River Rafting in Uttarakhand, India

Battle the churning rapids of the Ganga past the temples and ghats of Rishikesh. And at the end of the rafting, you’ll also get a chance to try body surfing and cliff jumping in the river.

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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.

White Water Rafting in Uttarakhand – A Must Do for Any Adventure Lover

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.

Rafting and Camping Packages

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.

Ganga River Rafting – Which stretch is right for me?

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.

Top rafting trips in Uttarakhand

Rafting in Rishikesh-Shivpuri to Laxmanjhula
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Enjoy the thrill of rafting on the rushing Ganges over a stretch of 12 km. It takes about 2.5 hrs to complete the trip and participants face famous rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Clubhouse, Initiation, Double Trouble.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation to the start point and back
  • Pick and drop service from your respective hotel, if near Tapovan. For hotels further away, this will come with an additional cost.)
  • All rafting and safety equipment including wetsuits, boots, PFDs, helmet, paddle etc
  • Refreshments/snacks
  • Trained expert support
  • Cliff jumping (optional)
    Exclusions
  • Pictures and videos of the trip at a cost of Rs.800/- if informed in well in advance.
  • No meals are provided – Lunch can be arranged at an additional charge of Rs. 200
  • Any services or cost not mentioned in the inclusions.
Day Rafting on the Ganges: Marine Drive-Laxman Jhula 26 kms
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Day Rafting on the Ganges: Marine Drive-Laxman Jhula 26 kms
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This thrilling 3-hour rafting session on the Ganges takes you along a 26 kms stretch, through the holy town of Rishikesh. You'll meet ten of the most famous rapids of Grade 3 and Grade 3+ rapids, such as Three Blind Mice (3+), Cross Fire (3), Roller Coaster (3+), Golf Course (3+) and Clubhouse (3). This rafting session is often booked by first-timers looking for more than the basic 16 kms stretch, but be warned, it can be quite demanding.

IMPORTANT: This Rishikesh rafting trip is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 2 pax for a booking confirmation. The trip includes some snacks and beverages as well.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from the pick-up point in Rishikesh to the start point for the rafting session and back.
  • All necessary rafting gear like life jackets, helmet, paddle and wetsuits
  • Professional guide (in a safety kayak or raft)
  • Snacks and a beverage (soft drink)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals other than those specified
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services or costs not mentioned in the inclusions
Day Rafting on the Ganges: Kodiyala-Laxman Jhula 35 kms
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Day Rafting on the Ganges: Kodiyala-Laxman Jhula 35 kms
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This 35 km-long stretch of rapids in the Ganges is the longest day rafting session you can book. It is suitable only for fit travellers looking for a long session, because you'll be doing 6 hours of rafting in Rishikesh. You'll ride through 12 rapids, ranging from Grade 3 to 4. A few of the famous rapids you will encounter are The Wall (4), Three Blind Mice (3+), Cross Fire (3), Roller Coaster (3+), Golf Course (3+), and Clubhouse (3).

IMPORTANT: This Rishikesh rafting trip is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 6 pax for a booking confirmation.

IMPORTANT: This rafting trip includes a delicious lunch at Shivpuri.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from the pick-up point in Rishikesh to the start point for the rafting session and back
  • All necessary rafting gear like life jackets, helmet, paddle and wetsuits
  • Professional guide (in a safety kayak or raft)
  • Lunch
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals other than those specified
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services or costs not mentioned in the inclusions
Ganga Rafting Expedition for Beginners
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Ganga Rafting Expedition for Beginners
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If you've been rafting before and loved it, then this beginner's Ganga rafting expedition is perfect for you! You'll spend three thrilling days rafting down the Ganges, and each night, you'll camp out under the stars, ending the day beside a bonfire.

On your first day, you'll be driven to your first camp, where you'll spend time getting used to your raft, equipment and the river. You'll warm up on some easy rapids, meet the rest of your team of travellers, and enjoy the rest of the day swimming and body-surfing. For the next two days, you'll be rafting about 30 kms on grade 3 and grade 3+ rapids like Three Blind Mice (3+), Cross Fire (3), Roller Coaster (3+), Golf Course (3+) and Clubhouse (3).

NOTE: Each day involves about 4-5 hours of rafting, so you should be prepared for this.

What happens to your luggage?

