Rishikesh, a virtuous and holy ensemble of Hindus is located in the foothills of the Himalaya in the Northern India. The sacred river Ganga finds its way through the Himalayas and flows into Rishikesh. The climate in Rishikesh is ideal for water rafting and moreover, with medium to rough rapids all through the course of river, it becomes a great to enjoy rafting experience. Adventure seeking tourists also enjoy having lot of fun and excitement during the water rafting and the best part is that one can thoroughly unwind and enjoy camping at beach side.
Water rafting stretches in Rishikesh can be divided in four categories namely Basic, Standard, Moderate and Advanced.
The Brahmpuri Water Rafting Stretch –It is 9kms upstream from Rishikesh Basic water rafting stretch, comprising mostly mild rapids of Grade II or at best Grade III. Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton and Terminator are the rapids. The stretch is ideal for children as well as adults who are actually seeking completely riskless adventure. The total time stretch is approximately 4 hours long.
The Shivpuri Water Rafting Stretch –It is 16kms upstream from Rishikesh Basic water rafting stretch, comprising Grade IV rapids such as Roller Coaster & Golf Course. This water rafting stretch has "recovery pool" or still waters following the Grade IV size rapids and is ideal for first time water rafters. The total time stretch is approximately 3 hours long.
The Marine Drive Water Rafting Stretch –It is 25kms. upstream from Rishikesh Basic water rafting stretch, comprising Grade 1 and Grade II rapids such as Three Blind Mice, Crossfire, Bodysurfing, Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Double Trouble, Hilton and Terminator. The total time stretch is approximately 4 hours long.
The Kaudiyala Water Rafting Stretch –It is 36kms upstream from Rishikesh Basic water rafting stretch, comprising mostly Grade V rapids like "The Wall". The Wall is categorized as Grade V rapid and most usually rafts get flipped in it. The water rafting stretch is ideally suited for experienced rafters. The total time stretch is approximately 7 hours long.
Very few rivers in the world are endowed with the mystique of Ganges, considered as the living mother Goddess revered by the Hindu devotees. Rafting on her majestic waters is undoubtedly the experience which shuns all the fear and gives perfect enjoyment. The ideal rafting season for enjoying rafting experience begins from 15th Sept. To 30th June, inclusive of the starting and ending dates. During this time, the tourists can also explore the adventure to camping on the beaches.