Do you want to spend your weekend trip with absolute mirth and fun? If yes, then, at least for once, chuck your regular, boring weekend trip and usher in a new found relaxation and peace by making your adrenaline join you along. Yes, we’re talking about going for a holiday where you get to indulge in some of the greatest adventure sports ever. If you ask us about our favorite, we’d go for bungee jumping and river rafting. Although India doesn’t have much scope for bungee jumpers, all the prospective river rafters around, India has some great options for the same. A brief introduction to such great places where you can indulge in some serious river rafting make up this listicle—
6. Zanskar and Indus, Ladakh
This semi-arid mountainous terrain provides ample opportunities for rafters from June to October. However, if you’re intending to go there for some serious rafting, the best time is between July and August.
The rafting is done between Zimu and Padum regions, at the confluence of rivers Zanskar and Indus. At a height of around 12,000 ft, rafting along the sharp edged gorge of Zanskar is some task indeed!
5. Sind and Lidder, Kashmir
After zooming past the rugged terrain of Ladakh, how about a replenishing white water rafting amidst the vivid and picturesque scenery of Kashmir? There are quite a few areas in Kashmir that provide an adventure-packed rafting opportunity though, among them, rafting on Lidder in Pahalgam and Sind river in Sonmarg are the most opted ones.
The rafting season begins from June and continues till September. However, if you’re a first-timer, then the plain gradient of the Lidder will be just apt for you to try your luck at rafting.
4. Tons, Uttarakhand
Now, this one is a place for some serious river rafting, and hence is strictly not for the amateurs or the first timers. The river, one of the major tributaries of Yamuna, flowing rapidly between Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, offers rafting opportunities from three to five grade rapids.
So, if river rafting is your passion, and if you want to indulge in some serious adventure sports, then don’t miss out on rafting at Tons, one of the most thrilling and challenging river rafting circuits in India today.
3. Brahmaputra River at Tuting, Arunachal Pradesh
Here’s another thrilling and challenging circuit cutting across the North Eastern provinces of India. Rafting on this fierce flowing river starts at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh and offers opportunities from four to five grade rapids!
Besides, the river flows through some of the virgin territories amidst deep gorges, inaccessible rainforests and terribly rugged terrain. Quite likely enough, rafting in this region is restricted only to the pros. And, if you’re one, give this place amiss only at your own risk!
2. Teesta River, North Bengal and Sikkim
The charming but rugged Teesta river, cutting through the border of Sikkim and North Bengal is offers one of the most majestic views and an even greater rafting experience. Due to the undercurrent of the river and the rugged terrain, it has been accorded with a Grade IV position.
However, there are some limited options for the novices as well. But, if you’re a master rafter, then you should try out rafting at the turbulent Rangit, a tributary of Teesta, with its harsh, multidimensional rapids. Except for winters, any weather is just apt to try your luck at rafting at the Teesta. Both oar as well as paddle rafting is done here.
1. Ganga at Rishikesh
Like always, the best is saved for the last. The Ganga in this part of India is at its turbulent best and offers a world class rafting opportunity for experienced and well as amateur rafters alike. The stretch for the beginners starts at Shivpuri and culminates at Lakshman jhula, and offers rafting opportunities from rapid levels one to four.
However, if you want a bit more thrill, then you may try rafting on the river Mandakini, across a stretch of 26kilometres, from Chandrapuri to Rudraprayag, with the picturesque Himalayas adorning the backdrop.