Rafting : Thrill of gushing water's Life is either a great adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

Offlate Rishikesh has become a hot spot for adventure water sports, river rafting is the most popular among all. In Rishikesh anyone having an adventures outlook can go for river rafting as different streaches of ganga provide varying degree of difficulty.

For anyone watching river rafting on TV, the sight of paddlers navigating treacherous waters with sublime skills may make it seem an easy task. But in reality, it calls for extreme capabilities and nerve, not to mention fitness levels, to navigate the rapids. On the Ganga river, however, some stretches where the river flows peacefully can prove tempting even for those who may not have the nerve or ability to raft on the rapids.

Indian River Running Association organizes Four Square White-Water Rafting Challenge every year in the months of March/April at Rishikesh. Many teams from all over India participate in the competition to give a display of their talents. Any person who is medically fit can participate in this competition, by paying an entry fee.

Water Sports Season

Waters of Ganges and its tributries are suitable for white water sports through out the year except for the brief monsoon period. During monsoon periods volume and flow of water increases tremendously and makes river unsafe for water sports. Safe periods for various rivers are :

  • Alaknanda October to November
  • Bhagirathi Mid-September to mid-May
  • Ganga Mid-September to mid-May

All rivers could be graded on a scale varying from grade 1 to grade 6. The grading indicates the state of water stretches and the skill level required to negotiate them. The same river could be graded differently at different places and grading also depends upon the time of the year, i.e. monsoon or non-monsoon period. Rivers rapids are graded as follows, and it is a good idea to check the scale with your guide before setting off. Grade mentioned on this site belongs to non-monsoon season. River rafting activities in the Ganges are completely closed in monsoon period.

Grading of River Streach According to Difficulty Levels
Sr. No.GradeLevel of Difficulty
1Grade-1Very easy with small rides. Anyone can do.
2Grade-2Easy with small rides or few rocks. Anyone can do.
3Grade-3Easy with small rides or few rocks. Anyone can do.
4Grade-4Medium waves, drops, rocks and sharp turns. White water experience required.
5Grade-5Large waves, large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering. Professional white water experience required.
6Grade-6Considered as dangerous. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops. Likelihood of serious injury or death.
Locations Ganga River rafting guide map
Rafting Locations in Rishikesh
Sr. No.PlaceDistance Kms.Time Hrs.GradeNo. Of Rapids
1KaudiyalaRishikesh3664 & 513
2ByasiRishikesh3154 & 512
3Marine DriveRishikesh254410
Detail of Rapids
Sr.No.Rapid NameLies BetweenGrade
1Daniel DipKaudiyalaByusi3+
2The WallKaudiyalaByusi4+
3Butter FlyByusiMarine Drive2
4Black MoneyMarine DriveShivpuri2
5Three Blind MiceMarine DriveShivpuri3+
6Cross FireMarine DriveShivpuri2
7Return to SenderShivpuriBrahmpuri4
8Roller CoasterShivpuriBrahmpuri3+
9Golf CourseShivpuriBrahmpuri3+
11Double TroubleBrahmpuriRishikesh4
Caution :
1. Always take proper Rafting Gear such as life jacket and helmet.
2. Never be in the raft after sunset.
3. Always go with a guide as they are familiar with Waters & Rapids.
4. Never go in a rapid which you cann't negotiate.
Service Providers
Rafting & Kayaking Service Providers
Rendezvous Camp Office : D-4, Kewal Vihar
New Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun
Uttarakhand. INDIA
Site : Ratta Pani, Neelkanth Road
Luxman Jhula, Rishikesh-249 201
Uttarakhand, INDIA

  +91 9997476630 / 9458904939
  +91 9411135324
Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd 1st Floor, Community Shopping Complex
Sector-B/Pocket-1, Vasant Kunj
Delhi-110 070, INDIA
Camp : Camp Panther, Village Shivpuri
Rishikesh-249 201, Uttaranchal, INDIA

  +91 11 26122775 / 26891473
  +91 11 26134554
Aspen Adventures Pvt. Ltd.   +91 9711009899, 9711009246
  +91 11 46108146
Wildex Wild Adventures Wildex, Sarojini Market, New Delhi-110 023

  +91 9810441244, 9910441244
Red Chilli Adventure Sports Pvt. Ltd Tapovan, Luxmanjhula Road,
Rishikesh-249 192, India

  +91 135 2434021
Garhwal Himalayan Explorations Pvt. Ltd. Opp. Union Bank of India , Kailash Gate,
Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, India

  +91 135 2442267/2442667
  +91 9412050478, 9758164778
Garhwal Himalayan Expedition E-15, Plot No. 144 / 145 Shop no. 02
Sec-08, Rohini, Delhi 110 085 (India)

  +91 11 27948870 / 27947265
  +91 9899587242 / 9811275279,
Majestic Tour Majestic Tour India, 205, Second Floor,
Bhanu Complex, New Mahavir Nagar.
Nr. Shiv Shakti Temple
Near : Janakpuri East Metro Station
New Delhi - 110018

  +91 11 45643289 (10 AM-7 PM IST +5:30GMT)
   +91 99581713003, 9313512002, 9313512002
River N Range Pvt. Ltd. G-13, LGF, Jangpura Extension
New Delhi - 110014, INDIA

  +91 11 24323333/24319283
  +91 9811347347, 9718347347,
River Rafting in Rishikesh Shop - No 59, NH 58, Ram Jhula,
Near Sivananda Charitable Hospital,
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249 201

  +91 9873167528, 9990412455,
Ganga Valley Adventure Kailash gate, Muni-Ki-Reti,
Near-Union Bank, Rishikesh-249 137,
Uttarakhand, India

  +91 9968044305, 9897996881, 9456171728
Garhwal Adventure Kailash Gate, Muni-Ki-Reti,
Rishikesh-249 137, Uttarakhand, India

  +91 9759676134, 9837054391
Roof and Ride Address Plot # D-356, Sec. 56
(Opposite Florence Club),
Gurgaon, Haryana 122 002

  +91 7503033585, 9899205520
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-249 137 INDIA

  +91 9868939348, 9999198878
Rafting in Rishikesh A - 13 Shubham Apts 37, Patparganj
Delhi - 110 092 ,India
Rishikesh Rafting Guide H Block, Shivalik Nagar, BHEL, Ranipur
Haridwar-249 403, Uttarakhand, India

  +91 9899886565
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