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  • Delhi is perhaps the most historic of all cities in Northern India is not only abound with monuments. Situated in a unique location close to the Himalayas, Delhi is also blessed with access to possibly the most scenic treks in India. Snow-laden mountains and gushing rivers, misty trails and miles of greenery compose the unique topography of trekking near Delhi. 

    Some of the best places for trekking near Delhi:

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  • 02Benog Tibba

    Benog Tibba
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    Housed inside the Benog Mountan Quail Sanctuary in Mussoorie, the trek on Benog Hill is off the beaten track. Ridden with steep slopes, the mountainous terrain is also dotted with camping sites. So, if bonfire with friends is on your mind, the Benog Tibba trek will leave you spellbound. The adventure trail also passes in the vicinity of Kempty Falls, one of Mussoorie’s better-known waterfalls. The northern face of Benog Tibba is home to ‘Ghoral’—a rare mountain goat on the verge of extinction. The forest grows denser with ascent, and offers stunning panoramic vistas. The trails running across pose sufficient challenges, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to moderate. The months between October and April are pleasant, with the snowfall over pines adding a mystical touch.

    Distance from Delhi: 300 Kilometers approximately
    Nearest Railhead: Balawala Railway Station Junction

  • 03Nag tibba

    Nag tibba

    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
    Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station
    Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

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  • 04Kheer Ganga

    Kheer Ganga

    Situated at the log-end of Parvati Valley, Kheer Ganga is part of the revered hippie-trail. The limitless skies above are majestic, even as numerous waterfalls and bridges charm you on the trek. However, the most important attraction of the trek are the hot water springs on top. Interestingly, many places offering accommodation draw water directly from these sulphur ponds, and the water is renowned for its medicinal properties. Surrounded by Alpine forests and snow-capped mountains beyond them, Kheer Ganga offers possibly the most scenic treks near Delhi. The best months to trek are between May and November, while the winter months tend to be extreme where trails are slippery.

    Distance from Delhi: 550 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest railhead: Ahju Railway Station 

  • 05Bhadraj Hill

    Bhadraj Hill

    Besides the regular fare of extremely picturesque mountain-views, the Bhadraj trekking trail leads you into contrasting landscapes. While the northern slopes are carpeted with dense forests, vast grasslands are characteristic of the southern slopes. The Milkman’s Trail is highly used by trekking enthusiasts, and the best season to visit is post-monsoon—although it’s open throughout the year. Bhadraj Hill provides much-needed respite from Delhi’s insolent summer sun, and is of moderate difficulty.

    Distance from Delhi: 332 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

  • 06Churdhar Trek

    Churdhar Trek

    The highest peak in the Shivalik Himalayan Range, Churdhar trek ranks high on the list of Delhi’s adventure enthusiasts. A night’s drive away, the peak is lined with diverse cultures and terrains and provides a spectacular view of the Gangetic basin below. The trails to approach the peak are set amid Deodar forests, with Kasauli and Kedarnath seen at a distance. Being one of the highest peaks in the outer Himalayas, the gradients suit beginners and seasoned trekkers alike. The best months to trek are between May to November, with summers staying pleasant and heavy snowfall taking charge from December till April.

    Distance from Delhi: 370 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Kalka Railway Station

  • 07Triund

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    The snow-engulfed mountains of the Dhauladhar range on one side, and the deeply enchanting Kangra valley on the other, exhilarates trekkers unlike many. One of the shorter treks on the list, the inclines are challenging and are a beginner’s delight. Avid bird-watchers flock to the trek often and the evening sky compels you to pitch a tent for the night. The illuminated township below is a sight to behold indeed. Trekking from Triund, the crown jewel of Dharamsala is best done in the months between March and December and is one of the most popular treks near Delhi.

    Distance from Delhi: 476.2 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Jassur and Paror (narrow-gauge) and Pathonkot (broad-gauge)

  • 08Hampta Pass

    Hampta Pass
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    A set of vivid, changing landscapes underline the trek at Hampta Pass. Glacial valleys, alpine forests, and vast, open spaces characterize the Hampta Pass trek. The two valleys of Kullu and Lahaul are linked by the pass, and trekking through the mountainous terrain opens up a world of beauty. Counted among the best short treks around the country, its relative proximity to Delhi makes it unmissable. The Hampta Pass trek satiates the adventurous palates of first-timers and adrenaline-junkies alike. And the most-favoured season to trek is between June to September, with snowfall early in the year shutting down the byway.

