White Water River Rafting on the Teesta River
AN ELGIN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE By Ananya Sethi
The very ferocious yet gracious Teesta river, is 315 kms long and is known to be the fastest flowing river in India. It meanders through the hills spreading alongside the exotic greenery with the hill station of Kalimpong lying just off the river. The Teesta valley in Sikkim is rich in biodiversity, and the river provides livelihoods to the residents along its entire length.
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‘My tour to this beautiful city makes me charge up in my hectic life’ – Cyco
‘The impeccable beauty of Teesta River’- Shubham Ghosh
Teesta has become one of the most popular hotspots for river rafting in eastern India for it invites the thrill-seekers to indulge in this activity. The green surroundings indeed brighten up the experience of the chilly and ghastly rapid touching your skin. One fails to avoid her wild attraction.
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‘Kuch toofani bhi zaroori hai’ – Rahul Yadav
‘The river teaches us many things, but its most important teaching is this: whatever is happening around you, keep flowing in your own direction’. – Kamal Pradhan
Whether you’re a nature admirer or an adventurous soul, Teesta is the place for you to be. It offers an adrenaline rush between the breath-taking view of the mountains and lush greenery where the green pine trees meet the blue skies to form the most scenic route to the river from The Elgin Silver Oaks, Kalimpong.
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‘A group photo of Sumana after a refreshing day of river rafting’
Fun fact: Teesta River has the highest velocity of undercurrent in the world!
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‘Kalimpong offering an amazing view of turquoise blue water of river Teesta merging with river rangeet and their beautiful valley. At the distant horizon you can also spot snow-capped mountains.’ – @sikkim.travellers, Instagram
The Teesta River is the lifeline of Sikkim which flows to make a border between Sikkim and West Bengal before joining the Brahmaputra as a tributary in Bangladesh. The best time to go for Teesta river rafting is from December to June, so do pack an extra layer to enjoy the breezy weather.