River Rafting along the Himalayan Foothills

For the times you crave an adrenaline rush!

Ishita Lote

River rafting is one of the most loved adventure sport among thrill-seekers around the world. In India, the Himalayan rivers cascading down the hills offer some of the best river rafting experiences; it is on the bucket list of every adventure enthusiast. Here’s a list of rafting spots that you must hit for an exhilarating experience.

Indus River, Ladakh

Also known by the name Sindhu, Indus flows through Ladakh and is one of the longest rivers flowing through Asia. The rapids on this river range from the difficulty level of Grade 1 to Grade; the flow and intensity vary along the stretch of the river. The most popular site along the Indus river is between Phey to Nimmo. The rapids are of Grade 2-3 and gush in the midst of the captivating Zanskar ranges and colourful monasteries. The best season to enjoy river rafting in Ladakh at the spectacular Indus river is from June to September, when the flow of the river is most suitable.

Beas River, Manali

Beginning from Rohtang pass, and flowing through the Kullu valley is the Beas river, which is the safest pick for beginners at river rafting, thanks to its stable currents. It has a difficulty level of Grade 1 and 2 and covers a journey of 14 kilometres. The rafting begins at Manaki, and moves through the frantic rapids of Parvati river, finally ending at Jhiri. There are several tour operators undertaking adventure sports at Pirdi and the best time to come here is from May to July.

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Zanskar River, Leh

The Zanskar river rafting is one of the most surreal and challenging experiences out there. Enclosed by the Zanskar valley and meandering through the magnificent gorges, the Zanskar river rafting offers an adrenaline rush like no other. While navigating through this remote river, you get to witness the splendour of Ladakh and Zanskar. The best time to come here is between April to September. The river freezes completely in winter and the famous Chadar trek is undertaken during this period.

Ganga River, Rishikesh

With a Grade 3 and 4 degree of difficulty, river rafting in Rishikesh through the rough waters of Ganga is for brave hearts. The Ganga flows through Rishikesh, the hub of recreational sports activities and often called as a capital of river rafting activity in India. The waters of Ganges have different grades of rapids that tourists can choose from, depending upon their level of expertise. If you are a beginner or have kids with you, rafting through the 9 km Brahmpuri-Rishikesh stretch is advisable. The best season to visit is between September to November or February to May. 

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Spiti River, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti is a remote cold desert lying in the Lahaul area and an entry point to Ladakh. River rafting through the rapids here, amidst the charming landscape, can undoubtedly be one of the most thrilling experiences. The rafting (which has a moderate difficulty level) starts from Tuting and covers a distance of 180 km. The best season to go here would be between June to August.

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