Top 10 River Rafting Places in India
India has ample opportunities for river rafting for those who love adventure sports. In the northern India various rivers originating from Mighty, Himalayas provides a lot of opportunities for water rafting because of their rapid flow and steep slopes and rocky river beds.The rivers flowing down from the heights of the Himalayas make India one of the world’s best places for adventure. While the best of rafting options lie north in other parts of the country river rafting options are available though they are not so challenging as they are in Himalayan Rivers. These are the Top 10 River Rafting Places in India.
Top 10 River Rafting Places in India
1.Ganga River, Rishikesh
The Ganga at Rishikesh is one of the world’s best rivers to raft. On this river there are various stretches for rafting. A 16 km stretch from Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh is the optimum one which will take around 3 hours to complete. It has rapids range from grade 1 to grade 4. This stretch, rich with whirlpools and rapids. There are as many as 10 rapids with strange names such as Return To Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course.There is a option of halt in between the rafting rute where you can have an experience of rock jumping. You can see many foreigners relaxing on the a chilled and beautiful white sand river beaches against the scenic Himalayan Mountains. The best time to go for Rafting in Rishikesh between October and June.
2. Zanskar River, Leh-Ladakh
Rafting is held between Padum and Zimo regions in the Zanskar river gorge at the height of 12000 feet of the sea level. Walls of mountains rise to hundreds of feet on both sides. The rafting route ends as the river merges with the Indus. The route passes through some very rough terrains and remote places in Ladakh. Indus provides spectacular view of the landscapes Ladakh and Zanskar ranges which housed Buddhist monasteries on high cliff. The river is rated as grade IV on difficulty level. Best time to go is July to August as the river freezes during winters.
3. River Indus on Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Indus river is one of the most scenic white water runs anywhere in the Himalayas. The view is breathtaking which takes one through the Canyons in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges with various monasteries or gompas along the river bank. The icy cold and clear river have rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III rapids.The river offers most popular day trips from Phey to Nemu or Chilling to Nimu. There are also runs from Spituk to Saspol or Spituk to the Indus Zanskar confluence at Nemu and from Nemu to the most famous and ancient monastery of Alchi. Experienced rafters may also want to try the more challenging route between Alchi and Khaltsay, which takes in the kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla.
4. Bhagirathi River, Uttrakhand
Bhagirathi is one of the main tributories of Ganga River. It meets with Alaknanda in Devprayag and after that it is known by the name River Ganga. Bhagirathi offers 150 kms of pure white water rafting thrill. The raft run is down the lower Bhagirathi gorge and is graded between levels 3 and 4. Rapids like “Elephant rock”, “The Chute”, “Sharp S”, “Confluence rapids” are encountered till Bhagirathi’s confluence with the Alaknanda at Devprayag to form the Ganga. Further ahead are the best rapids of the Ganga, ‘Daniel Dip’ and ‘The Wall’.
5.Teesta and Rangit Rivers, Sikkim
Water Rafting in Teesta has been introduced by DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, now GTA) in 1991 and has been consistently gaining popularity since then. It’s fun and exciting. Due to series of rapids and varying intensity of flow, most part of Teesta where rafting is done has been graded in a scale of 2 to 4. Grade-2 would have small roller coaster rapids but easy to negotiate, Grade-3 requires a trained guide & some technical ability, while Grade-4 would have some serious and large rapids, and should be attempted only by seasoned rafters. The Rangeet river on the other hand has more turbulence compared to Teesta. Its multi dimensional rapids can be very challenging at times. Both these rivers are fed by melting snow in the summer months and rain water in the monsoon.
6. Brahmaputra River
The Brahmaputra river, both mystifying and ferocious, finds its way down the Tibet region by cutting Greater Himalayas and then enters Arunachal Pradesh from where the expedition initiates. A week long run in the river of Brahamputra takes the rafters through remote hill sides with a few tribal settlements in thick rainforests. The expedition starts from Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh on the Subansari river, the primary tributary of the Brahmaputra, and ends after 180 kms of rafting at Pasighat. The trip also gives an excellent exposure to remarkable sceneries and unparalleled locations making this river’s white water rafting amongst premier expedition in India. The rafting is rated at Level IV. What makes it doubly interesting is the area has virgin beauty, Arunachal Pradesh being closed for tourism until recent days.
7. Kali River Rafting
Kali river originates in the Pithorgarh district of Uttarakhand and forms a natural eastern boundary between India and Nepal. The Mahakali River rafting is an exciting river journey along scenic terraced cultivation of the quaint and remote Kumaoni villages, coupled with sparkling water and wonderful sandy beaches. This rafting journey promises a wilderness journey of a lifetime. It is great for beginners to rafting and kayaking, as well as experienced adventurers as it has a few big rapids, like the ‘Chuka’, ‘Dimberghat’ and ‘The Creek’ rapids, to thrill us.
8. Tons River in Garhwal Himalyas
The Tons is the largest tributary of the Yamuna and flows through Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, touching Himachal Pradesh. The Tons River is said to have more water and wrath than the Yamuna itself. The average rating (based on the difficulty level) being between grade III, IV and it also has some grade V rapids. It has now become a major destination for water-based adventure sports like white-water rafting in Uttarakhand.You can stay at Jaunsar Bawar region on the banks of the Tons river and enjoy the grade 4 rafting. It is considered as one of the most challenging white water river rafting expeditions in the country today.Typical season for rafting in Tons is till July.
9. Beas River, Manali
Nature lovers seeking recreation and adventure should go for rafting in the River Beas, Manali. Expert rafting professionals will make your experience safe. Summer months are suitable for rafting as ice on the mountains melt thus providing high speed in river waters. The Manali-Kullu corridor, along National Highway 21, has become a favorite tourist escape in recent years with the growing popularity and availability of adventure sports. River rafting in particular is well suited for the water rich rivers which flow through the North India state of Himachal Pradesh.
10. Barapole River in Karnataka
The most challenging Whitewater rafting opportunity in South india is the whitewater rafting on the Barapole river in South Coorg. The actual length of this run is between 3-4 KM. Coorg, located in a mountainous region is one of the sought out places for Whitewater Rafting, as the gradient offers the best conditions for speedy waters flowing over rocks causing drops in the river known as rapids in rafting, running through these rapids is what makes rafting an adventure to remember. Coorg lies in Western Ghats edging along the Deccan plateau, it catches best of the South West monsoon during the months of June till September, turning the landscape with many streams joining in to mighty rivers. Barapole is the river to Raft, considered to be the deadliest in Coorg due to its turbulent flow and the ambience that surrounds it.