Best River Rafting In Rishikesh
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Feb - May, Oct - Nov
3 - 4 Days
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River Rafting Adventure, Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
Best river rafting in Rishikesh can be experienced between the months of September and November. Rainy season is the time when you should avoid going for river rafting Rishikesh. Overall, late September through May is considered the ideal river rafting in Rishikesh season. Rafting charges in Rishikesh begin from as low as INR 600 per person and can go up to INR 3000. The town of Shivpuri, about 30 minutes from Rishikesh, is the best spot to go for white river rafting in Rishikesh.
Tourists avoid the monsoon season for river rafting because it is dangerous. Also, the operators will not be available during this time because of security reasons. The good news is that you do not have to be an expert to perform the adventure sport. You will be given instructions beforehand and the activities are performed under the supervision of experts. The experts ensure that everything proceeds smoothly and there are no mishaps during the activity. Tourists come from different parts of the world to try the river rafting adventure sport in Rishikesh. It does not burn a hole in your pocket.
River Water Grade
The white water rafting in Rishikesh is the best in the entire country and it will surely give you some thrills and chills of the adventure. The rafting in Rishikesh is classified in five river water grades(rapids).
Grade I: Grade I rapids are the easiest among all and are preferable for beginners as no amount of skill set is required in it. This grade can also be done by the non-swimmers.
Grade II: These rapids are slightly difficult and rougher than the grade I rapids and are usually found in the areas where river flows through the rocky trails. Prior experience in river rafting is required for this type of grade.
Grade III: This is where the white river rafting starts. This type of grade is found at places where the river flows with great speed and passes through rough rocks. This type of rafting grade needs supervision of the guide and a great amount of skills.
Grade IV: With grade IV rafting comes great challenges and also fun. Compared to other three grades, this grade is challenging and feary at the same time.
Grade V: This grade of rafting is only recommended to people with great skills and experience of rafting. These grades pass through extremely rocky terrains and should be done only under expert supervision.
River Rafting Safety and Security
Since the activity is performed on River Ganga, you will get a chance to do body surfing with your life jackets on. River Rafting Rishikesh is one of the most exciting activities that you should not miss. You can opt for the longest stretch for an enjoyable and thrilling experience. Choose the Shivpuri or Marine Drive spot to start the rafting trip. It covers a longer distance and you will enjoy it more than the shorter stretch which covers 9 kilometers. The shorter stretch is ideal for families or beginners, who are afraid of water. You can either book the rafting tour through an operator or your hotel will be able to make the bookings for you. Most hotels have tie-ups with river rafting operators. You can also call up the operators by acquiring their number from their official website. Always choose a good operator and check their ratings online. Non-swimmers can do this activity with ease because you will have your life jackets on. Listen to the instructions carefully and hold the paddle properly. Due to heavy rainfall, river rafting in Rishikesh in August is closed for everyone.
You can go for the camping packages that include accommodation, meals, river rafting activity, bonfire, and cliff jumping. Rishikesh river rafting is fun and should not be missed. If you are looking for a safe adventure activity, you should opt for river rafting in Rishikesh.
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Trip to UttarakhandIt was a decently smooth trip (though more ups and less downs). The POCs were co-operative, though we had faced a bit issue due their miscommunication, so kindly contact the hotels/ cottage owners prior to the stay to avoid discomfort.
Trip to UttarakhandGood Itenary given. But poor coordination amongst agents and service providers. Because of which too much time got wasted. Have to skip some plans. Even because of the delay caused I have to suffer extra payable money charges too. If they improve these things it'll be better. Good Luck.
