About River Rafting
rafting has taken the world by storm. Often termed as white water rafting,
river rafting is filled with thrills, enthusiasm and exhilaration. It is an
above-the-world feeling as one meanders on the foamy, swirling and
thunderous waters. It has an uplifting and a bedazzling effect on the mind.
River rafting is a challenge to the spirit and stamina of the rafters. India
offers a plethora of rafting locales.
River Rafting Zones In India
» Ladakh -
Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is a popular
rafting destination. The ideal stretch on the Indus for white water rafting
is between Spituk and Saspul. Rafting becomes tougher as one moves beyond
Saspol. It takes experienced participants to move ahead.
» The Zanskar River -
The Zanskar river can give
you tough times as between Padum and Nimo regions it has a splendid course.
The stretch is suitable only for a well-ordered expedition. The river
running can take several days.
» The Ganges -
The Ganges near Rishikesh in
Uttaranchal is no new spot for white water rafting. The river has 12 major
rapids between Kaudiyala and Rishikesh. These rapids extend over a length of
36 kilometres. Rafting near Rishikesh is truly adventurous.
» Himachal Pradesh -
Himachal Pradesh also
provides ample opportunities for the river rafters. The rivers Chandrabhaga
in Lahul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near
Kullu offer excellent options for white-water rafting. The 20-km long
stretch between Shamsi and Aut on the Beas is a fantastic spot for adventure
The Teesta River -
Moving towards the eastern Himalayan region you come
across river Teesta in Sikkim. River Teesta too has a number white water
rapids with various intensities. It's total fun and delight as one moves
down the river relishing the picturesque beauty of the place.
» The Brahmaputra -
The Brahmaputra, as it crosses
Tibet and enters the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, is a popular
rafting destination for the adventure lovers.
» The Kali Ganga (Sharda) -
The Kaliganga or the
Sharda enters India from the neighbouring country of Nepal. The Kali Ganga
rushes down from the foothills of the Kumaon region and meets the Gori river
at Jauljibi which is where the adventurous run starts. The stretch extends
to a good length giving the rafters a pleasing experience.
River Rafting Essentials
Do take with you the bee-sting kit, disposable camera, swim suit, nylon
shorts, tennis shoes, wind-proof jacket, towels, a flashlight, a light
sweater, sandals and a hat and you have been prescribed with medications
like inhalers and insulin, never forget to take them along. Don't wear
cotton clothes except during the summers as cotton takes away the warmth of
the body. Polyester fleece or synthetic fabric will do the job, keeping you
warm and drying faster than the cotton clothes. And never ever forget to
dress in layers. It should also be noted that river rafting in some areas
may require special permits from the Government. Areas close to the Indian
International borders like Sikkim, Spiti, Lahaul and Nubra may not be
accessible to foreigners without a valid permit.
Ideal Time For River Rafting
August to September is the best time for amateurs. The experienced and the
skilled can go for rafting earlier in summer. Winters are not safe for
rafting in the Himalayan rivers, as during the season one runs the risk of
getting soaked which may lead to Hypothermia. The rivers, during the
winters, are too cold to be tried. Teesta is the single river that allows
rafting in the winter months between October and April.