India is a hot destination full of big, slow rivers, some of them sacred? Wrong! You completely forgot about the Himalaya and the steep slopes where the rivers run fast and untamed. Perfect for river rafting. River rafting in India has emerged as one of the most popular sports, with people rawing through the unbridled water and passing through parlous rapids, and that is something that only the person who is adventurer at heart realises. If you haven’t got a chance to experience this utterly magnificent water sport, then pack your bags and be ready to become adventurer this summer.
Indus is the river upon which India got its name. Nothing can be more adventurous then river rafting in Indus river- known as ‘Singhe Khababs’ or ‘Out of the Lion’s Mouth’. Offering magnetising views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges, rafting in Indus makes for one unforgettable experience in India. Basically the big river runs through todays Pakistan but the source and the rapid creek variant of Indus is still in India. The skill required are very basic. So anyone can do it.
Yamuna is a hub of river rafting in India, which is suitable for both amateur and skilled rafters. There are two stretches- Nainbagh to Juddo and Yamuna Bridge to Juddo among which Nainbagh to Juddo is most ideal for rafting. The rapid grades range between I and III which are challenging and can be dealt with little effort. Well, not for greenhorns anyway.
The River Ganga, yes, the sacred Ganges, certainly offers the best experience of white water river rafting experience in India. Rafting on the Ganga can be enjoyed at Rishikesh which is nestled in Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand. There are four stretches- Brahmapuri to Rishikesh (9kms), Shivpuri to Rishikesh (16kms), Marine drive to Rishikesh (24kms) and Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (36kms). The Ganges has the glory of being self-cleaning, and it is quite peculiar that the recent investigations actually confirmed the popular and religious beliefs, the Ganges is magical.
Tons is the tributary of River Yamuna and is considered to be one of the most challenging places for river rafting in India. As the river meanders through the remote areas, it tells about the core culture and traditions of Uttarakhand. Tons invites daredevils to sail on its glinting waters. It is the most challenging one.