Trip to UttarakhandWhile booking it was all good. 1. The moment initial payment done, all of the 4 hotels changed to a different one while they guaranteed there will be no change. With help of TT spoc Preeti, I manage to bring back 2 hotels and had to adjust with 2 changed hotels. Had to invest lot of time with these hotel changes and analysis. 2. Before travel there was no communication from the agent. I had to call and ask for the driver number and other details. When I landed Delhi, then I got to know that the agent SPOC is on medical leave since long and gave another SPOC number. 3. My primary objective to book the tour through an agent was a complete peace of mind and was promised to have a complete guided tour as I was having an infant with me. But eventually I was provided with a car and a driver with no guidance at all. To add, the driver sent was very sincere and friendly. But unfortunately he was not aware of Uttarakhand routes, the hotels, the sightseeing spots as he was very new to this job and mainly familiar with Himachal. But he caught in a wrong place. End of the day I had to plan each day itineraries, spots, routes and navigate with the G Map with a poor network at top. Even the agent has not shared the itinerary to the driver, when he asked I shared it from the app. Sometimes we went to wrong direction few Kms, we were asking people everywhere to reach to a place. The driver tried his best, but the extra effort I had to make each day at hotel was not at all expected. Moral of the story, it was pointless to pay to the agent, rather I could have planned it myself and save some money. While escalating, they were not at all cooperative to understand the issue and was argumentative as I demanded for compensation. The response was "..he will learn things its not easy to find a driver with full knowledge in high peak season time" 4. It was a 7 days tour along with infant, so some bit of luggage was expected. Before booking told clearly for a car with good boot space. The car condition was good, but as it was a CNG one there was 60% of the space gone. Had to accommodate few bags at front/back seat. If I would carry the baby stroller/pram, there was no space to keep that, lucky escape! 5. Hotel check in process was very bad and not well managed at all. First 3 hotels I had to wait for min 30 mins after travelling long hectic distances. Either there was no booking on my name, or no voucher or the hotel in-charge is chasing me to chase back the agent for payment etc. I had to call the agent to solve the matter each time and getting a connection at top of the hill was a challenge. 6. The hotel in Almora (Milam Inn) was not recommended at all. They do a-la-karte style dinner (dinner was included in my package) but charged the starter as snacks item, not dinner. 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While I called the agent I was told that it is a deluxe room only. I went to reception and talked to the manager requesting to change if any other spare room available and they kept my request. But while I gave this feedback, the agent demanded that they changed the room, not the hotel. Not sure!! 10. Before the tour noone asked me to pay the rest amount and while I asked my TT spoc, I was told that I will be asked. In the middle of the tour while I was asked, it was very poor notwork throughout and was struggling. But I was chased thru multiple contacts each day as like I will run out with the due amount. Very embarrassing treatment! 11. Finally - each time I got a response that if I raise the issue immediately they would have solved it, but they are not ready to understand that on ground it is always not possible. But when I raised it immediately there was no response. The whatsapp group with TT and Agent was of no use. 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They dont know how to behave with a customer esp after the full payment it was completely changed. I will not ask you to avoid 1 point (may be they are good in Himachal), but think twice at least for Uttrakhand before you invest your hard earned money. Take all commitments in writing as at end they will deny that it was not promised. Waiting for TT to take some action as I demanded compensation for the 3rd point as it was a major breach of the promised service. If this was the so called guided tour then I don't need an agent, I can personally book hotels and take local cab there only. Why I have paid extra to an agent? Let's see, counting on TT else will not come back again here. Good Luck.
Trip to UttarakhandTrip was well managed overall. Nice support from the team. However cab driver was very uninterested to show the places around. Aqua sports at bhimtal was nice. Jim Corbett visit, and mall road trip at mussoorie some places to mark.
Trip to UttarakhandNikita- Tripsailer is possibly the worst customer service executive to deal with.she gave us zero guidance while booking the trip. We ended up backtracking locations thanks to the badly planned logistics. The hotel's were ok but very far from the city and tourist spots. The driver Karan from Bansal travels and car was great.inspite of booking 3 months in advanced, Nikita booked us on the Jim Corbett safari in the buffer zone where we saw no wild life. The travel traingle guys too sided with the agent refusing to accept any blame. Have had great trips with TT before . Will think twice before booking Snow capped mountains
Trip to UttarakhandAs per package , not prvided seevices . Without any intimation , On time changed hotel at Hrishikesh. At Nainital, not covered places included in the package . Communication of local agent Aarav Travels with us was terrible Travel triangle agent also not supported ar Hrishikesh after given complaint . Only Tempo Traveller Driver has been given us better service Otherwise our overall experience is not satisfied
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FAQ's of Rishikesh
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Yes, river rafting is open in March. River rafting in Rishikesh is closed only during the monsoon season i.e from June to September.
One should wear comfortable clothes like a swimsuit or a tshirt with pyjamas, a pair of waterproof shoes, and eyeglass straps.
River rafting is safe in Rishikesh because of the guidance of experts who help you with everything while rafting However, people should always take necessary precautions before going for river rafting. Non-swimmers should prefer only grade I river rafting as it is the safest among all other grades.
Yes, everyone can enjoy river rafting after wearing proper gear including life jackets.
The rafting and camping packages begin from as low as INR 1100 per person. However, rates may vary in low and high tourist season.
September through June is an ideal time to do rafting in the Ganges.
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