India, the land of varied landscape offers numerous adventure activities for adventure enthusiasts. The exhilarating sport of rafting at the white water of the rushing rivers, waterfalls will be an exciting experience for anyone. The snow-fed Himalayan rivers are among the best in world for white water rafting sport.
White water rafting sport means cruising down with water rushing from a river or waterfall by the help of a rubber raft or water kayak. North India, especially the Himalayan region, where rivers flows down towards the South of India makes it one of the best region for this adventure. The main region for this sport are Ladakh, Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh. Rivers like Spiti, Alkanda, Sutlej, Narmada, Indus, and Zanskar.
For any kind of adventure sport, it is necessary to have the basics right. Before water rafting, you will be given training by experienced river rafting instructors and guides. All the essential equipments will be provided regarding all your safety. During your white water expedition, one can stay in night in the overnight tents alongside the river. You are required to travel in groups, with an instructor and a guide at all times. While rafting and spending night in the tents, one can experience the real thrill and excitement.
Ideal Time for White Water Rafting :
There is no particular time for white water rafting or river rafting as the flow rivers are individual and constant in the Himalayan region. However, between the months from May to November is the best time for rafting enthusiasts to try their hands in this adventure sport.
Essential Guidelines and Tips for Rafting :
The navigator should be qualified and experienced.
Use all safety equipments like helmets and rescue jackets.
Raft should not be overloaded.
Learn all the basic rafting skills like breathing.
Carry the necessary medicine.
All medical fitness test should be done before.
Protect the environment and don't pollute the water.
Popular Water Rafting Sites in India :
Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Garhwal in Uttranchal, Beas River in Himachal Pradesh and Teesta River in Sikkim are best for rafting. There are also good options available along the Indus River and its major tributaries.
Zanskar River - It is the most exciting and difficult river rafting zone along the Zanskar mountains, between Padom and Nimo region. This river course is only suitable for well experienced rafting enthusiasts.
River Ganges - River Ganges near Rishikesh in Uttranchal is a popular river rafting spot. Stretching about 36 kms long, the rafting expedition from Kaudiyala and Rishikesh is the most exciting one where it has 12 major rapids.
Himachla Pradesh - Chandrabhaga river in Lahaul, Satlej near Shimla, Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu offering thrilling white water rapids.
Teesta River - The mountain river Teesta of Sikkim offers a series of white water rapids with some exciting blend of nature.