The month of May is maybe cursed with blistering heat of summers, but it is definitely also blessed with the vacation period that serves respite from the hectic busy life schedule and provides an opportunity to admire the serenity and beauty of the Himalayas with its pleasant and chilling mountain breeze, saving you from the fiery summer heat. And the best way to explore the Himalayas is to trek its ancient and sprawling precipitous trails. From research and experience, a compiled list of best treks in May is presented below.
Here is a list of 10 Best Treks in May 2019, perched in the mighty mountains of the great Himalayas:
Lying in the beautiful Goechala National Park in Sikkim, the Goechala Trek is believed to be one of the most beautiful treks in May due to some of its amazing views of the serene Samiti Lake with the reflection of Mt. Pandim, the tear-shaped Goechala Lake and glittering rays during sunset and sunrise on the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. The entire trek is filled with adrenaline rushing steep slopes but the hardship is indemnified by the peaceful walk on the wooden logs trails of the rhododendron forests, verdant valets and meadows, and burbling rivers. In addition to all this, the trek also presents the grand views of 14 other Summits other than Kanchenjunga.
This is definitely one of the best choices to opt to from the list of best treks in May because it is a complete package of natural beauty, excitement, challenges, adventure and pleasant weather of the summers. The trek starts with the encounter from the great and ancient Oak forests of the alpine Uttarakhand and passes through gurgling and scintillating brooks. Be prepared to get your mind completely blown by the indomitable charm of the most beautiful verdant meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal with views of grand Himalayan peaks. Finally, beyond these forests, streams and meadows the ultimate destination of the trek is the most mysterious and famous Roopkund Lake in the lap of the marvellous Mt. Trishul. The lake is extremely popular for residing around 300 Human Skeleton in its bosom from ages, which are believed to be a result of a hailstorm somewhere in 854 AD.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an amazing trek that takes you to the most beautiful and marvellous Annapurna Massif, where the Annapurna I stands proudly of being the tenth highest mountain peak in the world and was the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed. The trek provides an opportunity to observe the diverse cultures along with high altitude diverse landscapes, terraced fields and quaint villages that reflect the native Nepali culture. Also get a chance to have a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful Mt. Machapuchhre (the Fish-Tailed Mountain) which is revered by the Nepalese for its beauty. The clear summer sky turns this trek into one of the most visited treks in May.
Route: Pokhra – Gandruk – Chhomrong – Dovan – Deurali – Machapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp.
The Pindari Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the Himalayas. Situated in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand, this trek is best in all the treks in May because the weather of that region in summer is so soothing and enchanting. The drive to Loharkhet from Almora is one of the most picturesque drives of Himalayas and the trek from Loharkhet takes you to the serene and beautiful Khati Village. The trek is encompassed with alpine rhododendron forests and streams dominating with the Pindari River that meets the River Alaknanda and several quaint villages that offers you a whiff of the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Ultimately the trek takes you to the pristine Pindari Glacier resting among two mighty Himalayan Peaks – the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.
Drown in the holiness of this trek as the trek itself commences from one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hinduism, the Gangotri and takes you to the magnificent Kedar Tal which is one of the highest altitude lakes in India that lies in the foot of Mt. Thalyasagar and Mt. Bhirupanth. The lake is fed by the snowfall over the surrounding mountain peaks and is the source of the River Kedar Ganga which is a major tributary of the River Bhagirathi. The trails of the trek pass through dense Himalayan birch forests, high altitude meadows and sparkling streams and the entire region is full of diversity of flora and fauna and one can even have a sight of the famous Blue Sheep or Bharals. Above all, the campsite along the glacial lake of Kedar Tal offers mesmerizing views of the mountainous setting all around, making it one of the most beautiful treks in May.
The trek begins with a whiff of holiness at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient worshipping place and takes you to the magical world of the hanging village of Jhaka through dense forests and tricky trails. Take the glimpses of majestic cascading waterfalls, dense woodlands of Rhododendron and Oak and tiny hamlets encompassing the entire trek. Get a chance to camp in the beautiful valleys and verdant riverside meadows under the bright night sky full of stars which makes this trek a great choice among the treks in May. Witness the mighty Kailash Peak and the marvellous two-story temple of Kinnauri culture as you head towards the finish of the trek.
Route:Dhaula – Sewa – Jhaka – Suruwas Thach – Water Fall Camp – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad – Sangla.
The Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas. The trek holds the title of “Valley of Gods”, and the trekkers take the very same trail that the Pandavas took to ascend to heaven via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. Lying proudly in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Har Ki Dun Trek feasts the eyes of the trekkers with dazzling views of wild orchids and blue poppy, dense blooming forests of pine and rhododendron humming with the sounds of wild birds. Also, small hamlets and various glaciers and valley, are all the reasons why this is one of the best treks in May,. Also witness the verdant meadows and grazing grounds of cows and horses, along with the glimpses of some rare Himalayan wildlife like Leopards, Barking Deer, Bores and Langoors. Enjoy passing through small gurgling streams and bright night sky at your camps along with a bonfire.
Route: Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka – Osla – Kalkatiya Dhar – Har Ki Dun – Sankri.
Get completely enthralled in the holiness of the environment as the trek goes through some of the most famous pilgrim spots of Himalayas like Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda confluence, views of Nanda Devi peak and so on. Also witness some of the oldest Himalayan forests of Oak and Rhododendron separated with lush meadows and well-defined tracks in between, that are all blooming in the summers making this one of the must to do treks in May. The trek offers some of the most outstanding campsites in the entire Himalayan region. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Mighty Himalayan peaks from atop Kauri and while returning get a chance to attain an adrenaline-pumping experience of Skiing in one of the best skiing destination, Auli. Finally, the trek winds up at Haridwar via Joshimath.
Route: Haridwar – Joshimath – Dhak – Chitrakantha – Tali Top – Khulkara – Kauri Pass – Auli – Joshimath.
The word Bugyal in the local dialect means “High altitude meadow” which gives a clear image of the trek ahead. The entire trek encompasses with dense Oak forests, small vacant villages and high altitude beautiful verdant meadows which turns into exotic picture perfect landscape during the summers which makes it one of the perfect treks in May and attracts lots of shutterbugs from India and abroad. Catch glimpses of the Gangotri peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak and the majestic Barnala Tal, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devta near the end of the trek.
One of the most beautiful treks situated in the highest region of West Bengal, the Sandakphu Trek is also the only trail that offers the awe-striking views of four of the world’s five highest peaks – Mt.Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. The trek is also known as the Singali La Trek because it goes through the Singali ridge that divides India and Nepal. The Kanchenjunga cluster family is popularly known as “The Sleeping Buddha” offers mesmerizing views from the trek routes. The blooming rhododendron forests in the month of May adds the cherry to the cake and takes the beauty of the trek to a whole new level that makes this trek as one of the most important treks in May. Witness the abundance of flora and fauna of the region and even get a chance to have a glimpse of the rare Red Panda in the woods. The trek offers some of the most spectacular views of grand Himalayan mountain peaks of India, Nepal Bhutan and further.
The Buran Ghati trek is built to perfection. It feels like a wormhole between two worlds– one green and verdant with meadows and hills and the other rough, jagged and majestic.
This trek is suitable for those who have some trekking experience and have followed the fitness schedule regularly. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for this trek is 12 years.Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. At the top of the Buran pass, you will see the main obstacle ahead- a 400-meter vertical ice wall. This stretch is a great adventure but one must tread carefully.
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 8 days
Highest altitude: 15,000 ft
Average temperature: Daytime: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
Cost per person: INR 13,950
Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours drive from Shimla. Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft) Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft) Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft) Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft) Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft) Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft) Day 8: Buffer Day
Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours’ drive from Shimla.
Report at the road ahead of the trek in Diude/Janglik.
Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)
The trek starts from Diude. The trail till Dayara is covered with beautiful flowers– yellow, white and purple and myriads of sweet-smelling herbs. Every little stream is covered with bright yellow flowers.
Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)
These streams are all over the place, glistening as they go on their way. The trail takes you through a dense forest of oak and pine before a nights halt at the Litham valley.
Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)
Chandranahan lake is set in a glacial nest surrounded by prayer pillars and other symbols of spiritual adoration. The lake is considered sacred by many locals. The view of both sides from the Buran pass is exquisite! After spending some time at the lake we turn back to the campsite. This short excursion will help you acclimatize for the trek ahead.
Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)
The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.
Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)
Out of the Dhunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base, it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3,000 ft in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent takes you down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream, the first farmers’ huts appear. This is where you camp for the night.
Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)
The trail is well marled from river campsite. Take the lower trail descending into the valley. The trail passes through grasslands & forest of pine trees. Arrive at kahrcham by the afternoon. You deserve to spend some easy time after an arduous trek. The campsite itself is very beautiful. Enjoy the evening at the campsite.
Day 8: Buffer Day
This day will only be used if the need arises during the trek. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan.
From beauty to adventure this trek has it all.So let’s get going folks!
Himachal never disappoints any visitor who reaches here seeking adventure and hardcore trekking. Himachal boasts of Himalayan elegance and natural beauty. It proudly challenges the seekers of the offbeat tourism spots. Churdhar is one such awesome destination where you can quench your thirst of experiencing nature at one of its best faces. At a modest elevation of just under 12,000 feet, Churdhar is the highest peak of outside Himalayan range. Very few know that it is from the top of this peak George Everest made his astronomical reading of Himalayan Mountains. Churdhar is also called Chur Chandni, which means mountain dressed in the moonlight. From the summit, you get a panoramic view of the lowland tracts on the south and snow clad ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region towards the north. For almost six months, the north face of the mountain is snow-clad, and below that the flanks are covered with verdant forests. The Churdhar peak is only marginally higher than the long east-west ridgeline separating the rivers Tons and Giri.
Duration: 2 days
Cost per person: INR 4250
Best season: May to November (Except Monsoon season)
Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah (2855 meters) Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh
Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah. (2855 meters)
Nauradhar is a small town where one can purchase basic essentials. Trek starts right from the center of this town. First 2 km is a bit steep, and after that, it is a gradual incline through a forest of pine trees till Jam Nallah, our first-day camping site
Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return
During a trek of almost 5 hours, you don’t feel tired as the striking views, like that of the Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks, ranges of Lahaul and Spiti, a thick forest full of chirping noises, Gujjars with their cattle and many more, keep your energy level up. Also, a few other charming spots and temples, that you come across while you are on the way to Churdhar, make the journey unforgettable. After that, we start our descend towards the campsite.
Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah toNauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh
We descend down from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar. It would take 3-4 hours to reach Nauradhar from Jam Nallah. Later we drive back to Chandigarh from Nauradhar
Most people think Spiti Valley is inaccessible in the winters. For the adventurous soul, this may turn out to be the best time to visit. There are hardly any tourists around and you will have all of Spiti to yourself. Winter is a perfect time to see local life in Spiti, as it has existed for centuries.
Winter in Spiti is harsh and temperatures are known to plummet to lesser than -35 degree Celsius at night. Everything is quite likely to be frozen and there is no running water in the taps. If you are lucky, there is a huge possibility of experiencing snowfall in Spiti, and sighting a snow leopard is a good possibility.
The change in landscape means it is quite possible to think of Spiti as an entirely different land as compared to summers. There are frozen waterfalls, azure blue skies, trees devoid of leaves, pristine freezing rivers in the winter that make Spiti a more beautiful and novel experience.
It is a good idea to first get acclimatized to the bare cold and high altitude of Kaza (3700 m) before exploring the various sites in the region. While coming from the Shimla route, the monastery of Nako coupled with a walk to the frozen or semi-frozen Nako Lake will help in acclimatization and be getting used to the cold. The oldest monastery in India, Tabo Gompa complex can be explored at leisure before making the final run to Kaza.
Apart from these places, there are other noteworthy monasteries in Spiti, including the Sakya Gompa in Kaza, Ki Monastery, Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake, Komic Gompa, Giu Monastery, Lhalung Gompa and Kungri Monastery.Keep in mind that, depending on the amount of snow, the roads to these places may or may not be open. If the roads are closed, it is possible to trek to these villages on foot in the snow; it is advised not to trek by yourself and have a local guide or villager around. Major Spiti Valley attraction in the winters is the possibility of walking on the frozen Spiti and Pin rivers; keep in mind that there have been instances of people drowning in the past and any attempts are off the recommended list. A visit to a high altitude Spitian village is another major attraction, you will get to see local life and experience how it goes on in spite of the unbearable freezing temperatures. Reaching the village of Losar is a big upcoming attraction in Spitian winters. It is the biggest and farthest of all the Spitian villages and is a cultural delight. Locals celebrate festivals and folk dances by singing traditional Spitian songs. To revive the tradition, winters also see young men learn the art of carving Buddhist prayers on mane stones. In Kaza, locals can be seen playing the favorite Spitian game of ‘Cholo’.
