Best Rafting Points In Rishikesh (In 2024)

What type of rafting do you want to experience – A short and safe ride or a long but thrilling journey?

Luckily, Rishikesh has various types of rafting routes, from a short raft of 9 km to a whooping 35 km long rafting stretch.

Amongst them, Shivpuri stands out as the best route. Because it is short, exciting, and suitable for everyone.

But, before choosing the best rafting route, you should ask yourself – Is it your first time, how many people are there, and Is the weather safe? and so on.

I can promise you that every single rafting route in Rishikesh is incredible and action-packed.

1. Best Rafting points in Rishikesh

I suppose you are in a hurry, so let’s start by reviewing the best rafting points in Rishikesh. For your kind information, there are 5 main rafting routes in Rishikesh. 

And, surprisingly, every rafting route is different in itself, whether it is length, level, rapids, sceneries, price, etc.

So, to make your work easier, I have divided them into three categories, easy, moderate, and hard.

Best Rafting Points In Rishikesh

👦Best Rafting Point for Kids and Beginners

a) Brahmpuri to Rishikesh

  • Distance – 9 km
  • Duration – 1 to 2 hrs
  • Level – 1
  • Rapid – Few
  • Price – ₹600 approx.

Let’s start with the easiest, safest, and also the shortest rafting route of Rishikesh – Brahmpuri to Rishikesh.

A small crowd a the riverside of Ganga in Rishikesh

And, if it’s your first time, then I highly recommend you to start with this one. This is also perfect for beginners, kids, families, senior citizens, disabled, etc.

Generally, it is a quick raft of just 9 km, which takes approximately 1 or 2 hours, based on your physical strength.

First reach Brahmpuri, which is roughly around 8 or 9 km away from Rishikesh. From there, you will start your rafting trip, by going through the beautiful valleys of Uttarakhand and reaching the NIM beach of Rishikesh.

It will take only 1 or two hours. But, that doesn’t mean it is boring. It has some thrilling rapids that will keep you engaged and maybe make you skip a heartbeat.

Two people preparing for a rafting trip beside the river Ganga

During your raft, you will come across some amazing rapids, like Sweet Sixteen, Body Surfing, Hilton & Terminator, and Double Trouble.

In short, if you want an easy and short rafting route, then Brahmpuri should be your top choice.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Best Rafting Point for Families and Couples

b) Shivpuri to Rishikesh

  • Distance – 16 km
  • Duration – 2 to 3 hrs
  • Level – 2
  • Rapids – Few
  • Price – ₹1000 approx.
A man kayaking in the River Ganga all alone.

Next, we have the most selling rafting trip of Rishikesh – The Shivpuri rafting stretch.

It is the perfect combination of thrill and pleasure. That’s why almost everyone considers this Shivpuri route as their priority.

And why not?

If you are seeking a safe yet exhilarating journey, then this is the optimal choice—it seamlessly combines both safety and excitement, making it suitable for everyone.

After embarking on it, you will realize, that it is more exciting and adrenaline-rushed than the previous Brahmpuri raft (which is just a grade 1 stretch) and also safer than the upcoming high-grade stretches.

Three rating boats filled with rafters smiling in the camera

Starting from Shivpuri as its initial point, this route stretches to NIM beach of Rishikesh, which is a total distance of 16 km. Generally, this distance is sufficient for everyone, not too long or too short.

Here, you will come across various rapids, that will enhance your experience, and test your courage.

So, if you don’t have a particular rafting point in mind, then I will prefer this Shivpuri to NIM rafting route.

Fact – The cost is only 1000₹ which covers everything, except stay and food, like a guide and all safety equipment.

👨🏽Best Rafting Points for Friends and Adults

c) Marine Drive to Rishikesh rafting

  • Distance – 26 km
  • Duration – 3 to 4 hrs
  • Level – 3
  • Rapids – 14
  • Price – ₹1500 approx.
A drone shot of the Marine Drive route in Rishikesh

If you have prior experience of rafting and are pretty good at it, then you should level up and choose a challenging rafting route. And, for this I have the Marine drive rafting route. It is a bit longer and thrilling than the previous Shivpuri rafting route.

Make sure, you are not a complete beginner and don’t bring senior citizens, kids, sick people, etc in this route. This route may be safe, but it is still more challenging than Shivpuri and Brahmpuri.

You will start your trip from the Marine Drive, then raft your way through the different valleys of Uttarakhand, and reach your final destination, the Nim beach of Rishikesh.

This rafting trip is approximately 27 km long and will take at least 2 to 3 hr of your time. Don’t worry, this time will pass like a second.

Talking about its difficulty, this marine drive is considered a level 2 and 3 route, which means it is both safe and exciting. Because it has a good number of low-level rapids to give you goosebumps and adrenaline.

