Rafting in Rishikesh

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River Rafting in Rishikesh

Initiating Thrill and Adventure with a Roller Coaster Ride

White Water Rafting is one of the most thrilling water based adventure sports that gives you an up close splash of untamed nature in a world where the majestic river is what you are up against. Aboard a raft, when the water wave hits your face for the first time; you know that it will take a little more than a few ounces of courage to tame the river beast and indeed this duel against mother nature will enrich your life forever, even if tried only once in a life time…


River Rafting is best enjoyed in the sacred valley of Rishikesh which boasts of the Great Ganges River descending with an ultimate force and existing exactly as the creator intended her to be- Wild and Free. The presence of numerous rapids and troughs along the stretch of the river fortifies the stand of Rishikesh as the River Rafting capital of India.

Rishikesh – Redefining Adventure

Rafting in RishikeshAmidst the beautiful flora and fauna and snow capped mountains, lies the spirited side of Rishikesh that manifests itself in the form of activities of a daring kind! And rafting without doubt tops the list of an adventure lover. There is a huge influx of tourists to the city from across the globe to satiate their zest for rafting. The tremendous reputation of being among the best river rafting destinations in the world exists for a reason. The close to 37 Km long length of Holy Ganges offers rapids of different grades, thus welcoming with open arms – both experts and novices.

The popular rapid runs are classified into the following grades

  • Rapid Grade 1

    Class 1: These are subtle and less turbulent currents like ‘Body Surfing’ and ‘Sweet Sixteen’, which make for ideal rafting opportunities for the inexperienced lot.

  • Rapid Grade 2

    Class 2: Rapids like ‘Cross Fire’, ‘Initiation’, ‘Double Trouble’, to name a few are suitable for beginners and families who do not wish to miss the taste of this aqua thrill at any cost.

  • Rapid Grade 3

    Class 3: These currents entail a certain degree of courage, such as the ‘Three Blind Mice’, ‘Return To Sender’, etc. These are recommended with professionals on board.

  • Rapid Grade 4

    Class 4: Rapids like ‘The Wall’ involving tough currents seem like a challenge of a sublime grade even to the expert rafters.

Rafting Stretches in Rishikesh

When it comes to the extent of rafting expedition in Rishikesh, the entire stretch has been divided into various categories to make the adventure suitable for both beginners and professionals. Depending on individual capabilities, tourists can select a rafting level that meets these capabilities from Basic, Standard, Moderate and Advance. The levels differ from each other on the basis of the difficulty levels associated with the rapids – the starting point of different levels are also separate, though the finishing mark for all levels remains the same, i.e. Laxman Jhula. The highest point of rafting stretch in Rishikesh is Kaudiyala (for advanced level) around 37 kms from the city, while the lowest is Brahmpuri (for basic level) about 9 km above from Rishikesh. One of the most popular stretches on river Ganges is Shivpuri to Rishikesh which is 16 kms river run while tourists can also choose the stretch from Marine Drive to Shivpuri, which gives rafters about 11 km of untamed flow of Ganges to enjoy.

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh River Rafting

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting

Distance covered in the expedition: 37 Kms

Grades of Rapids: Grade I, II, III and IV [Level- Difficult]

Time of Rafting: 8 to 9 hours

Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting

Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting

Distance covered in the expedition: 27Kms

Grades of Rapids: I, II and III [Level- Medium to Difficult]

Time of Rafting: 4.5 to 5 hours

Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting

Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting

Distance covered in the expedition: 16Kms

Grades of Rapids: II and III [Level- Medium to Difficult]

Time of Rafting: 3- 3.5 hours

Brahmpuri to Rishikesh River Rafting

Brahmpuri to Rishikesh Rafting

Distance covered in the expedition: 9Kms

Grades of Rapids: II [Level- Easy]

Time of Rafting: 2 to 2.5 hours


Best Time for Rafting in Rishikesh

The best time for river rafting in Rishikesh is the likely months of February to June and September to Mid December, barring the monsoon season. As during this time the currents could possibly turn uncontrollable and rise very high.


It’s time to live-through the rapids!

High Radids RaftingAcross the planet adventurers have explored the contours along the primal rivers in search of the Virgin River currents and most have found solace in the sacred Himalayan waters of Rishikesh where the popular rapids go by interesting names like the “Golf Course”, “Initiation”, “Roller Coaster”, “Return to the Sender” and above all “The Wall” which is the reigning king and a grade four plus rapid. Of course! What’s in a name but once in this rafting heaven, each visitor rediscovers oneself and these become the names that a seasoned rafter will swear by and something a first timer will remember for the rest of his life. Again the bounty of nature’s water is only further enhanced by the fact that Rishikesh is well connected to major airports and railway stations. Further, the resident camps offer ample hospitality to its guests with their safety being a prime concern.

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