The magic behind River Rafting also referred, as Whitewater River Rafting is the extreme and never-ending thrills in the untamed rivers. The rivers in the upper Himalayas are among the best in the world for river rafting sports, with many staircase rapids that challenge the body and spirit of the river runner. The river cuts against the rocky banks, crash into rocks, crevices and breaking into white water rapids, foaming, swirling, and falling in a thunderous din. India and Nepal has a wide range of river rafting regions, which suits both amateurs and professionals.
River Rafting Sites In The Himalayas
The most popular rafting sites include Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttaranchal, the Beas River of Himachal Pradesh and Teesta River in Sikkim.
River Rafting In Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir:
The rafting trip can be started off from the options available on the Indus River and its major tributaries. The best stretch for professionally guided runs in whitewater is on the Indus between Spituk and Saspol. Beyond Saspol, the river becomes difficult and running it requires technically skilled participants and careful organization.
River Rafting On Zanskar River:
The most difficult and exciting whitewater rafting option is on the Zanskar River, along its spectacular course through the gorge in the Zanskar mountains, between Padum and Nimo regions. This river course is suitable only for well-organized whitewater expeditions, prepared for several days for river running and camping in the absolute wilds of Zanskar region.
River Rafting On The Rivers Of Himachal Pradesh:
Himachal Pradesh’s snow-fed rivers offer tremendous opportunities for the challenging sport of rafting. The rivers Chandrabhaga (Chenab) in Lahaul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu offer immense whitewater rafting possibilities. There are tremendous river running expedition oppurtunities between Shamshi and Aut on the Beas. The 20-km stretch has exciting and extreme whitewater rapids.
River Rafting On The Ganges River:
In Garhwal, the sacred river Ganga offers the professional as well as the amateur the exhilaration of whitewater river rafting. The rivers Alakananda & Bhagirathi are the main tributaries of the Ganga and meet Devprayag, frothing from their racy descent. Their waters are grade IV to V, challenging the expert to survive the thrill.
Down river from Devprayag, the Ganga changes into a pool drop river. This stretch of almost 70-kms is a perfect for the amateur and the novice, for here the river offers some fine grade III rapids and two grade IV rapids, the 'WALL' at Bysi and the 'Golf Course' 4-kms. Below Shivpuri village; each followed by deep and placid pools. Sandy beaches line the river at intervals, allowing river rafters to pull up alongside. The slopes on either side are covered with oak, pine, spruce and fir, with the occasional village and its terraced fields dotting the landscape. Wildlife can be sighted at a distance, especially spotted Deer, Monkeys, Leopard, while multi hued butterflies flit among flowering.
Ganges River has always remains a mystery for explorers and full of surprises for the rafters. Ganga near Rishikesh in Uttaranchal is a popular spot for white water river rafting. The whitewater river rafting stretch of the Ganges is from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh where the river has 12 major rapids over 36-kms long, most of which are easily negotiable and some require our expertise.
River Rafting In Garhwal, Uttaranchal:
GMVN conducts river rafting courses at Kaudiyala. They provide rafts, equipment, river side camping items besides all safety precautions and trained guides who make the sport a pleasure. Nestled amongst the dense forest on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at an altitude of 480 mts., Here the mighty waters of ganga are ideal for whitewater river rafting. There is ample opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Nature walks along the river are a real treat and for adventure lovers rock climbing can also be arranged.
Uttaranchal tourism has recently developed a water sports resort at Asan Barrage, Dakpathar in the Dehradun district, which is located at the foothills of the Shiwaliks and on the banks of river Uamuna. The resort is only 40-kms drive from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Chandigarh highway. GMVN also offers water skiing, speed boating, paddle boating, rowing, sailing, Canoeing and Kayaking
River Rafting On Teesta River, Sikkim & Darjeeling:
River Teesta of Sikkim extends the most challenging invitation to the rafters in the eastern Himalayan region. Teesta provides a series of whitewater rapids with various intensities at regular intervals. Meandering down the rough and rugged mountain river, one can savour a blend of nature and adventure.
River Rafting On Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh:
The mighty Brahmaputra cascading down the heights of immense beauty across Tibet into the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh is an exciting experience for the rafters. Though inaccessible, the region is the ultimate destination a rafter can look for.
River Rafting In Nepal:
There are numeorus fine rivers in Nepal, which offer excellent rafting or canoeing. You can glide on calm jade water with magnificent of scenery all bout of rush through roaring whitewater rapids, in the care of expert rivermen employed by government authorised agencies. One can opt for a day of river running or more. A rafting trip in one of the rivers here in Nepal gives you a chance to get the real fragrance of Nepal while you raft through beautiful countryside enjoying the sight of traditional Nepali houses perched on the hillsides and slopes, terraced paddy fields where the people sow their dreams with hopes of growing better future for themselves and for their offspring.