Here’s Why You Must Go Rafting In Rishikesh In 2020

February 20, 2020

Rishikesh has long been known as the yoga capital of the world. While most people, within and outside India, know Rishikesh for the exemplary yoga training facilities and the religious significance of the city, Rishikesh is also known to attract a flood of adventure lovers looking to experience the thrill of rafting in the holy Ganga.

With more and more tourist destinations settled around rivers offering the adventure activity, what makes Rishikesh so special? What makes rafting in Rishikesh the ideal adventure weekend getaway? Let’s find out:

The Most Revered River Course

As mentioned earlier, there are many cities in the hills that offer white water rafting. However, no city is blessed with conditions as perfect as Rishikesh. To begin with, rafting in Rishikesh presents the perfect blend of thrill, exhilaration, and safety. While rafts do capside from time to time, the whole experience is more or less safe as long as you follow the instructions given by your rafting instructor.

Finally, the river course in Rishikesh also has a nice spot where you can enjoy some beginner level cliff diving! The spot is also home to a couple of Maggie vendors that will serve you some much needed warm Maggie and chai that is sure you energise you after you’ve spent 2-3 hours struggling with the rapids of Ganga.

Not-So-Freezing Temperatures

Next, unlike most rivers where you can enjoy white water rafting, the water temperature of Ganga in Rishikesh is relatively warmer, making it fit for a dip during the summer months. 

Even if you don’t plan on diving into the water, you’ll be thankful that the water hitting your face during the experience is not freezing cold.

Pocket Friendly

If planned right, every aspect of a rafting trip to Rishikesh can turn out to be easy on your pockets. From travelling to the holy city to accommodations and the rafting activity itself, everything is priced sensibly in Rishikesh.

Thanks to its proximity to Delhi and other major cities in the region, reaching Rishikesh is super-cheap, regardless of your choice of transport. Most campsites (more on this in a bit) offer economical stays that come loaded with all the basic amenities you may require. Similarly, with the right amount of haggling, even the rafting activity can turn out to be extremely cheap.

Camp Under The Stars

Rishikesh has long been well known for its riverside campsites. While most of these were banned by the local Forest Department, there are still some campsites nestled by the back channels feeding into the river. 

Alternatively, there are jungle camps and luxury camps all over Rishikesh, offering a serene and unique camping experience, combined with a hefty dose of Uttarakhand hospitality.

Sure, there is no dearth of better luxury accommodations in Rishikesh. However, aside from being pricey, these experiences do go too well with something as raw as rafting down the holy (but unforgiving) Ganga.

More Than Just Rafting

Finally, rafting is not the only activity worth doing in Rishikesh. The small town is also home to Asia’s highest bungee jumping site. Adventure lovers that don’t particularly find themselves comfortable with watersports can opt for a bucket list worthy experience of freefalling from one of the highest bungee jumping sites on the planet.

Apart from adventure sports, there are a number of really cool cafes dotting different parts of Rishikesh that are perfect for spending a lazy afternoon doing nothing, in the company of some scrumptious food. There are also a number of hiking trails and hidden waterfalls all over and around Rishikesh, that are definitely worth exploring, if you have the luxury of time.

Finally, Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world and hence, is home to some of the most celebrated yoga training schools on the planet.


If you’ve read this far, the conclusion must be very clear by now: make sure you reserve at least one weekend to experience the magic of Rishikesh in 2020.

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