River Rafting is journeying on the torrential river on an inflatable rubber boat. A river trip is often an adventure but not always. An amateur with a little sense of adventure can equally enjoy it. A river trip also provides opportunity for geological surveys and fishing. You are provided with whitewater life-vest to put on all the time while on the river. You are also provided with a helmet, when needed. A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team. Normally, all camping equipment and meals are provide by the outfitter.
Indian whitewater rafting expeditions will take you to the pristine sources of the grand Himalayan Rivers where they are at their wildest best. Challenge your nerves as the gushing river takes you over narrow gorges, outcrops of rock and some falls at deep gradients on these fun adventure tours. The well thought out river rafting tours let you experience some of the best whitewater tours in existence, in power packed expeditions.
Whitewater Rafting on the Ganges
With its spectacular rapids and amazing scenery, the Ganges offers the some of the best spots for whitewater rafting in India. The waters of the Ganges present excellent runs for all kinds of white water rafting enthusiasts, from the gentle rapids for beginners, to the big volume thrills for the veterans of the sport.
Some of the most popular trips for whitewater rafting in India on the Ganges include:
Kaudiyala - Shivpuri
This trip on the Alaknanda is one of the most popular in the country. Shivpuri is easily accessible, being just 250km from New Delhi. The city offers whitewater-rafting trips amidst the rich foliage of the Himalayan forests. The white water rafting starts at Kaudiyala through the thickly wooded forests and passes through of the best known rapids - The Wall and Golf Course. Since the area is a major pilgrimage spot for the locals, you also witness interesting sights like the riverside temples under a bridge called the Laxman Jhoola.
Located near quaint forests, the town of Rudraprayag is also the meeting point of two of the Holy Ganga`s main tributaries, the Alaknanda and the Mandakini. The whitewater-rafting trip on this stretch is a four to five day affair, depending on the pace and the stamina of the team. This run starts outside the main town and makes its way through the towns of Devprayag and Srinagar before reaching Kudaiyala. This long river rafting trip is a demanding and strenuous one but presents some of the best sights of the forests, the accompanying wildlife, and the delightful mountains.
The Tehri - Shivpuri stretch is one of the longer white water rafting trips offering the complete panorama of the experiences on a rafting trip in the Himalayas.
The trip starts at Tehri and follows the course of the Bhagirathi River, with rapids being mostly grade III or IV till Devprayag where it merges with the Alaknanda. From here one rides the Alaknanda to Kaudiyala before finally coming to a rest at Shivpuri.
Whitewater Rafting Tours in Ladakh
The Ladakh region is one of the most interesting terrains for a river rafting tour in India. The high altitude desert provides for some really out of the world scenery, often been described not as a landscape, but a "moonscape". Ladakh is a region of contrast because though it is surrounded by lofty peaks it lies in a rain shadow zone and arable land is scarce. The Zanskar River presents some of the most visually spectacular runs for whitewater rafting in India. The river itself is a mostly class 3 rapid with some sections of class 4 water. The river is actually formed by the confluence of the Stod and the Tsarap rivers and rises near the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The Zanskar River provides the main artery for whitewater rafting trips in Ladakh. The river eventually meets the Indus at Nimmu.
Other than these, the rivers where rafting is possible are, Indus (Leh), Tista (Sikkim), Beas (Kullu), Brahamputra (Assam).