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.