About River Rafting

A Raft is an inflatable boat that you ride to paddle through the rough waters and rapids. A raft is usually made from polyester or nylon coated with a synthetic rubber material like Hypalon, urethane and PVC. Rafting is usually done on rivers with good water currents. Rafting is also often called "Whitewater Rafting" because the frothing rapids of a guzzling river makes the water appear – White.

Rafting in RishikeshRapids in Rishikesh

Grades of Rapids in Rafting

Rough waters or "Rapids" on the river stretches are rated according to the risk involved in running through them. The rapids are graded on a scale of I to VI. Following is the brief description of all the Six Rapid Grades.

Grade I Rapids are easiest to navigate, these are the ones with mild current and there is no risk involved.
Grade II Rapids are rapids where obstacles or rocks are distinctively apart and provide a clear passage and easy maneuver.
Grade III Rapids are quite technical and requires good judjement by the guide, these are quite adventurous.
Grade IV Rapids offer the real thrill of river rafting, the waves are powerful enough to topple the raft, these can be tricky. "The Golf Course" and "Roller Coaster" are renowned Grade IV Rapids in the Shivpuri Rafting Stretch.
Grade V Rapids can be quite dangerous, you will be lucky to get through them without being toppled by the strong waves. The wall in the Kaudiyala Rafting Stretch is the only Grade V Rapid in Rishikesh.
Grade VI Rapids are those rapids which are believed to be suicidal as they are extremely hard to maneuver. Luckily we dont have any of them in Rishikesh.


All rapids in Rishikesh have been given exciting names according to their nature. During River rafting in Rishikesh one encounters many rapids, these rapids range between Grade I Rapids to Grade IV Rapids. Following is the list of rapids in Rishikesh:

Daniel's Dip
The Wall
Three Blind Mice
Black Money
Cross Fire
Sweet Sixteen
Good Morning
Roller coaster
Golf Course
Club House
Initiation
Double Trouble
Hilton
Terminator

Plan a trip for River Rafting in Rishikesh and be prepared to take each rapid head on!

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