Yamkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Yamkeshwar Mahadev Temple is the temple of Lord Shiva situated on a valley in Uttarakhand, which is a 1600 BC ancient temple and got another name "Yamkeshwar" means "Lord of Yama". It is a very famous ancient Shiva temple in Yamakeshwar, on the right bank of a small hill rivulet Sateri. Legend says that Lord Shiva defeated God (Yama) of death at this place. The belief of this temple is that a couple, who do not have a child, comes with the true faith and offered a brass or copper pot and receive the blessings of a childbirth from Lord Shiva. People also come here to pray to Lord Shiva for their long life and to get rid of illness and come for their blessings.
Come with a pure heart and get the blessings of Lord Shiva at Yamkeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Neelkanth Mahadev is an accredited temple near Rishikesh. According to the Puranas, the place where Neelkanth Mahadev Temple stands at present is the holy place where Lord Shiva consume poison (halal-hale) during the sea mantra, hence its throat is called blue-throated.
Maha Shivratri is the most important festival in the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. During the festival, a large number of devotees go to the temple to pay homage to God. Gifts of flowers, honey, milk, water, coconut and Gangajal are given to God. The festival falls twice a year, once in the month of February-March (Maha Shivaratri) and in July-August (according to the Hindu Calendar, the Shravan Mas). The temple is beautifully decorated during both occasions.
Jhilmil Cave (Cave) is located in Manikut Mountain (mountain) near Neelkanth Mahadev in Yamakeshwar Block. The Cave is 21 km from Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh. An amazing place to explore near Rishikesh. Anyone can add Jhilmil cave to his checklist during Rishikesh's visit.
The beauty of Jhilmil Gufa can't be expressed in words, indeed, it can be experienced by visiting there. It is certainly a wonder of nature and a great creation by God. The ancient architecture of Jhilmil Gufa will surely fascinate you as it is located inside a dense forest within serenity and peace. You just have to trek for a few hours in order to visit this amazingly structured cave. Around the caves, there is jungle with the name Manikut Kajri Van.
Patna is the small village near this waterfall and so is named as Patna waterfall. It is a popular waterfall in Rishikesh where you can also see the limestone caves situated next to this Patna waterfall. It's a beautiful journey from Lakshman Jhula to Neelkanth temple road. During the winter season, the waterfalls are almost dry and will not be advised to go in the winters. There are no sign boards for waterfalls, so visitors have to be careful and confirm the route with the locals.
There is also a shop near the waterfall that sells tea/coffee / soft drinks and snacks. There is more crowd during the summer especially on weekends; overall a good place for a day out or picnic.
Almost 50 years ago, Rishikesh became famous on the global travel map when the Beatles came here looking for his "knowledge", It is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh which is also known as the Chaurasi Kutiya Ashram. This was the ashram of the Mahesh Yogi and came to limelight after the 4 members of Beatles in 1968. You can see abstract murals on the ashram walls. They can still inspire that artist inside you. The artwork and the vibe of the place are simply amazing.
The closing time of Beatles ashram is 5 pm, so better to go 2 or 3 hours before the time of closing and don't miss to enter the meditation cells as it is also the main attraction of the Beatles Ashram.