A Guide to White Water Rafting in Rishikesh
A kaleidoscopic city in the Dehradun
district of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh boasts of its lush, evergreen outlook and
everlasting charm. Guarded by towering hills and mountains, adorned with the
gurgling Ganges and its tributaries, this holiest city in the Garhwal Himalayas
also serves as a sought after destination for the adventure junkies. Be it
trekking, mountaineering, hiking, bungee jumping or rafting in Rishikesh, the thrill seekers can always get their dose
of thrill and excitement in this wonderful city.
Located around 43km from Haridwar, as the
holy Ganges flows through the heart of Rishikesh, it makes for a promising
destination for the river rafting or white water rafting enthusiasts! Owing to
the rugged and uneven settings, the geographical location and the flow of
Ganges and its tributaries, Rishikesh offers some of the most strenuous rapids
in the entire country, and is thronged by a large number of adventure
aficionados from various corners of the world.
If you are among the adrenaline junkies and
is yearning for an enthralling encounter with the splashing waves, you must
indulge in and experience the fun and thrill of rafting in Rishikesh. And to make your adventure quest easy, here
is a detailed guide to Rishikesh rafting;
get yourself soaked with a much required adrenaline rush.
Classification of Rapids:
Bestowed with the gurgling Ganges and its
tributaries and some of the deep ravines, Rishikesh
river rafting promises endless enthralling moments to the rafter. It is in
this quaint Garhwal city, you can enjoy rafting through many different rapids
of various grades. With a range of grade-I to grade-V, rafting is Rishikesh
will surely keep you engrossed with its unique charm and thrill! Mentioned
below are the classification of rapids, you can find and enjoy in this city:
These are the easiest among all the types
of rapids. They are classified as grade-I due to the fact that they involve
lesser amount of challenges and mostly occur in the plains. Due to this fact,
the flow and speed of these rapids are considerably among as compared to other
Known to be ideal for the beginners, grade-I rapids also involve lesser
amount of manoeuvring techniques and skillsets. Also, since these rapids
involve a mild amount of current and are conducted in the shallow region, even
a non-swimmer can participate in grade-I river rafting.
After the grade-I, there are the grade-II
rapids that are also considered ideal for the novice rafters. Taking the fun
and thrill of Rishikesh rafting one
step further, these rapids offer are usually tougher than the previous type,
and can be found in those regions where the main river passes through the
uneven regions or slightly rocky trails. Due to this, they also offers a bit of
challenge and a reasonable or moderate amount of challenge to the rafters.
navigate through them, one surely needs prior rafting experience and navigating
skills; rafting with a skilled guides is advisable in this case! Grade-II river
rafting is one of the most popular and sought after activities among the
rafting enthusiasts to this region.
The first step to the fascinating world of white water rafting in Rishikesh,
grade-III rapids will take you through some of the tiring and strenuous rapids
in the Ganges and its tributaries. Due to the high speed and size of these
rapids, whenever they crashes against the rock surfaces, they appear to be
foamy-white and thus called white water rafting! These types of rapids are
commonly found in the regions where the river flows downward with great speed
and also passes through some of the rugged and rocky patches.
One surely needs a rafting guide while
manoeuvring through the grade-II rapids. Adding more to the thrill and
excitement of this type of Rishikesh
rafting, there are high amount of challenges and requires very skilled
cruising techniques or skills.
Once you are acquainted with the tips and
tricks of rafting in Rishikesh, you
must begin the fun and experience the thrill with the grade-IV rapids. Compared
to the first three types, these rapids are more fearsome and are known for the
various levels of challenges they offer. Mostly found in the regions where the
river descends down through rocky patches at high speed, these rapids require a
lot of potential and manoeuvring techniques along with high endurance level!
The city has a number of grade-IV rapids
and is known to the most enthralling place for the same. Taking the fun, vigour
and excitement of river rafting to almost the zenith point, it is always
advisable to challenge these types of rapids only after you are very well
versed with all the tips and tricks involved in river rafting in Rishikesh.
The grade-V rapids are the epitome of Rishikesh river rafting! Recommended
only for the expert rafters, they require an ardent set of rafting skills and
plenitude of encounters with the white waters. Mostly found in the regions
where the river passes through extreme rocky patches or are accompanied by
sudden drops, there are a handful of such rapids in the whole country, and most
of them are found in Rishikesh itself.
Also, as the river goes deep, grade-V white water rafting Rishikesh is only
recommend for those rafters who are well acquainted with swimming. Most of the
times, this type of rapids are also accompanied by large whirlpools as they
occur mostly at the confluence point of water current from different sources of
water. Extremely challenging, grade-V rafting must not be tried without the
proper consent of the rafting guides and must also be done under the expert
supervision of highly experienced rafting guides and instructors!
Popular Rapids for Rafting in Rishikesh:
Sweet Sixteen (Grade-I):
Talking about the grade-I rafting, Sweet
Sixteen boasts of being the most popular and captivating rapid across the
Ganges. Passing through shallow regions, it offers easy passage, lesser amount
of challenges and can be successfully cruised by almost all the types of
Owing to all these factors, it mainly attracts the novice or the
beginner rafters; families with kids or junior members can also indulge in
Sweet Sixteen rafting in Rishikesh.
