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Rafting in Arunachal

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

White water rafting adventure along the majestic Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh is truly vitalizing and an exhilarating experience. There are a number of lodging options along the river, mostly in the form of spacious tents creating a wonderful setting.

Arunachal Pradesh is located in the northeastern part of India and is an ideal rafting destination due to its remote and serene location. This transcendent land is filled with magical jungles and tribal villages which create a scenic view for rafters due to the varied topography. Enjoy a trip to North East India to indulge in this daring yet exciting watersport in Arunachal. 

The river is lined with both sub-tropical and alpine forests. Ninnguin and Marmong are two picturesque valleys surrounded by greenery, which you must visit while rafting. The Kameng River is also an excellent rafting stretch. There are two major reasons as to why Arunachal Pradesh is a preferred rafting destination for adventure lovers: 

  • The river’s perennial high water content. This is maintained because five rivers join with the Brahmaputra.
  • The unpredictable rapids and rocks which make it a challenge for trained rafters.


Learning the Tricks

A number of agencies conduct rafting camps and expeditions for novices. It is necessary to be in a good health and discard your fear for water. Here are a few important tips to remember while embarking on a rafting holiday:

  • Ensure that you keep all your electronic equipment or another set of clothes in a dry box in the raft.
  • Carry all the prescribed medication. Insect repellent and sunscreen is a must.
  • Cotton clothing must be avoided as it does not keep you warm during the winters, which is the ideal rafting season and also takes a longer time to dry.
  • Most rafting organizations allow you to hire wetsuits which serve as ideal attire for rafting.

When to visit

The best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh for rafting is between the months of November and March, right after the end of Monsoon. During this time, you can experience the best rapids and a pleasant climate. It might be unsafe to embark on a rafting expedition during the monsoon season because of the unpredictable currents.


Getting There

Although Arunachal Pradesh is considered inaccessible, it is becoming more connected as time progresses. The white water rafting adventure usually begins at Tuting. Arunachal Pradesh does not have its own airport. When in Arunachal, tourists should also plan a holiday in Gangtok.

However, you can access this region by disembarking at the nearest airport which is the Lilabari Airport, located in Assam; it is located at a distance of 64 kilometers from Itanagar. Apart from this, helicopter services are also offered from Guwahati (in Assam) to Tawang.

The nearest railway station is Harmuty which is situated at a distance of around 33 kilometers from the capital. However, when it comes to convenience, the North Lakhimpur railway station in Assam is a preferred choice. 

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