The Brahmatal lake is a hidden lake located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand at a height of 3657.5 m. Although winter is not a popular season for trekking, the Brahmatal trek is an exceptional winter trekking spot. Brahmatal is an unknown gem to adventure junkies. According to Hindu mythology, the Brahmatal lake was named after Lord Brahma- the creator, who used to meditate there.
Here are six reasons to pack your bags and visit the Brahmatal Trek this winter season!
On social media, the Brahmatal Trek is not as popular as other treks. Hence, the Brahmatal trek is not as crowded as the Kuari Pass or the Kedarkantha trek. But this trek has a high adventure quotient.
Exceptional views and beautiful weather
Another reason to do this trek in March and April is the beautiful view from the mountain peak. However, in May and June, when trekking season is at its peak, the view is disrupted due to smoky mist over the mountaintop. But during the winter season, mountain sights are worth dying for!
Difficulty Level: Easy
During summers, when the snow melts, the rocky terrain becomes hard to trek on. While its easier to trek on snow covered trails, during the winter season.
The enchanting forests
The Brahmatal lake is surrounded by dense oak forests. And if you are in luck, you can even spot a rare Himalayan bird─Monal. Because this trek is mostly unexplored, there is nearly no crowd.
Serene Lakes of Himalayas:
The Bekhal and the Bhramatal Lake are two well-known lakes of this trek while the Khopdaliya and the Bigun lake are lesser known. You can witness the beauty of the Brahmatal lake once you reach the uppermost point of the trek.The lake stays frozen during winters but the serenity of the place will leave you overwhelmed.
Camping near the frozen Brahmatal lake can be a memorable experience. The trek offers a chance for you to camp in the middle of the snow-covered forest. Camping on a bed of snow can be an extraordinary experience.
Recently, the Brahmatal trek has started gaining popularity and has created a buzz among trekkers. The trek is already giving other treks a tough competition. Do you think this trek can be your winter wonderland?
Pune is popularly known as Mumbai’s twin city and Queen of the Deccan. It was once the homeland of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. The Peshwas were known for their forts that are now the main attraction in Pune. Pune is also a popular trekking destination because of its exceptionally good weather. Since there are numerous reasons to trek, Renok Adventures presents a list of Top 5 adventurous treks around Pune!
Distance from Pune: 100Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Trek Time: 1 hour
Shivneri is a military fortification located in Pune district. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Shivneri fort is surrounded by water bodies and has numerous statues of Shivaji Maharaj and his mother Jijabai.
Distance from Pune: 35Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Trek Time: 2 hours
Sinhagad is a hill fortress that is connected to Pune through proper roads. It’s a popular weekend spot for many residents of Pune, including trekkers. Visitors can also see the military sheds and the temple of Goddess Kali.
Distance from Pune: 60Kms
Difficulty level: Medium
Trek time: 1.5 hours
Rajgad is a hill fort that was the capital of the Maratha Empire for almost 26 years. The fort comprises of palaces, small water bodies, and hidden caves. The fort is most popular during monsoons. The fort’s prime attractions are Pani Kund and the Padmavati temple.
Distance from Pune: 170Kms
Difficulty level: Easy
Trek time: 4-5 hours
Rajmachi fort is situated near Lonavala district in Maharashtra. It is a historical fort in the hills of Sahyadri mountains. The fort promises an astonishing view of the Sahyadri range and the backwaters of Shirota Dam. Rajmachi fort is a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers.
Distance from Pune: 118Kms
Difficulty level: Medium
Trek time: 6 hours
Harishchandragad fort is situated in Ahmednagar district. Kokan Kada, the Shiva temple, Taramati peak, the temples of Nageshwar and Harishchandeshwar are few of many notable places of interest. Trekkers usually love to spend their night in cozy caves of the Yadav era that are inside the fort.
These were our Top 5 trekking destinations around Pune that offer adventure and thrill. So what are you waiting for? Get set and Go trekking!
Who doesn’t love the peace and tranquility of mountains and that additional adrenaline rush of a trek? But in today’s modern day lives, putting a dent in your bank balance does not seem thrilling enough? We at Renok Adventures, bring you a list of budget friendly trekking destinations in India as weekend getaways, so you can scare away your Monday blues. Weekend trekking getaways are not only relaxing but are pretty much a great way to meet new people and make memories being extremely light in your pocket.
