River rafting in India has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. The growing traction for this adventure sport is attributed to the fact that every state in India has rivers. This activity is also finding a spot in almost all travel itineraries.
When choosing a place that offers river rafting, it is essential to go through the difficulty levels first. These levels are graded as – Grade I- The basic level, Grade II- Easy, Grade III- Moderate, Grade IV- Extremely challenging. Children and tentative adults should opt for Grade 1 while Grade 2 level of difficulty is best for most people.
However, you don’t have to worry because there are guides at all places who will guide you on the difficulty level that is appropriate for you and also provide with all the required information so that you get the best rafting experience. Let us now look at 8 famous destinations for river rafting in India.
The white waters of river Indus and Zanskar of Ladakh are undoubtedly some of the most spectacular places for river rafting in India. Indus, which originates in Tibet and runs through the cold desert of Ladakh is the longest river in Asia. It has rapids of grade I and II while at some places it does offer grade 3 and 4 as well. Zanskar River on the other hand is not for faint hearted as it is the 2nd toughest in India with grade 4 category after Rishikesh.
If you love adventure and have like-minded pals, then head to Manali to experience a rafting trip that is full of thrill. Manali has some of the best rafting stretches along the Beas River, which has its origin in the Rohtang Pass. The 20 km stretch starting from Manaki to Jhiri near Bajaura en-route Manali from Bhuntar is perfect for rafting.
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand has become the hotspot for professional rafting enthusiasts. Rafting is offered under a professional guidance so that you can enjoy this fist-pumping sport even if you are a novice. In fact, with so many rapids in River Ganga, individuals of all skill levels can experience the thrill of river rafting. Besides, you can also enjoy the tranquility of the mountains and splendor of the pristine beaches around.
Kolad, a destination in Maharashtra is famous for waterfalls, forts, caves and various water activities. However, white water river rafting in Kundalika is the biggest attraction, which is conducted between two dams that are about 12 km apart.
Teesta River is the most famous river in Sikkim that flows through Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong hill. This river has rapids of varying intensity, making it a haven for the thrill seekers. The rocky terrain and the beautiful natural beauty surrounding Teesta amplify the beauty of this river.
Rafting on the Barapole River is indeed an experience that you will cherish for long. The abundant waterfall, rugged terrains and serene surroundings make the raft even more intriguing. Although the raft covers a distance of just 3 to 4 kms, the grade 4/5 rapids make it more challenging.
The Kameng River in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh offers you thrilling ride through foamy white waters. The consistent rapids will surely give you adrenaline jolts. What’s more, rocky banks, pristine camps and the lush green flora make it an attractive tourist destination.
Bhagirathi River is the main tributary of River Ganga and rafting in its gushing white waters will give you the utmost thrill ever. Two of River Ganga’s best rapids – The Wall and Daniel Dip can be accessed here.