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Treks of India for Sole Travelers

Do you have the keen desire to perform adventurous feats? Are you bored with your regular boring life and want to add some thrills to spice up your life? Well! Then I must suggest you take a trip to India and experience the amazing trekking expeditions here. Trekking is about the great fun in Indian Himalayas. The beautiful country offers various thrilling activities like flying fox, Trekking, Paragliding, rock climbing, mountain climbing, motor biking, etc. to rejuvenate your senses. However, trekking needs to be done under precautions in every step starting from strolling over the peaks to jumping on the rocks.

There are many drastically awesome trekking sites in India that could potentially drive you crazy. Some of them are enlisted below:

1- Prashar Lake Trek

Located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Prashar Lake Trek is a charming trail passing through a forest, rivulets and local villages. The trek gives us a 180-degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur ranges.

2- Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake is an attractive glacial lake running in between two high altitude ridges to the east of Rohtang Pass. The best part of this trekking path is that you could reach at an impressive height of 14,000 feet within three days and mesmerize yourself by the shiny snowy scenery all around.

3- Kuppar Bugyal Trek

This track is in the Pabbar Valley in Shimla district. Here reside the green pastoral ground and never-ending extension of deodar, deciduous and coniferous vegetation. The end of the trek path, i.e., the Kuppar Peak provides a magnificent view of Pabbar Valley and Himalayan peaks from Kinnaur to Chanshal Valley.

4- Triund

The exclusive trek path from McLeodganj to Triund is an attractive trail that introduces to the exquisitely breathtaking view of the Kangra Valley. Also, you must try the trek from Triund to Lahesh Cave observing the green meadows below Indrahar Pass.

5- Roopkund Trek

Roopkund is a must do trek for every adventure lover at least once in a lifetime. It’s located at an altitude of nearly 16000 ft. from sea level known as best winter treks in India. The path covered with dense forest and vast grass lands will make you feel awesome. You can visit this place with your friends, family members and loved ones. The mighty peaks and the snow-covered mountains are worth to watch. You can feel the nature.

6- Valley of Flowers Trek

The name itself represents the beauty of this place. The local believes that fairies live in this place that’s why this place is so much beautiful. Especially this trek is for couples. You can see some of the finest creation of Mother Nature. It’s located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It’s situated at an altitude of 16000 ft from sea level.

7- Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal is a well-known trekking destination in Uttarakhand. Every year hundreds of Indians and foreigners visit this place to enjoy the fun and adventure of this trek. It’s an easy trek and good for first time trekkers. Brahmatal is situated at an altitude of 7000 ft from sea level. The snow-covered mountain and green forest make the place not less than heaven. You can enjoy this trek with your friends, family members and loved ones.

8- Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari Glacier is a well-known trekking destination in Uttarakhand. The glacier is 5 KM in length and 2.5 KM in width. It’s an easier than any other glacier treks. Even families can jointly take the trip and witness the mighty glacier. The glacier is also responsible for the origin of river Pindari which flows to meet river Alaknanda and goes on to become river Ganges later. You can enjoy this trek with your friends, family members and loved ones.

9- Stok Kangri Expedition

Stok Kangri is situated in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. For starters it’s the best expedition trial especially for those who have always aspired to be a climber. It’s situated at an altitude of 6153 Mtr. During the trek you see plenty of wildlife. As it’s a high-altitude trek so trekkers must have at least experience of 1 or 2 high altitude treks before doing this.

10- Kinner Kailash Trek

Kinner Kailash mountain, located in the “Kinnaur Valley” of Himachal Pradesh comes among the top places to trek in Himalayas. This place is known to be the abode of Lord Shiva and trekking over here is quite challenging and rewarding, for beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

11- Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley Trek is certainly also known as a “Baby Trek” for its lower altitude. During this trek, you will visit several spiritual monasteries, Apricot valley, as well as landscapes in the town of Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Alchi, along Lamayuru. You can take a look at the Likir monastery, the Indus Valley, in addition to the historic empire of Sham. This kind of trek can be relatively uncomplicated for the reason that the maximum altitude that you have to travel will be 4500 M.

As we all know Himalaya is a mountainous region, thus there are infinite options of trekking paths such as Bijli Mahadev to Naggar Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Deo Tibba base camp trek, Malana Village Trek, Tosh Valley Trek and so on. You could try any matching your choice.

8 Best Summer Tourist Destinations in India

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can find travel destinations for every season such as summer, rainy season winter. Summer season is already here and people have started planning for their vacations. Coolest places/ destinations for the summer holiday in India are the famous choices of all.

Here are 8 great vacation spot in India that you can select from to make your vacation unforgettable. Most of these places are popular and most famous for summer tourists.

