A vacation does not only involve exploring a destination, it brings much more than that. Whenever we plan a holiday at a certain destination we try to get familiar with those things which we have never done before. For some holidays are just visiting a particular destination but for some, it is an adventure, thrill and a way to capture beautiful memories. Biking on the roads of Ladakh or doing ice- skiing in Manali are different types of adventures you can experience in India. Apart from all the adventures water sports in India, especially river rafting has made its distinct image across the world. River rafting is one of the most popular water sports where you have to handle your raft across the river or any other water bodies and its safety level are usually divided into 6 major classes. If you have ever tried, you can easily understand how it feels when your raft passes on the high waves, but if you didn’t get a chance to try river rafting then no worries. Today, I am going to talk about the 5 best places for river rafting in India.

River raftingRiver rafting in Rishikesh- Rishikesh a small town of Uttarakhand nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, gives you an opportunity to enjoy budgeted river rafting on the holy river Ganga. You can choose the level of difficulty for river rafting which is between Grade 1 to Grade 5, in which Grade 1 is the least risky. River rafting in Rishikesh has the capability of increasing your adrenaline level as well as it will be a lifetime memorable experience. If you are a good swimmer then it will act as a plus point but if you are trying it for the first time then so worries, you are going to get best safety measures. In Rishikesh, there are mainly four major river rafting areas- Brahmapuri to Rishikesh (9 kilometers), Shivpuri to Rishikesh (16 kilometers), Marine Drive to Rishikesh (24 kilometers), Kaudiyala to Rishikesh (34 kilometers), out of which Brahmapuri to Rishikesh is the most preferred choice. You can also book Rishikesh river rafting packages in advance.

Best time for Rafting- Best time to do river rafting in Rishikesh is from September- May but during December- January you find difficult because of cold weather.

Cost of Rafting in Rishikesh- The cost is around Rs 350-Rs 1800 depending upon the level of difficulty.

River raftingRiver Rafting in Kullu- Manali- Manali has always been a favorite holiday destination for all age groups. Apart from giving a beautiful view of snow-covered mountains, it is also popular for adventurous sports like paragliding, parasailing, ice skiing, river rafting. If you are a real adventure seeker, then you must not miss river rafting in Manali. River Beas (1-4 grade rapids) is considered to have the ideal flow of water which is best for rafting, it starts from Manaki and continues to Jhiri which is around 19 kilometers. You can also start your rafting at Pirdi which is an ideal center for various adventurous sports. You must opt for Manali river rafting for a memorable adventurous trip.

Best time for Rafting- April-June is the most preferred time for rafting in Manali.

Cost of Rafting in Manali-If you are opting for a package then it will start from Rs 2200 which will include accommodation and meal. Otherwise, the basic rafting will cost you Rs 600-Rs 1000.

River raftingRiver Rafting in Ladakh- The popularity of Ladakh is not limited only up to biking tour and trekking. Ladakh is also considered a major spot for rafting on the Indus river or Zanskar river. The river offers rapids which are usually of grade I and grade II, but if you are ready to increase your adrenaline level then you can also opt for grade III to grade V. Some of the popular rafting stretches are Phey to Nimo, Upshi to Kharu, Upshi to Nimo out of which you choose according to your capability of handling thrilling experience. Rafting in Ladakh will give you a nice as well as freezy experience for the lifetime. If you mind getting wet in the cold weather of Ladakh then you should not go for rafting.

Best time for Rafting- June- August is the ideal time for rafting in Ladakh.

Cost of Rafting in Ladakh- The price of rafting in Ladakh usually depends upon the grade of rafting which is around Rs 1200- Rs 1800.

River raftingRiver Rafting in Goa- All of us have the desire to see the panoramic beaches of Goa as well as do different kinds of adventurous sports. Adventurous sports such as paragliding, parasailing are much popular in Goa as compared to rafting, but you can also enjoy the thrilling experience of rafting in Goa. Rafting in Goa starts from Mhadei river (which offers rapids of class II and class III) which passes through the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. Rafting on Mhadei river usually starts in two-time slots, i.e, one in the morning at 10:00 A.M. while the other is in the afternoon at 02:00 P.M. For Mahdei rafting, age should be above 12 years.

Best time for Rafting- July- September is the perfect time for rafting in Goa because it is the time when the river has water in abundance.

Cost of rafting in Goa- The price usually ranges between Rs 1800- Rs 2000.

River raftingRiver Rafting in Kolad- Peoples living in cities rarely get a chance to enjoy water sports activities, but a small village of Maharashtra Kolad gives you an opportunity to do so. Kolad is situated at a distance of 117 kilometers from Mumbai. In spite of being a small village, it is well known for its adventurous activities particularly for rafting on the Kundalika river. The rafting stretch ranges around 12- 14 kilometers and the river Kundalika offers grade III and grade IV. Rafting in Kolad has been started a few years ago, but now it is considered as the best destination for rafting after Rishikesh. If your group are eager to have a lifetime memorable experience then you must do rafting in Kolad.

Best time for rafting- You can enjoy rafting in Kolad at any time of the year, but the best time is from June- September.

Cost of rafting in Kolad- During the weekdays the price is Rs 800 per person but on weekends it is Rs 1200 per person.

Now, I hope you have got a brief idea about the best places for rafting in India, and you will surely like the above-mentioned places if you are really passionate about water sports.


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