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River Rafting

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River Rafting highlights

  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours in a day
  • Minimum age required: 14 Years
  • Maximum weight allowed: 100 Kg
  • Timing: 08 AM to 04 PM approx.

River Rafting overview

River rafting is a sport that requires paddling a rubber boat across rapids. It is an activity rich in adventure that has become more popular in India's adventure sports sector. Rishikesh is a particularly well-liked location for river rafting because of its proximity to the higher Himalayas and the Ganges' passage through the city.

For this activity, people travel in massive numbers to Rishikesh because of its advantageous location. Put river rafting on your list of things to do in Rishikesh if you're travelling and looking to engage in an adrenaline-pumping sport.

Ideal season for Rafting in Rishikesh

The ideal season to go river rafting in Rishikesh is from mid-September after the monsoon till early May. The best months for white water rafting are November to March. Rafting on the Ganges is prohibited during the monsoon because the river's level increases and becomes risky.

Things to keep in mind while Rafting in Rishikesh

  • Avoid stretches with rapids of grade 3 and above if you are not a good swimmer.
  • When rafting, always wear your life jacket.
  • Always closely adhere to the directions given by the guides.
  • Carry a backup pair of clothing, including inners, in case your regular clothing becomes completely soaked.
  • A water-resistant camera that you may use for river sports

Safety guide for Rafting in Rishikesh

  • Before engaging in this sport, it is advised to get a health examination as river rafting requires a certain level of fitness.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants of any type are not permitted while rafting.
  • After carefully inspecting your safety equipment, such as your helmet and life jacket, put them on.
  • If you're going river rafting, never bring anything precious with you.
  • It is never a good idea to go river rafting close to sunset since you will have plenty of time to return to the starting site before it becomes dark.
  • To prevent any mishaps, it is generally advised to pick the optimum time to go river rafting in Rishikesh. Therefore, pick the appropriate month for this activity.

Basic equipment used for Rafting in Rishikesh

  • Life Jacket -The life jacket is usually your only hope. Never remove it!
  • Inflatable rafting boats - You might want to cling onto one because they don't rip (due to innovation and excellent quality, yeah).
  • Paddles - For smooth strokes that will let you to enjoy the light, buoyant feeling, use carbon paddles (an unmatched experience, indeed).
  • Helmet - We definitely don't want any head injuries, therefore appropriate headgear is essential.
  • Wetsuit - You'll undoubtedly be grateful for the thermal insulation when you experience the chilly water.
  • Throw Bags - Rescue throw bags are an essential part of any kayaking or river rafting gear. They assist any swimmer who could be caught up in an emergency circumstance since they are packed with rope. It aids in securely bringing the swimmer to the raft.

Rishikesh River Rafting rapid details

Adventure sport levels apply to the rafting activity on the river. Depending on the level of craziness, one can make a decision. Tourists visiting the rapids are divided into beginner and experienced groups. They range from 1 to 5. The most thrilling aspect of the rafting activity in Rishikesh is that it can be experienced at any level of difficulty.

Based on the difficulty presented to rafters, the rapids in Rishikesh are divided into several categories. You must be aware of this when selecting white water river rafting activity in Rishikesh. While there are six classes in all, Rishikesh has rapids that reach a maximum of five.

  • Grade 1- provides simple navigation over calm streams. The Good Morning, Sweet Sixteen, and Black Money rapids are Grade 1 rapids in Rishikesh.

  • Grade 2 - The best parts of grade two are the simple manoeuvres and the pebbles or obstacles that are clearly spaced away. The Club House, Double Trouble, Initiation, and Terminator are Grade 2 rapids in Rishikesh. Between Grades 2 and 3, there is the Shivpuri Rapid.

  • Grade 3 - Being rather daring, these rapids call for sound judgement. Grade 3 rapids in Rishikesh include Return to Sender, Golf Course, Roller Coaster, CrossFire, and Three Blind Mice. Between third and fourth grade is Daniel's Dip.

  • Grade 4 - These rapids require skill since they have the power to flip the raft. In Rishikesh, the Great Wall is a Grade 4 rapid.

  • Grade 5 These rapids are only advised for professionals as they are especially unsafe.

Rishikesh's top stretches for rafting

  1. Brampuri to Rishikesh
    The length from Brahmapuri to Rishikesh is a gentle one, making rafting a good alternative for individuals of all ages. White water rafting in Rishikesh is going to be fun for you without any astounding thrills whether you're attempting to raft for the first time or are truly terrified of the water.
    • Distance : 9kms
    • Time Duartion : 1.5- 2 hours
    • Major Rapids : Sweet Sixteen, Good Morning, Hilton & Terminator
    • Grade Level - I,II
  2. Shivpuri to Nim Beach
    The stretch from Shivpuri to Nim Beach is of moderate difficulty and a superb blend of excitement and enjoyment. The grade III rapids have the power to repeatedly make the rafters' hearts skip a beat. This stretch of the river is not advised for those who are weak-willed or lack basic swimming abilities when rafting in Rishikesh.
    • Distance : 16kms
    • Time Duartion : 3 - 3.5 hours
    • Major Rapids : Roller Coaster, Return To Sender and Golf Course.
    • Grade Level - II,III
  3. Marine Drive To Rishikesh
    This stretch is also of intermediate difficulty, much like the stretch mentioned before. The length, however, has 14 rapids. The fact that there are many grade III rapids makes it difficult. But after the challenging part, there comes a lengthy section of easier rafting. The rafters now have plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
    • Distance : 24 kms
    • Time Duration : 3.5 to 4 hours
    • Major Rapids : Black Money, Cross Fire, and Three Blind Mice
    • Grade Level - II,III
  4. Kaudiyala To Rishikesh
    Only those with expertise should attempt this stretch. The lengthy journey is not only incredibly challenging, but it is also quite exhausting. It is a test of the rafters' endurance, resilience, and expertise. The Wall is one of the rapids on this section of the river rafting trail in Rishikesh and is regarded as one of the hardest rapids throughout the globe.
    • Distance : 36 kms
    • Time Duartion : 4 to 5 hours
    • Major Rapids : Wall and Daniel’s Dip
    • Grade Level - III, IV, V

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