Welcome to Rishikesh River Rafting
If adventure runs through your veins and you dare to ride high on the wild waters of the Ganga then head to Rishikesh for a rejuvenating and exciting holiday trip. Revitalize your tired body and mind in the beautiful surroundings of this holy town and let the thrill of white water rafting take you away from the rest of the world.
Offering a fusion of chilly conditions and beautiful sand beaches with Garhwal Himalaya Mountains in the background, Rishikesh is one of the leading rafting destinations in India. It is a place that continues to strike the imagination of city dwellers who want to escape from their work routines and monotonous lifestyle.
The best part of river rafting in Rishikesh is that it can be enjoyed by anyone; you don’t need to be a swimmer or a professional rafter to enjoy this sport. The strong current of the Ganga flowing down from a very high altitude through the Himalayan Mountain Range makes it one of the best rivers in India to enjoy rafting adventure. Wash away your fears and go ahead and sail across the river awash with challenging whirlpools and rapids. If you manage to successfully manoeuvre through the stretch with little help from the guide, you definitely deserve a pat on your back for your fighting spirit.
Most of river rafting packages in Rishikesh are incomplete without experiencing the rustic charm of beach camping under the open sky. The best time for white water rafting in Rishikesh is from February to May and from September to November.
White water rafting is prohibited during the monsoons as the water level steeps to greater extent bringing difficulty and risks. Come and explore the high tides to feel the real enthusiasm and zeal in Rishikesh with the white surfs of the holy Ganges.
Other Activities in Rishikesh
Usually people visit Rishikesh either for a holy dip in the Ganga or for experiencing the thrill of white water rafting, but there are many other adventurous activities that will leave you captivated. Try these activities in Rishikesh along with rafting and make your holidays more mesmerizing and pleasurable.
Camping in Rishikesh is a wonderful activity that lures many travelers. There are several camp sites dotted along the banks of the Ganga in Brahmapuri (9 kms from Rishikesh), Shivpuri (16 kms from Rishikesh), Marine Drive (26 kms from Rishikesh), Byasi (30 kms from Rishikesh) and Kaudiyala (36 kms from Rishikesh). Well-equipped with all the necessary amenities, these comfortable beach camps are an ideal place to relax and unwind in the lap of nature. Travelers don’t have to worry about accommodation and dining as they are very often part of camping packages in Rishikesh; visitors can therefore put their entire energy into activities like rafting, beach volleyball, body surfing, and cliff jumping. The best time for camping is from February to May and from September to November.
Challenge your physical and mental strength by participating in cliff jumping in Rishikesh. Jumping into the freezing cold water of the Ganga from 30-40 feet high cliffs is something that is not everyone’s cup of tea; if you have the guts, why not try it out?
Feel the air gushing past you while jumping from an 83 meters high platform! Bungee jumping is an activity that is meant for hardcore adventure lovers. Designed and operated by experts and instructors from New Zealand, the jump zone is situated at Mohanchatti, a village about 15 km from Laxman Jhula. Before stepping in the zone for this extreme adventurous activity, there are some criteria that must be adhered to like age limitations and weight requirement. Along with bungee jumping, visitors can also enjoy giant swing and flying fox at the zone.
Included as a part by most of the rafting packages in Rishikesh, rock climbing is another well-known activity that encourages thrill seekers to visit this holy land. The activity is mainly meant for youngsters and has elements of both fun and excitement.
Body surfing is an activity in which people float on the waves of tides without using any surfboard. It is a very relaxing activity that lets you flow with the motion of current like seals. Travelers can enjoy body surfing in Rishikesh as it is also included in most of the tour packages.
Indulge in rappelling during your Rishikesh rafting tour. While descending a cliff using a rope down, don’t forget to wear proper gears and follow other safety measures so that any untoward incidents can be avoided. There are several cliffs of varying heights along the river beds, travelers can choose as per their preference.
Like rafting, kayaking in Rishikesh is another water sports that is gaining in popularity among both domestic and international tourists. The fast flowing water, freezing temperature and challenging rapids offered by the Ganges is perfect for kayaking experience.
Rishikesh is popularly known as the gateway to upper Garhwal regions and is considered as the base point for various trekking expeditions in Uttarakhand. When in Rishikesh, don’t restrict yourself to appreciating the rich biodiversity of the land, but meet the locals who may have interesting stories to tell, apart from giving you a few interesting tip or two. The best time for trekking in Rishikesh is from February to October. This holy place also serves as a gateway to the sacred ‘Char Dham’ destinations- Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Yoga and Meditation
There is more to Rishikesh than its temples and adventure activities. Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga, a body of knowledge that seeks to harmonize the body with the mind and soul. Today however, yoga is no longer restricted to only Indians, as people from across the world are drawn to this ancient tradition are increasingly taking yoga courses. Yoga tourism in India has been actively involved in the promotion of yoga among people. There are several ashrams and yoga institutes in Rishikesh that provide a tranquil ambiance to mediate and practice yoga.