The shivering icy cold waters of the craggy Teesta offers the challenge of river rafting in West Bengal. Graded on the International scale at Grade IV, a series of thrilling rapids together make this stretch of Teesta one of the finest in the world. The tumultuous water of Teesta with its unpredictable twists and turns is highly regarded even by experienced rafters of the world. The river banks are densely wooded with a variety of flora and fauna, thus offering nature’s beauty in its best.
Teesta River offers rafting expedition on its banks. However, the beginners can step in the waters only under trained professionals and those who can’t swim may not be allowed on certain stretches of the river. Among the long run on River Teesta is the Dikchu and Kali Johra stretch. Also River Rangeet stands as a good option for river running here.
The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council in collaboration with the Adventure Sport section of the Department of Tourism provides excellent facilities for the adventure seekers. World class equipments, and fully trained and licensed river guides are available from them. Tarkhola – Malli – 29th mile – Kalijhora sector is a favored choice for white water rafting in Teesta by many rafters. A part of this beautiful route can be used for rafting by non – swimmers too. However, non – swimmers are to be strictly guided by professionals.
Set of dry clothes including half pants, shorts or leotards are advised along with some exclusively warm clothes. It is always wise to carry extra pair of sneakers, canvas shoes, waterproof sandals and Suntan or sun-block lotion while on adventure sports. Personal toiletries, specific medication, personal medication if any and flashlights are also to be taken care of while packing your luggage, especially, if you are out for an overnight trip.
All those who are above the age of 14 can take part in Teesta River rafting in West Bengal. Candidates suffering from epilepsy, fragile heart conditions, expecting mothers and those with serious ailments are prohibited from permission to take part in rafting. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed from at least six hours prior to the rafting trip. Children between the age of 10 and 14 are allowed to take part in the float trips. All participants in river rafting, irrespective of age, are to enter into “Assumption of Risk and Release” bond before taking part in the trip.
There are also riverside camps which will provide you with the necessary equipments like life jackets, helmets etc.The best time to go river rafting is in the winter months starting from October till April. Essentials include sun tan, sandals or sneakers, towel and first aid kit.