Here are our picks for budget-friendly treks from your beloved cities:
Budget friendly trekking destinations from Delhi:
Delhi being the closest metropolitan city to the Himalayas gives rise to numerous weekend trekking retreats.
The Nag Tibba trek is an easy and short weekend trek trip to Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak close to Mussorrie. It is the highest peak with a height of over 3000 meters in the Nag Tibba range, Garhwal Himalayas and it is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand. It’s just 8 hours away from Delhi.
Altitude: 3022 meters
Duration: 2 Days
Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
Starting Point: Dehradun
Difficulty Level: Easy
Trekking Distance: 19 km
Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
Budget- ₹3500 per head
Chakrata, a serene hill station on the Yamuna and other rivers, is just 90 km from Dehradun and 320 km from Delhi that makes it a perfect trekking spot.
Altitude: 2118 meters
Duration: 2 Days
Best Season: Through the year
Starting Point: Dehradun
Difficulty Level: Easy
Trekking Distance: 14 km
Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
Budget- ₹ 3500 per head
Budget friendly trekking destinations from Mumbai:
When Mumbai roads get crazy with road traffic, pollution and buildings, you just want to run to the mountains and take a breath of fresh air. The Himalayas are undoubtedly inaccessible over just one weekend but you have plenty of options.
Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
This weekend Trek from Mumbai to Rajamachi has the most astounding sight of the mountains and the Shirota Dam. Over the fort, there are two historically important structures – Shivardhan and Manranjan that can be explored. The serene paths of Rajmachi take you past waterfalls, hills and dense greenery.
One Tree Hill Trek
Altitude: 2625 ft.
Distance from Mumbai: 90 km
Duration: 1 Day
Budget- ₹ 1450 per head
Jawhar – The waterfall Weekend Trek from Mumbai
Surrounded by lush vegetation and wonderful Kal Mandavi waterfalls, a hike at Jawhar is an out of the world experience. The village has some really stunning spots like the dam and the lake.
Altitude: 1475 ft.
Distance from Mumbai: 145 km
Duration: 1 Day
Budget- ₹ 0
Budget friendly trekking destinations from Bangalore:
The trekking trips neighboring Bangalore are not that long, wearisome or difficult to hike. Rather, they are green havens for adventurous souls that can be effortlessly reached and are safe.
This hill is approximately 60 km from Bangalore. The rock creations are rather a sight. Apart from the picturesque beauty, explorers can also relish rock climbing, rappelling, and other many activities.
Altitude: 1226 meters
Trek Length: 4 km
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Budget- ₹ 3000 per head for hotel
Another destination near Bangalore is Ramanagara which is about 55 km away. It is chiefly a rocky land and quite an adrenaline rush for trekkers. Other attractions include historic caves and Vulture Sanctuary.
Altitude: 747 meters
Trek Length: 6 km
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Budget- ₹ 1400 per head
Budget friendly trekking destinations in North East India:
The twisty rivers, the thick forests, the exquisite flora and fauna and the tribal and native people of the North east India can only be experienced by the ones who trek into these unseen regions to discover this unparalleled beauty.
Shillong Peak Trek, Meghalaya
Shillong Peak treks are an incredible experience of snow-capped mountains, several waterfalls, and luscious lands.
Season: Sep-Mar and Oct-Nov
Duration: 3 Days
Budget- ₹ 4000 per head for hotel
Talley valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh
Talley Valley Treks in North East India is a beautiful wasteland and the exclusive fishing and paddy culture of the Apatani Village is a lifetime experience.
Altitude: 2400 meters
Duration: 6 Days
Budget- ₹ 9950 per head
Excited enough to plan for your next not-so-expensive thrilling quest? Pack your bags today and go on an adventure and go to all these budget friendly trekking destinations in India!
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 😛 ?
We recently interviewed Kratika Jain, a digital marketer from Ahmedabad. In a candid chat, she tells us about her first time trekking experience to Hampta Pass in July. Read on!
Q: How did you start trekking?
A: Actually, this was my first time trekking, and it all happened rather quickly. Quite a lot of my friends were doing it, and I couldn’t handle their pictures, it was too beautiful, and I really needed a break from my job as well! The satisfaction of the mountains couldn’t be felt in a city like Ahmedabad, and I really wanted to get away. So I quickly opened up Google and started looking for a trek to do.
Q: How did you end up choosing Hampta Pass?
A: I simply searched which trek was popular during July, and Hampta Pass popped up!
