"Fun, Adventure, and the Great Outdoor Experience" begins in Rishikesh. It is the most popular centre for river rafting which attracts thousands of adventure seeking travelers every year. Rishikesh is not only famous among Indians as weekend getaway but also a popular spiritual and adventure destination for foreign tourists as well.
River rafting is a sport which does not only fit adults, but safe and fun adventure activity which can be enjoyed by families and kids as well. There are many certified river rafting experts and instructors available to make your rafting experience safe and full of adventure.
There are multiple rafting points from where you can start and enjoy rafting, depending upon the length of rafting and its grade. Adventure lovers can choose a grade according to their preferences and expertise.
It is right to call this place is quite challenging as it offers a right dose of adventure to rafters. Covering a distance of 37 km, this stretch includes a total of 13 rapids of both Grade III and IV that put your strength and stamina to the test for about 1-4 hours. Rocks, high and irregular waves are the high points of this rafting stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. These rapids are meant for well-trained rafters.
The sailing distance is around 27 km and it takes about 2 hours to the destination. The rafting expedition from Marine Drive to Laxman Jhula (Rishikesh) is of moderate level with few extra rapids in comparison to Shivpuri ones. During your rafting session you can enjoy cliff jumping on river Ganga and hit some enjoyable rapids such as Three Blind Mice, The Wall, Crossfire Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Club house, Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton & Terminator.
It is located from 18 kms from Rishikesh. The rafting season in Shivpuri starts in mid October and ends in June. Rafting from Shivpuri till Laxman Jhula is a 16 kms rafting stretch and covers some of the exciting rapids. Shivpuri Rafting ideally costs Rs. 450 per person. This cost includes pick up from rafting office in Rishikesh, travel to Shivpuri, cost of rafting guide and all required equipments.
The stretch from Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula is the easiest and the shortest one, around 9 km. It is a Grade I rafting expedition and is meant for beginners. People of age groups from 7 to 65 years can enjoy this expedition. The stretch is perfect for family and students groups. It hits some of the enjoyable rapids on the Ganga i.e. Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton and Terminator.
Byasi is another popular rafting site in Rishikesh which is located on NH 58 towards Devprayag on Badrinath highway. Byasi is at a distance of 35 kms from Rishikesh. The rafting at Byasi is gaining popularity due to its greater distance as well as thrilling rapids that rafters get to experience. Some famous rapids for white water rafting near Byasi which adventure souls should try out are Sweet Sixteen, Crossfire and Three-blind mice.
Grade-I: One of the most popular river rapids of Grade I is 'Sweet Sixteen'. It is the most favored rafting point for adventurous and family holidayâ€™s fun. It is some of the popular grades in Rishikesh include Brahmpuri is easiest and shortest one point for rafting which covers around 9km. It is the closet point from Rishikesh to set out on your rafting tour.
Grade-II: The rapids at Shivpuri have been categorized into Grade I and Grade II. These grades are of medium or moderate difficulty. It requires bit guidance for the rafters. They exist in those parts, where the river passes through slight rocky or uneven regions. It covers around 16 km. It starts from Shivpuri and ends at Laxman Jhula. Shivpuri River Rafting has adventurous Rapids. Tourist can enjoy cliff jumping on the way.
Grade-III: The Cross Fire and Three Blind Mice is the Grade III rapid that brings serious obstacles by including multiple high, irregular waves and rocks. Marine Drive is the third starting point or the third closest point to begin on a rafting expedition from Rishikesh. The fun and adventure of river rafting usually begins with the Grade-III rapids.
Within here, you can find the bigger waves that require good navigating techniques and proper guidance. It starts from marine drive to Rishikesh. It covers 27 km adventure.
Grade-IV: Rafting gets more action-packed and exciting while paddling through the Grade-IV rapids. Offering challenging waves, uneven flow of the water and sudden drops, these rapids, at times can topple the raft easily. The adventure of the Ganges from Kaudiayala to Rishikesh spans over a distance of 36 km. There are 13 excellent rapids along this stretch. An excellent example of these rapids is 'The Wall', where 9 out of every 10 raft boats flip over. Generally tourist prefer grade IV for rafting.
If you want to feel the real action of adventure then Rishikesh is the right place for you. Here safety measurements also taken for the tourist so they can feel save during rafting. After all "safety comes first". Before rafting instructor always gives some instruction to the tourist. Therefore, do not make the mistake of underestimating their expertise about the rafting techniques and river rapids. Listen to them properly and act as advised to enhance the joy of river rafting even more.
Lastly and most importantly, never go for rafting alone!!