Rishikesh is a city famous for its spiritual connections and religious pilgrimages, but this city has another side to it. Adventure tourism in Rishikesh is as famous as religious pilgrimage. An altitude of 1360 meters with the pure white waters of the river Ganga gushing their way through out the city makes Rishikesh perfect some adventurous activities.
A variety of sports can be carried out during your adventure tourism in Rishikesh. But amongst all the sports, white river rafting is one of the thrilling and exciting sports. Riding the wild waters of the river Ganga as it falls from an altitude of 400m is surely a terrific experience. During all this gushing and falling you are at the mercy of a life jacket. The tourists who go for rafting surely have an adrenaline rushing experience.
This sport is mainly carried out on the tributaries of Ganga the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. Both these rivers give a tough fight to even a professional. Participants have to face grade IV to V rapids. As both the tributaries join river Ganga at Devaprayag Ganga is converted into a poll drop river. For about 70km you have to face grade III rapids and two Grade IV rapid falls. The tourists can also take a time out by pulling towards the sandy beaches of the river. White river rafting is the main reason tourists come for adventure tourism in Rishikesh. Various adventure camps are organized by tour operators, where they have their campsites at the banks of river Huyel. These camps vary from 3 to 15 days. During your camp you can experience river rafting along with other sports like river crossing, rock climbing and trekking. During an adventure tour package you are provided with basic and advanced courses from 6 to 10 days.
The various organized treks take you through the panoramic nature trails within the Himalayas. Professional guides and experts make you trekking easier and safer. Treks like the one from Rishikesh to Joshimath via Auli, Kauri Pass and Tapovan lasts for 7 days. During this trek you can explore the mystical lesser Himalayas ranges. Adventurous tourists looking for a exhilarating experience can try 9 days trek from Delhi to Tapovan via Gangotri, Gaumukh etc. tourists can also explore the mesmerizing path that lead to Chopta, Tungnath etc as a part of their adventure tourism in Rishikesh.
The tourists who want to fly like a eagle should try paragliding from the cliffs at Rishikesh. As you start gliding in the open skies of Rishikesh you can feel your blood rushing through out the body. Paragliding is not for the fainthearted as you have to glide in the sky with the support of only the glider. The tourists looking for a safer sport should go for rappelling. Here you are attached with cables as you descend from the hill. This sport is a good way of training for the mountain climbing where you are needed to know the art of climbing down by using cables.
During your adventure tourism in Rishikesh, you can try the sports that are thrilling and exciting. Rishikesh offers a variety of sports which cater to different people having different tastes. Hence on your trip to Rishikesh do not forget to assign at least one day for trying these amazing sports in close proximity to nature.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/13