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With the enthralling Kedarnath range to the north, the Chandrashila Peak offers splendid panoramic vistas. Literally meaning the ‘Moon Rock’, Chandrashila is incidentally the highest peak in the area. A low altitude trek that’s full of cavernous gorges and vivid imagery, the season for trekking is round the year. With gradients suiting beginners, Chandrashila trek allows eyeful glimpses of Garhwal Himalayas and the trek passes through an ancient Shiva temple atop Tungnath.
Distance from Delhi: 455 Kilometres approximately
Nearest Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station
One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route. What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately
Also known popularly as Devariya Tal, it a crystal-clear lake that mirrors the snow-draped Chaukhamba peaks. Offering an otherworldly view of the mountains and its reflection, trekking here is a surreal experience. Situated in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, overnight camping sometimes leads to spotting animals near the waterhole in the morning. This trekking place near Delhi is open throughout the year, and is a relatively short and easy trek to the magical place that is even mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Distance from Delhi: 420 Kilometres approximately
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar Railway Station
Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.
Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately
Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station
Hanging valley of Gods, also known as Har ki Doon, is a classic and moderate trek which provides a funfilled experience to the trekker. Situated in the Western Ganges of the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3, 556 meters, the valley is cradle-shaped and surrounded by dense forests and glittering peaks.
An interesting fact about the Hanging Valley is the people here still practice polygamy and worship the Mahabharata character Duryodhana as their deity. The Hanging Valley of Gods is a remote region that possesses virgin beauty and tranquility. Due to this, this is one of the most preferred places for trekking.
Best season: May - October
Duration: 7 Days
A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately
Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station
Best season: July - September
Duration: 12 Days
Altitude: 5946 m
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Traveller Tales from Garhwal
10 May 2014
i never saw such a fantastic place in my life, it feels like the entire himalayas has come to a single point. We started our trekking from Pauri which is actually a a beautiful hill station having surr
15 September 2014
Wao it looks like a movie location of any Bollywood film , it has everything from beauty of nature of man made adventure... We loved to see the famous Himalayan peaks such as the Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi,
12 February 2015
Awesom views from the peak pount, everything was looking so tiny from the top and elegant as well, especially the dense forests around are virgin and provide picturesque beauty of the snow capped Himal
14 July 2013
The best part was that, there were many food stall or small restaurant in the region so we had no problem in our stay. We also saw the samadhi of famous freedom fighter Veer Chander Singh Garhwali in D...
18 April 2014
There are some point which are really difficult to hike upon so care must be taken in advance. Our expedition completed successful and the entire credit goes to our guides. I loved to trek between Bins...
03 October 2014
But the beautiful views from the peak point won't let you feel any kind of tiredness . Our overnight camping was a very nice experience for me. There is a very beautiful temple of lord Shiva called the...
16 August 2014
The enchanting of birds kept us fresh and the challenges kept us going through the though trails of Pauri to Peethsain and also trek to binsar. The lord shiva temple is definitely a spotting point so d
20 November 2014
This trek suits everyone, from beginners to experienced trekkers... since its a very short trek but no doubt this place is full of rich and dense forests of oak, pine and deodar along with wide variety
19 August 2013
It was a very tiring trek for me, the trails were not so easy for me actually but all thanks to our tour guide whose instructions made this possible for me.Its actually an ideal trek for winter season.
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