Who in the world won’t be fascinated by the idea of playing in the water? We actually cherish the idea since our childhood and probably to continue that spirit the sport of rafting was invented. Rafting is a recreational sport gaining popularity among the youngsters which solve the purpose of escaping scorching heat in the summers along with enjoying an adventurous trip. This sport requires a very good coordination and teamwork. Here in this article, I’m listing a few river rafting places preferred by the adventure lovers.
1. Indus River
Indus River originates from the Tibetan plateau near the Mansarovar Lake and flows across Ladakh and Leh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. While rafting in the river one may feast eyes on beautiful scenic the beauty of Ladakh and Zanskar mountains, and other spectacular sceneries along the stretch. Indus river rafting covers the stretch of 25 km. The best time to raft in this river is from July to September. The stretch can be entirely covered within a few hours.
2. Zanskar River
Zanskar River is an important tributary of Indus River flowing in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The rafting stretch in this river covers the distance of 120 km. This place is thronged by adventure enthusiast in summer. While rafting people can also have a wonderful view of the natural scenic beauty of snow clad mountains, flora, and fauna of the region. With swirling waters and spectacular landscape, this place will give a memorable experience to the adventurers. One can cover the whole stretch in 2-3 days.
3. Kullu And Manali
Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu and Manali is one of the most preferred spots for rafting by the adventure enthusiasts. It is a famous white water rafting spot. Rafting expeditions are done on the river Beas, which Originates in the vicinity of Rohtang Pass in Kullu. Rafting is done on a 14 km long stretch starting from Pirdi and ending in Jhiri. Its turbulent waters provide an enthralling experience to the people rafting through this stretch. Rafting in the stretch of Beas river provides a heartwarming experience to the adventure seekers. One can entirely cover the stretch within a few hours.
4. Spiti River
Originating in the Kunzum Mountain Range, which lies in the Himalayan Range, Spiti River is the major tributary of Sutlej River and flows in the state of Himachal Pradesh through the wonderful Spiti Valley. This valley provides a thrilling rafting route throughout the stretch. It is stretched to a distance of 180 km. While rafting through the stretch of Spiti River one can view wonderful unblemished glaciers and villages, along with other magnificent sites in the region. Though the difficulty level to raft in the waters of Spiti is moderate but still, it takes at least 6 days to cover the entire stretch.
5. Yamuna River
The State of Uttarakhand has the maximum spots for river rafting. Yamuna River rafting spot is also in the state of Uttarakhand. Originating from the Yamunotri Glacier, in the lower Himalayas, it is one of the most interesting destinations as it is worthy to raft, both for the beginners as well as for the veterans. There are two stretches of Yamuna River rafting, one is stretched from Nainbagh to Juddo and the other from Yamuna Bridge to Juddo. Yamuna River rafting expeditions are made up of a stretch of 9 km. The vibrant river has the proficiency to fill a person with the utmost feeling of thrill making one’s rafting spree memorable to the eternity. It takes a few hours to cover the stretch of 9 km.
6. Ganga River
Originating in the western Himalayas with the confluence of Bhagirath and Alaknanda rivers in Devprayag, River Ganga rafting destination is also in the state of Uttarakhand. This destination is the favorite among all the adventure seekers, whether the beginners or the veterans as it provides a variety of stretches of varying lengths so one can easily choose which one to go for according to their experience. Ganga River rafting expeditions are made in four stretches. One is Brahmapuri to Rishikesh which is a stretch of 9 km and is most suitable for the beginners, second one is a bit longer i.e from Shivpuri to Rishikesh which is a stretch of 16 km, third one is stretched from Marine drive to Rishikesh and is a stretch of 24 km and the fourth one is the longest one and is best suited for the veteran adventure enthusiasts and covers the distance of 36 km from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. Time taken to cover these stretches depends upon the distance and the difficulty level of the course.
7. Bhagirathi River
Originating from Gaumukh at the foot of Gangotri Glacier, Bhagirathi flows in the Garhwal Himalayas. Rafting destination on Bhagirathi River is also in the state of Uttarakhand. Rafting through the waters of Bhagirathi, one will have the most delightful rafting experience. When the playful and luscious waves of River Bhagirathi pass through a gorge between two mountains, it provides a captivating panorama of the scenery that leaves a person enchanted and delighted with a bewitching experience for the lifetime. The route is full of many rapids with a stretch of a whooping 150 km, making it one of the most challenging river rafting stretch in India. It takes a few days to cover the entire stretch.
8. Alaknanda River
Originating from Satopanth Glacier, Alaknanda is again one of the several river rafting destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. This destination offers an outstanding experience of river rafting. Flowing through the Garhwal region of Himalayan mountains Alaknanda River offers a challenging and difficult course for rafting in it’s waters along with feasting your eyes with magnificent landscapes along the course while rafting. It is a stretch of approximately 25 km which enthralls an adventure seeker along with giving him/her a pretty good knowledge and experience of rafting. It takes around 6 days to cover the entire stretch.
9. Teesta River
Originating from Pahunri Glacier in eastern Himalayas and flowing through the gorges and rapids of eastern Himalayan mountain ranges in the state of Sikkim and also in Darjeeling, the pristine waters of Teesta river when get merged with the Rangit river it forms a daunting rapid which is the best suited course for Veterans of River rafting owing to its difficulty level and a very challenging route. The rafting stretch in Teesta river is of 309 km, covering the state of Sikkim and Darjeeling. Along the course of the rafting stretch of the turbulent waters of Teesta River one can view numerous eye-catching and breathtaking landscapes which escalate the delight of the rafting experience. It is almost impossible to trace the entire course owing to the distance of the stretch and difficulty level.
10. Brahmaputra River
Originating from the Angsi Glacier on the north of Himalayas in Tibet, Brahmaputra River is the widest river of India and also one of the most preferred destinations for rafting in India. Flowing in the beautiful Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, the stretch of rafting in the river starts from Tuting and ends in Pasighat. It is a stretch of a distance of 180 km. Rafting expeditions in the beautiful north-eastern state lets one to know about the life and rich culture of the people of that area. The river fills the person with incessant thrill and excitement with each passing kilometer. It takes almost a week to cover the whole stretch for rafting.
Now that you know about the great places, it is time to book your river rafting expedition so that you can go rafting at your favorite place and not miss out on that. River rafting is always fun but at the same time do not forget about your safety.
Keep your gears well!
Contributor : Diksha Sharma