Rafting is an adventure sport in water involving a raft that is inflatable and is used to navigate through the river waters of different grades. There are four to five grades and as the grade level increases so do the adventure and the difficulty of rafting. Beginners are advised to raft in waters with easy and comparatively smaller waves in the grades one or two. The third grade has irregular waves and requires skilled rafting through narrow passages and the grades four and five involve challenging powerful waves that are violent and obstacles in the form of very narrow passages.
There is no bigger thrill than rafting in one of the biggest rivers in India and a river that is known for its mystic element and holiness. There are four areas in the river Ganges that enables white water rafting in Rishikesh: Brahmapuri, Shivpuri, Byasi and Kaudilya. Shivpuri and Brahmapuri have grade levels two to three while Kaudilya has extremely challenging waters and are meant for only those with considerable rafting experience. These places include river rapids like Daniel’s dip, wall, T-off, clubhouse etc in Kaudilya, Sweet Sixteen, Hilton and Terminator in Shivpuri and Brahmapuri and so on.
Every rafting expedition involves the accompaniment of a river rafting expert who guides the entire process and before the adventure provides clear precise training for rafting. The rafts in these areas are high quality equipments that are extremely safe and personal safety equipments like life jackets and helmets are provided by the rafting association. The months from February through June and September through December are the best times of the year for rafting in Rishikesh. It is not advised to raft during monsoon.