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This article is being written for all the people going for Rafting to Rishikesh.

There are 108 Operators that operate in Rishikesh and can make rafting possible for you. Before you decide that you are going to land up in Rishikesh and do rafting there, here are a few pointers:

Anyone who hails from Rishikesh will tell you that he can arrange a rafting trip for you. He possibly can as every eligible Indian male from Rishikesh is involved with Rafting. Whether he be an owner of a grocery store or a juice shop, he will know either a river guide, owner of couple of rafts or even a taxi driver. 

WHAT TO DO? HOW TO DECIDE WHO IS GENUINE?

Why are you getting on with the trouble of finding out who is what and can do what. Lay your focus on what do you want. Ganga is run by Outfitters commercially on a few fixed stretches. These are :-

  • Brahmapuri to Rishikesh / NIM Beach: This is the shortest stretch with practically no threat of any kind. The only challenge is Cliff Jumping (jumping from a 30ft cliff into the water), you don't have to do it if you don't want. There is a bottleneck at this point because all the rafts stop here for a while. Enjoy this stretch with your children and parents. Ideal for people who are too scared of water and think white water rafting is an unnecessary threat to life. Also, the cheapest.
  • Shivpuri to Rishikesh / NIM Beach: This is by far the most exciting stretch on Ganga. The biggest and the best rapids are on this stretch. My favorite are Golf Course and Roller Coaster. The brief moments when you hit the rapid, a wave coming into the raft and your raft coming out of the rapid, are the moments that make this trip worth your time and money. Ofcourse, you can try cliff jumping and chill in the water for some time. Ideal stretch for college students and young people looking for a weekend getaway on a tight budget.
  • Marine Drive to Rishikesh / NIM Beach: Rafting does not become more enjoyable by doing a longer stretch. Perfect example is Marine Drive as a starting point for your rafting trip. You will get a couple of mild rapids till Shivpuri and Shivpuri is where all the fun starts. Ideal for people who have more time to kill and lots of money to burn.
  • Kaudiyala to Rishikesh / NIM Beach: Here on this stretch sits the mother of all rapids, "THE WALL." If you want to check the authenticity/expertise of your river runner, tell them you want to do the wall. Most operators will say sorry or start giving excuses for not doing it. The truth of the matter is that they are shit scared as there are 90% chances that the raft may flip there. By flipping it is meant that the raft will turn upside down with you, your mates and the raft guide in the water and nothing to hold on to except your paddle. You might end up drinking some water too. There are few operating guidelines that good operators follow which include sending two rafts and a rescue kayak with the rafts. Some smart ass guides don't hit the rapids straight on and try to take the raft from a safer route, killing all the fun. Ideal for people looking for real rafting fun and adventure. Must do for all real adventure sport freaks.
  • Devprayag to Rishikesh / NIM Beach: This is the expedition style rafting. Self contained rafting trip where you carry your, food, shelter, clothing with you in the rafts. Ideal for people who want the taste of expedition style rafting without trying the real thing at Zanskar / Brahmaputra / Kali rivers. The highlights still are THE WALL, GOLF COURSE & ROLLER COASTER.

 Few things that you need to keep in mind about over night stay at Rishikesh:

  • There are many beach camps, none of these camps have electricity. Toilets are shared dry pits (meaning after doing your business, simply cover it with sand). Staying at one of these camps is a shear pleasure as you are camping beside the Ganga in every comfort possible.
  • If you are not the one who can or will compromise on their comfort then it is best that you stay at one of the jungle camps/resort with attached bathroom, running water and Air Conditioning.
  • If you are looking for peace and tranquility then you can try the resorts on Neelkanth road on the other side of Ganga. Make sure you have your own transport as travelling can be a pain till the new bridge is made.
  • Make sure you have prior reservation and you paid in advance if going on a weekend.
  • On Weekdays everything is cheaper, also during off season.
  • Beware of the traffic, you would definitely want to avoid 3 hour evening traffic jam at Gaziabad.
  • If travelling on a weekend make prior reservations for stay, travel and rafting at any cost to avoid any disappointments.
  • Charges are higher for better service.
 
 
 
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Pratik at 2/4/2013 9:46:54 PM  
Do u have a list of the said 108 operators? I need it for my MBA research report. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
river rafting in rishikesh at 1/10/2011 1:00:33 PM  
http://www.riverraftinginindia.net- Central Himalayan Adventure offers to the adventurous traveller to enjoy the thrill of white water river rafting in India. The most popular river rafting places are Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand in India. And if you also wanna to enjoy camping in rishikesh or stay in a riverside camps situated on sandy ganga beach. The camps at Rishikesh are very much environmentally friendly. People say rishikesh rafting is most enjoyable river rafting in india.
Abhay Sharma at 6/19/2010 1:21:41 PM  
Very true