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    Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” And, he was probably right. Walking tours are one of the best ways to discover something unique and distinct. Customised walking tours are now one of the most sought modes of recreation in the country. You can choose where you want to ‘walk’ that is in its literal sense.

    Moreover, you will be able to relate to the place better as you are on your feet rather than being confined to a metal chassis that goes with the wind. If walking really appeals to you, then why not try some walking tours in India?

    Besides, rejuvenating yourself as you walk in the streets, it will also allow you to witness the beauty that India carries in its domicile. There are over ten beautiful destinations made for walking tours in the country, read on, to take a tour of the best places for walking tours in India.

    Best Places for Walking Tours in India:

    1.  Hop on the rocky terrain in Hyderabad

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    The beauty of the Deccan Plateau is impeccable. The rocks shine amidst the greenery and the hillocks where they rest. There are amazing rock formations in this region each of which grabs the sight of eyes towards itself.

     The part of the plateau that falls at Hyderabad is quite eye catchy for the rocks found in this region are granite that reflect the rays of the sun and apparently these rocks are older than the Himalayas, that would make them around 2,500 million years old.

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    As you walk by the rocky patch, you have an amazing opportunity to discover the history behind the formations, a whole new world of birds, hidden rivers trickling down the lane. With insane names like Hamburger, Mushroom as per their shapes, the rocks will get your imagination run wild.

    This walk tour is conducted on every third Sunday of the month and your imagination can dwell deeper in them every time you visit the place. The tour is free of cost, but the experience will definitely take you a long way.

    2. When the divine spirits visit Kolkata

    Kolkata walking tour

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    The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Pooja, but the real fun is when you see the off stage preparations on the auspicious day. All you have to do is take a walk in the by lanes of the old Kumartuli’s road, which is also called the Potter’s Town. You will be greeted with some of the most beautiful craftsmen’s works where the different kinds Durga idols adore the streets. Besides witnessing the strongest of Goddesses standing tall, you will also be a part of the lifestyle of the tender hands that mold these idols with utmost care and worship.

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    You can start off at around 6 am in the morning from the Armenian Ghat where you can catch a glimpse of early morning wrestling followed by the natives of the city. The next stop would be the flower market. This place is more or less like a bouquet of rainbows filled with the most vibrant colors while the fragrance of fresh flowers refreshes your mind and body. Then comes the Howrah Bridge followed by the Old Mint and the Nimtala burning ghat. This walking tour is free of cost.

    3.  Food and more food, a walk in the streets of Old Delhi

    Old Delhi food walking tour

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    If you are an Indian, you are a foodie by default. If you are done relishing the juicy and tender chunks of meat and seafood roasted in the most aromatic of spices, then why not try going vegetarian for a short period. Test your tastebuds on the unique ‘Baniya’ vegetarian street food at Sitaram Bazar, Old Delhi. As you walk by the street, you can also have a look at different spices that go into an Indian cooking bowl as you treat yourself to a sumptuous meal.

    In any case, if you wondering about the variety of the food here, then this could be an apt example for food for thought. From savoury Gol-gappas to the Nagori halwa with small puris with a hint of sweetness to Kucha Chole and Baniya rotis, the list is endless.

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    If your taste buds have been satisfied, you can go ahead to treat your eyes to the Havelis of the yesteryears where you could participate in a cooking a vegetarian meal or just enjoy the aroma of oil blending in with the spices. The tour is free of charge but the refreshments would cost a small amount which would be negligible compared to the experience.

    4.  City walk in Mumbai

    City walk in Mumbai

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    The Glamour town of the country, Mumbai also has a subtle side to add to its glory. If you would want to the enjoy the simplicity of this beautiful city of Maharashtra embark on one of the famed walking tours in India. From the streets of Dariya Mahal, Radhabai Chawl in Jogeshwari to the Brabourne restaurant. These places are jewels on the crowning glory of the state capital.

    You could also try the popular snack, Vada pav -- a yummy crispy ball of potatoes boiled to perfection mixed with spices and sandwiched between the soft layers of wheat bun with tangy green chutney and a chilly to add to the spice. You could then quench your thirst at Sikkanagar with the tastiest of the sherbets.

    You could also top this up with Babbanji Bihari’s Bombay tour, where you come face to face with the lifestyle of a typical Bihari, the migrants from the far north end of the country.

