"Rafting? Chalo Rishikesh chalein!"

This is what immediately springs to mind when the word 'rafting' is mentioned. While Rishikesh might be the 'rafting capital' of the country, by virtue of its reputation built over the years, it's not the only destination for river rafting in the country. There are other options that are tailor-made for adventure sports enthusiasts. From the north-eastern part of the country all the way to the southern provinces, India is dotted with courses that'll enchant and enthral rafting aficionados! 

1. Indus River, Leh

Nothing in the world compares with the experience of splashing through the waves, overlooking the majestic views of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. River rafting in the Indus river- known as 'Out of the Lion's Mouth', amidst mind-boggling views of nature at its rawest is something that leaves a lasting mark! The best part: the Grade I level of difficulty doesn't require you to be a pro! 

Difficulty: Basic, Grade I rapids

Distance covered: Around 25 km

Source: Travel By Chance

2. Yamuna River, Uttarakhand

The Yamuna is a hub of river rafting in India, suitable for both amateur and skilled rafters. There are two stretches - Yamuna Bridge to Juddo and Nainbagh to Juddo, with the former one being the most ideal for rafting. The rapid grades oscillate between I and III which can sometimes be challenging. 

Difficulty level: Moderate, Grade I and III rapids

Distance covered: 9 km

Source: Maps Of India

3. Tons River, Uttarakhand

For those who dare, the Tons River in Uttarakhand is considered to be one of the most challenging places for river rafting in India. The Tons is a tributary of Yamuna and has stretches that meander through remote areas, opening up "secret" places that allow you to behold nature's beauty. 

Difficulty level: Moderate, Grade III and IV rapids

Distance covered: Approx. 10 km

Source: Travel

4. Kameng River, Arunachal Pradesh

Not for the fainthearted, but for those who want to add more thrill to their lives, the Kameng River serves as the perfect rafting destination. With each passing kilometre, the thrill levels sees an upward thrust, as the course passes through picturesque spots. 

Difficulty level: Moderate, Grade IV rapids

Distance covered: 25 km

Source: Travel Triangle

5. Spiti River, Himachal Pradesh

Gushing through the magnificent Spiti Valley of Himachal, the rapid waters of the Spiti River serve as a devil's playground! One of the finest destinations on the planet (not exaggerating one bit), Spiti is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded areas. From Rangrik all the way to the end point Sumdo, you can expect almost 6 days of endless fun. 

Difficulty level: Moderate, Grades I-III rapids

Distance covered: 77 km

Source: The Free Press

6. Barapole River, Karnataka

Let's venture Down South where the avenues for enjoyment are plentiful. The Barapole River that cuts through Coorg is ideal for river rafting. The stretches bifurcate into 2: the upper section of the river and the lower one. The upper one has grade IV to V rapids while the lower one panders to serious rafters with VI-VII rapids! Over 150 kilometres of crazy fun awaits as the rafting stretch goes through turns and twists. 

Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenging, Grade IV-V rapids

Distance covered: 150 km

Source: Blogspot

7. Kundalika River, Maharashtra

The western part of India opens up vistas for white water rafting. The Kundalika River enters Kolad where a dam is constructed that regulates the gradient and turbulence of the river. Kolad is one of the most popular spots for weekend getaways and experiencing the gush of the water makes it an equally frequented spot for adventure sport lovers. 

Difficulty level: Challenging, Grade II-IV rapids

Distance Covered: 10 km

Source: Trip Platform

8. Teesta River, Sikkim

For the serious rafting lover, this place is akin to heaven. The confluence of the Teesta and Rangit spawns challenging opportunities for those who aim for 'something extra'. The amazing landscape of Sikkim paves an amazing backdrop as you're whooshing through with velocity, leaving everything behind! 

Difficulty level: Challenging

Distance covered: Close to 300 km

Source: Premium Top10 Lists

9. Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal's untouched natural beauty makes it one of the most ideal rafting destinations. For those who want to soak in the cultural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, this one week expedition makes it totally worth it. 

Difficulty level: Challenging

Distance covered: 180 km 

Source: Peak Adventure

10. Kali River, Uttarakhand

The Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is home to River Kali which is an exciting destination for river rafting. The impeccable and ever so pristine territory of Kumaon (on the Nepal border) makes the experience worthwhile for those who are looking for a refreshing getaway. The expedition takes 3 days to complete and has a number of grade II and III rapids. 

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate, Grades II-III

Distance covered: 117 km 

Source: Red Chilli Adventure

11. Dandeli River, Karnataka

Offering glimpses of the pristine countryside, the Dandeli river rafting expedition is not to miss out on if you're an enthusiast. Passing through grades 2 and 3 rapids, both professionals and amateurs can enjoy the exhilarating experience! 

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate, Grades II-III rapids

Distance covered: 12 km

Source: Maproute

12. Lohit River, Arunachal Pradesh

Those looking for an incredible rafting adventure in the North East part of India can head to Arunachal Pradesh. The Lohit river, a tributary of  the Brahmaputra, poses to be one of the most challenging rivers for rafting. It is equally popular for those who want to kayak. This lesser known option is one of the best destinations, encompassing a nice blend of thrill and calmness. 

Difficulty level: Moderate, Grade IV rapids

Distance covered: 100 km

Source: Questrails

13. Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand

This action-packed course spanning 150 km is good enough to leave a lasting impression on anyone who sits in the raft. From the whirling rapids to moments of peace, calm and gorgeous sites, this course has everything that enchants and enthrals! 

Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging, Grade III-IV rapids

Distance covered: 150 km

Source: Tour My India

14. River Beas, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu is one of the most popular destinations for travellers, which is an established fact. Yet, not many people know of the river rafting opportunities there. Sail on the the stretches of the Beas, where easy rapids allow you to soak in the beauty of Himalayan ranges!

Difficulty level: Very Basic, Grade I and III rapids

Distance covered: 14 km

Source: Travel

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