Rafting at rishikesh...

                                Rishikesh a tourist place






Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting Laxman Jhula point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.It is rightly called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 7 Story Temple Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga,
Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. An international yoga week is organized here every year by U.P. Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate here is continental type but its location in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.

Attractions:-

Triveni Ghat
To be found in the heart of town, is the most famous bathing ghat, where most pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done generally in the early mornings, with the pilgrims offering prayers and milk at the Ghat and feeding the fish in the water. An amazing sight here is the evening arati, a ceremony accompanied by lights, drums and chanting, with the entire ghat lit with lamps glowing from a distance.
Bharat Mandir
Near the Ghat, is the temple known as Bharat Mandir said to be the oldest temple here built by the Adi Shankaracharya. This 9th century temple has the deity of Lord Vishnu carved out of a single black stone popular as Saligram, and is placed in the inner chambers of the temple. The original temple was said to have been destroyed in 1398 AD. If you are lucky, catch the spring festival also called Basant Panchami celebrated here.
Rishikund
Close to the Triveni Ghat is the very old place of Rishikund where the Saint Kubz is said to have been blessed by the Goddess Yamuna, who filled the pond with her water. The temple of Raghunath dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife Sita is sited here.
2 kilometers from Swarg Ashram, is the well-known Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge 450 feet long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram's younger brother Lakshman, it has temples dotting its either side, including the famed Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. One more noteworthy ashram is the 13 storeyed Kailashananda Ashram, with each storey being dedicated to a different deity.
Ramjhula
is situated 3Km north of Rishikesh. It's a very popular place amongst people coming for religious purposes because it has very known Ashrams. Most known is Geeta Bhavan & Swarg Ashram and these temples are very important in Hindu society and you will see much more commotion here then in Lakshmanjhula.
To be found at a distance of 12 km from Rishikesh, this temple stands at a height of 926m on top of a hill across the river Ganga. It derives its name from Lord Shiva. According to mythological belief; the cosmic churning of the oceans (Sagar Manthan) for the potion of immortality (amrit) by the Gods and the Demons; produced a venomous liquid, which was consumed by Lord Shiva at this place. As a result, his throat became blue in color, which in Hindi literally means 'Neelkanth' (blue throat). The place is a favorite among the religious tourists.
SwargashramSwarga Ashram
There is a cluster of ashrams on the eastern bank of the Ganges, and the place is popularly known as 'Swarga Ashram'. Most of these ashrams provide courses on yoga and spiritual studies, and are well-known among the tourists. Some ancient temples with beautifully carved statues are also located in the place. There are a few vegetarian food joints that serve various Ayurvedic food and refreshments. A few shops are also found, that sell various trinkets and souvenirs in the form of religious tapes, books, beads, beaded garlands, shells and clothes
Gita Bhavan.
Near the Lakshaman Jhula, is the newly constructed building of Gita Bhavan. It runs a free Ayurvedic dispensary and also has a branch of the Gita Press, Gorakhpur. There are more than a hundred rooms for visitors and this edifice houses various striking paintings and statues of ancient mythological characters. The stories of the ancient epics- the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are beautifully illustrated on its walls. The place is also popular among the tourists.

More at rishikesh:-

Rishikesh is a camping destination and offers a delightful ambience to set and enjoy camps. The scenic views of nature lighten the moods of travelers and the awe-inspiring adventures bubbles up their excitement. The effect gets more intoxicating when one get the pleasure of putting up at campsites in the lap of nature and under the blankets of stars. Families, friends, company personnel or adventurers enjoy the idea of camping as it brings memorable moments that are cherished throughout their lives. People have seen such things on Television and have often felt like doing it in real. Rishikesh camps gives just that to them and plays an important role in bringing their dreams alive. 


Rafting:-


The gurgling and revving Ganges and its tributaries in Rishikesh, makes river rafting in Rishikesh a must try adventurous sports for the adventure junkies. Guarded by the majestic Himalayas and surrounded by the lush green vegetation, the holy city of Rishikesh is just 43 km from Haridwar. 