1. Sikkim

Sikkim, situated in the lap of the world’s third highest mountain, Khangchendzonga is one of the most beautiful and green states of India. Exceptional natural resources, green lustre, beautiful waterfalls, trimmed trees, wonderful landscapes, scenic beauty, Hilltop monasteries peep from the rugged terrains and multicolored prayer flags wave in the mountain breeze all these defines this  state.

Sikkim

Located in the Eastern India, it is wedged between the Kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. Due to variance in the topography, the climatic conditions also vary from tropical to the alpine. Mid June to September is generally considered as summer/monsoon, the winter extends from December to February, October and November is mainly the time of the autumn season with clear blue skies and lush green hillsides after a long monsoon.

2. Kanatal

Kanatal is a small village located in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, it’s a great summer vacation spot for tourists in India. The lush green environment, snow-covered mountains, rivers and forests are best point for tourist attractions. Surkanda Devi temple located here is the main attraction. This place is also known by the name of Shakti Peeth, some believe that when Lord Shiva were carrying Sati’s body on Mount Kailas, the head of the Goddess was dropped at this place.

3. Wayanad

Wayanad

Fondly known as “Green heaven”, Wayanad is an extremely serene and quiet hill town in Kerala. The foggy Kerala hills add to its attraction and it makes for a peaceful summer vacation destination. The Wayanad bird sanctuary is a major attraction here and it is one of the most famous bird watching places.

4. Nahan

Nahan

Shimla is the most favorite place of tourists; it is the reason why that the reason why it is always crowded may it is any season. This time you should go to Nahan instead of Shimla. Nahan is a small but captivating place located on the Shivalik Hills. The temples, gardens and Ranital are the most favorite places for tourists to hang out. Renuka Lake is 45 km from Nahan, which you must visit in the last days of your tour. Direct bus service is available from Ambala and Chandigarh.

5. Rishikesh

Rishikesh

This place is famous worldwide for yoga. People come here for meditation and yoga. It is a religious and adventure places & one of the best tourist place in North India. There are many temples for a visit, Rishikesh is also known as the Gateway to Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand. The adventure activities are many such as forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. Go here from Haridwar station, public transportation in the form of buses easily available.

6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a great vacation spot during the summer in India. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous attraction amongst tourists. Mount Abu is the most important holy places for Jains and Hindus owing to the many temples. The Jain temples at Dilwara are worth visiting for their beautiful carvings and architectural attractiveness.

7. Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is an exotic destination for tourists from all over the world and is breathtakingly admirable – a port of harmony and tranquility in God’s own country Kerala in South India. Munnar is the abode you would adulation to appointment afresh and afresh – it’s the abode you would ambition never to leave. Unending amplitude of tea plantations – indigenous valleys and mountains – alien breed of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests – balm of aroma ambrosial air-conditioned air – Munnar absolutely is a paradise on earth.

8- Nainital

Nainital

 The hill station of Nainital seems brimming with magnificence once you arrive here. It was a well known summer retreat for the Britishers during the British raj period. It includes the tranquil, emerald-hued Naini Lake and The Mall which is the core site for all tourist activities, lined with eateries, shops, lodgings, and markets. The town is really comprised of two zones – Mallital and Tallital. These zones are on either end of the lake, encompassed by mountains and well accessible from The Mall.

Nainital is easily accessible from nearby areas and you can take a Kathgodam to Nainital taxi, a popular way to arrive in this hill station. Or you can book a cab from Delhi to Nainital, another place from where tourists flock to this place. Nainital is the ideal spot to come in and it is basically a place to appreciate nature and enjoy an uninterrupted time in recreation, which you would discover in plenitude there.

6 Off Beat Travel Destinations of India

Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim

6 Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

The idea of travelling in India draws up many images, lush greenery, deserts, snow-capped peaks, beaches… the country definitely has it all and for a lack of a better word, the Indian landscape is diverse. Practically you find something or the other to do in some destination across the country… and yet, traveller after traveller haunt the beaten path. If you are looking for something that is different from a prescribed list… you might as well check out the new list of off-beaten destinations.

1- The Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

The Little Rann, located close to the Great Rann is a definite must visit for those who are looking to experience the colour and raw plethora of desert colour and culture. While it lacks the tourism appeal that Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has, Little Rann has this raw flair that is completely charming and disarming at the same time. A quaint salt marsh desert, the Little Rann is famous as the world’s last refuge of the Khur or the Indian Wild Ass.  A stark landscape with rich biodiversity, the Little Rann is an ecologically important zone and is the home to several water birds like pelicans, flamingos and ducks and other birds like the Indian Bustard, Sandgrouse and francolins. The perfect destination for nature lovers.