The beach shore of Marine Drive, Rishikesh.

During this trip, you will come across 14 different rapids, Like – three blind mice, the wall, the crossfire roller coaster, the golf course, the clubhouse, initiation, double trouble, Hilton and the terminator. 

Be prepared for them, because they will come one after another, you won’t have time to catch your breath. But, don’t worry, after overcoming them, you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy and catch your breath.

So, if you want a challenge but not a dangerous one, then consider this Marine Drive route. It will be worth your time.

d) Kaudiyala to Rishikesh

  • Distance – 35 km
  • Duration – 4 to 5 hrs
  • Level – 4
  • Rapids – 13 major rapids 
  • Price – ₹2500 approx.
A rafting boat in the river Ganga

Next, we have the Kaudiyala to Rishikesh rafting point in Rishikesh.

If you want only thrill and pure adrenaline while being safe, then Kaudiyala is the Best Rafting point in Rishikesh.

Warning: this river stretch is not for beginners and inexperienced, so please choose wisely.

It is a level 4 raft, which means you and your group should be experienced or a little bit expert in Rafting.

A group of 7 people along with their guide rafting in the Rishikesh

You have to reach Kaudiyala, which is at least 35 km away from Rishikesh. After reaching there, you will start your rafting trip which will go through the valleys, mountains, beautiful sceneries, and different water streams.

This means you need at least 3 to 4 hours to complete it, based on your paddling speed. But rest assured, as the rapids, water stream, and mountain will keep you engaged during the whole time.

But, remember it is a little long and tiring Rafting, so make sure all of you are well prepared, physically fit and have good stamina.

A view of the nature, river and surrounding of Rishikesh

During your trip, you will come across 13 different rapids. These are very unstable, with a lot of rocks making it harder to raft. That’s why it is more challenging than above 3.

So, if you are bored with very easy and short rafts, and want a real challenge, then consider this one.

😎Best rafting points for experts

e) Devprayag to Rishikesh rafting

  • Distance – 75 km
  • Duration – 2 days
  • Level – 4 and 5
  • Rapids – A lot
  • Price – ₹8000 approx.
The infamous sangam of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi

We have an extra rafting point in Rishikesh, which is also known as the longest rafting point in Rishikesh.

Besides being the longest, it is also the most challenging, thrilling and hardest rafting stretch in Rishikesh.


Because, it is almost 75 km long, and takes 2 whole days. Not your typical 2 or 3-hour raft. But don’t worry, you have two days, so you will have enough time to replenish your health.

Still, this raft is only for experts, who want something different and way more exciting.

Group of 8 people rafting in a high current

The first day will be calm and soothing; you will reach Kaudiyala (the previous rafting point) by going through the lush greenery of Uttarakhand mountains.

There you will camp for a night. So, that’s right you can even try camping in this rafting trip or package.

The next day, you will head to Devprayag, which is the real deal. There will be several dangerous but adventurous rapids, that will test your physical and mental strength.

A street and roadside view of Devprayag

After reaching Devprayag, you can watch the infamous Sangam of Alaknanada and Mandakini, that will be the climax of your trip

That’s why if you are an expert, professional or a maniac who wants to experience the real thrill, then you are free to choose this Devprayag rafting route.

2. How to choose the right rafting route?

a) Skill Level

Every rafting route has a Grade or level associated with it, and the same goes for Rishikesh.

So first, check what is your level – Is it your first time, or do you have some previous experience, or are you a professional and expert?

Then choose the respective level, like Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

b) Distance

Evaluate the duration of the rafting trip. Some routes offer shorter, family-friendly options, while others may involve a longer and more adventurous journey.

As I mentioned above, some rafting routes are 1 or 2 hours long while some are even 2 days long.

c) Crew Member

Check your crew, like are there any kids, aged people, disabled people, sick individuals, etc.

Then, choose which rafting route is suitable for them. For example, Level 1 and 2 is best suited for kids, families, beginners, etc. Levels 3 and 4 are for experienced, friends and adults, and Levels 5 and 6 are for experts.

Also, make sure your group is extremely cooperative, Because, rafting is a group activity.

d) Rapids

Rapids are the main things that make your rafting trip exceptionally fun and thrilling. So, choosing a rafting route with a good amount of rapids can be an unforgettable experience.

But, also keep in mind that, some rapids are extremely dangerous and are suitable for experts only. So, choose a rafting route that has a good number of safe rapids.

e) Weather

Check if it is safe or doable for everyone. Some routes may be more challenging or closed during certain seasons.

Check, if is it safe or Is it doable for everyone. Some routes may be more challenging or closed during certain seasons.

3. Rishikesh rafting level

What is the level of Rafting?

Well, level in Rafting means difficulty associated with that particular rafting point and every rafting route in Rishikesh is divided into levels.

