River Rafting Adventures and Camping in Rishikesh for the Students

by On Feb 12, 2014

Children often get choked with desperation when the board exams are knocking on the door. Few turn bookworms and few build castles in the air and day after day pass away mugging up the whole syllabus. What after the board exams? Few are confident to stand out and few combat a nail-biting conclusion. Hence these children just have only one season to live up to their dreams and that is the gap, just after the completion of the board exams till result comes out. What if the school authority draws a bead on the twitchy days of the kids… are things going to be out of the syllabus or is that going to change the board result? Nothing is like that but at least the school kids can spend some exotic moments, far away from the books, before they are beaten up. One such unique break for the school going kids is the white water river rafting in Rishikesh… well, that’s very much safe and sound. Before going into details, let’s bring forth the facts.

What’s all about White Water River Rafting in Rishikesh?

Stretches and rapids of white water river rafting in Rishikesh at a glance

Well, you may know what it is, but your student may not. What you know is that white water river rafting in Rishikesh is a thrilling and adventurous activity or better to say that turned one of the popular water sports in India. But sometimes it is deadly if you think that you are the jack of all trades.

The stretches

The rafting course on the untamed Ganges commences from Kaudiyala and ends at Laxman Jhoola, Rishikesh, which is approximately a winding stretch of 36 kilometers and combating several tricky whirlpools. The course cuts and runs through the valley and passes through several mountain beaches like Marine Drive, Shivpuri and Brahmpuri.

The stretch from Marine Drive to Laxman Jhoola is approximately 24 kilometers, whereas the stretch from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula is approximately 16 kilometers. The stretch of 9 kilometers from Brahmpuri to Laxman Jhula is the shortest and safest.

The rapids

The main stretch of 36 kilometers from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh, which takes approximately 7-8 hours, covers all the rapids of white water river rafting in Rishikesh. There are 13 major rapids on the course. So let’s break it up.

The stretch from Kaudiyala to Marine Drive, that takes approximately 2-3 hours, combats rapids that ranges from grade III to IV+ and are the most dangerous ones. Rapids like the Sweet Sixteen, Denial Dip and Wall are the popular ones.

The stretch from Marine Drive to Shivpuri, which is approximately 2-3 hours of voyage, impinges on several rapids that ranges from grade II to III+. Rapids like the Black Money, Cross Fire and Three Blind Mice are the popular ones.

The rapids of Shivpuri to Brahmpuri stretch are similar to that of Marine Drive to Shivpuri stretch. The only difference is that you will be combating some lesser rapids. The rapids on this stretch of 2-3 hours ranges from grade II to III+ and the noted ones are the Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course and Club House.

Well, the easiest stretch from Brahmpuri to Laxman Jhula, which takes approximately an hour or two, impinges on three major rapids, namely the Double Trouble, Hilton and Terminator, which ranges from grade I to II+.

White Water River Rafting in Rishikesh for the students

That depends upon the age group.

The ideal stretch for the kids in the age group of 8 years to 12 years is the Brahmpuri to Laxman Jhula, whereas teenagers from 13 to 16 can go for the stretch from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula via Brahmpuri. Students above 17 years may hit the course from Marine Drive to Laxman Jhula via Shivpuri and Brahmpuri but certain precautions have to taken. If you are thinking to hit the course from Kaudiyala to Marine Drive… then forget about it and stick to rest of the stretches. This stretch is only for those who are expert and looking for some more adventure.

What other activities can students do on their white water river rafting in Rishikesh holiday?

Umm… camping is the best way to spend such a holiday. Camping in Rishikesh allows them to unite with the atmosphere under the open sky along the river bank. It further bustles them onto other sport activities like volleyball, badminton and cricket. They can even spend their time with team games like building up rafts with bamboo sticks, musical chair, passing the ball and go as you like. Further, students can even go for a short trek to the Wall, which is one of the most popular rapids on the rafting course and go for a hike to nearby villages where they can get acquainted with the local culture. If the student is in the age group of 17 and above and has some swimming skills, then he may also go for body surfs and cliff diving. Bungee Jumping is only recommendable for the students above 17 years.

How safe white water river rafting in Rishikesh is for the students?

Whether he or she is a student below 12 years or an adult above 25 years… river rafting in Rishikesh is surely going to bring back home some thrilling moments if you go by the rafting guidebook. So, before you, as a teacher, bring your students for river rafting in Rishikesh, kindly direct them to follow the instructions given by the guides and experts. Nonetheless even in the absence of the school teacher or staffs, the river rafting camp authority takes the responsibility to guide the students on how to tackle certain situations, grip the oar and how to sit on the chambers.  Moreover, life jackets and helmets will be offered for everyone and hence even if the raft tilts and the student falls from the raft, he or she is going to be safe with the life jackets on and with the guide taking control of the situation promptly. Lastly, it is advisable for the students to go for the stretch from Brahmpuri to Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh.

When is the best time to go for White Water River Rafting in Rishikesh?

Well, the ideal time for river rafting in Rishikesh is from February to May. But the best time is the months of February and March and October and November.