Kashmir is quite famous for a number of picturesque
lakes and rivers. These water bodies of Kashmir not only
serve as delight to the eyes, but are also a hub of a
number of activity-oriented leisure sports. The less
adventurous people go for the quiet Shikara boat rides
on the Dal Lake and Nagin Lake of Srinagar. The Shikara
rides offer peace and serenity as well as the option of
sightseeing some of the beautiful places on the
embankments. Other options include riding motorboats or
going for water skiing.
However, what takes the cake is white water rafting in Kashmir Rivers. River rafting tourism was introduced quite recently in the Kashmir valley. The best season for River rafting in Kashmir is from August to September.
The following rivers of the Kashmir valley are quite popular from the river rafting point of view:
- Lidder River
- Sindh River
- Drass River
- Suru River
- Indus River
- Zanskar River
- Chenab River
- Jhelum River
The two most famous rivers where you can go for this extreme sport is River Indus and Zanskar river. River Lidder also hasfew stretches that are good enough to keep you enthralled. The rivers run trough few of the most mesmerizing landscapes, giving you the opportunity to explore those wonders of nature, which are otherwise unreachable through land routes. Few stretches are long enough that they take days to complete. And in between, you will stay in camps setup under the snow-capped mountains and hilltop monasteries, just by the sides of these roaring rivers. Though there are rafting options in Kashmir region but they don't compare up to rafting in Ladakh region,especially in Zanskar. In other adventure sports, you get training sessions before you indulge in the real thing, but rafting is something where there can be no trial runs. All you get are few precaution tips and safety presentation. Here only the real thing prepares you for thereal thrill.
White River Rafting destinations in Kashmir
The best place in Kashmir where you can indulge in River Rafting is in River Lidder near Pahalgam. The river hosts the two different stretches, which are quite suitable for river rafting. They are great for rafting but they cannot be called treacherous as the slopes are not that steep, and this attribute of the river is idle location for the tourist . One can go for a daylong excursion to the river. You can also take up white water canoeing in rivers like Sindh and Drass and Suru and in the many high altitude lakes like Gangabal, Kaunsarnag and Vishensar. Its worth the time and money that you will spend on it.
White water Rafting destinations in Ladakh
This is the place where you will be face to face with and the roaring and thrashing beast, the Zanskar river. The Zanskar is graded as a class IV, extremely rough river. But the first look of the river will be deceiving and the thought that the said difficulty of the river seems exaggerated will definitely cross your mind. The rafting trip will be few days long and the first two days might not feel that adventurous. But hold on, the real test begins after two days of rapids. The next few days you will be hitting fast rapids in the deep gorges and reveal it yourself why this rated so high. Apart from Zanskar River, Indus River also is a great option for thrilling white water rafting. The best time for rafting in Kashmir is during summer time( May-September) when the rivers are full of water. In winters many rivers and lakes get frozen. Even in summers the water is freezing cold. Rafting is an extremely challenging sport so do not ignore the precautionary measures and warning signs that your tour guide tells you to look out for. Make sure that there are adequate rescue measures before you embark on this adventurous thrilling sport.