The road to Losar is almost unbelievable in the winter and the landscape is covered in a blanket of white. There may be blossoms of various colors of almond, plum, peach and apricot trees along the route in February/March. Celebrating the festivals of Dechang and Losar is another big attraction in the winters.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meander through the beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. Invigorating through some rhododendron forests, Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.Poon Hill Trek is obviously best known for the views from Poon Hill.
Being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you the striking panorama of the huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others. The phenomenal sunrise from Poon Hill is just unmissable. A provocative glimpse of high mountains surrounding you can mesmerize anyone who’s the part of this awesome trek. In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region.
You will hike 2 days to Ghorepani (which used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghoda in Nepali). You will experience sunrise at Poon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli. Along the trail, you will hike through bamboo and rhododendron forest which will be in full bloom in the spring if you trek the Himalayas in March-April.
Enjoy the energizing fresh mountain air while you are totally enthralled with the breathtaking view of the dramatic Annapurna and Fishtail range. Hiking in the serene mountains is truly a blessing and it is made even better with the presence of the Himalayas. The sense of joy that comes to you while you see the snow capped mountains is indescribable; you must experience it for yourself.
200 km west of Kathmandu is the unbelievably beautiful city of Pokhara, a six hours bus ride or twenty-five minutes flight from Kathmandu, it is the main-gate way to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. From Pokhara there is another one and half hour drive to Nayapul where your trek of the lifetime starts. As you walk the rugged trails, you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you cross small beautiful mountain streams, green hills that overlook the white Himalayan peaks and eventually watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range which is blissful.
This short but spectacular trek will make you fall in love with the Nepal Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.
College is probably the most amazing experience one can ever have.What makes college so exciting?!Friends, fun, partying and what not!But the most amusing part is embarking on adventure tours with our buddies!Here are some of the coolest adventure tours you must set out on:
Jodhpur or popularly known as “Blue City” is one of the most popular tourist locations. In Jodhpur, there is much scope for adventure at Mehrangarh Fort. At Mehrangarh Fort, you can enjoy the 6 zip line tour of the fort, lakes, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and have the mesmerizing view of the blue city.
Punjab is also a good option for adventure trips. Kikar Lodge is a good option where you can enjoy the forested safari experience with adventure activities like aerial zip lining in India, elephant riding, and much more.
If you are an all-boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test. Brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this Mecca of all road trips!
Havelock Island, Andaman
If your group has traveled on all of the Indian soil, try plunging into the deep Indian waters! Jetpack to Havelock Island, take your bestie’s hand and go snorkeling beneath the azure waters and witness the splendid coral reefs, only to come back with unforgettable sights.
Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature.Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Kali River make it an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels.
You don’t get to visit Ladakh every day. But you should make sure you go there at least once. Visit the Pangong Lake and experience cotton candy clouds over you and unblemished water at your feet. Also, try the Yak Safari to navigate your gang through the glacial valleys.
We recently interviewed Spriha Gupta, an adventure seeker from Bangalore. In a candid chat, she told us about her thrilling experience to Chadar trek that she recently completed in February. Read on!
Q: When did you start trekking?
A: I started trekking a couple of years ago but I only did a few short treks in South India, in and around Bangalore. Last year, I went for my first winter Himalayan trek with you guys, when I completed the Kedarkantha Trek. Hence, I was experienced and well-prepared for the Chadar trek.
Q: Why did you choose the Chadar trek?
A: There are two main reasons why I chose this trek. Firstly, I wanted to challenge myself and test my abilities. Secondly, I heard the route to this trek was going to shut down and another route was going to open. So I had to complete this trek this year and check it off my list.
Q: How was the Chadar trek?
A: For me, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Maybe, because I was better prepared for it, in terms of clothing. My experience in Kedarkantha trek came in handy as I knew how cold it can actually get at an altitude as high as 12,000 ft. So I wore thermals, better and warmer jackets this time and in addition to this, I also carried heat pouches.
Q: Sounds like it was quite a task, So what inspired you to keep walking in below freezing temperature and an extreme weather?
A: My wish and will to complete the trek kept me determined throughout the trek but yes, the trek did challenge me on so many levels. The first day was definitely difficult because I was completely clueless about everything. As one reaches there, he/she is unaware of what lies in front of them and in case of this trek, what lies beneath them. Apart from this, I was adamant about the fact that I have to reach the waterfalls.
Q: How was your stay at the Dib cave?
