Uttarakhand has many glacial fed rivers and these river offer good rafting stretches with calm smooth sailing run for novices’ paddlers & few patches of stressful rapid of grade 4 & 5 for professional rafters. Uttarakhand has many places along with Rishikesh where this exhilarating sport can be relished.
River rafting at Rishikesh or white water rafting on holy river Ganges is one of quintessential rafting destination in India and worldwide also. The entire rafting stretch from Devprayag to Rishikesh is full of excitement with total navigation of 65 Kms. Though the cruising is approximately gentle with encounter of few rapid of grade 4 & 5. For last one decade, Rishikesh has been catering all level of rafters – first timers, beginners & professional. Rishikesh also boosts good camping sites, alongside of river Ganges. Mostly specialized Rishikesh rafting packages includes other various experiences also like camping, Bonfire with music, trekking, river/nature walks, Bungee Jumping etc. The rafting stretch from Kaudilya to Rishikesh is 34 Kms, next spot is Marine drive at distance of 24 Kms & then comes Shivpuri with distance of 16 Kms from Rishikesh & the closest one is Brahmpuri at 10 Kms from Rishikesh.
It is one of must- to-do adrenaline soaked white water rafting expedition of total 140 Kms. The entire rafting trip is done in 06-07 days. The expedition starts from Chamoli & winds up at Devprayag. The complete expedition is recommended for professional only, though the novice/beginners can also take 01 or 02 days soft section of grade 2 & 3 like from Chamoli – Kaldubagarh & Maletha to Srinagar. The River, often has easy grades rafting through smooth surfaces but also has some stressful rapid of grade 03 & 04 on confluence spot, at mighty rock beds and tricky curves. The Alaknanda river expedition package gives the thorough details of day-wise rafting schedules.
Rafting on the Tons rivers should be on any paddlers list. Since the complete stretch is flanked by jaw dropping backdrop, rustic native villages, wooded alpine forest, gorgeous canyons & exquisite campsites. Most importantly, all paddlers find fun with splashy rafting opportunity on this sacred river (being tributary of River Yamuna). The less experience paddler can also try test their skill on moderate stretch of 25 Kms between Mori to Tuni. Afterwards river turns bit outrageous when river Pabbar unites with river tons, which offers the stretch of nearly 40 Kms till Icchari with rapid of Class 4& class 5. White water river rafting on the Tons river, packages give the insight of complete details.
River rafting on Mahakali river is really serious business & require big commitment. Unlike other rivers, mighty Kali river covers its course along the solitude terai hills, thick forested region & handful choice of campsite/beachside. Over the route of total 200 Kms, Kali river offers many rapid of grade 3, 4 level but also boosts the calm stretch like Jhulaghat/Jhoolaghat to Pancheshwar which is good for novice/first timers. Pancheshwar is also popular spot for Angling, particularly for Mahaseer fishing. The complete run from Jauljibi to Boom (Tanakpur) is done in 06/07 days. Kali river also demarcate the India & Nepal border. (Find the complete details of river rafting on Kali River).