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The holy city of Rishikesh has emerged as one of the most exciting places to visit in India with friends to indulge in a range of adventure sports. There are many things to do in Rishikesh, such as visiting religious places, learning yoga, sightseeing, trekking, etc. The city has become a hub for pursuing adventure activities in India, such as cliff jumping, flying fox, giant swing, kayaking, bungee jumping, and so on.

However, river rafting in Rishikesh has become extremely popular in recent years. The river Ganga is full of energy due to its fresh descent from the mountains providing ample opportunities for river rafting in Rishikesh at many stretches.

Grades of Rapids

The fast-flowing turbulent sections of a river are called rapids. Rapids in Rishikesh can be categorised into five grades based on the manoeuvering difficulty level while river rafting. 

  • Grade I: Easiest to Navigate

These are the easiest to raft with mild currents and negligible risk involved.

  • Grade II: Moderately Difficult 

These are the ones where there is a significant clearance between the rocks or obstacles, making it easier to manoeuvre the raft. 

  • Grade III: Highly Technical

Grade III rapids have serious obstacles, such as irregular and high waves and rocks. Therefore, they require a highly skilled rafting guide having good navigating skills and fair judgement of the water current and the obstacles in the river.

  • Grade IV: Real Thrill

The real thrill of river rafting begins from grade IV. The uneven water flow, sudden drops, and powerful waves can topple the raft.

  • Grade V: Difficult

Grade V rapids are for adrenaline enthusiasts and can be dangerous. The toppling of the raft is quite common here.

Best Rafting Stretches in Rishikesh

Sr. No.

Rafting Stretch

Distance (Km)

Rafting Grades

Major Rapids

1.

Brahmapuri to Lakshman Jhula

9

I and II

Sweet sixteen, Black money, Double trouble, Terminator & Hilton

2.

Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula

16

I, II, and III

Roller Coaster, Club House, CrossFire

3.

Marine Drive to Lakshman Jhula

26

I, II, III, and IV

Golf Course, Wall

 

Kaudiyala to Neem Beach

35

I, II, III, IV, and V

Wall, Daniel’s Dip, Double Trouble

Best Season for Water Rafting in Rishikesh

In Rishikesh, water rafting is open for most of the year except the rainy season, which usually lasts from July to September. However, you can experience the best river rafting in Rishikesh from March to June, when it’s the summer season.

Spots for Camping and Rafting

Following are some of Rishikesh’s camping and rafting spots that you can choose for your Rishikesh water rafting adventure.

  • Camp Gold Coast
  • Camp Wildex
  • Glasshouse on Ganges
  • Cradle of Life
  • Ravers Beach Camp

Safety Measures For Rafting

River rafting involves varying degrees of risk depending on the grade of rapids. Therefore, ensure to undertake the following safety measures before going on river rafting.

  • Ensure your fitness. A health check-up is advisable.
  • Wear a life jacket, helmet, and all other personal protective equipment.
  • Wear light garments and keep an extra pair of clothes.
  • Never board the raft after consuming alcohol.
  • Never carry any valuable items.
  • Don’t go rafting near Sunset time as you have to get back to your camp before dark.
  • Check in advance about Rishikesh’s water rafting safety protocols and guidelines with your rafting instructor and guide.

A Rishikesh rafting and camping tour in the majestic Himalayan mountains alongside the gurgling river Ganga is an experience of a lifetime. The experience might change your general perspective toward life and your goals. So, pack your bags and embark on an adrenaline overdrive with river rafting in Rishikesh. 

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