A: It was an overnight camp but we didn’t really stay inside the cave as it is reserved for locals but our camp was right opposite to the cave and it was pretty amazing. Overnight camps are always beautiful.
Q: How did you feel when you reached Gyalpo waterfalls, your ‘destination’?
A: It was a feeling of accomplishment and relief that I had completed the trek after all the challenges that I faced. The biggest challenge was broken chadar. As I remember correctly, every other batch except ours returned because the chadar had cracked. Our batch faced the same issue, but later that day we saw a couple of girls coming down from another route. Excitedly, I asked them about the route and they told me that the alternate route was steep and rough. So when I asked my guide to give us another shot at this, he agreed and this is where Renok adventures really helped me out. Out of our batch of 9 people, 2 trekkers, my friend and I completed this trek against all odds. And all of this was definitely worth it because when I reached the waterfalls, the view was to die for!
Q: Was there any particular event from the trek which stood out for you?
A: My journey to the waterfalls was definitely the event that stood out for me. That day, I challenged my own self and I came out as a winner and that feeling of achievement was spectacular.
Q: Lastly, do you have any advice for first-time trekkers who aim to complete the Chadar trek?
A: Yes. Firstly, go for this trek in the second half of January because the chadar might start breaking in February and trekkers can lose out on experiencing the whole trek. Our batch faced the same challenge and many others didn’t get to see the waterfalls. Secondly, carry heat pouches because it can get really cold out there.
Spriha’s determination and willpower amazed us all. Her trek to the Chadar trek proves that you can go for this mesmerizing trek if you are as strong-willed as Spriha. She definitely had an amazing experience. Do you think Chadar trek could be your calling too?
‘‘Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer’’.Bamboozling, intoxicating, crazy, exasperating, wonderful, squalid, beautiful, daunting, overwhelming, and fantastic.India is all these things, and more. It has always left millions of souls awestruck due to its marvelous architecture and cultural diversity.Come, lose yourself in the beauty of India.
Manali-Leh Road Trip
The ‘Mecca’ of all road trips in India, the Manali-Leh Highway has always been a favorite. Be it for the groups or solo travelers, this route outshines any other backpacking trips in India.
Be it the white marbled splendor of Taj Mahal, the revered Jama Masjid that is a striking exemplar of Mughal style or the captivating deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is truly a wonder.
Spectacularly rugged, parched mountains wrap this enchanting, Buddhist ex-kingdom. With some of the most stunning tourist places in India like Leh, Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri Lake and Lamayuru, this place is definitely a treat to our eyes.
Rishikesh is found at a range of 24 km from Haridwar. There are many tourists attractions like Lakshman Jhula, Haridwar, Shivpuri, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Vashishta Gufa and much more.
One of South India’s most renowned tourist destinations, Mysuru is known for its shimmering royal legacy and majestic monuments. Choose from a multitude of sightseeing possibilities varying from Mysore Palace, lounging greenery of Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Philomena’s Church and other countless churches and monuments.
With its beautiful lagoons, lakes, and greenery, Kochi is rightly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala. Here in historical Kochi, one can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th-century Jewish synagogue, 500-year old Portuguese cottages, old churches and a palace built by the Portuguese.
Thanks to its picturesque location on the Mandovi River, between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea and its large stretch of magnificent, palm tree-lined beaches, Goa is one of India’s hot spots. The state’s Portuguese past is most apparent in its plazas, cathedrals, and architecture including the Catholic Church of Old Goa, St. Anne’s Church and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Holy Amritsar, located in the northwest part of India in the State of Punjab, is the holy center of the Sikh religion. Amritsar’s main attraction is the revered and beautiful Golden Temple made of white marble, bronze and gold leaf. Maharaja Ranjit Singh built this seat of Sikh religion in 1803.
The largest and most famous of the British hill stations, Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.The famous main street of Shimla – The Mall, is lined with stately English-looking houses. Replete with its Victorian-Gothic spire, Christ Church, built in 1846 is Shimla’s most famous landmark.
The most prominent Jaipur attractions and spots to visit are the antiquated royal residences and fortifications, with intricate engineering that serves as a shining indication of their illustrious legacy. Visit the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City royal residence, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort and Birla Mandir which are truly splendid.
Well, you’ve been working for a while now, and you think you need a break, and want to go for a trek. But which trekking location should you head for? Take the following factors into account, and we’re sure you’ll have your answer by the end!
