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River Rafting in Rishikesh Price : Everything you need to know

River Rafting in Rishikesh Price:

Rafting in Rishikesh price depends on the distance you travel with raft, there are four type of river rafting in Rishikesh. The price of the most popular 16 Km rafting is Rs 800 Per Person, without Video.  

Here is the list of River rafting in Rishikesh price – 

Type Of Rafting

Weekend Price

Weekdays Price

09 Km Rafting

Brahmpuri to Rishikesh

Rs. 500

Rs. 400

12 Km Rafting

Marine Drive to Shivpuri

Rs. 600

Rs. 500

16 Km Rafting

Shivpuri to Rishikesh

Rs 800

Rs 600

35 Km Rafting

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh

Rs. 2000

Rs. 1800

As per the price and level of adventure, you can choose the river rafting package for you. We will discuss in more detail how to select the river rafting type for you, and what are the factors you need to keep in mind especially if you are doing it for the first time. 

River Rafting in Rishikesh is the most popular adventure sport in Uttarakhand. It stretches along Alaknanda, Dhauliganga, and Kali rivers have several challenging rapids. You can choose between simple and expert levels based on the different types of river rafting in Rishikesh – whether you choose to negotiate fast and furious river currents or to gently float along the hillside.

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself

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Understand How rapid forms? and Why River rafting is an ultimate adventure? 

The Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, are the main tributaries of the Ganga, confluence at Devprayag. Their waters are of Grade IV to V. Water grade means the potential of running current in the water, which means more rapid spots. Rapids in the river are the area where the velocity and turbulence of water increase and it cause back motion and brings more fun and adventure when your raft runs over there.   

Based on the different water grades, the waves accumulate power, and it’s called rapids. So there are different types of river rafting in Rishikesh on the basis of rapid grades and the distance will it cover.

River rafting in Rishikesh has won the heart of many, yours is the next !!

Types of River Rafting in Rishikesh based on Water Grades:

First GRADE: Easy, small waves, no obstacles.  (9Km, From Brahmpuri to Rishikesh)

Second GRADE: Moderate difficulty level with clear passages. (9Km, From Brahmpuri to Rishikesh)

Third GRADE: Difficult, high waves with narrow passages. (12Km, From Marine Drive to Shivpuri)

Fourth GRADE: Difficult, powerful waves. (16Km, From Shivpuri to Rishikesh)

Fifth GRADE: Extremely difficult, highly congested, turbulent waves.  (35 Km, Kaudiyala to Rishikesh)

Rafting in Rishikesh
Rafting in Rishikesh

Below are some rapids you will come across during river rafting in Rishikesh. Their grade-wise difficulties are also mentioned – 

Types of River Rafting Rapids in Rishikesh:

  1. Black Honey (Water Grade 1)
  2. Good morning (Water Grade 1)
  3. Sweet sixteen(Water Grade 1)
  4. Body Surfing (Water Grade 1)
  5. Club House (Water Grade 2)
  6. Double Trouble (Water Grade 2)
  7. Initiation (Water Grade 2)
  8. Hilton (Water Grade 2)
  9. Terminator (Water Grade 2)
  10. Shivpuri Rapid (Water Grade 2+)
  11. Three Blind Mice (Water Grade 3)
  12. Crossfire (Water Grade 3)
  13. Roller Coaster (Water Grade 3)
  14. Return to Sender (Water Grade 3)
  15. Golf course (Water Grade 3)
  16. Daniel’s Dip (Water Grade 3+)
  17. The great wall (Water Grade 4)

Types of River Rafting Stretches in Rishikesh with Price- (Based on distance)

Brahampuri to Rishikesh: (Shortest and Easy)

The distance from Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula is the easiest and the shortest one, which is around 9 km. This expedition can be done by people from 7 to 65 years of age. This stretch is perfect for students and family groups. Rafting at Rishikesh, Brahmapuri is suitable for kids and elderly people. There are low-grade rapids of class-1. It is more likely like boating.

