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    Get ready to be soaked

    The Indian Subcontinent is best known for the breathtaking scenes it has to offer.The adventure sports in India are emerging faster than any other activity. You can now experience the paragliding tours, skiing, rock climbing, trekking and white water rafting.

    There are several places that offer you great white water or river rafting experience in India. Up North, there are places where you can engage in rafting like Zanskar and Indus River in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, Teesta River in Sikkim and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

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    All these mentioned places offer you a breathtaking view of mountains on both the sides as the rivers flow through the valley. In Central India, you can ride the raft in Kolad, which is in Maharashtra. Down south, there are several places in Karnataka, where Dandeli rafting in north Karnataka and the Barapole Rafting in Coorg are known to be exciting.

    Rafting is an adventure sport which includes a team of people to travel through the river on a raft. White water rafting or river rafting basically involves travelling on an extremely challenging rocky course. You not only get to enjoy the mountainous place with its beauty, but also to connect with raw nature in its ultimate force. Moreover rafting in India is an exciting experience in itself.

    This guide will give you a glimpse of all the places and how you can make the most of your river rafting adventure.

    There are degrees of rough water which are suitable for river rafting. The degrees are usually mentioned in grades of rafting standards. The grades range from 1-6 and the higher numbers indicate the roughness of the course.

    Grade 1 requires a very basic skill level and very little movement of the raft is necessary.

    Grade 2 has a little aunt of rocks and the movements are more pronounced in comparison with the previous grade.

    Grade 3 includes white water which is gushy in nature.

    Grade 4 includes rocks and medium waves, with a considerable drops and sharp movements, which are required.

    Grade 5 has a heavy amount of water with large rocks and dangerous spots. It requires a considerable amount of practice in order to perform the movements in this stage.

    Grade 6 is the most hazardous and is extremely dangerous rafting standards. Completing such a course is considered to be a matter of skill and is more than often taken up by people who are experienced with rafting.

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    In any grade of river rafting, it is extremely important to observe the safety aspects. Precautions must be taken while indulging in the activity. With a wide range of beautiful landscapes, rafting in India can indeed be a memorable experience.

    The best river rafting locations in India:

    1. Rishikesh

    Rafting in Rishikesh

    Riding the fresh waters of the river while the shivering cold water splashes on your face. This is one enthralling experience, and this is exactly what you experience when you raft on the white waters of Rishikesh.

    The camp is placed in Shivpuri which is a sandy beach. This place is an adventure house which offers different types of packages for rafting, adventurous trekking and rock climbing. Surrounding the camp is the fresh and brisk air from the lake and crystal clear water from the Ganges.

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    The camp also offers other facilities like Swiss Alpine tents, sanitation options and a 24 hour kitchen. You can raft down from the Marine drive to the camp and back again which would be a 20km ride. You can make your trip better by coupling with other adventures like rock climbing or trekking.

    2. Manali

    Rafting in Manali

    Nestled in the valley of the River Beas, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations to go and enjoy rafting in India. Located at the altitude of 2,050m the place Kullu in Manali is a popular river rafting destination. Rafting in Manali can be taken in the River Beas where the currents are strong but manageable.

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    River rafting in Manali at the River Beas kund from Pirdi goes for up to 4 km down to Jhiri which goes up to 14 km. The journey would take an hour and a half but the experience will stay with you for a lifetime. The view of the pine and deodar forests surrounding the place is quite soothing. The best season for rafting in Manali is during April and June.

    3. Himachal Pradesh

    Natural greenery in abundance; the clear waters that pass by purifying every pebble on its way; the lovely mouth watering red apples; you just run out of phrases to describe this beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Adventure sports are quite popular in Himachal Pradesh and especially river rafting gets a great deal of appreciation.

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    The rivers of the upper Himalayas that run across the state are the best for white water rafting.  They are challenging with insane ups and downs; it is quite an experience when your inflated boat crashes through the rocky banks. Moreover these rivers and snow fed every year making it all the more cold and challenging but fighting the currents as you row your boat down the path is completely worth it.

    4. Barapole River, Coorg

    The mighty Barapole River Coorg

    Just imagine walking on the roads early in the morning and all that surrounds you is thick mist and the only sound that lingers in your ears. The beautiful Coorg or Kodagu as it is called has a lot to offer to its tourists.

    It is also the birthplace of River Cauvery that flows across the state. Besides being nestled between beautiful hills like the Brahmagiri, Coorg also entertains adventure sports. Do not leave the place before going rafting in the Barapole River of the district.

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    Rafting here is very well planned considering all the safety precautions with river guides, paramedics and all the support being present round the clock at different spots. Yes, it sounds scary to battle the strong currents of the harsh river, but the feeling cannot be matched.

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    5. Dandeli

    Dandeli, a small town in the Uttara Karnataka district which was home to several adventure sports and the wildlife safaris has now introduced the white river rafting, which is the first one of its kind in South India. The white river rafting packages in Dandeli are available in two different forms.

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    The Bison River run stretches up to 13 km, and the ride through the Bison river lasts for four hours. It gives you an insane rush of adrenaline as you raft through the entire section of the roughest channels and the beautiful forests of the Western Ghats. You may also be able to see some wildlife in the journey.

    The other river rafting in india package is called the mid run which is a 3 hour raft for about 9 km. In the second river rafting package the rafting again goes through the Bison river falls and goes past some of the rough channels for a while before the ride gets smooth. This ride will take you through the forest area and again there is a possibility of having close encounters with wildlife.

