Rafting in Rishikesh

"Fun, Adventure and The Great Outdoor Experience" begins in Rishikesh with Rafting. It is the most popular center for river rafting in India which attracts thousands of adventure seeking travelers every year. Rafting in Rishikesh is not only famous among Indians as weekend getaway but also a popular spiritual and adventure destination for foreign tourists as well.

Complete Guide to Rafting in Rishikesh

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 (mainly from Brahampuri) as well. There are many authorized and certified river rafting operators, experts and instructors available in Rishikesh to make your rafting experience safe and full of adventure. Rafting in turbulent waters of Ganga River is an experience that you will keep for the rest of your life.

There are multiple rafting spots 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.

Why go for Rafting in Rishikesh?

River Rafting in Rishikesh is an ultimate adventure experience that will get your pulse racing to make it one of the most unforgettable trips of your life.
In recent times Rishikesh has become a heaven for rafting and kayaking enthusiasts from all over the world. 

  • Rafting in River Ganges: River Ganga is the holiest river in India and doing rafting or living in camps near Ganga is itself an rejuvenating experience.  Rishikesh River rafting is offers breathtaking scenery, different grades of rapids, experience of a terrific adventure to river rafters.
  • Team Building: It helps your team members gel with each other and that will help in their work in office as well. The rafting activity involves team work and all team members work towards the same goal. It helps corporate to motivate their employees and helps in increasing the performance.
  • Building long lasting friendships: There is plenty of time to bond during camping and rafting. People often strengthen their friendly relations during such activities whether it is trekking, rafting or camping. 
  • Boost Mental health: Rafting gives you positive attitude, fighting spirit and a lot of happiness once. Overcoming your fears and defeating the challenges is always a mental booster.

Jump to Rafting Sections: Rafting Points :: Rafting Grades in Rishikesh :: Rapids during Rafting :: Rishikesh Rafting Safety Tips :: Things to Carry :: Other Activities during Rafting :: Rafting FAQs :: Rafting Tips 

Rishikesh Rafting Season

Season of Rafting in Rishikesh: September to June
Best time for White Water Rafting in Rishikesh: October to April

Popular River Rafting Points in Rishikesh

  • Brahampuri (8 Kms) - Shortest and Easiest Rafting
    The stretch from Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula is the easiest and the shortest one, around 8 kms. 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. Rafting is suitable for kids and elderly people from Bhrahampuri to Rishikesh. It is nearly like a good boating experience with lot of fun as it is in River Ganga.

    Cost per person: Rs 500 (Book Here)
    Approx Time: 1 - 2 Hours
    River Rafting Distance: 8 Kms

  • Shivpuri (16 Kms) - Easy, Low Cost, Most Selling Rafting Stretch
    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. 1000 per person. This cost includes pick up from rafting office in Rishikesh, travel to Shivpuri, cost of rafting guide and all required equipments. It is the best selling rafting as there are many camps nearby which offers camping with rafting from Shivpuri.

    Cost per person: Rs 1000 (Book Here)
    Approx Time: 2 - 3 Hours
    River Rafting Distance: 16 Kms


  • Marine Drive (26 Kms) - Most Popular among Corporate Groups
    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.

    Cost per person: Rs 1500 (Book Here)
    Approx Time: 3 - 4 Hours
    River Rafting Distance: 20 Kms

  • Byasi (35 Kms)
    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.

    Approx Time: 4 - 5 Hours
    River Rafting Distance: 30 Kms

  • Kaudiyala (40 Kms)
    It is right to call this place is quite challenging as it offers a right dose of adventure to rafters. Covering a distance of 35 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.

    Cost per person: Rs 2500 (Book Here)
    Approx Time: 4 - 5 Hours
    River Rafting Distance: 35 Kms

  • Devprayag (75 Kms) - 2 Days Rafting Expedition
    Rafting from Devprayag requires good physic and stamina. The rafting from Devprayag to Rishikesh is done in 2 days. On first day you will be rafting around 35 kms via Beas Ghat and reaching Kaudiayala for night stay. Next day another 35 kms of stretch will be done till Rishikesh.

    Cost per person: Rs 8000 (Book Here Complete Package)
    Approx Time: 2 Complete Days
    River Rafting Distance: 70 Kms

Rishikesh Rafting Grades in River Ganges

  • Grade I : Easy, Small Waves, No Obstacles
    One of the most popular river rapids of Grade I is 'Sweet Sixteen'. It is the most favored rafting point for adventurous and family holiday's fun. It is some of the popular grades in Rishikesh include Brahmpuri is easiest and shortest one point for rafting which covers around 8 kms. It is the closet point from Rishikesh to set out on your rafting tour.

  • Grade II : Moderate Difficulty with Clear Passages
     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 kms. 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 : Difficult, Narrow Passages, Irregular High Waves 
    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.

  • Grade IV : Difficult, Very Powerful Waves
    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.

Famous Rapids You can experience during Rafting in Rishikesh

There are around 16 Rapids from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh during the raftinf of 36 kms in River Ganga. There are upto grade IV types of rapid are here at Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting. Grade I rapid is slow flow and it is suitable for children below 12 years. Grade II rapid is little fast flow than Grade I. Grade III rapids are adventurous and expert advise is needed. In Grade IV rapid you can see white water along with rocks.

  • Black Money Rapid (Grade I)
  • Sweet Sixteen Rapid (Grade I)
  • Good Morning Rapid (Grade I)
  • Body Surfing (Grade I)
  • Club House Rapid (Grade II)
  • Initiation Rapid (Grade II)
  • Double Trouble Rapid (Grade II)
  • Hilton Rapid (Grade II)
  • Terminator Rapid (Grade II)
  • Shivpuri Rapid (Grade II+)
  • Three Blind Mice Rapid (Grade III)
  • Cross Fire Rapid (Grade III)
  • Roller coaster Rapid (Grade III)
  • Golf Course Rapid (Grade III)
  • Return to Sender Rapid (Grade III)
  • Daniel’s Dip Rapid (Grade III+)
  • The Great Wall Rapid (Grade IV)

Safety Tips and Precautions during Rafting in Rishikesh

No doubt that rafting is fun but at the same time it is good to be aware of the risks involved and also about the safety. If you follow some basic precautions you can enjoy rafting safely. Keeping in mind the safety of travellers the rafting is closed during monsoon season as well. Following are some Do's and Don'ts during Rafting.

Things to Do During Rafting in Rishikesh

  • Wear Light: Dress accordingly! Wear light, airy and quick drying garments as it make the rafting expedition more thrilling. Remember to bring an extra pair of clothes that you need to wear after the sport.
  • Wear a life jacket: It is a mandate for all who undertake the expedition. Make sure the jacket is snug and buckled throughout.
  • Wear Helmet and all the safety equipments provided.
  • Wear proper shoes: Do not wear flip- flops and slippers. Old sneakers, water shoes or sandals with ankle straps are best types for water rafting.
  • Help your fellows back: If your fellow rafters unintentionally fall into the water, do pull them back to the raft. Even if you don't know them, don't ignore them also.
  • Pay attention to instructor: Listen to your instructor safety precautions carefully as they are going to keep you safe.
  • Rafting is a Team Activity. Always paddle with the team and not individually.

Things You Should Avoid During Rafting

  • Do not stand: During a moving current, do not stand up at all. If you fall by chance. You can float on your back with toes pointed up facing downstream.
  • Don't drink: Do not drink or bring alcohol during the trip. It is dangerous as you may feel drowsy. It is harmful for all.
  • Don't be overconfident about your skills or do heroic stuff to impress others during rafting.
  • Avoid unwanted particles: If you see fallen debris or tree branches on the river, avoid them and take a different route.
  • Do avoid cotton clothes: As the atmosphere remains windy, wearing cotton clothes may catch you cold. For cooler months, wear wetsuits or woolens to keep you dry.
  • Do not wear damaged or oversized life jackets.
  • Pregnant women, Asthmatic and heart patients are not allowed for River Rafting. Avoid Rafting if you any kind of fracture, injuries or any other medical complications.

