Patna Waterfalls is in Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
To reach this mesmerizing waterfall, you need to trek for about 1 km from the main road towards Neelkanth. And let me warn you, it’s not a piece of cake. During the rainy season, it gets so slippery that even a pro wrestler would have trouble maintaining their balance. So, if you don’t want to end up slipping and sliding like a penguin on ice, be extra careful.
But once you make it, you are in for a treat! You’ll find a lovely waterfall that may not be as big as Niagara, but it’s definitely worth the hike. And to add to the fun, there are a few stalls that serve hot Maggie and tea. But, if you’re planning to change your clothes, don’t get your hopes up. There are no such arrangements, so be sure to carry a long towel, especially for the ladies.
But, here’s where the real adventure begins. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to climb the other side of the waterfall. Trust me, it’s like walking on a bed of marbles, except that instead of marbles, you have lichen deposition, and instead of a bruise, you may end up with a life-threatening injury. So, stick to the path, and you’ll be fine.
Now, let’s talk about the snacks. You can buy them down the road, but please, for the love of nature, do not litter. Keep your garbage in your bag, and take it down with you. We all know the planet doesn’t need any more junk than it already has.
There are few traills which are not leading to waterfalls, so please check with locals.
And if you’re worried about your footwear, don’t be. You don’t need hiking shoes unless you plan to go on a long hike to Patna village and beyond.
And now, for my favorite part, the waterfall itself. It was beautiful, even though it wasn’t very big at the time of my visit. But according to the shopkeepers, during the monsoons, it has a huge spread, and they can’t even set up their shops then. So, if you want to witness the real magic of Patna waterfall, visit during the rainy season.
But here’s a word of advice, avoid weekends if you don’t want to end up being a part of a human traffic jam. And please, do not take females and children with you as the path is damaged, and it can be quite risky.
Overall, the experience of the light waterfall shower was extremely refreshing, and it made me feel like a lost albatross in the sea. So, put on your proper grip shoes, carry water, and get ready to laugh, slip, slide, and enjoy the beauty of Patna waterfall.