Q: What was Hampta Pass like, for you?
A: It was easy to moderate, even though it was my first time trekking experience, but the last two days were quite difficult(during the pass crossing and descending). Even the day we crossed Hampta Pass, we walked for 12 hours. I thought to myself, “Oh shit I’m killing myself !”, but looking back when we finished it, it was a really nice trekking experience, and at that point, I realised that we(the group) had actually done something exciting in life!
Q: How did it feel when you reached the pass itself?
A: Actually, I wasn’t feeling that good, since there was still some portion of the trek remaining. When I reached the pass, I was jubilant, but then thought “Oh shit, abhi aur chalna hai(I still have to walk more!)”.
Then, on the final day, my feelings were the exact opposite and I was thinking “Oh damn, it’s the last day”, and then we felt like it was too short, we wished it was longer. Suddenly all my energy came back that day and we wished we could do it all over again!
Q: Sounds like it was quite a task managing the trek. What inspired you to keep walking?
A: You see so much natural beauty and variations in weather, which you would not get to see in a crowded city like Ahmedabad. The scenery is amazing and beautiful, sometimes it’s flowers, mountains, waterfalls, sometimes it’s rivers. It all inspires you to keep going!
Q: Speaking of rivers, how’d you find the river crossing at Jwara?
A: At first, I felt like not doing it, then I felt a lot of Adrenalin during the actual crossing itself, and then I felt like doing it again! It was adventurous, but thankfully I was never scared, it was one hell of a trekking experience.
Q: Once you cross Hampta Pass, you come to Spiti and Chandra Tal. How did you like those?
A: It was absolutely beautiful! I had never seen mountainous landscapes, especially since it was my first time trekking. My immediate reaction was “Why don’t they shoot Bollywood movies here? Why do people go abroad to countries like Thailand? Spiti is equally, if not more beautiful”. The truth is, Himachal is really unexplored. That is because of its inaccessibility. But it is this same inaccessibility that allows this region to remain peaceful, calm, and serene. By contrast, we saw Rohtang Pass on the way back, and wahan pe to mela laga hua tha!
Q: Being an Indian woman, was there any hurdle you faced while informing your family about going for the trek?
A: I just told my family, don’t wait for me, agar mai waapis nahi aayi! They were asking for a phone number to contact me in case of an emergency, and were shocked to learn ke waahaan pe signal hi nahi aata. They could not comprehend that there are still regions in this country jahaan pe signal nahi aata! All jokes aside, they were mostly fine, they just wanted me to stay in touch, since it was my first time trekking.
Q: Was there any particular event from the trek which stood out for you?
A: The truth is, I wasn’t in a good condition, and desperately wanted a break from my life. I wanted to move out of the city and go to the mountains. So this trek was a big break for me, and genuinely a life changing experience, which I felt I needed. So I would describe the entire trek as an event that stood out for me. To top it all, the Renok staff were really nice and supportive. The group members too were very cooperative. Some of the group members and guides are now friends of mine!
Q:Do you have any advice for first time trekkers?
A: What I witnessed on the trek was that people were scared of the altitude, saying “No, mujhse nahi hoga(I will not be able to do it), I can’t do this” etc. If we keep this sort of mindset, we will not be able to concentrate on the trek and enjoy it, enjoy the scenery all around. For those for whom it’s their first time trekking, I have to say this. We should soak in every moment, because every moment is unique, memorable and enjoyable, and we should not forget this in our tiredness!
Q: Finally, has this trek had any lasting effects on you?
A: Apart from being in touch with all the group members, I have realised a lot of things about the mountains. Trekking is not boring, ever, and it probably won’t be for anyone. Anyone can go for it, people from all walks of life, age, etc., so everyone can disconnect from their individual backgrounds and connect together to the mountains. Trekking also helps you get to know yourself as a person, and nothing can be better than staying with nature.
I felt so much positivity when I returned from Hampta Pass, it’s been life-changing for me. Whenever I’m faced with a negative situation in life, I think of the mountains, and I channel positivity through them into me.
When I returned from Hampta, I kept telling my family and friends the tales of my trek, and now they’ve started to grow bored! Even now, I am in the same mood, dreaming of the mountains. Ab to keeda lag gaya hai(I’m hooked to the mountains now), to trek once or twice during the year.
It looks like Kratika had a gala time. Do you think Hampta Pass could be your calling too? Head on over here to find out!
