Rafting in Rishikesh: An Ultimate Guide (2022)

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Rafting in Rishikesh

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.

Rafting in Rishikesh Stretches:

There are four popular rafting stretches in Rishikesh:

9 km River Rafting – Brahmapuri to Lakshman Jhula stretch

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.

  • Duration – It takes around 1.5 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level – Very Easy.
  • Grades of Rapid – I and II
  • Popular Rapids – Sweet sixteen, Black Money, terminator & Hilton and Double Trouble.
  • Cost – Rs 1000 only | Book here

16 km River Rafting – Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula stretch

16 km river rafting in rishikesh from Shivpuri

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.

  • Duration – It takes around 2.5–3 hours to complete including cliff Jumping
  • Difficulty Level– Easy
  • Grades of Rapid – I, II and III
  • Popular Rapids – Roller Coaster, Club House and CrossFire
  • Cost – Rs 1500 only | Book here

26 km River Rafting – Marine drive to Lakshman Jhula stretch

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.

  • Duration – It takes around 4 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level– Medium.
  • Grades of Rapid – I, II, III and IV
  • Popular Rapids – Golf Course, Wall, and Roller Coaster.
  • Cost – Rs 2000 only | Book here

35 km River Rafting – Kaudiyala to Neem Beach stretch

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.

  • Duration – It takes around 7 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level– Hard, preferred mostly by people who had a great level of expertise in River Rafting.
  • Grades of Rapid – All grades I, II, III, IV, and V.
  • Popular Rapids – Daniel’s Dip, Wall, Double Trouble, Club House and Golf Course.
  • Cost – Rs 3000 only | Book here
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Best season for River Rafting in 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.

Levels of Rapid in Rafting in Rishikesh:

Rapids during river rafting in ganga river at rishikesh

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.

  • Grade 1: Beginner level rapids require little to no manoeuvring.
  • Grade 2: Few rough rapids, usually 3 ft in height, ordinary paddling skills required.
  • Grade 3: Small waves and some rough rapids but no considerable danger. It requires some expertise.
  • Grade 4: White water, high waves passing through rugged rocks, sharp skills are needed.
  • Grade 5: White water, robust waves usually large in volume, large rocks which are hard to tackle, the possibility of a significant drop and requires precise expertise and complete mastery of river rafting.

Popular Rapids in Ganga river at Rishikesh:

Here are the popular enthralling rapids you will confront in your River Rafting trip in Rishikesh.

  • Sweet Sixteen – It is a grade I rapid in river rafting and you will experience these on Brahmapuri 9km rafting expedition.
  • Black Money – This is one of the first rapid you may face in your Rishikesh rafting stretch which delivers you the excitement as well as yearnings for more thrilling rapids. It falls under the Grade I level.
  • Hilton and Terminator – This rapid belongs to the Grade II category. One can enjoy these rapid in Brahmapuri & Shivpuri rafting stretch. It involves passing through steep rocks and sharp turns.
  • Double Trouble – These rapids offer soul-satisfying experience and bring joy without any danger. They categorized under grade II.
  • CrossFire – One can experience this rapid on Shivpuri 16 km rafting stretch. It comes under Grade III.
  • Three Blind Mice – Similar to CrossFire, this rapid also falls under the Grade III class and can be enjoyed in Shivpuri rafting stretch.
  • Club House – Another Grade III rapid.
  • Roller Coaster – This is the only rapid which falls under grade III as well as in grade IV level as sometimes these rapids can be smaller in volumes and sometimes they’re usually large. Those who’ll go for 26 km River Rafting from Marine Drive have huge chances to experience these.
  • Golf Course – This belongs to grade IV level and can be experienced in Kaudiyala 35 km rafting stretch. These rapids are spinning to deliver the consummate adrenaline rush.
  • Wall – Similar to Golf Course, Wall also falls under grade IV division and can only be enjoyed in the Kaudiyala river rafting stretch. These rapids require significant expertise in white water rafting.
  • Daniel’s Dip – This is the most extreme rapid in the Rishikesh river rafting and falls under the grade V. One must go for this exhilarating rapid after mastering the art of river rafting in Rishikesh.

Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh:

Cliff Jumping 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 StretchDifficultyCost per person
9 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Brahmapuri to Nim Beach)EasyRs 1000

16 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Shivpuri to Nim Beach)

EasyRs 1500
26 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Marine drive to Nim Beach)ModerateRs 2000
35 km Rafting in Rishikesh (Kaudiyala to Nim Beach)HardRs 3000

To make you rafting even more fun, book a rishikesh camping package.


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.

How to Book Best River Rafting experience In Rishikesh?

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.

  • You can Whatsapp or Call us at 8077146567, 9897770643 for clearing all your doubts and queries related to your Rishikesh Rafting trip.
  • We will be happy to let you know the full itinerary for your Rafting trip.
  • You have to provide “Name” and “Age” of all the people who are coming with you for this activity.
  • For booking confirmation, half of the final amount has to be paid in advance.
  • After checking the slot booking, a booking confirmation will be sent to you over Email or Whatsapp that includes:

– 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.

FAQs about Rafting in Rishikesh:

Yes, you can call at 8077146567 or 9897770643 to get your rafting queries answered, for bookings and any other details about river rafting in Rishikesh.

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.

  • Men should wear tees with shorts/trousers.
  • Women can wear a swimsuit, top or T-shirt with shorts/trousers can do. It is not advisable to wear a suit, jeans or saree as it is a very uncomfortable pair of clothing for River Rafting Trip.
  • Shoes – Both men and women can wear floaters, sandals, tennis shoes, water shoes but no flip flops.

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:

  1. Sunglasses that can protect you from the scorching heat on a sunny day.
  2. A pair of extra clothing, towel, and shoes.
  3. A Sunscreen is advisable.
  4. A basic first aid kit consists of Antibiotic Ointment, Bandages, Medical Tape, etc.

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.

  • The minimum age for River Rafting in Rishikesh is 14 years.
  • Discuss Safety and about equipment with the tour operator.
  • Always wear your Helmet and Personal Floatable Device (PFD) Jacket throughout Rafting.
  • If you fall into water just float with water, don’t try to swim. Our Guide will instruct you on what to do next. The raft has ropes around it to ensure that if you fall in the river you can easily get back to the raft whenever you want.
  • Never Panic, in any situation. Always follow the guide’s instructions.
  • Never indulge yourself in the consumption of Alcohol.

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.

Here the top-visited places in Rishikesh:

  1. Lakshman Jhula – It is famous Iron Suspension Bridges in Rishikesh and hub of glory for tourist from all the world name after Lord Lakshman (brother of Ram)
  2. Ramjhula – Located 2 km from Rishikesh bus station. An iconic iron suspension bridge named after Lord Ram.
  3. Parmath Niketan Ashram – It is situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas, along with the banks of the Ganges. Amidst abundant and beautiful gardens Parmath Niketan provides a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere to thousands of pilgrims.
  4. Beatles Ashram – It came in the spotlight after the famous band “Beatles” came into the ashram for their spiritual visit, originally named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. This Ashram is famous for its paintings and Artworks. It is also the globally acclaimed most visited places in Rishikesh. 
  5. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – A Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Lord Shiva. The popular temple is situated at a height of 1330 m and can be visited by taking a 30 km drive from Rishikesh.
  6. Shivpuri – Shivpuri is a small town in Uttarakhand. The distance of Rishikesh from Shivpuri is just 20 km.
  7. Neer Ghar Waterfall – A beautiful natural waterfall flowing down from mountains surrounded by nature, It is a very old Neer gaddu waterfall or NeerGarh waterfall is located in Rishikesh nearby Laxmanjhula situated 4km from Lakshman jhula on Badrinath Highway.
  8. Patna Waterfall – One of a popular waterfall in Rishikesh where nature lovers like to come and spend time amidst nature. Situated near Garud Chatti in Patna village.
  9. Marine Drive, Barrage- Explore the majestic view of Ganges while walking alongside the river and explore picturesque of Barrage, Rishikesh.

Check full list of places to visit in Rishikesh here!

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.

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Rafting in Rishikesh is closed in the month of July & August. It will operate from mid-september every year, post monsoon.

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