Uttarakhand is the land of Gods. No matter which road you take- the one that is never empty or the one less travelled by, you are sure to find a temple on it.
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is the land of sages and it is equally rich in temples. Bhootnath temple is one such temple located near Parmarth ashram in Rishikesh and is surrounded by Rajaji National Park on three sides. It is not such a popular temple, but one rich in scenic beauty and also stairs!! Climbing these stairs requires austerity and strength.
The temple houses the Shivaling of Lord Shiva whose marriage procession is believed to have rested here before reaching his wife Sati. The shivaling is surrounded by 10 bells(ghanta) on four sides representing the four directions.
The temple has several floors with different deities on each floor. And the top floor gives a panoramic view of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Situated quite apart from chaos and crowd, not much people visit this place. And that is what makes it different. Unlike every other religious place that is full of crowd, Bhootnath temple is peaceful and calm. One can surely visit this place for spending some time with oneself.
How to Reach : You can take a walk 800 meters behind Parmarth Niketan Ashram. From Swargashram Parking is 600 meters. From Ram Jhula Parking it will be 1.9 kms by walk. In swargashram areas you can easily locate the temple as it has multiple floors and visible from most of the areas. To reach directly here by car you can come here by bridge on the River Ganga near Virbhadra Barrage and take road through forest.