Any one can do trek in Himalayas provided you prepare for your upcoming trek in Himalayas appropriately. If you are a begineer and want to start trekking in Himalayas then choose an easy grade trek like Hampta Pass, Kedarkantha Trek, Kuari Pass or any other trek which you think is suitable for your. Read about it watch Youtube videos about the the trekking in Himalayas.
A vertical climb of 2000 ft, a trail into the mountains, a hike across the meadows, the crisp mountain air, and adrenalin rushing as you reach the summit- does that sound like an adventure enthusiast you read about but that’s actually the story of your first trekking expedition.
The mountains and trails have always beckoned the humans to start their journey of adventure and the story is always new. It doesn’t matter if you’re in 40s or 50s, you’re still younger than you’re going to be tomorrow, it’s never too late to get out and get going to the mountains- not to retire but to start really living. So get rid of that lazy muscles and get yourself a great backpack, a neat pair of trekking shoes, a water bottle, a cool hat, supercool glares and start walking, trudging, limping whatever you got to go with.
How to Start Trekking: Tips for Beginners
Set a goal: Whether it’s the hill in the vicinity of your city or the Everest itself have a destination and start planning. Trekking associations are a great way to get information to get started and all it takes is making that call.
Get your gear right: Backpack, shoes, water bottle and every other gear need to be in place to avoid discomfort of strain. Your equipment will be worth every cent when you’re well on your way through challenging parts of the terrain.
Prepare: Once you know where you’re going start preparing with the everyday walks and small hikes increasing them slowly to allow your body to get in tune with the larger goal.
Remember starting is the hardest part and once you’re past that hurdle everything is a flow. The only thing you have to do is really enjoy the trek- breathe in the freedom and fresh air and the live in the moment. So pack up the excuses and start packing for the treks you’re going to be taking.
Here are some of the best treks for beginners to start with
Trekking has been in vogue since the time traders discovered new routes to business, since armies went trekking on training programs and the Maharajas made hunting expeditions a passion. So if you haven’t started trekking, then hey, you’re not in fashion. So put on that hat and feel like a Maharaja minus the shotgun and plus the camera and march down the royal paths to mountains.
You may be making history
When trekking in the beautiful valley with exotic herbs, wild flowers and protected fauna that we know as Valley of Flowers today- well we would never have known this treasure if Frank Smythe had not decided to follow the trail of wild flowers and vast meadows on his way back from the Mt Kamet Trek. Who knows what you might find or what feat you may accomplish!
Trekking is a healthy addiction
While the rest of your mates will be groaning to get out of bed and head to the gym, you’re already up and training for the exciting trekking trip ahead. Your ‘pink of health’ status will be maintained by the path you choose and that’s not difficult when it’s a new trek path that you’re hooked to.
You’ll be the coolest grandparent
You can go on and on about your wild adventure tales of snow leopards, mountain goats, yetis and all .Your grandkids will be all ears and are going to love showing you off to their friends.
Nature has made sure you’re amply supplied with never ending trails to discover and by the time you finish one you’ll be planning the next exciting trek. The beauty of starting a trek is that there are so many more places waiting to be discovered.
You’ll make new friends
Whoever told you that you can’t make new friends when you’re older hasn’t met a trekker. The trekking world will open doors to friends who share the same crazy passion and that’s not going to happen unless you get of that couch and start walking.
Trekking as simple as taking that first step. Here are a few tips that have been gathered from experience that will help you hop out and prepare to take the wild road to happiness.
Trek in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. It is the way we get connected to our motherland.
Trekking in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. Trekking is a way to get connected with Mother Nature. While this is something many of us may understand, we have a responsibility to pass down the love of nature to future generations. Trekking isn’t just about getting out into the woods, it is about learning how to deal with different situations and adapting to them. Trekking lets us grow as individuals, and the best classroom in the world can be a trekking trail in the Himalayas. In our experience we have seen whoever comes to trek in Himalayas becomes caring, calm and much relaxed person. This is where you should take your children early in their life to teach them some valuable life lessons.
Photo Credit: blmiers2
During Trekking you will discover that there are better things in world then TV and Video Games
In our fast paced urban life we hardly find any time to go out and play and watching TV and playing video games has become our only past time which is dangerous to our mental as well as physical health. Going on a trekking trip to himalayas gives you fresh air, better smells, better light and no mobile networks makes sure that you are totally connected to yourself.