Distance: 09 Kms

Duration: 70 minutes

Price: Rs 600

Rapid Grades: I & II (Easy & Moderate)

Best Season: Feb to May & Sept to Nov

Rafting Points: Barahmpuri to Nim Beach Rishikesh

Marine Drive to Shivpuri: (Good for beginners)

Marine Drive to Shivpuri rafting is the best option for first-time rafters and the one who wants to enjoy the rafting but scares from the river. It could act as a teaser. You will have very small rapids of grade I to III in this rafting that is why this rafting section is much better and more exciting than the Brahmpuri rafting section as this rafting section is having rapids of grade 3 which you won’t find in the Brahmpuri to Rishikesh rafting stretch.

Distance: 10 Kms

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: Rs 600

Rapid Grades: I & II (Easy & Moderate)

Best Season: Feb to May & Sept to Oct

Rafting Points: Marine Drive to Shivpuri

Shivpuri  to Rishikesh: (Most Popular)

It is located nearly 18 km away from Rishikesh. This is the most selling rafting stretch, cost-effective, and mostly chosen rafting package. Shivpuri to Rishikesh Rafting has got some amazing rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster (Grade III+), Golf Course (Grade IV), Club House, Initiation, Hilton, and Double Trouble. This is a 16 km rafting stretch and during this rafting trip, you can enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, and body surfing. It Includes Cliff Jump too. 

Distance: 16 Kms

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Price: Rs 1000

Rapid Grades: I, III & IV (Adventures & Powerful Waves)

Best Season: Feb to April & Sept to mid-Nov

Marine Drive  to Rishikesh: 

This distance is around 27 km and it takes around 2 hours to complete this. The expedition from marine drive to Laxman Jhula is not for beginners, it is good for a moderate level with a few extra rapids than Shivpuri. If you are not doing rafting for the first time anf if you are coming with family then this stretch is the best choice for you.

Distance: 25 Kms

Duration: 4 to 5 Hours

Price: Rs 1500

Rapid Grades: I, II, III & IV (Adventures & Powerful Waves)

Best Season: Feb to April & Sept to mid-Nov

Rafting Points: Marine Drive to Rishikesh

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh:

Kaudiyala is popular for its greater distance from Rishikesh. It is 36 Kms long stretch and will take 7 to 8 hours. Some famous rapids for water rafting near This is the only rafting stretch that is having grade 5 rapid (The Wall). Some other rapids you will come across are Sweet sixteen, Three-blinds Mice, Crossfire and the most famous The Great Wall Rapid. 

Distance: 36 Kms

Duration: 6 to 8 Hours

Price: Rs 2800 / person

Rapid Grades: I, II, III, IV & V (Difficult, Adventures & Powerful Waves)

Best Season: April to March & Oct to Nov

Rafting Points: Kaudiyala to Rishikesh

Devprayag to Rishikesh (Longest)

It is the longest stretch from Rishikesh. It needs a good physique and stamina in order to complete this stretch. The rafting from Devprayag to Rishikesh is done in 2 days. On the first day, you will be covering 35 km and will stay at Kaudiyala that day, another 35 km of stretch will be done till Rishikesh on the next day.

Distance: 70 Km

Duration: 2 Days

Price: Rs 15000 / person (2 Days including camping)

Rapid Grades: I, II, III, IV & V (Difficult, Adventures & Powerful Waves)

Best Season: March to April & Oct to Nov

Rafting Points: Devprayag to Rishikesh

Along with the rafting package you can choose for camping and zipline also.

Waiting time for River Rafting in Rishikesh: 

March to June is the peak time for river rafting in Rishikesh. If you are planning on this time so make sure to pre-book your slot prior especially during weekends. If will book it on the spot, so you might face a waiting time of more than an hour or two. 

During peak season, it becomes very difficult for rafting operators to provide 16 Km rafting due to huge rush and traffic on the road. So first confirm with your rafting provider for availability.

Video shot during River Rafting:

You might have seen many river rafting videos on Youtube, These videos were recorded using Go Pro. If you want to record your rafting ride, you can ask your rafting operator or guide they will arrange the Go Pro and it will charge extra. For Example, 16 Km river rafting in Rishikesh price is Rs. 800 Per Person so Go Pro charges will be Rs 1200 to 1500 for all groups, or you can say per boat. 

Cliff Jumping in River Rafting and its Price: 

Cliff Jumping means, jumping into the Ganga river from the cliff. You can only avail the cliff jumping if you choose 16 or 35 Km rafting. Because the Cliff jump spot came during these stretches. It’s a cliff of the height of around 30 meters from where you can jump into the river. It becomes a memorable experience. The price for cliff jumping is absolutely free.. YES! it’s included in the price of 16Km river rafting. Also, body suffering is another activity, that includes the price of river rafting. 

