White Water Rafting or River Rafting in Rishikesh is an extreme adventure activity for adventure seekers. The objective is to go downstream at a fast speed on river rapids on a rubber inflated raft. River Rafting is one of the most performed and popular adventure activities around the world. Rapids and water at a fast pace are essential for performing this activity. Teamwork and coordination are a must to perform this activity. People from India and other countries visit Rishikesh to experience this thrilling water sport.
There are four popular rafting stretches in Rishikesh:
This River Rafting stretch is 9 km long. It is the shortest stretch for river rafting in Rishikesh. Kids, old people, and beginners can try this stretch. Brahmapuri is located 8 km from Rishikesh and takes 20 minutes to reach the rafting point.
This Rishikesh Rafting stretch is 16 km long. It is the most preferred rafting stretch among people. The starting point is Shivpuri, located 15 km from Rishikesh and takes half an hour to reach.
This Rishikesh Rafting stretch is 24 km long. Marine drive to Lakshman Jhula rafting stretch is ideal for people who already experienced 16 km Shivpuri rafting. Adventure seekers crave for this stretch as it has 10 rapids. Marine drive is located 22 km from Rishikesh.
Kaudiyala to Neem Beach rafting is 35 km long. It is the longest Rafting Stretch in Rishikesh. The starting point is Kaudiyala located 35 km from Rishikesh.
March to June end is the best time to experience River Rafting in Rishikesh as during hot summer; people crave a cold splash of river water. Rafting in Rishikesh operates throughout the year except in the Rainy season (Monsoon). Therefore, river rafting is not operational during July, August, and September in Rishikesh.
In December, too, despite the cold weather, there is a massive demand for people who want to enjoy rafting because of the zeal they have in them for this adventure activity.
The term “White Water” originated when the waves of gurgling water hits against the rocks create white foamy water; thus, rafting in those water rapids is known as White Water Rafting. Every River is rated on a scale of grade, which helps people to determine the size and complexity of River Rafting. For example, white Water Rafting at Rishikesh has different stages ranging from grade I to V, where grade I refers to ease, and Grade V refers to a high level of difficulty.
Here are the popular enthralling rapids you will confront in your River Rafting trip in Rishikesh.
Cliff jumping is the heart of Rishikesh rafting. Rafting is incomplete without cliff jumping. Almost everyone tries this short jump. After the start of your rafting activity and cruising through some of the enthralling rapids in white water and diving into the Ganga river. You’ll reach to the spot called Maggi point where you can take some refreshments and Maggi as the raft takes a short halt here. Just beside the Maggi point is located the cliff jumping point. If you want to go for cliff jumping you can ask the guide and he will take you to the jumping point. You have to jump from a cliff at a height of 20 feet with your life jackets on. You will witness a lot of people standing in the queue waiting to jump from this point.
The price of Rishikesh rafting depends on the duration and distance of rafting stretch. The starting price of rafting in Rishikesh is 1000 rupees for 9 km stretch and goes till 3000 rupees for 35 km long rafting. See price table below.
|Rafting Stretch||Difficulty||Cost per person|
|9 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Brahmapuri to Nim Beach)||Easy||Rs 1000|
16 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Shivpuri to Nim Beach)
|26 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Marine drive to Nim Beach)||Moderate||Rs 2000|
|35 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Kaudiyala to Nim Beach)||Hard||Rs 3000|
Standard Timings: 8:30 – 5:00 pm
Rafting in Rishikesh is operated for ten months. (September- February) which is considered as off-season in Rishikesh for River Rafting. (March- June) which is considered as Peak season in Rishikesh. River Rafting in Rishikesh is operational in the month of DECEMBER too. Only during monsoon (July and August) Rafting in Rishikesh is not operated.
During peak season Rafting slots begin early morning from 7 a.m to last 7 p.m as Rishikesh witnesses a huge number of adventure-seekers. Off-season timings are different from the Peak season. During off-season Rafting in Rishikesh begins at 8:00 a.m to 5 p.m. River Rafting timings depend on the stretch travellers are opting for and time taken by travellers to enjoy the sport.
There is a huge popularity for river rafting in Rishikesh. So it’s better to pre-book your rafting slot so that you can save your hassle. One should always keep in mind while booking Rishikesh Rafting slots is to choose the right Adventure Company who provides pleasant experience without compromising with the safety and security of their clients.
India Thrills is the best adventure company for Rishikesh rafting provides you with the best and safe rafting experience with the help of our highly-trained and client-centric staff. You can even pre-book your River Rafting slot by visiting here – Best Deals for Rafting packages in Rishikesh.
– Your name
– No. of people
– Date of Rafting Trip
– Rafting stretch (Distance)
– Amount paid in Advance
– Amount to be paid at arrival
– Google map Location
On the Rafting day, you’ve to reach the given location then you will be transferred to the Rafting starting point in our vehicle. Our guide will give you detailed instructions about safety. And other short briefings related to River Rafting at the start of your activity.
Equipment like paddles, life jackets and helmets will be provided to you. You can take your phones to click pictures as we will provide you with a waterproof bag where you can put your valuables.
You can keep your bags in our office, for the time you come back from your rafting session.
Yes, river rafting is operational in Rishikesh between 9:00 am in morning to 3:00 pm in evening, one can come and enjoy river rafting in Rishikesh between these hours.
It is necessary to carry a comfortable pair of dry-fit clothing and shoes for the river rafting activity.
The cost of rafting in Rishikesh ranges from Rs 600 – 3500. The cost depends upon the distance and duration of the rafting stretch. Here are the popular rafting stretches with 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
14 years is the minimum age group required for river rafting in Rishikesh.
We don’t have any weight limitations for river rafting as long as you’ll fit in the largest possible PFD/ life jacket we have.
Some of the essentials items to carry on rafting trip are:
Transportation during river rafting is included within the rafting in Rishikesh packages. Adventure seekers have to reach our office in Rishikesh which is 2-3 km from Bus station. We provide transportation to and fro our office. Our vehicle will take you to the rafting starting point at the start of your trip. After finishing your rafting, our Vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to our office.
Non-Swimmers are also allowed for Rafting in Rishikesh. As there is no considerable danger as you’ll be provided with PFD jackets which keeps you afloat on the water.
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Rishikesh is around 250 kilometres away from India’s Capital, Delhi and 30 kilometres from Haridwar. And below is the option you can choose to reach Rishikesh.
By Road – Uttarakhand roadways buses are constantly running between Delhi and Rishikesh. It’s the most preferred route among travellers. Ticket costs per person ranging from Rs 385 to 900 (normal buses to luxury Volvos).
By Train – Railway connectivity is also good to reach Rishikesh. One can take a train to Haridwar Railway station. And, Haridwar is just 30 kilometres from Rishikesh. Ticket costs per person ranging from Rs 185 to Rs 1700 (Basic to Luxury.)
By Air – The quickest way to reach is to take a flight from Delhi Airport to jolly grant airport which is just 20 minutes away from Rishikesh. After reaching Rishikesh. Ticket costs per person ranging from Rs 1500 to Rs 5000.
Travellers can opt for local transport to reach specific places. Rishikesh is well connected through local transport. Find options to get around in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a beautiful city located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of River Ganga in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Being the adventure Capital of India, Rishikesh has many adventure activities to choose from such as Bungee Jumping, Giant Swing, Flying Fox, Camping, Jungle Safari, Paragliding, and Hot-Air Balloon. Book your river rafting packages and enjoy the thrill in the rapids of Ganges.
Rafting in Rishikesh is closed in the month of July & August. It will operate from mid-september every year, post monsoon.