Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and offers great variety to the adventure-seekers who visit. It is home to many of the most famous peaks in the country, and two of the major rivers of India – the Ganga and the Yamuna – start from here. The entire state is dotted with sparkling lakes and streams that are formed by melting glaciers, and it is covered in pine and deodar forests.
The most famous spot for river rafting in Uttarakhand is in Rishikesh. It is a spiritual destination for Hindus, but is now becoming popular as the ‘gateway to the Himalayas’, thanks to its convenient location and booming adventure industry. Apart from rafting in Rishikesh, you can also go bungee jumping, camping, and mountain-biking. Check out these top adventures in Uttarakhand that you won’t want to miss while you’re here.
The Ganga swirls down from the mountains in to Rishikesh, running wide, green, and cold. It is an awe-inspiring sight, especially when you can see the stretches with roaring rapids. There are different grades of rapids on offer, so you can choose from the milder Grade I and II, to the epic boiling stretch of the Grade IV rapids.
No matter which package you choose, you’ll have a thrill-a-minute rafting session! After that, when the water becomes less turbulent, you’ll paddle past the many ghats and prayer areas of Rishikesh, heading towards the quiet stretches where you can jump into the water.
The centre of Rishikesh is for the temples and facilities for religious visitors. Around that, along the river and its tributaries, there are campsites set up to cater to adventure seekers and travellers. Most of these campsites offer river rafting as well as camping packages. Depending on your budget, you can stay in tents, cottages, or rooms. A regular rafting and camping package usually involves all meals, a campfire in the evening, and a session of Ganga river rafting the next day.
Rafting on the Ganga can be customized to suit your requirements. For families with young children, there are Rishikesh rafting packages that are shorter and will cover fewer rapids. You can choose from the 9 km stretch (for families with kids), 16 kms stretch (good for beginners), or longer Ganga river rafting packages like 24 or 32 kms. From the 16 km stretch onwards, you’ll be meeting all the most famous rapids, like Double Trouble, Golf Course, Return to Sender, The Wall, and more.