Rafting in Rishikesh season:

River rafting season in Rishikesh is from mid-September to July end. The peak time and best time to explore all these types of river rafting in Rishikesh are from Mid February to June last.

July and August are the months of monsoon so rafting is not allowed at this time, as the water level in the river increases. December, January, and Mid February are the winter season so people usually do not prefer to dive in with cold weather though rafting remains open in these months of winter.

How to pick a River Rafting Package in Rishikesh:

Let me explain which type of river rafting should you prefer –

If you are a group of the family having some aged person or children,- Go for shortest one, 09 KM Rafting 

If you are a family member age group 18 to 40 Years, Go for a 12 Km rafting

If you are courageous and want more fun, group of friends, – Go for the most popular 16 Km river rafting, which includes Cliff Jump also. 

If you have done 16 Km rafting 2 or 3 times, – Go for 35 Km rafting.   

Apart from river rafting, there are many other adventure activities. If you are an adventurous person you can choose a package that includes Bungee jumping, Bodysurfing, Cliff diving, camping, mountain biking, Rock climbing, and rappelling. But if you are looking forward to a weekend break, then you can opt for rafting, camping, cliff diving, meditation, temple tour, etc. You will get a package according to your needs.

You can also opt for the stand-alone river rafting packages which include rafting from Marine Drive to Shivpuri, from Shivpuri to Brahmpuri, and from Brahmpuri to Laxman Jhula. There are different packages for family travelers, corporate travelers, and student travelers.

How to reach Rishikesh?

By Train-

Rishikesh is approximately 24 kilometers away from Haridwar, which is the nearest railway station. This railway station connects Rishikesh to all the major cities in India. Train fare from Delhi to Rishikesh can cost you from INR 85 to INR 800, depending upon the facilities you choose.

By Flight-

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh, it is approximately 35 kilometers away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet, and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi to Jolly Grant airport. So after arriving at the airport in order to reach Rishikesh you can take a  cab or taxi. A flight from Delhi to Jollygrant (Dehradun) will cost you around 2200-2500 INR and it will take around 40 minutes for you to reach Jollygrant (Dehradun) from Delhi.

By Bus-

The minimum time taken by a bus or car to reach Rishikesh from Delhi is nearly 5-6 hours.  But the time taken depends upon the availability of the traffic, Otherwise, it is the cheapest way to reach Rishikesh. The fare of a bus can cost you around 500 INR for an A.C bus, and around 800 INR for Volvo Bus.

Things to keep in mind before River Rafting in Rishikesh:

Try to Wear Light-

Try to wear light, airy and quick-drying garments. Remember to bring an extra pair of clothes as you need other cloth after the rafting.

Life Jacket ensures your safety- It is mandatory to wear a Life-Jacket during the expedition. and make sure it is tight.

Safety Equipment-

Wear all safety equipment provided by the guide, do not compromise with your safety.

Listen to all the instructions given by the instructor  

Wear Proper shoes-

Wear tight shoes which can be tied tightly. Do not wear flip-flops and slippers otherwise, you have to return to your place with your barefoot.

Try to help your teammates-

If your fellow rafters fall into the water, do try to pull them back on the raft, do not ignore them.

Remember rafting is a team activity and you’ll enjoy it better with your teammates.

Things not to do During River Rafting-

Before and during Rafting, you should not-

  • Stand on the craft while rafting.
  • Drink alcohol during the expedition as it can make you feel dizzy, and it will be harmful to everyone on the raft.
  • Try to attempt anything dangerous during the expedition.
  • Wear oversized life- jackets as it will of no use.

Above all, Patients with heart disease, pregnant women, and asthmatic patients should not try rafting as it can be very dangerous.

Never ever go alone rafting, you’ll enjoy it more with your family and friends.
Rishikesh will never disappoint you.

River Rafting in Rishikesh price:

Based on different types of river rafting in Rishikesh, prices vary with the type you choose. For the shortest distance, it is Rs. 600, From the popular starting point Shivpuri it is Rs. 1000 and for the longest distance, it is Rs. 2800 per person.

You can send the WhatsApp inquiry Message to 9634436008 for the latest discounted price of River rafting.


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