Little Rann of Kutch
Little Rann of Kutch

The region is pretty popular for it’s surreal natural beauty that it has been featured in multiple movies in India such as Magadheera, refugee, Goriyon ki Raasleela, Sarainodu, and many other superhit movies. This wonderful holiday destination in Gujarat has also been mentioned in numerous books like Midnight Children written by Salman Rushdie. If you are also looking for a holiday destination for this winter vacation then check out different Gujarat holiday packages and plan accordingly.

2- Gurudongmar Lake – Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

There is something about high altitude lakes… nestled amongst high mountain peaks that inevitably bring in a sense of complete peace and serenity.  While the Pangong Tso shot to reluctant fame with the famous 3 Idiots scene, there is another beautiful high altitude hidden at a height of 17100 feet in the Eastern Himalayas. Emerald Waters, set deep in the backdrop of majestic snow-clad peaks, the Gurudongmar Lake is Sikkim’s well-kept secret.

3- Bandhavgarh National Park – Madhya Pradesh

While the Jim Corbett National Park is a popular destination for all those who want to get a glimpse of the elusive predator, there is another destination where you can get a peek at this royal cat – the Bandhavgarh National Park. While the Jim Corbett National Park is known for its dense jungles and the different variety of flora and fauna; catching a glimpse of the tiger with several safaris can be quite a task.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park

In Bandhavgarh, however, the chances of sighting this regal striped cat are quite high. Smaller in size when compared with the Jim Corbett National Park, it is much easier to navigate along Bandhavgarh, and rest assured, this National Park too is filled with a plethora of flora and fauna.

4- Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

Syalsaur, Uttarakhand
Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

The Himalayas are filled with several wonders, which are simply understated and hidden from the prying tourist eye. One such destination that lies hidden along the bend of the mighty mountains is Syalsaur. With the Mandakini gurgling alongside the perfect contrast of lush green trees cloaking majestic peaks, Syalsaur in Uttarakhand is the perfect destination to experience the quiet and majestic splendour of the Himalayas.

5- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

The last major site before hitting the China Border, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, is probably North-East’s best kept secrets. Possibly because of its political and geographically location, Tawang is rarely flocked by dozen tourists. Nevertheless, Tawang is worth each and every bureaucratic effort, tucked in the high mountains, the region boasts of over a 109 high altitude lakes! If lake hopping at over 12000 is your thing, then Tawang is a definite must visit!

6- Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

If the Indian history, particularly the Mughal Era, has enthralled you and the idea of reliving that magnificent time through the exquisite Persian architecture has excited you – then apart from a visit to the ever-famous Taj Mahal, a peep at the Humayun’ tomb is a must.

Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum, the tomb of Humayun or popularly known as Humayun ka makbara, was designed by the Persian architect Mirza Ghiyas.  The tomb is believed to be the first garden tomb of the Indian subcontinent. The tomb is also the very first structure to use red sandstone in such a large scale.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Humayun ka Makbara is tucked deep in the winding ‘Galis’ of the Nizamuddin area of Delhi. Known for its brilliant symmetry, this imposing structure has delicate touches of marble and other precious stones at the end of several gateways. Adding to these lush gardens that surround the area make it a beautiful spot to rewind time.

Top 10 snow Treks in India

purebred dog running before hikers in woods

Top 10 snow Treks in India- Trekking trails for both novice and experienced Trekkers

Mountain trails in the Himalayas witness inanimate beauty during the winter months. Passing through the snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen streams, and the wintry grasses is an experience that can never be expressed in words. Winter is the time when nature showcases its playful side and you get to see the colorful side of nature in the spring season. If walking on the snow walls is something you are looking for this upcoming winter then here is a detailed rundown of the top 10 snow treks in Indian Himalayas that are the complete package of adventure, excitement, and wonderful memories.

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Kedar Kantha Trek                       

Nothing less than a fairyland for an adventurer, Kedar Kantha Trek is one of the most favorite winter treks in the Himalayas blessed with nature’s unkempt secrets. This thrilling trek commences from Sankri and takes you through Juda ka Talab, a glimmering lake nestled amidst thick dense forests of maple and alpine trees. On reaching this lake site, the trekkers spend some relaxing moments for the day and start trekking towards Kedar Kantha Peak on the next day. While descending the hill, you get to visit an apple garden at Hargaon Pass.

Weather– The temperature of the region drops down to sub-zero level and reaches up to -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months.

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Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Also known as the Lord Curzon trail, Kuari Pass Winter Trek happens to be one of the most exhilarating trails amidst the Himalayas. The trek commences from Joshimath, the winter abode of Lord Badrinath, and then takes you through the lesser-known passes and eventually to Kuari Pass, the highest point of the trek. On reaching the top of this trekking trail, the trekkers are awarded with mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks including Hathi- Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, etc.

