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River Rafting Himalayas

River RaftingThis is nature at its best, the rapids are untamed, almost wild and so are you. River rafting in the Himalayas is an extreme sport but what makes it stand out is the fact that the thrills never end. Some of the rivers in the Himalayas are almost like a stairways which challenge your physical as well as your inner being at the same time. The river crashes into the rocks, cuts through them, becomes white with challenge, foams, swirls and keeps thundering through all this.

If the Indian rivers are a story, the mighty Himalayas are its source which are considered the best option for the purpose of river rafting. You'll find many gradients for rapids in Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers where stretches could be found for both amateurs as well as professionals. The major India river rafting sites are Rishikesh, Kaudiyala, Ladakh, Asan Barage and Devprayag whereas the prominent rivers for the purpose are Teesta, Beas, Zanskar, Indus and Brahmaputra.

It is said that the Indus river stretch between Spituk and Saspol is among the best for professionally guided runs as rafting in the river becomes difficult after Saspol. The holy river Ganga is also suited to both the amateurs as well as skilled rafters, especially the spot near Rishikesh in Uttaranchal is very popular among the river rafting enthusiasts.

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Major River Rafting Sites in Himalayas
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
The options include Indus river and its tributaries and the best run is between Spituk and Saspol. After you have crossed the point of Saspol, the river becomes difficult for rafting and hence only skilled people are advised to continue beyond this.

Zanskar River
River Rafting HimalayasThe Zanskar river has a spectacular course between Padum and Nimo regions and it is a tough and rousing river rafting option for the adventure enthusiasts. Only those who are seasoned river rafters should go for this stretch as the place requires several days of rafting and camping in wilds of Zanskar.

Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has several snow fed rivers where those looking for challenges in rafting will find plenty of it. These rivers are Chenab in Lahaul, the Sutlej near Shimla, Ravi river near Chamba and Beas near Kullu. There is a 20 km stretch between Shamshi and Aut on Beas which is really exciting for rafting enthusiasts.

Ganga River
The river Ganga from Garhwal is apt for the professional as well as amateur rafters especially the two rivers of Alakananda and Bhagirathi which combine to form the sacred river Ganga. Ganga becomes somewhat calmer from Devprayag. This is a 70 km long stretch which is just right for the novices for these are negotiable rapids for amateurs and a good training as well.

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Garhwal, Uttaranchal
The mighty waters of river Ganga are ideal to learn the ropes of whitewater rafting at Garhwal in Uttaranchal. A water sport resort has also been developed at Asan Barrage in Dehradun district on the banks of river Uamuna.

Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling
The Teesta river in Sikkim provides you with rapids of varying intensities to at regular intervals.

Brahmaputra River, Arunachal Pradesh
River Rafting BrahamputraThe river comes from Tibet and cascades down in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is somewhat difficult to reach, but once you do, you know in your heart that it was worth it.

Essential Points that you should keep in mind during River Rafting
Carry your small items in boxes so that you don't misplace them. Carry a first aid box and necessary medications with you. Avoid carrying small things such as mobile phones, wallets and keys. Carry sunglasses with straps. Use Sunscreen to protect your skin from ultra violet rays.

Use disposable waterproof cameras to take pictures. You should use nylon cloths and simple swim suits as rafting wear.

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