White water rafting is one of the major sporting activities in Rishikesh. Apart from being a pilgrimage site, Rishikesh is also known for an array of adventurous activities. Water rafting in Rishikesh has grown to be a well-liked water sport as the rafting experience in the River Ganges is an experience onto itself. Easy, medium to very rough and tough rapids are on offer with the best rafting facilities and appeal to the adventure enthusiasts.
River rafting in Rishikesh season is best in the months of September to November and March to May. Rafting during the monsoon season is not advisable since the water flow and water current is very high during the period and could be dangerous for rafters. Brahmapuri, Shivpuri, Byasi, and Kaudilya are the main destinations were river rafting expeditions occur in Rishikesh.
The rafting at Brahmapuri covers a distance of 12 kilometers and is best suited for beginners since the rapids in this section are of grade one which is the basic class of rapids as prescribed by the international grading system for rapids. The rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh covers sixteen kilometers and provides with maximum fun for a short run. Roller coaster, golf course and other top rapids are available in this stretch. Another stretch from Marine Drive to Rishikesh covering a distance of 24 kilometers consists of many rapids like three blind mice, cash flow and return to center.
Byasi and Kaudilya offer higher grade rafting experiences. Kaudilya is best suited for the most experienced and the true adventurer and has the grade 4+ rapid the wall which falls between Kaudilya and Marine drive and covers a stretch of 34 kilometers. Rishikesh rafting is one of the best experiences everyone must have once.