The trend of adventure sports in India may be relatively new but it is a trend that has been fast catching up. With even family tour operators including it in their itineraries, river rafting is one that caught the fancy of not just adventure sports enthusiasts but also several tourists. With its roaring rivers, India is indeed one of the best river rafting destinations in the world. You can choose these rafting options based on the level of difficulty- Grade I being very Basic , Grade II and III being moderate and Grade IV being challenging. And here is our list of the 10 best places in India where you can go rafting: Also Read - BFI Nominates 5 Boxers And three coaches For The National Sports Awards 2020

1. Indus River

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One of the  longest rivers in Asia, the Indus River, also known as the Sindhu River stretches for 3,180 km.The rafting season begins from June and goes on till late September. During this time, the water level in Indus River is high. Ideal for river rafting this spot is preferred by many who love adventure. The Indus River also known as ‘Singhe Khababs’, has many points of rafting like from Phey to Nimo ( villages in Leh) , Upshi (village that is situated on the Leh-Manali Highway) to Kharu (a village in Kashmir), Upshi  to Nimo and also from Phey to the Indus-Zanskar confluence at Nimo. Rafting here is sure to give you an experience of a lifetime. Also Read - Style Tips to Wear Mom Jeans: How to Look Cool Wearing 'Unhip' Denim at Any Occasion

Difficulty level: Grade I Rapids



Total distance covered:  25 km approximately

Best time: July to September

2. Kullu Manali

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Manali, situated in Himachal Pradesh is well-known for skiing, trekking and many other adventurous activities. river rafting is popularly done in Kullu Manali in the river Beas.  There are private operators at Pirdi which is near Kullu , that provide one-stop water sports adventurous facilities for travelers. Sail on the long stretches of Beas and treat yourself to an exhilarating experience.

Difficulty Level: Grade I and III Rapids

Total distance covered:  14 km approximately

Best time: March to June

 

3. Rishikesh

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Nestled in Gahwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh  will offer you one of the best river rafting experiences.  You can raft on the River Ganaga. Apart from this, here are the stretches that can be covered: Brahmapuri to Rishikesh(9 km), Shivpuri to Rishikesh(16 km), Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (36 km) and Marine drive to Rishikesh (24 km). These rapids have unique names to them like Return to Sender, Double Trouble, Golf Course among several others.

Difficulty Level:  Grade I to IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 26 km approximately

Best time: Mid September to Mid June

4. Kameng River

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The Kameng River that originates from the glacial lake below the Gori-Chen Mountain (in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh) is about 264 km long. Known as one of the best destinations for river rafting in India,the impulsive flow of rover has full potential to give you an adventurous time.

Difficulty Level: Grade IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 25 km approximately

Best time: February and March and November and December

5. Lohit River

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A tributary of the Brahmaputra River, Lohit River (pictured above)is situated in Arunachal Pradesh. It is a much lesser known river, however this is the place to be for all those who are looking for some adventure while on a vacation. There are many operators you can get in touch with who provide all that you need for your rafting activity.

Difficulty Level: Grade IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 100 km approximately

Best time: November to March

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6. Spiti River

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Spiti River is another best destination for water sports like white-water rafting.  The river covers about a distance of 180 km from Tuting to Pasighat.  If you take up a whole expedition, it will take you at least 6 days to finish this journey.  The best part about rafting in Spiti is that you will be treated to majestic views of the valleys and pristine villages of Himachal Pradesh. The end point of rafting is Sumdo (small village in Spiti).

Difficulty Level: Grade IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 180 km

Best time: July to August

7. River Bhagirathi

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River Bhagirathi, a  turbulent Himalayan river located in Uttarakhand, is where you should be doing river rafting. Quite challenging, the course of this river is beautiful and it takes you throught beautiful landscapes and rushing streams and between two parallel mountains.  The names of these rapids are Confluence rapid, The Chute and the Elephant Rock. You can also enjoy the best rapids of River Ganga which is also known as ‘Daniel Dip’ and ‘The Wall.’

Difficulty Level: Grade III AND IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 150 km approximately

Best time: October to Mid-May

8. Kundalika River

Flowing from Sahyadri Hills to the Arabian Sea, Kundalika is a small river that originates from a town called Bhira in Maharashtra. Kundalika river is also said to be the fastest flowing river. The portions in Kolad are particularly popular. This is also the only river rafting spot that is open throughout the year.

Difficulty Level: Grade II to III

Total distance covered: 10 km

Best time: All year round

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9. Teesta River

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One of the  main rivers of Sikkim in Darjeeling, Teesta (pictured above) is an ideal place for river rafting.  Rocks and stones around the waters of Teesta and the beautiful surroundings makes it one of the best spots for rafting.  The rapids of Teesta vary as per the flow of the water and apart from this you can also try your hands at Paddle Rafting. What you can look forward to is the point when Teesta meets Rangit River.

Difficulty Level: Grade II to IV

Total distance covered:  309 km approximately

Best time: October to April

10. Brahmaputra River

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Brahmaputra  River also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra is one of the major rivers of Asia and also the 10th largest river  in the world . Rafting in the majestic waters of this river with stunning views of majestic mountains, pristine landscapes and mesmerizing scenery is something you can enjoy.  If you want to cover the entire stretch of Tuting-Pasighat it will take you about seven days to finish.

Difficulty Level: Grade IV Rapids

Total distance covered: 180 km approximately

Best time: November to March

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