    All the safety precautions are considered here and all the rafts are closely monitored by rafting professionals who are alert all the time. The rafters will be provided with walkie talkies and there are meeting points in several places throughout the stretch in case of any emergency. Life jackets, helmets and other safety gear come within the river rafting package.

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    6. Bhagirathi River

    If the waters make you happy, you must try the white water rafting in the Bhagirathi River. The river flows through the beautiful villages and the sandy beaches, it offers an unimaginable but enthralling experience of rafting through the 150 Km stretch. You will come across rapids like the Elephant rock, the Chute, the Sharp ‘S’ and the confluence rapids.

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    After all the challenging hues, if you are craving for more, then this white river rafting experience in the Bhagirathi river will tighten your belts. The point of the Bhagirathi with the Alaknanda river at the Devprayag that forms the Ganga is extremely challenging. You really need to battle the current with force.

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    In fact, further ahead there are more rapids waiting to welcome or perhaps waiting to fight with you; the currents at the Ganga are a tough one to deal with followed by the Daniel dip and the Wall. This is one of the best places that offers rafting in India.

    The best season to take up white river rafting at the Bhagirathi is from October to Mid-May.

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    Tips to a great river rafting experience:

    What To Bring?

    Light Clothing: You must carry a pair of clothes, which are made from the material that dry quickly. You wouldn’t want to keep shivering with wet clothes for the whole day.

    Preferably, wear shorts, as it will be easier to swim across the river with a pair of shorts than heavy pants which will hinder your leg movement, when in water.

    T-shirts or quick-drying clothing and it is better to wear them. They are comfortable and can be easily dried.

    Footwear: Wear some suitable footwear like shoes or sneakers. Heavy duty rubber sandals are good for such adventures as your feet can breathe and can be easily dried.

    Sunscreen: You will have need to carry a good sunscreen as the whole day is going to be spent outdoors.

    Eyewear: It is better if you have protective eyewear like swimming goggles.

    Jacket: Don’t forget to pack a windproof jacket, as it is not just the river rafting activity that you will be indulging in on that day. Such places are usually cold and after the activity, you might want to keep yourself warm.

    Towels: Carry some towels.

    A light sweater: Don’t forget to carry a sweater, in case you decide to spend the night camping near the river.

    Essentials like: A Flashlight and the first aid box

    How to Plan?

    Get ready for an experience of a lifetime

    Plan in advance

    Plan your rafting experience in advance. Always consult before finalising on river rafting packages. Rafting in india can be difficult at times. The grade of the river rafting experience too is important. Plan these details in advance, keeping in mind all the members joining this adventure. Choose the grade level, the place and plan the trip in advance.

    Keep a budget

    Keep a tight but flexible budget. Whatever be the condition, do not compromise on the safety aspect of the adventure.

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    Carry stuff with you, instead of buying items at the place where you need them. They might overcharge you for things that are not that expensive, only because you need it at that particular. Better be safe than sorry. Carry some essential things that you need.

    Consult Professionals

    White water Rafting is an adventure sport. The instructors and the organizers need to be professional enough to handle the safety and the quality of the ride. You can consult some professionals who can manage the activity without compromising on the safety.

    What You Should Expect?

    This is a risky Sport: This adventure sport is risky and not without any expected course. The path is not always a planned course, in higher grades. The lower grades are not so risky but keep in mind that this sport is an extremely adventurous sport with a lot of risks involved.

    Safety first: Make sure all the safety precautions are carried out, from the start till the end of the course.

    Be ready to take a dive: There might be constant jumps in the course, where you get completely immersed in the river for a while. Be ready and enjoy these unexpected dives

    [Traverse through the highs and the lows of rapturous rivers and enchanting landscapes with the Alaknanda river rafting expedition]

    Help in maneuvering: Don’t just sit there, help the maneuvering in the course, which will make you more involved in the sport and get the raw thrill out of it.

    Never forget your life jacket and helmet: Do not underestimate nature, and always ensure you wear your lifejacket and safety helmet. Take responsibility so that others do it too.

    Not for the light hearted: This sport offers you a constant adrenaline rush, and is not for the light hearted folks out there.

    Be Prepared: Unlike any other ride, this sport has an unexpected course with a lot of spontaneous movements. Be Prepared for such jolts, movements and dips.

    [Live your life on the edge and embark on a river rafting experience like no other.]

    Do’s and Don’ts

    Do’s

    ?       Communicate with the guide clearly

    ?       Wear light clothes which dry quickly

    ?       Wear appropriate footwear

    ?       Wear appropriate glasses

    Don’ts

    ?       Do not wear heavy clothing

    ?       Do not carry electronic goods

    ?       Do not litter the area

    ?       This adventurous activity is not suitable for pregnant women in carriage and people with heart issues.

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    We hope this guide to rafting in India has been helpful in providing you more information and happy rafting!


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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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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.

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Stok Kongri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here

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Manali

From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

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Roopkund Trek

Counted among the best treks in India, the Roopkund trail is a trekker’s paradise. Roopkund’s topography is complete with verdant forests, acres and acres of open meadows, trickling brooks, and the celestial snow of course. Roopkund also comprises of the eerie Skeletal Lake, and is great for one’s initiation into high-altitude trekking. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons make Roopkund one of the compulsory trekking places near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 308 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.