Guide to Rafting in Sikkim
Sikkim rafting is from the conjunction of Yumthang, Donkia-La and Thangu that the Teesta River emerges. It then goes on to flow into Rangpo and created a border between West Bengal and Sikkim, moving onto its final journey at the famous Teesta Bazaar. At Triveni, the river Teesta and Rangit meet, actually it is a small town located on a highway called Melli which is in West Bengal.
The two rivers, Teesta and Rangit stretch far and wide and hence become the ideal river rafting locations. The rapids formed by the cold waters of the Teesta is apt for rive rafting, especially with its untamed characteristics and its great intensity. Rafting In Sikkim along with trekking has become a newly acquired adventure sport for both the rivers, Rangit and Teesta. The rapids of both the rivers are fine at some places for amateurs but are perfect mostly for experienced rafters, which means it can be enjoyed by everyone.
A little more about the rapids of the Teesta
Experienced rafters opine that the waters have a difficulty level of 3 on the international rafting scales and hence it is fun and adventurous to be in them. The Teesta is known to flow with high intensity through rugged and rocky terrains and those looking for an adrenaline high can surely test these waters. The river does get uncontrollable and wild at times, and hence many experienced rafters enjoy their adventure in the Teesta when they look for options to rafting in Sikkim.
Difficulty level: Grade 3 and 4
At the top most emergence point of the river Teesta, the rapids are uncontrollable and untamed to say the least. This makes it idea only for experienced rafters to enjoy the waters and negotiate with it. One can enjoy the rafting experience for around six hours to eight hours, depending on the weather pattern around.
It is surely a rewarding experience to raft on the Teesta River, with slopes covered in thick flora and fauna on either sides of the river, and terraced fields that dot the scenario around, who wouldnt enjoy the pleasures of what nature has to offer? Sikkim as we all know is rich in its bio-diversity, and the banks of the river Teesta is home to various species of birds, animals and butterflies as well. you could use the yak safari to discover the hidden secrets of Sikkim and her thickets.
The popular Teesta experience takes you from Makha to Sirwani and then to Bardang, ending at Rangpo.
Now to tell you a little about the famous Rangit Experience
Adventure sport such as water or river rafting in Sikkim of late had gathered momentum. It is only because of two rivers, namely Teesta and Rangit that the rafters and kayaking experts come calling.
Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has more turbulent waters and offers many challenges to more experienced rafters. On either side of the River Rangit while you enjoy river rafting its turbulent waters, there would be dotted settlements across the landscape, providing you with a panoramic scenic beauty of sorts. You would also notice terrace cultivation and small hamlets inhabited by tribal folks along the way.
Difficulty level: Grade 2 and 4
One also gets to enjoy other facilities while river rafting on the Rangit. For example, night camping on the sandy white beaches along the banks of the river. Rafting for both amateurs and experienced folks is a possibility as well. It is the mighty enchanting rapids of the Rangit River which beckons rafters far and wide to accept her challenges. If you are in for some bone chilling wet action, the river rafting experience on the Rangit is a must.
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