7 of the Best Places to Go Trekking in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, a quaint, picturesque city huddled snugly in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, is an alluring destination for trekkers.  It is the place to invigorate your rusted mind with breathtaking views of the ethereal natural locales and simultaneously, indulge in a host of adrenaline pumping activities like rafting and rock climbing. Skim through the article and pick the place you want to explore on your next holiday.

Trekking in Rishikesh

The Valley of Flowers Trek

Trekking From Rishikesh The Valley of Flowers

Caressing more than 700 species of multi-hued flowers, vibrantly silhouetted against the lofty silvery mountains, this valley would unfailingly make you feel as if you are grazing within heavenly realms. Interestingly, its existence was not known till 1913, and the local people too perhaps had their reasons in dexterously veiling it; they held that it was frequented by friaries.

Plan a trip between June and September and pass a night at Ghangariya, a 5km downhill trek from the valley, since there are no accommodations available in the valley itself.

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Trekking Near Rishikesh The Valley of FlowersTrekking Around Rishikesh The Valley of Flowers

Trek to the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Trekking Around Rishikesh Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

To reach this temple perched up at the height of 1,330 meters, you would have to undertake a 14 km trek from Ram Jhula. Local lore claims the temple to be the site, where Lord Shiva drank the poison churned during the illustrious battle between the Gods and the Demons to obtain the nectar of immortality. When you come to this place, make sure to load all essential equipment for a rigorous trekking experience as the entire path is surrounded by dense forest.

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Trekking in Rishikesh Neelkanth Mahadev TempleTrekking Near Rishikesh Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neer Garh Waterfall Trekking

Trekking From Rishikesh Neer Garh Waterfall

If you are desirous of a small trek, then head to this natural waterfall that constitutes a three km trek from Lakshman Jhula on the Badrinath Highway. Take a dip in the sparkling water of the stream or linger for a while on any of the two bridges to witness a color-fest with hundreds of butterflies. Only make sure that you do not disturb them while relishing an exciting jungle trekking.

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Trekking in Rishikesh Neer Garh Waterfall Trekking Around Rishikesh Neer Garh Waterfall

Kunjapuri Trekking

Trekking Near Rishikesh Kunjapuri Temple

Trekking from Rishikesh to Kunjapuri temple entails a long journey of one day along with an additional flight of 300 stairs once you reach the temple base. The mighty climb is, however, fulfilling – calm yourself with breathtaking views of the gigantic Himalayas and the rippling Ganga River below.

The weather remains pleasant all year, with the place being ideal for a 1-day trekking trip with friends and family.

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Trekking in Rishikesh Kiunjapuri Temple Trekking From Rishikesh Kunjapuri Temple

Gangotri Trekking

Trekking From Rishikesh Gangotri

Gangotri, the holy source of the river Ganga, is situated at a distance of 270 km from Rishikesh and can be reached via a taxi. After reaching, you may avail a two or three-day trek to Gaumukh. However, the initial 14 km uphill trek would take you to Bhojbasa, a place famous for its coniferous trees. Enjoy the wondrous view of the Neelkanth Peak while ascending.

The best time to visit the Gangotri is from May to June, and then again between the months of August and October.

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Trekking in Rishikesh Gangotri Trekking Near Rishikesh Gangotri

Chopta Chandrashila Trekking

Trekking Near Rishikesh Chota Chandrashila

Board a taxi to reach Chopta village from Rishikesh and after that embark upon an adventurous 5/6 km trekking from the village to Tunganath temple of Lord Shiva, built about 100 years ago by the third Pandava, Arjuna himself. After rambling amidst green meadows, ascend a few kilometers more to take panoramic views of Gangotri from the Chandrashila peak.

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Kuari Pass Trekking

Trekking in Rishikesh Kuari Pass

The ten day long Kuari pass trek boasts of being the most sought after, for offering the grandest views of the Himalayan Mountain range. Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village and get along a 3 km trek amidst oak and rhododendron forest to reach the campsite, Chitrakhana. Climb for 6 km more to get to the Tali Top and from there, move on to Kuari Pass.

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Trekking Near Rishikesh Kuari PassTrekking From Rishikesh Kuari Pass

There are various trekking camps available at moderate costs in Rishikesh. So, brushing away all worries, invoke your wild instincts to saunter over the undulating terrains, meander along its divergent routes and while doing so, respond to the call of the absolutely divine nature.

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