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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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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Garhwal
The Garhwal region of the Himalayas of Uttarakhand is rich in adventure. The vast region encompasses the best of Uttarakhand and allows people to indulge in a variety of activities calculated to enchant the heart and pump the adrenaline. Some great activities that you can enjoy around Garhwal include:
· White Water Rafting
· Bungee Jumping
· Angling and Fishing
· Mountain Biking
· Rock Climbing
Mountains covered with dense greenery are a distinct feature of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region. Many national parks and forest reserves are to be found within this greenery, housing birds and animals of many exotic varieties. Plants of the kind never seen in other places can be found in these forest reserves. And the stillness and beauty of the natural setting defies all description. Taking a wildlife safari in the national parks of Garhwal is a great way of experiencing this loveliness. Some great places you can head over to are:
· Rajaji National Park
· Nanda Devi National Park
· Jim Corbett National Park
· Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
· Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
· Valley Of Flowers National Park
Garhwal is home to many interesting treks, distinctive in their magnitude and variety. Both beginners and advanced trekkers find treks to enjoy in the mountains of Garhwal. There are some treks known for the beautiful scenery they reveal and some treks that are known for the level of strength and endurance they demand. There are single day treks and there are treks that can take up to 20 days to complete. Garhwal is a region that trekkers will truly enjoy, and one that will keep drawing them back, challenging them to reach bigger and better heights. Some treks in the Garhwal region include:
· Har Ki Doon
· Kalindikhal Pass
· Auden's Col Trek
· Kuari Pass
· Nanda Devi National Park
· Roop Kund
· Chandrashila Summit
· Valley of Flowers
· Kuari Pass - Nanda Devi Sanctuary
· Panch Kedar
The chance to camp in the Garhwal Himalayas is one that should not be missed. The intensity of serenity that fills the dark mountains when the night falls upon them has the power to touch your deepest being and alter it forever. Night reveals the awful power of the mountains, and their benignity. And when you camp, all these experiences are available to you. There are many places where you can pitch a tent in the Garhwal region, but some of the best camping spots there include:
· Deoria Tal
· Dayara Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal
Biking, whether in the form of bicycling or motorbiking, is a magnificent way to be one with the Garhwal mountains. The rush of chilly air on your face and the vibrant persistency of nature’s aromas in your nose make you feel alive and ready to take on the world. All the intricate magic of the Himalayas is open to your sight when you bike through them. While you can bike on practically any route in Garhwal, some are more productive than the others. Some great routes to bike on are:
· Rishikesh to Tehri
· Tehri to Uttarkashi
· Uttarkashi to Gangotri
· Rishikesh to Rudraprayag
· Rudraprayag to Auli
· Nainital to Corbett National Park
· Bhimtal to Nainital
· Chamba to Mussoorie
Trekking in the Garhwal region in the summer allows you to be one with the freshness and vibrancy of the world just coming to life after a long winter spell. There is a youthful feeling of hope in the air, and there are colours splashed all around. Trekking in the Garhwal mountains is a fantastic way to revive tired minds and bodies and rejuvenate drooping spirits. Some great summer treks that you can indulge in include:
· Roop Kund Trek
· Valley of Flowers Trek
· Chenab Valley Trek
· Dayara Bugyal Trek
Winter ushers in the snow in the Garhwal region, and with that, the mountainous world is transformed into a white wonderland full of magic and mystery. To trek through the snowy trails and to conquer a high summit despite the icy obstacles is a reward in itself. And the views that burst forth upon you as you trek will make you gasp in astonishment at their majestic beauty held still in time. Some great treks which will let you experience the best of Garhwal in the winters include;
· Chopta Chandrashila Trek
· Har ki Dun Trek
· Nag Tibba Trek
· Kuari Pass Trek
· Kedarkantha Trek
· Brahmatal Trek
· Dodital Trek
· Dayara Bugyal Trek
River rafting is one of the best adventure sports to indulge in in the Garhwal region. Hundreds of tourists visit Uttarakhand regularly with the sole intention of enjoying some of its breathtaking rapids. The unique group activity provides a fantastic way to bond with friends and family, and create memories that will make you laugh for years afterwards. River rafting is at once a serious and an extremely fun sport to participate in. Some places where you can enjoy it in Garhwal include:
· Tehri Garhwal
· Corbett National Park
Traveller Tales From Garhwal
18 May 2017
"the best experience so far....\nlimitless scenic view from the top \ncool guides and tents\nawesome friendly people around ... snowfall was the best part of the trek. I couldn't say more about the nature there."
16 March 2017
I have been to Kedarnath trek (4-3-2017 to 9-3-2017) along with my friends. I really appreciate you guys for making this trek a memorable one and immensely grateful for having spent the best time of my life (till date). Even though, inopportunely six members cancelled their trip at the last moment Hike to the Himalayan members didn’t cancel/postponed the trek and this is quite imposing and an invaluable display of great gestures. The accommodation and transport facilities provided to us were impeccable. The food was extremely good and our guide ( Mr Guddu Singh Rawat) is well versed in handling each and every situation gingerly. It was an amazing experience and I would like to mention that I will definitely rely on your team for my future adventures.
11 January 2017
Absolutely fantabulous ! That's how I define my experience to Kedarkantha trek with HikeToHimalayas in 2 words. Myself and my wife went on a this trek and they organised everything for us, making it truly a hassle free experience, so we could concentrate on the hiking and be adventurous all through the trip. The real star of the show for us though was the friendly organisers. From keeping us all comfortable or gruelling trekking, to making sure we ordered food at the exact right time to avoid any crowds. Food was indeed far above expectations. By the end of the trek it was truly was like a homely environment to each of us. Most importantly the toilets were clean and very hygienic. Our porters were also fantastic, making a show of us by carrying out heavy bags up the trek faster than we got up ourselves. And always with a smile on their faces. Amazing experience and I cannot recommend HikeToHimalayas enough. Looking forward to be a part of your treks more often. Cheers, Vaibhav.
16 March 2017
For long I have been planning to go out for a trek along with my friends and was really glad when I saw this amazing Kedarkatha trek. The pickup was on time and we reached our destination. The accommodation and the food were perfect as well. We had the most amazing guide with us, he was very jolly and was telling us about each of the places. Loved this trek.
09 January 2017
It was first trekking experience for me and my family, and no doubt it was the most amazing one. We never expected Uttrakhand to be so so picturesque. Kedarkantha is really beautiful, covered all around by mountains, the photographs we took there make us feel that we are still there. We went there in December .Our family enjoyed the most in camps. The entire trek was very well professionally organised with delicious food and friendly ,as well as well informed staff. Will definitely opt for the sevices in future as well.
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