(Last Updated on : 08/06/2012)
Kayaking and rafting is one of the popular adventure sports in India
. White water rafting happens to be the high adrenaline and high altitude water adventure that has few adventure matching its thrill and adventure. The unstable water, the irrepressible speeds, and also the challenges of making it over the churning rapids are a hair rising experience, inspires one to take the challenge.
This sport, white water rafting, has actually not caught on as a popular adventure sport in India, but it is certainly being recognized as a sport that involves a lot of excitement, novelty and thrill. The risk involves in this sport is as high as the waves that goes sweeping past, and the life of a rafter actually depends on a fragile, inflatable rubber raft on dinghy. However, with time, more and more people are turning to this interesting experience, for its unmatchable excitement and thrill. In order to quality to take part in this game, one needs to meet certain levels of fitness. Mental and physical fitness levels have to be reached. People with mental or cardiac ailment should never try their hand at rafting. Pregnant mother and children below the age of 14 should be cautious while undertaking this activity.
India, as a nation, has a lot of places and location that are perfect for white water rafting. Some of the popular rafting destinations are situated in the Himalayas
, and the River Ganges is the most popular of them all. Many camps are also arranged along the 70 km stretch from Devprayag to Rishikesh
. Rapids have been graded according to the difficulty of their run. The rivers Yamuna, Tons, Kalisor, Alaknanda, Bhilangana, Mandakini and Bhagirathi offer many stretches, both for professionals as well as amateur rafters. Other ranges in Ladakh
and Indian state
of Sikkim also offer good opportunity for rafting. There is no specific best time that can be marked as perfect for rafting experience, but months from May to November can certainly be said as the best months for adventure seekers.
The entire experience of white water rafting is truly exciting and unforgettable. With the availability of latest equipments it has become very easy for even non-swimmers to undertake an expedition without any fear.
The Himalayas, stretching 3,200 kilometres along India`s northern frontiers, cradle numerous rivers which drain them all year round. This abundance of mountain rivers makes India a world class white-water destination, with plenty of first-descent and exploratory possibilities.
In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indus River flows across high altitude deserts that offer beautiful day trips based out of Leh - District headquarters of Ladakh. Another state, close of Jammu - Himachal Pradesh is also an important destination for people. The river Beas, offers a great day trip. In the foothills of Himalayan Mountains, in the state of Uttar Pradesh
, the Ganga River
and its tributaries make up for the most popular whitewater in India. The river camp lies an hour upstream of Rishikesh on the Ganga, making an excellent getaway from hectic city life.
The Teesta and Rangit Rivers in the state of Sikkim
promise great kayaking potential, besides day rafting trips, also from October to April. Darjeeling, in West Bengal can be the base for day trips on the Teesta as well. In Arunachal Pradesh
too, there are opportunities for adventure sports.
The river Brahmaputra, one of the greatest rivers in the world, offers an expedition through dense rainforests, tribal settlements and some great white water. The river Subansari, the biggest tributary of the Brahmaputra
also offers a spectacular expedition through deep gorges and some of the remote parts of the state.