Truly a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, Himachal is one of the most appropriate places to indulge in river rafting. The perennial rivers flowing out of Punjab make it perfect for rafting across various regions of Himachal. The currents in these rivers are rapid and hit a scale of 4 to 6. They are often ferocious and people are often chosen only after a mild fitness test. Oh yes, you are also required to sign on a document that says you are responsible for your own life. Reassuring? Totally worth it! If you’re in the months of April to September, don’t hesitate and plunge into your boats to experience what the hitting of glacial water feels like.
Location: Manali-Kullu, Bilaspur (GobindSagar), Dalhousie (Chamera Lake), Kullu (Beas), Chandrabagha (Chenab) and Chamba (Ravi)
For: Families, friends groups, honeymoon couples
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Approximate Cost: Rs. 600 per person
Why you should do it: It is one of the safest places in India for river rafting and its best to overcome your fear of water. The thrill that the maneuvering boats offer while moving over rocks and opposite currents is a sweet slap in your face that will make you scream, cheer and smile.
Tips: Never carry anything with you for rafting. Just go with your attire and lifejackets and pay attention to the instructions. You don’t have to book in advance as there are a lot of places to get started with river rafting.