Trekking in Rishikesh: Choose Your Best Adventure Trip

Rishikesh is the best place to go for trekking lovers. The city is famous for its beautiful views and the great sanctuaries. During the trekking, you will get to see the breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys. Trekking in Rishikesh is one of the most exciting activities that you will ever do. It is also a great way to get close to nature and explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Taking a trek to the Himalayas near the town of Rishikesh is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. here is the depiction of Top 6 Short One-Day Trekking in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. 

Rishikesh Trekking

Rishikesh Trekking can be a great change of pace for anyone who is looking to go on a new adventure. Rishikesh is known for its breathtaking views and pleasant weather all year round; trekking through the Himalayan terrain will give you the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful regions in  Uttarakhand while having fun and meeting people from different backgrounds at the same time.

Treks in Rishikesh

Kunjapuri Trek is the best for day trekking in Rishikesh  Patho Village Trek is the best for half-day trekking in Rishikesh. If you love fun-filled short trekking then go for waterfall trekking in Rishikesh.

 If you’re new to short hikes or need some help figuring out what you might like,  So, Here is a list of the 6 Best  Short One-Day Trekking in Rishikesh that you must know about Rishikesh Trek Packages before you beat these treks near Rishikesh.

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Kunjapuri Trail
Kunjapuri Trail

Quick Look at Short Treks in Rishikesh ( Small Treks in Rishikesh )

  1. Neer Waterfall Trek – It is an entry-level Half-Day Waterfall Trekking in Rishikesh – No Age Bar 
  2. Neelkanth Mahadev Trek – Full-Day Trek 12 km – Trek  near Rishikesh 
  3. Kunjapuri Sunrise Trek – A full-day  12 km Downhill  Trail – Trek  near Rishikesh 
  4. Patna Waterfall Trek – A Half-Day  Trekking in Rishikesh / Trekking Rishikesh
  5. Patho Village Trek – A  4-hour Treks in Rishikesh /  Trekking Rishikesh 
  6. Kota  Village Trek – A full- Day Trek  Near Rishikesh / Trekking Rishikesh 
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Neelkantha- The Oldest Temple in Rishikesh
Neelkantha- The Oldest Temple in Rishikesh

1- Neelkanth Mahadev Trek

The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is perched on the Neelkanth mountain in Rishikesh, a picturesque city in the state of Uttarakhand. Dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, this impressive religious and spiritual location will take your breath away on account of its beauty and faith!

The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple was originally constructed during the mid-15th  century AD by an Indian, called Raja Neelkantha Karki who wanted to create a place where people from all over the country could come together and perform different kinds of rituals and prayers. You can explore this temple on foot when you hike along a Rishikesh trekking route, but it’s best to reach it via cycle or motorcycle.

How to reach Neelkanth from Rishikesh

Rishikesh to Neelkanth distance is  25 from  Lakshman Jhula Bridge,  Tapovan, Rishikesh. There are local Jeeps available at Tapovan Tiraha near Kriya Yoga Ashram and at Lakshman Jhula near Terah Manzil, Shiva Temple to reach Neelkanth temple in Rishikesh.  
Neelkanth  Temple Rishikesh Timings – It remains open all day from early morning till the evening temple Aarti ceremony Puja and Once you reach the temple you will love Neelkanth’s story of how Shiva becomes Neelkanth in Rishikesh.
Hotels in Neelkanth Rishikesh– If you are looking for overnight nearby Neelkanth Temple then there are plenty of hotels and guest houses and Dharamshala offers accommodation to pilgrims and visitors.
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Group Photo During the adventure
Group Photo During the adventure

 2- Kunjapuri Temple Trek

Kunjapuri Devi temple is perched on top of a mountain that offers beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountains. It is located 30 km from Lakshman Jhula.  

Rishikesh to Kunjapuri Temple Distance is only 30 km. So, You can reach this temple by renting a scooter or taking a taxi. The road is not complex but calculated more than an hour between winding curves and uneven asphalt.

Google Maps perfectly signals the route itinerary and getting lost is almost impossible! To get to the top you have to climb a staircase of more than 313 steps (we counted them, but they seemed more!).

Once You reach the top, you can relax in the temple and even have lunch in a cafe that is inside the temple premises.

Kunjapuri Trek – If you have good legs you should choose the solution to get up here by taxi and then trek down up to Rishikesh with a nice demanding 12 km trek, which passes by the Neer Garh Waterfalls, the road is long but the path in the mountains is mostly downhill, so quite light.

Barkot Village Enroute Attractions
Barkot Village Enroute Attractions
Kunjapuri Temple Trek to Rishikesh, you will meet several interesting villages, where you can rest and chat with the local inhabitants (mostly by gestures).