There are mainly 6 levels of Rafting. These levels can really help you choose the right track or stretch for Rafting.

Make sure you take a look at them if you have kids, are a senior citizen, are a woman, etc.

Five rafting boats racing in the river Ganga.

a) Levels 1 and 2 -⭐

This level is only for beginners, kids, families, senior citizens, disabled, etc. Because these are short, easy and safe.

It is not thrilling and adventurous like others, but still a good and pleasant experience for everyone.

At this level, you just have to follow your guide and navigate your boat. The boat will float on the water itself.

Brahmpuri and Shivpuri rafting routes are some examples of Level 1 and 2 grades.

b) Level 3 -⭐⭐

If you want real challenge and thrill of rafting, while also being safe, then Level 3 is for you.

Here, you will find some of the amazing rapids and obstacles that make this level best suited for couples, adults, and groups of friends.

Marine drive is the prime example of this level.

c) Level 4 ⭐⭐⭐

Now, if you have some prior experience of rafting, and want to level up, then this level 4 is best suited for you.

It is best suited for adults, groups of friends, experts, etc, where you will come across many moderate-level rapids, obstacles and teams. So, it will be thrilling, and adrenaline rushed.

d) Level 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Next, we have level 5.

This level is ideal and best suited for expert rafters like a group of friends, or adults to experience the best rafting in Rishikesh.

A bit higher than moderate but a little lower than an expert.

e) Level 6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Finally, we have level 6, which is the final and most thrilling level of rafting. This level is for experts and professionals, who are bored of simple rafting trips and want the ultimate thrill.

This rafting level can be long, dangerous, full of high-grade rapids, unexpected incidents etc.

Tip – Don’t consider this level, if you are not an expert in Rafting, and I’m not kidding.

But, no matter which level you choose, basic swimming is a must, except for levels 1 and 2, of course.

It’s not necessary, but an assurance because who knows what happens during your trip? Meanwhile, the chances of any mishap are considerably low.

Don’t worry, even if you don’t know how to swim, you can still go rafting without any problem. If you book an agency, they will gladly accept any non-swimmer because of their safety instruments and facilities.

4. Types of rapids in Rishikesh

What do you mean by rapids?

They are shallow areas with fast-flowing water in a river or stream, usually created by rocks, debris, and narrow paths.

Generally, the Rapids are the real deal in Rafting. They decide the level of rafting, who is qualified for it, and how safe it is.

In short, they are the main challenge and thrilling part of river rafting, especially in Rishikesh city.

A mal of rapids found in Rishikesh

a) Level 1

  • Black money.
  • Sweet sixteen.
  • Good morning.
  • Body surfing.

b) Level 2

  • Clubhouse.
  • Initiation.
  • Double trouble.
  • Hilton.
  • Terminator.

c) Level 3

  • Shivpuri rapid.
  • Three blind mice.
  • Crossfire.
  • Roller coaster.
  • Gold course.
  • Return to sender.
  • Daniel’s dip.

d) Level 4

  • The great well rapid.

5. How to Reach Rishikesh?

Fortunately, Rishikesh is well-connected to other cities and states, thanks to its diverse and perfectly built roads, airways, and railway lines.

This means you are free to choose any means of transport. However, the road is by far the best means of transport for Rishikesh.

Why? Because no train runs directly to Rishikesh, and the nearest airport is also 20km away.

let’s discuss them one by one.

a) By road (🛣️)

Rishikesh has a vast and rich network of well-connected roads. They are well-maintained and easily accessible to everyone. That’s why it is the best means of transport to reach Rishikesh.

Now, you have two options. First, driving your own vehicle, which is easy. You can use Google Maps for this.

Second, you have public transport. Daily several buses depart from various cities (ISBT) for Rishikesh. So, catching them is not a big deal. Just visit your nearest ISBT and book your bus.

You will find many bus options, like regular, AC, and sleeper; you can choose to depend on your convenience.

And don’t worry about the cost; they are mostly government, so their fare is budget-friendly. The same goes for AC or sleeper buses.

The connectivity and availability of bus networks are the reasons for roadways being the ideal means of transportation to Rishikesh.

Pro tip – Visit the UTC website to book tickets in advanced

b) By Train (🚅)

Rishikesh indeed has a railway station but it’s not connected to any major cities besides Haridwar.

Yes, Haridwar – The divine and most spiritual city of India, which is 25 km away from it.

But, the good thing is – Haridwar station is well connected to all the major cities of India. And after reaching Haridwar, you can book a cab or take a bus to Rishikesh, which is a 40-minute ride.

Some major trains from Delhi or Haridwar are the Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi, Mussoorie Express, etc.

c) By air (🛫)

If you are planning to reach Rishikesh by air, then book a ticket to the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun.

This is the nearest airport to the main city of Rishikesh. So, after reaching the airport, take a bus or cab to Rishikesh.

