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River Rafting in Rishikesh

Plan your weekend getaway adventure packages at the amazing Rishikesh. Rishikesh is known for the divine environment and adventure activities it delivers. Located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayan range, a tour to this place can give you a lifetime experience of White Water River rafting along the wild streams of nature. River Rafting along Marine Drive Rishikesh comes with all safety precautions and highly defined top quality services. These packages are filled with unbeatable facilities. Come and explore the beach paradise at Rishikesh along the river Ganga. Anybody can become part of these adventures. It does not matter if you have ZERO previous experience in rafting or if you don’t know how to swim. Everything is taken care of well by experts and safety is a priority for each visitor at our camps. Thousands of tourists have enjoyed the adventure activities here with expert guidance. Besides this, you can also take part in other adventure sports and conveniently go out for sightseeing at some really amazing places around. Tourists both from India and overseas visit this place every year.

River Rafting Spots in Rishikesh

1. Brahmpuri

Why is Brahmpuri known for? It is the closest point in Rishikesh for river rafting. It is a 10-12 km rafting distance from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh. The mode of rafting is pretty easy here. It means even if you are new to this sport or have kids, you could begin with this range. The rapids and turns are moderate and small. Hence you wouldn’t have to go through the overwhelming adventure of extremes. It is nearly like a good boating experience with lot of fun. There will be rafting guides and instructors all along to assist you. The time needed to finish this loop is approximately two hours. Any person within the age group of 6 to 65 years can participate in this.

2. Shivpuri

The name Shivpuri means “abode of the Mahadeva”. Shivpuri is one of the known rafting spots in Rishikesh. This range has wonderful rapids and turns such as Return to sender, Golf Coarse (rated as Grade 3+), Roller Coaster (considered as Grade 3+), Club House, Double Trouble, Initiation and Hilton. Rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh covers a distance of nearly 16 km. You can choose this course if you are a fun lover, a person that likes adventure and thrill. To cover this route of 16 kms, nearly 3 hours is required. But word of caution- if you have kids or aged people, then this route should be avoided.

3. Marine Drive

If you are young, jubilant and have a passion for adventure- the Marine Drive Rapids may be your choice. This is one of the favourite routes for rafting adventure lovers. Marine Drive is the third closest point. Rafting from here to Rishikesh is 24-26 kms and can be covered in almost 4 hours. Marine Drive is known for the beautiful silvery sand beaches. The course is ornamented with several Rapids like Hugs and Kisses (rated as Grade 2), Black Money (rated as Grade 2), Three blind mice (rated as Grade 3), Cross Fire (rates as Grade 3), Body Surfing (rated as Grade 2), Shivpuri (rated as Grade 2), Return to Sender (rated as Grade 2), Roller Coaster (rated as Grade 3+), Gold Coarse (rated as Grade 3+), Club House (rated as Grade 3+), Cash Flow (rated as Grade 2), Jail no Bail (rated as Grade 2) and Double Trouble (rated as Grade 2). All people between the age group 18-45 years can participate.

4. Byasi

Byasi is situated almost at a distance of 30 km from Rishikesh. It is a small hamlet and is popular for its white water rafting adventures. There are several popular rapids on the way from Byasi to Rishikesh such as the Danies Dip, Roller Coaster, Hilton, Three Blind Mice, Double Trouble Initiation and Terminator. A few of these are rated as Grade 4 rapids and known as the paradise of rafting.

5. Kaudiyala

Kaudiyala river rafting distance is 36 kms, a little longer than the other courses. And therefor it is preferred by adventure seekers more than the average people. The time taken to cover this distance is 5-6 hours. This is a beautiful village located between Rishikesh and Srinagar, on the highway. Kaudiayala is mainly famous for the Grade 4 rapids and the adventurous rafting experience it provides. Kids and old people should not choose this course.

6. Devprayag

The name Devprayag has been derived from the Sanskrit word of the same origin, which means confluence of the Gods. Two holy rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet here and the holy river Ganga begins from here. Imagine the thrill of paddling down the rapids and witness the wonderful view of the mighty Himalayan range at the same time. The fauna and captivating landscapes are a view to treasure. Raids at this course are graded as 3 and 3+. Therefore this rafting expedition is considered suitable for persons between age 20-45.

River Rafting Risks and Arrangements for Safety

The fun never ends at a River Rafting Expedition. But at the same time it is good to be aware of the risks involved and also about the safety. It is due to these common rafting risks that most commercial rafting points keep themselves closed during summer or monsoon.

Most of the commercial rafting expeditions are safe. But knowing about the common risks, precautions, arrangement for preventive measures and risk management can give the tourist an added confidence.

  1. Drowning is one of the common risks. Wherever there is water, there is the risk of drowning. But, when you are going into the adventure with experts, there is nothing to worry.
  2. Hypothermia or effects of cold is another condition that may disturb at times. If you cannot bear too much cold, then going to a cold place with a cold river is probably not a good idea.
  3. Injuries from smashing into rocks, brushing against coarse surface, banging against hard surface. Although precautions are taken well and there is preparedness to deal with such risks, it is advisable that you stay alert at personal level too.

Experts and staff pay close attention to the participants so that they are not injured or become victim of any accident. Never go out alone. Always follow instructions from your guide, mentor or trainer.

