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9 Reasons Why Rishikesh is the Perfect Destination for White-Water Kayaking!

Rishikesh is a popular destination for white-water kayaking because of its ideal location at the foothills of the Himalayas, which provides access to the mighty river Ganges.
Ganga streaming in Rishikesh from top

Here are 9 reasons why Rishikesh is a great destination for whitewater kayaking-

1. Range of Rapids

2. Professional Guidance

3. Safety
4. Accessibility

5. Accommodation

6. Work from Rishikesh/ Working remotely
7. Attractions
8. Spiritual Significance
9. Scenic Beauty

Kayak with Ganga rapids

1. Range of Rapids

Rishikesh offers a range of rapids, from Grade I to Grade V, making it suitable for beginners as well as experienced kayakers. The rapids are challenging enough to provide a thrilling experience, but not too dangerous for first-timers.

Kayakers on Rishikesh road

2. Professional Guidance

Rishikesh has several experienced kayaking guides and instructors who can provide professional guidance and training to kayakers of all levels. They can help you navigate the rapids safely and provide tips on improving your skills.

3. Safety

Rishikesh has large sections of slow-moving water,

which gives beginners safe options for rest and recovery.

The Ganga at Rishikesh also has multiple access points through beaches and ghats, giving a kayaker many entry and exit options.

4. Accessibility

Rishikesh is easily accessible from Delhi and other

nearby cities, making it a popular destination for

weekend getaways. It is just a few hours' drive from Delhi,

and there are several buses and trains that connect

Rishikesh to major cities in North India. And for air travel,

the nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, which is only 1 hour away.

Rishikesh hotel or hostel

5. Accommodation & Cafes

Rishikesh has plenty of stay options from hostels to boutique riverside resorts including cafes offering a range of eating options from Lebanese, Italian, Indian, vegan options, and more.

6. Work from Rishikesh/ Working remotely

Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh

It is easy to work from home post-kayaking as Rishikesh

provides you with a good network, WiFi, and work-friendly cafes.

7. Attractions

Rishikesh also offers a different experience of the river through the Ganga artis, and riverside cafes like the Beatles ashram, waterfalls, and more.

Yoga in Rishikesh

8. Spiritual Significance

Rishikesh is considered a spiritual hub and is known as the "Yoga Capital of the World." The serene surroundings, sound healing therapy, and peaceful atmosphere make it an ideal place for a spiritual retreat or to unwind after an adventure-filled day of kayaking.

9. Scenic Beauty

The scenic beauty of Rishikesh is unparalleled. The river Ganges flows through the city, surrounded by lush green forests and towering mountains. The view from the river is simply breathtaking.

Overall, Rishikesh's scenic beauty, accessibility, range of rapids, professional guidance, spiritual significance, various food options, accommodation, and ease of working remotely make it an excellent destination for anyone who wants to learn white water kayaking.

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Paddle hard, feel the rush, and conquer the rapids!


About Author

Akshit Verma is a marketeer by profession and a traveler by soul. He came from a Hotel Management background and started his career in a travel organization.

Adventure Play is a one-stop platform to discover and play outdoor sports in Asia.

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