Best Rafting Destinations in India

Rafting is made for those who have the courage to go against the unbridled water and pass through parlous rapids. This popular adventure sport of India gives goose bumps to even the most veteran adventurers. Every year streams of holidaymakers plan adventure holidays to India to experience the most daring facets of nature, which are worth exploring. And the country never disappoints anyone.

Here are some of the top rafting destinations in India that one must explore to give an adrenaline rush to their senses.

River Ganga, Rishikesh

Powerful and astonishing, the River Ganga certainly treats you with the best white water river rafting experience in the country. Rishikesh has four rafting stretches, namely the Brahmapuri to Rishikesh stretch (9kms), the Shivpuri to Rishikesh stretch (16kms), the Marine Drive to Rishikesh stretch (24kms) and the Kaudiyala to Rishikesh stretch (36kms). All these stretches take you through some challenging paths where you explore beautiful Garhwal Himalaya during the expedition.

Zanskar River, Ladakh

For veteran adventurers, rafting on the crystal clear waters of the Zanskar River is like a dream. Padum and Nimmo stretches are highly popular among adventurers. The river passes through some lofty jagged mountains, which make the journey even more difficult.

Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling

The unruly Teesta River is hard to be tamed and not many have the courage to explore its gushing water. The point where Teesta fuses with Rangit River is a great zone for rafting for expert adventurers. Adventurers also get a choice of Oar and paddle white water rafting here. Do not forget to catch the glimpse of the surrounding landscape, which looks heavenly, adding to your rafting journey.

Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh

Rafting through the challenging Brahmaputra River is not an easy one. This action-packed river is suitable for only veteran adventurers who have the guts to face the extreme. The rafting escapade starts from Tuting and ends at Pasighat, covering a distance of 180kms. As it takes a whole week to cover this stretch, adventurers take breaks to cover small stretches each day. Participants also take the pleasure of camping during this expedition which bestows lifetime memories.

Kali River, Kumaon

Kali River is a pleasurable ground for those willing to partake in the best rafting experience. The river originates in the Pithoragarh District and flows through some awe-inspiring landscapes. As you raft through the immaculate waters of this river, you face some unexpected rapids which thrill you to the core.

Barapole River, Coorg

South India is the breeding ground for many adventure activities and rafting is one of them. Barapole River is a popular ground for rafting enthusiasts. The river caters to both veteran and novice adventurers with its upper and low sections. Some of the most astonishing rapids here include Morning Coffee, Grass Hopper, Ramba Samba, Wicked Witch and Big Bang. The scenic vistas that you grab during this rafting expedition are worth appreciating.

Tons River, Uttarakhand

This tributary of River Yamuna flows through Uttarakhand and makes one of the most daring rivers for rafting lovers in India. Being a voluminous river, it lets you explore the explored facets of Mother Nature, which are unseen and unexplored. This is the reason why brave hearts visit here to face the rapids of this whimsical river. The river passes through some beautiful looking villages, which let you unveil the cultures and traditions of the state.

Spiti River

Surrounded by immaculate landscapes and pristine ambience, Spiti River is a sheer blessing of god to the mankind. The flow of this river makes it ideal for rafting lovers. The rafting expedition lasts for 6 days where the participants reach Sumdo at the end. One can witness the spectacles of Himachal Pradesh during this thrilling journey over the emerald waters.

Other popular destinations to partake in rafting in India are:

  • Kundalika River, Maharashtra
  • Alaknanda River, Uttarakhand
  • River Bhagirathi, Uttarakhand
  • Indus River

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