Rafting - Teesta
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Travel Tips

The rafting trips are divided into several grades depending on their level of experience required. Each grade has its own duration. Everybody opting for white water rafting should know and prepare for the classification of the grades. Usually the minimum duration of the water rafting is thirty minutes. Swimmers and non-swimmers are both welcome to water rafter in the Teesta.

An explanation of the grades: Grade one is branded to the water with easy and small waves. Grade two is slightly higher thus a little difficult to cross. Grade three has very irregular and high waves. This grade requires an expert manoeuvring. Grade four has very powerful waves. Grade five can be handled by only experts. Grade six is the kind of water where rafting is not possible.

Several precautions are taken before the rafting actually begins. The first and the foremost precaution is that no person below the age of 14 or above the age of 65 is allowed to raft. The age limit for floating is extended to 10 years. Also people with a heart problem, epilepsy or any serious ailments are not allowed in the ride. Expecting mothers are also to not opt for this ride. Consumption of alcohol or any intoxicant is strictly prohibited before at least 6 hours or during rafting. As a formality, foreign tourists are required to carry passports.

A helmet and a life jacket are an absolute must during the water rafting. One should also wear shorts, sunscreen lotion and proper fitting water shoes. An extra pair of sneakers and dry clothes should also be carried in dry bags. The tourism companies the tourists hire usually provide trained and licensed river guides. One should never go for rafting alone or in the dark. For higher grades of rafting, overnight river beach camping is also included.

One should drink plenty of water before starting with the adventurous rafting. The adventure can turn out be a little dehydrating. One is also advised to drink plenty of water during and after the experience as well. Also, all the equipments should be kept in frequent check.

One of the key rules of water rafting is to never drag the paddle. Sure water rafting can be a little too exhausting, but dragging the paddle might cause the raft to tilt and eventually topple.



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Route/ Place

River Teesta runs in between Sikkim and West Bengal separating the two. River Teesta and its tributary Rangeet is said to be the best and the safest routes for river rafting. Owing to the safety river Teesta allows, internationally it has been ranked grade 4. The water in Teesta has a considerable intensity comparing to its tributary, Rangeet. Rangeet is meant for more experienced rafters. The routes are divided according to the grades (which have been explained below) of water rafting.

The Teesta Bazaar is the most popular place. Rafting starts from Tarkhola and goes up to Kalijhora. The most popular courses for non swimmers are from Mali to the 29th mile and Mali to Kalijhora. The most popular courses for swimmers are Tarkhola to Mali and Tarkhola to 29th mile.

 The shortest route of the first grade is from Mali to 29th mile. The medium section of the second, third and fourth grade include the Bardang to Rongpo and then Rongpo to Mali. The long section of grade two, three and four are Bardang to 29th mile and Rongpo to 29th mile.

 
Equipments

The most important equipments included in white water rafting are a raft and carbon paddles. A buoyancy aid is also to be worn during water rafting. A splash Jacket is also worn for maximum protection in winter. Other than these, a helmet, wetsuit, dry bags, fleece and booties are also required for water rafting.

Expedition tents are used for overnight water rafting. Rafting is an adventurous sport, thus these tents are made to survive against the most extreme weather conditions. These tents are big enough for a group of people.

Rescue throw bags are important equipments needed to be carried during white water rafting.  A rescue bag is sued in case a swimmer falls off the aft. It is a bad with a very long rope attached to it. This bag is thrown in the water for the fallen victim to hold while the end of the rope is held in the rescuers hand.

 
Places to Stay

Teesta Bazaar offers a number of hotels to live in. One such mentionable Inn that is also run by the State Government is the Chitrey Wayside Inn. The entire Teesta River is lined by a number of white sandy beaches on both sides. These sandy beaches also offer very good campsites for overnight rafting.

 
How to Reach

  • The Bagdora air-force base airport in Baghdora is the nearest airport to Teesta bazaar. It is at a distance of 39 km from the bazaar.
  • One could come by the Darjeeling train station junction while travelling by train. It is at a distance of 16 km from the Teesta Bazaar. The nearest railway station is NJP.
  • The Teesta Bazaar is the hottest spot for every tourist keen on water rafting. Teesta Bazaar can be reached by a taxi from Darjeeling town. The journey from the town to Teesta Bazaar takes around one and a half hours. One can also take a shared jeep to reach Teesta bazaar.

 
Surrounding Attractions

While visiting Darjeeling, one must certainly visit the Kalijhora village. It lies in the bank of Teesta River and is 28 km away from Siliguri. Kalijhora also offers Peshok where the famous confluence of river Teesta and Rangeet take place.

Latpancher is also a hot tourist spot. It is on the Siliguri- Gangtok national highway, on the western bank of Teesta River. It is famous for the varieties of medical plants it has to offer. It also offers a spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of the Kanchenjunga. Other attractions of this place include the Lalkothi, Namthing Lake and Sansari Dara.

The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over 160sqkm. This sanctuary houses several migratory birds and various fauna. It also has some notable trekking routes like the Golaghat, Deorali and Latpancher- mana.

Other than that, the entire of the Teesta river and is covered with forest and vegetation.

 
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