White Water Rafting is one of the most thrilling water based adventure sports that gives you an up close splash of untamed nature in a world where the majestic river is what you are up against. Aboard a raft, when the water wave hits your face for the first time; you know that it will take a little more than a few ounces of courage to tame the river beast and indeed this duel against mother nature will enrich your life forever, even if tried only once in a life time…
Rafting is best enjoyed in the sacred valley of Rishikesh which boasts of the Great Ganges River descending with an ultimate force and existing exactly as the creator intended her to be- Wild and Free. The presence of numerous rapids and troughs along the stretch of the river fortifies the stand of Rishikesh as the River Rafting capital of India.
Amidst the beautiful flora and fauna and snow capped mountains, lies the spirited side of Rishikesh that manifests itself in the form of activities of a daring kind! And rafting without doubt tops the list of an adventure lover. There is a huge influx of tourists to the city from across the globe to satiate their zest for rafting. The tremendous reputation of being among the best rafting destinations in the world exists for a reason. The close to 37 Km long length of Holy Ganges offers rapids of different grades, thus welcoming with open arms- both experts and novices.
Class 1:These are subtle and less turbulent currents like `Body surfing’ and `sweet sixteen, which make for ideal rafting opportunities for the inexperienced lot.
Class 2: Rapids like `Cross fire’, `Initiation’, `Double trouble’, to name a few are suitable for beginners and families who do not wish to miss the taste of this aqua thrill at any cost.
Class 3: These currents entail a certain degree of courage, such as the `Three blind mice’, `Return to sender’, etc. These are recommended with professionals on board.
Class 4:Rapids like `The wall’ involving tough currents seem like a challenge of a sublime grade even to the expert rafters.
The entire stretch has been segregated to perfectly blend with the different level of capabilities on part of the adventurer. Rafting is flagged off from the highest point Kaudilya, the other starting points are Marine drive, Shivpuri and Brahampuri.
Distance covered in the expedition : 37Kms
Grades of Rapids : Grade I,II,III and IV [Level- difficult]
Time of Rafting : 8 to 9 hours
Distance covered in the expedition 27Kms
Grades of Rapids : I,II and III [Level- medium to difficult]
Time of Rafting : 4.5 to 5 hours
Distance covered in the expedition : 16Kms
Grades of Rapids : II and III [Level- medium to difficult]
Time of Rafting : 3- 3.5 hours
Distance covered in the expedition : 9Kms
Grades of Rapids : II [Level- easy]
Time of Rafting : 2 to 2.5 hours
The best time for rafting the waters of Rishikesh is the likely months of February to June and September to Mid December, barring the monsoon season. As during this time the currents could possibly turn uncontrollable and rise very high.
Across the planet adventurers have explored the contours along the primal rivers in search of the Virgin River currents and most have found solace in the sacred Himalayan waters of Rishikesh where the popular rapids go by interesting names like the “Golf Course”, “Initiation”, “Roller Coaster”, “Return to the sender” and above all “The Wall” which is the reigning king and a grade four plus rapid. Of course! What’s in a name but once in this rafting heaven, each visitor rediscovers oneself and these become the names that a seasoned rafter will swear by and something a first timer will remember for the rest of his life. Again the bounty of nature’s water is only further enhanced by the fact that Rishikesh is well connected to major airports and railway stations. Further, the resident camps offer ample hospitality to its guests with their safety being a prime concern.
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