Rafting Rishikesh

Along with the Pilgrimage, river rafting is another very important attraction here which is done on the forceful Ganges River here which makes a beginning in Rishikesh.

Travel Tips

  • Dry bags should be taken along with you to carry small stuff like towel, sun protection cream, sunglasses, lip balm, money, inhalers for nose congestion, driver’s license and so on.
  • Basic first aids like antiseptic liquid, cotton, joint pain creams, paracetamols, digestion medicines, anti vomiting tablets should be taken.
  • Snacks and drinking water is a must because no lunch breaks are possible in between the rafting activity.
  • Neoprene boots or old sneakers should be taken for safely of the feet
  • People with cardiovascular or respiratory problems should not try out river rafting.

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Very Cold
  • 27° Max
  • -3° Min
  • 15 mm
  • Woollen
Route/ Place

There are several rafting routes that are taken by the tourists such as-

  • Marine Drive-Rishikesh: This is a 24 km long rafting route which includes grade I to Grade III rapids. It has wonderful views on both the sides of the river while the rafting is going on.
  • Shivpuri to Rishikesh: This is a 16 km long rafting route and is the most demanded one amongst the tourists. It has fabulous rapids like Golf Course, Double Trouble and Hilton. The views around the rafting route are also outstanding to watch.
  • Byasi to Rishikesh: This is a 30 km long rafting route and has pretty tough rapids like Three Blind Mice, Roller Coaster and so on. This route is preferred only by very well trained rafters.


  • Lifejackets: These are to be taken compulsorily for the purpose of survival in case the individual falls into the rapids.
  • Inflatable rafting boats: Inflatable rafting boats are taken because they are light in weight and strong at the same time. They smoothly flow with the water streams.
  • Carbon paddles: Carbon paddles should be taken for rafting because they are extremely durable, long and ideal to maneuver through the rapids.
  • Helmets: helmets for rafting are a must for saving your skull from any kind of injury.
  • Dry and wet suits: Both dry and wet suits are required for rafting and should be used depending on the temperature of water. After wearing the dry suit inside, the wet suit should be worn above it because the water in Rishikesh is chilling.
  • Tents and rescue throw bags: Tents should be taken for camping purposes on the banks of the river. It is not required if you are going with a rafting travel package of any tour agency. The rescue throw bags containing ropes should be taken to pull in someone if he or she falls in the rapids.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • For airways, the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport. There are flights available to this airport from all major metropolitans. Gwalior Airport in M.P and Kheria Airport in U.P are the nearest airports to Shivpuri. Both are above 100 kms away from Shivpuri and so after landing, one must hire a taxi or a bus to Shivpuri.
  • If you go by railways, then the nearest station is Haridwar which lays around 25 kms away from Rishikesh. After getting down at the station, you can hire a taxi or even take bus to Rishikesh. It a very economic journey. Shivpuri railway station is the nearest railway station to the starting point of rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh.
  • If you want a free drive through the road ways, then a long drive of 6-7 hours from Delhi is sufficient to make you reach Rishikesh. Apart from cars, you can also book a seat in the bus services from Delhi. Apart from this, if you want to reach Shivpuri directly to start the rafting from there, then the following routes can be taken There are several buses available from the surrounding places to Shivpuri.

Surrounding Attractions

As the base camp is made near the banks of the river, so the surrounding appears to be away from civilization. This is the greatest attraction for the tourists. Apart from that, there are other sightseeing spots in Rishikesh that are extremely breath taking to watch.

  • The water fall trek: the jungle trek to the Waterfall in Rishikesh is another spectacular event for the tourists. The unforgettable trekking experience down the beautiful routes through the jungle in the rhythm of the waterfall simply can drive you crazy if you are fond of knowing the unknown.
  • The Char Dham: If you are interested in visiting the various sightseeing in this holy place of Lord Rama, then the Chat Dham pilgrimage is ideal for you. This includes, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
  • The worship places of Ram and Laxman: Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are the other places of tourist interest. The fantastic works of architecture and deep devotional ambience is really something worth experiencing when you are in Rishikesh.
  • Rajaji National Park: This is a wonderful adventurous experience through the lush green forest safari. Elephants and beautiful birds are the best attractions in this national park.
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: This is a very old temple of Lord Shiva. People visit here for pilgrimage and the well being of their lives.

Triveni Ghat: This is an awesome river bank temple statue of Lord Shiva surrounded by waters. People come here to pray and endorse their souls with the devotion towards God.

Emergency No.

The following emergency numbers must be kept with every individual who is participating in the Rishikesh rafting activity. It is for their personal safety and also for the safety of his or her team members.


Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula Police Station: +91-135-2430228


Nirmal Ashram Hospital, Mayakund: +91-135-2432215


Bharadwaj Hospital and Maternity Home: +91-135-24321555


Rishikesh Fire Station: +91-135-2430101