Rishikesh, lying in the foothills of the Himalayas, not only carries the reputation of a holy land but boasts India’s most thrilling adventure activities. This destination will overwhelm you by its spiritual aura, pilgrimage sites, and extravagant adventure options. If you wish to discover what you’re truly made of, Rishikesh has got plenty of ways to find out. Check out these adventure activities in Rishikesh which are sure to bring you back to this Himalayan town.
Why not wake up one day and do something you never thought you could!? Get your adrenaline thumping and heart racing at India’s highest bungee platform of 83 meters near Rishikesh. Even if you don’t have a head of height, don’t worry. Take the leap of faith with the assistance of professional jump masters from New Zealand. Tie a rubber cord to your ankle and get out of your comfort zone for a life-changing experience.
The mother of all the rivers, River Ganga, awaits you to be an active participant in your own rescue. Rafting in Rishikesh attracts thousands of adventure enthusiasts from different parts of the world. You get to fight through 13 major rapids and other challenging rapids. Struggle to keep yourself on the raft and tone your arm muscles while having an exhilarating experience. It is said ”if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”. Well, if the sport doesn’t scare you, it’s not adventurous enough.
Ever imagined how swinging like a pendulum in the middle of a valley be like? It is similar to bungee except that there is no free fall and the rope is not tied to the ankle. There is a seat harness which after you jump, swings like a pendulum from the same height of 83 meters. It is a great experience for anyone who loves adventure involving heights. The best part is that two people can do this at the same time. So, take your friend along, flirt with danger and create life long memories.
How peaceful would it be to camp along the riverside and share adventure stories under the stars? Or, how peaceful would it be to wake up to chirping birds instead of an alarm clock? The adventure capital of India offers variety of camps catering to almost all needs – luxury camps, jungle camps, beach camps, etc. Most of the camps come along with a rafting package. These camps provide facilities like volleyball court, free meals, bonfire, outdoor games, etc. Get away from the hustle and bustle of life, traffic, mobile phones, laptops, etc and go far from the usual to rejuvenate your soul!
One of the most exciting activities that Rishikesh offers is Asia’s longest flying fox. Fly ablaze like a little sky rocket from one end of the valley to another covering 1 whole kilometer. This can be done by a trio at a time. But if you pay a little extra, you can do it alone. Go spread your wings and pierce through the air!
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings way down! The raft stops in the middle or at the end of the journey to let all the adventure buffs to take a leap. One can choose the height based on their endurance level. Set aside those zillion thoughts which you’re going to have before the jump. It is not the jump that is thrilling but the courage which made you do that. Jump off your fears!
Choose the level of the rapid as per your physical strength and kayak through it! Rishikesh is idyllic if one wants to go white water kayaking amidst the peaceful surroundings. River Ganga embodies an assortment of rapids in which the rider can navigate according to his will and strength. It is an ultimate adventure everyone should try.
A tiring but thrilling experience one can obtain in Rishikesh is by climbing up or descending a mountain peak. Everything is safe till the time you pay attention to the instructor. A safety harness is provided to avoid any mishap. It will be entrancing to have that sense of achievement on the completion of the climb. It is after the climb one realizes it’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Climbing takes nerves, will and resilience, and as such it’s a great exercise for the mind as much as for the body.
Rishikesh has all the components that make it an ideal adventure spot. Over the years trekking has become quite popular amongst tourists. The beauty of trek is not just at the summit, but in every step of the way. Escape the frantic race of the city and reconnect with nature. Trek through lush green landscape and small yet stunning waterfalls for a wonderful experience.
For the ones who like to ride rough and test their guts, Mohan Chatti is where you need to head! Paddle your way through the hills for an out-of-the-world experience. Realize the therapeutic power of taking a risk and overcoming it. It requires a lot of stamina, but who are you – the adrenaline junkie – afraid of?
Let us know in the comments below what all you did on your trip to Rishikesh? Adventure awaits!