Rafting in Rishikesh - Rishikesh Rafting Packages
Rishikesh is unique city which has something to offer for everyone. Rishikesh is also known as River Rafting Capital of India. Rishikesh attracts thousands of adventure lovers every year. River Ganges from the Gangotri glacier to Ganga Sagar is one of the most holy rivers in India. Starting from Gangotri Glacier to Rishikesh it makes its way throughout the mountainous route. A number of white water rapids, creates wonderful opportunities for rafting which is rare in India. At Gangotri it is known as Bhagirathi but from Devprayag it is known as River Ganges when it merges with Alaknanda River. The River Ganges is like a part of Indian culture and civilization. On her way to Rishikesh, the Ganges River offers fun-filled river rapids. From grade 1 to grade 5 this area has all kind of rapids for perfect adventure. River rafting is a adventure for not only adults but it is also safe for children as well. To enjoy rafting you don't need to learn swimming. Rafting can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. High quality equipments and expert guide and instructors will ensure your complete safety. During the Rafting people can enjoy magnificent views of the Shiwalik hills and the Ganges. Brahmpuri, Shivpuri, Marine Drive, Byasi, Kaudiyala, Kirti Nagar, Devprayag And Rudraprayag are the places where you can start your rafting to Rishikesh.
Best Time for Rishikesh Rafting
Rafting is Rishikesh starts in September after monsoon season. Normally it ends in June month before monsoon. Spring and summer is peak season for rafting. During Dec – Jan most of the people don't dare do rafting due to very cold water. However some people feel it more adventurous.
Rishikesh Rafting Tips
If you are coming Rishikesh for the first time for rafting, you should keep some important tips in mind. You should always listen all the instructions from your guide. Don't be overconfident about your skills. Use some simple techniques such as jumping to the high side of the raft while running through rapid. Select proper rafting stretch as per your age. Some rafting stretches are not safe for children or senior citizens. For children (more than 07 years), senior citizen or first timers can enjoy Rafting from Brahmpuri to Rishikesh. It has Grade I and Grade II rapids and it is 2 hrs long rafting which is suitable for them. Shivpuri Rafting is suitable for 15 years to 45 years old people (Rapids upto Grade III). Kaudiyala Rafting is suitable for 18 years old to 45 year old people (Rapids upto grade IV). Don't forget to carry necessary medications, such as inhalers or insulin etc.
Rapids at the Rishikesh Rafting
From Kaudiyala to Rishikesh there are 16 rapids in total 36 kms distance. 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. Grade V and VI are not for general people. From Brahmpuri to Rishikesh Rafting we have Upto Grade II rapids. From Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting & Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting we have upto Grade III+ rapids. Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting has Upto Grade IV rapids. Popular rapids are Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice & Golf Course.
Safety Guidelines at Rishikesh Rafting
If you follow some basic precautions you can enjoy rafting safely. Rapids above Grade III+ are not suitable for children and senior citizens. Select proper lifejacket which fits your. Don't use damaged of oversized life jackets. Don't try to do rafting after sunset. Rafting is not safe in dark. Use mosquito repellants and lotions. Avoid perfume because it attracts insects. Water is sometime very cold so use cloths which is easy to dry.
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, Quick drying shorts or swimming costume, Sunglasses with retaining cord, Extra batteries and Ice Box.
Life Jackets, Inflatable Rafting Boats, Carbon Paddles, Helmets, Dry Bags, Ropes and Rescue Throw Bags are basic equipments for Rafting.
Rishikesh Rafting Packages
Brahmapuri to Rishikesh Rafting
Brahmpuri is the nearest point from Rishikesh for rafting. If you are completely new to rafting and little scared of it or you have children this will be ideal choice for you. Brahmpuri to Rishikesh is 10 to 12 kms rafting. In this rafting you will have very small rapids so you will feel more like boating. If it is your first experience, you need expert's guidance. You need to listen carefully all the safety guidelines instructed by rafting guides or instructors. The river rapids of this part fall into Grade I. This rafting will have Jail No Bail & Double Trouble rapids (Both Grade II rapids).
Brahmpuri Rafting Duration: It needs normally 02 hrs.
