There is no place in India that could set chills all over your spine as Rishikesh does. From raising your epinephrine levels to making your soul tranquil, Rishikesh can thrill and challenge you like no other place. Apart from being one of the most pious places in India, it is also the White Water Rafting Capital of the nation. This holy town is the birthplace of yoga and has been an important centre of learning the ancient techniques of Ayurveda. Rishikesh has been a haven for tourists from the very beginning of tourism in the country.
Each morning you wake up dazzled by the rumbling sound of river Ganga splashing against the rocks. It provides some of the most challenging rapids in India with grades IV and above. Visitors can also take a hike up the nearby mountains to witness the culture and traditions of the people living in these tiny hamlets. On these treks you will also find the snake charmers sitting around the river banks and fascinating the travelers with their age old tricks.
Some of the top notch adventure activities one can pursue when in Rishikesh.
- Beach Camping
Camping in Rishikesh is one activity that almost everyone indulges in. It is the most convenient and fascinating way to get close to nature and feel the tranquility that is hard to experience in the hustle and bustle of cities. There are many camping sites on the outskirts of Rishikesh that not only provide camps to stay, but also camping activities like campfire, among others. Many of the camp organizers even teach you to put up tents in no time just like professional campers. Wake up every morning by the rumbling sound of the Ganga with birds chirping and telling you that a new day has begun to explore new things, gain a new experience and embrace the tranquility for which you headed to Rishikesh.
- Cliff jumping
Cliff Jumping is the milder version of the super adrenaline gushing sport Base Jumping. Some consider this act to be done by crazy people who are daredevils in their own way. In this act of valor, you climb rocks or a platform as high as 30 feet to 40 feet and then jump in to the chilled water during the mid summer season. Often during the course of rafting the instructors make a point that you enjoy this audacious sport with complete safety. Often people fear in indulging in cliff jumping but the thrill of this adventure sport is simply to big a thrill to miss out on.
- Body Surfing
This activity provides you the opportunity to turn yourself into a human seal. Done with the help of swimming fins, this activity helps to ride the wave similarly you do in surfing but without a surfboard. It is advisable that you only enter into this activity after you have clearly understood the introductory session by the instructor. They instruct you about all the necessary information before you indulge in the activity. They teach all the important techniques with which you can enjoy the activity and a few basic tricks that make the activity more enjoyable and fun like rolling yourself like a ball, entering a wave, or even steering clear of the water.
- River rafting
River Rafting is one activity that has hit the whole nation like a plague. With increasing number of people indulging in this activity, one can be sure of some upcoming competition in the near future years. Rafting is not restricted to a particular age group, or stream of profession. Students, entrepreneurs, and families can all indulge in this activity. It is the geography of Rishikesh that has manifested amazing rafting trails that range from toddler to “Please God I promise this is the last time”. One faces rapids like The Wall, Three Blind Mice, Roller Coaster, Sweet Sixteen and many more.
Rishikesh is one place that one should at least visit once in a life time. Alaknanda River Rafting Camp is a well sought after name that provides adventure activities in Rishikesh. Apart from the above mentioned activities one should definitely try Bungee Jumping. There are a zillion of activities that one can seek in Rishikesh, making it hard for you to forget the time spent here and you will feel like returning again next year.
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