River Rafting at Kullu Manali in Beas River in Himachal Pradesh Himalaya

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How to Reach

  • By Road: Manali is very well connected by buses and cabs to all major north Indian cities including Delhi (550 Km), Chandigarh (310 km), Shimla (300 Km) and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Manali. 
  • By Rail: The closest railheads are at Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Manali. It takes around 8 hrs.
  • By Air: Bhuntar, which is 50 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Delhi is the major nearest airport, which is about 565 km away from Manali. Delhi airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Also you can walk to the rafting spot from the Bhuntar airport which is around 5-6 Km away. 


Day 1: Reach Manali / Kullu. 
Day 2: Enjoy white water rafting on Beas. 


Things/Equipment to carry

1. Bathing Suit (if it is warm out) 
2. T-shirt (if it is warm out) 
3. Sun block and lip balm 
4. Sunglasses (optional) 
5. Eye Glass Straps (if needed) 
6. Old Sneakers, neoprene booties, or river shoes 
7. Waterproof Camera 
8. Energy Bar for the river (the outfitter may provide this) 
9. Water or Gatorade (the outfitter may provide this) 
10. Small Dry Bag (if they let you take it on the raft) 
11. Zip Lock Baggies (to keep small things dry) 
12. Towel or towels 
13. Plastic Bag(s) (for wet things such as sneakers) 
14. Change of Clothes (for the drive back) 
15. Snack and drink (for the drive back) 
16. Photo ID (if renting wetsuits and other gear) 


During the rafting sessions you will witness the confluence of river Beas with River Parvathi.


The Beas River rises on the southern face of Rohtang Pass in Kullu 13,326 feet above the sea-level, from the Beas Kund Lake. It traverses the Mandi District and enters Kangra District at Sanghol, 1,920 feet above sea-level. During its lower hill course the Beas is crossed by numerous ferries, at many of which the mean of communication consist of inflated skins (darais). Near Reh in Kangra District it divides into three channels, which reunites after passing Mirthal, 1,000 feet above sea-level. On meeting the Sivalik Hills in Hoshiarpur, the river sweeps sharply northward forming boundary between that district and Kangra District. Then bending round the base of Sivalik Hills, it takes the southerly direction separating the district of Gurdaspur and Hoshiapur. After touching the Jullundur district for a few miles the river forms the boundary between Amritsar and Kapurthala district. 

Finally the Beas joins the river Satulej at the south-western boundary of Kapurthala district of Punjab after a total course of 290 miles. The chief tributaries are Bain, Banganga, Luni and Uhal. The Sutlej continues into Pakistani Punjab and joins the Chenab River at Uch near Bahawalpur to form the Panjnad River; the latter in turn joins the Indus River at Mithankot. The waters of the Beas and Sutlej rivers are allocated to India under the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan.

Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050 m (6398 ft.) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. A staging point for a number of treks (Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass) and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and rohtang pass which is main attraction near manali.

In Kullu Valley, white water rafting can be enjoyed in the river Beas throughout the year except during the period from July to September. However rafting is also not done during rains and winters. Trips generally start at Pirdi and continue 14 km down to Jhiri. White Water river- rafting facilities are offered by private operators at Pirdi near Kullu where a water sports centre has been set up to provide one stop water sports adventure experience for the tourist. Rafting is done on stretches of the River Beas, where rapids of high grades can be negotiated safely, providing an exhilarating experience for enthusiasts. This river has got I - IV grade rapids. Rafting begins in the morning at Pirdi and can take from a few hours to a full day.

White Water Rafting has become very famous & popular adventure sports in India, As we all know that Manali is one of most popular hill station in India, Manali is a happening place for adventure sports too , One can do Para Sailing , Zorbing , Para Gliding at Solang Valley at Manali, White water rafting is another adventure attraction at Manali, Tourist coming to visit Manali on Holiday packages , Family groups, student groups, corporate group or Honeymoon Packages, Everyone is interested in White water rafting in Manali.

The bus drive from Manali to Pirdi was very scenic as our road was by the Beas River throughout. You can take some pictures from the moving vehicle. You could see the Rocky River bed. It would be wonderful if you could get down and wade through the waters to the other bank on foot. During the rafting session, you will sail for some time on calm waters. And then the rapids begin - causing excitement. What had appeared to be disturbances on the surface of a shallow river, whose Rocky River bed could be seen, will turn out to be huge waves that threatened to capsize the raft which keeps you afloat. The water is usually really cold there. The rapids you will face are of the order 2 or 3. There are trees and much greenery on both sides of the bank. And beyond, there are mountains. 

Also during the course, you will see the confluence of Beas with Parvathi. This confluence happens at Bhuntar.


Saroshi Nahak
  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: India
  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Zone: north
  • Region: Himalayan Range
  • Destination: Kullu-Manali
  • Getaways: Chandigarh, Delhi NCR
  • Location: Manali
  • Season: mar, apr, may, june, sept, oct, nov
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