Dare to take a challenging ride into the thrilling waters on the adventure tour to India. Get involved in some exotic waters sports and make water as your playground. Indulge in white water rafting to push your limits. It is one such sport that enables you to explore the least observed facet of nature as well as connect to the mesmerizing marine life. Rafting in India is undoubtedly an experience that will always remain etched in your memory. White water rafting involves both cruising down the gushing river and kayaking over the roaring rapids, which make it one of the best ways to conquer your fear of water.
India boasts of wonderful rivers and picturesque locations that are perfect for white water rafting. Some of the best destinations for rafting are located in the Himalayas, and River Ganges tops the list of these destinations. Some of the rivers that offer great opportunity to rafting enthusiasts are Indus, Zanskar, Teesta, Alaknanda, Tons, Mandakini, Kalisor, Bhilangana and Bhagirathi. This sport is generally restricted to the northern rivers which flow southwards from the Himalayas. They nest between semi evergreen forested mountains and through steep gorges. Rishikesh, which is one of the most popular spiritual tour destination in India, also tempts its tourists with exciting rafting adventure. So, be ready for a wild water experience!
Things to Know About White Water Rafting
Equipments for Rafting
If you don't have your own equipment, not to worry. There are tour agencies and government tour offices that arrange white water rafting equipments for the tourists. The equipments include lifejackets, helmets, an expert guide, food and accommodation.
Things to Remember
Rafting is a serious game, so it is good to be prepared in advance. The rafters are advised to follow the instructions properly as trainer's guidance. A mutual co-operation is imperative for such life threatening adventure sports. Person suffering from major heart condition or epilepsy and expectant mothers are not permitted.
Things to Carry
If you are going for a rafting trip make sure you wear light (nilon) clothes along with comfortable shoes. You will be required to carry a good sunscreen, dark glasses, shorts, T-shirts (or other light, quick-dry clothing) and suitable shoes- sneakers, and that would be enough. Do-not forget to pack your camera, wind proof jacket and flashlight.
White water rafting, in some parts of the country, require special permits from the government. Specially the areas close to the border lines such as Nubra, Sikkim, Lahaul, and Spiti (foreigners may require permit for these areas).
Permits can usually be obtained fairly easily from District Commissioners, District Magistrates or other senior officials. Enquire at the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi to figure out whether you need a permit, and who can provide it to you.
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