Rishikesh city has become one of the biggest hub of White Water River Rafting in India, in the recent times. This blog is an attempt to tell people more about White Water River Rafting in Rishikesh, Adventure activities in Rishikesh and some suggestions for doing it safely.
Location- Rishikesh, 228kms from New Delhi and 50kms from Dehradun.
The Holy Ganga (White Water in Rishikesh) – As we know Alaknanda and Bhagirathi mixed, in Rishikesh city these are known as the Holy Ganga. The Alaknanda River rises feet of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand. It meets the Bhagirathi River at Devprayag after flowing for approximately 190 km through the Alaknanda valley. Bhagirathi is the source stream of the Ganges that rises from Gaumukh.
Rapids on Ganga River- When the water velocity increases, turbulent water zones called rapids. Rapids are classified in 5 levels depending on the turbulence. Be careful 4 to 5 rapids are very dangerous and potential death or serious injuries.
Grade 1st- Very small rough areas, low water level.
Grade 2nd- Now Some rough water, maybe some rocks.
Grade 3rd- Face White water, some small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger.
Grade 4th- White Water level increase, medium waves, rocks, some dangerous area, considerable drop.
Grade 5th- Full of White water, large waves, large volume, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, so dangerous.
Adventure Activity in Rishikesh- Rishikesh city offers the best place for adventure activity also- rafting, camping, rock climbing, repelling, Bungee jumping, body surfing, kayaking, paints ball and many more.
The Ganga offers rapid Class 1 to Class 5. Some are Sweet sixteen, Cross fire, three blind mice, the wall Rapids, Danial Dip, Roller coaster and Golf course.
Sweet sixteen- Non-swimmers are mostly like this is Grade I rapid, small and easy. Non-swimmers and first timers can easily raft down the Ganges rapids of this category. Sweet Sixteen is the first choice of family groups and who want to combine a genuine taste of adventure fun.
Golf course and Roller coaster – these are Grade four rapids. White Water level is high, passing though narrow waterway creating difficulty for the rafter. These rapids need experience to enjoy water rafting of this 4th grade level rapids on Ganga.
Three blind mice, Cross fire – this is 3rd level rapids but it is much popular among young rafters at Rishikesh. The river passage along this rapid is clear. However, it features narrow waterway which requires prior rafting experience to sail along.
The wall Rapids- this is another popular rapid falling into Grade V, the Wall in Rishikesh. If you want to really feel rafting rush and enjoy your expedition at the same time, this rapid is made only for you. You should try this fun on the Holy Ganga River.
Camping In Rishikesh- Rafting with camping is popular adventure activity at Rishikesh. If you want to feel real adventure in Rishikesh you should join rafting with Beach camping. Rishikesh city offers Adventure sports like rafting, camping (Beach Camping, Jungle camping, and Luxury Camping), Rock climbing, repelling, Bungee Jumping, River Crossing, body surfing, kayaking, trekking and many more.
SAFETY- Don’t play with your life, safety is very important when you are rafting, bungee jumping or any adventure activity. Don’t ignore guide line gives by experience guide. Before doing any activity check everything to satisfy you.
Best Time to visit Rishikesh- Rafting with camping in Rishikesh best time is September to November. January 15 to last May months.