Life is full of crests and troughs and both are equally important
If you ask any trekker they will have great a appreciation for life. Trekking in Himalayas shows the different aspects of life which we normal don’t see in our urban life. Trekking and experiencing nature lets us see the true circle of life.
We need to Protect the Environment
After your trekking trip to Himalayas you will come to know How fragile our environment is and we need to protect it for our future. Seeing gushing rivers and waterfalls will urge you to save them them.
Water is Important
Trekking will you the importance of fresh water when you can only drink what you carry in your bottle, one really develop the understanding of importance of water. Selection of camping site highly depends on water source. You need to plan according to the availability of water along the trekking trail. All these things makes you realize the importance of water.
There are Other ways to Get High !!
Trekkers do drink and do other stuffs to get high but when they are on trekking trip they are already high by the sheer thrills of walking in woods or crossing rivers bare foot and they less likely to demand for any other things to get high.
You Have To Leave Your Comfort Zone To Get Better Things
Leaving your comfort zone and being uncomfortable for some time is always rewarding. Pushing your body limit to reach at new Lake, Peak or any high altitude pass will give you a feeling which cannot be describe in words.
Hard Work Usually pay Off
Struggling along a trekking trail for hours at a time can be exhausting and frustrating, but many trekkers get a rush of adrenaline from reaching their destination. Yes, legs might be sore or tired and sweat might be dripping off your face, but completing a goal is a great thing to accomplish.
Manali is the adventure capital of India and trekking in Manali is offers from 1 Day Trek in Manali to Multi Days Expeditions to near by peaks in Himachal Manali. Trekking in Manali is the mainstay tourism in Manali now from family camping, easy treks in Manali you can book it through your Hotels or various Trekking Agency in Manali.
Here are the important information which you might required when Trekking in Manali
Trekking in Manali In Hindu religion there are 33 Crore Devis and Devta and Himachal Pradesh popularly known as the Devbhumi means “The Land of Dev”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful Himalayan state of north India. The state is surrounded Tibetan plateau, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. Himachal Pradesh is the prominent hills state on the Indian tourism map for both leisure and adventure. Himachal Pradesh is home to High Altitude Trans Himalayan desert, Dense Deodar forests, and mouth watering Apple laden trees, Snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges, Glacial Lakes, thundering rivers and beautiful people on earth.
Manali – The most Famous Hill Station in India
Manali is undoubtedly an adventure capital of India famous for various adventure activities like Rafting, Paragliding, trekking in the Himalayas, Zorbing, Camping, Birding and other adventure sports. Manali tourist season is year all round affair with tourist. Backpackers come to enjoy the solitude of hippy villages around the Manali town, adventurers come for trekking in Himalayas, rafting, paragliding, skiing and honeymooners and families swarm the Manali town for mountain views and cool air.
Manali town serves as the basecamp for adventure and motorbike junkies for their long demanding journeys to the tough Trans Himalayan terrain of Lahaul & Spiti and Leh Ladakh. Manali also serves as the staging point for trekking in Manali to various treks Hampta Pass, Chandrakhani Pass, Beas Kund Trek, Brighu Lake trek, Sar Pass Trek and numerous other treks in Lahaul and Spiti.
Manali best time to Visit
Though Manali is nowadays is a year long affair but May-June and September – October are the best months to visit Manali but because of good connectivity of luxury Volvo buses anytime is the good time to visit Manali. In July August Manali is full of adventurers who are planning their Leh Ladakh tour and in winters with those who want to have their first snow experience.
Here is the monthly breakup for your Manali tour
March – June: Summer Full Peak Season
July – August: Monsoon, Heavy Rainfall
Mid September – Mid Oct: Monsoons recede leaving lush green cover
October – February: Enjoy Snowfall in Manali
Temperature in Manali
How to Reach Manali
By Volvo Bus
Best way to Reach Manali is by taking a luxury bus from Delhi which starts around 4 PM from Delhi and takes around 14 hours to reach Manali. You can book tickets online through these websites
Nearest Railway station to Manali: Chandigarh and Ambala are the nearest railway station to Manali and from these stations one can get several buses or taxi for Manali and takes around 8 – 10 Hours depending on the traffic.
Bhuntar is the nearest airport which is around 50 kms from Manali is the fastest way to reach Manali but at the time of writing this article there were no flight operating.