Because of its rugged and uneven settings, the flow of Ganges and the tributaries get the chance to offer some of the most herculean rapids, making a perfect location to try river rafting in Rishikesh.
If you are also in search of some adventure quest and is yearning for an engrossing encounter with the high-speed waves of Ganges, the river rafting in Rishikesh is just made for you. But before you start your adventurous journey to the splashing waves of Ganges and get yourself soaked with the adrenaline rush, here is a detailed guide to Rishikesh rafting.
Rishikesh rafting is best enjoyed during the post-monsoon seasons. Usually, it starts from September and continues with the fun and thrill of rafting in Rishikesh till June.
Though rafting can also done during the months of December-January, the drop in the winter temperature makes it a bit challenging to step into the gurgling rivers.
Experience this and you'll forget even white water rafting.
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Rafting in Rishikesh costs approximately Rs.450 to Rs.1800 per person. There are four different rafting stretches which vary depending on the level of adventure they proffer and so does their cost. It further varies, depending upon the number of participants. 
1. Brahmapuri to Rishikesh River Rafting
The Brahmapuri to Rishikesh is the most preferred route chosen by several rafting enthusiasts in Rishikesh.
This route is not very challenging and hence is suitable for every age group.  
The length covered is approximately 9 Km
The estimated time taken is 1.5 hours
The cost goes up to Rs.450 per person.
2. Shivpuri to Rishikesh
The stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is said to be a melange of excitement and delight.
This route has some very spine tingling challenges waiting for you thrill seekers.
It is advisable that those who are naïve at white water rafting and those who do not know to swim, should avoid taking this route.
The length covered is approximately 16 Km
The estimated time taken is 3.5 hours
The cost goes up to Rs.650 per person.
3. Marine Drive to Rishikesh
If you are looking forward to feeding your adrenaline rush and at the same time enjoying mesmerising vistas, then the Marine Drive to Rishikesh route is an ideal choice.
This route is partially difficult and partially smooth sailing; one can skip a heartbeat and then later experience nirvana amidst the picturesque Mother Nature.
The length covered is approximately 24 Km
The estimated time taken is 4.5 hours
The cost goes up to Rs.850 per person.
4. Kaudiyala to Rishikesh
Tagged as one of the most difficult rafting route, the stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh proffers an extremely thrill full experience.
This extensive and rough route tests the calibre every rafter. So wear your determination and embark on this expedition.
The length covered is approximately 34 Km
The estimated time taken is 8 hours
The cost goes up to Rs.1800 per person.

