Trekking in India: The Mountains Are Calling

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Mountains are calling and you must go

We all have this want of venturing out into the wild, and the first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about the adventure is trekking. The best thing about India is that there are a lot of trekking spots which unfold the beauty of “The Mighty Himalayas“.

Let’s check out our list of beautiful trekking places in India and make your vacation more solidifying.

5. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Nag Tibba (‘Serpent’s Peak‘) 3,022 m (9,915 ft), is the highest peak in the Lesser Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state. Nagtibba means a place or abode of the Snake God. Its beauty is intensified by a beautiful temple, and a little over one can see the entire Bandarpoonch range of Great Indian Himalayas towards the Yamunotri side. On your way down you will go through a completely contrasting landscape having a dense mixed forest of Oak and Alpine.

And if it was not enough you’ll get to witness a couple of quaint villages which are extremely scenic situated amidst thick Deodar forest. And who wouldn’t love the opportunity to drown one’s feet into a cold and inviting stream at the end of the trek.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Duration: 4 hours to 10 hours depending on route taken.

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

4. Dodital Lake Trek, Uttarakhand

Dodi lake, also called Dhundi Tal (Lake of Lord Ganesha) is at an elevation of 3024 m, north of Uttarkashi. Crystal clear waters are surrounded by dense Oak Woods, Pine and Deodar. The lake is full of Brown Trout fish and is also known for the Himalayan Golden Trout. The journey begins at Sangam chatti where the trail is well-marked and you get to see the settlement of Bhebra – an idellic village set near gushing mountain streams. As you move up, you can see Asi Ganga which looks like a thin thread snaking through its course in the valley below. The vertical drop of more than a thousand feet presents an unforgettable sight. The lake itself compels any nature lover to camp for days. Towering Dayara Bugyal on one side and valley on other is scenic and enticing. Darwa top offers Yamuna and Asi Ganga sparkling their way down. The trek to the pass and beyond is the traditional route used by Gujjars (nomadic herdsmen), who take their cattle up to the meadows for grazing and also by sadhus who use this route to move between the temples of Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Difficulty Level: Moderate to tough

Duration: 6 days

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

3. Har Ki Doon Trek, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Doon valley (3500m) is a cradle shaped hanging Valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks and Alpine vegetation and is one of the most scenic valleys you’ll ever come across. Treck and discover the “Valley Of Gods“. Local legend has it that Yudhishthira scaled “Swargarohini” peak on his way to heaven. The untouched terrain and the ease it provides to the beginner level trekkers is just what you have been looking for. Once you are at the top, the serene valley of Har ki doon is just a jaw dropping sight. At the last camp site, where the three peaks of Har ki Doon stand tall while a gentle river silently flows next to them making a memory you would cherish all your life. Sit down, have some tea and embrace the moment.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Duration: 6 days

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

2. Malana Trek, Himachal Pradesh

The name rings a bell. “Malana the magical valley“. Lurking in the north-east Kullu range, Malana is completely isolated from the monotony of India’s city culture, just 21 km from Kasol (minus the treck). This remote village is mainly known for its Hash, and has over time drawn hashish lovers from all over the world. But Malana is so much more than that. Even in the time of technology and globalization, the village is untouched by the humdrum of the population. Malana is one of the oldest standing democracies of the world, with the small village managing its own affairs even today, and that’s just a peek in the mysterious Malana village. This primitive land shadowed by the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba has always been kind to tourists, fiercely and silently guarding its own culture. Imagine a magical place 9500ft above sea level, a tiny village amidst the lush green, shimmering snow-capped mountains of Parvati valley. Flowing through the mountains is the crystal clear Malana Nala whose clattering and the gushing sound is all that breaks the silence. If you’ve taken a trip, you know you’re going to go back. If not, I urge you to explore this majestic land and uncover its secrets. Don’t just travel, explore! Meet the descendant of the Great Alexander.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot

Nearest Airport: Kullu

1.Kheerganga Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Snow glittering at the top of the peak, an elevated campsite, a pool of hot water spring, a temple, a holy cave, a narrow valley with a river flowing so vigorously with texture as white as ‘Kheer‘ on the slopes. Kheerganga a meadow at 2950 m is a spiritual site where Lord Shiva is believed to have meditated for 3,000 years. It’s a place which you would want to be your little secret. This 11 km treck which starts from Barshaini is a joy treck you don’t want to miss. While moving along the Parvati river, encountering peaceful villages, breath-taking view of waterfall at Rudranaag, dense forest all along and the icing on the top is an opportunity to jump into a hot spring water pool at the feet of the temple to make you feel all boosted up again. And as the warm memory of the bright sun fades away, night ghostly army, the gray shadow creeps out and all you can hear is the river howling. A perfect camping and bonfire location. This journey in the mountains of Parvati valley will turn you into a storyteller.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Duration: 2 days

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot

Nearest Airport: Kullu

Pack those rucksacks, tighten those boots. Mountains are calling and you must go.

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