Rafting in Rishikesh

Rafting is the most popular activity in Rishikesh. The strong currents and challenging rapids of river Ganga makes rafting in rishikesh a worth trying experience. Amazing landscapes, white water, and beautiful mountains are the highlights of a river rafting trip. So if you’re one who loves to take a plunge, then join us in our rafting adventure starting from Rishikesh. Don’t wait, Book your slots today, and let the adventure begin! 

  • Activity Timings – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Starting Points – Janki Setu or Tapovan – This is your trip starting point
  • Duration – 2-4 hours – depends on the stretch

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One of the shortest stretches in Rishikesh rafting. The 9 km rafting starts from Brahmapuri and ends in Nim Beach near Tapovan, Rishikesh. It is an ideal stretch for kids and older people who want to try rafting.

  • Starting Point – Tapovan, Rishikesh
  • Distance – 9 km
  • Rafting Duration – 1:30 hours
  • Rapids Included – 3 (Grade I & II rapids)
  • Inclusions – 9 km rafting session, transfers (to & fro), helmet, paddles & life-jacket

Cost – Rs 600 per person

The most popular rafting in Rishikesh, 16 km stretch starts from the adventure town – Shivpuri, and sails you down 12 km to the Nim beach area of Tapovan, Rishikesh. It is considered a fairly easy stretch suitable for adults experiencing river rafting for the first time.

  • Starting Point – Tapovan, Rishikesh
  • Distance – 16 km
  • Rafting Duration – 2:30 hours
  • Rapids Included – 7 (Grade I, II & III rapids)
  • Inclusions – 16 km rafting session, transfers (to & fro), helmet, paddles & life-jacket

Cost – Rs 1000 per person

Anyone who has experienced the thrill of 16 km rafting is a suitable participant for 26 km rafting. An advanced-level rafting stretch starts from a marine drive to Nim Beach, Rishikesh.

  • Starting Point – Tapovan, Rishikesh
  • Distance – 26 km
  • Rafting Duration – 4:30 hours
  • Rapids Included – 12 (Grade I, II, III & IV rapids)
  • Inclusions – 26 km rafting session, transfers (to & fro), helmet, paddles & life-jacket

Cost – Rs 1500 per person

The 35 km stretch from Kaudiyala to Nim Beach is the longest and most challenging route for rafting in rishikesh. This stretch will approximately take 6-7 hours to complete, and is only recommended for those with good rafting experience. The route starts in Kaudiyala, located 35 km from Rishikesh, and winds through the stunning Himalayan landscape before finishing in Nim Beach.

  • Starting Point – Tapovan, Rishikesh
  • Distance – 35 km
  • Rafting Duration – 6-7 hours
  • Rapids Included – 15 (All Grade I to V rapids)
  • Inclusions – 35 km rafting session, transfers (to & fro), safety kayak, paddles, helmet & life jacket

Cost – Rs 3000 per person

Note – Minimum 6 person are needed for this trip. 

River Rafting in Rishikesh Price - 2023

Rafting in Rishikesh RoutesDurationCost per person
Brahmapuri to Rishikesh - 9 km1:30 hr
600
Shivpuri to Rishikesh - 16 km3 hr
1000
Marine Drive to Rishikesh - 24 km4-5 hr
1500
Kaudiyala to Rishikesh - 35 km
7 hr
₹ 2500

Note - Above chart shows the rafting route, duration and cost of different rafting trips.

Important Things to Know before you go for Rafting in Rishikesh:

  1. Wear your life jackets all time during rafting session.
  2. Follow the instructions of your guide and listen to their safety briefing.
  3. Keep your legs inside the raft and hold on to the handholds or rope.
  4. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and water conditions. And always carry an additional pair of clothes.
  5. Apply a sun-screen to prevent sunburns.
  6. If needed, one can keep their luggage and other items at our rafting office.
  7. If you want video footage, you’ve to pay additional charges (around Rs 2000 for 8 people) before starting your rafting trip.
  8. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your departure time for a smooth rafting session.
  9. Non-Swimmers can also participate in river rafting in Rishikesh.
  10. Weather conditions or an increase in the Ganga river's water level can cause the activity to be postponed. An alternate schedule will be provided after discussing it with you. Else full refund will be processed.

Safety Guidelines

  • Pay attention to the briefing done before starting your rafting trip.
  • Ask any doubts you've from the on-ground team.
  • Always wear your helmet and life jacket.
  • Pay close attention to the instructions of the guide during rafting.
  • We use quality rafts and certified equipment for our river rafting trip.
  • We have trained guides having years of rafting experience in different rivers.
  • People having serious medical conditions are not advised to indulge in this sport.
  • Medically unfit and pregnant ladies are advised to not participate in Scuba diving.

Booking Terms

To book this trip you’ve to pay 40% of the total booking amount. After which you’ll receive a confirmation shortly. Rest amount has to be paid on arrival day before starting the mentioned trip.

Cancellation Terms

  1. If cancellations are made within 30 days or prior, no cancellation charges will be deducted from the booking amount.
  2. If cancellations are made between 30-15 days, 50% of the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
  3. If cancellations are made in less than 7 days, 100% of the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
  4. In the event of ‘No show’, No refund shall be made under any circumstances.

Refund Terms

Once cancelled, any refunds would be processed in original payment method in 10 working day.

