River Rafting is considered as one of the best water adventure sports to enjoy, however in India trend of adventure sports is at infant stage but it is growing on daily basis. Most of the people especially the youngsters are attracted towards the adventure sports like river rafting. There is an unknown fact that India is regarded as one of the best river rafting destinations in the world even sometimes adventure enthusiasts from foreign visits India specially to enjoy extreme level of river rafting. There are various difficulty level where grade 1 is considered as basic level, grade 2 and grade 3 are moderate levels and grade 4 is extremely hard-core level. Given below are some of the best destinations where you can enjoy river rafting professionally or with your family to have fun.
Below destinations will be in the order of format grade1 (basic level) to grade4 (extreme level).
Indus River, Ladakh
When we think about river rafting in Asia Indus River in Ladakh is the first option for many fellows as it is considered as one of the longest river in Asia. It is also known as Sindhu River having a total distance of about 3180 km. Here the rafting season is mainly in between July to late September during this time water level is at peak making it one of the best adventurous river rafting destination to have fun.
Types of rapids – Grade1 (Basic level).
Approx Cost – 1500 INR per person.
Distance covered – 25 km
Kundalika River, Maharashtra
If we talk about river rafting in western side of India than Kundalika River is the best choice. This river is originated from the Maharashtra’s small town called as Bhira. There is a special advantage about Kundalika river that it is the only destination which is open whole year but the best time is during monsoon because the water level is on peak at this time.
Types of rapids in this river is grade 2 and grade 3.
Approximate cost – INR 785 per person.
Distance covered – Approximately 10 km
Beas river, Kullu & Manali
Kullu & Manali are known for its adventure activities mainly Para Gliding and River Rafting.
Here river rafting is not very challenging but enjoyable one. You will experience 1 to 4 rapids in the whole course and it will cover about 14 kms. The main beauty about the river is its beautiful sceneries and landscapes that will stay in your memory for forever. It is open for whole season except during the period from 15th of July to 15th of September
Types of Rapids – Grade 1 to Grade 4.
Best Season for Rafting – March to July.
Approximate Cost – 400 to 600 INR Per Person.
Distance Covered – 14 Km.
Ganga River Rafting, Rishikesh
One of the most popular destination in India for white water river rafting is Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located in Uttrakhand. There are various sports in Rishikesh like bunjee jumping, cliff jumping, para gliding etc. Most of the people consider this place as one of the best destination for adventure sports.
Here people can choose different difficulty level of river rafting depending upon one’s preference. There is a 9 km stretch which is basic level specially for kids then there comes a 16 km stretch which is for intermediate or we can say Grade 3 to 4, after 16 km stretch there comes a 25 km stretch called “marine drive” is specifically for pro level people who wants an extreme level of river rafting experience.
Types of Rapids – Grade 1 to Grade 4.
Best Season for Rafting – Mid September to Mid June
Approx Cost – Price starts from 699 INR depending upon the stretch choosen.
Distance Covered – Approximate 9 km to 25 km.
Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand
We have already discussed the river Ganga in our 3rd point but there is one more river rafting destination called Bhagirathi River which is also famous for White Water River rafting especially if you want some real challenge. The speciality of this River is that the stream of this river is very challenging and having beautiful landscapes.
One more interesting thing about this is that the rapids are having their own names like Elephant Rock, Confluence Rapid, Sharp S and The Chute. The most dangerous and thrilling rapids are ‘The Wall’ and the ‘Daniel Dip’.
Types of Rapids – Grade 3 to Grade 4.
Season – October to May.
Approximate Cost – Varies upon the chosen distance.
Distance Covered – Approximate 150 km.
Above are some of the best river rafting locations ranked on the basis of lowest difficulty to highest difficulty. If you are more into professional side of river rafting or you want some challenge than I would recommend you Ganga River Rafting and Bhagirathi River Rafting. If you are more into enjoyable stuff and wants to spend a quality time with family than Indus River and Kundalika River are best suitable destinations for your need.