River Rafting in Rishikesh

Overlooking the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh is the adventure hub of India. It has made its place among the essential adventure destinations of the world. In its peak season, Rishikesh becomes a favourite destination for thousands of spiritual seekers, adventure enthusiasts and ascetics. Rishikesh never disappoints its adventure lovers. Every experience will leave you in awe, from rafting to zero-gravity bungee jumping. River rafting tops the list of all adventure sports in Rishikesh, making it a favourite sport for thrill seekers. Rishikesh deserves no recognition for rafting; Everyone knows that Rishikesh is seen as the hub of rafting worldwide. If you want to enjoy the thrill of rafting, then Rishikesh welcomes you wholeheartedly. Get ready for paddlers to swim in the gushing waves of the Ganga; try your rafting trip with Trip Tradition!🌊🌊

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About River Rafting in Rishikesh

First started by 5 people in the 80s, rafting is today the first favourite adventure sport of hundreds of tourists in Rishikesh. Rafting in Rishikesh covers a distance of approximately 40 kilometres. Covering a distance of 34 kilometres, Kaudiyala is the most remote rafting point in Rishikesh. 5 rafting points from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh, including Shivpuri, Bhrampuri, Marine Drive/ Club House, Ram Jhula. These distances include a range of rafting challenges, from mild Grade I to thrilling Grade VI rapids. These rapids are suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. The grading system from Grades I to VI measures the level of complexity of the manoeuvre. It is worth noting that Rishikesh only offers rapids up to Grade V. Those who need more confidence in their swimming abilities are advised to stay away from Grade III and higher rapids when attempting rafting.

The experience of White water Rafting in Rishikesh is on an adventurous level. The rafting journey starts from Tapovan, from where the rafting team takes you to the starting point of rafting in your vehicle. There are mainly 4 starting points for river rafting in Rishikesh:-

  1. Brahmpuri – 9 km rafting Ride (10 km from Rishikesh)
  2. Shivpuri – 16 km rafting ride (17 km from Rishikesh)
  3. Marine Drive – 26 km rafting ride (28 km from Rishikesh)
  4. Kaudiyala – 35 km rafting ride ( 36 km from Rishikesh)

Along with Rishikesh, you can also be a part of a 74-kilometre rafting expedition from Devprayag

  • Timing: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Cost: Starting from INR 600/ person
  • Best time to try: October to June
  • Age Limit: 14 years to 60 years

Rafting Cost in Rishikesh

Location (Rafting Point)


Cost Per Person

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh

34 Km

INR 3400/-

Kaudiyala to Shivpuri

20 Km

INR 2000/-

Marine Drive to Rishikesh

24 Km

INR 1500/-

Shivpuri to Rishikesh

16 Km

INR 1000/-

Club House / Bharampuri to Rishikesh

9 Km

INR 600/-

Rafting in Rishikesh Packages

9 km Rafting - Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula

Rafting from Brahmapuri to Ram Jhula is the shortest-distance ride. It is the most ideal point for rafting for beginners, where everyone can enjoy rafting with fewer rapids. If you are trying rafting in Rishikesh for the first time, do a 9 km rafting from Brahmapuri to Lakshman Jhula. It will motivate you to do more, which will make you more courageous.

12 km Rafting - Marine Drive to Shivpuri

If the 9 km rafting inspires you, you can also try the 12 km rafting. Marine Drive is another excellent rafting point in Rishikesh to start a rafting ride. Rafting from here with Grades I and II will add life to your adventure. Marine Drive is also famous for its serene environment, which offers beautiful views of the Ganges.

Rafting in Shivpuri

Shivpuri is located 16 km from Rishikesh. From here, rafting covers the thrill of grade II and III rapids with stunning views and a thrilling experience. You can enjoy cliff jumping and swimming during the rafting of 16 km. This is a moderate level to try rafting, but this rafting is not allowed for children under 14 years of age.

20 Km Rafting - Kaudiyala to Shivpuri

20 km Rafting - Kaudiyala to Shivpuri

Kaudiyala is just 20 km away from Shivpuri. Attempting moderate-level rafting from here can land you on the list of adventurers. If you want to go rafting outside Rishikesh, then rafting from Kaudriyala to Shivpuri will be perfect for you. The river level is usually high from October to December, which can make rafting here more dangerous. So try rafting keeping your safety in mind.

  • Cost – INR 1000/ person
  • Rapids – Grade III
  • Rafting Starting Point – Shivpuri

26 km Rafting - Marine Drive to Ram Jhula

26 km Rafting - Marine Drive to Ram Jhula

To enjoy more adventure, Marine Drive is an exciting point for water rafting in Rishikesh, which is 26 km from Rishikesh. With Grade III and IV rapids, it gets more challenging for each rafter. The rafting level is more thrilling and dangerous. But it is equally as thrilling as it is dangerous. If you have even a little rafting experience, you must go for 26 km rafting in Rishikesh.

