The holy town of Rishikesh is strategically located on the Himalayan foothills is one of the finest and explicit river rafting destinations in India. Tagged as the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ Rishikesh is revered by Hindu devotees. It is the seat to may gods and goddesses. Rishikesh beyond being the citadel of meditative consciousness is also known for whitewater rafting group tours and expeditions. The sacred river the Ganges has many hard and fast rapids which give local as well as the tourists from different parts of the world to have real fun and adventure.
Popular known places to Raft in Rishikesh include Kaudiyala (32kms.), Marine-Drive (24kms), Shivpuri (16kms.), Bhrampuri (9kms.) and the NIM (4kms.), of which the most liked ones by tourists are Marine-Drive and Shivpuri, Shivpuri to NIM beach (Rishikesh) and Marine-Drive to NIM beach (Rishikesh). The river rapids that the rafter s likely to experience while on rafting expedition includes Grade1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4 Grade 5 and the Grade 6, with Grade 1 as the easiest rapid and Grade 6 considered as the most difficult one.
The holy Ganges in Rishikesh has 13 exhilarating river rapids, such as the Grade 1 rapid – ‘Sweet Sixteen’, Grade 2 rapid – ‘Hilton and Terminator’, the Grade 3 rapid – ‘Three blind mice and CrossFire’, the Grade 4 rapid -‘Roller Coaster and Golf Course’, Grade 5 – The Wall and the Grade 6- The Suicidal. The Grade 6 rapids are dangerous and can only be endeavoured by trained and experienced water rafting racing teams.
The best time for rafting in Rishikesh is October to June. 30th June is the last date for River Rafting in Rishikesh.