If you are ever thinking of River rafting, Rishikesh will be the first place that will come to your mind. It is not only famous for Indian, but plenty of foreigners visit Rishikesh every year as it is the most popular adventure and spiritual destination. Rishikesh is popularly known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Yoga Capital of the world. If you want to experience River rafting in Rishikesh, you will find a lot of River rafting operators there almost everywhere in Rishikesh. The rafting operators in Rishikesh are very conscious about the safety of the people who will be there in the rafts. They will give you a good quality of life jacket, helmets, and bodysuits (which is chargeable). And during the rafting, there will an experienced instructor with you.
Before going for a river rafting, you should know certain things like Rapids and from where you want to start your river rafting.
Rapids are those section of a river where the river beds are relatively steep and incline which cause in increasing water velocity and turbulence. There are six types of rapid across the world, But in Rishikesh, you will find only the first five types of rapids where the difficulty level increases gradually.
Types of rapids in Rishikesh-
- Grade I – (EASY) – Fast moving water with only small waves (Recommended for family).
- Grade II- (MODERATE) – Water flow is pretty quick with moderate-sized waves.
- Grade III – (QUITE DIFFICULT) – The waves will be pretty high and irregular, have moderately strong waves.
- Grade IV – (DIFFICULT) – Difficult to handle the raft, the waves will be long and strong enough to flip the raft.
- Grade V – (TREMENDOUS DIFFICULT) – Have violent long rapids, you will face powerful waves. (Recommended only for Experts).
There are six points from where you can start your rafting journey.
- Brahampuri to Ram Jhula. (8 km)
- Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula. (16 km)
- Marine Drive to Laxman Jhula. (26 km)
- Byasi to Laxman Jhula. (30 km)
- Khaodiyala to Laxman Jhula. (35 km)
- Devprayag to Laxman Jhula. (70 km)
Brahampuri – Ram Jhula
The distance between Bramhampuri to Ram Jhula is 8 km, which takes around 1 – 2 hrs. This stretch is easy and short mostly recommended for those who are with there family and just want to have a quick and simple experience of river rafting, and this will cost you around Rs 500 per person. In this stretch, you will go through some of the Grade I and Grade II rapids.
Shivpuri – Laxman Jhula.
The distance of Shivpuri to Rishikesh is 16 km, and it takes around 2 – 3 hrs. This is most selling Rafting stretch, this stretch is meager cost also it takes around 1000 per person. In this stretch, you can enjoy a lot because it is not extremely easy nor it is very tough. It is perfect for college students or people who like adventure and doing river rafting for the first time. You will face some of the Grade I and Grade II rapids like Roller Coaster, Return to Sender, Double Trouble, and Golf Course.
Marine Drive – Laxman Jhula.
This is a difficult stretch and a long one also, it takes around 3 – 4 hrs, the distance is approximately 27 km. From Marine Drive to Rishikesh. In this stretch, you will also get a chance to enjoy cliff jumping which is free of cost, the raft will stop at a place where you can jump in river Ganga from a cliff and the height is approximately 30 feet. It will test your strength and your courage, the jump is completely safe no need to panic if you don’t know how to swim then also it doesn’t matter because you will be wearing a life jacket which doesn’t allow you to sink. In this stretch, you will be facing some of the moderately difficult rapids like Crossfire Roller Coaster, The Wall, Golf Course, Three Blind Mice, Club House, Initiation, Hiltons & Terminator, and Double Trouble.
Byasi – Rishikesh
The stretch from Byasi to Rishikesh is around 30 km and it takes around 4 – 5 hrs, this stretch is pretty long and you need to have a good physical endurance to do this stretch, and in this stretch, you can be tired because as the distance is too long and rafting for 5 to 6 hrs is not easy, it is recommended for those people who had experience in river rafting.
Khaudiyala – Rishikesh
The distance is around 35km and it takes around 5 hrs to reach the destination. This stretch is pretty challenging and you will be facing lots of powerful waves, and the rapids are long and strong enough to flip the raft. don’t try to do this stretch for just having fun without gaining experience in river rafting.
Devprayag – Rishikesh
This stretch is a two-day rafting expedition, were on the first day you will be rafting from Devprayag to Khaudiyala which is around 35 km and camp on the riverside and on the next day From Khaudiyala to Rishikesh which is another 35km the total distance from Devprayag to Rishikesh is 70 km. This is the most challenging stretch and the most difficult one. Only people who are experts are recommended to go for this stretch.
Things you should do-
- If you have a problem with cold water then ask the instructor for the bodysuit they will charge you Rs 200 for that but it will help a lot during rafting it will maintain your body temperature and you will not feel cold.
- Do not wear shoes or boots while going for the rafting always use slippers or flipflops or any footwear which is cheap because during rafting you can’t wear shoes or any type of footwear. and there are chances that your footwear can fall on the river during you cross the rapids.
- You can carry your mobile phones and purse the instructor will keep those items in a waterproof bag where everything will be safe.
Major Rapids, you will find in Rishikesh –
- Good Morning (Grade 1)
- Sweet Sixteen (Grade 1)
- Black Money (Grade 1)
- Body Surfing (Grade 1)
- Club House (Grade 2)
- Double Trouble (Grade 2)
- Initiation (Grade 2)
- Hilton (Grade 2)
- Terminator (Grade 2)
- Shivpuri Rapid (Grade 2+)
- CrossFire (Grade 3)
- Golf Course (Grade 3)
- Roller coaster (Grade 3)
- Three Blind Mice (Grade 3)
- Return to Sender (Grade 3)
- Daniel’s Dip (Grade 3+)
- The Great Wall (Grade 4)