    Distance from Delhi: 550 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Ahju Railway Station
    Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek, Himachal Pradesh 2017

    Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek, Himachal Pradesh 2017

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  • 09Hatu Peak Trek

    Hatu Peak Trek

    Ideal for weekend trekking near Delhi, Hatu Peak throws an experience reminiscent of a full-blown Himalayan trail. Although a day trek, the vast mountains and the conifers provide exhilarating company till reaching Hatu Mata’s temple at the very top. Trekkers are left breathless by the soaring highs and the gorges draped in snow; while it is the perfect learning experience for beginners. March to mid-April, and September till November are the months for summer treks; while December and January are perfect for winter trekking near Delhi.

    Distance from Delhi: 431 Kilometres approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Shimla Railway Station
  • 10Roopkund Trek

    Roopkund Trek
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    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

    Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2017

    Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2017

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  • 11Deoria Tal

    Deoria Tal

    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

    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

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  • 12Chandrashila Trek

    Chandrashila Trek

    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

    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

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  • 13Kuari Pass Trek

    Kuari Pass Trek

    Offering the most glorious sightings of the star peaks of the Himalayas, atop Kuari Pass, the world comes to a standstill. Chaukhamba, Kamet, Trishul, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat and a few other great peaks take center-stage at nature’s own amphitheatre. Among the several treks Lord Curzon undertook in the Garhwal, the one passing through Kuari Pass was unearthed by him—hence called ‘Curzon’s Trail’. One of the best places for trekking near Delhi, the winter trek at Kuari Pass entices swarming adventure enthusiasts between months of December and March.

    Distance from Delhi: 484 Kilometres approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Haridwar Railway Station

    Winter Kuari Pass Trek

    Winter Kuari Pass Trek


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  • 14Har Ki Doon

    Har Ki Doon

    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

    Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2017

    Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2017

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  • 15Dayara Bugyal

    Dayara Bugyal

    Counted among the most beautiful meadows in the country, the vibrant meadow of Dayara Bugyal has attained cult status among hikers. During the wintry months, the milky slopes are perfect for some alpine skiing. The Bhagirathi peaks, Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch are among scores of other peaks that loom around the meadow, and trekkers are particularly taken by many emerald lakes strewn across Dayara Bugyal. Another first-timer trek on the list, the best months to visit are between May to November, although experienced trekkers find the meadow laden with snow in winters irresistible.

    Distance from Delhi: 425 Kilometres approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Haridwar Railway Station
    Dayara Bugyal Trekking Expedition, 2017

    Dayara Bugyal Trekking Expedition, 2017

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  • 16Chandra Tal Trek

    Chandra Tal Trek
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    The ‘Moon Lake’, as it is popularly called, is the source of the Chandra River that flows through the divine mountains to become River Chenab in Pakistan. Owing to the absolute clarity of the vast skies above, the Chandra Tal changes colours as the day goes by—turning various hues of red, orange, blue and green. Trekkers flock to revel in the scenery, and is undoubtedly among the must-do treks from Delhi. The best months to trek to the Moon Lake is from June till October, and the gradients are moderately-easy.

    Distance from Delhi: 722 Kilometres approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar (narrow-gauge), Chandigarh (broad-gauge)

  • 17Kedarkantha Trek

    Kedarkantha Trek

    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

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    Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2017

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  • 18Indrahar Pass

    Indrahar Pass

    An extremely popular trekking route from Dharamshala, the trek to Indrahar Pass trails in the lush folds of the Dhauladhar range. Surrounded by thickets of Deodars and Rhododendrons, the panorama of Pir Panjal range to the north and the plains to the south exhilarates trekkers. Treacherous precipices and steep ascents make this a moderately-difficult trek; passing through Triund Hill and an endless view of Kangra Valley. Overnight camping in the Lahesh caves is an experience that’ll leave you transfixed, and the trekking season runs from May to October.

    Distance from Delhi: 475 Kilometres approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Kangra Railway Station
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    Indrahar Pass Trek, 2017

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