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A mini-guide to river rafting in the waters of Arunachal Pradesh

Tucked away in the northeast part of India is the state of Arunachal Pradesh along with its sister states. Known for serene surroundings, waterfalls, pristine valleys, it is now getting famous for river rafting too. Though an ideal place for a soothing vacation, a little bit of adventure never hurts anyone. In Arunachal Pradesh, the famous river rafting sport is done in the rivers of mighty Brahmaputra, Subansari, Lohit and Siang. With thick forest covered on the sides of these rivers, the views are nothing like you can think of. Given that the rivers are covered with snow almost the entire year, it makes this sport more adventurous. Here is an ultimate guide to river rafting in Arunachal Pradesh.

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The ideal time to river raft in Arunachal Pradesh

The rivers of Arunachal Pradesh are covered with snow throughout the year. These snows can be thick layers or thin layers which can be easily broken. We suggest you can river raft during the months of November to March, just as the monsoon ends.

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The best river rafting spots

  • The Siang course
  • Kameng also called as the Seppa-Bhalukpung route
  • Dibang route, in the borders of Assam
  • Subansiri, The Taliha – North of Daporijo

Rafting in the river of Brahmaputra

The river of Brahmaputra flows through three different countries including ours. It flows through India, China and Bangladesh making it a transboundary river. It is also one of the most challenging river rafting spots. The distance from Dibrugarh until Pasighat Plains can be tricky even for the well trained. If you are a swimming expert, then go river rafting on this mighty river.

river of Brahmaputra
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  • The water flows in rapid spread making it a thrilling experience.
  • There are huge drops that make your tummy get butterflies.
  • There are several points where you get sucked into rocks and land. You will encounter scary entry and exit points making the whole ride exciting.

Rafting in the Siang River

The river of Siang actually originates from the country of Tibet and flows through the Himalayas into India. Unlike the Brahmaputra, River Siang is moderately calm but does have some scary riddles and rapids. While river rafting you will be passing through some of the stunning views where you can get a glimpse of several villages and tea plantations. Like the Brahmaputra, it is only safe to take part in this adventure sport if you are an expert in swimming.

Rafting in the Subansiri River

Fondly called as the Gold River by the locals, Subansiri river is a huge tributary of the Brahmaputra. The waters of Subansiri flow through some dense jungles in Arunachal Pradesh. The 150 km stretch waters of Arunachal Pradesh can be tricky and challenging and is safe only for those who know swimming. The main points in this route are the Talhia Camp, Daporijo and Sippi.

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Rafting in the Lohit River

One of the most dangerous rivers of Arunachal Pradesh is the Lohit River. The river is very tricky and has got many blind spots making you sit on the hot seat. While you start your ride from Kibithu in India, the rivers take you to the borders of our neighbouring countries before it brings you back home.

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  • We suggest you take part in river rafting in Arunachal Pradesh only if you know swimming. The waters can get real tricky and it is only safe if you can swim even if things go vary.
  • Carry your own gears if possible. Even if not, be sure to carry water-resistant clothes while rafting.
  • Do thorough research on where you want to river raft. Though everything looks the same, each river provides with you different views and experiences.

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