Popular Rapids for Rafting in Rishikesh
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Bestowed with the gurgling Ganges and its tributaries and some of the deep ravines, Rishikesh river rafting promises endless enthralling moments to the rafter. It is in this quaint Garhwal city, you can enjoy rafting through many different rapids of various grades. Just like the white water rafting, With a range of grade-I to grade-V,  rafting in Rishikesh will surely keep you engrossed with its unique charm and thrill! Mentioned below are the classification of rapids, you can find and enjoy in this city:
Grade-I:
These are the easiest among all the types of rapids. They are classified as grade-I due to the fact that they involve lesser amount of challenges and mostly occur in the plains. Due to this fact, the flow and speed of these rapids are considerably among as compared to other grades. 
Known to be ideal for the beginners, grade-I rapids also involve lesser amount of manoeuvring techniques and skillsets. Also, since these rapids involve a mild amount of current and are conducted in the shallow region, even a non-swimmer can participate in grade-I river rafting.
Grade-II:
After the grade-I, there are the grade-II rapids that are also considered ideal for the novice rafters. Taking the fun and thrill of Rishikesh rafting one step further, these rapids offer are usually tougher than the previous type, and can be found in those regions where the main river passes through the uneven regions or slightly rocky trails. Due to this, they also offers a bit of challenge and a reasonable or moderate amount of challenge to the rafters.
To navigate through them, one surely needs prior rafting experience and navigating skills; rafting with a skilled guides is advisable in this case! Grade-II river rafting is one of the most popular and sought after activities among the rafting enthusiasts to this region.
Grade-III:
The first step to the fascinating world of white water rafting in Rishikesh, grade-III rapids will take you through some of the tiring and strenuous rapids in the Ganges and its tributaries. Due to the high speed and size of these rapids, whenever they crashes against the rock surfaces, they appear to be foamy-white and thus called white water rafting! These types of rapids are commonly found in the regions where the river flows downward with great speed and also passes through some of the rugged and rocky patches.
One surely needs a rafting guide while manoeuvring through the grade-II rapids. Adding more to the thrill and excitement of this type of Rishikesh rafting, there are high amount of challenges and requires very skilled cruising techniques or skills.
Grade-IV:
Once you are acquainted with the tips and tricks of rafting in Rishikesh, you must begin the fun and experience the thrill with the grade-IV rapids. Compared to the first three types, these rapids are more fearsome and are known for the various levels of challenges they offer. Mostly found in the regions where the river descends down through rocky patches at high speed, these rapids require a lot of potential and manoeuvring techniques along with high endurance level!
The city has a number of grade-IV rapids and is known to the most enthralling place for the same. Taking the fun, vigour and excitement of river rafting to almost the zenith point, it is always advisable to challenge these types of rapids only after you are very well versed with all the tips and tricks involved in river rafting in Rishikesh.
Grade-V:
The grade-V rapids are the epitome of Rishikesh river rafting! Recommended only for the expert rafters, they require an ardent set of rafting skills and plenitude of encounters with the white waters. Mostly found in the regions where the river passes through extreme rocky patches or are accompanied by sudden drops, there are a handful of such rapids in the whole country, and most of them are found in Rishikesh itself.
Also, as the river goes deep, grade-V white water rafting Rishikesh is only recommend for those rafters who are well acquainted with swimming. Most of the times, this type of rapids are also accompanied by large whirlpools as they occur mostly at the confluence point of water current from different sources of water. Extremely challenging, grade-V rafting must not be tried without the proper consent of the rafting guides and must also be done under the expert supervision of highly experienced rafting guides and instructors!
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Sweet Sixteen (Grade-I):
Talking about the grade-I rafting, Sweet Sixteen boasts of being the most popular and captivating rapid across the Ganges. Passing through shallow regions, it offers easy passage, lesser amount of challenges and can be successfully cruised by almost all the types of rafters. 
Owing to all these factors, it mainly attracts the novice or the beginner rafters; families with kids or junior members can also indulge in Sweet Sixteen rafting in Rishikesh.
Hilton and Terminator (Grade-II):
During your visit to the renowned Ram Jhula in Rishikesh, you will surely come across this fascinating rapid called the Hilton and Terminator. A grade-II rapid, it starts from the vicinity of Brahmapuri and winds up after reaching Ram Jhula. 
Passing through some of the sharp edges and amazing turns, this rapid offers an enthralling and equally safe rafting experience! In addition to rafting, you can also indulge in body surfing and cliff jumping by the end while cruising through this rapid.
Three Blind Mice (Grade-III):
After cruising through the grade-I or II rapids for a couple of times, you can plunge into the raft and manoeuvre towards the Three Blind Mice in Rishikesh! Graded as third level of rafting in Rishikesh, it passes through a series of sharp and enthralling passes that adds an extra amount of thrill and adventure to the rapid. 
Though can be enjoyed by amateur rafters, strict guidance from the rafting guides or instructors are recommended for a promising experience through Three Blind Mice!
Cross Fire (Grade-III):
Another grade-III rapid that offers you to cruise through the holy Ganges at its full glory, Cross Fire is known for the series of challenges difficulties associated with it. During the course, this rapid passes through one of the most strenuous and roughest phase of the river and thus entices a large number of rafters. Prior experience and expert guidance is a must in case you are planning to cruise through Cross Fire!
Roller Coaster (Grade-III/IV):
The extreme level of turbulence, current flow, vast size of the waves and the rocky terrains associated with Roller Coaster make it a must to challenge rapid while rafting in Rishikesh. Classified as grade-II/IV rapid, it requires an expert level of rafting techniques along with high manoeuvring skills. Also, since there are numerous rock formations along the trail, you will be witnessing frothy waves while cruising through it; this also makes it an ideal rapid for amazing white water rafting experience!
Golf Course (Grade-III):
This is one of the rapids that will surely test all your paddling skills while rafting in Rishikesh! Though classed as a grade-III rapid, you must have prior experiences of grade-II or III rapids before you hop into the raft and start cruising through it. Unlike other rapids of the same grade in Rishikesh, Golf Course offers extreme challenges and during the course, it passes through some of the fascinating trials and extremely uneven paths. Get the adrenaline boost you always craved for and cruise through this rapid under the strict observation and guidance!
The Wall (Grade-IV):
For the skilled and experienced rafters, The Wall proves to be an ultimate rapid in Rishikesh! Graded with the fourth level of rapids, this enthralling rapid will surely take you for a toss with the extreme level of challenges and difficulties involved with it. Highly recommended only for the expert rafters or those with prior experiences with grade-III rapids, it should only be tried under the strict vigilance of an expert guide or rafting crew members!
Daniel's Dip (Grade-V):
You should try this rapid only after you have mastered the skills and techniques of rafting in Rishikesh! Known to be the most enthralling rapid in the entire region or in the Ganges, Daniel’s Dip is among the very grade-V rapids in the entire country. Keeping in mind about the series of challenges and difficulties involved with it, you should never try cruising through the Daniel’s Dip without a full-fledged rafting crew or an expert rafting team!


City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Dehradun
Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Rafting
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: mid-Sept - Apr
Weather: Summer 21 to 42°C, Winter 5 to 26°C
Altitude:372 m
Pincode: 248040
STD code: 01364

Distances

  • Chandigarh to Rishikesh 210 km
  • Delhi to Rishikesh 228 km
  • Shimla Manali to Rishikesh 324 km
  • Bangalore to Rishikesh 2332 km
  • Haridwar to Rishikesh 18 km

Best Season / Best time to visit

Rishikesh has continental type of climate. The weather is quite pleasing all through the years and can be visited any time of the year. But the best season to visit is from mid-September to May.
Winters (October to February) are pleasant with a temperature range of 19°C to 27°C and is good for enjoying sightseeing and rafting.
Summers (March to June) have an average temperature of 35°C and the weather is cool and comfortable. Months like May and June are the hottest and are best avoided.
Monsoons offer average rainfalls during July to September. Rishikesh is a beautiful city which has hot summers and cold winters. Rafting season is from mid-September to April

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