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River Rafting in Teesta - 1 Day

Although known as the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling is getting increasingly popular for several water sports and one that leads is White Water Rafting. River Teesta and Rangeet gush down the mountains of Darjeeling and create foaming white water and stretches with varying rapids that are excellent for rafting for both beginners and seasoned rafters.

As you raft down Teesta, the mesmerizing view of the dense forests along the slope of the mountains, the vegetation, the many different birds, fishes on the water, combined with the excitement of rafting through the torrents and foaming waters create an unforgettable experience. There are small villages on both sides of the river. You can therefore see many cultivated lands. Overall an awesome feeling.

 

The Popular Rafting Courses in Teesta 
Most popular place in Darjeeling where most tourists go for white water rafting is Teesta Bazaar. Rafting starts at Tarkhola and the popular rafting course goes up to Kalijhora.
It takes about 1.5 hours by taxi or shared jeep to reach Teesta Bazaar from Darjeeling town. Here are the most popular courses for rafting:
For non-swimmers:
1) Melli to 29th Mile (1.5 hours)
2) Melli to Kalijhora (3 hours)
For swimmers only:
1) Tarkhola to Melli (2 hours)
2) Tarkhola to 29 Mile (3 hours)
There are longer sections also. For example Bordang to 29th Mile takes about 4.5 hours and involves grade 2-4 rapids.
Best time for rafting in Teesta 
You should avoid the monsoon (July to September). All other months are good for rafting. The best time for rafting in Teesta (Darjeeling) is between December to June. But note that during winter, water can be ice cold.
Some important points to note 
  • One has to sign ‘Assumption of Risk and Release’ bond before undertaking the rafting trip.
  • Foreign tourists require to carry their passport which needs to be shown while signing the bond and also while crossing the Teesta Bridge.
  • You should wear shorts and carry extra pair of shoes/sneakers, sun screen lotion, water bottle, an additional set of dry clothes etc.
  • If you have heart problems, epilepsy etc, it is advisable not to undertake the trip.
  • You must not drink alcohol at least 6 hours before the trip.
 

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