Adventure activities other than Rafting that we can do at Rishikesh

Camping at Rishikesh

Nothing beats the experience of camping at beautiful Rishikesh. Come and experience your stay with the world class camping facilities provided by us. This is an opportunity to spend quality time with nature. There are many types of camping options with us- Beach Camping, Jungle Camping, Luxury Camping etc. There is no age limit. A famous and reliable camps are Camp Majestic, Camp Crossfire, Camp Panther, VNA Camp etc.

Bungee Jumping

You must have witnessed bungee jumping stunts in several movies or videos. Thrilling isn’t it? Now it’s your turn to do it and add one more star to your adventurous life. Take the challenge and participate in India’s first extreme adventure sports here at Rishikesh. Everything takes place under expert guidance, so there is nothing to worry about. Get photographs clicked, share on social media and become a star among your friends.

Flying Fox

Have you thought about accelerating with speeds like 160 KMPH in the air? Flying Fox activities at Rishikesh can make you fly and you will be able to feel the air gushing against you. You will be rolled down a few meters above the river level, going down to the lowest point and then again swinging up. A person has to be 12 years and more to participate in it. Experts will be there to watch and take care of your safety.

Zipline

Ziplining at Rishikesh is an adventure over the white water, which is getting more popular day by day. Come and experience the country’s finest ziplining activities here. Perform this in a beautiful setting amid nature under expert guidance.

Rock Climbing

If you are at Rishikesh, and haven’t tried Rock Climbing yet, then you are missing a lot of fun. This sport boosts up inner confidence and the thrill in incomparable. Announce to the world that you have the guts and show them how tough you are with rock climbing adventure. Skilled and experienced trainers will assist you.

Rapelling

It is almost similar to Rock Climbing, but in the reverse direction. You get to rope down a cliff, which is great fun. You are provided with extremely safe and useful equipment along with necessary guidance.

Cliff Jumping

Have you dreamt of a dare devil jump straight into the heart of a river? You can do that right here at Rishikesh. We will allow you to jump from a 30 feet high cliff into the Ganges. If you are an adventure enthusiast, do not miss this adventure.

Body surfing

Find yourself in the water, let the wave weave magic with your body. You can be as playful as a dolphin while doing body surfing. You can pick accessories that will allow you to enjoy the activity even more.

Kayaking

Kayaking in the fast streams of water at Rishikesh offers you several challenging and extreme rapids. Even if you have no idea about kayaking, you will be allowed to kayak in a rapid that suits your skills. It is a great outdoor fun activity with excellent safety equipment provided by us.

Extra Activities and Sightseeing that you could do at Rishikesh

1. Yoga and Meditation

Everyone knows the benefits of Yoga. But, there is a vast difference between yoga performed at city and at the heart of serene nature. Rishikesh is a place where you can find several ashrams and gurus that teach yoga and meditation. Tourists from all corners of the world have been benefitted by these sessions. A few popular Yoga Centres are mentioned below-

  1. Parmarth Niketan. This place has a 1000 room facility.
  2. Sivananda Ashram. To find accommodation here, a person has to be serious and booking should be made at least a month earlier.
  3. Omkarananda Ganga Sadan. This place is open to everyone, but yoga class reservations have to be made at least a month earlier.
  4. Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram
  5. Shree Mahesh Heritage Meditation School
  6. Swami Dayananda Ashram
  7. Yoga Niketan
Temples and Ashrams at Rishikesh

Rishikesh is not only known for the adventure activities, but also for the spiritual places here. These temples, ashrams and pilgrimage spots have connections to the days of the Ramayana. Many ashrams and holy families have mythological significance. A few of the temples that you should visit are- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Swarg Niwas Temple, Bharat Mandir, Raghunath Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Durga Mandir, Bhadrakali Mandir and many more.

Neelkanth Temple

Neelkanth is another name for the great Hindu God Mahadeva or Shiva. This Mandir is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters and is located at Pauri Garhwal district- 32 km from Rishikesh. The location is very scenic at the top of a hill. This is a sacred pilgrimage spot at Rishikesh and a must visit for all people who are interested in spiritual values and mythology.

Vyas Cave

Maharishi Vyas is probably one of the most known and respected poet from the Vedic age. Vyasa is still the most celebrated author from the ancient literature who composed the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Vyas Cave is situated only a few kms from Rishikesh, in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

Tehri Dam

A tour from Rishikesh to Tehri Dam would take a few minutes less than 2 hours. But the journey is worth it. There are picturesque landscapes in between, and the destination itself is a wonderful place to behold. This dam is one of the biggest hydroelectric projects in the world.

Best Timings for river rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a great tourist place and there are many things to see and do here. It can be visited throughout the year and the picturesque views can be seen any time of the year. But the best timing for visiting for the purpose of River Rafting is from September end to mid November and March end to mid of May. The weather is favorable for adventure seekers during these two periods.

How to reach Rishikesh

By Air: Delhi to Dehradun direct flights are the best options to travel by air. The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Dehradun Jollygrant airport. It is at a distance of 25 kms from Rishikesh.

By Train:To reach Rishikesh by train, one has to reach Haridwar Railway Station, which is situated at a distance of 30 km from Rishikesh. Haridwar railway station is well connected to major city stations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkara and Varanasi. It is a one hour travel by road from Haridwar to Rishikesh, and one can travel by bus, auto or a taxi.

By Bus: Since Rishikesh is a very popular tourist destination, it has very good road networks. Reaching here by bus is possible from many places such as New Delhi, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Haridwar and Shimla. AC and non AC buses are available both from govt and private entities. It takes nearly 7 hours to cover a distance of 230 km from New Delhi to Rishikesh.