Rishikesh is a name that is synonymous with spirituality, but this pilgrim center has also established itself as the superlative site in India for white water rafting. River rafting is an adventure sport which encompasses navigating an inflatable rubber boat or raft on an unrestrained river filled with rapids. ‘Rapids’ refer to the white foam which ascends owing to an abrupt increase or decrease in the volume of rolling water. Rapids carry a grade from 1 to 6, contingent on how easy it is to negotiate them and to ride on the waves:
- Class 1: These are slow- moving currents like ‘Cash Flow’ that are idyllic for first timers.
- Class 2: These are small waves like ‘Good Morning’ which are also best for first timers.
- Class 3: Travelers who have tried white water rafting before should try these rapids as sound technical expertise is imperative to steer the raft for instance ‘Three Blind Mice’.
- Class 4: These rapids like ‘Golf Course’ have faster undercurrents and larger waves which make them idyllic for vacationers with extensive river rafting in Rishikesh experience.
- Class 5: These rapids like ‘The Wall’ have very fast undercurrents and outsized waves which are best tackled by travelers who have good rafting and camping in Rishikesh experience.
- Class 6: Rapids like ‘Suicidal’ that come in this grouping are best attempted by specialized racing teams or by Rishikesh rafting veterans.
The superlative time for Rishikesh rafting is between September- December and March -July. Here are some tips to keep in mind before setting out on camping and river rafting in Rishikesh:
- Guide: Always listen to the guide and follow the directions recommended by them as they have a worthy amount of experience in dealing with challenging situations while rafting. It is always recommended to take safety parameters advised by your guide.
- Food: Don’t eat too much food and have only light meals before rafting. There is a good variety of street food available near Shivpuri and Laxman Jhula market. People fond of Maggie can relish it with a hot cup of tea near the cliff jumping point.
- Clothes: You will get wet while rafting in Rishikesh and thus make certain that you wear right clothes and also wear life jackets, helmets and oar which will be available with your rafting guide. Do not wear flip-flops or sleepers while rafting as you may slip, in such circumstances it is suggested to wear tennis shoes which will protect your feet.
- Never go alone: Always go for rafting in groups and never go alone in the far-flung rivers. At times, you may necessitate aid/help which may not be possible at that particular time.
- Place to stay: You can plan a stay at one of those camps near Shivpuri. The camps will let you enjoy the charm of Rishikesh completely.
Rishikesh river rafting is unlike anything you might have tried before and you are sure to have many warmhearted memories of your experience. After all, the ecstasy of white water rafting on the Ganges with gigantic mountains in the background overlooking the waters is simply supreme.