White water river rafting is a sensational outdoor sport that thrills everyone. The landscape of Incredible India provides some of the most exciting destinations for white water rafting expeditions. Rivers flowing through the eye-catching landscape of the Himalayas are most popular among all the rafting sites of India. Stunning scenery, Impressive rapids, and wild flow of water in the areas of wilderness make a rafting trip on the Himalayan rivers of India an unforgettable experience. Himalayan rivers offer some of the best river rafting trips in India.
River Rafting Sites of India
Numerous white water river rafting sites of India offers exciting opportunity for the water sport lovers. Snow fed rivers flowing southwards from Himalayan glaciers make north India one of the best regions for river rafting adventure. Rivers of Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are considered among the best regions for white water rafting. Teesta river in Sikkim, fast becoming popular among the rafters, offers good stretches for rafting. Here is the list of rivers that have excellent sites for river rafting :
Zanskar River, Ladakh
Alaknanda River, Uttarakhand
Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand
Teesta River, Sikkim
Brahmaputra, Arunachal Pradesh
Chandrabhaga in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh
Satluj near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Rabi near Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
Beas near Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
There is no fixed or best time for White Water Rafting in India. The flow and behaviour of the rapids are different for different rivers. Come any time and you will find a site to indulge in your favourite water sport.
July to September is the best time for Zanskar river in Ladakh. September to May is the ideal time for rafting expeditions on Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, and Ganges rivers. Many rafting challenges are organized in April to June on Satluj, Rabi, Chandrabhaga and Beas river in Himachal Pradesh. October to April is the ideal time for rafting on Teesta river of Sikkim and November to March is the best time for rafting in Arunachal Pradesh on Brahmaputra river and its tributaries Lohit and Subansari.
Facilities and Equipments
All the sites have good facilities for enjoying rafting adventure. There are many travel companies and government organizations which provide rafts, necessary equipments, clothing, river side camping items and safety equipments. Experienced guide always accompanies for learners and novice rafters.
River Rafting Tips
Wear a life jacket and helmet. Rafting should be avoided by persons who are diabetic, suffering from high blood pressure or any other serious ailments or pregnant women. Minimum age limit for rafting is 14 years. Non-swimmers are generally not allowed except for the few sections on advice of the river guide. Carry your sleeping bags if you are planning to camp near the rafting site.
Many of the sites are restricted and may require special permits for undertaking river rafting which can be arranged from the government officials of the region or you may simply ask travel companies, they can arrange the same for which you have to pay some amount. Before starting your trip get aware about the length and your fitness level. Ask the trainer to train you how to behave above and under the water. Get the medical fitness test done.
Do not pollute the water by using detergents and leaving plastic bags. Respect the nature and do not do anything which may harm and spoil the eco system. Protect the environment.