River rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in Uttarakhand. Some of the country’s largest rivers originate in this northern state of snow-clad mountain peaks. Cutting their way through these forested hills, most rivers in Uttarakhand continue to flow down thunderously. There are plenty of adventure tour packages in India that include river rafting expeditions in Uttarakhand for all adrenaline junkies.
The best among these are:
Ganga River in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also known as the Adventure Capital of India; and the Ganga River flowing through here is one of the top rafting destinations in India. The rapids in Rishikesh Ganga range from Grade 1 to 4, and are suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. Experts say that rafting in Rishikesh gives you one of the best river rafting experiences in India. The Ganga here flows against the lush green backdrop of the Shivalik Hills. As you ride your way through these untamed waters, enjoy the pristine view of the serene surroundings. Several adventure tour packages in India offer river rafting expeditions in Rishikesh. The river has multiple rafting routes, with the most popular one being a 6 km long stretch from Kaudiyala to Lakshman Jhula that has more than 13 major rapids. Best time to visit is late October to mid-March.
The River Kali originates in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand. It flows through the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, forming a natural border between India and Nepal. The river is also known as Kali Ganga and Sharda River by local inhabitants. Along the way, this river is joined by Dhauliganga at Tawaghat, Gori Ganga at Jauljibi, and then the Chameliya River and Saryu River. Each of these confluences and the upper sections of the river are ideal for rafting with Grade 3 and 4 rapids. River Kali has multiple rafting routes, with the stretch extending from Jauljibi to Tanakpur being the most popular. Traverse through the enchanting Kumaon landscape and be struck by the sheer beauty of nature.
The Tons River is the largest tributary of Yamuna River. Flowing through the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, the river passes over some of the most gorgeous scenery. It has rapids ranging from Grade 3 to 5, and only experienced rafters should try rafting in these untamed waters. There are adventure tour packages in India which offer expeditions at the Tons. The river has multiple rafting routes, with the 30km long stretch between Mori and Tuni being the most popular here. It is said that Tons River carries more water than the Yamuna itself, making it one of the most challenging rafting destinations.
The Alaknanda River is the second largest tributary of the Ganga River. Making its way through the Garhwal Himalayas, the river flows from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag via Chamoli town. Ranging from Grade 3 to 5 rapids, the river is one of the most challenging rafting routes. The most popular stretch for rafting at Alaknanda is between Chamoli and Rudraprayag. This 25km long stretch includes over 75 rapids. Some of these ferocious rapids are "Three Blind Mice", "Body Surfing", “Rollercoaster", “Golf Course", and "Hillary Fall". Rafting at Alaknanda River is surely going to be an adrenaline-pumping activity.