Yoga Retreats at Kunjapuri Temple It is the perfect place to meditate, practice yoga, and contemplate the landscape, but without a doubt, one of the best-known plans is to go up to see the sunrise or sunset. The Kunjapuri Weather is awesome mostly except for the monsoon and Kujapuri temperature in the daytime so warm and ideal to bask in sun.

Kunjapuri temple sunrise – Upstairs there is enough space to sit to watch the sunrise, there are small shops to have chai tea in the morning and then visit the temple calmly.

  • Recommended Time: 3 to 4 Hours (Transportation and visit).
  • Hours: 24 Hours.
  • Price: Free.
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Neer Gaddu waterfalls in Rishikesh
Neer Gaddu waterfalls in Rishikesh

3- Neer Waterfall

If you are looking for a nice walk to warm up your muscles. We recommend this short trek to the Neer Gaddu Waterfalls Or Neer Waterfall, multi-level waterfalls just a few kilometers from Rishikesh. 

It is suitable for everyone and not too tiring, this little trip out of town will only take half-day away. If you want you can do the whole walk, from Lakshman Jhula Bridge are about 4  km until the official entry point and uphill to the top of the waterfall (40 minutes of ascent) if you do not make too many stops. You will reach the last waterfall and the last pool.

From here if you still want to walk then you can continue to climb along the path and in about half an hour, through terraced fields and large hollow trees, you will arrive at the small village of Neer, just long enough to stop and chat with the local inhabitants and then start again towards the much faster descent

However, for those who prefer a bit more tranquility. It is possible to carefully climb another small path to the top of the house to find a pleasant space where you can jump into the water and rest on the stones.

  • IMPORTANT: Save our own garbage.
  • Recommended Time: 30 Minutes onwards.
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
  • Price:  50 Indian Rupees – $ 70 Cents (Foreign).
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Patna Waterfall
Patna Waterfall

4- Patna Waterfall

An even more majestic waterfall and reachable with a nice walk of about 7 kilometers (plus another 5 km on the way back) from Lakshman Jhula Bridge.

Patna waterfall Rishikesh from the bridge, you follow the road that runs along the Ganges on the right bank, walking in the opposite direction to the current.

Continue on this scenic road for about 5 km; at a point, you will find on your left a group of shops selling snacks and drinks, across the road you will see a path that climbs steeply upwards.

You only have to walk 20 minutes from the main road to enjoy this wonderful scenery and where you can also find shops to buy water, snacks, and fruits.

Near this place, it is also possible to find the Garud Chatti waterfalls with small natural pools that are not very touristy and can be an excellent option to cool off.

  • IMPORTANT: Save our own garbage.
  • Recommended Time: 3 Hours onwards.
  • Hours: 24 Hours.
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Kota Village
Kota Village

4- Kota Village Trek

The small village Kota of Rishikesh is famous as an eco-village that lies atop an elevation of almost close to 1200 m above sea level amidst the Rajaji National Park of Pauri district, Uttarakhand. 

The natural settings are making this village a bio-diversity hot spot of arousing nature. The Kota has a very lush green area that seems to me that this mountaintop place is the best expression of Mother Nature.

In a village, there are many jungle trails, one of them, is Kota to Sirasu’s trail and another famous trail is Kota To Phool Chatti Trail both trails are stunning for adventure lovers.

The  Jungles around have several wildlife activities, hence it is very important to take the proper guidance of experts while traversing these trails

It is an isolated village nearby Rishikesh, so you can reach there only by traversing these trails that will take at least 2-3 hours from the main road. 

If You take the trail  Sirasu To Kota ( 4 km )  by crossing a hanging bridge over the Ganges and walking along the Ganges downstream and then there will be a steep uphill trek up to the village. The beauty of this trek is that you never miss the gurgling sound of the flowing water of the Ganges.

Another Trail – Phool Chatti To Kota ( 7 Km ), This trail is amazing, it makes you feel like a high-altitude trek in the remote Himalayas because this trail is seldom beaten by tourists. And you traverse through a dense forest of Rajaji National Park. I take often the tourist to this trail for birdwatching.

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Patho Village Meadow
Patho Village Meadow

6- Patho Village Trek

The Patho Village lies at an elevation of 800 meters above sea level in Tapovan, Rishikesh. It is a very small settlement in the Himalayan Mountains that may not have the same elevation as other mountain villages in this Ganges Valley region, but there is much to be said of its quiet serenity and mountainous views that you’ll never get anywhere else.

Accessible only by boat with a bird’s eye view of picturesque Rishikesh City below, the Patho Hill Resort brings adventure travelers and explorers out of their comfort zones while giving them access to some of India’s most peaceful regions.

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just looking to step out of your comfort zone for the day, this tour is ideal for trekking enthusiasts. Begin by arriving at the Tapovan area with a short but steep climb and continue on traversing through dense forest with beautiful scenery, gaining ground on a mostly even track until you make it to the sleepy town of Patho where you can rest, enjoy an authentic Himalayan meal and return by 3:30 PM sharp!


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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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