FAQ

1). Can The Riviera arrange for River Rafting trips?
2). What is white water river rafting?
3). Where and when can rafting be done?
4). How safe is white water rafting?
5). What is a rapid?
6). Can all rapids be negotiated easily?
7). Who provides the equipments and guide?
8). I have never done rafting before?
9). Do we have to know how to swim?
10). What are the minimum and maximum age limits?
11). Minimum no. 0f people required to make a trip?
12). Is prior rafting experience necessary?
13). Do i need to be in a group?
14). Are there any rafting trips that can be enjoyed by a family?
15). What do i need to carry for a rafting trip?
16). What are the safety standards?
17). What is the rafting stretch like along the Gangaa?



Can The Riviera arrange for River Rafting trips?
Yes, as per your request we can arrange for a reasonable package for an adventurous river rafting experience. 

What is white water river rafting?

River Rafting is journeying on the torrential river in an inflatable rubber boat. A river trip is often a thrilling adventure. An amateur with a little sense of adventure can equally enjoy it. You are provided with a quality life-jacket and helmet to put on all the time while on the river. A trained professional river guide heads the rafting team.

Where and when can rafting be done?
The best and most popular river is The Ganga for white water rafting. Particularly the stretch between Kaudiyala and Rishikesh has different grades of rapids. Rafting can be done here from end of monsoon throughout the year till the onset of monsoon.

How safe is white water rafting?
White water rafting has its thrills that make it worth enjoying, despite the risks involved. At The Riviera we ensure your safety by our experience without forsaking the thrills and the excitement in this fast moving action sport. For your safety we equip you with a par-excellence life jacket, helmet & boat. Our guides have all run Class 2 to Class 5 waters and are experts at running the river.

What is a rapid?
A rapid is a white patch of foam on a flowing river. It is caused by sudden gradient or by the river breadth getting constricted while flowing through a gorge between rocks or by a sudden increase or decrease in the volume of the water.

Can all rapids be negotiated easily?
A rapid's level of difficulty is categorised by its grade. Grade 1 is any flat moving portion, Grade 2 is the mildest, most gentle rapid such as a bunch of school children could negotiate - guided of course. Grade 3 is tougher but still manageable by amateurs and beginners. Grade 4 is the hardest rapid to be included in a commercial trip. Grade 5 is for a group of experienced professionals with high levels of expertise; Grade 6 is suicidal.

Who provides the equipment and guide?
High quality rafts, safety equipment (life jackets, helmets etc) and trained guides are provided by the Company organising the river rafting trips.

I have never done rafting before?
The Ganga at Shivpuri (all the year round except the monsoons) is the best place for first timers. From the novice to the most intrepid of adventurers, there is most certainly a package suited for each experience level even for beginners, amateurs, novices and first timers. You can choose from the more technical river sections of Grade 4 rapids for a true adrenaline rush or simply go for less strenuous and milder trips – Grade 1 & 2 are perfect for beginners and families, but equally thrilling without the risk.

Do we have to know how to swim?
One can’t swim in rough white water and as you are wearing a life jacket all the time life on the river, which is designed to float your face up, and hence you do not have to know swimming to go river rafting. River rafting on Grade 2 and 3 rapids does not require swimming ability. A personal flotation device (life jacket) which is provided will keep you buoyant and floating in water enabling you to swim from the raft to the bank. There are plenty of calm "recovery pools" to keep you from floating down river. Each raft has a trained river runner and guide alongwith. The guides instruct you before the trip on what to do in the small chance (more likely on higher grade adventure trips) of you falling in the river. Class 4 rapids requires good swimming ability since participants must be able to swim back to the raft or shore before the next rapid.

What are the minimum and maximum age limits?
With more than 11 different trip options for people ages 8-60, you are sure to find the trip that is right for you. All trips have recommended age limits. These age limits do fluctuate depending on the water grade level. 14 years and older children can go along with the adults while the smaller children can do the Grade 1 and 2 float trips. Even if the child or for that matter even an adult does not want to try out rafting they can still enjoy the river beach, the camping experience and the other activities.

Minimum no. of people required to make a trip?
No minimum limit is there and you can join as single person and we will put you up with other singles or doubles to make a group and enjoy the fun and excitement of this wonderful sport.

Is Prior rafting experience necessary?

Ganga is one of the ideal and safest rivers for white water rafting for beginners. No prior experience is required at all to make a trip. As it is said, you have to do it first time to make a beginning and then once you have done we assure you will become an addict.


Do i need to be in a group?
It is always more fun if you have your own group of at least four people. Otherwise you can always come alone or as a couple and you will get to join a group at the Camp.

Are there any rafting trips that can be enjoyed by a family?
Yes there are Grade 1 and 2 rides, between Brahmpuri and Rishikesh, especially for families with a mixed grouping of members. This is a short 2 Hour Raft trip but, not the boring one. We will negotiate some minor rapids on this stretch. Plenty of time for body surfing and cliff jumping.

What do i need to carry  for a rafting trip?
You need to bring shorts, swim suit, cap, t-shirt, keds, sneakers, beach sandals, windcheater, sun block creme, sun shades, flashlight, and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Prepare to have everything that you wear to get wet. Also please do not bring valuable items (i.e. Expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft. 


What are the safety standards?
White water rafting expeditions in India are organized and managed by professional Indian teams who have trained abroad in some of the most difficult water stretches of the world. The helmsman on board is familiar with the topography of the river and its obstacles. Life jackets and crash helmets are worn by all with back up arrangements for rescue, evacuation and medical attention on the river bank. Most important of all, the guide is suitably qualified so that panic is avoided if there is a mishap. The rafts are imported and have inflatable compartments with vulcanized rubber bodies reinforced by nylon fabric beneath an exterior of neoprene. This degree of strength for the raft makes it able to safely take the battering by waves and rocks.

What is the rafting stretch like along the gangaa?
The River Ganga offers the professional as well as the amateur the exhilaration of white water rafting. The rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, are the main tributaries of the Ganga and meet at Devprayag, frothing from their racy descent. Their waters are Grade 4 to 5, challenging the expert to survive the thrill. Downriver from Devprayag to Rishikesh, the Ganga mellows down. This stretch of almost 70 kms is perfect for the amateur and the novice, for here the river offers some fine Grade 3 rapids and two Grade 4 rapids, 'The Wall' at Byasi (4++) and the 'Golf Course' (4+) 4 kms below Shivpuri; each followed by deep and placid pools. Other interesting rapids on this stretch are Three Blind Mice, Daniel's Dip, Sweet Sixteen, Marine Drive, Cross Fire and Roller Coaster. Sandy beaches line the river at intervals, allowing river rafters to pull up alongside. The slopes on either side are covered with oak and conifers with the occasional village and its terraced fields dotting the landscape. Spiritual retreats and ashrams overlook the river, at the end of the journey, and add to the spiritual experience..