Destinations: Rishikesh, Kaudiyala, Shivpuri
Duration: 2 night, 3 days
Distance: Around 80 km from Rishikesh
Experience: River rafting (Category of rapid- Grade I, II, III and IV)
Budget: Approx INR 2,500 (per person)
Reach Rishikesh in the morning and check into your accommodation. Spend the day exploring the temple town, visit the shrines and in the evening enjoy the aarti (divine ritual) by the River Ganga. Rishikesh and its surrounding areas have numerous “propulsion” points for rafting, from where the experience begins. One of the most popular and challenging ones is at Kaudiyala, a small village. This starting point is also the furthest one from Rishikesh. There are 13 rapids in this stretch of the Ganga river from Kaudiyala till Rishikesh, and of different grades, including Grade III and Grade IV. The stretch offers a mix of easy to difficult rapids, including the 'Wall’ a rapid where 90 percent of rafts flip over. Do not attempt this stretch without an expert guide. The total distance during this rafting will be around 36 kms and the time taken to complete the distance will be around 6 to 7 hours. There are several other itineraries you can explore from Rishikesh. For more information, click here
Rishikesh to Kaudiyala
In the morning, drive to Kaudiyala after breakfast. It is an hour-long scenic road trip. In case, if you do not want to stay in Rishikesh at night, you can stay at Kaudiyala as well. Rafting begins in the morning. The start is made with a stretch of 18 kms from Kaudiyala to Shivpuri. Experience enthralling rafting rapids like the Three Blind Mice, The Wall and Crossfire till Shivpuri. Enjoy the serene river-side scenery of Shivpuri before you drive back to Kaudiyala. You will reach in around 30 minutes.
Kaudiyala is around 40 kms from Rishikesh by road and it will take about one hour to reach by taxi.
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (41 kms)
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (55 km)
Shivpuri to Rishikesh
The day's rafting begins from Shivpuri. The stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is of 16 kms and there are wild rapids like the Initiation, Roller Coaster, Return to the Sender, Double Trouble, Golf Course and Club House. Besides river rafting, you also can also try body surfing. Reach Shivpuri and enjoy the sparkling silver sandy beaches by the Ganga. Here, you can either end your trip and disembark from the raft, and drive onwards to your destination. Or you can float past beautiful temples, ashrams and ghats and linger around in the river for a little more time.