kunjapuri sunrise hike


Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike offers an exciting adventure for those who have time constraint of a day or beginning to enjoy Trekking in Himalayas, in the breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand, India. Situated approximately 30 kilometers away from Rishikesh, Kunjapuri Temple is situated atop a hill at an altitude of about 1650 meters, providing an ideal  point for witnessing the panoramic sunrise over the Himalayas.

The journey typically begins in the early hours of the morning, as participants drive down to the temple for sunrise. Upon reaching the summit, hikers are greeted by the tranquil ambiance of Kunjapuri Temple, it is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sati , visitors often visit the temple and seek blessings. The temple adds a spritual vibe to the whole experience.

However, the main highlight remains the spectacle of the sunrise against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.

As the first rays of dawn illuminate the sky, the mountains gradually come to life, in hues of orange and gold. The tranquility of the moment coupled with the breathtaking views creates a sense of serenity and wonder. Participants often find themselves immersed in a profound sense of connection with nature and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Himalayan landscape. One can spend sometime in meditation or some yoga practices to connect to Self and nature.

After witnessing the sunrise, there is breakfast and then hikers begin their descent back to Neer Waterfall where one can enjoy bathing in fresh water and unwind from the hike. The trail winds through picturesque villages, and serene countryside, offering glimpses of local flora and fauna along the way.

Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike concludes at Neer waterfall where one drives back to Rishikesh to their respective destinations.

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   Preparations: For Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike

  • Start Early: Begin your Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike at early morning at 4:30 AM (2-3 hours before sunrise to reach the temple on time).
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothing (as it can get chilly in the early morning), and carry a light backpack with essentials.
  • Water and Snacks: Carry water and some light snacks for energy.
  • Camera: Don’t forget to carry a camera to capture the stunning sunrise and the scenic views.

  Itinerary: Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike

  • 4:00 AM: Wake up and get ready. Have a light snack and carry some water with you.
  • 4:30 AM: Start Kunjapuri Sunrise Hike from Rishikesh to the Kunjapuri Temple base.
  • 5:30 AM: Arrive at the Kunjapuri Temple base and begin the trek to the hilltop.
  • 6:00 AM: Reach the temple and witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • 7:00 AM: Explore the temple and the surrounding area.
  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast & Begin your descent back to the base through Neer waterfall.
  • 12:30 PM: Return to Tapovan, Rishikesh.


  • Respect the Environment: Carry back all your trash, and respect the natural surroundings.
  • Weather Check: Check the weather conditions before your hike. It’s best to go on clear days to fully enjoy the sunrise views.

Remember, this itinerary can be adjusted based on your preferences and the recommendations of your guide. Always prioritize safety and be mindful of your surroundings during the hike. Enjoy your Kunjapuri sunrise Hike experience!


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