Rafting Rapids in Rishikesh – Be There and Do That!!!

by On Mar 18, 2014

Rishikesh, a heady combination of culture and adventure, tempt you to discover the untamed flow of the Ganges in its challenging look. It is the place where the mystical world exists hand-to-hand with the world of titillation. And in this panorama lies captivating natural landscape and the holy Ganga River.
When we talk about white water rafting destinations in North India, Rishikesh pop up like a toast from the toaster. Riding on the torrential flow of Ganges on an inflatable rubber boat will definitely set your pulses and heartbeats on acceleration. Rafting in Rishikesh mainly begins from different points, depending on the expedition time and journey you want to give to this thrilling activity. But what spark the light to Rishikesh river rafting expedition is the rapids that vary from easy to challenging, putting your strength and stamina on a test.

Depending on the risk factor, rafting rapids in Rishikesh are distributed under various grades (I, II, III, IV and IV+). Most of the rapids in Rishikesh have been given exciting names as per their nature. Have a look of some popular rapids that give new definition to your experience of Rishikesh rafting holidays.

Sweet Sixteen:
It is a Grade I rapid and is composed of very low tide so that you can enjoy rafting in a smooth way. Grade 1 is the basic level rafting course and is meant for beginners, non-swimmers and kids. If you want to enjoy a fun-filled activity along with your family with a tint of adventure then Grade I rafting stretch is perfect for you.

Body Surfing Rapid:
Another rapid that you will encounter during your Grade 1 journey is Body Surfing. Like Sweet Sixteen, this rapid is also quite easy to navigate and any kind of risk is not involved. On these kinds of rapid you can jump into river and surf your body along with waves. Grade first of rafting in Rishikesh is the one with mild current and usually starts from Brahmpuri and ends at Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh.

Club House Rapid:
You require basic paddling skill to conquer Grade II levels. The level is marked with rough water current along with low waves and small rocks. It does not matter whether you are an experienced rafter or a beginner as this level is meant for all. Grade II is marked by various rapids like Club House, Initiation Rapid, Double Trouble and Hilton. These rapids will add a pinch of thrill and excitement to your river rafting expedition in Rishikesh. The stretch from Shivpuri to Laxaman Jhula Rishikesh (16 km) is the best rafting course to meet with these rapids.

Shivpuri Rapid:
If you want to enjoy and experience the thrill of somewhat above the basic level of rafting then Shivpuri Rapid gives you a good start. It is a Grade II+ rapid and falls during the rafting course from Marine drive to Shivpuri.

Return to Sender:
It is a Grade III rapid and requires some experience to handle the roughness of Ganges flow along with sharp cuts of rock barriers. This is the first rapid from Shivpuri to Rishikesh rafting trip. Another common rapid that you will come across with during Grade III level expedition of rafting in Rishikesh is Daniel Dip which is fall in Kaudiyala.

Roller Coaster:
If you are ready to experience some hard-adventurous fun then it’s time to meet Roller Coaster rapid. Dangerous rocks, boiling whirlpools, and longer and high irregular waves are the high points of it. This Grade III rapid puts your strength, stamina and accuracy on test and gives you a feel of adrenaline. It is quite difficult to cross it and thus requires rafting professionals to sail through its river passage. Note* Use rafting gears of high quality for the rapid.

Golf Course:
Another great point, from the group of Grade III rapids, to taste the thrill of rafting for adventure junkies! The rapid is marked with difficult passage of Ganges and it is not everybody’s cup of tea to cross it. You need to be an experienced rafter and try your hands at this Grade III rapid and proper guidance and gears are must for rafters.

Cross Fire:
If you predict this rapid to be of serious nature then you are absolutely right. Cross Fire, as the name suggests, is marked with serious obstacles like rocks and many irregular and high waves. It is a Grade III rapid and you need to be an expert to conquer the narrow passage of this grade.

Three Blind Mice:
The river passage at this rapid is quite clear but the challenge lies in its narrow waterway that requires experienced hands to paddle the raft through it. This rapid of Grade III is quite popular among young rafters who want to taste the spine-chilling waves of Ganges. You can find this rapid from Marine drive to Shivpuri river rafting run.

The Wall:
Grade IV of rafting expedition in Rishikesh is considered as the most difficult and challenging one. The grade is meant only for professionals and very experienced rafters. Being a Grade IV rapid, The Wall is one of the trickiest rafting rapids in Rishikesh and needs tremendous precision, team effort, control and strength to overcome it.

Before deciding your choice of rafting rapids in Rishikesh, it is good to seek the advice of your rafting instructors. Select the rapid as per your physical strength, stamina, age and prior experience so that you can enjoy this exciting activity to the fullest.

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