River rafting is one of the most popular activities and an all-time favorite for most adventurous back-packers and tourists alike. There is something about rafting down an untamed river, meeting hidden obstacles and getting past them, that enthralls the heart. The scenario of facing an unknown adversary, with nothing but a raft and the determination of your crew, challenges you immensely. It is certainly a fun activity but also makes you introspect and opens your eyes to your other qualities and demands your concentration to the task at hand.
Anyone can partake in this popular activity and there are numerous locations in India where you can enjoy this water sport to your heart’s content. Let us look at some of the best places for rafting in India.
The hallowed ground for river rafting in India, Rishikesh is where you’ll find the mighty Ganga going through its paces. You can expect rapids from Grade I through Grade IV along its four distinct stretches – Brahmapuri to Rishikesh (9 km), Shivpur to Rishikesh (16 km), Marine Drive to Rishikesh (24 km) and Kaudilya to Rishikesh (36 km).
The Yamuna River has certainly earned its place amongst the best places for rafting in India. Challenging both amateurs and experienced rafters with its high volume and Grade I to III rapids, rafting on its two trails – Nainbargh to Juddo and Yamuna Bridge to Juddo – is certainly a satisfying experience.
The Teesta River has become a hotspot for rafters in recent years. The list of
best places for rafting in India would be incomplete without mentioning it. The spot where it meets its tributary, Rangit, offers a thrilling experience to seasoned rafters. Offering multi-dimensional rapids ranging from Grade I to Grade III, rafting in the Teesta is an unforgettable experience.
The picturesque view of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges provide the perfect backdrop for the ultimate rafting experience on the Indus River. The captivating views along with the rush-inducing rapids makes the Indus River one of the best places for rafting in India.
While there are many more places that offer river rafting activities, we have decided to cover what we believe to be the four best places for rafting in India.
This list is by no means complete and you can always tell us your favorite rafting spots. Always remember that rafting is a challenging sport and it pays to listen to your instructors. So don your life jacket and helmet and paddle away sailor!
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