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There are many huge rivers in India viz. Bhagirathi, Beas, Satluj, Brahmaputra, Alaknanda. However, Ganges, the holy river of the country is the white water capital of India. This is because the river originates from the Gangotri glacier. The flow of the water through the mountains is so rapid that it appears to be white, making it the best spot for white water rafting.
Uttarakhand is renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its wilderness and the great views that people enjoy during white water rafting. The amazing sights of the majestic mountains, beautiful ghats, sandy beaches and the various temples along with the famous Lakshman Jhula often leave the visitors amazed.
White water rafting is an adventure sport that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. Rishikesh is one of the most famous destinations for enjoying this sport and offers the facilities of outdoor recreational activity not only for individuals, but groups from organizations and corporate sectors. The activity proves helpful in enhancing team spirit amongst the participants besides providing them with an opportunity to get refreshed and feel relaxed.
The best time to visit
People can enjoy white water rafting in Rishikesh almost all year round. However, in order to make the most of the trip and enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of the region, planning a trip between the months of April and November is highly advisable.
How to Reach Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is located at a distance of only 232 kms from Delhi and is well connected to most major cities through trains and buses. It takes no more than 4-5 hours to reach this hill town from Delhi. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airfield, located at a distance of 58 kms from the town.
If you intend to enjoy white water rafting in Rishikesh, you can choose from the below given diverse packages designed to suit your budget and preferred difficulty level.
Package 1 (Rs. 380)
We take a 30 min drive to Brahmpuri, to the first rafting camp on Ganga at Shivpuri that is 11 kms long. Upon arrival in Brahmpuri, we prepare the raft and ride on it down to Rishikesh. On the way we come across easy and exciting rapids including Initiation, Double-Trouble, Hilton and Terminator. Towards the end of the trip, we get to enjoy the sight of temples and various ashrams besides the Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula offering a great view Gods, Ghats and the Ganges.
Package 2 (Rs. 580)
We arrive at Marine Drive after a 40 min long drive early in the morning. Upon arrival, we are briefed about the safety aspects of the activity after which we board the boats to move down to Brahmpuri. Some of the most exciting rapids we come across on this stretch include Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf course and Club house, with the later three offering the thrilling experience of riding on big waves. Upon arrival in Brahmpuri, we enjoy lunch and a game of beach ball before rafting down to Rishikesh. You can enjoy body surfing near the Initiation rapid and cliff jumping near Double Trouble rapid
Package 3 (Rs. 780)
We take an early morning drive of 50 min to Marine Drive. Upon arrival at the destination we board the rafts and move down towards Shivpuri. Some of the best rapids including Black money, Cross fire, Three Blind Mice and Body Surfing are found in this stretch. Upon arriving at Shivpuri, we take a break to enjoy a cup of tea/soft drinks after which we commence rafting towards Brahmpuri. This leg of the adventure takes us across some of the most exciting rapids such as Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Gold Course and Club House.
Upon arrival in Brahmpuri, we enjoy a beach lunch followed by a quick game of beach ball. Then we start the last stage of the adventure which involves rafting down to Rishikeah. To enhance the excitement, you can choose to enjoy body surfing near the Initiation rapid and cliff jumping near Double Trouble rapid.
Package 4 (Rs.1280)
After the hour long early morning drive to Kaudiyala, we are given a safety briefing upon arrival. We then board the rafts to move down towards Marine Drive while crossing the best rapids including Black money, Cross fire, Three Blind Mice and Body Surfing. Upon arrival at Marine Drive we enjoy a cup of tea/soft drink before continuing rafting trip down to Shivpuri. We pass the most exciting rapids of this stretch namely Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Gold Course and Club House.
We enjoy a beach lunch in Shivpuri and relax with a quick game of beach ball. We then move down in our boats towards Rishikesh and if you choose so, you can participate in body surfing at Initiation rapid and cliff jump near Double Trouble rapid.