Rafting Courses in Teesta

A 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, 1 hour 45 minutes from NJP along Sevoke road. From Bagdogra airport it would take 2 hours 15 minutes.

Here are the most popular courses (i.e. river sections) on Teesta 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)
3) Starts at 7th Mile and ends at Labarbote near Sikkim Bengal border (4-5 kms).

There are longer sections also on river Teesta. For example Bordang to 29th Mile takes about 4.5 hours and involves grade 2-4 rapids.

Best time for rafting

You should avoid the monsoon (July to September) when rivers swell due to rain fed water and the rapids can be very high. All other months are good for rafting. The best time for rafting on Teesta or Rangeet is between December to June. But note that during winter, water can be ice cold and you should wear wetsuits to counter the cold water.

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.
. You must use life jackets provided by the operator and follow all safety rules.

Cost of Paragliding Per Person: 2500 per head