Complete Guide On “River Rafting” In India

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Rafting is an outdoor extreme Adventure activity. Where an Inflatable Raft is being used to navigate the rapids of the river.

Best Season To Visit

February – May
October – November

Activity Level


Safety Tips

  • Discuss Safety and about equipment with the tour operator.
  • Always wear Helmet and Life Jacket throughout Rafting.
  • Never Panic, in any situation.
  • Always follow the guide instruction.
  • If Fell in water just floats with water, do not try to swim.
  • Do not carry and loose items with you, like watches, chain, mobiles etc. as in rapid they could get lost or being damaged by the water.

About River Rafting

  • River Rafting is an Extreme Adventure Outdoor Activity. It requires minimum 6 people in a Raft.
  • Each member of the raft has a significant role in raft safety.
  • You need to follow the instruction given by the guide/instructor present in the raft.
  • Forward, Backward, Stop, Bend Down are some basic commands that you need to follow while on raft.
  • Small children, pregnant ladies, old person and medically unfit people are not advisable to do Rafting activity.
  • Safety precautions in Rafting should be followed and Do follow all instructions given by the guide and the tour operator.

River Rafting Levels and Places in India To Do River Rafting

  • Class 1: Rough water areas would be very less (Skill level: Very basic)
  • Class 2: Presence of Rough water and Rocks. (Skill level: Basic paddling skill)
  • Class 3: Small Rapid waves, rocks. (Skill level: Some experience in rafting)
  • Class 4: Some medium waves, rocks, White Rapid.(Skill level: Exceptional rafting experience)
  • Class 5: It would have Whitewater, large waves, large volume, possibility of large rocks and hazards. (Skill level: Full mastery of rafting)
  • Class 6: Dangerous Rapid, life threatening experience. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards(Skill level: Full mastery of rafting, and even then it may not be safe)

In India at following Places, You Can Go For River Rafting:

  • Rishikesh – Uttrakhand – Grade 1 – 4 (Rapid Names – Return To Sender, Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble, Tee Off and Golf Course). – Rishikesh is situated in foothills of Himalaya with River Ganga in Between.
  • Zanskar – Jammu & Kashmir – Grade 4 – Zanskar is situated in tehsil of the Kargil district, Zanskar river is surrounded by rock hills.
  • Indus River – Ladhakh – Grade 4 – Indis River is also known as Sindhu river, it is situated in Ladhakh.
  • Bhagirathi river – Grade 4 (Rapid Names – Elephant rocks, The chute, Sharp S and Confluence Rapid) – Bhagirathi River is the turbulent Himalayan river situated in the Uttarakhand
  • Teesta River – Sikkim – Grade 4 – Teesta River is very turbulent and is situated in Sikkim- West Bengal.
  • Brahmaputra River – Grade 4 – Brahmaputra River is situated in Guwahati, Assam India and is known for its rapids.
  • Kali River – Uttrakhand – Grade 4 – Kali River is bit muddy and is situated in the State of Uttrakhand.
  • Tons River Garwal – Grade 4 – Tons River is the largest tributary of the Yamuna and flows through Garhwal region at Uttarakhand
  • Kolad – Maharashtra – Grade 4 – Kolad lies on the banks of River Kundalika and Kolad is a village, in Raigad district, Maharashtra.
  • Barapole – Coorg – Grade 5 – Barapole is the river to Raft at Coorg. One of the tough rapids is present here.

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