SHIVPURI TO RISHIKESH RAFTING
This rafting stretch is about 16 km long and takes about 2 hours to finish. It takes about 60 minutes to drive from Rishikesh to Shivpuri, which is the starting point of this activity. It has around 7 rapids. Some of the mention-worthy rapids are Roller Coaster(III+), Golf Course(III+) and Club House(III). The rafting starts with a safety briefing about equipment & once safety briefing is done, the activity starts. The trip finishes just after Ram Jhula and from there it is a 5-minute drive back to starting point (office).
Anyone with reasonably good health can go for rafting. The minimum age set for rafting by the government is 14 years since a standard life jacket fits a 14-year-old. But one can inquire about the child policies of different companies as some of them do cater to special requests.
Yes, you can go for rafting even if you don't swim. All participants are required to wear a life jacket which helps keep them afloat in case the raft is capsized. Apart from that the trained instructors help all participants and also give them detailed instructions before the commencement of the activity.
All participants must inform the operator about any medical problems beforehand. In case you feel you need to get a checkup done before the trip, you must visit a physician. Apart from that, it is advised for all Asthma patients to carry their inhalers in order to avoid any mishappenings. The operators reserve the right to refuse participation if they feel that there are any limitations with respect to the participant's health.
Most of the operators do not allow the participants to carry a camera and use it while rafting keeping the safety in mind. However, you can get pictures clicked as operators do carry cameras in the their safety kayaks.
Most rafting companies provide all that is needed, which includes paddles, helmets, life jackets. All you need to carry is your sunscreen.
Dressing for a rafting trip depends upon the water temperature and the river that you have chosen for the activity. Generally, wetsuits are recommended for rafting course which involves rapids at short intervals. The courses in which the rapids are at longer intervals, wetsuits can be very uncomfortable. In warmer weather shorts and t-shirt can be worn. Wearing sunglasses, hats, and sandals are not recommended as they might slip off.
The best time to go for rafting on the river Ganga is from mid-September to late June.
Rafting trips are classified on different grades depending upon the class of rapids they cover and how difficult they are. If you are a beginner, you can opt for Grade II or II+ trip. The rapids in Grade II are from easy to moderate difficulty level and are great for beginners to start the sport. If you feel adventurous you can opt for Grade III+ rapid or higher. However, any trips above Grade IV and higher grades require prior rafting experience as the rapids need to be maneuvered skillfully in order to avoid the raft from being capsized.
Rafting is one of the most loved adventure activities. It involves riding on the waves and rapids. Although it is not a very dangerous sport but like any other adventure sport it involves some level of risk.