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