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Rafting in Manali, Kullu Overview

Kullu-Manali, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh of India, is popular for river rafting due to which many people come to this place to experience this water sport and enjoy themselves. River Rafting in Kullu Manali is done along the River Beas and is considered ideal for expert rafters as well as beginners. The section of rafting starts from a small district called Pirdi, which is located near Manali and it flows through various locations like Bajaura, Sarabai, Bhuntar, Shamshi, Mohal, Raisol and Katrain. Along the way, one will experience beautiful mountains and trees which will make the joy of rafting in Manali even more thrilling.

Rafting in Kullu Manali usually starts at 10:00 AM and the journey takes about 1.5 hours consisting of different levels of water currents or rapids which are graded as per the turbulence in the flow of water. It is open throughout the week and people are advised to avoid the time when there is heavy rainfall which can lead to the rise in water level.

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Many service providers organize the sport of rafting in Manali and offer a rafting gear on rent including raft, helmet, life-jacket and oars. Tented accommodation, campfires and bonfires are available on demand. The total cost of rafting in Kullu-Manali ranges from INR 500 to INR 2000 per person.

River Rafting: It is a classification of rafting which is said to be done in accordance with the level of water. River rafting is usually done in a low turbulent level of water current and which does not have much risk in rafting. Due to which, the rapid in which rafting is done is graded at a less difficult level. However, it follows the traditional route of rafting in Kullu Manali and there are a number of captivating rafting sites and among them, the rafting sites of Mohal, Raisol and Katrain in Kullu Valley offer an exciting time to people.

White Water Rafting: This also follows the traditional route of rafting that starts from Pirdi and flows down to various rafting spots. However, as compared to River Rafting, it is done in high turbulent current in which the water forms a foamy path due to an obstruction in the current which is caused by bad weather. It has more risks as compared to River Rafting, due to which the rapid in which it flows is graded at a more difficult scale.

Grade 1: This is the start to the process of rafting at the Beas River in Kullu Manali. This kind of rapid is usually for beginners or people who rarely raft. This has the least risks involved, with less water turbulation and it is not located far from the next rapid.

Grade 2: As compared to the previous grade, the water current is extremely harsh and it is advised to prepare well with all the ropes because the rapids get harsher from this level.

Grade 3: The minute a person enters this level, he /she will be invited by foaming white water and the person is liable to meet sudden drops in the water level. Beating the little waves ascending to a height will ensure that a superior procedure has been arranged to balance the raft.

Grade 4: Upon entering this level, one will witness that the size of the waves becomes irregular. Long and vibrant rapids test a rafter’s skills. There will be many obstacles that will lie in the way while rafting in the Beas River.

It is important to note that while encountering this kind of rapid in Kullu Manali, the presence of trained and experienced guides is extremely important as they would have prior experience with the said grade.

River Rafting is done in River Beas. From there, the rafting starts at Pirdi, which is the starting point of River Rafting in Kullu. The destination varies as per the convenience of the people due to the location and the time. The rafting route from Pirdi include Bajaura, Sarabai, Bhuntar and Shamshi, Mohal, Raisol and Katrain. The longest and the most preferred is from Pirdi to Bajaura, due to the thrill of the rapids and the time taken. It is 14 km and takes 1.5 hours. The route from Pirdi to Bhuntar is also enjoyable, which however takes less time as compared to Bajaura.

Various travel and tourism companies organize rafting in Kullu-Manali at a reasonable rate and ensure maximum safety for all the tourists. They operate mainly in different areas of Kullu-Manali region like Dhalpur, Bhuntar, Mohal, Bajaura and many other places.

Some prominent service providers are:
Shivay Tours and Travels
Look East Travels
Sky Riders Tours and Travels
Himachal Services

The tour operators are reachable and functional every day. If one wants to contact them, he/she could do so by getting in touch with them online, and they will guide a tourist how to go ahead with the booking for rafting and other requisites. It is recommended to complete the booking 1-2 weeks prior to the planned activity to avoid the rush. One can also contact the Online Travel Agencies to get a better understanding of the booking procedure. The booking can be made on the spot as well, but preference is given to people who have booked in advance.

Valid Identity Proof
Water Bottle
Shoes/Chappal
Extra Sets of clothes
Waist Pouch
First Aid Kit (in case of contingency)

Tourists are expected to listen to the instructions of the operators and are advised to not try anything without proper guidance or consultation with the trained professionals.

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About Rafting in Manali

Cost of Activity : Starts at Rs. 550 per rafting covering a particular distance.

Difficulty Level : Medium to challenging/ II and III Grade

Nearest Airport : Kullu

Nearest Railhead : Jogindernagar

Nearest road city : Manali

Region : Raison District

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