go for paddle rafting and oar rafting.
Brahmaputra River Rafting
The rafting expedition starts from Tuting on Subansari river (the primary tributary of Brahmaputra) in Arunachal Pradesh. After 180 km long run, it ends at Pasighat. As a whole, the trip will give you an excellent exposure to the various natural sceneries and beautiful hill locations in the riverside. This rafting is graded as Level 4. You should visit here between November to March.
Kali/ Sharda River Rafting Expedition
The river is known as Kali or Sharda in India and as Mahakali in Nepal. It has formed a natural eastern boundary of India and Nepal. The river passes through the lush forests, pristine and deserted environment. You will get a very good view of wild animals and birds throughout. The rafting starts at different places in different seasons.
There are few other famous rafting places throughout India. Tons in Garhwal is one of them with rapids varying from grade 3 to grade 5. Ton river is the biggest tributary of Yamuna. Kundalika River at Kolad, Maharashtra is another fine rafting destination. In South India, rafting expedition in River Barapole at Coorg, Dakshin Kannada is very popular.