Water Rafting

Water Rafting in Pahalgam

The lidder river (Lidder means turmeric) originates from Mt Kolahoi glacier and Shehnag lake etc. flows from North West to south east as a great delight through Pahalgam into river Jhelum, one of the five rivers of Punjab which join ultimately Indus.

The twisty Lidder River which originates from the Mount Kolahoi Glacier and Sheshnag Lake, poses different kinds of challenges from that of the Rocky Mountains to over looking the land. The rafting is organised at the upper region of Lidder where water rushes on and thus appears frothy and icy. Whitewater rafting is another unique way to see the Pahalgam valley all in one. The route the river traverses brings all the glimpses within easy reach. It cuts through a complicated network of gorges, forests, mountainous ranges and poses tough challenge for the riders.

Rafting Course of Varying Difficulty

Rafting facilities exist for beginners, intermediates and experienced personnel. Only when water level in the river is sufficient white water rafting is allowed. Though life jackets are on every participant, some basic swimming techniques should be known so that in case the raft capsizes, before some help could be arranged, the participant should not be afraid of drowning and can stay afloat on their own. River rafting courses have varying levels of difficulty and they are graded accordingly.

The various stretches provided for rafting in Pahalgam are:

    A stretch of up to 2.5 km white water rafting is for all beginners,and loved by all as it gives an easy rafting experience
    For intermediates, 5 km White Water Rafting stretch for grade II to III rapids  are apt. Beginners, once they have passed their introductory course, do join here and enjoy the rapids.
    The extra long ride of up to 8 km White Water Rafting with grade II, III and IV rapids on Lidder River which flows from Pahalgam is located at Varganpal bridge , Varganpal bridge and langanbal Bridge,  and this one is the toughest. Only experienced and professionals take this dangerous stretch.

Help is Always Nearby

Rafting can be dangerous sometimes, but trained and professional guides keep a strict watch and are available when you need them. It is better to start from the basic rafting so that the tourists can get the full hang about the rafting and they do not panic while taking up the next level.

Before trying rafting, here are some manuals the tourists should read and know how one can safeguard themselves.

Rafting Gear

1.      A professional trained Raft Guide

2.      An Assistant Raft Guide

3.       A full face Helmet

4.       Life Jacket (ensure there are no holes, where water can seep in)

5.      An inflatable Raft

6.      Change Rooms

Personal Rafting Gear

1.      T-Shirt

2.      Shorts (Sarong for women)

3.      Golf Cap

4.      River Sandals like Tevas

5.      A Change of Clothes

People prohibited from rafting as per Jk Tourism

1.      Children below 12 years of age

2.      People with Heart Diseases

3.      People suffering from Asthma

4.       People who can not use Life Jacket due to obesity or other problems

5.       Women in Sarees (Loose fitting clothes not allowed)

6.       Men in Dhoti (Loose fitting clothes not allowed)


Personal Rafting Gear

1.      T-Shirt

2.      Shorts (Sarong for women)

3.      Golf Cap

4.      River Sandals like Tevas

5.      A Change of Clothes


Professional & Trained Rafting Company

It is recommended that you should choose the properly certified and reputed tour operator for yourself. Though there are many registered and reputed tour operators, you can never go wrong.
List of some of the other registered operators is given below:
Snowman Adventure & Travels,

Adventure Tour Operator.

Rafting is as safe as driving your car. They make every effort to provide you with a safe, professional and enjoyable white water river rafting trip.

How to Reach Pahalgam

By Air
Pahalgam unfortunately does not have any airport and depends on the closest one in Srinagar, which is 90 km away. This Sheikh-Ul-Alam Airport has excellent connectivity with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Jammu and provides quick service to the tourists.

Cabs and taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Pahalgam. If you are a couple, you can also use a shared taxi and pay only a fraction of the fare needed for a full taxi. It is best to negotiate with only one cab else noisy scenes result if you turn to another vendor.

By Rail
Udhampur is a nearest railway station at 220 km, then the next nearest is Katra, 270 km and the farthest is Jammu, 285 km away, that connect Pahalgam to the major cities of India. After reaching any of the stations, a private vehicle is required to reach Pahalgam. The travelers have the option of either hiring a private cab or taxi to reach their destination.

Local taxis and cabs are available at Jammu & Udhampur stations for various destinations in the valley. Katra is new on the circuit and not many options exist for travelling further. It is better to get down at Udhampur.

If travelling in a group you can also hire mini buses. We advise to negotiate beforehand and never turn to other operator midway, as noisy scenes are reported. Couples and small families can try hiring a shared taxi and you can save much money travelling.

By Road
From Srinagar, Pahalgam is 98 kilometers away. State Road Transport buses, luxury buses and taxis ply to and fro. Buses take around 2.5-3 hours whereas cabs need half the time. The best part being you can halt the cab at any point for clicking pictures.

Special Tip
If you can wait for a few minutes, even rigid cab owners give in to charging per person. This benefits all individual passengers and couples because booking a full cab means paying manifold.

Driving Own Vehicle
If you are travelling on own vehicle we recommend you to change your tyres with those that can handle roads in this region. It can make a huge difference in costing and budget travelers should consider another mode of travel.

Best Time to Visit Pahalgam

The best time for families start from March end onwards. However, it all depends on what temperatures you can withstand and what you are looking for! Every season & every climate has its own merits.

Kashmir has reserved something very unique for every season. For example, Skiing and every snow related activity needs the winter season.

Pahalgam welcomes tourists with open arms throughout the year. The tourists prefer to visit in three distinct seasons: Summers, monsoon and winters. Each has its own merits which tourists like and flock in big numbers.

The summer season in Pahalgam between April and June sees the maximum footfall from general as well as from those participating in the annual Amarnath Yatra. During this season, the weather is pleasant and maybe even a bit warm and favourable for day sightseeing. When planning to stay out please carry a light jacket, just in case the weather sees drastic change. You definitely need light woolens at night because the nights are sometimes chilly. Temperature generally ranges between 11 and 25 degrees.

Winter in Pahalgam is all about fresh, flaky snow and heavy woolens. The temperature usually hovers near sub-zero levels. The season starts in November and continues till February. Sightseeing is minimum as the landscape is white and some more white. However, those interested in skiing and skating (in the rink nearby or on frozen rivers), this is the ideal season as when it snows, it pours and pours. December and January it usually snows heavily.

If you love playing in snow, this is the time for throwing snowballs and making the snowman. Teenagers love the ease by which they roll down hills. They also love the experience when their feet get buried in snow. The chilly winds often play spoilsport making the winter a spine chilling experience.

The rainfall from July to September is scanty but the weather can be extremely humid though it rarely stays for long. The rain seldom spoils your outdoor activities. Couples love the mystic environs as the hovering clouds try filling the valley with their vapours. The skies are generally clear and are great for stargazing.

This is also the offseason period and my tourists prefer visiting Pahalgam now. The tourism industry rains freebies in a bid to welcome the meager tourists.

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