Manali Sightseeing and best places to visit in Manali
Hadimba Temple is in Manali around 1 km from circuit house. The Hadimba temple is very calm and surrounded by tall deodar trees.
Solang Valley is famous for adventure sports like Skiing, Para gliding, Zorbing is located around 11 kms from
Manikaran is a centre of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs; it’s located in Parvati Valley on the banks of Parvati Valley and famous for its sulphur springs cooked rice.
It’s the first pass one has to cross on Manali – Leh highway or a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti and situated at an altitude of 3979 m.
Old Manali is backpackers paradise full of awesome cafes, restaurant and budget guest house attract lot of backpackers, trekkers and adventure junkies. Our favourite is Geeta Cottage to stay and Laze Dog cafe for food.
Manu Temple is about 3 kms from the Old Manali main bazar. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu Rishi in India. Manu Rishi is believed to be the creator of human race on earth.
Great Himalayan National Park
The newest National Park of India with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and is home to virgin coniferous forest of Himachal Pradesh and important wildlife species of Western Himalayas. Raktisar Trek – the origin of Sainj River and Tirath Trek – the origin of Tirthan River are the famous treks in Great Himalayan National Park.
Now a HPTDC hotel was once residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. It’s unique amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture and use of stone and wood only. Blockbuster Jab We Met and lot of other movies were shot in Naggar Castle. You can stay in Naggar Castle and revisit the history for just Rs 1700 per night for Court Yard Suite.
The dam on River Beas about 80 kms from Manali and is a sight to watch, the gushing water from Pandoh Dam is incredibly beautiful. Just look out from the window on the way to Manali to get the glimpse of the beautiful dam.
Jagatsukh Shiva Temple
Jagatsukh is small picturesque village located 7 kms from Manali on the way to Naggar. Jagatsukh is known for its temples and tranquil environment. The Shiva temple in Jagatsukh was built during 8th century in “Shikhara Style” Hindu temple architecture representing a mountain peak.
The infamous Malana Village is always a hot topic of discussion only because of negative reasons like the drug mafia selling Malana Cream with its Do’s and Don’ts rules. However the Malana Village is unique in terms its geographical location which helped in preserving its Bio diversity. The architecture of temples and houses, language, worship rituals make this village a unique village in Himachal Pradesh. Until few years back the only to reach Malana village is to do Chanderkhani pass trek from Jari to Malana.
Kasol is a small village located about 75 kms from Manali on road to Manikaran Sahib. Kasol is an ultimate choice for backpacking, trekking and enjoying the nature at its best. Recent flux of Israeli tourist made it famous as mini Israel of India and mushrooming of restaurant and guest house in Kasol.
Roerich Art Gallery
A must visit for art aficionados Roerich Art Gallery is about 2km above the Naggar castle. It is the former home of a possible spy Nikolai Roerich an eccentric painter, spiritualist and an explorer. He died in Naggar in 1947.
Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum
A five-minute walk uphill from the Roerich art Gallery is the Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum (admission with the gallery ticket).
Best Trekking in Manali
Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund Trekking is the source of River Beas and Beas Kund trek near Manali is very famous amongst the first time trekkers in Himalayas. Beas Kund trek is a easy trek in the Himalayas can be start from Old Manali or Solang Valley. The Beas Kund Trek route is Old Manali – Solang Valley – Bakkar Thach – Beas Kund.
Bhrigu Lake Trekking at an altitude of 4235 m lies east of Rohtang pass and about 6km from village of Gulaba. Brighu Lake trek is another popular trek near Manali which is above 4000m. Bhrigu Lake trek is an easy trek starts from Vashisht and can be done in a span of 1 to 5 days.
Hampta Pass Trekking is a famous trek which connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti valley. Hampta Pass trek get its name from people of Hampta village use this pass to take their herds in Lahaul & Spiti valley for Neeru grass.
As the name suggests Pin Valley National Park lies in the Pin Valley of Pin River in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and is home endangered animals including shy snow leopard and Himalayan Ibex. There are many treks in Pin Valley National Park the most famous is Pin Parvati Pass Trek which starts from Barsheni in Kullu and ends in Mud Village near Kaza in Lahaul Spiti Valley. Trekking Pin Parvati Pass is challenging and it’s connect Parvati Valley to Pin Valley National Park.
Where to stay in Manali: Hotels in Manali
Now you know what to do in Manali then comes the important question Where to stay in Manali? Here is the list of all types of accommodation from luxury to basic types of hotels in Manali
5 star hotels in Manali: There are no branded hotel chain’s hotel is there in Manali but these two Hotel and resort are of 5 star hotels in Manali.
