White Water Rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a ‘must visit’ place on every rafters map, and rightly so. Plunging from the Himalayan glaciers, the Ganges promises adrenalin-gushing adventure and complements it with a superb view.
As the Ganges snakes down the Himalayas into the Indian planes, it offers perfect white rapids for rafting. Flanked by snow and tree covered mountains, the rapids are of varying intensity; perfect for novices as well as rafting pros.
River Rafting in Rishikesh is for everyone. From short rafting tours to rafting journeys laced with activities like mountaineering, rappelling, and camping, Rishikesh satiates adventure seekers every desire. Tourists looking for a thrill in their holiday can take a half-day rafting tour at rapids of grade level I & II, while the pros can spend an entire weekend camping and exploring each of the 16 rapids. Tour operators offer all-inclusive packages for adventure seekers including rafting, camping, mountaineering and more in a 3-night stretch. Most tour operators can be found online and offer good deals.
The rafting stretch is most tame at Bramhpuri that has grade II rapids. As one moves upstream, the rapids become frothier, whiter and more difficult. The stretch between Kaudilya and Rishikesh at about 36 kms is the longest stretch and is home to grade IV & V level rapids, making it the most difficult stretch in the entire rafting route.
Each rapid has a unique and interesting name. There are the benign ones like Sweet Sixteen and Double Trouble, which can be enjoyed by the entire family. Then there are the likes of adrenalin pumping Golf Course, The Wall, and Roller Coaster, traversed by rafting junkies. Amongst these, the Wall, which falls in the Kaudilya-Rishikesh stretch of the rafting zone, is considered the most dangerous and challenging rapid.
Between balancing the swaying rafts and taking breaths, rafters if lucky, can spot deer, monkeys, and leopards in the jungles that overlook the river. Sandy beaches line the riverbanks and give rafters the opportunity to stop and take in the view.
Whether you are in Rishikesh for adventure, spirituality, sightseeing or a blend of everything, a rafting experience on the most sacred river in the foothills of the highest mountain of the world is as much divine as it is adrenalin pumping.
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