India is best known for the breathtaking scenes it has to offer, right from the mountains in the east, plains in the north, desert in the center, to sea shores and beaches in the South & West. So, from the east till south we have several rivers cutting through the mountains, irrigating the plains and finally merging in the sea in the South. There are several places that offer you great white water or river rafting experience in India. Up North, there are places where you can engage in rafting like Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
Because northern India remains hotter from April to August and people want to spend their time in cool places, and water sports, especially river rafting is the best way to beat the heat and enjoy some challenging and thrilling water sport.
We are going to discuss about well researched and handpicked places which not only give you option to enjoy river rafting, but also are great places for trekking, photography, and get yourself educate on the unique nature, flora and fauna. All the places which will be discussed in this article offer you a breathtaking view of mountains on both the sides as the rivers flow through the valley.
River Rafting is an adventure sport which includes a team of people to travel through the river on a raft. River rafting also known and white water rafting basically involves travelling on an extremely challenging rocky course. You not only get to enjoy the mountainous place with its beauty, but also get an opportunity to connect with raw nature in its ultimate force. Moreover rafting is an exciting experience in itself. This article will give you a glimpse of all the places and how you can make the most of your river rafting adventure.
Here’s the list of 10 best places for river rafting in India:
Munsiyari is ideally located for the experience of high altitude trekking to various glaciers and it’s the base camp for Nanda Devi. There are long treks in the surrounding countryside, following the treks are past birch, walnut, juniper and rhododendron trees. There are number of bugyals, the rolling lush green high altitude meadows. Khaliya Top and Betuli Dhar are also developed for skiing and winter sports activities in Munsiyari. River Rafting in Gori Ganga River, Skiing in Khalia Top, Trekking, Bird Watching, Camping, and other adventure and leisure activities.
The location is about 16 km from the Tehri Dam site which is on Bhagirathi River, 56 km from Mussoorie & 62 km from Rishikesh. The place is over 6000 m. above sea level and has a breath taking view of the snow-covered Himalayas. For the less active, it is a place for leisure and relaxation in the hills, overlooking the vast expanse of Himalayas. This place is yet very less explored and offers a great range of activities to choose from for the visitors, especially water sports lover.
Orchha, literally meaning `Hidden` is an ancient medieval town which was founded in 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap. This stretch of land along the River Betwa in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh India was an ideal site for the king’s capital. Marked by the unexampled temples, huge cenotaphs (chhatri), and striking forts, the capital of Bundela Kingdom has beautifully preserved the spirit of its illustrious past and breathes history in every detail. Those who are not fascinated by history, the medieval city do not disappoint them either. Encompassed by thick Dhak forest where every dawn is embraced by chirping of birds, where the shimmering holy river and the sighting of rare Indian Vultures atop the rooftops of magnanimous palaces and cenotaphs of Orchha add to the picturesque ambience, the destination appears like a sweet reverie.
Pancheshwar lies at the confluence of the Mahakali and Saryu, rivers that demarcate the Indo – Nepal border. It has historically been renowned as the home of Jim Corbett’s Champawat tiger, the sacred Chaumu temple and the golden Mahseer. It is perhaps the only permanent facility of its kind that is open all year, with the exception of the volatile monsoon months.
The Indus River, locally known as the Singhe Khababs (out of Lion’s mouth), flows across the northwest to the southeast, passing through Ladakh and flows into Pakistan where it joins the Shayok and Suru to become a prominent historical Lake. The Indus originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Western Tibet. Water levels remain high during the month June to late August, which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions in Ladakh. Rafting on Indus provides spectacular view of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges housed with Buddhist monasteries on high cliff, giving you a great thrill of this exciting sport.
In Prini near the Kullu Valley, white water rafting or River Rafting can be enjoyed in the river Beas throughout the year except during the period from 15-July to 15-September. However, rafting is also not done during rainy and winter seasons. Trips generally start at Pirdi and continue 14 km down to Jhiri. White Water river-rafting facilities are offered by private operators at Pirdi near Kullu where a water sports centre has been set up to provide one stop water sports adventure experience for the tourist. Rafting is done on stretches of the River Beas providing an exhilarating experience for enthusiasts.
The swift flowing rivers of Himachal Pradesh provide the ideal condition for the river rafting adventure sport. The Sutlej river near Narkanda offers exciting river rafting opportunities. River rafting is done on an inflatable rubber dinghy. The sport cannot be conducted during the winter and the monsoons. The famous white water rafting place near Narkanda is water rafting from Chabba to Tattapani a stretch of 12 km and two hours river down challenging the rapids of aggressive Sutlej river.
The valley has some real good treks, majestic flower valleys, thick flora and fauna, crystal clear waterfalls, rivers in virtuous serine parvati valley the “tapobhoomi” of shiv shamboo. The village has thick deodar (pine) forest as the crown, river parvati wetting its feet, mountains made of black hard-rock. Snow covered peaks making a perfect backdrop for this “Shiv Nagari”. The village is a perfect place for nature lovers. The sights of day break, sunrise, and crystal clear skies full of numerous stars can remain etched in one’s memory forever. While the Parvati River in Kasol is ideal for white water rafting, the valley is ideal for adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking.
Shoghi is an excellent destination offering myriad opportunities for river rafting, poetry, photography, painting and sketching of misty mornings, dew kissed forests, verdant valleys, undulating hills, mesmerizing sunsets, moonlit nights and the star spangled sky! River Sutlej, near Tattapani attracts a lot of river rafting lovers.
Raison is the commencing point for white river rafting trips on River Beas. This small cluster of villages is situated at a height of 1435 m. Tourists from all over the world consider Raison as one of the best spots to experience ultimate adventure and thrill of outdoor sports, like river rafting. River Beas which is near Raison experiences turbulent up and down streams of water, which makes it absolutely fit for the adventurous activity of rafting. The rafts available in Raison can hold from five to eight passengers depending on their body weight. Raison is a place where tourists can enjoy rafting on the natural rapids of water. More the level of water in river Beas more will be the rapids to enjoy rafting.
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