10 Best Adventure Activities in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is the perfect place where adventurer enthusiasts can test their skills and seek the thrill. There is a wide variety of adventure sports activities available in Rishikesh which is often referred to as adventure capital of India. Right from river rafting to bungee jumping, tourists can indulge in a number of thrilling activities of their choice.

Here are the top 10 adventure activities in Rishikesh to give you the adrenaline rush:

River Rafting

River RaftingRiver Rafting is undoubtedly one of the most popular adventure activities in Rishikesh. This water sport allures thousands of tourists from all around. Rishikesh offers a thrilling opportunity to raft down the River Ganga. Rafting right amid rocky mountains, taking all the freshness of the green surroundings and enjoying as the water caresses your face, what could be better? One could feel their heart beat pumping as they move across the gushing water of River Ganga at Rishikesh.

Rishikesh offers this adventurous sport from the month of September to June every year. During these months, the water of River Ganga is perfect for rafting; it is neither too wild nor entirely calm. There are a number of rafting operators who arrange this activity for people. People can also opt for riverside camping along with rafting.

[Read more about river rafting in Rishikesh]


CampaingCamping is a popular activity which is ideal for all those who wish to stay close to Mother Nature. Rishikesh is one of the most popular camping zones in India. Those who take part in this activity are known as campers. This is a basic activity that can be enjoyed by people of any age group. Camping involves staying in a tent in the wild areas.

These days, modern camps are available which come with modern facilities. Some popular riverside camping sites include Shivpuri, Kaudiyala, Brahmpuri and Byasi. Camping is a great way of staying close to nature and exploring its beautiful treasures. Nothing can be better than enjoying the sounds of flowing of wild rivers and chirping of the birds. Also, camping offers an opportunity to explore the lives of the locals from nearby villages and discover new things.

This outdoor recreational activity is usually enjoyed while participating in adventure activities like trekking, wildlife safari, mountaineering and river rafting.

There are two types of camping available at Rishikesh – luxury camping and jungle camping. While the jungle camps are basic tents and offer temporary accommodation, luxury camps are Swiss camp cottages that come with basic facilities like electricity at camp site, attached washrooms, fan and hot/cold water facility. Read More

Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping

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Cliff jumping is one activity where people need to be physically strong as it involves jumping from a high cliff to the freezing water of Ganga. Though the activity involves jumping from a 30-40 ft high cliff, the height can be selected by the person who wishes to indulge in this activity as per their strength. The experience of jumping from the cliff and taking a dive in the chilled water of River Ganga will surely be your moment of a lifetime. When in Rishikesh, you really can’t miss indulging in this exciting activity.

Professional instructors will be with you as you climb up the rock and reach the jumping platform. A helmet and life jacket will be given to you for safety reasons. As soon as you reach the jumping platform, you will feel that air of thrill. And as you jump off the cliff, the raft awaits on the banks of the river.


KayakingA popular water sport, Kayaking has many diverse forms such as white water kayaking, sea kayaking, and surf kayaking. Rishikesh has much to offer when it comes to Kayaking as it has a number of opportunities for kayakers. River Ganga is a powerful river that flows at a big volume.

Though this activity is new to the region, it has gained popularity over time and it is increasing significantly. While indulging in this activity, the adventurer uses a kayak for paddling across a waterway. As kayaking can be done in different forms, people can choose the type depending on their preferences.

The thrill of kayaking is enhanced when done on a white water river. Kayaking brings in its own challenges that make you take back a memorable experience. Kayaking is a form of canoeing and is also considered a natural extension of river rafting.

[Check out 16 Best Places for Camping in Uttarakhand]

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

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Bungee Jumping is one of the most challenging adventure activities. This activity is perfect for those adventure enthusiasts who live life without fear. During this activity, a person is harnessed to the wire that dives from an altitude of around 220 to 273 ft. On release, the wire takes the person down to the river level and then goes back up. The speed of rushing down slowly accelerates upto speed of 160 km ph. This activity offers you a thrilling experience as you fall free at such high speed. This one is surely one among the top things to do in Rishikesh. Read More


  • Age : Minimum 12 year
  • Weight: Minimum 40kg and Maximum 110kg


Swing in rishikeshSwing is a popular adventurous activity that involves jumping from a bungee platform which comes with a seat and chest harness that is further connected to fixed wire ropes. To perform this activity.

