10 Best Adventure Activities in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas and is one of the holiest cities among Hindus. It is situated on the bank of the River Ganges. Besides its spiritual aura and blissful beauty, it is blessed with a stunning landscape that offers opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. The thrill-seekers can test their skills and partake in numerous outdoor activities.

There is a wide variety of adventure sports activities in Rishikesh which is often referred to as the adventure capital of India. Right from river rafting to bungee jumping, tourists can indulge in a number of thrilling activities of their choice. You can indulge in various adventure sports during the Rishikesh trip to make it memorable.

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

Adventure Activities in Rishikesh Best Time to Go Things to carry
River Rafting October to February Quick-dry bathing suit, Sturdy footwear
Camping Throughout the year Tent, Sleeping bags, Antiseptics, Tissue Paper
Cliff Jumping February to May Quick-dry bathing suit, footwear with straps
Kayaking September to June Footwear with straps, Dry Bag, First Aid Kit
Bungee Jumping March to May and September to December Sunscreen (apply before jumping), Sunglasses
Swing February to June and September to December Sunglasses
Flying Fox February to May Sunscreen, Sunglasses
Waterfall Trekking September to November Trekking pole, Quick-dry pants, Backpack
Rappelling March to May and September to December Sunglasses, Extra Pair of Gloves
Mountain Biking February to May and September to October Helmet, Riding gloves, pants/knee guards

1. River Rafting

River 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 heartbeat 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 in Rishikesh; 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.

River Rafting: Safety Tips 

  • Do not panic while rafting!
  • Make sure to wear the correct sports wear.
  • Attentively listen to your trainer and follow the instructions properly.
  • It is good to learn proper swimming techniques.
  • Select an authorized and professional rafting services provider.
  • Always wear a life jacket and helmet.

Things to Carry during Rafting

  • Synthetic sportswear for sun protection
  • Quick-dry bathing suit
  • Sturdy footwear (footwear with straps)
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap or Swimming Glasses
  • A small tube of sunscreen that fits in a pocket

Also Read: Top 10 places to go for River Rafting in India

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2. Camping

Camping is a popular activity that 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 in Rishikesh 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 wild rivers and the chirping of 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 in Rishikesh 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 the campsite, attached washrooms, a fan, and a hot/cold water facility. Read More

Camping Safety Tips

  • Safety Tips Always check the site if you are allergic to a particular thing.
  • Always follow the campfire safety.
  • Always stay updated with the climatic condition.
  • Be aware of wild animals.
  • Do not drink water from any source it might have germs.
  • Guard your skin against the direct sun.
  • Have fun but stay alert.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Pack and store food safely.
  • Pick the clean shelter and site.
  • Use insect protection.

Things to carry during Camping in Rishikesh

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Rope
  • Headlamps or flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Compass
  • Camping pillow
  • Area Map
  • Antiseptics
  • Tissue Paper

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3. 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 the 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 the moment of a lifetime. When in Rishikesh, you really can’t miss indulging in this exciting activity during your Rishikesh tour.

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.

Cliff Jumping Safety Tips

  • Wear sneakers or water shoes.
  • Never go cliff jumping alone.
  • Make sure the water is deep enough.
  • Keep your body tight.
  • Keep your body streamlined when you jump.
  • Exhale through your nose.
  • Be in your sound mind.

Things to carry during Cliff Jumping

  • Quick-dry bathing suit
  • Synthetic sportswear
  • Sturdy footwear (footwear with straps)
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap

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4. Kayaking

A 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 is increasing significantly. While indulging in these sports, 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.

Safety Tips for Kayaking

  • Be aware of weather conditions and water temperature.
  • Prepare for changes in weather and the possibility of a capsize.
  • Wear your outfit according to the climatic condition.
  • Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore.
  • Always follow the boating rules.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before kayaking.
  • Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat.
  • Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques.
  • Always wear your personal floatation device.
  • Always bring plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Things to carry

  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Helmet
  • Footwear with straps
  • First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bag.
  • Food
  • Water.
  • Throw Bag.
  • Water Whistle

Also read: 10 Best Places for Kayaking in India

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5. 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 Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, 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 up to a speed of 160 km ph. This activity offers you a thrilling experience as you fall free at such a high speed. This one is surely one of the top things to do in Rishikesh.

Requirements for Bungee Jumping

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

Safety Tips for Bungee Jumping

  • Choose an experienced and reliable adventure service provider.
  • Wear comfy clothes.
  • Go for a medical checkup before jumping.
  • Don’t overeat before the jump.

Things to carry during Bungee Jumping

  • Sunscreen (apply before jumping)
  • Sunglasses

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6. Swing

Swing 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 jumping 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.

Swing Requirements

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

Safety Tips for Swing

  • Do not overthink.
  • Wear comfortable outfits.
  • Go for a medical checkup before jumping.
  • Don’t overeat before the jump.
  • Choose an experienced and reliable adventure service provider.

Also check out:  Uttarakhand Adventure Tour

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7. Flying Fox

We all wish to fly high in the sky like a free bird. Don’t we? Flying fox is one thrilling activity that 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 hardwire 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 speed that you could feel your heart throbbing.

Flying Fox Requirements

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

Safety Tips for Flying Fox

  • Do not panic.
  • Choose an experienced and reliable adventure service provider.
  • Always wear helmet.

Things to carry during Flying Fox

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

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8. Waterfall Trekking

For 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. Rishikesh 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 that 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 the 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 for all the trekkers.

Safety Tips for Waterfall Trekking

  • Always be alert.
  • Wear protective gear such as a helmet and knee guard.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Always Stay on developed trails.
  • Watch your footsteps, avoid walking on rocks as they are covered with algae and it can be slippery.
  • Be particularly cautious while taking pictures.
  • Do not lean over a ledge at the top of the falls.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.

Things to carry during Waterfall trekking

  • Compass
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Helmet
  • Trekking pole
  • Water Bottle
  • Quick-dry pants

Also Read: Top 17 Places for Trekking in Uttarakhand

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9. Rappelling

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 help you to complete this activity. Gloves, harnesses, ropes, sling, and helmets 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 in Rishikesh 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. In this way, people can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Safety Tips Rappelling 

  • Use an extension for multiple rappels.
  • Dress it up and tighten it down.
  • Always use a backup, which is great for safe rappelling.
  • Always tie Tie knots at the end.
  • Test the rappel anchors.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Always check the weather.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Remove all jewelry.

Things to carry during Rappelling

  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra pair of Gloves

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10. Mountain Biking

This 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 in 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 Read: 9 Best Places For Mountain Biking in India

Safety Tips for Mountain Biking

  • Do not cross the speed limit.
  • Stay in control.
  • Wear essential riding gear such as a helmet and gloves.
  • Ride within your skill level.
  • Do not accelerate on blind corners.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.

Things to carry during Mountain Biking

  • Helmet
  • Riding gloves
  • Riding jacket
  • Riding pants/knee guards
  • Extra tubes
  • Spare key of motorcycle
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Foot pump
  • Tank Bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue Papers

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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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  • Dushyant

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

    • Nikhil Chandra

      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.