Teesta River Rafting in Sikkim greets you with its two mighty rivers - Teesta and Rangit. Teesta River originates from the eastern Himalayan Trek, and some of the best rafting stretches of the world. It has more swirling waters that offers a challenge to experienced rafters.
Teesta River is known as the life-line of Sikkim. It flows from the arctic Himalayas to the plain terrain of Bay of Bengal. The long and exhausting runs on the river are the patches between Dikchu and Teesta Bridge.
Another patch between Dikchu and Kali Johra in West Bengal is also run between Bordang and Melli. Teesta River rafting expedition starts from the Cho Lhamu Lake, gurgling, frothing and cutting right from the middle of the state. The freezing cold waters of the river have a series of white water rapids with varying intensity.
You will pass through wonderful mountain views, from lush green vegetation to thrilling white water. This pleasure trip of rafting offers everything which a rafting freak awaits during an enthralling escapade.
While rafting, you will get a good chance to view the riverbanks dotted with thick forests, lovely small villages and some patches of terraced cultivation.
Cho Lhamu Lake: This pristine and beautiful lake is the main root of Teesta River.
Teesta passes through mystic landscapes.
The highest elevation is 5330 m.
Lachen village: The pretty village of Lachen is a tribal village, set at an elevation of 9200 ft in North Sikkim.
This village represents notable Buddhist Monastery, the Lachen Monastery and the natural beauty.
How to get there
By Air: Sikkim doesnt have any airport, but the nearest Airport is Bagdogra (near Siliguri) in West Bengal, which lays only 125kms away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim.
Bagdogra linked with cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
By Road: Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal.
Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state.
Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons. Temporary problems may occur.
By Rail: The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is linked with Gangtok.
Gangtok has an extensive rail network with major Railway Stations in India, such as Kolkata, Delhi.
It is also linked with the cities of Northeastern India like, Guwahati.
Best time to visit: October to April
- Indian nationals do not require any permit to enter Sikkim except for a few restricted areas.
- Foreigners are required to get an Inner Line permit to enter Sikkim.
- If you dont fear water, then grade IV+ is advisable.
- There are trained rafters to guide you during your expedition.
Things to Carry
- During summers, you need to carry simple gears while during spring and autumn.
- The Teesta river rafting trip require additional clothing.
- Carry dry bags or boxes to secure small personal items.
- Keep extra pairs of clothes.
- Take any necessary prescription medications such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin etc.
- Avoid taking your car keys, wallets, cell phones etc. with you for the rafting trip.
- Also take along sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera.
Durpin dara: In Kalimpong, there is a golf course near the Durpin Dara Monastery, built in the mid 1970s at Durpin Dara.
It is a must visit destination which has the abundant collection of gompas.
Lepcha Museum: It is placed in Bag Dhara, very near from the town centre.
The museum reveals the culture of the Lepcha community. They also show their musical instruments, holographs, articles of worship and other tools.
Forest museum: Set on Dow hill, this museum is taken care by the department of forest.
It will let you experience its rare but rich flora and fauna.
Forest museum is the paradise for nature lovers and the eco-tourists.