Fight the tide
Once again, it is the Himalayas. All the liquid that melt down the
snow-plumed mountains thunder into the rivers and gorges to give India her
share of aqua-might! The gush of the currents, the tumultuous
waters ready to engulf you any moment --- adrenaline are an endless hormonal
doze for the fast and the furious and its white-waters are internationally
acclaimed as amongst the bests.
The Favorite Rafting zones
About 257 km from Delhi, is Rishikesh. Some 28
km upstream from here on the Alaknanda river is Indias best white
water rafting zone. This Brad Pitt (Hollywood Star) favorite run starts at
Kaudiyala and ends at Shivpuri
, passing through pine and oak wooded
hills dotted with rare wild fauna, frothing into the famed rapids --- Wall
at Bysi and the 4-km Golf-Course. Go there between October to
March and through the winter. The route Rudraprayag-Rishikesh
Alaknanda, passes through Srinagar and Devprayag forming grade III or IV
rapids and some of Indias holiest sites and temples, good for those
who would like to bland some spiritual rejuvenation to the adventure. Other
runs are --- Chandrapuri-Rudraprayag (26 km, higher grades) on the
Mandakini; Matli-Dunda (12 km, mixture of grades), Jangla-Jhala (20 km, a
mixture of grades), Harsil-Uttarkashi, Dharasu-Chham (12 km, a mixture of
grades) on the Bhagirathi.
Gentler than the Alaknandas and Bhagirathis
and excellent for beginners, the Zanskar, arising near the Himachal-Jammu &
Kashmir border, has the Phey-Nimmu route
(Grade II or III) and Phey-Nimmu
(Grade II or III). Magnificent monasteries, colorful fluttering
flags, verdant valleys beckon adventurers for quick tea-breaks en route.
The Teesta river meanders down the craggy eastern
Himalayan mountains savoring a blend exciting designer-rapids (Grade III or
IV) at Sikkim, just excellent for kayaking or rafting. Makha and Rongpo
stretches between Dikchu and Teesta Bridge and Bordang
and Melli are
the best runs.
The Kali River:
At the Indo-Nepalese international boundary, this
meandering river makes an exhilarating blend of long float trips, great
angling and class III/IV white water rafting. Visit during October to May.
The mighty Brahmaputra snakes through the
northeastern India, both mystifying and destructing the coastlines with its
water. For rafters, it awaits intriguing courses with multi-rapids. The
Subansiri, one of its major tributary, has deep gorges waiting for you
between the months of November and March.
Best time to go:
Himalayan rivers are best rafted during
summers (fastest currents), i.e. June and July. But for beginners, August
and September, when waters are lower and more manageable, is the best time.
The Teesta is one of the few rivers where river rafting is confined to the
winter months, between October and April.
Lifeline, throw bags, tested life jackets, helmets and
paddles are arranged for. We also get a safety Kayaker traveling with each
trip for your safety.
With expert guides and the latest equipments, becoming river-smart is easy.
Anyone and everyone is eligible, swimmers and non-swimmers, young and old.
Hydrophobics avoid! They can instead try trekking and relish the
camping-in-the-wild, activities we blend with your rafting tours.