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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
13 October 2017
"The things I have seen , the things I have done are pretty amazing . I can tell you tales about it , show you volume of pictures , speak on lengths about it but you wont understand . And its not your fault . Beautiful things are hard to understand and even more hard to earn. Unless you are there breathing in all what I had , you wont get it. And such an everlasting impression could only be created by wonderful people around - my trek guide Nanu , cook Jeeta and Trek coordinator Raj mohan . Rightly called as Valley of Gods through alpine meadows, ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages will leave you spellbound in its web of magic , will give you 7 days of peace amd tranquility and lifetime of memories . "
24 July 2015
Suitable for group adventure, you will get to discover beautiful and snow terrain, mighty mountain peaks, lush green forests and some hot water springs too. Pangarchulla Peak trek via Kuari Pass in Auli is complete paradise for trekking lovers.
14 August 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this trek to Kuari Pass and Pangarchulla Peak which are the two most important sights to be visited in the Himalayas. I never had a plan to visit the Himalayas last year. But my friend forced to do something really crazy during the Dussehra holidays and finally we found this package on many websites and enquired about it many ways. When we got to know about this trek we was really happy and got ready to be a part of it at the earliest. The Garhwal region is absolutely beautiful. There were a lot of peaks with different names and different altitudes that could be seen throughout our trekking trails. Pine forests were the other attractions. Green meadows had their own contribution in making the whole region look marvelous even from a distance. Professional photographers will not leave the place at any point I think. That’s how the nature blessed the area. It was a complete package of fun, entertainment, adventure and thrill. Along with trekking, we did camping too at some base points. Some of the native people were involved in their day to day activities like cattle rearing, cultivation etc. The villages locating before the trekking points are really beautiful with identical huts and houses. Some of the faces I cannot forget ever. The innocence I found there in the villages will be in my mind forever. I heard the local food from those houses is very tasty but we could not taste it since the organizers had a plan of preparing a fixed quantity of food in the morning and at night. For lunch we had Maggi or bread or roti. But when we reached Auli, we tried some tea and snacks from a shop nearby and liked the very much. The people were warm and pleasant to the visitors. I think they are the best people I ever met. Kuari pass and the nearby locations created an amazing bond with me. I wished my family also could come with me then. I am planning for another trip soon with my family members to Kuari Pass and some more places.
14 August 2017
Two most unique places in North India perfect for trekking are Kuari Pass and Pangarchula Peak. The ravishing beauties located at the top most portions create some of the amazing sights to be witnessed and photographed. I selected this trek to explore the significant places around the Himalayas and watch the blend of natural elements in the right proportion. I was stunned to see these two locations. Both these places are ideal for backpacking trips. Solo travelers would be enjoying the challenging routes very well. If you are perfectly fit, then these two landscaped places should be visited at least once in a lifetime. I have gone there during the normal season without the snow cover and all. But still its beauty was indescribable. The lush greenery and the meadows are the highlights at these two locations. The trekking trails are challenging and filled with difficulties at times. But I have enjoyed the complete routes very well. I have an interest of writing down my travel experiences. After coming back I wrote the detailed description of this trek and I found it was more interesting than I ever imagined. The route from Auli to Khulara was the most beautiful stretch of the whole trek. The region is home to many bird species and sheep and cattle flocks. Since there are large meadows, shepherds come in groups to let their flocks of cattle graze so peacefully. That was a mesmerizing sight for me. Kuari Pass trek trails also have similar sights to visit.
10 April 2015
How often do we get to see a glacier? Join this trek and you will find one. Trust me, the Garhwal Himalayas are the best destination to encounter a glacier and when it is the Bagini Glacier, you can guarantee of the most captivating beauty of the snow, glaciers and the mountains. Just be prepared to face the drop in the temperature. But if you pack carefully, you will find the trek really amazing.
15 February 2016
Amazing trekking at a remarkable height of 4700 meters. The views from the summit point of Pangarchulla can not be explained in few words. Ascending on the hills was somehow difficult but descending was quite easier. Pangarchulla Peak terrain is entirely covered with snow but fewer grounds are perfect for fixing tents.
04 May 2015
Take this trek in the summers. During this time, I got the opportunity to witness the real beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas after the nature evolved out as fresh as the morning dew. Colourful flowers all around, the new leaves, the quintessential beauty of everything made it one of the best treks for me.
04 May 2015
The Bagini Pass, the freshness that exists in the air, the colourful meadows and valleys that you will be passing through in this trek will keep you intact with the beauty of the Himalayas. Not so hard and not to easy, I completed this trek while enjoying all the gifts of nature with 4 of my friends.
07 April 2015
More than trekking, I loved the camping part in the high mountains. During the entire trek, the temperature was quite moderate and tolerable. The trails were also easily doable. But yeah, at times they got a bit aggresive, but again, that was the charm of the Har Ki Dun trek.
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