While walking on the downward hill, adventure lovers can visit Auli, another impressive winter destination in Uttarakhand. This amazing skiing destination in India is flocked by thousands of trekkers every year.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between -2 and -8 Degree Celsius hence, the region gets entirely covered with thick sheets of snow.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

If you have never done trekking so far and want to enjoy this adventure activity for the very first time then you shall plan an adventure trip to Dayara Bugyal Trek. It happens to be one of the easiest trekking sites in India. Being established at a great height, the region receives huge snowfall during the winter months. This snow trek nestled amidst the Himalayas sprawls over a huge area of almost 28 sq. km. and is believed to be a perfect ski slope during the winter months.

Weather– One needs to be both physically and mentally ready to bear the bone-tearing cold weather as the temperature of the region ranges between -4 and -10 Degree Celsius.

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Dodital Winter Trek

Another perfect choice for those who are trekking for the very first time, Dodital Winter Trek is however an easy trail but it becomes pretty challenging during the winter months when gets covered with snow blankets. Commencing from Sangamchatti, the Dodital trek takes you through a thick forest area where you can spot several Himalayan birds. While walking upwards the hill, stop at the Agoda Village from where you can capture the awe-inspiring views of the summits of the Eastern and Western Himalayas.

Weather– Like other winter destinations, Dodital also receives huge snowfall, and the temperature ranges around the sub-zero level.

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Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek

One of the most astonishing and the easiest winter treks in India, Chopta Chandrashila Trek passes through the remote villages, the highest Shiva Temple, and the pristine lake. The trekking trail commences from Ukhimath and then takes you through Deoria Tal via Sari Village. On reaching a certain altitude of this trekking trail, visit the magnificent Shiva Temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Hindus.

After visiting the Shiva shrine, proceed towards Chandrashila, the summit of moon rock at 4000 meters above sea level. Enjoy capturing the soul-soothing views of the surrounding mountain areas including Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between zero and -10 degrees Celsius and this is why one needs to carry heavy woolens to stay fit and fine.

6- Sham Valley Winter Trek

Established beautifully in the Ladakh region, Sham Valley Trek is nationwide famous for its plantation of apricot flowers. During the winter months, the entire valley gets adorned with apricot flowers. Popularly called ‘Baby Trek’, this destination is a perfect place for those who are trekking for the first time and have no prior experience. One can explore a multitude of travel attractions such as Likir Monastery, Indus Valley, and the primordial Sham Kingdom.

Weather– This hugely elevated destination receives a huge amount of snowfall during the winter months and the temperature ranges between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius.

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Chadar Trek

One of the most exciting and enthralling trekking trails in India, Chadar Trek is all about strength, survival, and persistence. The adventures covering this difficult trekking train get an opportunity to learn about surviving in the harsh regions at sub-zero temperature levels. This frozen river trek is established in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world where you don’t find any hotel or resort to stay. Despite being so challenging, covering the Chadar trek is a lifetime experience of the trekkers and they consider it as a ‘Do before you die’ activity.

Weather– One of the coldest trekking trails in India witnessing an extreme temperature level that reaches -35 degrees Celsius during the winter months.

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Auli Gorson Winter Trek

Commencing from Rishikesh and then passing through Joshimath, Auli, and Gurson Bugyal, the Auli Gorson Winter Trek is considered the first step towards trekking for a novice trekker. Apart from enjoying the challenges of the trekking trail, the mesmerizing beauty of the thick dense forests of alpine trees and the eye-catching views of the surrounding peaks are like icing on the cake. Do not forget to enjoy skiing at this world-known skiing destination.

Weather– The temperature of Auli hardly comes up to zero level during the winter months.

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Har Ki Dun Trek

One of the oldest trekking trails in the country, the Har Ki Dun winter trek is believed to be the most alluring trek of the Winter Himalayas. Commencing from Dehradun, the trekking trail leads you towards Sankri, Taluka Village, Gangar Village, and other exciting places en-route. This easy-level snow trek is a heaven for adventure lovers and draws a huge footfall of trekkers from all around the country.

Weather– Unlike other destinations mentioned above, Har Ki Dun doesn’t witness such extreme climatic conditions.

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Brahmatal Trek

A moderate-level trekking trail in Uttarakhand, Brahmatal offers you an opportunity to witness the surreal beauty of nature as the trek passes through the thick dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. The soul-soothing views of the magnificent mountains falling en-route and the visible glimpses of the Roopkund trek seem like icing on the cake. The trek to this snowy destination is also reckoned for its beautiful campsites near the Brahmatal and the Bekaltal.

Weather– One needs to pack heavy woolens and other essentials in their bags as the region witnesses extreme temperature during the winter months.

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