Brahmpuri Rafting Distance: Brahmpuri to Rishikesh Rafting is 9 to 10 kms long.
Brahmpuri Rafting Rapids: Grade II
Brahmpuri Rafting Suitable Age: 14 years to 65 years.
Brahmpuri Rafting Cost: On Request according to group size because this rafting is not popular. Generally rates starts from INR 300 to 400 per person
Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting
Shivpuri to Rishikesh raftingis most popular rafting in Rishikesh. For most of the people it becomes most memorable experiences in their life. Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting has some amazing rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster (Grade 3+), Golf Coarse (Grade 3+), Club House, Initiation, Double Trouble and Hilton. Shivpuri to Rishikesh is 16 kms rafting. Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting is ideal choice if you like some adventure and thrill. Normally it takes approx 3 hours. If you have children or you have some old age people above 50 you should avoid this rafting. Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting will have upto Grade III+. You will experience rapids like Return to sender (Grade II), Roller Coaster (Grade III+), Tea Off (Grade I), Golf Coarse (Grade III+), Club House (Grade II), Cash Flow (Grade II), Jail No Bail (Grade II) & Double Trouble (Grade II).
Shivpuri Rafting Duration: It needs normally 03 to 3.5 hrs.
Shivpuri Rafting Distance: Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting is 16 kms long.
Shivpuri Rafting Rapids: Up to Grade III+.
Shivpuri Suitable Age : 16 years to 50 years.
Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting Cost Option A: INR 600 per person for standard rafting.
Option B: INR 800 per person with Extra safety kayaker.
Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting
Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting is total 22 kms long. It is reccomended for young adventure lovers.In this rafting you will cover most of the rapids near Rishikesh. Marine Drive has nice silver sand beaches. Normally it needs 04 hrs. You will experience rapids like Hugs & Kisses (Grade II), Black Money (Grade II), Three Blind Mice (Grade III), Cross Fire (Grade II), Body Surfing (Grade II), Shivpuri (Grade II), Return to sender (Grade II), Roller Coaster (Grade III+), Tea Off (Grade I), Golf Coarse (Grade III+), Club House (Grade II), Cash Flow (Grade II), Jail No Bail (Grade II) & Double Trouble (Grade II). Marine drive to Rishikesh is better for 18 to 45 years people.
Marine Drive Rafting Duration: It needs normally 04 hrs.
Marine Drive Rafting Distance: Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting is 26 kms long.
Marine Drive Rafting Rapids: Upto Grade III+.
Marine Drive Rafting Suitable Age: 18 years to 45 years.
Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting Cost Option A: INR 800 per person for standard rafting.
Option B: INR 1000 per person with Extra safety kayaker.
Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting
Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting is for people who are into adventure and love to go little far from average. This is total 36 kms rafting and you will need 5 to 6 hours. You will need a lot of energy to paddle for this long distance. Kaudiyala is the longest streatch of rafting people do near rishikesh. You will experience rapids like Daniel Dip (Grade III +), Butter Fly (Grade I), The Wall (Grade IV), Hugs & Kisses (Grade II), Black Money (Grade II), Three Blind Mice (Grade III), Cross Fire (Grade II), Body Surfing (Grade II), Shivpuri (Grade II), Return to sender (Grade II), Roller Coaster (Grade III+), Tea Off (Grade I), Golf Coarse (Grade III+), Club House (Grade II), Cash Flow (Grade II), Jail No Bail (Grade II) & Double Trouble (Grade II). Kaudiyala to Rishikesh is better for 20 to 40 years people.
Kaudiyala Rafting Duration: It needs normally 05 to 06 hrs.
Kaudiyala Rafting Distance: Kaudiyala to Rishikesh Rafting is 36 kms long.
Kaudiyala Rafting Rapids: Upto Grade IV.
Kaudiyala Rafting Suitable Age: 20 years to 40 years.
Marine Drive to Rishikesh Rafting Cost Option A: INR 1300 per person for standard rafting.
Option B: INR 1600 per person with Extra safety kayaker.
Note: The Wall is grade IV rapid and some time it is dangerous to put raft in that rapid.