River rafting forms one of the most thrilling and captivating water sports of the world. The excellent places for river rafting in India are nested in the beautiful hills of the North. Rivers emanate from the Himalayas and flow downwards in the plains rushing between the heavily forested hills and steep-gorges. This forms a wonderful view and also a perfect hub for river rafters. Toppling down in fast currents of these gushing rivers provide a stimulating adrenaline rush. Below are some of the exotic river-rafting destinations of India:
- Rishikesh: River rafting in the beauty of the Ganges is a lifetime experience. Rivers like Alaknanda and Bhagirathi also offer high gushes of streaming water. Rishikesh, however forms one of most exquisite places to raft on the Ganges. The stretch of 16 kilometers from Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhoola contains some high-grade rapids which include Roller Coaster, Double Trouble, Golf Course and Three Blind Mice. Hard-rafting and skilful maneuvering is essential to survive the strong currents.
- Sikkim: The turbulent Teesta and the rugged Rangit of Sikkim offer a great dimension of rapids ranging from grade 1 to 4. Some of these thrilling rapids are difficult even for the experienced rafters. Melli forms the starting point of river rafting which can be easily accessed from the road of Gangtok. Teesta and Rangit serve both professionals and amateurs. First timers get an option for a half-day rafting over the low waters and amidst the picturesque beauty of the North East. The expert hands can go for rougher and bigger rapids. The gushing streams over crags and rocks, frothing and churning their way down to plains make it excellent for both paddle and oar water rafting. The river gushes through dense forests that are hindered in patches by small villages or terraced cultivations.
- Ladakh(Zanskar): The land of Ladakh is packed with daunting grey mountains and snow capped peaks. This isolated landscape is dotted with colorful monasteries, hamlets and lush green meadows. Ladakh presents many swift and scenic flowing streams and rivers. Lately, this beautiful place has become one of the finest destinations for lovers of river rafting. Some say that this is one of best places for rafting in the world. The gorge of Zanskar is spectacular with its walls rising thousands of feet from the bed of the river. The river provides rapids to a maximum of grade 5 and traverses through some remote and rough-terrain places. The river Indus offers famous rafting points from Upshi to Kharu, Phey to Nimo and Upshi to Nimo. Nimo forms the union point of river Indus and Zanskar where the green waters of the former mixes with the mud colored waters of the latter. River rafting in Ladakh is an ultimate method to experience the scenic beauty of the place.
- Brahmaputra: Brahmaputra forms one of the most challenging rivers for river rafting. Weaving its course from Tibet, the river cuts its way through the mightiest mountain-range of the world making treacherous gorges and deep-trenches along the way. The stream of water pours down at an enormous speed to arrive the plains of Pasighat where it finally becomes placid. Rafting experience at Brahmaputra provides a deep insight into the tribal life and the river-valley.
Rafting in the white-waters of the wild rivers is an unmatchable experience. The powerful rivers gushing down from the unsurpassed height of the Himalayas across the high valleys and bordered by beautiful greenery make India an ultimate destination for river-rafting. Become a traveler and pack your bags to test and tame the waters of these mighty rivers.