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White-Water Rafting in Kashmir

White water rafting is very popular in Kashmir, especially in Pahalgam. There are multiple stretches which you can choose according to your stamina and budget and can go for the adventure. Since this type of rafting is done in gushing river, this is popularly known as White Water Rafting.

Lidder River, Pahalgam

There are different grades of rapids which also defines the distance and the cost of the entire package.

Stretches

Distance

Tentative Cost

Varganpal to YaneerBride

2.5km

Rs 400 per person

Varganpal to Ganeshpora

5km

Rs 800 per person

Langabal to Ganeshpora

8km

Rs 1200 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

3.5km

Rs 400 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

7km

Rs 800 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

24km

Rs 3500 per person

However, if you are planning water sports in Kashmir, you need to visit the state between April and September. Here are other things which should be kept in mind while planning rafting adventure here-

  • Always book your trip with government registered tour operator
  • Check all safety gears with your tour operators
  • There should be two raft professionals on each boat
  • Wear comfortable apparels- avoid sarees, dhoti
  • Children below 12 years of age aren’t allowed.

Keep yourself safe and enjoy the best rafting of India.

How to Reach Pahalgam

Pahalgam is around 297 km from Jammu. It is one of the getaways in Kashmir valley. The very famous Amarnath Yatra starts from here. For trekkers, it is a paradise while for nature lovers, it is nothing less than heaven.

Reaching Pahalgam by Air

The closest airport is Srinagar which have air connectivity to other metro cities of India. Regular flights from New Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai are available. Almost all major carriers ply on this route. You can hire a cab from Srinagar airport to Pahalgam.

Pahalgam

Reaching Pahalgam by Train

There is no direct train to Pahalgam. The closest railway station to Pahalgam is Jammu. You can take cab or taxi from Jammu Railway station that can take you to Pahalgam via Srinagar. Almost all major cities are connected to Jammu through express trains. The drive between Pahalgam and Jammu will be long, hence it will be advisable if Srinagar can be considered for taking a halt.

Reaching Pahalgam by Bus

Regular bus services are available from Srinagar and Anantnag to Pahalgam. There are varieties of buses  plying on the route- from state run buses to luxurious coaches, which are very comfortable but time taking.

If you are running short of time, it is advisable to hire a private cab from Srinagar airport and reach Pahalgam in shortest time, in just 150 minutes.