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Dare to take a challenging ride into the thrilling waters, on the adventure tour to India. Then how about getting involved in some exotic waters sports and make water as your playground. And what can be more exciting than white water rating. It is one such sports that enables you to explore the least observed facet of nature as well as enables you to connect to the mesmerizing marine life. Rafting in India is undoubtedly an experience that will always remain etched in your memory. White water Rafting involves both cruising down the gushing river and kayaking over the roaring rapids, and is one of the best way to conquer your fear of water.
India boasts of wonderful rivers and picturesque locations which are perfect for white water rafting. Some of the best destinations for rafting are located in the Himalayas and the river Ganges tops the list of these destinations. Some of the rivers which offer great opportunity to rafting enthusiasts are Indus, Zanskar, Teesta, Alaknanda, Tons, Mandakini, Kalisor, Bhilangana and Bhagirathi. This sport is generally restricted to the northern rivers which flow southwards from the Himalayas, lushing between semi evergreen forested mountains and through steep gorges. Rishikesh which is one of the most popular spiritual tour destination in India, also tempts its tourist with the rafting adventure.
So are you ready for a wild water experience!
Things to Know About White Water Rafting
Equipments for rafting
If you don't have your own equipments ; not to worry. There are tour agencies and government tour offices that arrange white water rafting equipments for the tourists. The equipments include lifejackets, helmets, an expert guide, food and accommodation.
Things to Remember
Rafting is serious game, so its good to be prepared in advance. The rafters are advised to follow the instructions properly. As his guidance and cooperation are imperative for such life threatening adventure sports. Person suffering from major heart condition or epilepsy and the expectant mothers are not permitted. Otherwise your life is in your hands.
Things to Carry
If you are going for a rafting trip make sure you wear light (nilon) clothes along with comfortable shoes. You will require to carry a good sunscreen, dark glasses, shorts, T-shirts (or other light, quick-dry clothing) and suitable shoes- sneakers, and that would be enough. Do-not forget to take YOUR camera, wind proof jacket and flashlight along with yourself.
White water rafting in some parts of the country requires special permits from the government. Specially the areas close to the border lines such as Nubra, Sikkim, Lahaul, and Spiti (foreigners may require permit for these areas). Permits can usually be obtained fairly easily from District Commissioners, District Magistrates or other senior officials. Enquire at the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi to figure out whether you need a permit, and who can provide it to you.