Hiking in India may be done at any level of difficulty due to the vastness of the nation and the many different landscapes that it has. Most of India's northern states and union territories are inside the Himalayan mountain range, home to the country's most popular hiking destinations. India has a plethora of beautiful hiking opportunities, and the country's southern states are no exception. Here are some of the most fantastic trekking locations in India, from the snow-capped Himalayas in the north to the tea plantations and jungles in the south.
1. The Town Of Manali
Even though Manali is snowbound in the winter, it is a popular destination for adventure-seekers in the summer because of its mild alpine environment. Hikers love Manali because it's a convenient starting place for various treks in Himachal Pradesh's northern region. Within the Kullu Valley, the town of Manali is a two-hour drive below the Rohtang Pass, which connects the Spiti Valley and Ladakh regions to the north. Tour firms in Manali may also organize hikes into the distant Parvati Valley and Malana Valley, easily accessible from the city.
The Gangotri Glacier, the spring of the venerable Ganga, is the destination of the best winter trek in Uttarakhand in Garhwal Himalayas Gangotri region. The glacier is 17 miles long and 2.5 miles broad, and hikes in its vicinity can last anywhere from two to five days, depending on the route. As the paths are located at an altitude of between 13,000 and 21,000 feet, care must be taken to ensure good acclimatization and avoid rushing.
A tiny state in northeastern India, Sikkim bordered eastern Nepal and was an autonomous Himalayan monarchy (similar to Bhutan) until 1975, when it was incorporated into India. Culturally, Sikkim is closer to Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal than other Indian states due to its history. A simple trip over what appears to be a small distance on the map might take hours in this hilly state, making for excellent hiking terrain.
The third-highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, is located on the border between Nepal and Sikkim and climbs that provide views of the 28,169-foot summit are popular. Yuksom is the starting point for many Kanchenjunga hikes, and the months of March through May are optimum for visiting.
Due to its high levels of precipitation, the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya boasts one of the world's most beautiful forest environments for hikers to explore. But the real star of the show here is the magnificent live root bridges. The native Khasi people built these functional bridges, which are more useful in the rainy environment than timber bridges, which would decay. To get to the most renowned of them, at Cherrapunji, you must first travel a lengthy and strenuous trail with many stairs that date back to the mid-nineteenth century. On other walks in Meghalaya, you'll come across more root bridges.
5. Lonavala- Maharashtra
One of the primary reasons to go to Lonavala, Maharashtra, southeast of Mumbai, is to trek the Rajmachi Hike. To get to the Rajmachi Fort's two strongholds, Shrivardhan and Manaranjan, you can take one of the several routes that go to the Rajmachi Fort. When the weather is dry, you may camp along the way and enjoy waterfalls and caverns (during winter and summer). However, the monsoon season is when the waterfalls are at their most beautiful.
6. Darjeeling - West Bengal
Unlike the vast city of Kolkata, the hilly region of West Bengal near Darjeeling is a hiker's dream. A day excursion from Darjeeling to the Mount Kanchenjunga viewpoint on Tiger Hill is simple. There are several options for a multi-day trip in Sikkim, including a four-to-five-day walk to the Singalila Ridgetop at Sandakphu. You'll get a great perspective of the Himalayas on this reasonably challenging walk.
7. Valley Of Kashmir
The Kashmir Valley in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a great place to go trekking. Indeed, some of Kashmir's most stunning areas can only be accessed on foot. The Great Lakes Trek, which takes seven days and is just moderately complex, has been dubbed one of the most incredible treks in India. Passes via blue alpine lakes, wildflower-filled meadows, and snow-capped peaks on its way. From Sonamarg to Naranag, the trip may be completed between July and September.
Because of its difficulty in access, the Spiti Valley, halfway between Manali and Ladakh, has fewer tourists than Ladakh's environment and culture would suggest. High-altitude hikes may be done here, amid white-washed cliff top monasteries and irrigated fields around the settlements, with stunning views of the valley below. The high elevations and several high crossings, such as the Kunzum Pass, Hampta Pass, and Pin Bhaba Pass make most of the treks in this area difficult.
Ladakh is a culturally and physically unique region in India's far north on the Tibetan Plateau's southernmost tip. Tibetan Buddhism is the primary religion practiced here, and the locals speak a dialect closely connected to Tibetan. The region itself is a desolate high-altitude desert. Despite its remoteness and significant elevation (Leh, the capital, is at an altitude of 11,562 feet), Ladakh's mountains and side valleys make it a fantastic hiking destination.