Kunjapuri Trek: A Journey to Majestic Sunrise

The Kunjapuri trek is one of the top-rated treks in Rishikesh that offers stunning views of the surrounding region. Though it is a short trek, it provides an opportunity to witness the mesmerizing Secret Waterfalls & Neer waterfalls, the charming village, and the lush forests. The trek offers a chance to behold the beauty of the mountain’s sunrise and the temple located at an elevation of 1,676 meters, which is situated around 30 km from Tapovan in Rishikesh

Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjapuri Temple is a highly regarded temple located in Rishikesh, perched at an altitude of 1676 meters above sea level. From the temple, visitors can behold breathtaking views of the snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba, Swarga Rohini, Banderpunch, and Gangotri. The Kunjapuri Trek is a well-known trekking route in Rishikesh that lets you immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the region.

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Kunjapuri Trek Rishkesh
Kunjapuri Trek Rishikesh

Kunjapuri  Weather

During the winter months, the weather at Kunjapuri is chilly and cold, with temperatures ranging between 0 to 10 degrees Celsius, accompanied by strong northerly winds.

In the summer months, Kunjapuri experiences pleasant weather with comfortable temperatures. However, during the monsoon season, which spans from June to September, the weather at Kunjapuri is typically cloudy, making it difficult to enjoy the sunrise.

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Kunjapuri Trek in Rishikesh

The sunrise at Kunjapuri provides a breathtaking view of the greater Himalayas, including the best trekking spots in Rishikesh such as Neer Waterfall, Secret Waterfall, and village culture. From an aerial view, you can see Rishikesh and Haridwar in the south and the Doon Valley in the west.

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Barkot Village - Near Kunjapuri Temple
Barkot Village – Near Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjapuri Trek Route

The 9 km uphill trek from Tapovan to Kunjapuri temple sunrise can be challenging, but it’s also blissful and rejuvenating. However, if you opt for the 12 km long downhill trek via Neer waterfall, it can be considered an easy-level and entry-level one-day short trek in Rishikesh.

How To Reach

To reach Kunjapuri Temple from Rishikesh, you need to take a 45-60 minutes road trip via Narendra Nagar and Ananda in the Himalayas. Starting from Tapovan in Rishikesh, you can first reach the Bhadarakali temple, and then follow the Gangotri Highway to drive through Narendra Nagar until you arrive at the temple.

If you choose to reach by trek,?

The Tapovan to Kunjapuri trek route map involves a 9 km uphill trek via Secret waterfall, Badhera village, and Barkot village, followed by a 12 km downhill trek through Pater village, Dharkot village, and Neer waterfall to reach Tapovan in Rishikesh.

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Badhera Viillge at Kunjapuri Temple
Badhera Viillge at Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjapuri Temple Trek?

Option 1: Drive up and Trek Down – This option takes approximately 6-7 hours to complete. It involves a 45-minute drive from Rishikesh to Kunjapuri Temple followed by a 3-4 hour downhill trek.

Option 2: Road Trip –  The distance from Dehradun to Kunjapuri Temple is 65 km by road. Take the Gangotri Highways via Narendra Nagar and Ananda in the Himalayas from Dehradun to Rishikesh to reach Kunjapuri Temple.

While embarking on the Kunjapuri Trek in Rishikesh, make sure to explore the following captivating places:

Nature  Photography

The Kunjapuri Adventure Trails are designed for thrill-seekers, providing an opportunity to experience an intense adrenaline rush. Visitors from around the world come here to enjoy the famous downhill nature trails that lead to villages nestled on the sides of mountains. When visiting places like Badhera or Barkot, you will have the chance to experience the region’s nature, Himalayan culture, and traditions.

Himalaya Views from the Temple Kunjapuri

Himalaya Views from the Temple Kunjapuri

Himalayan Peaks -Gazing

Gazing at the peaks is a mesmerizing experience as your eyes behold the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the valleys beneath. The breathtaking vistas include Swargarohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch, and Chaukhamba, along with the panoramic views of Rishikesh, Haridwar, and the sprawling Doon Valley, all of which spread out before you like a delicious treat.