It will take at least 40 minutes because the distance between Rishikesh and the airport is roughly around 20 km.

But, the good thing is that this airport is well-connected to all major airports of India and it also has some branded Flights like Air India Regional, Spice Jet, and Jet Airways.

After reaching the airport, you have to book a cab or catch a bus to Rishikesh.

6. Is River Rafting Safe In Rishikesh?


Rafting in Rishikesh is completely safe, secure, and fun, but only if you follow the guidelines, be cautious, check the weather, and choose the right rafting route.

If you do all of these, then it is nothing but a fun and thrilling activity. Because, Rishikesh has very pleasant weather, majestic river Ganga, a serene environment, and many travel agencies.

These agencies will provide a safe rafting environment, by providing a guide, the best gear, guidelines, etc.

The rafting stretches are divided based on their difficulty. So, if it’s your first time consider a short and easy raft.

However, accidents and mishaps do occur in Rishikesh, like falling, drowning, etc. But, with the proper gear, you can easily overcome them.

7. Is Rafting Allowed In Rishikesh?

Absolutely, YES!

Rafting is completely legal and authorized in Rishikesh, that’s why every year, thousands of tourists visit Rishikesh for the sole purpose of Rafting.

Just choose the right and legal rafting route, follow your guide, and don’t create chaos for others.

Even the Government pays significant attention to this activity because it plays a major role in the tourism sector.

A few years back, the government banned rafting for some time, to save the environment and the Ganga River. However due to public demand, they continued it in the respective year,

8. Best Time For Rafting In Rishikesh

Generally, September to June is the most suitable time for rafting. But, if we reduce it, then September to November and March to June is the most ideal time for rafting.

During this time, the weather is ideal, the environment is pleasant, the river is in its peak condition and Rishikesh gets crowded by rafting enthusiasts.

In my opinion, Summer is by far the best time for rafting, a warm weather and clear sky create an ultimate environment for water activities.

But, before embarking on the trip, you should consider some things, like – weather, crowds, natural disasters, the water level of the river, etc.

9. What should I wear for rafting?

Before embarking on your rafting trip, make sure you are wearing the right outfit. Whether it is your casual clothes, undergarments, or rafting gear. Everything matters.

Here are some considerations –

  • Proper rafting gear
    • Lifejacket
    • Helmet
    • Safe pads
    • Wetsuit
  • Upper wear
    • Full sleeves shirt
    • A jacket or upper
    • Half sleeves (for summer)
  • Lower wear
    • Trouser or lowers
    • Shorts
  • Headwear –
    • Paddling hat
    • Baseball cap. 
  • Footwear –
    • Tennis shoes
    • Water shoes
    • Water sandals with a heel strap
    • Pair of sneakers.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection.
  • Extra pair of clothes.
  • Clothes with zip pockets.

a) Avoid

  • Oversized clothes
  • Jeans.
  • Heavy clothes
  • Cotton clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • Crocs
  • High heels
  • Cowboy boots.
  • Jeans, leather or sweaters.
  • Tight clothes.
  • Jewelry.

10. FAQ

1. Which place is best for river rafting in Rishikesh?

Ans – It totally depends on your preference, experience, group etc. Like, if it’s your first time and you want easy Rafting, then consider Brahmpuri or Shivpuri and if you want a challenge, then choose Marine Drive or Kaudiyala.

2. What is the starting point of river rafting in Rishikesh?

Ans – Bhrahmpuri, Shivpuri, Kuadiyala, or Marine Drive can all be the starting point for rafting in Rishikesh.
It depends on the rafting route you choose.

3. Which river is best in Rishikesh?

Ans – There is only one river, and it is still the best river for rafting in Rishikesh: the Ganga River.

4. Which is the easiest Rafting in Rishikesh?

Ans – Brahampuri to Rishikesh is the easiest and safest Rafting for everyone.

5. Which is the longest rafting route in Rishikesh?

Ans – Rishikesh to Devprayag is the longest rafting route present in Rishikesh.
Which goes up to 75 km and takes almost two days.

11. Wrap Up

Well, That’s it There are the best rafting points in Rishikesh and I hope you are now familiar with all of them.

Generally, the rafting points in Rishikesh are divided into difficulties, like length, rapids, level, etc.

So, it’s not a complicated task. You just need to check some points, like – Is it your first time? do you have kids, any old people, disabled, weather, etc.

If you check all of these, then there is no problem finding the best rafting route for yourself.

In my opinion, Shivpuri is the best rafting point. It’s best for beginners, but also has a tiny bit of challenge for others.

But still, if you want more challenges, then consider the Kaudiyala-Rishikesh rafting point. Then we have a 2-day raft Devprayag, that’s only for experts.

So, it’s totally up to you.

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