River rafting is a water sport that is performed by sitting in a raft and moving over the river with the flow and passing through rough terrains. This is an extreme Adventures sport that challenges the sportsperson mentally and physically. There are different locations in Himachal Pradesh where one can enjoy whitewater river rafting. Several rivers will provide you with the magical experience of river rafting by increasing your adrenaline rush. Rivers like Ravi, Satluj, Chenab, and Beas are places where one can enjoy river rafting on one's Himachal Pradesh tour. Along with trekking, paragliding and skiing, river rafting is also becoming a prominent activity to do in Himachal Pradesh where you perform this activity under the able guidance of experts.
River rafting places in Himachal Pradesh?
1. Kullu Manali
River rafting in the river bees located at the Kullu Manali is one of the best destinations to experience this activity. This river has clear water with mild turbulence that makes river rafting a perfect experience in this river. If you want to enjoy your rafting in Himachal then Manali is a perfect destination for doing this activity as it has more than 6 rapids that come along the high and low streams of this river. One can experience the Rapid grade 1, 2 & 3 intensity that will surely gonna increase your adrenaline rush. Along with river rafting, one can witness scenery on each side of this river. There is a 20 km rafting from Manaki to Jhiri in the Kullu district and 14 km river rafting stretch from Pirdi to Jhiri in Manali and other than there is there are two small stretches that are perfect for beginners located on the Kullu Manali route.
Rafting Location: Beas River
Rafting time: 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Rafting Stretch: 4 km, 6 km, 10 km, 12 km & 14 km.
There is no place located inside Shimla city to enjoy river rafting near Shimla one needs to travel 50 km to reach Tattapani where one can enjoy river rafting in the Sutlej river. River rafting in the Sutlej river is only advisable for the experienced rafter as there are various turbulence and rapids of a higher grade. One can enjoy the three different distances of rafting that is 9 km 12 km and 20 km in the Satluj river. There is a 3 km stretch located in village Sunni which is for beginners. The 12 km stretch that goes from Chabba to Tattapani is more adventurous than the previous one having the Rapid grade 2. The 20 km stretch from Luhri is not permissible for beginners as the rafting grade goes up to grade 3 which is permitted for experienced rafters only.
Rafting Location: Luhri
Rafting time: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Rafting Stretch: 9 km, 12km & 20 km.
3. Lahaul & Spiti
There are two different sides that are approved by the administration of Lahaul and Spiti for river rafting in the Chandra Bhaga river as this promotes adventure sports and tourism in this particular region. The first site is located near the Atal from Gufa Hotel which goes up to Pagal Nullah and is almost a one km long stretch and another site is located from Muling to Tandi which is a 2.5 km long stretch. There is a third side considered for river rafting that goes from Gozang bridge to Tandi and is having a 4 km long stretch. Lahaul & Spiti is the Gateway for river rafting that starts from Koksar and is a 90 km long stretch that is connected to Tandi.
Rafting Location: Koksar (Chandrabhaga river)
Rafting time: 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Rafting Stretch: 1 km, 4 km & 2.5 km.
Rafting Duration: 1.5 hours
The river rafting in the Chamba district is done in the river Ravi and Sal that flows through the place. The government is initiating river rafting for this reason to promote the tourism of a particular region. River rafting in the Chamba district will really increase the thrill as the gushing water gushes into the Rocky banks of the river, it is not permissible to enjoy this activity during the monsoon month as the intensity of rainfall is really high which increases the water level. One can enjoy river rafting in the Chamba district even if they are a beginner or experienced rafter.
Rafting Location: Ravi & Saal River
Rafting Time: 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
River Rafting cost in Himachal Pradesh
If you want to enjoy river rafting in Himachal Pradesh then it will cost you from INR 500 to INR 2000 per person. And if you want to book the complete package along with river rafting then the starting price will be INR 2000 per person which will include your one-night stay and meal. The cost of river rafting in Himachal Pradesh keeps on changing along with the different grades and the time limits that are chosen by you. So if you are willing to perform this activity in a group be it a school, college or a corporate group then you can get a booking discount.
Best time to enjoy river rafting in Himachal Pradesh
The best time to enjoy river rafting in Himachal Pradesh is during the summer months when it’s really Sunny and pleasant. Though you can also experience this activity during the winter months from October to April month in Himachal Pradesh. You should avoid river rafting during the monsoon month as due to heavy rainfall the water level of the river rises which may result in risking your life and hands most of the operators do not operate river rafting during the monsoon months.