River rafting in Rishikesh

Famous Rapids in Rishikesh

The most exciting part of the white water rafting in Rishikesh is that even the non-swimmers, fresher and kids can enjoy playing with the white surfs of the Ganges. The Ganges in Rishikesh offers the most defined rapids for river rafting and certainly these rapids have helped us to distinguish different grades for rafting. These grades have been categorized for a systematic rafting for all kinds of adventure lovers right from the beginners, kids to the experienced and more daring enthusiasts.

Different types of rapids and the grades categorized for the white water rafting in Rishikesh:

Different rapids available at Ganges have made the classification of different grades for river rafting easier. There are about 14 adventure packed white water rapids from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh out of which the major ones are:

Sweet Sixteen

The Grade I rapid specially meant for the kids, non-swimmers and the first timers brings the easy raft down the Ganges rapids. Since it brings clear paths for the rafters it is a very easy kind of rafting without any serious obstacles. The Sweet Sixteen rapid is the most favored rafting for adventurous and family holidays fun.

Cross Fire

The Cross Fire is the Grade III rapid type that brings serious obstacles by including multiple high, irregular waves and rocks. The passages are clear in this rapid but are very narrow thus creates bit challenges to the rafters. They must need some prior expertise for crossing the narrow paths of the rapids.

Three Blind Mice

This Grade III rapid is very common and very popular among the youngsters coming to Rishikesh. The waterway of Three Blind Mice rapid is really very narrow that asks for prior experience for the rafters for safe and enjoyable rafting experience.

The Wall

The Wall is the most challenging rapid in Rishikesh which comes under the Grade IV rapid, toughest of all in Rishikesh. If you have the daring and most challenging attitude and have the power to face the toughest risks of rafting, “The Wall” is the perfect option especially made for you. It is best advices to consult your instructor before sailing along this rapid since it needs a well defined experience to flow along with this toughest rapid.

Roller Coaster

The Roller Coaster rapid is a Grade III kind of rapid which has longer ways with high and irregular waves. This rapid faces serious obstacles like dangerous rocks and boiling eddies and it is really very difficult to explore the passages of the Roller Coaster rapid. For this kind of rapid the raft and rafting gear should be of superior quality and the rafters must be expertise in this rapid.

Golf Course

If you are an adrenaline freak and are well versed with the techniques of adrenaline pumping river rafting, the Golf Course Grade III rapid is the perfect one for you for the greatest enjoyment. The Golf Course rapid demands both power and precision of the sport for the rafters. Once you are prepared for the Golf Course rafting make sure you have adequate expertise and are equipped with all the essential rafting gears.

Other commonly found rapids for rafting in Rishikesh are:

  • Denial dips
  • Black money
  • Body Surfing Rapid
  • Shivpuri Rapid
  • Return to Sender
  • Club House
  • Rapid Initiation
  • Double Trouble

There are basically four grades of difficulty in white water rafting that range from simple to very dangerous (extremities nest to potential death or serious injuries).

Grade I

(Skill Level: Basic) it brings small rough area that requires only slight maneuvering. This grade is perfect for the beginners and the kids.

Grade II

(Skill Level: basic paddling skill) a bit harder and rough strokes of water with the presence of rocks. It requires bit guidance for the rafters.

Grade III

(Skill Level: experienced paddling skills) it includes the white waters with small waves; which is dangerous in considerable amount. This grade demands significant amount of guidance for much tougher kind of experience.

Grade IV

(Skill Level: Whitewater Experience) this level brings the white water, medium waves with the possibility of the presence of rocks and a considerable drop. Definitely this grade needs a substantial guidance. People with prior experience can make the moments more thrilling.

Whether you are a fresher or an expertise, before making your choice for the rapids it is very essential to seek expert advice from the instructors. Depending upon your physical stamina, age, experience, you can easily select the rapid that is exactly made for you for the best enjoyment.

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