One Day Trek to the Neelkanth Mahadev
This temple-town perched on top of a mountain is truly an incredible place. Not so much because of the beauty or aura of the spirituality of the temple itself, but because around it stands a real town set in the mountains, which gravitates completely around the temple activities. Many faithful Hindus go to this place on the weekend to celebrate Lord Shiva, to whom the temple is dedicated. From the temple, you will see from afar stand out on a nearby peak the Laxmi Devi temple, on the way back if you have time you can reach it (they are not even 2km) to enjoy the peace of the temple (less frequented Neelkanth) and the beautiful view that offers this peak.
You can get to Neelkanth Mahadev by moped or by private taxi: they are 30 km from Rishikesh of dusty mountain roads, even in this case the place is well marked on Google Maps. Your road will begin, like the one that takes you to the Patna Waterfalls described above, by Lakshman Jhula, holding the Ganges on the left and going against the current.
Day Trek to Kunjapuri Devi Mandir
This temple perched on top of a mountain offers beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountains. It is located 30 km from Lakshman Jhula, you can reach it 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 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 at the top, you can relax in the temple and even have lunch in a cafe that is inside. If you have good legs you should choose the solution to get up here by taxi and then get down to Rishikesh on foot, with a nice demanding 18 km trek, which passes by the Neer Garh Waterfall (see next paragraph): the road is long but the path in the mountains is mostly downhill, so quite light. On your way, you will meet several interesting villages in which to rest and where to chat (mostly by gestures) with the inhabitants.
Trekking to the Neer Gaddu Waterfalls
If you are looking for a nice walk to warm up your muscles, we recommend a short trek to the Neer Gaddu Waterfall, multi-level waterfalls just a few kilometers from Rishikesh. Suitable for everyone and not too tiring, this little trip out of town will only take half a day away. If you want you can do the whole walk, from Lakshman Jhula Bridge are about 2 km until the official entrance of the path uphill to the top of the waterfall After 40 minutes of ascent (if you do not make too many stops) you will reach to the last waterfall and then the last pool. From here if you still want to walk 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
Trek to the Patna Waterfalls
An even more majestic waterfall and reachable with a nice walk of about 5 kilometers (plus another 5 on the way back) from Lakshman Jhula Bridge. From the bridge follow the road that runs along the Ganges on the right bank, walking into the opposite direction to the current. Continue on this scenic road about 4 km; at some 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. There are no written directions, but climbing this path you will arrive after about 1 km to the Patna waterfall. Along the way you will find only one fork, keep right and cross a small stream you will find the impressive waterfalls, whose particularity is not so much in a powerful beauty of the choreographic rocks from which the water gushes.