Rishikesh is an alluring quaint establishment in Dehradun. The majestic peaks of Garhwal Himalayas beckon this picturesque place. Rishikesh is also considered as the 'yoga capital of India' as it houses numerous yoga ashrams, but now it is time to break the stereotype image of Rishikesh. Another thing that is the USP of Rishikesh is the adventure activities it offers. The white water river rafting is another eminent attraction in Rishikesh. The tourists from different corners of the world rabble to the place for experiencing the enthrallment of river rafting. If you too want to experience the thrill amid roaring waters, then do not remove your eyes and keep on reading to grab more about river rafting in Rishikesh.
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Reaching Rishikesh isnt a big deal. All you need to do is do a little bit of home-work. Just calculate the distance between your city and Rishikesh and then plan accordingly. Though, Rishikesh has a well established connection through roadways, railways and airways but a prior preparation is essential. Dehradun is the closest airport (34 km.) and Haridwar is the nearest railway station (25 km.) to Rishikesh. The government also runs frequent bus services to Rishikesh.
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River rafting is an adventure activity that lures the tourists. Most of the visitors, especially adventure fanatics, do not miss river rafting. This activity can be luxuriated amid the year excluding the monsoons. The monsoon is a time when the water bodies gush wildly and make the conditions unsafe for rafting. Therefore, it is advisable not to plan a trip to Rishikesh> during monsoon season.
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The foremost thing that should be considered is the rafting package. An individual should thoroughly investigate the costs before making the final payments. Usually, the rafting package include the activities like trekking, camping, cliff jumping, zip-lining, rock climbing etc. If the package is purchased only for river rafting, the cost will not exceed 2500 INR for 4 people. If a complete package, including other activities, is purchased then the prices may rise accordingly.
Rishikesh gloats numerous rapids for river rafting. The adventure freaks as well as families can luxuriate rafting in the popular rapids like Good Morning, Double Trouble, Hilton, Three Blind Mice, Body Surfing, Terminator, Cross Fire, Golf Course etc. Most of the rapids fall into the grade category of 1, 2 and 3. These rapids are covered in a shorter distance with scarce number of obstacles.
The river rafting has different phases of rapids that are divided into 5 grades in Rishikesh. Heres a look at the classification of rapids.
Grade 1- Easy navigation across the streams. No kind of risk in involved in Grade 1 rapid.
Grade 2- Limited obstacles come across & maneuvering is easy.
Grade 3- The current of water increases from this grade and maneuvering becomes a little hard.
Grade 4- The current is strong enough to keel over the raft. One has to be extremely careful.
Grade 5- This is the extreme zone of rapids and is accessible for the hardcore professionals.
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River rafting is an activity that shoots up the adrenalin level but, one shouldnt forget to take the precautions. When you gear up for rafting, take off all the valuable items like mobiles, jewellery and wrist watches as there are chances of losing them into the stream. Wear the items like life jacket, shoes for a firm grip and glasses to avoid the shimmering waters hitting your eyes. Do not go for rafting if you have slip disc or arthritis.
Since it is advisable for not carrying anything, one shouldnt ignore this completely. Few necessary items like first aid box, sunscreen, quick dry shorts, hat or a cap. If theres an urgency to carry the mobiles then bring the cellophane bags to keep them safe from water. Do not forget to carry the insect repellent as there are chances of getting bitten by the mosquitoes.
The river rafting is an exuberant activity and these tips are equally essential for maintaining the thrill of river rafting. Unless these tips are followed, one cannot enjoy the adventurous activity of river rafting upto the mark. Believe it or not, but everyone does their homework in order to enjoy a memorable experience of white water river rafting in Rishikesh. Get ready people, the shimmering waters of Rishikesh are calling you.
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