Trekking points around Rishikesh
This temple perched on top of a mountain offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains. It is located 30 km from Lakshman Jhula by surface, you can reach it by renting a scooter or taking a taxi: 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 Waterfalls.
If you are looking for a nice walk to warm up your muscles, we recommend a short trek to the Neer Gaddu Waterfalls, a multi-level waterfall 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 waterfalls (all on main roads not too pleasant to travel except for some nice views of the Ganges of the upper).
An, even more, a 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 in the opposite direction to the current. Continue on this scenic road, quiet and not too busy for about 4 km, across the road you will see a path that climbs steeply upwards. There are written directions, but climbing this path you will arrive after about 1 km to the Patna waterfall.
The Temple is dedicated to Shiva. 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 2 km) 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.