Lastly and most importantly, never go for rafting alone!! Enjoy with your friends, family or collegues. 


Things to carry while Rafting at Rishikesh

  • Bathing Suit or Shorts, T-shirt or Sandos, 
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Antiseptic Cream, Sunglasses, 
  • Swimming Goggles, Old Sneakers / Neoprene, 
  • Waterproof Camera or Waterproof Bag for Camera and other devices, 
  • Energy Bars/Energy Drinks, Zip Lock Waterproof Bags, 
  • Towel and Extra Undergarments, Plastic Bags (for wet things), 
  • Woolen cloths (during winters), Quick drying shorts or swimming costume, 
  • Sunglasses with retaining cord, Extra batteries
  • Use mosquito repellents and lotions during camping

Other Adventure Activities you can enjoy in Rishikesh during/with Rafting

  • Cliff Jumping: Cliff jumping is free fall jump into river Ganga from 30 feet height rock. Adventure enthusiast rafters never miss this wonderful jumping. It tests your mental abilities and strength, so give up the fear and come in gear. Everyone can enjoy this activity during rafting without any charges. But always follow your rafting guide’s safety instruction before your jump
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  • Rock Climbing in Rishikesh: Rock Climbing actually lets you to face challenges and check the physical strength and skills. It involves climbing up at a straight mountain with the help of cords and natural grips.

    Rock Climbing and Rappelling can be done at: Byasi (Easy - 40 Feet), Phoolchatti (Difficult - 80 Feet). Charges for Rock Climbing and Rappelling starts from Rs 200 per person per activity

  • Camping in Rishikesh: The are numerous camp sites from Rishikesh to Devprayag consisiting of low budget camps, deluxe camps and few super luxury camps with premium costing. All the camps promote camping with
    rafting packages to school groups, corporates, small groups, family groups and to individual travellers as well.

  • Canoe Kayak: Kayaking can also be enjoyed after rafting in Rishikesh, and it all depends on your level of skill and energy.

  • Jungle and Waterfall Trekking/Hiking: There are few waterfalls around Rishikesh which can be reached by hiking. The trek goes within the forests and you can enjoy bird watching, wildlife species during the hike. The treks vary from 3 to 7 kms, depends on which waterfall you want to explore.

  • Body Surfing in River Ganges/Ganga:  This is another free activity which can be done during rafting when most of the rapids are done. You can enjoy floating, swimmng in River Ganges. It helps to relaxe your muscles and body which was tired during the rafting. Make sure you are wearing life jackets for safety reasons.

  • Bunjee Jumping in Rishikesh: Bunjee Jumping has been started by Jumping Heights in Rishikesh, located in Mohan Chatti (15 Kms Far from Laxman Jhoola Rishikesh). Since inception it has been popular destination for adventure lovers.

    Activity Cost: 83 Meters height Bungee Jump : Rs 3500, Flying Fox : Rs 1700, Canyon Swing : Rs 3000 (all charges are per person per activity)

Rishikesh Rafting FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Is there any age restriction for the river rafting in Rishikesh or it can be enjoyed by anyone?
    A: River rafting in Rishikesh is fit for the people of all age groups except the minors. Rafting can be enjoyed from 12 years to 65 Years old in some selected rafting zones only with Grade I and II rapids.

  • Q: What is the best time for river rafting in Rishikesh?
    A: The best time for river rafting in Rishikesh starts from post monsoons (mid September) till early summers (May). For crystal clear white water rafting November to March is the suitable time. During monsoons it is not allowed to raft in Ganges as the level of river rises and is unsafe for rafting.