Anything not needed for the trip can be safely stored in Rishikesh at the supplier's office. Pack light, only taking what you need, into a soft backpack for your three days on the river. This will be carried in dry bags on a kayak, and will be handed to you at each campsite.

IMPORTANT: This Rishikesh rafting trip is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 6 travellers for a booking confirmation.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation to the starting point
  • Accommodation for two nights in tents on twin sharing basis
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3
  • Body surfing, cliff jumping and 80 km rafting from Devprayag to Rishikesh
  • Self-bailing rafts, life jacket, helmet and paddles and rescue bag
  • Professional rafting guide and safety kayaker
  • Staff services to set up camp and tents, and to cook meals
  • Dry pit toilet tent
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals other than those specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services or costs not mentioned in the inclusions
The Tons Thriller Rafting Expedition
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The Tons Thriller Rafting Expedition
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The Tons is a tributary of the Yamuna river that flows through the Gharwal region of Uttarakhand. On this expedition, we run several rapids ranging from Class III to Class IV+/V, with whitewater sections separated by a hundred yards or less of flat water. The sheer adrenaline rush and magic of taking on 40 kms of quality whitewater from Gyunhatti till Tiuni, can only be described as one of the finest whitewater experiences in the country, and is not for the faint-hearted.

Camping in the lap of nature, amongst the thickly forested hills of deodar, pine and chestnut, combined with short treks to the surrounding areas, make this a memorable getaway from the summer heat.

Where is the lugguage stored when travellers are rafting?

Water-proof bags are kept aboard the raft for keeping cameras on the trip and on longer self-contained, multi-day expeditions, bigger water-proof bags are carried to keep all baggage on the raft completely dry. Every raft also carries rescue bags and flip lines to counter any emergency.
    Inclusions
  • Train fare from Delhi to Dehradun
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation on a twin-share basis in tents
  • All meals as specified
  • Professional guide fee
  • All rafting, kayaking and safety equipment
  • Camp staff
  • Cook
    Exclusions
  • Airport transfers in Delhi, any stay and meals in Delhi
  • Items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
Rishikesh Riverside Camping (2N/3D)
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Rishikesh Riverside Camping (2N/3D)
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Live along the banks of the Alaknanda, with the sound of the river in the background. You'll have plenty to do, from chilling on the banks of the river to exploring the forests that fringe it. The days at this Rishikesh riverside campsite are filled with adventure activities and outdoor scenery, and in the evenings, when the night grows cold, a crackling bonfire sets the mood for a singsong session or a barbeque. You'll live in Swiss tents, with a permanent roof and ensuite washrooms to shelter you from the elements. Inside your tent, you have queen size beds, luggage racks, side tables, and a coffee table and chairs. However, you'll probably spend most of your time on the delightful private sit-out that looks over the river.

NOTE: This package does not include the cost of your adventure activities. Instead, you can decide what you want to do and pay on location. Every day, you can choose from a range of activities like rafting, rappelling, kayaking, local walks, village explorations, or just decide to spend time in the lap of nature.

To book this adventure camp in Rishikesh, you need a minimum of two persons.
    Inclusions
  • Two nights in twin-sharing Swiss tents with balcony at a riverside campsite
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Tea and cookies (morning and evening)
  • One guided trek
  • Bonfire
  • Any applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport of any kind
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Adventure activities (can be paid for on location)
  • Bottled water, other beverages
  • Personal expenses like laundry, tips, etc
  • Any costs for delays caused by landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

FAQs about river rafting in Uttarakhand

What is the best time to go rafting in Uttarakhand?

The best rafting season in Uttarakhand is during the summer months of March, April and May, when the cold water is very tempting. But during the monsoon months, all the way till September or October, the rafting season in Rishikesh is strong, thanks to the added force of the water. After that, you can still go rafting, but the water gets very cold.

Can beginners go rafting in Uttarakhand?

Yes, you can go rafting in Uttarakhand even if you have no experience. The longer stretches have bigger rapids, so if you want to start off with shorter stretches, this can give you a short rafting experience. All rafting operators in Uttarakhand provide helmets and life jackets, and you will always be accompanied by an experienced rafting instructor.

What should I carry for river rafting in Uttarakhand?

You don’t need much for rafting in Uttarakhand. Make sure you are dressed in light, quick-dry clothes that will not get heavy when wet. Avoid denims, saris, and skirts. You should be careful not to carry anything valuable in your pockets, and make sure your sunglasses have a strap to hold them around your neck.
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