  • Cost – INR 1600/ person
  • Rapids – Grade III & IV
  • Rafting Starting Point – Marine Drive

34 Km Rafting - Kaudiyala to Ram Jhula (NIM Beach)

34 km Rafting - Kaudiyala to Ram Jhula

Kaudiyala to Rishikesh rafting is the longest white water ride. It offers a complete adventure ride with the thrill of Grade IV & V rapids and hazards. If you are a beginner, please do not attempt this; it will take you through dangerous rapids. But if you are a great rafter, try it; it will take you on a thrilling adventure.

  • Cost – INR 2400/ person
  • Rapids – Grade IV & V
  • Rafting Starting Point – Marine Drive

Best time to try Rafting in Rishikesh

October to June is the best time for River Rafting in Rishikesh, perfect for a river adventure rush. You must be wondering why this time is best for rafting. Actually, October is the last monsoon month, and the most significant factor hindering rafting is the monsoon. The same monsoon starts after June, and the river is in spate due to heavy rains. October to June is the best time to try rafting. During this time, Rishikesh experiences mild weather with moderate temperatures, promoting sports like rafting and kayaking.

  • Grade I Rapid: Easy & Small Waves.
  • Grade II Rapid: Moderate Difficulty Waves.
  • Grade III Rapid: waves come through narrow paths.
  • Grade IV Rapid: Powerful & Raft Overturning. Waves.
  • Grade V Rapid: Very Difficult!
  • Put all your belongings that may get wet in the guide's pocket.
  • Correctly and safely wear all provided safety equipment including helmet, life jacket, rafting rope, and paddle gloves.
  • Listen to your guide during the safety talk and on the water.
  • Follow all the instructions of the raft guide during the safety talk!
  • When tackling rapids with high waves, make sure you are well attached to the raft rope.
  • Please avoid carrying mobile, cameras, and other electrical gadgets while rafting.


  • Transfers include pick-up and drop
  • The facility of all safety equipment like a helmet, paddle, raft, dry bag, life jacket and hand kit.
  • Good Hindi & English speaking rafting expert guide.
  • Activities such as swimming, cliff jumping and rafting are all included.


  • No Health Insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Entry Fee into river Ganga (Ganga Samiti).

Booking Terms: 

You must pay 30% of the booking amount to book a journey. Upon receipt of this payment, you will receive a confirmation shortly. The balance amount should be paid on the day of arrival before commencing the journey.

Cancellation Terms:

  • Any cancellation on or before 30 days from the scheduled journey will not be deducted from the booking amount.
  • For cancellations 30 to 15 days before the scheduled journey, a cancellation fee of 50% of the booking amount will be deducted.
  • Cancellations within 7 days or less of the scheduled journey will attract a cancellation fee of 100% of the booking amount.
  • In case of a 'No Show' (immediate failure without prior cancellation), no refund will be issued under any circumstances.

Refund Terms: If your booking is canceled, any applicable refunds will be processed within 10 business days using the original payment method.

Confirmation Policy:

  • On successful booking, customers will receive a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours.
  • If the preferred time slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule will be arranged as per the customer’s choice, and a fresh confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Customers may cancel their booking before confirmation, and a full refund will be processed.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation 3 days before the travel date will attract a cancellation fee of 0% of the total travel cost.
  • Cancellations made 1 to 3 days before the travel date will attract a cancellation fee of 40% of the total travel cost.
  • Cancellation between 0 hours to 1 day before the travel date will attract a cancellation fee of 100% of the total travel cost.

FAQs about Rafting in Rishikesh

September to June is the best time for water rafting in Rishikesh. This is the ideal season for rafting, during which the temperature in Rishikesh is moderate and comfortable for rafters. September to June is the perfect time for all sports be it rafting or other adventure activities.


Total Distance




9 km

1:30 Hour

INR 600/-


16 Km

3 Hour

INR 1200/-

Marine Drive

24 Km

4:30 Hour

INR 2000/-


35 Km

6 - 7 Hour

INR 3400/-


  • Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula - 9 km rafting Ride - INR 600/ person
  • Marine Drive to Shivpuir - 12 km rafting ride - INR 600/ person
  • Shivpuri to Ram Jhula - 16 km rafting ride - INR 1000/ person
  • Marine Drive to Ram Jhula - 26 km rafting ride - INR 1600/ person
  • Kaudiyala to Ram Jhula - 35 km rafting ride - INR 2600/person

Along with rafting, you can enjoy cliff jumping, kayaking, swimming, rapids thrill and raft flipping.

Yes! Rafting is safe in Rishikesh, but safety should be your first priority. Please make sure to check your life jacket, helmet, and health status before rafting. Contact such rafting operator who is certified by Uttarakhand Tourism. Follow the instructions in the guide.

Firstly, approach a rafting operator Trip Tradition, which offers the best rafting experience. Reach our rafting office, after booking we will drop you at the rafting point from where your rafting journey starts.

Yes, we will give you a full refund if the rafting is cancelled by us. But if you are not able to do rafting then no refund will be given.

The 9 km rafting from Brahmapuri to Ramjhula is the most popular rafting ride. It covers I and II rapids, best for beginners to experts.