White Water Rafting in Rishikesh – The Best of all Adventures

by On Dec 18, 2013

Don’t go for Edmund Hillary’s famous “Ocean to Sky” expedition that coursed upstream and ended at what we call it today the popular Hillary Fall rather you could hardly conceal your excitement when you think of a daring escape out and row against the natural craze coursing down the rift valley. Down the rage of the meandering River Ganga that breaks the silence of the eupneic environment your lively and cheerful joy turns out to shudder on vehement deluges of river current. That’s the thrill you are about to experience when you raft down the white waters in Rishikesh… a moment of excitement and several hindrances to whip you out from rafting to body surfing all the way.


So rafting in Rishikesh is as challenging as atoning can be, the rewards make it worth the sacrifice. When you are just about to take a breath after a momentary rapid you chance upon another, that’s speedy and chances are high to tilt your raft from the course. Well that makes the white water river rafting in Rishikesh one of the best of all adventures, filled with challenges in each propels with oars. The best time to row your raft is from mid September to mid November and from mid February to May.

Rishikesh, nestled at the foot of the Garhwal Himalayas, is one of the popular tourist destinations in India that fetches tourists from all age group. Because of its tranquil and pristine ambiance, Rishikesh beholds the title, the ‘yoga capital of India’ having numerous yoga centers along the ridge and is believed that mediation in Rishikesh brings you to acquaint a spiritual enlightenment causing you to lead a new life. That’s an absolute contrast, where there is a spiritual get away there is also a thrilling escape down the river current.


Over the years Rishikesh has turned out to be one of the biggest white water river rafting hubs and that has been witnessed in the last 5-6 years. It’s one of the favorite destinations of every adventure enthusiast and White Water River rafting in Rishikesh down the mighty Ganges is every adventure seekers dream come true. With the increasing number of tourists – adventure freaks and leisure travellers, Rishikesh has developed many rafting camps, where tourist can not only breathe in and out in the open air but also participate in lot of activities like forest trails, bon fire and obviously rafting. The white water river rafting in Rishikesh mostly fetches 80% corporate travellers whereas rest is families and other leisure tourists.
Camping in Rishikesh is no doubt a lifetime experience. From Kaudiyala to Brahmpuri, Rishikesh has sired out with many forest camps and beach camps that allows RAFTERS (especially) to breathe to their Z’s. Rafting Camps in Rishikesh are crafted with all necessary equipments where you can also set your private parties after the whole day combat against the river current. The natural ambiance just makes you feel a devoted naturalist.


Coming back to the course of rafting in Rishikesh, the thrilling moments are categorized to four levels having a total of 6 ranges of rapids. The advanced level starts from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh, which covers a distance of 36 kms within 6-7 hours covering all the six major rapids. Secondly the moderate level that starts from Marine Drive to Rishikesh and covers a distance of 25 kms in 4-5 hours having four major rapids. Thirdly is the standard level from Shivpuri to Rishikesh, covering a distance of 16 kms in 3-4 hours having three major rapids and lastly the basic level that starts from Brahmpuri, covers a distance of 9 kms in 2 hours having 2 easy rapids.


So the white water river rafting in Rishikesh is not only challenging but also demanding. Nonetheless one who is seeking to cover the advanced and moderate levels… has to be an experienced rafter. Else… accidental body surfing right from Kaudiyala welcomes you with hurdles to death. Down the course from Kaudiyala to Marine Drive the major rapids are the Denial dip and the wall that ranges from grade 3 to 4, from Marine Drive to Shivpuri the major rapids are Black money, Cross fire, three blind mice and Body surfing that roves from grade 1 to 2, from Shivpuri to Brahmpuri the major rapids are the Roller Coaster, Golf course and Club House and from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh enjoy the placid stream where you can bustle to body surfing as well.


Rafting in Rishikesh also host several international championships namely the Four Square Championship that is held once in every four years, the last one was in the year 2010; whereas the Asian Rafting Championship is held once in every year. Nonetheless it also organizes kayaking expeditions. Md. Ali Khan, an adventurer from Dehradun, who holds his name in the LIMCA BOOK OF RECORD as well as participated in several mountaineering and trekking expeditions including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Kuber, has won several rafting and kayaking expeditions including 3 time winner for Four Square Rafting Championship and one time winner for Asian Rafting Championship. He has also participated in several other rafting expedition courses up from Vishnu Prayag, Tawa Ghat and Tapovan.


So now it’s your turn to wake up your inmost adventurer!


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