With the monsoons setting in soon, get geared for some adventure. And we don’t mean navigating puddle-filled potholes…
If river-rafting has remained one unchecked item on your bucket list, we can remedy that.
Beas, Himachal Pradesh
There are various rafting spots dotting the Beas in Himachal Pradesh, from grade 1 to grade 4, which means basically everyone from amateurs to pro-rafters can find something that suits them. Stretching from Pirdi to Jhiri with a few good rapids and drops, the entire route covers a scenic 14km, so it’s a good place to start.
Best time to go: End of September to July. The river is closed for rafting from mid-July to mid-September
At 20 km, the rafting stretch along the Indus, originating in the mountainous region of Ladakh, is one of the longest in India. You might want to tear your eyes away from the photogenic scenery to pay attention to the grade 2 – grade 4 spots, especially when you hit the try the kilometre-long rapids at Nurla.
Best time to go: From June to the end of August
Drawing pilgrims and adventure seekers alike, the Ganga’s Rishikesh address is one of the most famous rafting spots in India, extending over 16 kilometres from Shivpuri down to the Lakshman Jhula. There are a few grade 5 whirlpools, rapids and considerably big drops to keep things exciting, which is probably what enticed Brad Pitt to make a visit. Just saying…
Best time to go: Mid-September to end of November and early March to mid-May
The Kundalika in Maharashtra is open to rafters during the rainy season, when water is released from the dam adjoining the river. The fast flowing water enhances the thrill factor on the 14km-long stretch.
Best time to go: End of June
The lastest addition to the list is river Teesta in Darjeeling. The confluence of Teesta and river Rangeet originating from the Kanchenjunga Range is the starting point for your adventure, while the most popular stretch is the 15km route from Tarkhola to Melli.
Best time to go: From December to end of June. Should be avoided from July to September as the rivers may overflow during the monsoons.