Adventure sports are a thrill to behold, and river rafting in India is one such famous sport. For adrenaline junkies this is the perfect option since it not only requires skill but also endurance and great bravery. Fortunately there are many places throughout the country that offer this sport. Here are five best places for river rafting in India which will give you an experience of a lifetime!
1 – Yamuna River, Uttarakhand
The most common place for river rafting in India is the stretch of the Yamuna River. There are two stretches which offer river rafting, depending on your skill level. These two stretches are Yamuna to Juddo and Nainbagh to Juddo. people that have minimum experience along with grade three rafters can both enjoy the stretch equally well. This river is the hub of river rafting and definitely gives you the best out of the lot.
Distance – 9 km stretch between Yamuna Bridge and Juddo
Difficulty level – Grade 1 to Grade 3
2 – River Ganga, Rishikesh
This river is famous for its enormous speed and waves and therefore is a thrilling experience for white water river rafting enthusiasts. This sport can be enjoyed in Rishikesh which is located in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. There are four stretches in total. These are – Shivpuri to Rishikesh (16kms), Brahmapuri to Rishikesh (9kms), Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (36kms) and Marine drive to Rishikesh (24kms).
Distance – There are half day trips and full day trips available according to the distance you cover
Difficulty level – Basic to Challenging, Grade 1 to Grade 4
3 – Barapole, Coorg
This river is a challenging task for all river rafters since it is a dangerous river to travel. This gem situated in South India travels through Coorg and the stretch is divided into two parts, one being the lower half, and the other being the upper half. This river is mainly for experienced river rafters but is a beautiful experience in itself. If you are capable of doing it, you won’t be disappointed!
Distance – Upto 150 kms
Difficulty level – Grade 4 to Grade 7
4 – Indus River, Ladakh
What makes the Indus river rafting top our list is its given ease coupled with magnificent views. Stretching over a stretch of 25km you are treated to mind-blowing views of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Also known as out of the lion’s mouth, the experience is one that you can never forget.
Distance – Upto 25 kms
Difficulty level – Very basic – Grade I Rapids
5 – Beas River, Kullu & Manali
Tourists’ favourite, the Beas River rafting has always remained a favourite of people throughout the ages. Starting at Pirdi, it goes upto Jhiri in a 14km stretch that is filled wt picturesque views of mountains, peaks and foliage. Monsoon is the best time to travel this stretch, given the increase in the levels of the rapids that make the experience even better.
Distance – On River Beas from Pirdi (4 kms ahead of Kullu town) down to Jhiri, on a stretch of approx. 14 kms.
Difficulty level – Basic – Grade I and III Rapids
River rafting in India or any other adventure sport for that matter is a truly unique experience and must be tried at least once in your lifetime. It is time to gather up your courage and travel to these amazing places to have the time of your life! May you have an exciting summer, and may you be safe and sound by the end of it!