Rishikesh – also known as the “Yoga Capital of the World” and considered one of the holy shrines of Shiva and other Hindu Gods, is not just about pilgrimage and meditation. Rishikesh has more to it. What makes this town of Uttarakhand draw attention to the travelers are the adventure activities like River rafting, Mountain Biking, hikes in Rishikesh, treks to the hidden waterfalls like the Patna waterfall in Rishikesh, Jhilmil cave, Kyarki Sunset Point, and not forget the pristine river Ganga flowing through it.
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I went to Rishikesh recently and got a chance to hike up to this mesmerizing place. I also did river rafting and stayed at a magnificent campsite. However, being a mountain guy this place stole my heart.
Talking about an unexplored place, or should I say a less crowded gem is the Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh, named after the Patna Village.
It is at a distance of 6.5km from Lakshman Jhula and is located at Patna Village near Garud Chatti, by Neelkanth Road.
More about Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh
Located amid the forest, the tiny droplets of the waterfall on the lusciously green leaves make the Patna waterfall is one of the best hikes in Rishikesh.
You need at least 2 to 3 hours to explore this beautiful place. You will have to hike to reach the waterfall, which is about 1.5 km and would take you around 30 – 35 minutes from the base to go up there.
There is no such entry fee or anything; it is free of cost, but if you need to buy yourself snacks and other eatables, do carry your wallet.
Besides this, a few marks and boards are hanging on several points that will direct you to your destination, make sure you see each of them.
Also, there are stalls to satisfy your ‘Maggi With A View’ craving and snacks to fulfill your mini hunger.
Best time to Visit Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh
Ideally, the best time to visit the Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh is during the monsoon season, i.e., from July to September, with lush green forests covering the hilly area and mesmerizing for the visitors to address the scenic beauty of the waterfall and Rishikesh.
You can visit this place with your friends and family, and it is a perfect place for a Sunday outing or a mini escape spot.
During summers, you can also visit this place for refreshment and get a naturally chilling shower below the waterfall.
Some people living around the area also say that sometimes the waterfall completely dries up in summer. Hence, if you wish to visit this place during summer, contact a few locals about the hikes in Rishikesh to Patna waterfall.
Also, talking about trekking in monsoon, although it is safe, it is somewhat risky too if you are not familiar with the muddy and slippery areas of Rishikesh. And also, avoid traveling to this place after dark due to the wildlife presence.
How to Reach the Patna Waterfall
To reach the Patna waterfall in Rishikesh, you can rent a scooter near Tapovan starting from Rs 300 per day or book a cab from Lakshman Jhula starting from Rs 500 start your way and climb the rocky trail to one of the best hikes in Rishikesh.
Adding to it you can also choose walking if you have enough time to explore this place.
This is a less crowded place, with less noise and no traffic, you should visit this if you are looking to enjoy some time amid nature.
Also, don’t forget to wear your hiking shoes. They are a must because the trek would be steep and muddy. Do not make the same mistake I did, I went for this trek in my slippers.
Another way is to book your flight tickets to Dehradun Airport, i.e., Jolly Grant Airport from your place as it is the nearest airport to Rishikesh at a distance of 20km, and then you can book a cab to visit this beautiful waterfall.
Things to do Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh
The Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh is also a beautiful place to shoot pictures and create mini vlogs if you are an avid traveler and love to write and share about treks.
If you are a keen reader of my articles you would know that I run a YouTube Channel. Check out my Vlog to this mesmerizing place.
Also, take a note and do try long exposure shots of the waterfall.
One important thing is that you are not allowed to fly drones at this place as it falls under the boundaries of Rajaji National Park, and if found, legal action would be taken against the one who violates this law.
The limestone caves next to the waterfall are icing on the cake for a picture-perfect backdrop and a treat to your eyes.
Summarizing about Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh
The piece mentioned above is just a written version of the experience of one of my hikes in Rishikesh.
However, if you want to spend some time for yourself or with your friends, family, or loved ones, then this Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh is the right place to stop by and enjoy.
Although the trek might be a little tiring, it’s worth the walk amid the forest and the rocks.
If you have any questions related to the trek do let me know in the comment section. I would love to answer them. Happy traveling!