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10 Best Adventure Activities in Rishikesh

1. River Rafting in Rishikesh

Hunting for some adventure activity? Then Rishikesh can prove to fulfil this wish. River rafting is truly an amazing and most loved thrilling activity that an adventure junkie can enjoy on his/her Rishikesh trip. River rafting is also called white water rafting. This particular thrilling sport comes in different levels of extremity. It is done on the river Ganga in sacred Rishikesh. Some popular river rafting points in holy Rishikesh are- Brahampuri, Shivpuri- is situated almost 18 km from Rishikesh, Marine Drive, and Byasi- which is situated on NH58 towards Devprayag on Badrinath Highway. It is at a distance of around 35kms from Rishikesh, and Kaudiyala.

The perfect time to indulge in this thrilling activity in Rishikesh is from late September to mid-November. Grade I – is one of the most famous river rapids. It includes Sweet Sixteen which is easy, Grade II- which is moderate, Grade III- which is the CrossFire and Three Blind Mice which brings major obstacles by including multiple high and irregular waves and rock too, and  Grade IV- which is difficult. It has challenging waves, uneven flow of the water and sudden drops.

2. Bunjee Jumping

On your next trip to Rishikesh try this thrilling sport that will surely make your vacation the most surreal one. Mohan Chatti is one of the oldest Bunjee Jumping spots in Rishikesh with the name Jumpin Heights. The timings for this thrilling activity are from 10 am to 5 pm.  One jumps here from a fixed platform around 83m above ground level. Jumpin Heights offers India’s highest bungee jumping in Rishikesh. Just enjoy the thrill that comes from jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. When one jumps the cord stretches and the person flies upwards again as the cord recoils.

It is truly one of the most loved activities to indulge in. The minimum age for this activity is 18 years but if one is below this age then parents' presence is required. One can even indulge in reverse bungee jumping. It can be tried out by 18-60 years of age who do not have a phobia for heights or any other serious health issues. After your jump just collect your certificate for successful completion of this thrilling sport. 

3. Zipline

Zipline is one of the most popular activities in Rishikesh. One can indulge in this activity in Shivpuri which is the best place for ziplining in Rishikesh. It is managed by Flying Fox Asia which is the highly experienced centre for this activity. The zipline is around 500m long and offers an astounding view of the dense greenery and the white rapids of the gushing river Ganga below. Shivpuri is almost 16 km from Rishikesh. Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to try this sport.

The major highlight of this activity is the white water rapids of the river Ganga below. The weight of an individual above 120kg is not allowed for this activity. This activity is quite an enriching experience if only the safety instructions are well followed.

4. Giant Swing

Giant Swing is quite similar to bungee jumping. This is one of the rope-based adventure sports to enjoy in Rishikesh. One can indulge in this activity at Mohan Chatti. The long elastic chord swings one across the valley from a good height of 83m and one is hung in there for a while to enjoy the fun of it. The whole activity is supervised by trained and skilled instructors. After the Giant Swing, the Jumpers are lowered down to a drop zone in the rivers that have 2ft of water. Just walk back up to the café and claim your dare to Jump certificate. Giant Swing is quite adventurous.

The timings for this thrilling activity are between 10 am to 4 pm.  It remains closed on Tuesdays. On your next trip to Rishikesh try this adventure that will give you a unique experience for a lifetime. Just for safety purposes, this sport is not recommended for 3-month pregnant women and for a person who had major surgery or has a broken leg or arm or chronic back or neck pain.

5. Flying Fox

Flying Fox is one of the favourites among adventure junkies. One gets to descend through a valley and is attached to a chord. Enjoy this adventure as one gets to do this on a good 1km stretch. It is normally done by three people in a Tandem. One can even do it alone at an extra cost. The minimum age required for this activity is 12 years the minimum weight should be 20kgs and the maximum should be 130kgs.

One can head towards Shivpuri village for this activity. Participants need to report at the venue at least 30 minutes before their chosen time slot. Timings should be followed strictly as this thrilling activity is a time constraint. This activity is not for women who are more than 3 months pregnant or a person who has major surgery a broken leg or arm or has chronic back or neck pain.

6. Rappelling

Enjoy rappelling in your Rishikesh trip and make your vacation truly a memorable one. Rappelling is quite similar to rock climbing in reverse. One can head towards the Neer Garh waterfall site that has stunning environs.  One climbs down the hills and rocks. The rappelling expeditions for both beginners as well as for skilled adventurers are available. It is a daring activity to indulge in Rishikesh. One provides the major equipment required for rappelling like a helmet, Gloves, and Harness and an extra rope is also tied to the harness to ensure one’s safety.

This safety rope is controlled by the instructor and is released steadily as one lowers oneself. One can easily reach the destination by hiring cabs or taking public transport.  On your next visit to Rishikesh try this thrilling activity that will give you an immense thrilling experience.