Hilton and Terminator
During your visit to the renowned Ram Jhula
in Rishikesh, you will surely come across this fascinating rapid called the
Hilton and Terminator. A grade-II rapid, it starts from the vicinity of
Brahmapuri and winds up after reaching Ram Jhula.
Passing through some of the
sharp edges and amazing turns, this rapid offers an enthralling and equally safe
rafting experience! In addition to rafting, you can also indulge in body
surfing and cliff jumping by the end while cruising through this rapid.
Three Blind Mice
After cruising through the grade-I or II
rapids for a couple of times, you can plunge into the raft and manoeuvre
towards the Three Blind Mice in Rishikesh! Graded as third level of rafting in Rishikesh, it passes through
a series of sharp and enthralling passes that adds an extra amount of thrill
and adventure to the rapid.
Though can be enjoyed by amateur rafters, strict
guidance from the rafting guides or instructors are recommended for a promising
experience through Three Blind Mice!
Cross Fire (Grade-III):
Another grade-III rapid that offers you to
cruise through the holy Ganges at its full glory, Cross Fire is known for the
series of challenges difficulties associated with it. During the course, this
rapid passes through one of the most strenuous and roughest phase of the river
and thus entices a large number of rafters. Prior experience and expert
guidance is a must in case you are planning to cruise through Cross Fire!
The extreme level of turbulence, current
flow, vast size of the waves and the rocky terrains associated with Roller Coaster
make it a must to challenge rapid while rafting
in Rishikesh. Classified as grade-II/IV rapid, it requires an expert level
of rafting techniques along with high manoeuvring skills. Also, since there are
numerous rock formations along the trail, you will be witnessing frothy waves
while cruising through it; this also makes it an ideal rapid for amazing white
water rafting experience!
Golf Course (Grade-III):
This is one of the rapids that will surely
test all your paddling skills while rafting
in Rishikesh! Though classed as a grade-III rapid, you must have prior
experiences of grade-II or III rapids before you hop into the raft and start
cruising through it. Unlike other rapids of the same grade in Rishikesh, Golf
Course offers extreme challenges and during the course, it passes through some
of the fascinating trials and extremely uneven paths. Get the adrenaline boost
you always craved for and cruise through this rapid under the strict
observation and guidance!
The Wall (Grade-IV):
For the skilled and experienced rafters,
The Wall proves to be an ultimate rapid in Rishikesh! Graded with the fourth
level of rapids, this enthralling rapid will surely take you for a toss with
the extreme level of challenges and difficulties involved with it. Highly
recommended only for the expert rafters or those with prior experiences with
grade-III rapids, it should only be tried under the strict vigilance of an
expert guide or rafting crew members!
Daniel's Dip (Grade-V):
You should try this rapid only after you
have mastered the skills and techniques of rafting
in Rishikesh! Known to be the most enthralling rapid in the entire region
or in the Ganges, Daniel’s Dip is among the very grade-V rapids in the entire
country. Keeping in mind about the series of challenges and difficulties
involved with it, you should never try cruising through the Daniel’s Dip
without a full-fledged rafting crew or an expert rafting team!
Best time for Rafting in Rishikesh:
rafting is best enjoyed during the post-monsoon
seasons. Usually, it starts from September and continues with the fun and
thrill of rafting in Rishikesh till
Though rafting can also done during the
months of December-January, the drop in the winter temperature makes it a bit
challenging to step into the gurgling rivers.
Safety Measures in
- Non-swimmers or minors must not try
rafting other than with the Grade-I rapids.
- Before joining the rafting expedition, one
should get a health check-up done; fitness is extremely important for
- Do not involve in the consumption of
alcohol or any other intoxicants during rafting.
- Always paddle as a team and not
- Pay heed to all the guidelines and
instructions from the tour guides or facilitators.
- Always put on the life-jackets to avoid
Things to Carry:
- Carry an extra pair of clothes and towels
- During rafting, wear suggested clothes
- Sunscreen lotion or any similar lotion
- Sunglasses (if necessary)
How to Reach Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is well connected with several
major tourist destinations and other places of interest. Considering this, road
journeys prove to be best ways to reach this adventure capital of India. Be it
from Delhi (229km), Haridwar (20km), Mussoorie (72km), or other places, you can
always avail the bus service and reach Rishikesh without much hassles.
Haridwar Railway Station is the closest
railway station to Rishikesh. After your arrival in here, you can hire a cab or
take a bus to the main city; both the cities are extremely well-connected and
offers plenty of communication options.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the
nearest airport to Rishikesh. Since it is a domestic airport, you can easily
reach there from various corners of the country.
Rafting Camps and Resorts in Rishikesh:
In addition to the thrill and adventure of
rafting, Rishikesh also offers several exciting camps, hotels, resorts or other
retreats that allure the rafting enthusiasts in a large number. Ideal places to
unwind and relax after completing an extremely exhilarating rafting course,
these retreats not only help you to get reenergised, but also keep you
enchanted with their luxury amenities and warm services.
Next time you make it to Rishikesh for an amazing
river rafting experience, check-in into one of these getaways mentioned below,
and treat yourself in the most relaxing way.