The snow fed Mountain Rivers that trace their origins to the Himalayas, descend from their icy heights across high cliff-suspended gorges and tortuous, boulder- strewn beds before they eddy into a smooth flow across the great Indo-Gangetic plains.
As they cut against rocky banks, crashing into rocks, and falling down caverns and breaking into white water rapids, the waters foam and swirl and fall in a thunderous din. The awesome might of the river in these parts and their apparent navigational invincibility has given impetus to the sport of river running.
The most generous, perhaps are the Ganga, which offers the exhilaration of river Adventure to the professional and the amateur.
Snaking along the lunar landscape of Ladakh, the Indus offers the amateur a strikingly different experience.
The most popular waters for river running are restricted to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, to the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttaranchal and on the four rivers of Himachal Pradesh. While the last is still being fully discovered, the Teesta in Sikkim is also offering excellent, but limited waters, as it has a large number of portage points where rafts have to be taken out of the water.