7. Mountain Biking

What is as good as exploring the serene Rishikesh through mountain biking? The hilly terrain with a backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, and the holy river Ganga makes the ride worth it.  Mountain biking in Rishikesh has become popular due to the ideal geographical formations for this activity. Mountain biking is very exciting and amazing during the winter season. Make sure to visit Rishikesh from September to February it is an ideal time for mountain biking as the weather is quite salubrious and the sun does not feel too harsh on the back at this particular time.

One can even try this activity from March to June but avoid the monsoon season as it is not advisable to indulge in this activity during this particular season. Witness the majestic views of the misty locations that are surrounded by rich greenery. Grasp the soothing breeze of Rishikesh. Begin this tour from Laxman Jhula and visit the Rajaji National Park while biking. Explore the famous Beatle Ashram which is truly worth visiting.

Just paddle through the Parmarth Niketan where one gets a chance to meditate and absorb the immense peace that truly surrounds the location. Just attend the Ganga aarti in the evening time which will give peace to your mind and after the aarti head towards the starting point where this activity ends. It is truly an amazing activity to indulge in. Just explore the town in such an exciting manner. One needs to register with any of the adventure clubs and can then select an adventure package that the club offers. One can do this activity in groups, slowly or in a couple format. There is no age limit for this exciting adventure in beautiful Rishikesh.

8. Camping in Rishikesh

Spend a night amidst lush green mountain ranges with a river stream on the other side. Indulge in camping in Rishikesh that will surely allure you. The camping here offers one well-facilitated Swiss tent with attractive amenities like- western attached washrooms, comfortable beds, blankets, charging points and some other amenities too. Enjoy the lip-smacking meal served in the dining area that also offers picturesque valley views in the backdrop. One can find several places to camp in Rishikesh. Make sure to camp and spend some tranquil time while camping that will surely amaze you.

One of the superb campsites for camping in Rishikesh is- Sompho Forest Camp- nestled just 1.5 km above Tapovan in the main Rishikesh. It offers several adventure activities along with local cultural infusion and artwork, Cradle of Life Camp- is situated in Shivpuri, Rishikesh and is surrounded by the natural beauty of green hills, Camp Aspen Rishikesh- offers luxurious accommodation. One can indulge in rafting, jungle safaris, and bungee jumping at this camp, Wildex Camp Rishikesh- which is located on the bank of the river on Neelkanth temple road. One can indulge in rafting, cliff jumping, rappelling, forest walking and volleyball at this camp, Camp Silver Sand- is a beach river camp located on the Rishikesh-Devprayag road on the bank of the river Ganga.

Get relaxed here amidst serene surroundings, Camp Majestic- is situated near the banks of the river Ganga in Byasi, Rishikesh. Make sure to spend time here with your family members and together enjoy several activities here like- rock climbing, Rappelling, Flying Fox, rafting, and jungle trekking, Red Chilli Camp Rishikesh- is an adventurous camp and is located at Byasi near the banks of river Ganga. Enjoy numerous adventure activities like- river rafting, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, Kayaking, campfire, cricket, volleyball, and Frisbee, Ganga Beach Camp Rishikesh- is a jungle camp located at Byasi that provides a combination of adventure in the jungle and fun at river Ganga.

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9. Kayaking

Kayaking or canoeing requires good physical stamina. It is truly an amazing water sport. It is among the most thrilling adventure activity in holy Rishikesh. One uses a plastic board known as a Kayak to move across the water and uses a double-bladed oar or paddle. The kayak interiors are different from canoe or raft. Good physical stamina and fitness are required for this activity. Participants should choose the appropriate river water grade for this adventure based on their age and physical ability. Strictly follow the instructions of the instructor. River Ganga has several streams with clear pristine water waves that are perfect for Kayaking.

One can even sign up for a Kayaking training school. Enjoy Kayaking in the Shivpuri region which is famous for Kayaking. On your next tour to Rishikesh make sure to try this activity for a memorable experience.

10. Rock Climbing

On your next trip to Rishikesh indulge in some amazing thrilling activities. Rock Climbing is one of those thrilling activities that truly will make your vacation memorable. Shivalik Hills in the holy Rishikesh is considered to be the perfect spot for this particular activity. Rishikesh is nestled near the foothills of the great Indian Himalayas and the nearby cliffs and mountain rock climbing in the Rishikesh ranges offer numerous challenges and opportunities for this thrilling adventure.

This adventure is for those who are not afraid of heights. It is a demanding adventure activity. Rock climbing tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility and balance. One reaches the top of a rock or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling. Timings for rock climbing are from 9 am to 5 pm. Plan a trip to Rishikesh and indulge in this superb thrilling activity to make some memories for a lifetime.

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