If You're Looking For Thrilling River-Rafting Adventures, This City In India Is A Must-Visit

India is a world-renowned destination for travelers seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations, those seeking enlightenment, and aspiring yogis. But did you know that India has a wild side, too? Yup! Thrill seekers and adventurers, listen up. India has some of the most unique outdoor experiences in the world, and one of the best areas to go is a place called Rishikesh. If you pilgrimage to this "Gateway to the Himalayas," you'll find the great white waters of the Ganges River (Ganga in Hindi) and see what all the fuss is about.

According to Thrillophilia, Rishikesh is one of the best places in India for river rafting. While Rishikesh is more well-known as the best place in India for yoga and other cultural experiences, its river rafting is practically unparalleled. There are three different sections of varying distances and difficulties that are suitable to every skill level. Thrillophilia also reports that if you're looking for another dose of adrenaline, there are areas where you can do some cliff diving and body surfing.

When and where to go river-rafting in Rishikesh

The Planet D writes that the best river rafting in Rishikesh is between March and June when the water level is not too high, making for better rafting. Euttaranchal provides a detailed list of river rafting points in the Rishikesh region, from shortest and easiest to multi-day expeditions.

Beginners will want to head to the Brahampuri Club House starting point and enjoy 9 kilometers (about 5.5 miles) of easy rafting that leads to Rishikesh NIM Beach. It takes about one to two hours and is the perfect introduction for young family members or older adventure seekers. Experienced rafters can embark on a two-day journey from Devprayag, which covers a total of 75 kilometers (about 47 miles) of river. For those seeking something in between, The Planet D recommends booking a tour with Klook, which includes camping, hiking, a little sightseeing at the temples along the river, and rafting, of course. However, no matter where you decide to river raft, you will not be disappointed by the incredible nature that surrounds the Ganges River.

Other activities to do in Rishikesh

If you're all about adventure, Rishikesh has many other activities besides rafting. According to Incredible India, you can go bungee jumping, kayaking, and even skiing on the Garhwal hills in the winter.

If you're a bit burnt out from all the fast-paced fun, you can do plenty of other things to relax, unwind, and enjoy in Rishikesh. After all, according to Trip Savvy, Rishikesh is one of the most popular destinations in India for yoga. In Rishikesh, there is a spiritual district known as Swarg Ashram, where you can choose from several ashrams and decide which one best suits your needs and the type of yoga experience you are looking for.

Rishikesh also has other unique cultural experiences you can enjoy as a traveler. Trip Savvy also writes that Ganga Aarti takes place every evening by the river, a worship ritual involving fire. The ceremony is meant to honor Ganga, goddess of the holiest river in India. The ceremony involves fire and mantra chanting by Hindu priests and is a sight to behold.