rishikesh river rafting


River rafting has become synonymous with Rishikesh in recent years because it has developed into a playground for adventure sports. The most popular adventure activity in Uttarakhand is rafting.

Trained guides of the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam(GMVN) conduct rafting courses, including river-guide services, rafting, boarding, and lodging. Even non-swimmers can enjoy rafting with a life jacket on. Under professional guidance, even children take up a fun activity.

River rafting in Rishikesh offers breath-taking views of the surrounding Himalayan range, vegetation, and diverse terrain with varying altitudes. Several camps lie between Shivpuri and Kaudiyala upstream from Rishikesh on the way to Devprayag during the season.


Classification of Rapids

Here is a round-up of rapids available at Rishikesh:

  1. Grade-I: This rapid is perfect for beginners because it happens in the shallow water of plains, and the speed is slow. Moreover, fewer skillset and maneuvering techniques are required. Non-swimmers can partake in grade-1 rafting.
  2. Grade-II: This rapid happens in uneven regions or rocky trails of the river and requires navigating skills and rafting experience. This is the most popular among novice rafters. It is more stringent than the Grade – I and a professional guide can make it convenient.
  3. Grade-III: The fascinating white water rafting begins with Grade-III. These strenuous and tiring rapids with high speed and size crash against the rock surfaces and turn foamy-white and called white water rafting. The river flows downward through rough and rocky patches. It requires superior cruising techniques or skills to take on the challenge. Rafting guide is a must for this rapid.
  4. Grade-IV: After you have learned all the tips and tricks, you can experience the thrill with the Grade-IV because it requires high maneuvering techniques and endurance. It happens in the region where the river descends through rocky patches with high speed.
  5. Grade-V: Only expert rafters with rafting skills and previous encounters with the white waters should undertake Grade-V rapids. The river passes through too rocky patches and whirlpools at the confluence point. Rafters are expected to be good swimmers, and they should move under the supervision of experienced rafting guides.


Rishikesh Rafting Season

The season spans from 15 September to 30 June. Shivpuri is the hub for the main White Water River Rafting at Rishikesh. River rafting remains closed during monsoon from 1 July to 15 September. March is the peak season. These are the four different stretches of river-rafting in Rishikesh:

Brahmpuri Rafting Season: This basic stretch is 9 km with grade II rapids from mid-September to June end.

Shivpuri Rafting Season: This 16 km long stretch with Grade III rapids runs from mid-September to the beginning of June.

Marine Drive Rafting Season: This 25 km long thrilling stretch with grade IV rapids opens in Mid-September and closes 1-2 weeks before the Shivpuri rafting season. It is not for the first-timers.

Kaudiyala Rafting Season: This advanced stretch with grade V rapids operates from mid-October to mid-May for extreme adventure.


River Rafting Points in Rishikesh

Brahampuri(8 Kms): This Grade I stretch from Brahampuri to Ram Jhula is suitable for the family, students, and beginners. The duration is 1 or 2 hours.

Shivpuri (16 Kms): Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula stretch for 2-3 hours is the best selling with camping facility. Shivpuri is 16 km from Rishikesh.

Marine Drive(26 Kms): This moderate expedition from marine drive to Laxman Jhula for 3-4 hours is very popular among corporate groups. Cliff jumping is another attraction with some enjoyable rapids.

Byasi(35 Kms): This rafting site is 35 kilometers from Rishikesh on Badrinath Highway. It offers some thrilling rapids.

Kaudiyala(40 Kms): This stretch involves 13 rapids of Grade III and Grade IV, making it challenging for 4-5 hours.

Devprayag(75 Kms): This strenuous stretch takes two days to complete. On the first day, you will raft 35 kilometers up to Kaudiyala. The next day, you will cover another 35 kilometers up to Rishikesh. It requires stamina and physical strength to undertake this rafting.


Things to Carry

  • Take a small first aid kit with painkiller, antiseptic cream, and lotion.
  • Carry a sunscreen or lotion.
  • Take swimming goggles or sunglasses.
  • Shutterbugs can carry a camera or video camera at their own risk.
  • Wear suggested clothes such as a swimsuit, T-shirt, and shorts. Avoid putting on cotton.
  • Bring towels, an extra pair of clothes, and shoes.


Safety Measures in Rafting

  • Put on river sandals or sports shoes and avoid casual sandals.
  • Getting into the water may cause disorientation.
  • Wear life-jackets.
  • Follow the instructions of your tour guide.
  • During the rafting, avoid alcohol or other intoxicants.
  • Paddle as a team.
  • Get your health check-up done before the rafting expedition. Fitness is a prerequisite for this activity.
  • Do not stand up at all during a moving current.
  • Pregnant women, asthmatics, heart patients, and people with fractures, injuries, or other medical complications must avoid river rafting.



  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Road : Rishikesh is well-connected to Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar. You can board a bus and reach the adventure capital of India.
  • By Train : You can get off at Haridwar Railway station, and then hire a cab or board a public bus to reach Rishikesh.
  • By Air : Hire a taxi from Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun to reach Rishikesh.


Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Expect monsoon, and you can enjoy the thrilling experience of river-rafting on the rapids of the Ganga. The peak season is march. Rafting is available for non-swimmers, children, novice, and expert rafters.
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The strategic location, natural landscape, and untamed waves of the Ganga, together with white waters, make Rishikesh the most suitable place for river rafting....
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