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Time Required : 0.5 days - 2 days

Cost : INR 450 to INR 1800 per person depending upon the stretch, time and difficulty level

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Rafting in Rishikesh, Rishikesh Overview

Rafting in Rishikesh particularly is hands down the best; one could endeavour in India. From the gifted natural circumstances to the top professional assistance, the place has just the best to offer. There are some certified operators, whose safety arrangements are well in place, and there are customised packages for camping and rafting at Rishikesh. Your food, water and rafting arrangements are taken care of by operators if you want a stress free outing. The peak season sees Rishikesh pretty crowded, so you can keep a check over that detail when you are planning.


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Season for Rafting in Rishikesh : Mid-February to May is the best time to do rafting in Rishikesh. However, the rafting remains open throughout the year except for the Monsoon Season, which starts mid-June and lasts till September.

Tips for Rating : Please note - You are not required to know swimming to do water rafting

  • Pack some extra clothes, shoes, and clean towels
  • Your guide will pack everything in a waterproof backpack to prevent your essentials to be spoiled.
  • The rafting guide will carry your mobile phones, keys and flip-flops in his waterproof bag.
  • You can fetch a waterproof camera for a rafting trip. However, it might be at the risk of hitting a stone or when the raft topples upside down
  • Carry sunscreen for a sunny day
  • Wear your swimming goggles for a more exciting time
  • Carry your usual T-shirt (preferably dry fit), shorts or pyjamas
  • Try to pre-book your rafting and avoid Sundays as it the day for heavy crowd

Certain safety measures you should always keep in mind before starting your expedition

  • Have a full body check-up; a person must be fit and fine for any adventure sport
  • Do not consume alcohol before the ride, it could be disastrous and life threatening
  • Listen to the guide's instructions, every bit of the information is necessary for your quest
  • Your helmet and life jacket could be a lifesaver at times
  • You don't wear any footwear in a raft
  • Always paddle with your crew and not individual
  • Don't panic if your raft turns upside down
  • Your guide might ask you to dive in the water if the rapids aren't enough adventurous

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Grades of Rapids in Rishikesh

There are certain parameters fixed separating the rookies from the pros of rafting. These parameters are known as Grades. There are a total of 5 Grades categorised according to the level of rapids and difficulty comprised in each.

Grade 1- Easy drive, with no risk usually preferred for children and people of old age. Black Money, Sweet Sixteen, Good Morning, Body Surfing are some popular examples of Grade 1. 

Grade 2 -  Rocky obstacles with easy manoeuvre required. Club House, Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton, Terminator, falls in the Grade 2 category. Both Grade 1 and 2 could be enjoyed by Non- Swimmers.

Grade 3- Many profound obstacles with boat shaking difficulties; require some amount of skill to pass by. Even the much adventurous non- swimmers could join the crew. Three Blind Mice, CrossFire, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, and Return to Sender are used as Grade 3 spots.

Grade 4- Boat trembling obstacles with accelerated water rapid, not recommended for light hearted people. The Great Wall falls under Grade 4.

Grade 5- Highest on the difficulty standards, only for the professional rafters. Daniel's Dip is the Grade 5 section of Rishikesh Rafting. Along with the Grades, the distance and time to raft increases, depending on which package you choose.

Rafting Stretches

Brahamapuri to Rishikesh
This stretch offers the paramount family time, with acceptability to all age groups. A challenging yet tranquil rafting time which makes it best for beginners and is preferred by most travellers. It covers a length of 9 Kilometres and completes the trip in 1.5 Hours approximately. The cost is INR 450 per person. Brahmpuri to Rishikesh is the Grade I Rapid.

Shivpuri to Rishikesh
With rapid Grades of 2 and 3, this route generates some of the best obstacles for you to counter. This stretch gives some satisfying amounts of thrill and pleasure. It’s a 16 Kilometre stretch which takes 3 to 3.5 Hours to cover. The cost is INR 650 per person.

Marine Drive to Rishikesh
With 14 rapids on the way, this route is electrifying as well as tough. With Grade levels of 2 and 3 and ascended rapid acceleration, you will hardly miss every second of the trip in the post vacation scenario. The stretch is 24 Kilometre long and takes an approx. time of 4.5 hours. The cost is INR 850 per person.

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh
Known in the rafting community as the most challenging ride, this particular route is only meant for the one’s high in rafting skill and low in the panic intake. This route is comprised of level 4 and 5-grade rapids. It’s a 34 Kilometre long stretch which takes about 8 hours of time and lot of courage to complete. It's also the most expensive rafting stretch charging INR 1800 per person.

Some of The Best Rafting Tour Operators

For a splendid rafting moment, you need a perfect rafting instructor. Some of the prominent people with rafting in their blood, and the will to spread the same are as follows

Ganga Valley Adventures
Near-Union Bank, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
097611 62608

Red Chilli Adventure
Luxman Jhula Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh
Phone: 0135 2434021

Rishikesh Rafting Trip
Opp.Omkarananda Sarasvati Nilyam School, Kailash Gate, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Phone: 07060106084

Ravers Expedition
Near Nainital Bank, NH-58, Badrinath Road, Rishikesh
Phone: 09897669074

Camp River Zone Rishikesh
Mohan Chatti, Near ABS Yoga School, Rishikesh
Phone: 09999600365

The packages prepared by these operators are typically of one night stay which includes 1 Lunch, 1 Snacks, 1 Dinner & 1 Breakfast. It also includes adventures sports like Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping,  Village Trekking. The camping activities would include activities like Jungle Camping, Bonfire, Volleyball, Badminton, Soft ball Cricket etc. The minimum package starts from the base price of about 1700/- and can go high according to the camp quality and number of adventure sports conducted

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