Kunjapuri Temple Sunrise Yoga

Kunjapuri Temple Sunrise Yoga & Meditation

Yoga Retreats & Meditation

    For those who are passionate about yoga and want to find a serene place to meditate while admiring the majestic snow-capped peaks, Kunjapuri Temple is the ideal destination. This temple is renowned as one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the world, where meditation and spirituality seamlessly blend in perfect harmony amidst the breathtaking landscape.
The Festival Celebration at Temple
The Festival Celebration at Temple by visitors

Wedding Rituals & Navratra Festival

    • Kunjapuri temple is renowned for its wedding rituals and the Navaratra festival, making it a popular destination among the locals for marriage ceremonies. Visiting during the wedding season is a great way to immerse yourself in Himalayan culture and traditions. Additionally, the Navaratra festival provides a profound spiritual experience that touches the deepest parts of your heart.

    Kunjapuri mountain sunrise trek

    Kunjapuri Trek & Hike

    Hiking and trekking at Kunjapuri Devi is the ultimate adventure activity in Rishikesh. It offers a plethora of experiences such as a breathtaking sunrise view, glimpses of village life, undiscovered trails, rare bird sightings, nearby waterfalls, and a chance to witness the unspoiled beauty of nature.

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    Neer waterfall Trek from Kunjapuri Temple
    Neer waterfall Trek from Kunjapuri Temple

    Neer Waterfall Trek

    If you opt to chase the trails by foot from the Kunjapuri Temple, then get ready to witness the biggest waterfalls of Rishikesh which is the Neer Waterfall Trek. The waterfalls are divided into 3 tiers and the last tier is awesome, where you can swim and splash in the natural-made pond.

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    Barkot Village at Kunjapuri Temple
    Barkot Village at Kunjapuri Temple

    Village Walk

    As you know, without knowing the village culture of Uttarakhand, the visit will be always incomplete, The village life transmits some frequency that can be experienced when you are truly feeling within. The Kunjapuri Trek gives you these opportunities to interact with locals to know more about it.

    Sunrise View form Kunjapuri Temple
    Sunrise View from Kunjapuri Temple

    Sunrise View & Sunset View

    Travelers admire by heart the sunrise and sunset view from the temple complex. If you are a nature enthusiast and love to experience something awesome then take a walk from Hindolakhal up to the temple through the pine trees forest that will be more adventurous.  The walk distance is about 5KM.

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    Barkot Village – A Birding Guide To Rishikesh's Himalayas
    Barkot Village – A Birding Guide To Rishikesh’s Himalayas

    Birdwatching Walk

    The Kunjapuri Trail from Tapovan-Rishikesh is a paradise for birding. The trail goes up along the natural freshwater stream up to 3 km and during this birding trip, you spot vast varieties of Himalayan birds. Apart from this birding trail, the Barkot village is another hotspot for birding, and you can add this activity after sunrise view.
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    Secret Waterfall Tapovan
    Secret Waterfall Tapovan

    Secret Waterfall 

    The Secret Waterfall and Mahadev Cave are some of the best places along the Kunjapuri – Tapovan Trail. The Mahadev cave is a natural wonder, and the Secret Waterfall is also a secret treasure trove in Rishikesh that not all tourists know about it.

    Some Fact About Temple

    This temple is one of the Siddha Peeth out of 52 and is located in Rishikesh Uttarakhand. There is a board display that this temple was built by the 197th Field Regiment (Kargil)  on the entrance gate of the temple.

    There are more than 300 concrete stairsteps to reach the top of the temple. The gate of the temple holds the statue of the lion with the goddess Kunjapuri.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to visit Kunjapuri Temple is Morning and Evening time for sunrise and sunset views. Also, the Navratra festival is unmissable to have a chance to be a part of the Hindu rituals and culture here. The opening time is 6 Am to 8 Pm.


    The Kunjapuri Trek is a gateway to an unforgettable experience in the lap of the Himalayas. From the spiritual serenity of the Kunjapuri Temple to the breathtaking vistas along the trekking trail, every step of this journey offers a profound connection with nature and an opportunity for personal growth.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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