Albeit the trend is pretty new in this part of the world, India is fast emerging as a hotspot for various adventurous sports. With extreme activities like Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Hot Air Ballooning, et cetera, India is mapping its way to become the go-to country for adventure junkies.

One such sport that has made a mark in the nation of "snake charmers" is River Rafting. Not just tourists from other countries, but even Indians are fancying their chances to try this uber cool water sport. With a huge number of rivers, India is on its verge of becoming one of the best countries for River Rafting.

River Rafting can be divided into four categories. Grade I being basic, Grade II being moderate, Grade III being intermediate, and Grade IV being challenging. As of 2017, there are a lot of places where one can try River Rafting. Compiled below is a list of eight of the best places in the country for the adventurous water sport.

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Professional Rafters going through a difficult obstacle whilst rafting at Teesta river.
Professional Rafters going through a difficult obstacle whilst rafting at Teesta river.

1. Teesta River

Originating in Sikkim, and flowing to Darjeeling, Teesta is one of the most beautiful rivers in India. The confluence of the Teesta and the Rangeet River is an exquisite sight. It offers Whitewater Rafting to adventure freaks, whilst providing magnificent view of the dense forest and rich vegetation on either side. Because of the strong currents and regular torrents, it is one of the most popular Whitewater Rafting spots amongst experienced Rafters. With rapids ranging from grade II to grade IV, it is ideal for first timers as well as for professionals.

October to June is the best time to go Whitewater Rafting in the Teesta River.

Rafting in mind, here you can do it in India
Beas river in Himachal Pradesh.
Beas river in Himachal Pradesh.

2. Beas River

The popular twin hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu and Manali are widely known for the bevy of adrenaline pumping activities they have to offer, which is unparalleled. River Rafting is done in the Beas River flowing through the district. About 45 kilometers far from Manali and four kilometers ahead of Kullu, in a place called Pirdi, there are a few water sports private operators. Rafting in the Beas River is highly sought after amongst adventure junkies. One can opt for any of two grades - Grade II or III. The adventure is carried out for a distance of about 14 kilometers, and can take one and half hours.

The best time to go River Rafting in the Beas River is between April and June.

3. Indus River

Stretching as much as 3180 kilometers approximately, the Indus River is amongst the longest rivers in the continent. Monsoon increases its water level, and that is when the rafting season is on. The origin of the river in China occupied Tibet, and it flows through India and Pakistan before flowing into the Arabian Sea. Also known as Sindhu River, Indus has a few Rafting points in Ladakh. Phey to Nimo,

Upshi to Kharu, and Upshi to Nimo. Rafting at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar is the most pop of the lot. This 24 kilometer Rafting is ideal for amateurs.

The best time to go River Rafting in the Indus River is from July to September.

Rafting in mind, here you can do it in India
Grade I rafting in Rishikesh.
Grade I rafting in Rishikesh.

4. Ganga

When it comes to River Rafting, Rishikesh is the best in the country. Home to the Ganges, located in the Garhwal Himalaya in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh offers adventure enthusiasts to try Rafting the holiest Indian River. Whether you want to try the basic level Rafting or the challenging level Rafting, Rishikesh has all the grades in store for you. The distances ranges from nine kilometers for the Brahmapuri to Rishikesh route, 16 kilometers for the Shivpuri to Rishikesh route, 24 kilometers for the Marine Drive to Rishikesh route, and 36 kilometers for the Kaudiyala to Rishikesh route.

September to June is the best time to go River Rafting in the Ganges.

5. Bhagirathi River

Another river in Uttarakhand that is major hotspot for River Rafting is the Bhagirathi River. It is a turbulent river, originating from the Himalayas. The course of the Bhagirathi River offers breathtakingly beautiful sceneries and surreal landscapes. Surrounded by mountains and valleys pretty much throughout its route, it has Grade III and Grade IV rapids in abundance. The rapids change throughout the route. Rafting in the Bhagirathi River covers a distance of up to 150 kilometers approximately, and lasts for at least three days.

The best time to go River Rafting in the Bhagirathi River is from October to May.

6. Kameng River

Kameng River originates from a glacial lake nestled in the Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh. At a little over 260 kilometers in length, the river is pretty small, but it offers one of the best Whitewater Rafting experience in the Indian subcontinent. It offers pristine camps and deep gorges. Rafting in the Kameng River is, however, not suitable for amateurs, as the rapids are of grade IV. The total distance one covers whilst Rafting is 25 kilometers, and is sure to provide the adventure of a lifetime.

The best time to go Whitewater Rafting in the Kameng River is February, March, November, and December.

7. Spiti River

As mentioned earlier, Himachal Pradesh is home to a score of adventure activities. It originates from the Kunzum mountain range, and after covering a distance of nearly 150 kilometers, Spiti River ends up meeting the Sutlej River. It offers Whitewater Rafting to seasoned Rafters. Rafting in the Spiti River is a visual treat, as one gets to witness the lofty glaciers, desert valleys, and pristine villages. A 74 kilometer distance can be covered in three days, which would include rapids of all the four grades.

The best time to go Whitewater Rafting in the Spiti River is between July and August.

Rafting in mind, here you can do it in India
Rafters having a fun time at Brahmaputra River.
Rafters having a fun time at Brahmaputra River.

8. Brahmaputra River

This list would remain incomplete without mentioning the 10th largest river on the Planet. Also known as Tsangpo Brahmaputra, it is the most challenging river to go Whitewater Rafting in India. With regular rapids of grade IV, Whitewater Rafting in the Brahmaputra River is sure to give you a heart pumping experience, as you fight your way through the turbulent waters. Covering a distance of about 180 kilometers, it could take more than a week to complete the undefined course. Professional Rafters from all around the world visit Assam to try Rafting in this dangerously amazing river.

November to March is the best time to go Whitewater Rafting in the Brahmaputra River.

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