River Rafting is one of the all time favorite adventure sport. Now It is possible to enjoy river rafting in River Teesta and Rangeet in Gangtok, Sikkim. Other Adventure Sports in Gangtok are Paragliding, Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing.
Sikkim has two main rivers, Teesta and Rangeet. As they come down from great heights, the white foamy water attracts many water sports lovers. White water rafting and kayaking are greatly undertaken by the tourists. Even at the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet, called Triveni is a good point for rafting. Other most frequently visited rafting points are Melli and Likship. Few years back, a dam was built on the river which has obstructed the natural flow. Now, the time for rafting is matched with the dam timings.
River Rafting in River Teesta Gangtok Sikkim
The two rivers are graded between 1 to 4 levels of difficulty. Grade 1 and 2 are easier, while 3 needs little expertise. Level 4 and above should be practiced by professionals only. The different routes are categorized according to difficulty level. Teesta is little calm, while on Rangeet you will encounter rough and turbulent water.
You can go to Teesta Bazaar which is at about 2 hrs drive or Dikchu which is about 1.5 hrs drive from Gangtok. Once there, you will find many local operators conducting rafting sessions. There is no need for advanced booking.
While going for river rafting in Gangtok, wear easy to dry and body fit clothes. Do not wear sports shoes, instead crocs or other rubber footwear is better. Always keep spare clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen and water bottle. International tourists must carry their passport. Normally, one ride for 4-5 people should cost around Rs. 5000. You can even get a complete package of rafting and camping.
The best time for rafting in Gangtok is after monsoon, i.e. from October to April. The only scary thing might be the icy cold water. The smallest ride might be for around 1.5 hours. Before the trip, you will have to sign the assumption of risk form. It is advisable not to undertake the sport if you suffer from any chronic illness like heart problems, fits, epilepsy, pregnancy or aqua phobia.
So, while on your Gangtok trip, if you are looking for some adventure and water fun, then rafting is a must try.