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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple


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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Overview

Ranked 2 of 40 sightseeing in Rishikesh

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a popular temple of Lord Shiva, which is situated at the height of 1330 m. The temple lies amidst the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot. Located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati, this temple is bound by dense forests and mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan.

The temple is named after Lord Shiva, who is also known as Neelkanth, as he drank the poison churned from the oceans. He stopped the poison in throat, due to which his neck turned blue. The temple was built on the same place where this event took place.

This temple is visited at the time of famous annual festivals, one in the month of Shravan (July-August) and the other during Shivratri. As this temple is situated on top of the hill, it provides a view of surrounding hills that are Vishnukoot, Manikoot and Brahmakoot.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
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Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Ashish Shukla

Ashish Shukla3.6/5

105 reviews

Nice Temple of Shiv Ji

I visited the Neelkanth Temple which is 26 KMS away from Rishikesh. You can gst shared taxi at Rs 120 per head for to and fro journey. The road is very difficult to drive on and you get to see lot of people rafting on the way from shivpuri. The temple is very old and siddh temple, but there is mismanagement everywhere. The place is crowdy as there are followers from various parts of the country going on Char Dham who visit this temple first. Overall a nice experience.

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  • Nice Temple of Shiv Ji
  • Nice Temple of Shiv Ji
  • Nice Temple of Shiv Ji
  • Nice Temple of Shiv Ji

C.s. manish Dasgupta

C.s. manish Dasgupta5.0/5

102 reviews

Nice temple

Neelkanth mahadev.. As the name signifies it is the temple of Lord Shiva. Got the option of getting into Rishikesh and to pour holy water of Ganga on Shiv Linga. Taxi stands were there but no taxi was available. If possible bring your own vehicle with a good driver. Place was full of Kawariya's.

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.9/5

415 reviews

Temple of Lord Shiva

We hired a taxi for Nilkanth Mahadev Temple from Haridwar. This is popular destination and temple of Lord Shiva for visitors in Haridwar and Rishikesh. It is about 55 km from Haridwar and 35 Km from Rishikesh. It is a hilly and a narrow road, it takes almost 5 to 6 hours from Haridwar. It is advisable to start early morning to avoid crowd at Nilkanth Temple.
  • Temple of Lord Shiva

Aditya Singh

Aditya Singh4.3/5

17 reviews

Spiritual place in the lap of nature

The Neelkanth mahadev temple is located at a distance of 32 Km from Rishikesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The story of the temple as per hindu mythology is that the Neelkanth Mahadev is a place where Shiva drank poison after samudra manthan.Devotees from all over the world visit the place. The surrounding areas of temple are very beautiful. There is also a waterfall near the temple. The place is very beautiful. There you can find various shops to eat. You can buy prasad and other things from the shops outside the temple. The place is very crowded in the month of Sawan and on Mondays. There are many small temples around the main temple.To reach neelkanth you can get Taxi from the Ram jhula taxi stand on the sharing basis. They charge around 130 rs for both side journey they will take you to the temple and will wait outside till you return usually they give you the time of around 2 hrs.The route from Rishikesh is also very beautiful with various streams of Ganga flowing side by side there are also many small waterfalls on the road itself.Overall a great place to visit with family and friends.

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Amol Sharma

Amol Sharma4.3/5

6 reviews

Must Visit for devotees of Lord Shiva

The temple is on the top of the hill amongst the mountains around 2 hours drive from Rishikesh city. Must visit if you are a Lord Mahadev Devotee. The legend says that Mahadev came here to meditate and neutralize the effect of poison which he drank during the Sagar Manthan. Recommended time to visit is early morning as it gets crowded in the day.

Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal3.6/5

380 reviews

Lord Shiva temple

The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is almost Eleven kilometers from Rishikesh on the way from Swarg Aashram. Private vehicles are available here with per seat system and also as fully paid systems. This temple is of Lord Shiva.

Ankush Gulati

Ankush Gulati5.0/5

36 reviews

Must visit temple

The place is on a hill top. The ride to the place is awesome. Really sacred plane with a divine grace. You can find a lot of peace in the premises. Very well-maintained. Must must go place.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh3.2/5

581 reviews

Good for a morning visit

If you are an early riser, make it a point to visit this temple for total tranquility. This temple becomes clustered with people in the course of the day. You can reach here in the morning by a rented car also because there is no provision for an overnight stay in the locale.

Gagandeep Mehra

Gagandeep Mehra3.6/5

10 reviews

For first time goers it is awesome

The Actual Bhagwan Shivling is not available to see only 2 Different Gold Shivlings were made instead of the Actual. Dont Park on the first Parking, if you were on your own vehicle move forward else you have to walk approx 3 km or more. Camera not allowed in the main temple.
  • For first time goers it is awesome



3 reviews

Morning is the best time to visit

It is a good temple and it is related to the Indian history. You must see this if you are going to Rishikesh but if you are in search for peace, then reach early in morning. 7 am is the best time to visit and you can go there by your own car. If you are scared of mountain driving, you can get a cab from Laxman jhula for Neelkanth.

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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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Ashish Shukla

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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Ashish Shukla

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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Ashish Shukla

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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Jagdish Raval

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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