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Written by Preetha Manivelan on June 24, 2020 Share on

Raft In The White Waters Of River Teesta To Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

River Teesta is one of the two mighty rivers in the state of Sikkim in India, stretching beautifully to the northeast of Darjeeling. It starts from an altitude of 5330 metres, forming a boundary between Sikkim and Darjeeling. Originating from the Eastern Himalayan Trek, it stretches with varying rapids, that makes it perfect for rafting. Here is everything that you need to know about white water rafting in River Teesta:

An amazing picture of River Teesta
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White water rafting in River Teesta

With the foaming white waters and picturesque sight, River Teesta offers one of the best rafting experiences in Northeast India. This long stretch of clear waters is perfect not just for the skilled rafters but also for the beginners. Sounds fun, right? Apart from the rafting experience, you also get to witness the beautiful views of the dense forest as you raft along the slope. You will also find some villages on both sides of the river, giving an awesome sight.

A picture of a group of people enjoying white water rafting in River Teesta
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Major attractions in River Teesta

Here are some of the major attractions near the river that you can visit while you are there:

1. Cho Lhamu Lake

Located 18000 feet above the sea level, Cho Lhamu Lake is declared as the highest lake in the country. It is an awesome sight to behold and said to be the source of River Teesta.

2. Lachen Village

Lachen village is a picturesque village located in the northern part of Sikkim. It is situated at an elevation of 9200 feet, giving some of the best views of the magical landscapes in Sikkim.

White water rafting courses in River Teesta

There are some of the popular courses offered in River Teesta that you can choose while trying white water rafting there.

For swimmers

  • Melli to 29th Mile (11 kilometres for 1.5 hours)
  • Melli to Rayang (13 kilometres for 2 hours)
  • 29th Mile to Kalijhora (18 kilometres for 2.5 hours)
  • Melli to Kalijohora (24 kilometres for 3.5 hours)

For non-swimmers

  • Tarkhola to Melli (20 kilometres for 2 hours)
  • Tarkhola to 29th Mile (33 kilometres for 3 hours)
  • Rangpo to 29th Mile 37 kilometres for 5 hours)
  • Tarkhola to Kalijhora (28 kilometres for 3.5 hours)

Things you can expect while rafting in the white waters of River Teesta

Apart from the best river rafting experience it offers, you can also find some scenic villages, dense forests, diverse variety of flora and fauna and amazing marine life. After you try everything at River Teesta, you would surely feel how worth revisiting this place is.

A picturesque view of the River Teesta
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Best time for rafting

Rafting in River Teesta can be beautiful all year round. But it’s recommended not to try during monsoon as there will be heavy rainfall. As a result, the river will experience high tides from July to September. So, visiting this place for rafting can be chosen between December to June for a complete experience.

Points to note

  • You will be asked to sign a bond which is called the ‘Assumption of Risk and Release’ before undertaking the raft.
  • Carry things like sunscreen lotion, an extra pair of shoes and an additional pair of clothes.
  • It is advisable to not try this rafting if you are weakhearted.
  • Make sure you haven’t drunk in the last 6 hours before the rafting experience.
  • Use the life jacket throughout the rafting and make sure to follow all the safety precautions.

If your next trip is either to Darjeeling or Sikkim, then you must try white water rafting for a thrilling experience. Its time to grab your life jacket and raft in the tricky waters of River Teesta. To plan your trip, visit the website of Pickyourtrail to check out the amazing packages to Sikkim. Can’t wait to help you have a memorable experience with 24*7 support via the Pickyourtrail application.

Happy rafting!

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