5 Best Places For River Rafting In India

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Ride On High Rapids – Best 5 Places For River-Rafting In India

Tired of your daily schedule? Looking for some creepy activity for your lazy weekend? Then, leave behind your mundane timetable and lose yourself in the arms of Mother Nature. Bring out the adventurer in you with white water rafting (known as river rafting) at some of the exhilarating places in India. Here’s a list of locations where you can find natural beauty and an arena for river rafting:

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Rishikesh
Rishikesh is surrounded by majestic hills and intersected by the wide and calm Ganges where adventurers can experience different grades of river rafting rapids. Apart from the sanctity of this town, it is a paradise for trekkers and travellers interested in rock climbing, cliff jumping and of course – river rafting. Experience the roller coaster on one of the best rafts in the world.

  • Range of Rapids: Grade 1 to 4
  • How to reach Shivpuri:
  1. Airport: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant (Dehradun), around 50 kms away
  2. Railways: Haridwar station, 40 kms away (1 hour)
  3. Roadways: 18 kms away from Rishikesh and 250 kms away from Delhi (6 hours drive)
  • Average Temperature: 20° to 40° C in summers (April to June) & 9° to 20° C in winters
  • Best time to visit: September to November & March to May, Rafting is generally closed in monsoon season

Zanskar (Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir)
There’s nothing as good as a thrilling rafting experience in the rivers of the Himalayas. In Zanskar rafting is held between Padum and Zimo, a region at a height of 12,000 kms above sea level. The best part of this expedition is the Zanskar Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of Asia which makes its way through towering rocks and rough rapids. You can experience grade 4 rapids while rafting between the snow capped mountains.

  • Range of Rapid: Grade 3 to 4
  • How to reach Zanskar:
  1. Airport: Leh airport, many flights commute from Delhi, Srinagar & Jammu
  2. Railways: Srinagar railway station (420 kms away)
  3. Roadways: 420 kms away from Srinagar
  • Average Temperature: 5° to 25° C in summers (April to August)
  • Best time to visit: July to August, river freezes in winter season

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Indus Valley (Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir)
Offering the most beautiful, exciting and thrilling experience, white water rafting in Indus valley can be a really memorable experience for everyone. Graded as 2 to 3 on rapid scale, this stretch passes through the thrilling route of Alchi and Khaltsey. Rafting is mostly done from Spitok to the Indus-Zanskar route, followed by series of long rapids at Nurla. Through this expedition, you will witness spectacular views of Ladakh Mountains, and will pass through the riverside villages of Stakna, Shey and Thiksey.

  • Range of Rapid: Grade 2 to 3
  • How to reach Indus Valley:
  1. Airport: Leh airport, many flights commute from Delhi, Srinagar & Jammu
  2. Railways: Srinagar railway station
  3. Roadways: 420 kms away from Srinagar
  • Average Temperature: 5° to 25° C in summers (April to June)
  • Best time to visit: July to August, river freezes in winter season

Teesta River (Sikkim)
Ride on the icy water of Teesta River with a cycle of rapids ranging from grade 3 to grade 4. This expedition is one of the largest adventure sports in Sikkim. Don’t miss the awesome thickets on the banks of each river, dotted with tiny hamlets. Paddle rafting and oar rafting can be experienced in the Teesta River.

  • Range of Rapid: Grade 2 to 4
  • How to reach Teesta River:
  1. Airport: Bagdogra airport (Siliguri), helicopter service from Sikkim
  2. Railways: Siliguri is the nearest railway station
  3. Roadways: 60 kms from Siliguri & 50 kms from Gangtok and Darjeeling.
  • Average Temperature: 10° to 20° C in summers (April to June) & 2° to 9° C in winters
  • Best time to visit: Between October and April. Spring and early summer are considered as the best time for rafting here

River Rafting

Barapole (Coorg)

About 250km from Bangalore, nestled away on the slopes of the Western Ghats, is the Scotland of India – Coorg. Situated in the Western Ghats along the edges of the Deccan Plateau, this area personifies beauty. White water rafting is organised in the upper Barapole area called Kithu-Kakkatu River (popularly known as KKR). One can experience rapids of grade 4 and grade 5 while rafting in the upper section of the river. Being amidst the pristine nature here can charge your batteries and bring excitement back to your life.

  • Range of Rapid: Grade 2 to 4+
  • How to reach Barapole:
  1. Airport: Mysore airport (100 kms away)
  2. Railways: Payyanur station Junction (67 kms away)
  3. Roadways: 80 km from Madikeri, 256 kms away from Bangalore
  • Average Temperature: 19° to 34° C in summers
  • Best time to visit: June to September

So, what are you waiting for? Here’s a nature’s call for you. Get your helmets ready and raft on the rhythm of rough water at these amazing places.

Republished from Travel and Leisure

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