Though the activity may look a bit scary at first, the entire experience of the swing is breathtaking. This activity can be performed alone or by two people at a time. A person is set on a seat and harness which is connected to the fixed wire ropes. On jump from the platform, the ropes smoothly swing the person like a pendulum. The entire experience of the swing is exhilarating. As soon as the activity is completed, jumpers are lowered down to a drop zone in the river.


  • Age : Minimum 12 year
  • Weight: Minimum 30kg and Maximum 120kg

[Also check out Top 10 Adventure Sports in Uttarakhand ]

Flying Fox

Flying foxWe all wish to fly high in the sky like a free bird. Don’t we? Flying fox is one thrilling activity which makes us fly high in the sky. The activity can be carried out by two or three people at one time. The activity can also be performed alone. A great blend of thrill and adventure, Flying Fox is a must on the list of adventurous activities in Rishikesh.

In this activity, a hard wire is fixed from one end of the valley to the other. A kilometer long, this wire has a large apparatus attached to it. People performing the activity are harnessed to this apparatus which is released to gravity running on the wire from the height of 120 mts. This further helps to achieve a speed of 160 kmph. You move through the air at such a high such high speed that you could feel your heart throbbing.


  • Age : Minimum 12 year
  • Weight: Minimum 20kg and Maximum 130kg

Waterfall Trekking

Waterfall TrekkingFor those who wish to spend some time close to nature, Waterfall Trekking is the perfect activity. This activity takes you closer to nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Waterfall trekking is a great option for all those who love trekking and nature. This activity can- be enjoyed by people of all age groups.

There are a number of hidden waterfalls in and around Rishikesh. However, these hidden treasures are not easily accessible. To reach these waterfalls, one has to trek. This is an exciting activity which takes you through the unexplored areas of Rishikesh which are set amid those green surroundings. As you walk through the narrow trails around Rishikesh, you may also get to see exotic wildlife of Uttarakhand.

Some beautiful waterfalls around Rishikesh are Neergadh Waterfall, Garud Chatti Waterfall and Patna Waterfall. All these waterfalls are immensely beautiful and promise a refreshing experience to all the trekkers.


Rappelling in Rishikesh

Rappelling is an exciting sport where a person descends the terrains from a height. When in Rishikesh, one really cannot miss plunging in this sport. Professional instructors and advanced gear helps you to complete this activity. Gloves, harness, ropes, sling and helmet are provided during the performance of this activity. You are always under the eye of experts who ensure that you are safe. This sport is safe and is filled with tons of fun which promises you an experience of a lifetime.

All geared up, you move down those high terrains, isn’t it exciting? This exciting sport has its own challenges. As you descend a steep rock relying just on your gear and courage, the thrill will speak out loud. When trained under the right instructors, people can have a lot of fun during this activity.

There are a number of ways in which people can enjoy this activity. The most common and fun of all the ways is the one in which you need to stand parallel to the ground with legs facing the steep cliff. With this way, people can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Mountain Biking

Mountain BikingThis activity is for those who wish to ride through the challenges and test their capabilities. Mountain biking is one of the most popular adventure activities of Rishikesh which involves riding bicycles over rough terrains using mountain bikes. It makes an adventurer paddle across picture perfect landscapes, rough terrains and more which is nothing less than an amazing experience.

For this one of a kind experience, one needs to have great stamina, focus, balance, endurance and bike handling skills. While you paddle through those snaky roads, enjoy the glimpses of those lush green meadows and local villages. It is one of the best activities where you can explore the wonders of nature in the best manner.

[Also check out Top 10 Ideas for Adventurous Family Vacation in India or browse through Rishikesh Tour Packages]

Tanya Malik

Thinking this world is a gold mine, Tanya Malik believes, the more you travel, the more you discover. Travel Writer one day, shutterbug the other, author in making, she lives for love, food and travel. Expect tons about scenic beauty and food from the write-ups of this nature lover and foodie.

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2 Responses

  1. Dushyant says:

    As i am working guy so i can only spend 3night so may i have a tour plan with variour adventurous activities

    • Nikhil Chandra says:

      Hey Dushyant,
      Could you please let me know what are the activities that you are interested in most and when is it that you plan to travel so I could come up with a plan tailored to your need. Also where is your starting point as in Delhi, Mumbai or elsewhere.


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