Top 10 Adventure Activities to Enjoy in Rishikesh

by On Nov 07, 2014

Also known as the ‘Adventure Capital of India’, Rishikesh is hub of adventure sports and al fresco activities. Standing at an elevation of 356 meters above sea level, Rishikesh is also one of the most famous pilgrimages of Hindus and holds great spiritual significance for them. The beautiful Ganges in Rishikesh sets the stage for various adventure activities here. The ice cold water of the Ganges tests your endurance and passion for adventure but it is surely an experience that will haunt your memory for years to come. Rafting, cliff jumping, rappelling, bungee jumping, mountain biking, beach volleyball and waterfall trekking are some of the adventure activities which you can try for an adrenaline rush in Rishikesh.

The following article provides an insight into the adventure activities in Rishikesh which one should not miss:

River Rafting

Rafting on the Ganges is a thrilling experience as it allows the rafter to enjoy the gentle touch of water amidst the breathtaking beauty of the natural surroundings. There are so many grades and rafting stretches available in front of the adventurers in Rishikesh that they can enjoy this adventure to the fullest. September-June is the best time for enjoying river rafting when the Ganga is neither too wild nor too calm.

Adventurists can select from the following four rafting stretches according to their requirement and budget:


Enjoy fun-filled activities near the sparkling blue water on the banks of the Ganges. Camping is another al fresco activity that allows you to stay in the tranquility of nature. It is better if the camp has sanitary washroom facilities. A full night in the camps along with Ganges is an experience that will haunt your memories for years to come. You have so many options for camping to choose from including beach camps at Brahmpuri, Shivpuri, Marine Drive and Byasi.

Cliff Jumping

Cliff jumping, another popular outdoor sport that can be enjoyed in Rishikesh, takes you to a new level of thrill and fun. One needs good endurance for this activity as it requires the participant to jump into Ganges River from a cliff of 35 ft high or more. It may feel scary, but once you have done it, it is an unforgettable experience which you will remember for years to come.


Rappelling involves descending down a rock with the help of equipment that provides you support for descending. Athletic tapes, climbing gears, harness, helmets, shoes and ropes are equipments required for rappelling. This activity judges your strength to dare the cliffs, and should be performed under the supervision of experts only.


Another adventure sport, Kayaking in Rishikesh has its own unique taste. Kayaking is all about maintaining the perfect balance of your body while paddling across the water. This sport has gained immense popularity all over the world among folks who love adventure. The Ganges offers numerous rapids for a great kayaking journey. Essential equipments include kayak boat, helmet, life jacket and paddle.

Bungee Jumping

Test your adventure skills with bungee jumping at Rishikesh, one of the most testing activities for the ones who live life on the edge. Bungee jumping involves diving from a height of 120-160 ft. under the supervision of experts. You can experience the wind flowing through your hairs as you go down. You can click stunning pictures of breath-taking surroundings of the valley from above. Don’t forget to collect certificates after bungee jumping.


Swing involves jumping from the same bungee platform, but here the jumper is equipped with a seat and chest harness connected to fixed wire ropes. One needs guts to perform the jump, but once you have jumped, it is an exhilarating experience that would give you goose bumps.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age: Minimum – 12 year
  • Weight: Minimum – 20 kg and Maximum – 130 kg


Flying Fox

Another activity that one can’t miss on Rishikesh tour is flying fox. One of the most thrilling activities, flying fox is generally performed by three persons at one time. A perfect fusion of adventure and excitement, flying fox allows you to feel the air gushing past at a high speed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age: Minimum -12 year
  • Weight: Minimum – 20 kg and Maximum – 130 kg


Mountain Biking

The activity is for people who love to ride on rough terrains. Mohan Chatti is a mountain biking spot near Laxman Jhula that allows you to ride bicycle across the terrains. The stretches of greenery and snake like rough roads test your guts well to take you to the next level of excitement. Don’t forget to take all safety measures for a pleasant mountain biking experience.

Waterfall Trekking


Waterfall trekking at Rishikesh reconnects you with nature and offers you an unforgettable experience. You can spend some quality time with your friends and family with waterfall trekking at Rishikesh. Waterfall trekking also has various health and psychology benefits. Neergadh Waterfall, Garud Chatti Waterfall and Patna Waterfall are the most beautiful waterfalls in and around Rishikesh.

The Final Word

Rishikesh is one of the few adventure tourism spots that attract many visitors from all around the globe. Be it river rafting, cliff jumping or bungee jumping, adventure sports in Rishikesh always leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Make sure that you take adequate safety measures and follow the guidelines issued by experts carefully to enjoy your adventure holiday to the fullest.