About The Activity
The lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, Teesta beautifies the natural panorama of the state. One of the best spots to try adventure activities in Sikkim, the river presents some great rapids that can be tamed only by the avid rafters with adequate experience. Those thrill seeking souls who love to navigate through wild rapids can satiate their thirst impeccably. Meandering down the rough and rugged rapids of this mountain river, the rafters can get enough tides to get an adrenaline rush. The rapids in Teesta range between grade 2 and 4 where the rapids between 2 and 3 let the beginners to try their hands at. The riverbank is dotted with green patches of paddy field, deep green forests, small villages and scattered white sandy beaches where setting a camp will work like icing on the cake.
Although known as the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling is getting increasingly popular for several water sports and one that leads is White Water Rafting. River Teesta and Rangeet gush down the mountains of Darjeeling and create foaming white water and stretches with varying rapids that are excellent for rafting for both beginners and seasoned rafters.
River Teesta originates from Tso Lhamo lake in North Sikkim at an altitude of over 5,330 meters, while Rangeet originates from a glacier of Mount Kabru in the lower Kanchenjunga region.
Both finally meet at a place, which is close to Teesta Bazar. This meeting point is known as Triveni. Check out Teesta & Rangeet Confluence to know more about the meeting point. While rafting also takes place at Triveni, the most popular place for rafting is on river Teesta is Melli.
If you look at the picture, you will see a delta at the corner of the confluence formed by sand. This is from where the rafting is launched in Triveni. This sandy beach is a popular campsite for the rafters.
Many tourists actually combine rafting with camping. The valley and the landscape around the rivers create an amazing scene. From the meeting point at Triveni, Teesta flows down south and meets the plains at Sivoke, where the Coronation Bridge connects north-eastern states with rest of the country.
As you raft down Teesta, the mesmerizing view of the dense forests along the slope of the mountains, the vegetation, the many different birds, fishes on the water, combined with the excitement of rafting through the torrents and foaming waters create an unforgettable experience. There are small villages on both sides of the river. You can therefore see many cultivated lands. Overall an awesome feeling.