Adventure Travel Activities
River Rafting Himalayas
River Rafting in
River Rafting Sikkim
River Teesta of Sikkim extends
the most challenging invitation to the rafters in the eastern Himalayan region.
Teesta provides a series of whitewater rapids with various intensities at
regular intervals. Meandering down the rough and rugged mountain river, one can
savour a blend of nature and adventure.
White water rafting is one of the latest adventure
sport in Sikkim. Only the Teesta and Rangit rivers offer long stretches which
are ideal for safe rafting. Teesta is graded 4 on the International scale. The
icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta have a series of rapids with varying
intensity and character. It offers one of the finest rafting stretches in the
world. Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has more turbulent waters and offers
many challenges to more experienced rafters.
Kayaking is undertaken on the River Teesta and is
arranged for special groups. Some experience in kayaking is required. Kayaks are
available with Sikkim Tourism.
Equipment Required for Rafting
Wet suits, sweater, booties, gloves and scull cap
are some of the essential equipment for river rafting. These equipments can be
Best Time for River Rafting in Sikkim
May to November
About Teesta River
The River Teesta, said to be the
lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, flows for almost the entire length of
the state; carving out verdant Himalayan temperate and tropical river valleys.
The emerald coloured river then forms the border between Sikkim and West Bengal
before joining the Brahmaputra as a tributary in Bangladesh.
The river originates in the mysterious Cho
Lhamu Lake at an elevation of 5,330 m (17,500 feet) above sea level in the
mighty Himalayas. This lake lies to the north of the Donkia Pass near Shetschen,
where the summit of the pass is about eight kilometres north-east of Darjeeling
as the crow flies.
River Rafting Regions of
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River Rafting Sikkim
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Before the birth of
Pakistan this configuration of rivers was one of the most magnificent
features of the Indian sub-continent. Came 1947, the year of partition
and roughly two thirds of the length of this river system was assigned
to Pakistan. But the rivers still take birth on the Indian side and
still go crashing through the Himalayas to create some of the most
spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world.
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