River Rafting In Teesta River
you're really looking for some lifetime adventure, exploring the mother
nature on your own and observing the true serene environment, then River
Rafting in Sikkim is greeting you with its two mighty rivers - Teesta and
Rangit. Originating from the eastern Himalayan region, the Teesta river
offers some of the best rafting stretches of the world. On the other hand
the Rangit river, a tributary of the river Teesta, has more swirling waters
that offers a challenge to experienced rafters.
Referred as the 'lifeline of Sikkim', the Teesta river flows from
the arctic Himalayas to the plain terrain of Bay of Bengal. In Sikkim the
Teesta river originates from the mystic Cho Lhamu Lake, gushing, foaming and
cutting centrally through the state. Graded on the International scale at
Grade IV, the icy-cold waters of the river has a series of white water
rapids with varying intensity and character.
From gentle rides through wonderful mountain views, from lush green
vegetation to thrilling white water, the Teesta river offers everything
which a rafting enthusiast expect during an enthralling rafting expedition.
Moreover, while you raft on the Teesta river you get a good chance to see
the riverbanks picturesquely dotted with thick forests, some patches of
terraced cultivation and lovely small villages.
Rafting Stretches on River Teesta
Makha and Rongpo :
Makha and Rongpo strecth is propably
the shortest run on the Teesta river, the trip will take around two and a
Dikchu and Teesta Bridge :
This run is longer and more
gruelling than Makha and Rongpo stretch.
Dikchu and Kali Johra (West Bengal) :
A five day run, it
starts from Sikkim and ends in Kali Johra located in West Bengal.
Bordang and Melli :
Rafting between Borgand and Melli is
another exciting option across Teesta river.
Essential Gears for River
Essential Gears required for the adventure sport of river rafting include
rafts, wet suits, nylon shorts, sweater, sleeping bags, life jackets, helmet
or cap, tennis shoes or sandals, gloves, first aid kit, some eatable etc.
Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and a number of private
agencies provide essential equipments to rafters on hire. Rafting courses
are also offered by STDC and private operators. Whether you are novice
rafter or an experienced one, you can take the assistance of the Department
of Tourism and travel agencies for arranging rafting trips.
River Rafting Seasons in Sikkim
The period between October to December is considered the best season to
enjoy river rafting in Sikkim.
Guidelines for river rafting in Sikkim
- You must be physically and mentally fit for undertaking the adventure
sport of white water rafting in Sikkim.
- You are advised to always carry necessary prescription medicines such
as insulin, inhalers, bee-sting kits etc.
- While you are going on a rafting expedition, avoid carrying your car
keys, wallets, mobile and other valuables as you might loose them.
- Always remember to carry dry bags or boxes to secure small items of
personal use that you may bring with you.
- Also take along goggles, sunscreen lotion and a still-camera, with a
strap to secure these items.
- While rafting in Sikkim, avoid cotton clothing (except in summer
season), as cotton clothes will take away warmth from your body. Wool,
polyester fleece and other synthetic materials will keep your body
warmer and they will dry faster than cotton clothes.