Manali has always been a hotshot travel destination for everyone, all through the year in the north of India. Skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, snow surfing, and ice skating have been the primary attractions of Manali. However, only a few know that Manali also possesses some of the best rafting stretches. And trust us they are among the best in the mountains of India.
If you’ve got a group of adventurous pals, head to the mountains this January or February. Though not the most amazing season to go river rafting in Manali, it is quite a rush for those who love winter and do not mind a dash of thrilling adventure anytime. But before that a few essentials that would help you freeze the perfect plan to this amazing trip.
White Water Rafting Vs River Rafting
First things first! So white water is same as river water but with a tinge of froth formed in it due to rapid flow of water. The river water appears white as the current gets aerated and bubbly. This must clear the confusion for you that both – river rafting and whitewater rafting are the same.
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Why choose Manali for river Rafting?
Now that there is no confusion, let’s get down to Manali’s scene of river rafting. In Himachal, there are four rivers that offer opportunities for rafting — Beas, Chenab, Satluj and Ravi. River rafting is usually classified in six categories on the basis of difficulty level. Beas happens to have the most ideal waters for different forms of rafting. The river has its origin in the Rohtang Pass and it blesses Kullu Valley on its way down. With the right kind of stability over a stretch of 20 km in Manali, the waters of Beas River thus become one of the most ideal rafting options in North India.
What is the best time for river rafting in Manali?
With the most ideal currents settings in Beas River, Manali river rafting is done almost all through the year. It is only during the extreme winter months and months of heavy rainfall that the activities in the river are restricted. The best of the river rafting in Manali happens in June and July. Monsoon does restrict if for a couple of months and it restarts by late October and goes on till early February.
And, where exactly does Manali river rafting happen?
As shared, river rafting in Manali is done in the Beas River. The ideal 20 km stretch from Manaki to Jhiri near Bajaura en-route Manali from Bhuntar is one of the best stretches for rafting in India. However, there are short stretches in the Manali region for beginner’s level rafting in the Beas River. Pirdi has a dedicated water sports center that provides for a wide range of adventure activities in Manali. The sports center also arranges for various courses in rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
Alright! So who are the best river rafting organizers in Manali?
The entire route from Bhuntar to Manali is full of adventure operators on the roadsides. With an increasing footfall every year, such operators have made adventure sports pretty convenient in the region. Rafting In Manali, Visit Kullu Manali, and Adventure Manali are some of the online operators. There is no dearth of such operators in the region.
Whoa! The cost and the facilities for river rafting in Manali will blow your mind.
The river rafting in Manali is usually clubbed into various packages including overnight accommodations, food and a few other sports. Tented accommodations on the river bank are star attractions in the name of river camping and river rafting. Campfires and bonfires are arranged on demands to make nights full of memories. The cost of basic rafting ranges from INR 500 to INR 1,000. The rafting packages start from INR 2,000 which include accommodation and meals for one night.
Now that you are equipped with all you need to know for Manali River rafting, set yourself for a Manali trip and sail! My bad; Rowwwwwwww!!!!
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