White Water River Rafting in Rishikesh for Families and Children

by On Feb 10, 2014

Something that must also be a part of a leisure traveller’s travel diary is the white water river rafting in Rishikesh. That sounds not like a leisure holiday though, but more like an adventurous break on a leisure break. A family having children often seek for a peaceful holiday and when touring to a hill station in Uttarakhand, they can’t think of anything other than destinations like Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani, Almora, and Mussoorie. But with the age of tourism in Uttarakhand itineraries for family holidays also include some adventure activities like short treks or hikes, jungle safaris, river rafting and camping. So when you are on a family holiday in Uttarakhand, wheeling from hill stations to hill stations and reveling and capturing the scenic beauty of the dense wood bedded over the undulated valley that is shadowed by the far-fetched snow clad towering peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya… white water river rafting in Rishikesh further boost the ideal days to some thrilling moments. Now the question is how safe is white water river rafting in Rishikesh for families and children? Before we go into details, let us uncover the facts of rafting adventure in Rishikesh.

A brief on white water river rafting in Rishikesh
Over the years with the growth of Uttarakhand Tourism, white water river rafting in Rishikesh that stretches from Kaudiyala to Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh has taken over the minds of global travellers, including expert rafters and other adventurers AND students, corporate and families. In the midst of the holy ambiance, which is why Rishikesh is also known as the ‘yoga capital of India’, White Water River rafting in Rishikesh is a contrast between divinity and insanity.

About the stretches and rapids
Rafting from Chamoli to Devprayag
The main course commences from Kaudiyala to Laxman Jhula and is divided into three short stretches. The first stretch, which is approximately 9-10 kilomerers and takes about 4-5 hours of deadly row, is from Kaudiyala to Marine Drive and combats some of the major rapids those ranging from grade III to IV+. Some of the popular rapids on this stretch are the Sweet Sixteen, Denial Dip and Wall. The second stretch of 11 kilometers that takes approximately 3-4 hours, which is from Marine Drive to Shivpuri, impinges on rapids like the Black Money, Cross Fire and Three Blind Mice that ranges from grade II to III+. The third stretch from Shivpuri to Brahmpuri that covers a distance of another 10-11 kilometers and takes approximately 2-3 hours combat rapids similar to rapids of the Marine Drive to Shivpuri stretch. The major rapids on this stretch are the Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course and Club House. Lastly, the stretch from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh, which is the easiest one, chances upon rapids like the Double Trouble, Hilton and Terminator, which ranges from grade I to II+.

Which are the stretches on White Water River rafting in Rishikesh for families and children?

Well, the perfect stretch that fits all age group, even children below 12 years to 8 years, is the stretch from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh. It is the shortest and easiest stretch where the family can easily tackle the rapids without any accidents. So, when you are with your wife and children just go for this stretch without giving it a second thought.

The stretches from Marine Drive to Shivpuri and Shivpuri to Brahmpuri are also the ideal stretches for families BUT it is advisable not to go for these if your children are below 12 years. These stretches require some skills to tackle the whirlpools. The only difference between these two stretches is that the stretch from Marine Drive to Shivpuri covers more rapids than that of the stretch from Shivpuri to Brahmpuri. Umm… if you are thinking of going for the Kaudiyala to Marine Drive stretch with your family, then forget about it as this stretch is only meant for the experts.

What other activities can families and children do on their white water river rafting in Rishikesh break?

Hmm… there are several other activities the families can indulge into. If you are with your children (above 16 years) then you may go for cliff diving and body surfs. Nonetheless, activities like short treks, jungle trails and hike to the nearby village are some other activities. All these activities are included while you are camping in Rishikesh. Further, activities inside the camp includes sports like volleyball, badminton and cricket and team games like raft building with bamboo sticks, musical chair, passing the ball and go as you like. Such activities inside the camp allow you to get familiar with other families.

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

Whether you are with your family or you are an expert… if you don’t follow certain instructions then the result is same for everyone. So before you bring your parents, wife and children for river rafting in Rishikesh, kindly direct them to follow the instructions given by the guides and experts. Nonetheless, the river rafting camp authority takes the responsibility to guide everyone 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 someone falls from the raft, he or she is going to be floating safe and within a blink of an eye the guide will take control of the situation.

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

The best time for river rafting in Rishikesh for families and children are the months of February, March, October and November. During the winters if you want to go for it then along with combating the whirlpools… the chilled water of the Ganges is going to be an added obstacle. It is recommended to avoid river rafting in Rishikesh during the monsoon season because of high volume of water; also, the camps remain closed at this time of the year.

Other attractions in Rishikesh
Being with your family in Rishikesh, you may also go for meditation and yoga. There are many ashrams in Rishikesh where you can learn the basic course of meditation and yoga. Further, the major tourist attractions in Rishikesh are the Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula and temples like Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Kunjapuri Temple, Parmarth Niketan Temple, Bharat Mandir, Tera Manzil Temple and Rishikund Tank and Raghunath Temple.

Distance to nearby tourist destinations from Rishikesh

Haridwar, which is one of the sacred towns and known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalaya’, is approximately 30 kilometers away from Rishikesh‘whereas hill stations like Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani, Almora, and Mussoorie are approximately 220, 276, 279, 334 and 75 kilometers away respectively. The capital city, Dehradun, is approximately 45 kilometers away from Rishikesh. The Jim Corbett National Park, which is home to several endangered wildlife, is approximately 120 kilometers away from Rishikesh.

Where to Stay?
The Alaknanda River Adventure Camp, which is located in Byasi, close to Marine Drive, is the best place where you can check in. The camp offers luxury safari tents, dining space and well equipped dry pit toilet. It also allows you to participate in various outdoor and indoor activities like short treks, hikes, volleyball, badminton and cricket. Further, activities inside the camp includes team games like building rafts with bamboo sticks, musical chair, passing the ball and go as you like.

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