  • Q: Is paddling necessary during Rafting? What if that I do not want to paddle?
    A: Rafting is team activity and paddling is required to enjoy the thrills with good velocity. However, there are 1 or 2 non paddling positions in every raft, and you can discuss and choose those position if you do not want to paddle during rafting, due to any reason.

  • Q: How far is Shivpuri from Rishikesh?
    A: Shivpuri is just 19 km from Rishikesh and can be reached easily by road.

  • Q: Can I do rafting from Devprayag to Rishikesh in one stretch?
    A: No, it is recommended that you break your rafting journey at Kaudiayala. Complete details of Devprayag to Rishikesh rafting is given here.

  • Q: How many rafters are ideal for rafting?
    A: Rafting can be done with minimum of 2 persons and it go till 8 persons (depends on the size of the raft). More than 8 persons in a raft are not recommended and can have safety issues.

  • Q: What packages are available for Rafting in Rishikesh?
    A: There are rafting only packages, rafting with camping, rafting with camping + other adventure activities, Rafting multi day expeditions available. You can select the packages as per your skill, requirement and budget.

  • Q: What about the mobile connectivity in the area?
    A: The mobile connectivity in the whole area is very good and all the mobile networks (Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, BSNL) work well during your rafting trip. Though there might be some stretches where network might be weak as well.

  • Q: Do we have to carry the medication during the river rafting trip from our side?
    A: Yes, it is highly recommended that you carry the necessary medications with you during your trip, which include insulin, inhalers, bee sting kits etc. As there are no medical shops in the whole stretch neither near the river nor on the main Badrinath highway. It is always advisable to carry your first aid kit and medications you use on daily basis as well.

  • Q: I do not know swimming, can I go for river rafting?
    A: Yes, knowledge of swimming is not necessary for rafting. You can enjoy rafting if you do not know how to swim. you will be provided with the life jacket during the river rafting activity and it will help you to float for hours. Non Swimmers equally enjoy the rafting.

  • Q: Should I carry my camera during the rafting activity?
    A: Though it is not advisable, considering safety issues. But.. Yes you can, make sure it is compact and waterproof, and you are holding it tight. Gopro cameras are good for capturing the thrills, but use it during easy rapids and not on Grade III+ rapids. For general cameras or mobile phone you can give them to your insructer, he will keep them in its dry pouch and will give you when water is still. Do follow the instruction from your rafting guide in regard to the use of camera during rafting.

  • Q: How should I select a rafting operator with so many options and price variations?
    A: For rafting safety should be the prime concern than the pricing. Always choose authorized rafting operators who have licensed rafts. Authorized rafting operators have certified guides with international certificates for rafting, kayaking, swimming and life saving skills. The cost of rafting will be higher if you are going with them. However, you might also see some cheap and low cost budget rafting operators as well, offering rafting in Rishikesh on discounted rates. They compromise on experience of guides, quality of rafts/paddles and life saving equipments, doing multiple trips in a day, does not have certified guides (who charge more than the normal) and some even have minors as rafting guides. Choose your rafting guide in Rishikesh wisely and do not risk your life for few bucks.

Check out the following important links:

How to Reach Rishikesh - Camps in Rishikesh - Kayaking in Rishikesh

  • If you have any medical problem do consult your doctor before participating in Rafting in Rishikesh
  • You will find many people who can offer you mouth watering low cost and Cheap rates for rafting in Rishikesh. Beware of them and do not risk your safety for few rupees
  • There had been accidents in the past when the rafts were illegally operated with non experienced guides. Enjoy your rafting but do choose safely.
  • Book from authorized rafting companies in Rishikesh who have their own rafts and certified guides
  • Select proper rafting stretch as per your age. Some rafting stretches are not safe for children or senior citizens.
  • Rafting is banned after sun down, do not try or force to attempt Rafting in Rishikesh after 3 pm. All rafting should conclude in Rishikesh before 5 pm for safety reasons
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