Manu Allaya Resort And Spa, Manali
Span Resort & Spa, Manali
3 star hotels in Manali
Our favourite is Apple Bud cottages for more check out on Cleartrip with Tripadvisor ratings.
Best for backpackers and Trekkers who come to enjoy nature with a budget here are the list of our favourite hotels or guest houses in Manali with their per day tariff.
Geeta Cottage – Old Manali
Basic guest house in Old Manali just before Drifter’s Inn nice rooms with balcony and per day cost around Rs 600 with free WiFi
Mountain View Guest House
A guest just opposite the Hang Out cafe with nice and clean rooms with free wifi and with in a budget of Rs 700
Its a very good hotel just opposite the BRO camp in Aleo Manali. The service and staff is super for per day cost of Rs 1200
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Stok Kangri Peak in Leh Ladakh is most famous trekking peak and this trek offers multitude of adventures along the trekking route to Base camp and towering Stok Kangri height at 6153 meters high from mean sea level. Trek starts from Stok village where centuries old Stok Palace still stands strong. Leh Ladakh Tour is a must for any adventure enthusiast. Stok Kangri Trek is an ideal challenging trek for both experienced as well first time trekkers to Himalayas but they need to prepare well because the climb is a challenging trek because of its altitude.
The Stok Kangri Trekking experience entails ice climbing, crampon, glacier trekking, Ice climbing and traversing the thin trekking trail to summit over the sharp ridge. Combine your Stok Expedition with a short tour to Zanskar Valley, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.
Everything is Mind
When I was doing my Basic Mountaineering Course in HMI Darjeeling we had one instructor by the name Mr. Bhutia. He was an extremely talented mountaineer and a very good teacher. During our training he used to keep repeating the phrase ” Everything is mind”. Which meant that we could do anything if we could conquer our minds. This is probably as true for life as it is for mountaineering and high altitude trekking.
This pic which I came across reminds of that phrase.
During my first Expedition in Leh Ladakh those words inspired me a lot. Mind over matter in now a truism I try to live by. Every year many trekkers from world come for this expedition from June to October few only reach up to the summit. Trekking or Mountaineering is more of mental game rather then physical. Below picture is an example when I reached on the summit of stok for the first time in 2011 there was fellow trekker (In Red Jacket) who was on the summit and he was an amputee and he reached the summit of Stok on his own with his guide.
During your trekking trip in Himalayas in a day you can experience all weather cold, hot, rainy or may be windy so Layering is the tried and tested method used by Mountaineers for a long time. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather. So for your next trekking trip in Himalayas get multiple layers and do not carry thick single jackets.
To Dress in Layers we can divide our clothing into broadly three layers for your Trekking Trips
1. Base Layer – near the skin, manages moisture
2. Insulation Layer – protects you from the cold on upcoming treks.
3 Shell or Outer Layer – protects you from Wind or Rain.
Here is the details How to Dress in Layers for Trekking?
This Layer is next to your skin and helps in regulate your body temperature by moving perspiration away from your body. Keeping dry is important for maintaining a cool body temperature in the summer and avoiding hypothermia in the winter. If you have ever used a cotton T under your rain cover while hiking or trekking, you will get wet not from outside but from inside.
Cotton is not a good material for this clothing layer instead synthetic fabrics like MTS, Capilene, PowerDry and CoolMax polyester or Silk are better alternatives for upcoming treks.
Insulation Layer – Protects from cold
The insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Fleece vests, jackets and tights are classic examples of insulation ideal for outdoor activities and for more extreme conditions feather jackets are most appropriate. Down has a very good warmth:weight ratio, and can be packed down (squeezed) to take very little room but are very costly.
They not only trap air but are also made with moisture transferring fibers to help keep you dry.
Shell or Outer Layer – protects from Wind or Rain
The outermost clothes are called the shell layer, they block wind or water and have good mechanical strength. Ideally the shell layer clothes are breathable i.e they lets moisture through to the outside while not letting wind and water pass through from the outside to the inside. During your trekking in himalayas at high altitude passed it becomes windy.
Gore Tex is extensively used for outer layer and it is Waterproof and breathable made of the very strong fabrics. It is founded by W. L. Gore & Associates and they are best known for their this product which is used in various world leading brands.