Rafting in Mo Chhu River
Open Time : Open 24 hours
Entry : paid
Address : Mo Chhu, Bhutan
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Why to visit Rafting in Mo Chhu River
Adventure activities are one of the most popular things for travellers to do in Bhutan after they arrive. Apart from motorcycling, hiking, and trekking, rafting on the Mo Chu river is one of the best ways to get your adrenaline pumping. Mo Chu, a large and calm river in Bhutan, offers a 10-kilometer rafting course with over ten class 2 or higher rapids to face. Rafting past the Punakha Dzong and through some of the most tranquil sights of the surrounding woodlands and greenery is an unforgettable experience.
If you enjoy swimming, you can also take an optional open float around the valley on the lowest portion of the river, with modest rapids, which will give you a 360-degree perspective of the lovely nature surrounding you. This is recommended for youngsters over the age of five. The best aspect is that rafters do not need to be experts to participate in these water sports on the Mo Chhu River. All they have to do here is paddle through the river and, in certain parts, the rapids.
The Mo Chhu (River) flows from Gasa Dzongkhag district along the Tibet-Bhutan border to Punakha in Bhutan's centre area. It then joins the Po Chhu, which originates in Bhutan's northeast. Although Punakha has two rivers named Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female), the latter is favoured by first-timers, children, and the elderly. In comparison to the Pho Chu River, which is claimed to be violent and only professionals and experienced rafters are allowed, the Mo Chu River is considered to be calmer, gentler, with less currents and rapids, making it the most popular river to raft on.
During the peak season, river rafting costs roughly BTN 3500, and during the off-season, it costs around Rs. 1500(approx). The rafting begins at the Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten bridge and ends below Punakha Dzong. In addition, if you want to experience world's rarest birds here then the greatest months to visit this place will be March, April, May, October, and November.
By Atharva Yeshwardhan