White Water Rafting on the Ganga river starting from Maletha - a little hamlet above Dev Prayag.
Camp by the river side on pristine beaches and stay in expedition tents.
Battle the quirky named rapids - Daniel's Dip, The Wall, Roller Coaster, Golf Course...and more.
Body surf your way through the smaller ones, paddle for your life through the Grade III and IVs!
White Water Rafting in Rishikesh
This is a self-contained rafting trip - which means you carry all your gear on the boat itself. Yes, that includes tents, sleeping bags, food, clothes et al!
The Alaknanda is a tributary of the Ganga - it merges with the Bhagirathi at Dev Prayag to become what we know as the Ganga river. So really, you're rafting two rivers here - with some exciting Grade III and IV rapids!
Dates: Anytime between October and April, can be customized for your group. Minimum number of persons required: 6 No. of days of the trip: 4 No. of rafting days: 2
How to get there: Airport/Railway Station/By Road:
The Jolly Grant airport is the closest at a distance of 31 KM with a drive time of around 1 hour.
Haridwar station is the closest rail-head at about 42 KM with a drive time of about 90 minutes.
If you plan to drive your own car from Delhi, it should take you around six to seven hours (250 KM).
Overnight buses leave from Delhi on an hourly basis.
Overnight buses to Rishikesh leave from Delhi on an hourly basis.
DAY 1: Arrive at shivpuri, RAFT AND CAMP AT BYAAS GHAT
You need to arrive at Bull's Retreat early, preferably by 7:00 AM. We suggest you catch the overnight train from Delhi - there are three options, all of which trudge into Haridwar station between 4:00 and 5:35 AM (Mussoorie Express, Dehradun Express, or Dehradun AC Special, just in case you're not in the mood to Google!
A quick wash, change, and breakfast later, we set off on a three-hour drive to Maletha, a little hamlet in the Tehri Garhwal district, our rafting start point. Negotiating exciting Grade 3 rapids we raft past the holy town of Devprayag, (lunch en route) where the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda form the river Ganga, and continue down to Byas Ghat where we set up camp for the night in expedition tents on twin sharing basis. You're on a pristine silver stained beach by the river side. Our professional guides will ensure you are warm and comfortable and even start a blazing bonfire if you feel like one. Warm those wet toes, sip a cup of tea, play some volleyball and then later, dig into a scrumptious meal under the starry skies. A night to remember indeed!
DAY 2: RAFT BYAAS GHAT TO MAHADEV CHATTI
A comfortable easy day to enjoy the water, do some body surfing.
Today’s Alaknanda river rafting is good exercise for the paddlers as the water flows calmly in the first section - lots of swimming and dunking involved, so consider this fair warning! Take in the silence of the mountains and the beautiful scenery around you. You may just get to spot an elephant herd, barhal, and langoors. The elusive spotted leopard is known to haunt this area - if only you get that lucky!
You will raft for around 3 hours and halt at Mahadev Chatti for the night.
Day 3: RAFT mahadev chatti to shivpuri
We're headed to Kaudiyala first - around 1.5 hours of rafting on the flat sections. The action starts at Kaudiyala! Daniel's Dip is the first big rapid of the day, it looks innocuous but packs quite a punch so don't make the mistake of underestimating it! Your children below 12 years will perforce be made to work around this one, keeping safety protocols in mind.
If you make it through this one without a dunking (and our guides try their best to ensure that you do!), then the mother of them all - The Wall, awaits. Just so you know, the Wall is often a Grade IV rapid and isn't always 'raftable'. Your guide may just decide to walk around it. Listen to him. He knows best. Here too, your children below 12 years will perforce be made to work around this one, keeping safety protocols in mind. You will take around 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Marine Drive. It is here you can choose to either call it a day and head back to Bull's Retreat or you can choose to proceed for another 2.5 hours and take in some really exciting rapids all the way to Shivpuri.
In this section you're going to encounter some of the smaller but exciting rapids on the Ganga. First comes Initiation Cash Flow and then Black Money, after which we'll take a short tea break at Gullar from where all children below 12 will have to get off and will be sent back to Bull's Retreat. The big ones follow now - Three Blind Mice, Cross Fire and Return To Sender - quirky names yes, but once you raft through them, you won't forget them!
With this you come to an end of your camping in Rishikesh adventure and return to Bull's Retreat with stories that will stay with you for a lifetime. A hot shower, a blazing bonfire, barbecue snacks and an awesome farewell dinner - the perfect recipe for a fantastic evening! Overnight at Bull's Retreat.
DAY 4: RAFT SHIVPURI DOWN AND HEAD BACK HOME
We get back on the river for the final section of whitewater, an exciting two-hour stretch. Roller Coaster and Golf Course are the well known rapids in this section - some of us have done this one on our bums, but heck that's part of the fun huh? Kidding!
All too soon this trip ends - at NIM Beach, and we hitch a ride back to Bull's Retreat for a wash, change and lunch. Depart at your own leisure.