    5.  Passing by the lit up streets of Mylapore in Chennai

    Chennai Walking tour

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    Walking by the cities of the North India must have been enjoyable, but the South is no less impeccable. Every part of the Incredible India is incredible, so are the streets of the cultural hub of the Chennai, Mylapore. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich cultural ethics. The state has managed to keep its authenticity intact with the most beautiful temples capturing grabbing your attention, this walk would take you to the 3,000-year-old Kapaleeswarar Temple.

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    The carvings on the temple stones are so intricate that it make you ponder if it has been sculpted with a needle. As you take a few steps further you will come across shopkeepers trying to sell everything from wares, jewellery and silk to puja items, fruits and vegetables. Once you feel famished you can complete your walking tour with snacks and steaming hot coffee from the popular Saravana Bhavan. Again, the snacks may fleece your pockets, not the tour.

    6.  Let the sands play the tune, Goa it has to be!

    Walking tours in India - Goa

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    ‘Blessed are those who live by the sea’- a saying that seems to be stolen by anyone who has loved walking by the beach. Walking in sands of the Goan beach is a different pleasure in itself. The guided walk in here is organised by a library and an educational resource sector, Bookworm. This could be your walk to remember.

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    This is not a normal walk by the beach as it include a flurry of events like treasure hunts, coloring, retracing the map and other activities that will keep you gripped as you enjoy the ride on your feet. The organisation has kept the fun part alive by keeping a different track every time. The tour includes a walk to the Governor’s Palace, through the Museum of Christian Art, a walk by the Natural Heritage Trail and the Azad Maidan.

    7. Mumbai market, food all the way;

    Mumbai market food walk

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    Food and Mumbai are so closely related that it has become a part of their cultural identity. Well, you cannot but help it, but food in Mumbai is awesome. Have you ever wondered about taking a food walk? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Brace yourselves, for we have now reached Matunga, Central Mumbai.

    This place is known for a beautiful display of different cultures hinting about different communities making a living in here. You can stroll by the markets of this area, where you can treat yourself to cuisines of three different communities, Tamil Brahmins, Gujaratis and Jains. Yes, it is purely vegetarian but the taste stays for a lifetime.

    The Food walk begins at the Kannika Parameshwari temple where you can get to know about the history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Then you will head to the market area where the fruits, vegetables and spices will grab onto your eyeballs immediately. The view is pleasant and soothing.

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    You can follow up the visual treat with as you indulge yourself in a different version of the dosa, which is a popular snack in South India, called the Khakra Dosa where the plain dosa is made very crisp and then dried. There are other interesting fusion desserts like a Jain Mousse which is prepared without egg and of course, the chocolate barfi.

    8. Chennai, Again?

    Walking tours in India - Chennai

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    Have you ever wondered what does a Journalist has to face every day? How about stepping into the shoes of one? Sign up for this new walk around Chennai where your eyes would go with the pen a writer. Bring along resources like pen, paper, or a camera. As you walk by, you can also chat with groups of people.

    Later, you will have to pen down your experience however you like. It could be an essay, a report or feature. You can it keep it funny, serious or adventurous. Your written piece will be combined with the others on your walking tour and will be uploaded online. However, you will have to shell out some amount as fee.

    9. Spooky gets the going, Cemetery lane walk, Shimla

    Cemetery lane walk Shimla

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    Spirits are still a mystery today. What does it feel like to walk in a cemetery in the wee hours of the night? The Cemetery Lanes Walk in Shimla will take you to three of the five cemeteries in the city. The Kanlog cemetery being largest one is surrounded by a dense forest of cedar trees and will surely send shudders down your spine.  You can also take a look at the old run-down houses of the yester centuries and also see the Combermere Bridge peeping out of the thick mist surrounding the place.  

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    The walk begins in the morning and goes on till the end of the day. This walk is again charged at a small price but for the purpose for keeping the mystery alive, the price is told to only those who take the tour.

    10. The garden city of India: A short tour in the IT Hub

    Bangalore walking tours

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    What is the joy in underatking walking tours in India, if you don’t walk by the streets of the one of most crowded places of the country, Bangalore? With the concrete jungles filling up the place, the once garden city of India seems to have lost its charm. Well, do not be disappointed, this walk might get your faith restored.

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    This walking tour is organised by Bangalore walks. These walks will take you back in time keeping your mind enclosed in the mysteries of the city. You should actually take this walk to experience it. Not many contestants would reveal the insights of the tour. This tour is not free but it will be a beautiful way to get to know the history and culture of the city.

    Happy Walking!


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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.