What could be a better way to explore the city by drifting through its water or to have thrill and adrenaline rush via rafting through the chilled water of rivers of India. Recently there is a huge number of people in India who are in love with water sports or want to have some peace in waters and India the land of the rivers has no problem in fulfilling these varying demands. The result is India is the new hub for experiencing the joy rides on boats and water sports. Here is some destination if you are looking for adventure and want to explore the places by snaking your way into the city on the river-waters, or just calmly and peacefully want to see the water and nature.
Due to the glacier on the Himalayan region, the Rafting destination starts from the north and some chilly places in India and the other mountain range such as Vidyanchal and smalls hills in the south offers few spots where the water current make it possible for you to have thrills of rafting. So the rafting destination in chronological order-
Rishikesh is known to be holy and sacred but it is now getting widely popular as the new hub for water sports. The holy rivers of Ganga stretch are up to 16 km. The rivers go through the hilly region and will mesmerize you by its beauty. The hilly and rocky region provides the suitable water currents and the whirlpools much needed for water sport like rafting.
Zanskar river flowing between the Himalayan Mountains, the river is graded as level 4. The rafting route starts from the divide of Padum and Zimo. Chilly water crystal clear froth excites everyone to give a try to adventurous ride on a raft. The best time to go for rafting in July to August as in winters the river freezes.
- River Indus on Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
What could be the best place then Ladakh to have an adventure? The place is popular for having bike rides, trekking on Himalayas and camping. The beautiful villages, Mountain range, greenery constitutes beautiful scenery. The rafting is done on the River Indus and the season starts in the summers from June to late August.
- Bhagirathi River
Bhagirathi River stretches up to 150km and is graded between level 3 to level 4 for rafting. The beautiful river gives ride full of thrill and is known for the rapids like “elephant rock”, “the chute”, “Sharp S”, “Confluence rapid”. The best season to have a ride in the Bhagirathi is October and Mid-May.
- Teesta River, Sikkim and Darjeeling
Teesta River is the beautiful backbone which flows cutting through in the valleys and hilly regions of the state of Sikkim. Sikkim is a beautiful hill station in India and is filled with natural beauty. Due to the Kalimpong Hill Region, the Rafting route is filled with various exciting phases with different degree of intensity. The river comes in Grade 4. The Teesta is best for rafting in the month of October and April.
- Brahmaputra River Rafting Expedition
The Brahmaputra river expedition starts from the Tutingin Arunachal Pradesh on Subanshi River. The Bhramputra river cuts through Greater Himalaya and enters Arunachal Pradesh, the raft route takes you from the remote tribal places thus it makes it more exciting. Rafting is rated as grade 4. The month of November to March is suitable for the adventure of the Rafting.
India is the best place if love water and has some best places where you can have a joyful boat ride in the beautiful rivers. The boating destinations are as follows:
- Dal Lake, Srinagar
Srinagar is filled with scenic beauty and the place offers one time of joy and peace and if you are looking to explore the Srinagar then the boat ride on the Dal Lake is the best option. The Dal lake offers a ride on Shikara which is the wooden boat made of deodar tree. The boat ride that you will never forget filled with the panoramic view, greenery and crystal clear water will make you fall in love with Srinagar. Shikara boat also takes you to some more touristy destination such as the Hazaratbal Mosque, Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden which makes it a popular way to explore this beautiful city, also you can reach to local markets via Shikara.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Tickets: INR 400 for an hour-long ride
- Naini Lake, Nainital
Nainital being the hill station is always bustling with visitors from all over the world. Nainital is the best tourist destination during summers. As the Nainital is famous all over the world as major tourist hub of India one can find many activities to engage and the boat ride on Nani lake is an activity which you should not miss on your Nainital visit. Naini lake is eye shaped lake located on the height 1938 metres, it is filled with people as the it is famous for its entertaining boat ride. There are yacht clubs here if you like to have yatch for the ride. The beautiful lake you being in the middle of it and exploring nature is truly the experience you should give yourself as a present.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tickets: Gondola Ride -INR 210
- Bhimtal, Nainital
Nainital is filled with tourist throughout the year and is the major tourist hub of India. The scenic beauty, filled with an awe-inspiring panoramic view make it a paradise for the nature lover. The Nanital has many lakes making it the best boating destination. The Bhimtal lake is situated in the Bhimtal Town, the beautiful C-shaped lake deserve to be on your list.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pedal Boat- INR 150
- Loukoipat, Manipur
Manipur, the beautiful city from the east is one of the places which is admired for its natural beauty. It is the prime destination if you are a nature lover and the Loukoipat Ecological Park is the place where you can satisfy your search for the beauty of nature. The Ecological Park has many small lakes which offer boat rides. Since the park is surrounded by the hills on all side the boat ride will give you another perspective of beauty. The activities like setting sun, exploring water, feeding fish and a panoramic view will fill your heart with happiness and joy. All the above mention manoeuvre make it the best option to explore the park as the boat ride will not help you explore but also give you much-needed quality time which you might be thriving for.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tickets: No Entry Fees
- Ganga Ghat, Varanasi
Varanasi holds great religious value in the heart of the Indians as the place of Varanasi is settled on banks of river Ganga which is the holy river of Hindu religion. The city is famous for its temples and the morning and evening aarti is joined by many tourists, Varanasi allows people to connect with Hindu religion and provide them with an insight of the deep culture and tradition of India. Since Ganga is one of the popular rivers of India people come from all over the places to visit this holy river and have a dip in it as it is sacred in the Hindu religion and known to possess the power to wash sins of the human so that they can achieve liberation. This makes it an appropriate boating destination. The thrilling experience of a boat ride on the strong water current of river Ganga current and also you get a chance to explore the city and its temples as the boat ride take you to some famous temple such as the Goddess Durga temple which is said to build 200 years ago. The other major tourist spot you can explore while rowing boat on the river stream is the Ram Nagar Fort, the marvellous fort situated near the riverside is built by the King of Banaras.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tickets: Row Boat – INR 300 per hour
Yamaha Engine Boat Ride – INR 3000 for two hours
- Hoganekkal, Tamil Nadu
Hoganekkal Waterfall is situated in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The waterfall is famous as the Niagara Falls of India and you can see the waterfall via boat ride as the boat services are available, boat ride and waterfall together are the reason it attracts a large number of tourist every year. The best time to visit them will be summers and winter season as in monsoon boating is closed due to a rise in the water level.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tickets: INR 200 per person
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