Nilkantha (or Neelakant, Neelkanth, Nilkanth, Nilkanta) in Sanskrit (नीलकण्ठ) peak in Uttarakhand Garhwal Himalayas is the major peak in the Garhwal division of the Himalayas although much higher peaks are present in this Himalayan circuit. This peak is only 9 km east of Badrinath the major Hindu Pilgrimage shrine and one of the temples of Chota Char Dham situated in Uttarakhand. Nilkantha Peak is 3474 mts. above the Badrinath.
Peak was named after lord Shiva, who is also called Nilkantha. It is said that in ancient times there was no mountain at that place and only one purohit worships the temple Kedarnath and Badrinath empty stomach means these temples are at the walkable distance but one day purohit had food before worshiping lord Shiva displeased with purohit and stands between these shrines in the form of sky touching peak Nilkantha.
Elevation *(MSL) : 6,596 m (21,640 ft)
Prominence: 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Co-ordinate: 30°43′12″N 79°24′00″E
Parent Range : Garhwal Himalayas
First Summit: 3 June 1974 by Sonam Pulzor, Kanhiya Lal, Dilip Singh, Nima Dorje
From Nilkantha peak one can see Gorur parvat, Thrisuli, Dunagiri, Rishi Kot, Hanuman, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nanda Khat, Devisthan, Devi mukut, Trisul 1, Nanda Ghunti.