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Know More About Rafting in Rishikesh

River Rafting is a team building activity done on a raft on the water of river Ganga in Rishikesh. In rafting, one will experience extreme thrills as they navigate the white water rapids of the mighty Ganges and are surrounded by stunning natural beauty. It is a fun activity to enjoy on a Rishikesh trip. Thousands of adventure seekers come to Rishikesh every year to enjoy river rafting. Kids, adults and elderly people can also participate in the activity.

Best Timings:

The best time to enjoy rafting in Rishikesh is from March to June, when the weather is perfect for diving into the chilly waters of the Ganges River. However, rafting is available for all adventurers from October to mid-June each year. Please note that the activity is closed during the monsoon season, from July to September.

Rafting Points in Rishikesh:

Brahmapuri, Clubhouse, Shivpuri, Marine drive, and Kaudiyala are the five rafting points in Rishikesh.

Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh:

Jump off from 20 feet high cliff to down ganga river and experience the best water jump of your life. Cliff Jumping is included in every rafting stretch in Rishikesh and people call it “heart of River Rafting”. Guest needs not to pay any extra charges to participate in cliff jumping during their rafting tour.

Rapids You’ll Come across during River Rafting:

Rapids are formed with waves and currents of the white water. Here are the different level rapids you’ll face while rafting in Rishikesh.

Grade I: These are the easiest rapids, with small waves and gentle currents. They are suitable for beginners and are generally safe for all ages.

Sweet Sixteen & Black money are two popular rapids of the Grade I level. One can experience them in a 9 km & 12 km rafting stretch.

Grade II: These rapids have medium-sized water waves along with some obstacles, such as rocks. They require a bit more skill and experience to navigate safely.

Hilton and Terminator & Double Trouble are grades II rapids. You’ll face these rapids if you opt for a 9 km & 16 km package for rafting.

Grade III: These are more challenging rapids with larger waves, tight turns, and unpredictable currents. They require a higher level of skill and physical ability to navigate safely.

Crossfire, Three Blind mice, Clubhouse and Roller Coaster, are the top four grade III rapids you can experience in rafting. 

Grade IV: These are the most challenging rapids, with large waves, strong currents, and extreme drops. They are only suitable for experienced rafters.

The Great Wall, Golf Course, and Daniel’s Dip are three Grade IV rapids that are popular among rafters. If you want to experience these rapids, you should go on the 35 km From Kaudiyala to Rishikesh.

FAQs about Rafting in Rishikesh:

Yes. River Rafting is open in Rishikesh as of 1st February 2023.

River Rafting is completely safe in Rishikesh as our operators are certified by the Uttarakhand tourism department and follow proper safety norms. Even the guides are pros, have undergone rigorous training, and have tons of experience in conducting river rafting sport.

March to June is the best time to visit Rishikesh for river rafting as the weather is hot and ideal for being in the water. Moreover, these months are the peak season for activities like Rishikesh camping, bungee jumping, reverse bungee jumping, giant swing, flying fox, zipline, paragliding, and go-karting.

An additional charge of 2000 rupees for 8 person have to be bear the customer to get videography & pictures.

One can enjoy river rafting in Rishikesh without weight restrictions as long as the PFD jacket fits the person’s body.

Note – PFD is a person flotation device, a.k.a life vest or life jacket, which is mandatory to wear during a white water rafting trip in Rishikesh.

The minimum age for river rafting is 14 years in Rishikesh, and there is no upper age limit as long as the person is physically fit to participate in the rafting activity.

On average, rafting in Rishikesh usually ranges from 600 – 3500 rupees per person. The cost depends upon the distance and duration of the rafting course. Here are the popular rafting stretches with their prices:

  • 16 km Rafting from Shivpuri – Rs 1000 per person
  • 9 km Rafting from Brahmapuri – Rs 600 per person
  • 24 km Rafting from Marine drive – Rs 1500 per person
  • 35 km Rafting from Kaudiyala – Rs 2500 per person

It is best to wear quick-drying, breathable clothes that will not become waterlogged and heavy. Trousers/shorts and t-shirts, made from polyester and nylon, are a good choice, as they will dry quickly and will not weigh you down in the water. 

Avoid cotton clothes, which take a long time to dry and can make you feel cold and uncomfortable.

You should also wear a pair of water shoes or sandals that have a good grip and are designed to use in the water.

Yes, you have to pre-book your rafting slots in advance, as there are hardly any slots left for walk-in guests during peak season. So it’s a wise decision to book your rafting in advance. Also, people who prebook rafting slots get discounted deals as compared to those who book Rishikesh rafting on arrival.

Yes, river rafting is operational in December. Of course, we know it’s winter, and the water is cold at this time. Still, people who come to Rishikesh don’t shy away from participating in rafting and enjoy an altogether great experience.

Hell Yes! You can enjoy Rishikesh river rafting in February too. However, it’s winter, and the water is cold. But this doesn’t stop adventure enthusiasts from rafting and taking a plunge into the Ganga river.

Rafting is available in Rishikesh from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm everyday.

Yes, you can contact us at 8077146567 / 7455856399 / 9897770643 for any inquiries regarding river rafting in Rishikesh.

Here in Rishikesh, we have rafts that can accommodate up to 10 person. Out of 10, only eight seats can be booked, the other two are reserved for the guide and his helper.

No, there is no swimming experience required to participate in river rafting in rishikesh. You’ll wear PFD jackets that will keep you afloat on the river water.

Indiathrills.com provides the best river rafting services in Rishikesh. Their rafting operators are registered with the Uttarakhand government, use quality-tested safety equipment, and their guides are professionals with years of rafting experience.

The other good operators are Red chilli Adventures and Snow Leopard expeditions.