Next morning we woke up early as we had to first get back to Rishikesh to continue exploring this beautiful place.We had a chat with few fellow travellers asking them to suggest places and at the end we decided to drove to neelkanth mahadev temple. To your surprise I was completely against visited a temple but Muslim friend insist me to visit the temple and that the beauty of India.The ride to temple on our Honda Navi was not disappointing at all.Riding in the mountains is one of the best feeling you can get here steering along river ganga. In around an hour we reached neelkanth mahadev temple and just after we were amazed by what we saw you could actually look at shivalik range from this temple.The temple was not any special but the way to temple was all worth it. We stopped Midway as we haven't had anything from morning. There was Maggi point where we take a halt and here a surprise was already waiting for us which is a hidden waterfall.The waterfall was not huge was the cold water was so refreshing.After a Maggi break we continued on our way to city before we saw a board of Patna waterfall and how come we could have missed a change to miss this place.There were a few shops here where parked our Scooty and started trekking towards Patna waterfall.The trek into the forest was quite scenic and the sound of water flowing around us was a cheery on the cake.after trek for half an hour we reached the beautiful waterfall and here we made friends from Croatia.We were amazed to see that there were more foreign visitors than Indian itself.We did stay here for long as we had to leave our Scooty parked along side road was not safe to leave it for so long.We continued on our path back by this time we were Tired riding and wanted to relax a bit and we got a spot along side river with sand beach and a few touring chilling there.We parked our Scooty along roadside and headed downhill towards the river.Here we had chat with israelian tourists and came to know about their experiences here in India. We relaxed here till 4 .M. and decided to leave as we had to return the Scooty by 5 P.M. .we reached laxman Jhula in half an hour and return the Scooty. All this riding just cost us petrol of RS 300 and was more than worth for this experience. from here we took an auto rickshaw to reach bus stand from where we had to catch return bus to Delhi. We left for Delhi with some amazing memories made in Rishikesh.
Let's quickly sum up the budget for you
Buses will cost you around 1000 (Return also).
A night stay will cost you 600 max
Food expenses will not be more than 600 considering you are on a budget else it can cost you anything
Rafting cost you 400 bucks
Scooty rent will cost you 400 plus fuel of around 300 so that will less than 400 a person.
Overall it adds up-to 3000 and that must be enough for a budget exploration.
•You need to carry your driving license for renting bike.
•Fill up your fuel tank before leaving city as petrol station are not readily available uphill.
•You should be bargaining well to save on your total expenses
•Start your day early as it will be risky to drive when the lights gets low.
•Take shoes with good grip with you.
I have tried to answer all you question about Rishikesh but if I have missed anything you can always comment.