One cannot leave Rishikesh without jumping onto a raft and slicing through the tumultuous waters of the multi-faceted Ganges. The beauty of the Ganges flowing through Rishikesh is attributed to the myriad personalities it embodies. From a sinuous and lazy snake it can suddenly metamorphose into a volatile and frenzied behemoth. That is what makes this river one of the most popular in North India for white water rafting. The Ganges is ideal for first-timers to kick start their rafting experience, and does not require prior know-how.
To ensure that travellers to Rishikesh get a taste of this adrenalin rush, Hotel Ganga Kinare arranges rafting excursions for its guests. We pick you up from the hotel and drive up to your rafts, where your expert instructors and guides will be waiting for you. Once you’ve built a hearty appetite after some rowing, we stop by a pristine beach and serve you lunch on the white sands. The rafting stretch encounters exhilarating rapids like:
- Sweet Sixteen (Grade 1)
- Marine Drive (Grade 2)
- Three Blind Mice (Grade 3)
- Cross Fire (Grade 3)
- Roller Coaster (Grade 4)
- Golf Course (Grade 4)
The river also has a Grade 4 rapid called 'The Wall', a furious vortex that is a sight and experience to behold. You will glide through several placid stretches of river, where you can somersault into the crystal clear waters for some bodysurfing.
As your rafting voyage will culminate at Hotel Ganga Kinare’s private bank itself, you will row past spectacles such as Laxman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan, Swami Dayanand Ashram, Triveni Ghat, and of course, the Rajaji National Park.
Apart from rafting, enthusiasts can also partake in cliff jumping, where one can climb on to a cliff and jump 25 feet into the still waters (of course with a lifejacket on). Rafting in Rishikesh is open from mid-August to mid-June, so make sure you get your high while you can!