Rishikesh (in Uttarakhand) is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the northern part of India. It is also known as the Gateway to the Garhwal region. It is surrounded by three other districts Haridwar, Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal. Rishikesh city is also known as “The world capital of Yoga”.
The holy river Ganga rises in the Himalayan glacier- Gangotri in the state of Uttarakhand and flows through various serene jungles, hills and significant pilgrimage roots. It comes to the plane at Rishikesh, so the rafting stretches made by Ganga come just prior to Rishikesh. This place welcomes everyone to celebrate the fun of rafting, whether you are traveling with family and friends.
Rishikesh is now a well-established destination for adventure sports like River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, Kayaking, and Camping. Overnight stay at the camps makes the rafting adventure tour more special and enjoyable. Rafting camps are located away from the crowded places on the banks of River Ganga or inside the forest locations. Camp Majestic, Camp Crossfire, Camp Ganga View, Explore Himalaya, Mercury Himalaya, Camp River Wild, Snow Leopard Camp, Byasi Forest Camp, Rainbow Camp, Adventure Paradise are some of the famous camp and raft organizer companies at Rishikesh.
Note: Always book your river rafting tour with authorized and government approved guides and companies.
Rishikesh Rafting Details
River Rafting in Rishikesh gives an amazing experience to us when a raft fights against the wind and goes for the next rapid. The Ganga River provides 1 to 5 grades of hilarious rapids into the river. River rafting in Rishikesh covers decisive rapids like Sweet Sixteen (Grade-1), Initiation (Grade-1), Three Blind Mice (Grade-3), Crossfire (Grade-3), Golf Course (Grade-4), Roller Coaster (Grade-4), The Wall (Grade-5) and others.
Famous Rafting Points
Rafting starts from Devprayag to Rishikesh, approximately 70 kms on River Ganga. But some points are very popular because of the rapid levels in the river.
Famous rafting points, rapid grades, and river distance are mentioned below-
Brahmpuri to Muni Ki Reti (9 kms): Maximum 2 grade level rapids – easy level, good for kids and old age adults. Maximum 1 hour to cover.
Shivpuri to Nim Beach / Muni ki Reti (16 kms): Enjoyable 2, 3 and 4-grade level rapids – difficult level. Only 14+ age kids up to 60 years adults are allowed. Maximum 2 hours to cover.
Marine Drive to Nim Beach / Muni ki Reti (24 kms): Enjoyable 2, 3 and 4-grade level rapids – difficult level. Only 14+ age kids up to 60 years adults are allowed. Maximum 4 hours to cover.
Kudiyala to Nim Beach / Muni ki Reti (40 kms): Enjoyable 2, 3, 4 and 5-grade level rapids – very difficult level. The Wall is a 5-grade level rapid during this stretch. Only an expert swimmer is allowed to do this stretch. Maximum 7 hours to complete this stretch.
Some famous rapids on river Ganga are The Wall (Grade-5), Denial Dip (Grade-3), Three Blind Mice (Grade-4), Golf Course (Grade-4), and Roller Coaster (Grade-4).
Carry With You
You must carry T-shirt, Knickers, Bermudas and Floaters for river rafting. For Camping and trekking, nearby, you must carry – torch, warm clothes, trekking shoes, tent, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Best Timing for Rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh River Rafting remains closed during the monsoon season, from July to September. Except for this, October to June is the river rafting opening season. The best time suggested by Campinginrishikesh.in is October to Mid December and February to May. These timings are completely safe and enjoyable for river rafting and camping.
How to Reach
By Road: Rishikesh is well connected roadways with the major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Lucknow and Chandigarh. All river rafting and camping points are located along the Rishikesh-Badrinath Road.
By Train: The main and nearest railway stations are: Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport from Rishikesh. Nowadays, regular flights from all common cities are easily accessible from here. Except for Dehradun, Delhi is the main airport to reach Rishikesh.