How fit are you? Ideally, you should be fit for any trek. Work out a month in advance in order to make sure you’re prepared.
If you’re in good shape, then most treks can be undertaken by you. Even Kuari Pass can be done by trekkers who don’t have that much experience, yet are fit.
3. Weather and Season
Most Himalayan treks like Hampta Pass and Kashmir’s Great Lakes are doable in May and June, but there are some treks that are known for the particular seasons they thrive in. If you’re going in April, think of Chopta-Chandrashila. The rhododendrons are in full bloom at Chopta and the route to Tungnath, and you might even encounter some ice and snow near Chandrashila top!
The pink rhododendrons aka Buransh, at Chopta.
Come July and August, and the famous Valley of Flowers beckons you. The flowers are in full bloom, and monsoon treks hold a charm of their own.
September, October, and November, though cold, are the best months for catching a view of the snow capped peaks. The skies are at their clearest, so I’d recommend Nag Tibba or Kuari Pass.
Come December and January, and we have the classic winter treks, namely Kedarkantha, and the Chadar trek.
4. Number Of Days At Hand
How many days do you have? If it’s a long weekend trip, then something like Kheerganga and Bhrigu Lake may be more up your alley.
But if you have a good week to 10 days, go for a trek like Roopkund in Uttarakhand, or the Great Lakes in Kashmir.
For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!
If you’ve got a humble amount saved up, then Piang Neru or Khar Myundari may be just what you’re looking for!
If you’re a beginner to trekking, here are 10 trekking tips that should help you prepare for your first trek! And even if you’re experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on some information.
Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.
Equipment matters. You don’t want to be out on a hike, and when you need something important, you don’t have it. It can be the difference between life and death. Trekking usually takes place in remote locations, where facilities are scarce, so there’s a good chance you won’t find what you’re looking for.
Even if it is available, why would you want to waste money and buy something you already have?
Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.
Mountains can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Acute Mountain Sickness hits when you don’t acclimatise properly. Presuming you’re past the point of acclimatising and are already facing symptoms of altitude sickness, the best solution is to descend. While Diamox etc. can help curb the symptoms and effects, removing the cause(high altitude) is the most logical solution.
Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.
Make sure you’re physically and mentally fit to go for a trek. Fitness can make the difference between making a trek really easy to complete, or really difficult to manage. You don’t want to be left lagging behind!
Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.
Once over 3000 meters above sea level, climb slowly, sleeping no more than 300 m higher at the end of each day. Going higher during the day is fine as long as you go down to sleep. It’s a good idea to reach your destination for the day and then go for an acclimatisation walk somewhere high around, thereafter returning to camp.
Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.
It’s a rule I follow religiously. Early morning usually makes for glorious weather, with astounding views. Plus, if you start by around 5 or 6 AM, there’s a good chance you’ll be at your intended destination by 12 PM or max, 2, just in time for lunch. Plus, the weather usually gets cloudy and rainy post noon, and it’s never fun to trek in that.
Trekking Tip 6: Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.
Global warming is consuming our planet at a rapid pace, and the Himalayas have one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Add to all this, the throngs of tourists visiting them each year, and you have at hand a disaster waiting to happen.
In light of all these, it is our prerogative that we keep our ecological footprint to a minimum. We leave them as we would like to find them. We do not harm the flora and fauna. We take away nothing but experiences.
Trekking Tip 7: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.
This one applies to both trekking and mountaineering. If we keep wasting time thinking about how much further the destination is, we make it mentally tiring for ourselves. So it’s best to concentrate on the next step, on the immediate present, and where to put our foot next.
Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.
Your legs and feet are your most valuable companion on any trek, and that’s why it’s really important to pay attention to them. Make sure to wear the right socks, and the right number of layers. Break in new shoes before taking them for their first trek. Get comfortable in them. Lace them up to the top to reduce chances twisting your ankle.
Trekking Tip 9: When you reach a destination, set up camp first before anything else.
Before doing anything else, it’s necessary that you pitch your tents first. When you do that, you have a base to function out of, out of which you can organise all other activities like cooking. In the event of unforeseen weather, you have a place to take shelter.
Trekking Tip 10: “Aur kitni aage hai?/How much further?” is always a bad question to ask, and one we hate answering 😛
We all know “Bas thoda aur/just 10 minutes more” is a blatant lie we tell just to keep you satisfied, so why make us say it 😛 ?