As per mythology, Lord Shiva seemed to have consumed all the poison extracted during the Samudra-Manthan and kept it in his throat (Kantha) making it blue (Neel). The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is peculiar in a way that the design on top of the temple describes the epic story of Samudra Manthan - the churning of the ocean during the battle between the Asuras (Demons) and the Devas (Gods).
The trekking path to the Neelkanth Mahadev temple from Rishikesh which is almost 12-13 KM (Trek Path) and about 2-3 hours drive from Rishikesh (30 KM Road Path), avoid late evening or night drive to the Neelkanth Mahadev temple as the road up hill is quite challenging and temple was closed at 8:00 PM. The Shivratri Day temple was decorated with lights and flowers and attracts large number of devotees.
Accessibility - Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is about 30 kms away from Rishikesh city center, about 72 kms away from Dehradun city center, about 50 kms away from Haridwar city center.
Neelkanth Mahadev temple open at 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM