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    Mountain Trek in India is considered to be one of the best, owing to the vast array of varied landscapes and the amazing terrain locations. In the current times the trend of trekking in India has gained a lot of momentum with tourists from all over the world visiting some of the famous trekking trails of the country.

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    Trekking in Himalayas and other regions of the country offer the tourists an insight into the culture, varied landscapes and the pristine beauty of the places they visit. A lot is there to explore here. This includes indomitable ranges, the Western Ghats range of mountains that border the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as several more hills stations such as Coorg, Munnar, Sikkim and many others.

    Mountain Trek in India can be rated on a scale of easy, moderate and tough. According to these ratings explorers can choose their trek taking into consideration their expertise, experience and capabilities. In general most of the challenging treks are found on the trail along the Himalayas; however these trails are blessed with visual treats of amazing landscapes, scenery and fauna.  A look at the beauty of the snow-capped mountains with the beautiful texture of the valleys will simply make the tourists awestruck.

    Trekking in India provides the tourists with an unlimited quotient of excitement and adventure, which is hard to find anywhere else. The first question that comes to mind when one thinks about is what would be the best period for the trek? Where can one find trekking gear if one wishes to visit one such trekking trail in the country?

    The answer to the first question is that, as such there is no fixed favourable time period for trekking in India. In general, all the non-mountainous tracks are accessible throughout the year. However, some routes remain closed during monsoons owing to landslides, while the upper part of the Himalayas is simply inaccessible during winters.

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    Now, where trekking gear and equipment is concerned, one can get it from any of the fully-equipped sports and adventure shops here, and in several of the famous tracks one can even hire the equipment on a rental basis. So all you need to do is to select your favorite trekking track and get, set, go. Since it is hard for any trekker to complete all the tracks for trekking in Himalayas, given below is a list of some of the most famous tracks of the country which have been categorised on the basis of difficulty level, as well as regions.

    Trekking in Garhwal,  Uttarakhand

    Easy Treks

    Chandrashila Summit

    Temple at Chandrashila summit at Tungnath

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    Interested in trekking in Himalayas? Then Chandrashila Summit is an option. It is a rock face above the highest situated Shiva temple in India, the Tungnath temple. The trek to this summit is short but rigorous during the hike. Since this place falls is the Garhwal Himalaya region of India, the trek to this summit can be undertaken throughout the year except during the winter season i.e. December and January.

    The trek to this summit is famous due to the fact that it offers an amazing 360 degree view of the Garhwal Himalayas including some of the important destinations such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak and Chaukhamba peaks.

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    This area is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Garhwal region due to its isolated location and the breathtaking view of the Himalayas that it offers its visitors. The trek to the summit generally starts from Chopta, which is a famous tourists spot situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road.

    Photo credit: Alokprasad - wikicommons

    The Chandrashila trek offers its visitors a rare glimpse into the ancient culture of the local people here, as well as amazing variation in scenery with vibrant colours. Moreover, this place is famous for its clear sightings of Munal, a colourful and shy bird which also happens to be the state bird of Uttarakhand.

    Best Season: September to November
    Max. Elevation: 4000 m
    More Details: Tungnath Trek to Chandrashila Summit
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    Dodital Trek

    The Dodital Mountain Trek in India starts from the Asi-Ganga Valley and continues till the Dodital Lake, which is situated at an elevation of 3024 meters above sea level and is surrounded by pine forests. This lake has mythological importance in our history due the fact that it is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, and also the place where Lord Shiva had beheaded the young Ganesha.

    The Dodital Lake, being situated in the North Uttarkashi region is the precise destination for trekking in India. After having reached the lake, people often take some other subsidiary treks as well such as Asi-Ganga Valley to Bhagirathi Ganga Valley or to the Yamuna Valley and vice versa.

    Apart from the mythological importance that the place holds, Dodital is famous for its spectacular display of natural beauty along with a diversity of culture and heritage in this region.  The breathtaking combination of the serene waters of the lake and the surrounding forests of pine trees has a calming effect on the minds of the tourists.

    Best Season: All year except March, July, August and December
    Max. Elevation: 3140 m
    More Details: Guide to Dodital Trek

    Har Ki Dun Valley

    Har Ki Dun or the Hanging Valley of Gods is the most famous track for trekking in India, which is also considered as a paradise for trekkers. Amateur trekkers use this route as an introductory trek and it is rated as easy to moderate. The Har Ki Dun Valley is situated at an elevation of 3536m above sea level at the base of Fateh Parvat. Har Ki Dun region also falls within the Govind Pashu Vihar wildlife sanctuary due to which the area is considered a godsend for bird watchers and nature lovers.

    Best Season: Late April to June, September to October 
    Max. Elevation: 3556 m
    More Details: Guide to Har Ki Dun Trek

    Moderate Treks

    Roopkund Lake

    Photo credit: Djds4rce - wikicommons

    Roopkund trek is one of the most famous destinations for trekking in India. It is said that if you are a trekker, you ought to undertake the Roopkund trek. It is considered a must-do trek for every hiker. This trail has got everything, from beauty to fun to adventure. The splendour of the gorgeous valleys, deep lush green forests, snow and beautiful meadows are truly exhilarating, and so is the course of a nice track of climbing from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft.

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    The trek is usually conducted over 4 days starting from Lohajung, a tiny pass located at a height of 8,300 ft above sea level. The complete trek is sure to provide hikers with an amazing experience that they would cherish their entire life.

    Best Season: August to October
    Max. Elevation: 5020 m
    More Details: Guide to Roopkund Trek
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    Kuari Pass to Tapovan

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    If you are a spirited adventurer who likes to explore, the Kauri Pass Mountain Trek in India is a must-cover track in the Garhwal Mountain region. The track passes through some very scenic places having lush green forests, meadows and even some remote villages where you can get a real feel of their rustic cultures.

    Overall the special attraction of this trek is the Gohna Tal, which is known for its surreal beauty. The trek is also famous as the Curzon Trail owing to the fact that Lord Curzon once trekked up the Kauri Pass. The best feature of this trek is that it offers a close range view of Mt Nanda Devi atop the Kauri Pass.

    Best Season: April to June, September to November
    Max. Elevation: 4115 m

    Mount Shivling

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    There is no end to places and trails when it comes to trekking in India. But what’s more important is to know which of the trails are important and which are not. Talking about the important ones, the Shivling Trekking Tour is considered to be one of the best trekking trails of the country, offering exciting experiences for those trekking in Himalayas.

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    The Shivling is a two-summit mountain that lies close to the very famous Gangotri Glacier and is known for its stunning peaks. Because of its unusual shape, which resembles quite closely the shape of a Shivling, it is also referred as the ‘Indian Matterhorn’. This trek is rated moderate in terms of difficulty and is very famous among hikers. Witnessing the lives of the people of this region, their cultures and traditions would make you feel as if time had stopped here.

    Best Season: May to June and September
    Max. Elevation: 6550 m

    Bamsaru Khal Trek

    If one were to say that trekking in India and trekking in Himalayas is the same thing then that statement would not be wrong, as most of the famous trekking destinations lie in the Himalayan region only.

    Talking about the famous trails in this region, one of the common names that pops up is the  Bamsaru Khal Trek, which is one of the ancient routes between Gangotri and Yamunotri. This isolated trek is the best one for those who wish to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Himalayan region in peace. The trek begins at Sangam Chatti and the whole trek is covered within a time period of seven days.

    Best Season: May to October
    Max. Elevation: 4600 m

    Difficult Treks

    Kalindikhal Pass

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    The Kalindikhal Pass trek is considered to be the big daddy of all treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region, due to the fact that it covers a distance of 99 km starting from Gangotri and going up to Badrinath via Kalindikhal. This trek covers the following places: Gangotri (3048 m), Gaumukh (3892 m), Nandanvan (4500 m), Vasuki Tal (5300 m), Kalindi Base (5590 m), Kalindi Khal (5948 m), then it slopes to Arwa Tal (3980 m), Ghastoli (3600 m) and ends at Badrinath (3100 m).

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    This whole trek is full of thrill and adventure and is rated as one of the toughest destinations for trekking in India.  Moreover, since the terrain in this track is very undulating comprising of boulders, glaciers, scree and snow, trekkers are required to have a fundamental knowledge of mountaineering. This trek is not recommended for amateur hikers.

    Best Season: June to August
    Max. Elevation: 5950 m

    Auden’s Col

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    Auden’s Col is a high altitude mountain pass situated at a height of 5490 m, which connects Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley. This pass also connects the ridges of Gangotri III (6580 m) and the Jogin I (6465 m) along with binding two glaciers namely Khatling glacier and Jogin I glacier, which are located opposite each other.

    Although this trek comprises of some stark scenic beauty of nature that will mesmerise you to the core of your heart, the Auden’s Col trek is one of the most dangerous Mountain Treks in India because of the fact that the pass is heavily infested with fissures. So, whosoever is planning to undertake this trek should have proper ability and experience of trekking. Moreover, it is also advisable to take assistance from a trained guide who has complete knowledge of this track.

    Best Season: June to September
    Max. Elevation: 5940 m

    Lamkhaga Pass

    Lamkhaga Pass

    The Lamkhaga Pass trek is a Mountain Trek in India that isn’t allowed to be taken by foreigners i.e. only Indian Nationals have the permission to undertake this trek. This restriction has been imposed because this track is rated as one of the most dangerous trails amongst the various mountain treks in India, since the trek’s landscape is quite tantalizing, covered with snow and a mysterious atmosphere.

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    The trek basically is conducted from Harsil to Sangla, which passes through the Lamkhaga Pass. The ascent of the trek starts from 9000 ft at Harsil and reaches its maximum at 17335 ft at the Lamkhaga Pass. The sights in the course of this trek include the Wilson Cottage and Sat Tal (7 Lakes) along with beautiful meadows, waterfalls and valleys.

    Best Season: May to June, Septmeber to October
    Max. Elevation: 5284 m

    Trekking in Kumaon,  Uttarakhand

    Easy Treks

    Kafni Glacier

    Photo credit: Anurag Kumar Jain - wikicommons

    The Kaphini (Kafni) Glacier is located in the Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand. This glacier and the region surrounding it have a mystical charm that attracts hundreds of trekkers each year.

    This trek provides the trekkers an amazing experience of trekking in the Himalayas. The route of the trek to the Kafni Glacier covers places like Bharadi, Saung, Loharkhet, Dhakuri Pass, Khati, Dwali, and Khatiya of which Khati is the latest addition. Up till Loharkhet the route is motorable after which the distance is approximately 90 km for the round trip.

    Moreover no rest house is located after Dwali so hikers have to use tents, which are easy to set up as there are grasslands which are ideal for the purpose of pitching tents. This is one of the most breathtaking Mountain Treks in India.

    Best Season: June to September
    Max. Elevation: 3853 m
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    Pindari Glacier

    Photo credit: Yann - wikicommons

    Situated in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, the Pindari Glacier trek is rated as moderately difficult amongst the various routes for trekking in the Himalayas. The glacier measures around 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width, which thereafter gives rise to the Pindari River.

    Most of the trail of this trek is along the banks of the Pindari River along with crossing several places like Suang, Loharkhet, Dhakuri Pass, Khati, Dwali, Phurkia and finally Zero Point i.e. Pindari Glacier. The whole trek takes about 6 days to complete, which is achieved with utmost comfort. The best time to visit this trek is any time between summers and early winters.

    Best Season: March to October
    Max. Elevation: 3627 m
    Special Offers on Pindari Glacier Tour

    Moderate Treks

    Sunderdhunga Pass

    As compared to the earlier two treks of the Kafni and Pindari Glaciers, the Sunderdhunga Pass trek is pretty tough and is also considered as one of the toughest Mountain Treks in India. The Sunderdhunga valley consists of two glaciers and is located to the West of the Pindari valley.

    The route to Sunderdhunga Glacier is similar to that of Pindari up till Khati village, after which one has to travel a further 24 km to reach the glacier. After Khati the trail covers points such as Jatoli (7 km), Dhungia Dhuan (8 km), Kathalia 6-7 km), Sukhram and Maiktoli glaciers (7 km).

    The track gets the toughest beyond Dhungia Dhuan, where one has to seek help from professional guides even if the trekker is very professional or well-equipped. The total distance covered in this trek is 54 km one way.

    Best Season: April to June, Septmber to October
    Max. Elevation: 4320 m
    More Details: Guide to Sunderdhunga Valley
    Get a Quote for: Sunderdhunga Valley Trek

    Milam Glacier

    This is one of the major treks that are done along the base of Mount Nanda Devi. The programme is all about exploring the exquisite beauty of Uttarakhand region of India. Here, people are mostly taken to the largest glacier of Kumaon, where they can enjoy the Milam Glacier trail, which follows through different forests, villages, ice, wooden bridges and enchanting waterfalls.

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    The adventurous trek is for moderate level trekkers. For all those who like to try exploration, this is a trek in the Himalayas that must be considered worthy of being tried.

    Best Season: May to September
    Max. Elevation: 4268 m
    Best Deals on: Milam Glacier Tour

    Panchachuli Base Camp

    Near the Eastern Kumaon is the Darma Valley, which is the base for Panchachuli Base Camp. This place has religious significance and at the same time, the trail runs along Dhuali Ganga River which offers beautiful views of the regions around.

    Close to Tibet and Nepal, this trek offers an opportunity for trekkers to test their skills and at the same time, it allows them to understand culture and travel in India. A tried and tested base camp for those who like to enjoy camping as well as trekking in Himalayas!

    Best Season: April to June, September to November 
    Max. Elevation: 3490 m

    Difficult Treks

    Namik Glacier

    Namik Glacier is one of the most difficult treks in the country that must only be tried by advanced trekkers. This trek is usually for around 10 to 12 days, which offers people the opportunity to enjoy camping close to Dhaldhauk and then Sutam Khan and other regions. The salubrious climate here along with magnificent views of Nandaghunti and Nanda Devi are food for the soul.

    Best Season: May, June, September and October
    Max. Elevation: 3600 m

    Nanda Devi East Base Camp

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    This is one of the most beautiful trekking regions where enthusiasts not only get the opportunity to enjoy natural beauty and enchanting landscapes, but they also get a chance to learn the culture and lifestyle of those who stay on these mountains. The trekking is till Mount Nanda Devi which is known for its difficult routes that test a trekker. Generally held for a period of nine days, this is one of the treks that mountain lovers shouldn’t miss. This is certainly a challenging and delightful Mountain Trek in India.

    Best Season: April to June, September to October 
    Max. Elevation: 4700 m
    More Details: Guide to Trekking Nanda Devi Base Camp 

    Trekking in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

    Easy Treks

    Spituk Trek

    Photo credit: Balachandran Chandrasekharan - wikicommons

    Spituk Trek is one of the easiest treks in the country and includes Markha Valley, Leh known for its wild animals. It provides a flavour of Ladakh and is generally held for a period of four days, which would leave an indelible imprint on one’s mind. During the trek, one can enjoy Stok Palace Museum or else see and appreciate the flora and fauna of this region, including Great Tibetan Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, and if you are lucky, then the sight of a Snow Leopard.

    Best Season: May to October
    Max. Elevation: 4900 m
    More Details: Guide to Spituk to Stok Trek

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    Sham Valley

    View of Likir

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    One of the easiest six to seven day treks in the country is the Sham Valley Trek, which offers the traditional flavour of Ladakh, integrating it with the streams and natural beauty.

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    The tour is especially organised in such a way that it allows trekkers to check out astonishing sites such as Phyang, Spituk, Temisgang and Likir. This is another beautiful option for trekking in Himalayas that will take one through the exquisite culture of the region.

    Best Season: June to September
    Max. Elevation: 4000 m
    More Details: Guide to Sham Valley Trekking 
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    Moderate Treks

    Markha Valley

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    Markha Valley trekking is of moderate difficulty and is generally undertaken in the months from June to September. This region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Ladakh and has sheer canyon walls along with alpine grasslands that will immediately stir one’s heart. Markha Valley trek offers stunning views of the Markha River.

    Best Season: June to October
    Max. Elevation: 5050 m
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    Spiti to Ladakh

    The Spiti River

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    With the highest altitude of 5777 m, this is a trek of moderate difficulty that every trekker must try. The mountain trek in India traces the route to Ladakh and Tibet and provides spectacular regional views. The trek offers an unending exploratory journey which has some of the best testing regions that will help a moderate level trekker hone his or her skills.

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    Best Season: July to September
    Max. Elevation: 5600 m

    Lamayuru to Alchi

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    The Lamayuru to Alchi trek in Ladakh is another of the treks that everyone would love to try. It starts by descending down the gorge below Lamayuru, Leh with stunning views. Then once a canyon is reached, people start travelling up a river in Ripchhar Valley. Steep ascents are followed before one gets down the Stream of Sumdo River. And in the end the climb to Stakspi La leads one to Alchi.

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    Best Season: May to November
    Max. Elevation: 5200 m
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    Tsomoriri Lake

    Tsomoriri Lake

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    Generally undertaken in the months of June, July and August, this is a medium level trek that can help hone the skills of travellers. The trek starts by travelling through Kyamar and Tisaling and then to Nurchan.

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    Once there, one crosses the icy cold streams and ascends to Horlam Kaongka La. Magnificent flora and fauna are visible all around while the trek continues through snowcapped mountains in full view.

    Best Season: July and August
    Max. Elevation: 5500 m
    Get a Quote for: Hemis to Tsomoriri Trek

    The Nubra Valley

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    Nubra, a tributary of the Shyok River is the centre of this trek, which is known as the Orchard of Ladakh. This trek showcases flourishing valleys and takes one through scenic landscapes, and also allows one to enjoy a ride through Bactrian camel. The highest motorable pass at 5600 m is also crossed in this trek.

    Best Season: May to December
    Max. Elevation: 5600 m
    More Details: Guide to The Nubra Valley Trek
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    Difficult Treks

    Chadar Frozen River Trek

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    This tough trek is for real trekking enthusiasts. It tests one’s skills and offers some of the greatest adventures to trekkers. Here, the skills are tested in frozen winters when the Zanskar river is frozen solid. The sheet of ice offers incredible adventures, including staying in caves or hiking, along with visits to monasteries.

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    Best Season: Mid January to Feburary
    Max. Elevation: 3390 m
    More Details: Complete Guide to Chadar Trek
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    Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

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    For the hardiest trekkers, this is trek that is worth enjoying. The trek takes one through foothills of Western Himalayas and links the regions of Darcha and Lamayuru via Lahual, Padum in Zanskar and other areas.

    This classic trekking tour is transverse in nature and takes one through Rohtang Pass as well.

    Best Season: July to September
    Max. Elevation: 5090 m
    More Details: Guide to Lamayuru to Darcha Trek
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    To Southern Zanskar

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    The highlights of this tough tour are that it takes one through 3 high Himalayan Passes, which includes Shingo La, Phista La and Baralacha La. The adventure quotient is quite high as one gets to pass several streams of river and transverse through remote gorges of Zanskar region. Trekking is also offered at the Moon Lake where the dramatic scenery adds to one’s pleasure.

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    Best Season: July to September
    Max. Elevation: 5080 m
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    Lamayuru to Padum

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    This is one of those treks that will overwhelm you with its sheer grandeur. It starts at the Lamayuru Gompa in Ladakh, which is known for its monasteries and then takes you through four high passes till you reach Zanskar. This is one of those treks that offers a historic as well as cultural view of Tibetan life and at the same time gives you glimpses of Incredible India and its natural beauty.

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    Best Season: July to September
    Max. Elevation: 5000 m
    More Details: Guide to Padum to Lamayuru Trek
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    Trans-Zanskar

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    This is certainly one of the most breathtaking treks that one can enjoy. It takes one through the region of Zanskar, which is known for offering different experiences and an insight into the lives and styles of Tibetans living in Ladakh.

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    It is most famous for its frozen lake which can make the trek even more memorable and unique.

    Best Season: July to September
    Max. Elevation: 5100 m
    More Details: Guide to Zanskar Trek

    Trekking in Sikkim, Himalayan Mountains

    Easy Treks

    Singalila Sandakphu Trek

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    Generally, the best time for trekking in these regions is from April to November when the place is full of exquisite landscapes and enthralling experiences. The trek starts from 5000 ft and climbs through forests to provide one the opportunity to enjoy the stunning beauty of over 600 varieties of Orchids, the largest variety to be found in one geographical region anywhere on the globe.

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    Apart from this, 360 degree views of snow capped mountains are offered during this mountain trek in India as one can enjoy the ethereal beauty of watching Everest, Makalu, Chomolhari all at the same time.

    Best Season: March to May, October to December

    Max. Elevation: 3636 m

    More Details: Guide to Sandakphu Trek

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    Yuksom to Dzongri

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    This is a Sikkim trek that is especially designed for those who would like to try a mountain trek in India but are still at the beginners’ level.

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    The places covered in this trek are beautiful and one gets the opportunity to get acquainted with numerous birds and Bharal or Blue Mountain Sheep that are found in abundance here. The stunning vistas will leave an indelible imprint on your mind.

    Best Season: October to May 
    Max. Elevation: 4200 m

    Moderate Treks

    Dzongri to Goecha La Trek

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    This is a trek in Western Sikkim that anyone would love to enjoy. It takes one through the shadows of the mighty Kanchendzonga, which is one of the highest mountains in the world. The remote trek is all about crossing beautiful valleys and getting acquainted with lichen and moss. It is also one of the best treks for avid bird watchers.

    Goecha La is one of those romantic altitudes that offer incredible opportunities to all trekkers. This is one of the best ways to explore the inner parts of Himalayas and is in contrast to the rest of the treks that are offered in the country.

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    This mountain trek in India has amazing walks of the Tshoka Rhododenderon forests along with the Thansing meadows as well as the sparkling bright blue waters of lakes and icy trails for those who want some adventure in life. And while you are enjoying the colourful experiences, you are taken close to the third highest mountain in the world.

    Best Season: September to November, March to April
    Max. Elevation: 5002 m
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    Kanchenjunga BC Trek

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    This base camp trek generally starts from Yuksom, which is the region known for being the meeting place of the three lamas. It takes one through the third highest mountain range in the world. From Yuksam, one gets to enjoy trekking at Bakkhim. Then come Phedang and then Dzongri and finally Laxmi Pokhari, which serves as the vantage point for the campsite where one can enjoy sunrise.

    Best Season: March to April, October to November
    Max. Elevation: 5140 m
    Get a Quote for: Sikkim to Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking

    Difficult Treks

    Green Lake Trek

    This is one of those places that appear to be exquisitely crafted by the lord himself. This trail has beauty and spectacular high peaks along with trails of forests, colourful birds and waterfalls on either sides that will surely make one feel enchanted.

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    The trek is known for being a trail for Pre War Everest expeditions and it is an unexplored region that will offer a variety of opportunities to travellers and trekkers who love to test their skills. This stunning tour is mostly designed for a fortnight so that the trekkers can enjoy the sheer beauty of this place and take in the views that this trek has to offer!

    Best Season: April to May, October to November.
    Max. Elevation: 5500 m
    More Details: Guide to Green Lake Trek
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    Trekking in Himachal Pradesh

    Easy Treks

    Beas Kund Trek

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    One of the most beautiful treks in Kullu Valley, Beas Kund Trek is best known for its Beas Kund or the holy lake where Rishi Vyas is said to have taken his daily bath. It is close to the Soland Nalla Base Camp and allows trekkers to enjoy a vacation of ski slopes and paragliding before or after their trek is over.

    Tents on a sharing basis are generally provided as accommodation during these treks, and it is easy going as well as a learning experience for beginner trekkers.

    Best Season: April to June, September to November
    Max. Elevation: 3690 m
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    Triund to Laka Glacier Trek

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    Laka Glacier is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. Fed by the Glacier, this place is located near Mc Leodganj in Himachal Pradesh, known for its temples and its proximity to the popular city Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama.

    Mostly organised for four days, this trip covers Laka Glacier along with Triund, which is accessible through the Bhagshunath temple. The place is stunningly beautiful and offers training practise to beginners who are enthusiastic about adventure and exploration.

    Best Season: March to June, September to December
    Max. Elevation: 3200 m
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    Manimahesh Lake

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    Normally, a sixteen day annual trip or pilgrimage is organised to Manimahesh Lake in Himachal Pradesh every year, as this oval shaped, glacier-fed lake is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The trek to this lake is for beginners and trekking enthusiasts, who get the opportunity to trek to an elevation of 13390 ft.

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    The trek takes one through the beautiful Manimahesh Kailash Peak along with Chamba district. This stunning beauty of the lake makes for the climax to this trekking trip.

    Best Season: Apr to June, Aug to Oct
    Max. Elevation: 4115 m
    More Details: Guide to Bharmour to Manimahesh Trek

    Sar Pass

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    Located in valley Parvati of Kullu district, this pass is one of the mountain trek in India that are offered to beginning level trekkers. The trek is known for its lake, which is normally frozen.

    Mostly, Grahan is the region where the first camp is established and then other camps are established at Kasol, Padri, Ratapani and last at Biskeri and Bhandak, with an altitude of 11000 ft and 8000 ft respectively. Several tours are organised by different associations and tour organisers in India for Sar Pass region.

    Best Season: May to June, September to October
    Max. Elevation: 4250 m

    Chandra Tal

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    The enchanting beauty of Chandra Tal is the backdrop of this stunning mountain trek in India that allows small groups of people to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. Designed for beginner level trekkers, this tour is about travelling through the beautiful passes of this country.

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    Also known as the Moon Lake, this lake comes through the Chandra River and offers an experience similar to if you were walking on the moon. This is one of the most sacred lakes in the country and is most popular for changing its appearance from red to orange and then to colours like blue and bright green at night.

    Best Season: Mid June to Mid October
    Max. Elevation: 4900 m
    More Details: Guide to Baralacha to Chandertal trek
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    Moderate Treks

    Chandrakhani Pass

    Apart from stunning views and enthralling terrain, what makes Chadrakhani Pass a must-explore is the fact that this beautiful mountina trek in India is known for its spiritual and religious significance. If legend is to be believed then in Malana Village, which is a part of this trek and is known as the Valley of Gods, a basket which was being carried by Jamlu, the presiding deity of Malana was blown by the Gods of Kullu.

    Hence it came to be known as the Valley of Gods. This trip, which is mostly for 6-8 days, allows trekkers to develop a unique relationship with the Himalayas, offering enthralling experiences.

    Best Season: April to May, September to November
    Max. Elevation: 3660 m

    Deo Tibba Base

    Deo Tibba Base

    Grazing pastures and shepherds along with shining emerald blue waters of Chander Tal makes this trekking tour a must-try for all medium level trekkers. This stunningly beautiful trek will enthrall all explorers who wish to get magnificent views of the Deo Tibba Peak at 6001 metres.

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    The trek provides unique experiences of embarking to the top of Rohtang Pass, visiting the spiritual town of Dharamshala and moving to the upper Kullu Valley. This mountain trek in India will help trekkers get a feel of routes of the mysterious Himalayas. 

    Best Season: June to September
    Max. Elevation: 4480 m
    More Details: Guide to Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek
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    Manali Hampta Pass

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    The Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful mountain trek in India that are meant for medium level trekkers. This trek starts from Jobra to Chika region, where the trek is starts from 9800 feet. The paths take one into a beautiful forest, followed by an easy ascent to Balu Ka Gera.

    Here, one can enjoy snow clad peaks of Dahuladhar and then move ahead along Rani River, later moving on to the Shea Foru crossing Hampta Pass. The steep ascents and the sharp descents here will help travellers and trekkers hone their skills. It is after Sheagoru that people will start the downhill trek of Chatar.

    Best Season: May to October
    Max. Elevation: 4290 m
    More Details: Guide to Hampta Pass
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    Difficult Treks

    Kinnaur Kailash Circuit

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    For all those who want a pristine, high-altitude mountain trek in India, Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Trek is the advanced trek tour that they should take. Usually covered over a period of 10-12 days, this trek is all about enjoying the utmost beauty of the Himalayas and covers the valley of Kinaur and Baspa. The initial journey is long and scenic, with stunning views of the old silk route. Later, one gets to explore Chitkul Valley along with Charang La and terminal moraine.

    Best Season: May to September
    Max. Elevation: 5242 m
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    Pin Parvati Pass

    Pin Parvati Pass

    Pin Parvati Trek Valley in Kullu region and the Pin Valley of Spiti are covered in this pass trek. This stunningly beautiful pass is extremely strenuous and should be tried by advanced trekkers only. The pass, which was first discovered in 1884, is now regularly visited from the period of July to September and takes approximately 10-12 days to cover.

    It lies on a higher terrain and at the same time, remains under heavy snow. The journeys are long and experienced guides are required. But once one starts the trek, everything is beautiful, serene and absolutely perfect, including hot water springs of Khir Ganga, Thakur Kuan and Mantalaie Lake.

    Best Season: May to September
    Max. Elevation: 4900 m

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    So, if you are a seasoned trekker, then don’t wait. Start planning your mountain trek in India!


Trekking in India

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About the Activity: This is one of the most demanding day treks in Manali and it takes a full day of hard work if you are into hard core trekking. You will love to be on the top of Patalsu Peak as the view from the top is wonderful and is definitely the ultimate reward for all the hard work iyou will be doing in terms of trekking and adventure! The day hike to Patalsu Peak starts from Solang village, which is 15 kms further up the valley from main Manali. It is a small village in a beautiful valley named after its name. The day trek is mainly going up a steep windy trail, up through th
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About the Activity:Soyal village is an ancient beautiful village with less number of houses but it covers a avast area of lush green forests filled with Deodar and pine trees.Trek through the frozen village, visit the temple of Jamdagni Rishi and also other sights are there en route to delight your eyes.Use your spare time to participate in angling, photography and leisure walks to get relaxed and the destination for the day is Guadh.Relax for the night with BBQ and bonfire at the campsite in Guadh or indulge in some more photographic moments if you wish.See the bewitching river Beas on the way
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About the Activity:Embark on this delightful trekking trip that enables you to explore the real beauty of Kheer Ganga.Trek through the rugged mountainous terrain takes you through stunning landscapes. Delight in the natural beauty accompanying you.Make your way through beautiful tiny hamlets and witness the local life of the people.You will be picked up from the Bank Of India ATM and the guide will take you to Barsaini. Start the trek passing by through local villages of Rudranag. Upon arrival at Kheer Ganga, head to the top of the valley for hot spring water bath.Camp for the night baski
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Attractions

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, people come in plenty toward this beach to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.