Jhilmil cave is a self-created natural cave, 4 km away from the famous
Neelkantha Mahadev temple on the Manikoot Parvat in the Kajari Van in Rishikesh. The distance of the cave from Rishikesh is 30 km whereas from the Neelkantha Temple is only 4 km. It is locally known as Jhilmil cave after the name of Jhilmila Sadhu, who chose to take the Samadhi in this cave. Nowadays, many Sadhus pay a visit for a short spiritual retreat.
This cave was founded by Saraswati Nijanand swami Ji and is dedicated to Guru Gorakshnath. Alha Udals, one of the very famous spiritual guru meditated inside these caves followed by many other famous gurus. The name Jhilmil comes from Guru Jhilmila Ji who also lived one of these caves.
HOW TO REACH JHILMIL CAVE?
There are two ways to reach the cave. The first option is a dusty motorway from Rishikesh via 5 km Badrinath Highway, then 20 km Neelkanth motorway and the second option is a trek route, which usually takes 5 to 6 hour to reach this cave from the Ramjhula Bridge. The Neighbourhood of the cave is a part of the Rajaji National Park & adjacent area of Jhilmil Cave is known as Manikoot Kajri Van. So, due to elephant and leopard commute, tourists are suggested not to trek after dark, they must leave the trek route before dark because trek route passes through the National Park area.
The Jhillmill cave does not stand alone. There is a total of 3 caves more in the neighborhood. Each cave is different in shape and size & also has different significance but Jhilmil cave is big in size and has a special significance among the visitors. Each Morning & evening, the Naga Sadhus perform ephemeral rituals and collective prayers inside the Jhilmil Cave.
Many tourists, who come for the religious expedition to Rishikesh, also visit Jhilmil cave in order to get some peace of mind and to be away from the hustle of the crowds. This place visited by many Sadhus and spiritual masters that makes it a very holy & spiritual tourist attraction of Rishikesh.