Today, on #Whydowetravel, we take you on a journey into the towering mountains and the roaring rivers of Arunachal Pradesh. Aptly known as the ‘Last Shangri-La on Earth’. In this article compiled by our very own travel junkie, Priyanka Roy talks about the exciting and thrilling experience of white water rafting in the tenth largest river in the world, the Brahmaputra.

An Awe experience of rafting in Arunachal Pradesh

A river of gold flows through the exotic land of dawn-lit mountains and that’s only the beginning of the story. Mysterious, beautiful with faces and moods that change dramatically ever so often, rivers with distinctive identity from the colorful lifelines of Arunachal Pradesh- the land kissed by the first rays of the sun.

The place is not ideal for leisure vacations but also offers opportunities for adventure activities. White river rafting in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most popular things to do in the region. The rivers in the state are snow fed all through the year, making rafting a popular and challenging activity. Many parts of the country provide this thrilling opportunity but then white water rafting in Arunachal Pradesh is something different, completely. You’ll forget Rishikesh!

Nepal --- Asia, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, white water rafting on the Bhote Kosi River --- Image by © Christian Kober/JAI/Corbis
White water rafting on the Subansiri River

The best time to raft in the golden rivers starts from the mid-November to the end of March.

Wonderful thick forests and tribal habituation dot the bank of rivers, making the whole experience, a memorable one. The mighty river Brahmaputra along with its tributaries namely, river subansiri, siang, and lohit, makes this place more enthusiastic.

What’s so thrilling about the place?

Rafting can’t be more thrilling & exciting to that unit of people who want to explore and explore! Arunachal Pradesh is the ultimate choice of the adventurous explorers due to its inaccessibility and remoteness. The river Brahmaputra, one of the greatest rivers in the world, offers a 10-day expedition through dense rain forest, tribal habitation, and some great white water streams to take a dip in.


The river Subansiri, the biggest tributary of the Brahmaputra also offers a spectacular 4-5 day of the expedition through deep gorges and some of the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

While rafting in the river Subansiri, encounters grade 3 and above rapids. The stretch is around 150km with every little connection to the road, making the experience more thrilling.

Thrilling experience of rafting in river Siang
                             Rafting in river Siang

Originating from Tibet and running down the foothills of the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, river Siang has moderate as well as difficult rapids. The raft encounters rapids of grade 3 and 4 like initiation, and good morning at yinkion. This white water passes through rural local villages, in addition to the tea plantation, and gushing waterfalls. All this beauty will leave with a treasurable experience held by the witnessing eyes of the beholder, remarking a memorable one.

One can’t just get enough of the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, felt nowhere in the earth.


The remoteness of Arunachal Pradesh has not been overtaken by the urban ethics. Yet the harmony between the advancement and traditions is nowhere as clearly as revealed in this state.

The mighty Brahmaputra cascading down the heights of elephantine beauty across Tibet into the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Finally, I’d say white water rafting here is a lifetime experience. This place is an ultimate destination for anyone looking forward to challenging the FEAR!

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Post Author: Kunal Chauhan

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