Rafting expeditions take place all year round, except in the monsoons. The monsoons in Rishikesh are from June to September. The months of February, March, April, May, October and November see the most number of tourists in Rishikesh.
Fly to Dehradun and make your way to Rishikesh, which is about 35 km away from the Dehradun airport. The nearest train station is in Haridwar, which is 24 km away. You can also visit Rishikesh by road from cities such as New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Kanpur.
The rapids are classified based on the level of the difficulty they offer. In total, there are six grades of rapids found around the world. In Rishikesh, five grades of rapids are available
Grade 1 – Easy navigation across mild streams. Almost no risk involved.
Grade 2 – These rapids have obstacles or rocks to overcome with easy maneuvers.
Grade 3 – Reasonably adventurous rapids that require good skill and strength.
Grade 4 – These rapids are strong enough to tumble the raft.
Grade 5 – Dangerous rapids. Strictly for experts.
The major rafting stretches in Rishikesh are as follows
This is the easiest stretch in Rishikesh. If you’re river rafting for the first time, this stretch is perfect. It’s also a good option for elders, kids and families. It’s fairly mild in nature with invigorating water splashes. It has Grade 2 rapids and takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
This stretch is has an intermediate difficulty level with rapids of Grade 2 and Grade 3. It is perfect for people who have river rafted before. This stretch is the perfect mix of thrill and pleasure for adventure seekers. It will take approximately 3 to 3.5 hours to finish.
This stretch has rapids of Grade 2 and Grade 3 levels. It is a difficult, but exciting experience. After crossing Shivpuri, the rapids become less challenging. There are 14 rapids on this stretch and is perfect for rafters with experience. This stretch will take you 4.5 to 5 hours.
This is the hardest stretch and takes approximately 8 to 9 hours to complete. Only experienced rafters should attempt this stretch. It has rapids of Grades, 2,3, 4, 5 and one of the most difficult rapid in the world called “The Wall” which is classified as a Grade 6+ rapid. The rapids on this stretch are very demanding and require great skill, strength and resolve. It’s the most exhilarating and awe-inspiring stretch in Rishikesh.
You can go zip lining, cliff jumping, and bungee jumping in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also well known for it’s beautiful temples and is often called the yoga capital of India. Therefore, Rishikesh offers the perfect balance of adventure and tranquility on your trip to India.A